Welcome to the year 2012!
Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2012. I hope this helps you with the baby book or commemorative project you’re working on. If you don’t want to write down all this information, take a look at the printable versions.
(request any printable color changes in comments section below).
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Printables for 2012:
2012 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Milk~ $3.53 (American Farm Bureau Federation)
Dozen Eggs~ $2.68 (American Farm Bureau Federation)
Loaf of bread~ $1.95 (American Farm Bureau Federation)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 45 cents
New Car Price~ $30,748 (TrueCar.com)
Gallon of Gas~ $3.38 (US Dept. of Energy)
Movie Ticket~ $7.93 (NY Times)
Price of new house~ $234,500 (Census.gov)
Sunday newspaper~ NYT $6, Boston Globe $4, Washington Post $2
Median Household Income~ $51,371 (Census.gov)
Minimum Wage~ Lowest is $7.25 in several states per Federal Law. Highest is Washington state $9.04 (dols.gov)
2012 Top Technology:
Smart phones; iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, Nexus 4
Tablets; iPad Mini, HP Touchpad, Blackberry Playbook, B&N Nook Color, Amazon Kindle Fire
Cloud Technologies; Apple, Microsoft, Amazon
Online Social Communities; Google +, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
Video going mainstream; YouTube, Skype, etc.
Game systems; Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii U, Playstation 3D
2012 Top Celebrities:
Snookie, The Situation, Pauly D, and the rest of Jersey Shore Crew
Victoria and David Beckham
Beyonce’ and JayZ
Neil Patrick Harris
Honey Boo Boo
2012 Top Athletes:
2012 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl: The New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots 21-17
Daytona 500: Matt Kenseth
The Kentucky Derby: I’ll Have Another
The Masters: Bubba Watson
NBA Championship: The Miami Heat defeated Oklahoma City Thunder 4 games to 1
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s Singles: Roger Federer Ladies’ Singles: Serena Williams
World Cup: N/A
World Series: The San Francisco Giants defeat the Detroit Tigers 4 games to 0
2012 Top Songs:
Gangnam Style~ Psy
Payphone~ Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
Call Me Maybe~ Carly Rae Jepsen
Somebody That I Used To Know~ Gotye feat. Kimbra
Where Have You Been~ Rihanna
Drunk On You~ Luke Bryan
Lights~ Ellie Goulding
Wide Awake~ Katy Perry
Let Me Love You~ Ne-Yo
Drive By~ Train
What Makes You Beautiful~ One Direction
Angel Eyes~ Love and Theft
Starships~ Nicki Manaj
Wildest Moments~ Jessie Ware
Springsteen~ Eric Church
We Are Young~ fun. Feat. Janelle Monae
2012 Top Television Shows:
The Walking Dead
Big Bang Theory
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Person of Interest
Dancing with The Stars
Two and a Half Men
2012 Top Movies:
The Dark Knight Rises
Marvel’s The Avengers
The Amazing Spiderman
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Snow White and the Huntsman
Red Dawn (2012)
The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Men in Black 3
21 Jump Street
The Expendables 2
The Hunger Games
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
2012 Top Books:
Fifty Shades Trilogy~ E.L. James
The Hunger Games Trilogy~ Suzanne Collins
The Fault in Our Stars~ John Green
Insurgent~ Veronica Roth
Gone Girl~ Gillian Flynn
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)~ Jeff Kinney
StrengthsFinder 2.0~ Tom Rath
Wicked Business~ Janet Evanovich
Wild~ Cheryl Strayed
Proof of Heaven~ Eben Alexander III M. D.
Unbroken~ Laura Hillenbrand
2012 Top Fashion & Trends:
Loose fitting flowy tops
Bedazzled jeans with flap pockets
Leggings with boots and loose fitting top
2012 World Population:
7,057,075,000 and counting…
2012 World Leaders:
Barack Obama, President of the United States
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Joachim Gauck, President of Germany
Hu Jintao, President of China
Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI of Vatican City
Francois Hollande, President of France
Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
2012 World Markets/Global Exchanges and Major Commodities
U.S.~ Nasdaq composite UP 15.9%
~Russell 2000 Up 14.6%
~Dow Jones Ind Up 7.3%
~S & P 500 Up 13%
Japan ~ Nikkel 225 Up 18.7%
Germany ~ DAX Up 22.5%
United Kingdom ~ FTSE Up 5.5%
Hong Kong ~ Hang Seng Up 20.2%
Gold(per troy oz) ~ Up 5.7%
Crude Oil(Nymex futures prices) Up 12.5%
source USA Today
2012 Major Events:
There are many popular beliefs about the year 2012. These beliefs range from the spiritually transformative to the apocalyptic, and center upon various contemporary interpretations of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.
February 6 – The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and the 60th anniversary of her becoming Head of the Commonwealth.
March 13 – After 244 years since its first publication, the Encyclopædia Britannica discontinues its print edition.
May 22 – Tokyo Skytree, the tallest self-supporting tower in the world at 634 metres high, is opened to public.
June 5–6 – The century’s second and last solar transit of Venus occurs. The next pair are predicted to occur in 2117 and 2125.
July 20 – James Holmes enters an Aurora, CO theater and opens fire during ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ opening night, killing 12 people and injuring 58 more.
July 27 – August 12 – The 2012 Summer Olympics are held in London.
August 6–20 – Mars Science Laboratory, also known as the Curiosity rover, successfully lands on Mars.
August 12 – The 2012 World Expo ends.
August 31 – Researchers successfully perform the first implantation of an early prototype bionic eye with 24 electrodes.
– Armenia severs diplomatic relations with Hungary, following the extradition to Azerbaijan and subsequent pardoning of Ramil Safarov, who was convicted of killing an Armenian soldier in Hungary in 2004. The move is also met with fierce criticism from other countries.
September 7 – Canada officially cuts diplomatic ties with Iran by closing its embassy in Tehran and ordered the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from Ottawa, over support for Syria, nuclear plans and human rights abuses.
September 11 – 27 – A series of terrorist attacks are directed against United States diplomatic missions worldwide, as well as diplomatic missions of Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In the US, opinions are divided over whether the attacks are a reaction to a YouTube trailer for the film Innocence of Muslims. In Libya, among the dead is US ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
October 24 – 30 – Hurricane Sandy kills at least 209 people in the Caribbean, Bahamas, United States and Canada. Considerable storm surge damage causes major disruption to the eastern seaboard of the United States.
November 6 – President Barack Obama wins the United States presidential election and remains in office for second term.
December 14 – Adam Lanza, 20, enters Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut and opens fire killing 20 children and 6 adult staff members, then himself. Incident opens up debate about gun laws in the United States.
December 20 – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, notably used by the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization among others, completes a “great cycle” of thirteen b’ak’tuns (periods of 144,000 days each) since the mythical creation date of the calendar’s current era.
2012 U.S. Newspaper Headlines:
February 6 – Boston Globe: Giants Edge Patriots In Echo of Gnawing 2008 Upset
July 21 – The Denver Post: Midnight Massacre | Aurora Theatre Shooting “Our Hearts Are Broken”
October 31 – New York Times: Hurricane Sandy | After Devastation, A Daunting Recovery
December 2 – Washington Post: Geither: GOP Faces Difficult Position in “Fiscal Cliff” talks
-Murder-Suicide by Kansas City Linebacker Jovan Belcher Leaves Chiefs reeling
-A detached Romney tends wounds in seclusion after failed White House bid
2012 U.S. Economy:
December 24 – NPR.org “The 2012 Economy Brought Glad Tidings To Many”
After years of recession and slow recovery, maybe you didn’t notice. But it turns out, 2012 was a fairly good year for the U.S. economy.
The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has risen nearly 14 percent this year and the unemployment rate has fallen to 7.7 percent, the lowest point in four years. Inflation and interest rates have stayed low, allowing families to cut their debt loads.
“Consumers are feeling better now,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm. Compared with December 2007, when the Great Recession was just starting, “the burdens on consumers have eased quite a bit,” he said.
Final data aren’t in yet for the full year, but in the period from July through September, U.S. household net worth rose by 2.7 percent compared with the previous three months, according to the Federal Reserve. Combined with overall economic growth of 3.1 percent in that same period, the pace of improvement — both for individuals and corporations — could be described as decent, though far from robust. Read more…
2012 Pop Culture:
February 11 -Whitney Houston, 48, dies suddenly in Beverly Hills, CA while taking a bath.
May 18 – Facebook became a publicly traded company.
-Former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky found guilty in child sex abuse trial.
-After nearly six years of marriage Katie Holmes files for divorce from Tom Cruise seeking primary custody of their daughter Suri.
-Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries end their 72-day marriage after a wedding special on E!.
-Howard Stern joins America’s Got Talent television show.
November -The fifth and final Twilight movie debuts.
-Disney buys Lucasfilm set to release StarWars Episode VII in 2014.
-Katie Couric hosts new talk show fall 2012.
-Pippa Middleton set to release her book for the 2012 holiday season.
December 3 – Will and Kate announce royal pregnancy.
2012 Top Science Breakthroughs:
June 5–6 – The century’s second and last solar transit of Venus occurs. The next pair are predicted to occur in 2117 and 2125
June 24 – Shenzhou 9, a Chinese spacecraft carrying three Chinese astronauts, including the first-ever female one, docked manually with an orbiting module Tiangong 1, first time as the country, making them as the third country, after the United States and Russia, to successfully perform the mission.
Lonesome George, the last known individual of the Pinta Island Tortoise subspecies, dies at a Galapagos National Park, thus making the subspecies extinct.
July 4 – CERN announces the discovery of a new particle with properties consistent with the Higgs boson after experiments at the Large Hadron Collider.
Pleiades, a proposed supercomputer built by Intel and SGI for NASA’s Ames Research Center, will be completed, reaching a peak performance of 10 Petaflops (10 quadrillion floating point operations per second).
On the Sun, the solar maximum of Solar Cycle 24 in the 11-year sunspot cycle is forecast to occur. Solar Cycle 24 is regarded to have commenced January 2008, and on average will reach its peak of maximal sunspot activity around 2012.
August 6 – Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory mission’s rover, successfully lands on Mars.