December 2012 calendar

December 2012

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 2012.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was David Cameron (Conservative), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 2012: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2012?


  • 01 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war: Syrian jets bomb rebel positions in Damascus, as the country's third-day Internet and phone blackout begins. Officials from the government announce that the road to the capital's airport has been secured. Rebels however insist that clashes continue.
  • 02 Dec 2012 Seven Taliban are killed and at least five Afghans are injured when the Taliban launch an attack against the NATO airstrip in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan.
  • 03 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war: As the civil war in Syria worsens, the United Nations suspends operations and withdraws non-essential personnel. (AAP via News Limited). Jihad Makdissi, the spokesperson for the Syrian foreign ministry, has been fired or is in poor health.
  • 04 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war: The Syrian Army and rebels near Damascus clash. (AAP via News Limited). A mortar attack damages a school in Bteha, a small town north of the capital. SANA, the state news agency, reports that at least 29 people have been killed and activists claim 9 more. (New York Times).NATO sends Patriot missiles in Turkey to protect its citizens from civil war.
  • 05 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war: Hungary closes Damascus embassy and removes all personnel.
  • 06 Dec 2012 2012 Egyptian protests: At least 7 people were killed and over 770 injured in clashes between supporters of President Mohamed Morsi and those opposing him in front of Cairo's Presidential Palace. To secure the building, the Egyptian Army deploys several tanks as well as armoured troop carriers.
  • 07 Dec 2012 US Airways presents a formal merger proposal for American Airlines' parent company. The proposed merger values the combined entity at $8.5Billion.
  • 08 Dec 2012 (WND)Syrian civil war: Russia arm Syria with Iskander rockets as a response to NATO's installation of Patriot missile defense system in Turkey. (WND) Fighting takes place in Damascus as rebels claim that Damascus International Airport has been declared a "legitimate" target.
  • 09 Dec 2012 Violent clashes are occurring in Bangladesh after protesters block roads across the country to demand an independent body to supervise the next general elections. After police used tear gas and rubber bullets, at least two people were injured and another 100 were killed.
  • 10 Dec 2012 Civil war in Syria: Rebel forces take control of parts of Sheikh Suleiman's army base near Aleppo, after several weeks of intense fighting. Ground fighting continues in Damascus' suburbs, as the government launches more air strikes against opposition forces. (Al Jazeera). The U.S. State Department has declared Jabhat al-Nusra, a rebel group in Syria, a terrorist organization.
  • 11 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war: At least 125 people have been killed and 200 others injured by bombings in Aqrab (Alawite village), Syria. (AAP), (Reuters) (BBC). President Barack Obama recognizes Syria's rebel opposition to be the "legitimate representatives of the Syrian people."
  • 12 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war: Two explosions and a car bomb explode outside the Palace of Justice and Interior Ministry in Damascus. (Al Jazeera). The government forces fired Scud-type missiles at the rebels in northern Syria.
  • 13 Dec 2012 Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia's Deputy Foreign Ministry, confirms that his country is working to mobilize plans to evacuate its citizens out of Syria. The statement acknowledges that the rebels may win, as the Syrian government loses more and more territory.
  • 14 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: American Admiral James G. Stavridis is NATO's Supreme Allies Commander Europe. He claims that Scud missiles launched by Syria at rebel forces have "fairly close to" the border with Turkey.
  • 15 Dec 2012 Cyclone Evan is expected in northern Tonga, before moving south towards Fiji.
  • 16 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war: Reports say that Syrian war planes attacked a Palestinian refugee camp located in Damascus. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that at least eight people were killed. (BBC)Islamist rebels claim they have taken a Syrian Army infantry unit in Aleppo.
  • 17 Dec 2012 Rebel forces seize control of the Yarmouk Palestine refugee camp in Damascus from the dozens of people who were killed in airstrikes that day. Outside the northern border of the area, tanks and Syrian troops, along with a few PFLP-GC fighters, are gathered.
  • 18 Dec 2012 After five days in captivity in northern Syria, Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent of NBC News, and his production crew were released. Engel claims they were taken by members of the Shabiha, a plainclothes militia that is loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad. After a firefight in which 2 of the captors were killed, rebel forces at the checkpoint released the men.
  • 19 Dec 2012 Terrorist attacks in Kenya 2012: Two people were injured in blasts that occurred outside Al-Amin mosque, Nairobi's Somali-dominated Eastleigh District. These explosions took place during the evening rush hour.
  • 20 Dec 2012 Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, stated that there is no chance for a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Syria.
  • 21 Dec 2012 The Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar, which was used notably by the pre-Columbian Mayan civilisation, has completed a quotgreat circlequot of thirteen "'b'ak’tuns" (periods of 144,000 day each), since the mythical creation date of its current era.
  • 22 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war: A car bomb kills six people in Damascus and a gunman assassinates an official television journalist.
  • 23 Dec 2012 Civil war in Syria:: Up to 200 civilians are killed during the conflict by Syrian government warplanes over Helfaya in Hama province.
  • 24 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war: Seven rebel fighters in Syria are killed and many others are injured in a toxic gas inhalation incident at their base in Homs.
  • 25 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war: Rebels seize Harem, a city in Idlib Governorate at the border with Turkey. It is 55kms west of Aleppo. (Al Jazeera). Pope Benedict XVI called for a political solution in the conflict in Syria in his Christmas message to thousands of pilgrims in Vatican City.
  • 26 Dec 2012 Afghanistan War (2001-present).: A suicide bomber kills his self and three Afghans (a guard, and two civilians) just outside the Forward Operating Base Chapman, Afghanistan. This is the same area that was the subject of an attack in December 2009.
  • 27 Dec 2012 2012 Central African Republic Rebellion: Francois Bozize, president of the Central African Republic asks for international help as rebels advance on Bangui, the capital. (Al Jazeera). The United States Embassy in Bangui has been forced to suspend operations because of rising rebel attacks.
  • 28 Dec 2012 Rebellion in 2012 Central African Republic: After weeks of unrest, the government of Central African Republic (government) and a rebel coalition agree on talks.
  • 29 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war: LCC reports that 400 people were killed in Syria's civil war on Saturday. This includes about 200 executions by the Syrian Army at Deir Ballba, Homs.
  • 30 Dec 2012 War in North-West Pakistan -: 19 killed in suicide bomber attack on Shiites in Balochistan Province.
  • 31 Dec 2012 The Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period has ended. {{cite journal
  • 03 Dec 2012 At least 475 people are killed after Typhoon Bopha makes landfall in the Philippines.
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Diamonds
  2. - Locked Out Of Heaven
  3. - One More Night
  4. - Die Young
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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 2012?

Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander

Proof of Heaven


This is the #1 New York Times bestseller about a neurosurgeon's near-death experience. It is for readers of 7 Lessons from Heaven. Near-death experiences have been reported by thousands of people, but scientists argue that they are impossible.

Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Winter of the World


"This book is truly extraordinary. . . . The reader will likely wish there were more pages. The Huffington Post. Winter of the World picks up from Fall of Giants, the original novel in the remarkable Century Trilogy. It follows …

Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke

Agenda 21


"I was just a little baby when we moved and I don’t recall much. Everyone has that moment in their lives when they feel lost. It's the time that you don't even remember.

Tap Dancing To Work by Carol J. Loomis

Tap Dancing To Work


Warren Buffett made Berkshire Hathaway a remarkable company, and Carol Loomis, Fortune journalist, was there to witness it all. Carol Loomis wrote the first Fortune article in 1966 about a Omaha hedge fund manager.

Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb



Antifragile is a book that can be read alone in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series. It explores opacity and luck, uncertainty, chance, probability, risk, and decision making in a world that we don’t understand.