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 bombard rebel positions in Damascus as a country-wide Internet and phone blackout enters a third day. Government officials announce the road to the airport in the capital has been secured, though rebels insist clashes are ongoing. (Reuters)
  • 02 Dec 2012 The Taliban launches an attack on the NATO airstrip in the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad resulting in seven Taliban deaths and at least five Afghans are killed. (Sky News Australia) (BBC) (AP)
  • 03 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: The United Nations suspends operations in Syria and withdraws non-essential staff as the Syrian civil war worsens. (AAP via News Limited)The Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi is reportedly fired or defects. (Al Jazeera)
  • 04 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: The Syrian Army clashes with rebels close to Damascus. (AAP via News Limited)A mortar attack destroys a school in the small city of Bteeha, on the road to Homs north of the capital. According to the state news agency SANA at least 29 are killed, while activists report 9 deaths. (New York Times)NATO sends Patriot missiles to Turkey to help it protect its citizens in case the Civil War spills over the border. (CNN)
  • 05 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: Hungary closes its embassy in Damascus and pulls out all personnel. (Reuters)
  • 06 Dec 2012 2012 Egyptian protests:: At least 7 people are killed and more than 770 are injured during clashes between supporters and opponents of the President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi in front of the Presidential Palace in Cairo. The Egyptian Army deploys several tanks and armoured troop carriers to secure the building. (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
  • 07 Dec 2012 US Airways makes a formal merger proposal to the parent of American Airlines, one that values the combined entity at $8.5 billion. (Reuters)
  • 08 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: Russia arms Syria with Iskander missiles in response to NATO's stationing of Patriot missile defense systems in Turkey. (WND)Fighting takes place in Damascus, as rebels declare that Damascus International Airport is a "legitimate target". (Al Jazeera)
  • 09 Dec 2012 Violent clashes occur in Bangladesh as protesters stage a nationwide blockade of roads to press for an independent body to oversee the next general election. At least two people were killed and about 100 injured after police fire rubber bullets and tear gas. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 10 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: Rebel forces seize parts of the Sheikh Suleiman army base near Aleppo after weeks of heavy fighting. Ground clashes continue in the suburbs of Damascus as the government carries out further air raids against opposition forces. (Al Jazeera)Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra is declared a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. (Washington Post)
  • 11 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: At least 125 people are killed and up to 200 injured in bombings in the Alawite village of Aqrab, Syria. (AAP) (Reuters) (BBC)Barack Obama, the President of the United States, recognises Syria's rebel opposition as the "legitimate representatives" of the Syrian people. (BBC)
  • 12 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: A car bomb and two other explosions go off outside the Interior Ministry and Palace of Justice in Damascus. (Al Jazeera)Government forces reportedly fire Scud-type missiles at rebels in the north of the country. (BBC)
  • 13 Dec 2012 Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov confirms his country is working on mobilization plans to evacuate its citizens from Syria. In the statement, the Foreign Ministry acknowledges for the first time that the rebels might win as the Syrian government is losing control of more and more territory. (Reuters)
  • 14 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: American admiral James G. Stavridis, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe claims that Scud missiles fired by Syria at rebel forces have landed "fairly close" to the border with Turkey. (Reuters)
  • 15 Dec 2012 Cyclone Evan is expected to hit northern parts of Tonga before turning south towards Fiji. (Sky News Australia)
  • 16 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: A Palestinian refugee camp in the capital of Damascus is reported to be attacked by Syrian war planes. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported at least eight deaths. (BBC)Islamist rebels claim to have captured a Syrian Army infantry base in Aleppo. (AP via CBS News)
  • 17 Dec 2012 Rebel forces take over the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, where at least 25 were killed by airstrikes the day before. Syrian troops and tanks, as well as a number of PFLP-GC fighters, gather outside the northern edge of the area. (Reuters)
  • 18 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his production team are freed after 5 days of captivity in northern Syria. They were captured by what Engel claims were members of the shabiha, a plainclothes militia loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Rebel forces at a checkpoint freed the men after a firefight that killed 2 of the captors. (NBC News)
  • 19 Dec 2012 2012 terrorist attacks in Kenya:: Two people are injured in two blasts outside al-Amin mosque in the Somali-dominated Eastleigh district of Nairobi during the evening rush hour. (Al Jazeera)
  • 20 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there is no prospect of an end to the conflict in Syria. (Al Jazeera)
  • 21 Dec 2012 The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, notably used by the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization among others, completes a quotgreat cyclequot of thirteen ''b'ak'tuns'' (periods of 144,000 days each) since the mythical creation date of the calendar's current era.Susan Milbrath, Curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology, Florida Museum of Natural History, quoted in quotThe Sky Is Not Fallingquot ''New Wave'', Tulane University, June 25, 2008.
  • 22 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: In Damascus, a car bomb kills six people, and a gunman assassinates a state television journalist. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 23 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: Up to 200 civilians are killed by Syrian government warplanes in the town of Helfaya, Hama province. (Reuters) (BBC) (Al Arabiya)
  • 24 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: Seven Syrian rebel fighters are killed and a number of others injured at their base in Homs by toxic gas inhalation. (NBC) (RT)
  • 25 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: Rebels take over the city of Harem in Idlib Governorate on the border with Turkey, about 55 kms west of Aleppo. (Al Jazeera)Pope Benedict XVI calls for a political solution to the conflict in Syria during his Christmas message, delivered to thousands of pilgrims in Vatican City. (BBC) (The Guardian) (Reuters)
  • 26 Dec 2012 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: A suicide bomber kills himself and three Afghans (a guard and two civilians) outside the perimeter of Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan, the scene of an earlier attack in December 2009. (AP via MSN)
  • 27 Dec 2012 2012 Central African Republic rebellion:: The president of the Central African Republic, François Bozizé, asks for international assistance as rebels advance on the capital Bangui. (Al Jazeera)The United States Embassy in Bangui suspends operations due to rising rebel attacks. (CNN) (Reuters)
  • 28 Dec 2012 2012 Central African Republic rebellion:: The government of the Central African Republic and a rebel coalition agree to hold talks after weeks of unrest. (BBC)
  • 29 Dec 2012 Syrian civil war:: The LCC report that up to 400 people have been killed across Syria on Saturday, including about 200 reported executed by the Syrian Army in the Deir Ballba neighborhood of Homs. (CNN)
  • 30 Dec 2012 War in North-West Pakistan:: A suicide bomber kills 19 in an attack on Shiites in Balochistan province. (AP via USA Today) (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 31 Dec 2012 The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ends.{{cite journal

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Django Unchained

Django Unchained

Release year: 2012

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

The Best Offer

The Best Offer

Release year: 2012

Written by:

Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks, Donald Sutherland

Country: Italy

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

Release year: 2012

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Promised Land

Promised Land

Release year: 2012

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Starring: Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Hal Holbrook


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Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot


A riveting historical narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the follow-up to mega-bestselling author Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln. More than a million readers have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the page-turning work …

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit


A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar.

The Forgotten by David Baldacci

The Forgotten


In Paradise, nothing is what it seems...THE FORGOTTENArmy Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S.

The Last Lion by William Manchester

The Last Lion


Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm begins shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister—when Great Britain stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi

The Sins Of The Mother by Danielle Steel

The Sins Of The Mother


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREvery woman makes choices. And no one has made more difficult choices than Olivia Grayson. The enormously successful businesswoman missed out on much of her children’s lives while she built her legendary home-furnishings empire.