January 2012 calendar

January 2012

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 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 January 2012: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2012?


  • 01 Jan 2012 Arab Spring:
  • 02 Jan 2012 Arab Spring:
  • 03 Jan 2012 Aftermath of 2011 Libyan civil war: elements of former anti-Gaddafi forces from Tripoli and Misrata clash in the center of Tripoli, with five people reportedly killed. (''The Huffington Post'')
  • 04 Jan 2012 Two bombs explode in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri with the Boko Haram movement believed to be responsible. (Reuters)
  • 05 Jan 2012 2011–2012 Syrian uprising:
  • 06 Jan 2012 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: According to Syrian state media, 26 people are killed and 63 wounded when a suicide bomber blows himself up at a police station in Damascus. The Syrian opposition blames the Syrian government for orchestrating the attack, and alleges that they have leaked information from security forces that Aleppo is next. (Al Arabiya) (CNN)
  • 07 Jan 2012 At least 37 people are killed in two days of attacks in northeastern Nigeria, after radical Islamic group Boko Haram issues an ultimatum for all Christians to leave the north. (Reuters)
  • 08 Jan 2012 Piracy in Somalia: Georgia announces 15 Georgian sailors held hostage by pirates for over a year are released through the government's efforts. (AFP via Google News)
  • 09 Jan 2012 Insurgency in the North Caucasus: Clashes occur between the Russian forces and Islamist militants in the Vedensky District, Chechnya, with reportedly 8 killed and 16 wounded. (RIA)
  • 10 Jan 2012 A bombing in Khyber Agency, Pakistan, kills at least 29 people and leaves over 50 others injured. (''Vancouver Sun'')
  • 11 Jan 2012 The United States denies any involvement in a bomb blast that killed an Iranian scientist. (BBC)
  • 12 Jan 2012 Shia insurgency in Yemen: at least 20 die in Sunni-Shia fighting in north Yemen. (AJE)
  • 13 Jan 2012 2011-2012 Syrian uprising: Security forces kill at least 13 protesters, including three children, amid ongoing protests in Syria. (Al Jazeera)
  • 14 Jan 2012 A suicide bomber kills at least 53 people and injures more than 130 in the Iraqi city of Basra. (CNN)
  • 15 Jan 2012 A bomb detonates near a Shia Muslim procession in the Pakistani town of Khanpur, killing at least 18 people and wounding 30. (''The Guardian'')
  • 16 Jan 2012 Romanian protests: Demonstrations continue for the fifth consecutive day against president Traian Băsescu and the Emil Boc government in more than 60 cities across the country. (Realitatea TV)
  • 17 Jan 2012 2012 Afar region tourist attack: Unknown assailants kill 2 Hungarians, 2 Germans and an Austrian in northeastern Ethiopia. (Al Jazeera)
  • 18 Jan 2012 Italian cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino admits having made navigational errors that led to the capsizing of the ''Costa Concordia'' in Italian waters on January 13, killing at least 11 people. (BBC)
  • 19 Jan 2012 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: The Arab League observer mission ends, with its report to be reviewed at the weekend. (CBC)
  • 20 Jan 2012 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: At least 10 people are killed in violence after Friday prayers. (CNN)
  • 21 Jan 2012 The death toll of a series of co-ordinated bombing attacks in Kano, Nigeria, rises to more than 140. The attacks, which targeted police stations across the city, are attributed to Islamist group Boko Haram. (''The Guardian'')
  • 22 Jan 2012 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: Arab League ministers meet in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss the extension of its monitoring mission in Syria. (BBC)
  • 23 Jan 2012 Iran–European Union relations: The European Union adopts an embargo against Iran in protest of that nation's continued effort to enrich uranium.
  • 24 Jan 2012 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: 52 civilians are killed by Syrian security forces, 39 of which were killed in the city of Hama alone. (Naharnet)
  • 25 Jan 2012 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: 18 protesters are shot dead by Syrian security forces. (Naharnet)
  • 26 Jan 2012 Tuareg Rebellion (2011–present): Tuareg rebels capture the fourth Malian town in a week. (Al Jazeera)
  • 27 Jan 2012 Chinese security forces shoot dead a young Tibetan man in Sichuan province, at least the third such killing this week. (BBC)
  • 28 Jan 2012 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: The Arab League suspends its observer mission, citing increased violence. (Al Jazeera)
  • 29 Jan 2012 Police confront protesters with tear gas and stun grenades in the U.S. city of Oakland, California; more than 100 arrests are made. (BBC)(CNN)
  • 30 Jan 2012 Police shoot and kill two people in Podor during protests over a decision by the Constitutional Council that President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade can run for re-election. (BBC)
  • 31 Jan 2012 The People's Republic of China claims that 29 Chinese citizens abducted while working on a construction project in the Sudan are still missing. (AP via ABC News America)

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The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Release year: 2012

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Country: United States of America

Django Unchained

Django Unchained

Release year: 2012

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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