October 2012 calendar

October 2012

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 2012?


  • 01 Oct 2012 After the Battle of Kismayo, Al-Shabaab Islamist militants were evacuated by the African Union, troops from the African Union enter Kismayo, a Somali port.
  • 02 Oct 2012 At least 20 students were killed by gunmen at a hostel located far from the Federal Polytechnic campus of Mubi in northeastern Nigeria.
  • 03 Oct 2012 The Turkish police in Hatay Province confronts Syrian refugees living in rented homes with the decision to join a refugee camp, or return to Syria.
  • 04 Oct 2012 After Syrian forces attacked the Turkish border town Akcakale, five people were killed by them, the Turkish parliament approved a motion authorizing crossborder military operations against Syria.
  • 05 Oct 2012 A sustained bombing campaign is being launched against Homs, a Syrian city. This is the worst that it has seen in five years.
  • 06 Oct 2012 According to the South Korean Ministry of National Defense, a North Korean soldier defected to South Korea after killing his superiors.
  • 07 Oct 2012 At 15:25 BST, a Mark Rothko Seagram mural is displayed at the Tate Modern.
  • 08 Oct 2012 Mexican Drug War: Initial reports by the Mexican Navy suggest that Heriberto Lazo Lazcano Lazcano (the top leader of Los Zetas' most dangerous Mexican criminal group) may have been shot and killed during a shootout. His identity is currently being confirmed by forensic tests.
  • 09 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war: A suicide bomber attacks an intelligence agency building in Damascus. Several people are reported to have been killed. Al-Nusra Front rebels claim responsibility.
  • 10 Oct 2012 Civil war in Syria: Rebels seize control of Maarrat al-Nu'man, a strategic town on the main road connecting Damascus and Aleppo.
  • 11 Oct 2012 Qassem M.Aqlan, the Yemeni chief security officer at the U.S. Embassy in Sana'a, is shot to death by a gunman.
  • 12 Oct 2012 Arab Spring:: Syrian civil War: Rebels seize an airbase east of Aleppo. (Al Jazeera). The Bahraini Uprising (2011-present). Police use tear gas and stun guns to attack anti-government protestors in Manama. (Reuters)Egypt - Supporters and enemies of President Mohamed Morsi clash at Tahrir Square. More than 100 people were injured.
  • 13 Oct 2012 President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was shot.
  • 14 Oct 2012 Gunmen opened fire on a mosque in Dogo Dawa, Nigeria's state of Kaduna. At least 20 people were killed.
  • 15 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war: Turkish authorities search an Armenian plane bound for Aleppo, after it was grounded in the east.
  • 16 Oct 2012 Senkaku Islands dispute: Seven People's Liberation Army Navy warships were spotted by Japanese helicopters in Japanese territorial waters close to Yonaguni.
  • 17 Oct 2012 During an ambush in Hashaba (Sudan), one UNAMID peacekeeper was killed and three others were wounded.
  • 18 Oct 2012 Civil war in Syria: At least 40 civilians were killed in military airstrikes by the Syrian government in Maaret al Numan, Idlib governorate.
  • 19 Oct 2012 At least 8 people are killed and 78 injured when a car bomb explodes in Beirut's Sassine Square.
  • 20 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war: UN special envoy Lakhdar brahimi (Arab League) meets with Walid Muallem, Syrian Foreign Minister, Damascus to try to negotiate a temporary ceasefire for next week's Eid al-Adha holiday.
  • 21 Oct 2012 2012 Beirut bombing: Lebanese security force fire tear gas and shots at crowds as protesters try to break into prime minister Mikati's government offices. This was in response to a car bomb which killed Wissam al Hassan, intelligence chief.
  • 22 Oct 2012 After rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel and mortar attacks on an IDF patrol close to the border, the Israeli air force struck a rocket-launching squad in northern Gaza Strip. Three people were reported to have been killed.
  • 23 Oct 2012 An Israeli artillery strike in the northern Gaza Strip has resulted in at least one death and two more injuries.
  • 24 Oct 2012 Siege of Bani Walid (2012): Militias loyal the Libyan government capture Bani Walid, with locals claiming 130 civilians were killed by artillery shelling from militia forces.
  • 25 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war: The Syrian government announced via state media that they will suspend military operations from Friday through Monday during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday. This is part of a ceasefire proposal made by U.N. special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.
  • 26 Oct 2012 The latest round of sectarian clashes between Buddhists, Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists has killed at least 64 people in western Burma. 3,200 Rohingya were also displaced.
  • 27 Oct 2012 Iraqi insurgency: 46 people were killed and 123 more were injured by a series of attacks.
  • 28 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war: Opposition activists have reported at least 128 deaths in the country as the UN-brokered ceasefire seems to be crumbling. At least 22 people were killed when the Syrian Army bombed three districts of Damascus and the city Bara near Idlib. (CNN/Reuters) Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri promises support to the rebels in a new video posted to a jihadist site.
  • 29 Oct 2012 According to Syrian state media, two car bombings killed civilians in Syria's civil war.
  • 30 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war: Qatar claims that the government of Syria is conducting a "war against extermination" of its citizens. An activist group claims that at least 50 people have been killed in the country.
  • 31 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war: An opposition force in Damascus assails a commander of the Syrian Air Force. (The New York Times). Leaders of the rebel Free Syrian Army begin negotiations with Kurdish representatives to end clashes between Kurds, the Free Syrian Army, and Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Hundreds of hostages were taken and over 40 fighters killed in the conflict.
  • 01 Oct 2012 A ferry collision off the coast of Hong Kong kills 38 people and injures 102 others.
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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 2012?

Mugged by Ann Coulter



An honest book about race is rare. This is one of very few Thomas Sowell's best Thomas Sowell books. For decades the Left has played the role of heroes in a civil rights movement, from which they were mostly absent. …

Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie

Joseph Anton


Salman Rushdie was phoned by a BBC journalist on Valentine's Day 1989. He told him that he had been sent to death by Ayatollah Khomeini.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl


The #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER When Nick's intelligent and beautiful wife vanishes, presents are being wrapped and reservations made.

Delusion In Death by J. D. Robb

Delusion In Death


The happy hour was an after-work drink at a downtown bar. But then the madness began. After twelve minutes of violence and chaos, more than 80 people were dead.

The Price Of Politics by Bob Woodward

The Price Of Politics


Learn how and why Washington isn't functioning. Bob Woodward's newly reported, thirty-five page Afterword to his national bestseller The Price of Politics provides a detailed, often verbatim, account of what actually happened.