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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 African Union troops enter the Somali port town of Kismayo following the withdrawal of Al-Shabaab Islamist militants during the Battle of Kismayo. (BBC)
  • 02 Oct 2012 Gunmen kill at least twenty students at a hostel away from the Federal Polytechnic campus in the northeastern Nigerian town of Mubi. (BBC)
  • 03 Oct 2012 Syrian refugees in rented houses say the Turkish police in Hatay Province faces them with the choice to either join a refugee camp or go back to Syria. (CNN)
  • 04 Oct 2012 The Turkish parliament approves a motion authorizing cross-border military operations against Syria after Syrian forces shelled the Turkish border town of Akçakale on October 3, killing five people. (BBC)
  • 05 Oct 2012 The Syrian city of Homs is subjected to a sustained bombing campaign, the worst it has seen in five months. (BBC)
  • 06 Oct 2012 The South Korean Ministry of National Defense states that a North Korean soldier has defected to South Korea after killing two of his superiors. (AP via The Union Democrat)
  • 07 Oct 2012 A Mark Rothko Seagram mural on display at the Tate Modern is attacked at about 15:25 BST. (BBC) (The Guardian) (Yellowism)
  • 08 Oct 2012 Mexican Drug War: Initial reports from the Mexican Navy indicate that Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, the top leader of the most dangerous Mexican criminal organization known as Los Zetas, may have been killed in a shootout. The forensic tests are currently on their way to confirm his identity. (USA Today)
  • 09 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war:: A suicide bomb attack takes place on an intelligence agency building in Damascus, reportedly killing dozens of people. The rebel al-Nusra Front claims responsibility. (BBC)
  • 10 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war: Rebels claim control of the strategic town of Maarrat al-Nu'man on the main road linking Damascus to Aleppo. (Al Jazeera)
  • 11 Oct 2012 A gunman kills Qassem M. Aqlan, the Yemeni chief of security employed at the U.S. embassy in the capital, Sana'a. (BBC)
  • 12 Oct 2012 Arab Spring:: Syrian civil war: Rebels capture an air base east of Aleppo. (Al Jazeera)Bahraini uprising (2011–present): Police fire tear gas and stun grenades at anti-government protesters in the capital Manama. (Reuters)Egypt: Supporters and opponents of president Mohamed Morsi clash in Tahrir Square, leaving more than 100 people injured. (AFP via Google News) (The Irish Times)
  • 13 Oct 2012 President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is shot. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (Deutsche Welle)
  • 14 Oct 2012 Gunmen open fire at a mosque in the village of Dogo Dawa in the Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing at least 20 people. (BBC)
  • 15 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war: An Armenian plane destined for the Syrian city of Aleppo is searched by Turkish authorities after being grounded in the east of the country. (National Turk)
  • 16 Oct 2012 Senkaku Islands dispute: Seven People's Liberation Army Navy warships are spotted by Japanese helicopters outside Japanese territorial waters near Yonaguni. (Japan Daily Press)
  • 17 Oct 2012 One UNAMID peacekeeper is killed and three are wounded during an ambush in Hashaba, Sudan. (AFP)
  • 18 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war: Syrian military airstrikes kill at least 40 people, including civilians, in the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib governorate. (The New York Times)
  • 19 Oct 2012 A car bomb explodes at Sassine Square in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, killing at least eight people and wounding up to 78 others. (BBC)
  • 20 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war: UN and Arab League special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi meets with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Damascus in an attempt to push for a temporary ceasefire during next week's Eid al-Adha holiday. (Al Jazeera)
  • 21 Oct 2012 2012 Beirut bombing: Lebanese security forces fire shots into the air and tear gas at crowds, as protesters attempt to breach government offices of prime minister Mikati in response to a car bomb that killed intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan. (Jerusalem Post)
  • 22 Oct 2012 The Israeli air force strikes a rocket launching squad in the northern Gaza Strip, reportedly killing three, following rocket fire on southern Israel from Gaza and a mortar attack on an IDF patrol near the border. (Al Jazeera) (The Times of Israel)
  • 23 Oct 2012 At least one person is killed and two others are wounded in an Israeli artillery attack in the northern Gaza Strip. (Al Jazeera)
  • 24 Oct 2012 Siege of Bani Walid (2012): Militias loyal to the Libyan government capture the town of Bani Walid after days of battle, with locals claiming that 130 civilians have died under artillery shelling attacks from militia forces. (The Daily Beast) (Reuters)
  • 25 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war: The Syrian government announces via its state media that it will suspend military operations from Friday to Monday, during this year's Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, as part of a ceasefire proposal by U.N. special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. (CNN)
  • 26 Oct 2012 Latest round of sectarian clashes between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims kill at least 64 people in western Burma; 3,200 Rohingya have been displaced. (CNN) (Al-Arabiya)
  • 27 Oct 2012 Iraqi insurgency: A series of attacks across Iraq kill 46 and injured 123 others. (BBC)
  • 28 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war:: Opposition activists report at least 128 deaths around the country, as the UN-brokered ceasefire appears to collapse. The Syrian Army bombards three Damascus districts and the city of Bara near Idlib, killing at least 22 people. (CNN) (Reuters)Al Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri pledges support for the rebels in a new video uploaded to a jihadist website. (CNN)
  • 29 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war:: Two deadly car bombings rock Damascus, according to Syrian state media. (BBC)
  • 30 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war:: Qatar says the government of Syria is waging a "war of extermination" against their own citizens. (Al Jazeera)At least 50 are killed throughout the country, according to an activist group. (CNN)
  • 31 Oct 2012 Syrian civil war:: A Syrian Air Force commander is assassinated by opposition forces in Damascus. (The New York Times)Leaders of the rebel Free Syrian Army and Kurdish representatives begin negotiations to end the clashes between Kurds and the Free Syrian Army in northern Syria, in which scores of hostages have been seized and more than 40 fighters on both sides killed. (The Washington Post)

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Release year: 2012

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

Release year: 2012

Directed by: Rich Moore

Starring: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman



Release year: 2012

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Space Milkshake

Release year: 2012

Directed by: Armen Evrensel

Starring: Kristin Kreuk, Amanda Tapping, Billy Boyd, Robin Dunne


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