2012 (MMXII) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2012th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 12th year of the 3rd millennium, the 12th year of the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2010s decade.

Costa Concordia disasterHurricane Sandy2012 phenomenon2012 Summer OlympicsCuriosity RoverHiggs bosonGangnam StyleSandy Hook Elementary School shooting
From left, clockwise: The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia lies capsized after the Costa Concordia disaster; Damage to Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey as a result of Hurricane Sandy; People gather at a Mayan temple to commemorate the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, when it was predicted a doomsday event would occur; NASA's Curiosity Rover lands on the surface of Mars; The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting caused shock and outrage across the United States and the world; K-pop artist Psy performs his hit single Gangnam Style, which became a cultural phenomenon in 2012; the elementary particle, the Higgs boson, dubbed "The God Particle", is discovered by CERN and revolutionizes quantam physics; The 2012 Summer Olympics open in London.
Millennium: 3rd millennium
Centuries: 20th century21st century22nd century
Decades: 1980s  1990s  2000s  – 2010s –  2020s  2030s  2040s
Years: 2009 2010 201120122013 2014 2015
2012 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar2012
Ab urbe condita2765
Armenian calendar1461
Assyrian calendar6762
Bahá'í calendar168–169
Balinese saka calendar1933–1934
Bengali calendar1419
Berber calendar2962
British Regnal year60 Eliz. 2 – 61 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar2556
Burmese calendar1374
Byzantine calendar7520–7521
Chinese calendar辛卯(Metal Rabbit)
4708 or 4648
    — to —
壬辰年 (Water Dragon)
4709 or 4649
Coptic calendar1728–1729
Discordian calendar3178
Ethiopian calendar2004–2005
Hebrew calendar5772–5773
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat2068–2069
 - Shaka Samvat1933–1934
 - Kali Yuga5112–5113
Holocene calendar12012
Igbo calendar1012–1013
Iranian calendar1390–1391
Islamic calendar1433–1434
Japanese calendarHeisei 24
Javanese calendar1945–1946
Juche calendar101
Julian calendarGregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar4345
Minguo calendarROC 101
Nanakshahi calendar544
Thai solar calendar2555
Tibetan calendar阴金兔年
(female Iron-Rabbit)
2138 or 1757 or 985
    — to —
(male Water-Dragon)
2139 or 1758 or 986
Unix time1325376000 – 1356998399

The year 2012 was the International Year of Cooperatives and the Alan Turing Year.

2012 was the Chinese Year of Water Dragon based on the 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle.

Events change

January change

The Costa Concordia on its side after the accident

February change

German President Christian Wulff who resigned on February 17

March change

Tornado damage in West Liberty, Kentucky.

April change

May change

The solar eclipse as seen from San Juan Capistrano, California

June change

The Venus transit, viewed from northern Germany
Devastating wildfires in Colorado

July change

Cyclist Chris Hoy leads in the Great Britain team at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

August change

The Curiosity rover lands on Mars.
The Olympic flame going out at the end of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

September change

October change

Damage from Hurricane Sandy on the New Jersey coast on October 30.

November change

Barack Obama, who was elected to a second term as President of the United States.

December change

Births change

Deaths change

Nobel Prizes change

References change

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