Occupied in Nigeria, displaced in New York: See our Top 10 events that shook the world

by Rachel Ogbu

Photo: theotherpress

Here is a look at 10 of the most crucial events in 2012 that made the world pay attention. Some were good and some too horrible, it’s better to forget.

January 2: OccupyNigeria protest began in Nigeria in response to the fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government of President Goodluck Jonathan. Protests took place across the country, including the Nigerian Embassy in London, New York and Italy.

January 28 – Death toll from coordinated bombing attacks in Kano, Nigeria, reaches 185 and will increase in subsequent months.

February 6 – The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and the 60th anniversary of her becoming Head of the Commonwealth.

February 27 – Arab Spring: As a result of ongoing protests, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is succeeded by Vice President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi.

April 30 – Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 in what is claimed to be the biggest match in the English Premier League’s history

June 24 – Shenzhou 9, a Chinese spacecraft carrying three Chinese astronauts, including the first-ever female one, docked manually with an orbiting module Tiangong 1, first time as the country, making them as the third country, after the United States and Russia, to successfully perform the mission.

July 27August 12 – The 2012 Summer Olympics are held in London, England, United Kingdom.

October 2430 – Hurricane Sandy kills at least 209 people in the Caribbean, Bahamas, United States and Canada. Considerable storm surge damage causes major disruption to the eastern seaboard of the United States.

November 25December 2 – Typhoon Bopha, known as “Pablo” in the Philippines, kills at least 1020 with around 844 people still missing. The typhoon caused considerable damage in the island of Mindanao.

December 14 – 20 children, ages 6 to 7 years old, and 8 adults are shot and killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Two adults were left wounded.


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