2012yeartorememberWASHINGTON, D.C. (12/30/12) – 2012 is at an end. The past year marked the occurrance of several interesting moments, some good and some bad. This year was a leap year. Dick Clark, evangelist Charles Colson, actor Andy Griffith and astronaut Neil Armstrong all passed away in 2012.

2012 has featured triumph and tragedy. Here is a look back at ten major events from the year.

Disney buys Lucasfilm

After a year and a half, Disney came to a deal with George Lucas to purchase Lucasfilm LTD. for $4 billion. Lucas plans to serve as creative consultant, but will retire. Disney now has rights to the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” film franchises and plans to release a seventh Star Wars film in 2015.

Aurora Shooting

On July 20, James Holmes entered a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. at a midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” and opened fire, killing 12 and injuring 58. Holmes was charged with 142 charges, including 24 charges of first-degree murder.

Sky diver breaks sound barrier

Felix Baumgartner, Australian sky diver, took a 24 mile high jump from space. During his sky dive, Baumgartner reached 833.9 mph which is faster than the speed of sound.
“Sometimes you have to go really high to see how small you are,” he said before his jump.

NHL Lockout

Since Sept. 15, the National Hockey League has been working to resolve a labor dispute after its collective bargaining agreement expired. This has resulted in a lockout of professional hockey until the issue can be resolved. Resolutions are still being worked on.

Re-election of President Obama

On Nov. 6, President Barack Obama won re-election over Gov. Mitt Romney. Obama received 332 electoral votes and Romney received 206.


The Stop Online Piracy Act that was introduced in 2011 prompted protests in January. The act was introduced to fight online trafficking of copyrighted material. On Jan. 18, a number f websites coordinated a service blackout to raise awareness of the act. It was believed that this act violated the first amendment and was the beginning to more internet censorship. On Jan. 20, the bill was thrown out.

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day

Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee declared Aug. 1 “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.” Huckabee called for citizens to eat at the fast food chain that day in support of the business after CEO Dan Cathy made a statement about same-sex marriage being sinful and took heat over it. Hundreds of thousands came to the restaurant to support.

Hurricane Sandy

In late Oct., the east coast was hit by Hurricane Sandy. At least 125 people were killed across the nation. $62 billion dollars of damage was caused from the storm.

Sandy Hook Shooting

On Dec. 14, Adam Lanza opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. 20 students were killed and 6 staff members. Lanza took his own life. Following this shooting, the gun control debate has become a major item. President Obama recently called for a team of delegates to come up with suggestions to help prevent gun violence and intends to act on these suggestions.

No End of the World

After months of prepping for doomsday, the prediction that the Mayan calendar foretold that the world would come to an end on Dec. 21 was proven wrong when nothing happened.

Aaron Frasier
SurfKY News

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Kentucky Wesleyan Summer Explorations Deadline for Applications is May 22

OWENSBORO, Ky. (5/21/15) — The final day to submit applications for Summer Explorations at Kentucky Wesleyan College is… Read More

HPD Officers Receive Treatment after Alleged Assault

HENDERSON, Ky. (5/21/15) — According to a Henderson Police Department report, on May 19, 2015, officers performed a… Read More
1 DOW 18,232.02
-53.72 (-0.29%)    
2 S&P 2,126.06
-4.76 (-0.22%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,089.36
-1.43 (-0.03%)    

Most Read This Week

May 15, 2015 10242

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 5328

Owensboro Health Proposes Building $15M Health…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 16, 2015 4978

Roses Coming Soon

by SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 3879

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 18, 2015 3768

Madisonville Man Wanted for Attempted Murder in…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 10242

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 9584

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 22, 2015 3879

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 21, 2015 2972

Police Charge Madisonville Man with Harassing…

by SurfKY News
May 21, 2015 1072

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released - May…

by SurfKY News
May 21, 2015 925

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 21, 2015 780

Collision with Deer Results in Fatality on US 79

by Trooper S. C. Recke
May 21, 2015 705

UPDATE: Suspect in Officer Involved Shooting…

by SurfKY News
May 21, 2015 652

EPA Rules Threaten Aluminum's Revival

by Jim Waters
May 20, 2015 595

Four Go to Hospital After Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 21, 2015 574

Corrections Officers to Get Pay Raises to Retain…

by Jennifer Brislin