^ Nice, but there was more than the presidential election these past 12 months. But, at least, now both of the essential candidates are represented.
But so much more happened in 2012. A few notes:
- Shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin, hoodies worn afterwards by public figures in tribute.
- Germany's federal president Christian Wulff resigns after corruption scandal, new federal president is his rival during the last election, Joachim Gauck.
- Solar eclipse on May 20th
- Successful landing of Curiosity on Mars
- Solar eclipse on November 13th
- Italian cruiser Costa Concordia sinks, 32 people die
- Nobel Prize of Peace for the European Union is somewhat controversial
- Shooting spree in Aurora, Colorado
And that's just off the top of my head.