2012–The Year in Review

A Year That Touched The Human Spirit

What a year it has been! From milestone celebrations and technology innovations to inspiration amidst devastation, 2012 was a year jamming with jubilee, packed with athletic prowess, and electrified by an awe-inspiring election. Here’s a glimpse at just a few of the year’s highlights:

 Celebrating—British style!

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrated Her Majesty’s 60-year reign withroyal fanfare along the Thames River and brought out the festivities like nothing the British had done before! It was matched only a few months later by the glory of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, where athletes in countries from around the world competed in the spirit of unity under the motto: “inspire a generation.”

Stop the Presses! High-Tech Takes Over!

Both Encyclopedia Britannica and American magazine Newsweek announced plans to cease publication of their print editions. The 2010 edition of the renowned encyclopedia was the last for the educational staple, with Newsweek set to stop its presses with its December 31, 2012 edition. With technology now at our fingertips, both companies are making the move to mobile in this digital age.

Forces of Nature

During the darkest hours of Hurricane Sandy, the brightest spirits shone through with neighbors helping neighbors and multiple acts of heroism saving numerous lives. Despite limited resources, nothing could suppress the human spirit as it strengthened survivors’ resolve and blessed them with an “attitude of gratitude” for everything they had.

Mother Nature also revealed a wonderful side—as she never ceases to amaze us with her awesome spectacles—captivating us with a total solar eclipse on November 13. Mostly visible to our friends Down Under, it crossed the South Pacific, passing over the northern tip of Australia, traversing thousands of miles as viewers took in this solar event.

Election Season

Four major debates, two political conventions, countless ads, and campaigns trails full of hand-shaking and smiling for cameras were all a part of this year’s road to the White House. As voters tuned in to see where the candidates stood on important issues, polls were ready to gauge public opinion every step of the way. In the end, President Obama reclaimed the Oval Office as election night came to a close. Gets a Makeover!

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What events from 2012 are most memorable in your mind?