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By Kristina Macro

NeXt Correspondent

As we begin a new year, NeXt takes time to reflect on some of the things that happened in 2012. The year was full of both good and bad, but here’s hoping lessons were learned from the bad and the world can move forward into a better new year.

January

3 – The Iowa caucus started the 2012 presidential election process.

13 – The cruise ship Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy. Eleven people died and 22 remain missing.

February

1 – 73 people were killed as a result of a fight between fans of two rival teams at a soccer match in Port Said, Egypt.

7 – The California court overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage known as Proposition 8.

11 – Whitney Houston died at age 48 in her hotel room the night before the Grammy Awards.

13 – The state of Washington legalized gay marriage.

March

5 – The short film “KONY 2012” was released online and went viral. Today, it has more than 95 million views on YouTube and a great deal of controversy surrounding it.

10 – A U.S. soldier was accused of going on a rampage that killed 17 Afghan civilians, causing anti-U.S. protests throughout the Middle East.

April

22 – Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese dissident, escaped from house arrest and sought refuge at the U.S. embassy in Beijing.

May

7 – Vladimir Putin became the president of Russia for the third time.

8 – North Carolina decides to ban gay marriage.

17 – Facebook shares go public at $38 a share, giving the company a value of $104 billion and making it the third-largest public offering. The decision had disappointing results.

June

8 – The U.N. declared that Syria was in the midst of a civil war.

28 – The Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate in President Obama’s health care law.

July

20 – At the midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in a theater in Aurora, Colo., 12 people were killed and more than 50 people were wounded after a gunman opened fire. James Holmes was later arrested.

27 – The 2012 Summer Olympic Games began in London.

August

11 – Mitt Romney introduced Wisconsin representative Paul D. Ryan as his running mate in the presidential election.

September

10 – 26,000 public school teachers in Chicago went on a strike that lasted for a week.

11 – Gunmen attacked the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, along with three other embassy officials.

17 – The one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street was recognized with demonstrations in New York City.

October

3 – The first presidential debate for the 2012 election was held.

9 – The Taliban shot 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai and two other girls because Malala had spoken out against the Taliban and was determined to receive an education.

29 – Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey. New Jersey, New York and Connecticut were the hardest hit by the hurricane, with 8 million people losing power, 100 deaths and $30 billion in damages.

November

6 – President Obama is re-elected, winning both the popular vote and the most votes in the Electoral College.

9 – Gen. David Patraeus resigned as the director of the CIA after evidence of an extramarital affair was revealed.

December

3 – News that the British royal couple is expecting caused much excitement around the world.

14 – Adam Lanza killed his mother and then killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The victims included 20 young children.

Kristina Macro is a senior at Holy Angels Academy.