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Soil remediation underway on the 35th Avenue Superfund Site, declared in 2012. Photo by Dennis Pillion for Al.com

2012 was the 141st year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.
















Gene Bartow
R. G. Armstrong
Eleanor Kidd
See also List of Birmingham homicides in 2012 and List of homicides in 2012


Jim Dinney's 2012 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp



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In 2012, Europe experienced a debt crisis. The Encyclopædia Britannica discontinued its print edition. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her diamond jubilee. The final 21st century Venus transit occurred. A mass shooting took place at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado. The Summer Olympics were held in London. CERN announced the discovery of a new particle with properties consistent with the Higgs boson after experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, successfully landed on Mars. Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner broke several records during a space dive out of the Red Bull Stratos helium-filled balloon from 24 miles over Roswell, New Mexico. Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast. Barack Obama won the re-election as President. Twenty-six people, mostly children, were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

The top-grossing films in 2012 included The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, Skyfall, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Argo took the Academy Award for Best Picture. Best Director went to Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Best Actor went to Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), and Best Actress went to Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook).

Top pop music hits in 2012 included "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen, "One More Night" by Maroon 5, "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra, and "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monáe. The Grammy for Record of the Year went to "Somebody That I Used to Know", Album of the Year went to "Babel" by Mumford & Sons, Song of the Year went to "We Are Young", and Best New Artist went to fun.

Notable deaths in 2012 included singer Etta James, singer Whitney Houston, singer Davy Jones, comic artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud, journalist Mike Wallace, television host Dick Clark, children's author Maurice Sendak, hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, singer Donna Summer, singer Robin Gibb, author Ray Bradbury, actor Andy Griffith, actor Ernest Borgnine, author Stephen Covey, astronaut Sally Ride, film director Tony Scott, comedian Phyllis Diller, astronaut Neil Armstrong, religious leader Sun Myung Moon, singer Andy Williams, politician George McGovern, actor Larry Hagman, actor Jack Klugman, and former general Norman Schwarzkopf.

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