24 December 2012 by

Review Of The Year 2012 In 30 Pictures: From The Olympics To The US Election

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What a year! We shed tears of pride at the Olympics and sorrow as the Costa Concordia claimed 32 lives when it sank just off the west coast of Italy. In the A-list firmament TomKat split, One Direction took over the planet and a Twilight scandal broke as pictures emerged of Kristen Stewart cheating on Robert Pattinson with director Rupert Sanders - a 41-year-old married man. In the music world Beyonce gave birth to her first child, Blue Ivy Carter with hubby Jay-Z, the Spice Girls joined forces once again to announce details of a stage musical based on their songs and Gangnam Style became the most watched YouTube video of all time.

Scroll through the gallery to see our Review of the Year in pictures and click here to discover our [a href="/conversation/opinion/kate-middleton--syria-and-pussy-riot-the-top-ten-news-stories-from-2012">top 10 news stories of 2012[/a].

January: Costa Concordia

The haunting images of the Costa Concordia cruise liner sinking after striking a rock off the coast of Italy on 13 January made front pages around the world.

January: Blue Ivy Carter

She's uber-cute, her parents are Beyonce and Jay-Z - and even Rihanna has said she wants to swap places with her. Yep - baby Blue Ivy Carter has already caused quite a stir since her birth on 8 January. [a href="/conversation/entertainment/claire-danes-has-had-a-baby-boy-lets-remember-the-top-15-celebrity-babies-of-2012">Take a look at the 15 celebrity babies of 2012[/a].

February: Karl Lagerfeld sparks a 'Fatlash'

Karl Lagerfeld sparked quite the debate when he said he thought national treasure Adele was [a href="/fashion/archive/2012/02/09/karl-lagerfeld-s-latest-outburst----adele-is-a-little-too-fat-.htm">just 'a little too fat'[/a]. The 24-year-old (seen here gesturing after being asked to leave the stage during her Brit Awards acceptance speech by host James Corden) hit back saying: 'I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that.'

February: Homeland premieres

From the day this gripping terrorist drama first aired, we were hooked. And we weren't the only ones: [a href="/conversation/entertainment/as-claire-danes-bags-a-golden-globe-nomination-for-homeland--we-have-10-questions-for-the-actress">Homeland fever gripped the nation[/a].

March: KONY 2012

Kony 2012 - a 30-minute documentary about the atrocities committed by Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony by US filmmaker Jason Russell - became the most viral video in history after it was viewed more than 110 million times just a week after it went live.

March: Bieber gets slimed

Justin Bieber followed in the footsteps of many A-listers before him by getting slimed at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids Choice Awards.

April: Barack the bunny

President Obama attended the annual Easter Egg Roll in Washington D.C. and this photo happened.

April: One Direction Down Under

2012 was [a href="/tag/One-Direction">One Direction[/a]'s year. They conquered the US, won a Brit Award, performed at the Olympics Opening Ceremony and in April met Kat the koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary during the their Australian tour. 1D + marsupial = adorable.

May: 'The Scream' sets a world record

It took just 12 minutes and only five bidders to sell - but Norwegian painter Edvard Munch's 1895 pastel version of his world-famous The Scream painting set a new record when it was sold for $119.9 million, becoming the world's most expensive ever to sell at auction.

May: Marc makes an entrance

Designer Marc Jacobs attended the [a href="/fashion/archive/2012/05/08/met-gala-2012--all-the-dresses.htm">Costume Institute Gala Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 7 May[/a] in a dress by Commes des Garcons over a pair of white boxer shorts because he didn't want to "wear a tuxedo and be boring." If there's one thing for sure, no one could accuse Jacobs of being boring.

May: A Facebook wedding

It was only eight years ago that he created Facebook from his dorm room at Harvard, but Mark Zuckerberg's personal stake in Facebook was worth £15 billion after he took his company public, selling 30.2 million shared. A day later on 17 May he married girlfriend of nine years, Priscilla Chan, in the background of his Californian home.

June: TomKat over!

Katie Holmes took the world - and her husband - by surprise when she suddenly [a href="/conversation/archive/2012/06/29/tom-cruise-and-katie-holmes-are-divorcing-after-five-years-of-marriage--breaking.htm">filed for divorce from Tom Cruise in June[/a]. The actress ended her five-year marriage after hiring expert lawyers in high-profile break-ups and getting advice from her attorney father, Martin. A week before the Tomkat split, Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis ended their 14-year relationship.

June: Viva Forever!

It had been four years since The Spice Girls were last seen together at their Spice Girls reunion tour in 2008 and on 26 June, [a href="/fashion/news/the-spice-girls-style-evolution--from-ywannabe-to-viva-forever-the-musical">the fab five announced details of the stage musical[/a] based on their songs, written by Absolutely Fabulous' Jennifer Saunders and produced by Judy Craymer, the woman behind the ABBA musical, 'Mamma Mia'.

June: Twilight scandal

'NOOOO!' was the initial reaction of Twilight fans when they learned [a href="/conversation/archive/2012/08/14/how-to-survive-a-break-up---according-to-twilight-star-robert-pattinson.htm">Kristen Stewart had cheated on Robert Pattinson[/a] with director Rupert Sanders - a 41-year-old married man. The actress rushed out an apology, saying: 'I'm deeply sorry fro the hurt and embarrassment I've caused... This momentary indiscretion has jeopardised the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob.' The pair reunited on the red carpet for the final Twilight promotional tour in November.

July: Batman horror

With his red hair and a gas mask covering his face, James Holmes, 24, shot down and killed 12 people and left 59 injured when he stormed a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, at a showing of the new Batman film, The Dark Night Rises.

July: The 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

The Queen sky-diving! David Beckham in a speedboat! JK Rowling reading! The 2012 [a href="/fashion/archive/2012/07/27/grazias-style-director-paula-reed-gives-her-verdict-on-the-olympics-kits--rwanda.htm">Olympic Games Opening Ceremony was a feast for the eyes[/a], wasn't it? As well as the dancing, the singing and all that waving, the spectacle gave us the opportunity to coo over the outfits of some our favourite Brits, from Kate Middleton to Samantha Cameron as well as the Olympic kits from the all-important athletes.

August: Boris hangs in there

[a href="/conversation/archive/2012/08/02/london-mayor-boris-johnson-goes-viral.htm">Boris Johnson was so eager to celebrate Team GB's first gold medal[/a], he took to a zip wire in East London's Victoria Park. Only it didn't go to plan. The Mayor of London soon lost momentum on it, getting stuck and dangling over a crowd of onlookers for several minutes.

August: Ennis wins gold

The 4 August was [a href="/conversation/archive/2012/08/06/today-s-london-olympic-s-2012-hero--jessica-ennis--mo-farah--andy-murray--it-s-a.htm">dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ as Team GB bagged six gold medals[/a] at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Following Ennis' victory in the Women's Heptathalon, Mo Farah became the first Briton ever to win gold in the 10,000m and long-jumper Greg Rutherford took a flying leap of 8.31m to win the fifth gold of the day.

August: A royal PDA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge [a href="/conversation/archive/2012/08/09/kate-middleton-s-olympics-2012-reactions--can-you-guess-what-she-s-watching-by-h.htm">shared in the joy of the nation[/a] as they watched Team GB cyclist Sir Chris Hoy win his 5th Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

August: Miley gets the chop

A haircut's a haircut right? Not it you're Miley Cyrus. When [a href="/beauty/archive/2012/08/13/omg-check-out-the-pictures-of-miley-cyrus-chopping-her-hair-into-a-pixie-cut.htm">she chopped off her locks in favour of a bleached pixie crop[/a] in August, it spared worldwide debate.

September: Fashion baby

Over the past year, Little Miss Harper Beckham has established herself as a toddler of taste, wearing Chloé, Burberry and Stella McCartney and [a href="/fashion/archive/2012/10/03/frow-families--jennifer-lopez--solange-knowles-and-victoria-beckham-lead-bring-k.htm">sitting front row at mummy Victoria's New York Fashion Week catwalk presentation[/a] in September.

September: Jubilee tour

All eyes were on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their tour of the Far East in September, particularly due to [a href="/fashion/archive/2012/09/21/kate-middletons-jubilee-tour-wardrobe--alexander-mcqueen--erdem--mulberry-and-ma.htm">Kate's 13K wardrobe[/a]. But as well as fierce fashion scrutiny, the DOC got caught right in the middle of a right Royal scandal as [a href="/conversation/archive/2012/09/14/kate-middleton-saddened-by-news-that-a-french-magazine-have-published-topless-ph.htm">nude photographs taken without the couple’s knowledge[/a] whilst holidaying in France were published by a French magazine, prompting the palace to take action.

October: Hurricane Sandy

She crossed 24 US States, causing an estimated $80 billion in damage and, on 29 October, [a href="/conversation/archive/2012/10/30/how-to-keep-your-spirits-up-in-a-hurricane--by-the-residents-of-new-york.htm">Hurricane Sandy brought New York to a standstill[/a]. The storm surge flooded the city, cutting off power in and around the area - and bringing New York's stock exchange to a standing halt for the first time since 9/11.

October: Gangnam Style

Who'd have predicted that one man in a tux [a href="/conversation/archive/2012/11/07/zara-philips-does-gangnam-style.htm">pretending to ride and imaginary horse[/a] would become the most watched YouTube video of all time? Not us!

October: Chanel's Hula Hoop beach tote

[a href="/fashion/archive/2012/11/02/chanel-press-day-s-s-2013---we-try-the-hula-hoop-beach-bag-and-boy-brick-clutch.htm">The Chanel S/S 2013 catwalk show[/a] was remarkable for many reasons. Firstly we were astounded by the presence of a wind farm catwalk inside Paris’ Palais Royal - full sized turbines whirling menacingly around atop of a procession of models is definitely one way to catch our attention. Secondly for the most Instagram-ed bag of the season, the Hula Hoop beach tote – definitely a ‘dare you to wear’ fashion statement. For a more modest approach the hula bag is available in both medium and mini sizes - surprisingly practical and perfect for swinging around your wrist.

November: The US Election

The Presidential election debate gripped the nation and, well, just about every other nation too. Obama, we were behind you all the way. Though there was a moment just after [a href="/conversation/archive/2012/11/06/mitt-romney-does-gangnam-style-vs-barack-obamas-call-me-maybe--whats-your-favour.htm">we caught Mitt Romney Style[/a], the politician’s parody of Gangnam (sort of) that it could have gone either way. Election night was also the moment that we realised that [a href="/fashion/archive/2012/11/09/sasha-and-malia-obama-new-style-icons-the-first-daughters-wow-on-election-night.htm">Sasha and Malia Obama[/a] had grown into quite the budding style icons.

November: Victoria's Secret

Oh what a night! [a href="/fashion/archive/2012/11/08/victorias-secret-fashion-show-2012--rihanna--bras-and-justin-bieber.htm">The Victoria's Secret show[/a] is always one of the highlights of our calendar, but this year's catwalk extravaganza brought us extra cause for excitement. VS was blessed with two ultra-cool London girls, Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn who joined Victoria Secret's veterans Adriana Lima, Lily Aldridge and Miranda Kerr on the runway. And what soundtrack does a Victoria's Secret model require to strut her stuff? Live performances by Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars will do the trick.

November: Go Cara!

She's the model of the moment, the funnest face in fashion and the girl everyone wants to be mates with. We are, of course, talking about Cara Delevingne who scooped [a href="/fashion/news/model-cara-delevingne-ruled-the-runway-at-london-fashion-week--check-out-her-cat">the Model of the Year Award [/a]at the British Fashion Awards 2012 on 26 November.

December: Baby fever

On 3 December the St James's Palace were forced to release a statement that the [a href="/fashion/news/kate-middleton-announces-shes-pregnant-royal-couple-expecting-first-child">Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their first child[/a] after Kate was admitted to a private hospital for treatment for a severe form of morning sickness known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Like the royal wedding before it, the birth of the royal baby will surely be one of 2013's biggest stories.

December: Newtown Shooting

When devastating news of a school shooting started to emerge, the world’s attention turned to the picturesque village of Newtown. On 14 December Adam Lanza shot his mother dead, before driving her car to the local elementary school where he killed 26 people – 20 of them children aged five or six. Later that day President Obama delivered an emotional response to the tragic event.


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