Another year has past and a new year has begun. For some, 2012 was the best year of their lives, while others found 2012 to be the worst. But for all, the years past hopefully taught us lessons and challenged us, and shown us how to have a better 2013. Whether disasters out of our control or personal tragedies, our lives are our own and we control the destiny of our happiness. Move forward this year with a strong plan to make 2013 a wonderful for you and your family.
Remembering 2012, here are the top twelve events that happened around the world:
On Jan. 31, 2012, a Los Angeles elementary school teacher, Mark Berndt, was charged with molesting 23 of his students.
On Feb. 5, 2012, during a Utah investigation of the disappearance of Susan Powell, her husband, Josh Powell became a suspect. Before his involvement could be determined, Josh Powell killed their two children before committing suicide. Susan Powell remains unsolved.
During March 2-3, 2012, the sky darkened and turned deadly, while horrific tornadoes ripped through the South into the Ohio Valley. Rated the second deadliest tornado span since 1966, this storm resulted in 40 tornado-related deaths- 20 of those deaths being in Kentucky. The storm whipped through the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.
On April 2, 2012, a former student, 43-year-old One L. Goh, of Korean Christian Oikos University in Oakland, California barged into the school shooting anyone in sight. His killing spree ended with him being apprehended and killing 7 people and injuring 3.
One May 10-20, 2012, President Obama becomes the first U.S. President to announce support for the gays and lesbians.
One June 5, 2012, Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker became the first Governor in the United States history to survive and win a recall of election ballots.
On July 20, 2012, patrons of one movie theater encountered their own horror movie after a gunman entered a Aurora, Colorado movie theater. James Eagen Holmes, dressed up like the Joker from Batman, entered the movie theater through the emergency exist and began shooting. He killed 12 and injured 38 patrons. Holmes waited for the police to arrest him.
One Aug. 16, 2012, Dallas, Texas mayor declares a state of emergency after an outbreak of the West Nile disease. An aerial spraying of an insecticide preceded. Texas officials expressed concern of the disease and the increased number of deaths of the West Nile disease and encouraged residents to take extreme measures to reduce mosquitoes in their yards spread of West Nile disease killed more than 240 people, nationwide this year; 17 of those deaths in Texas.
** Notable to highlight- Aug. 25, 2012 - Neil Armstrong passes away.
Beginning on Sept. 21, 2012 and through Dec. 28, 2012, 19 states were affected in a contamination of steroid medication with fungal meningitis produced in an unsanitary pharmacy in Massachusetts. Ohio was one of the states affected. The death toll from this contamination was 39 out of 656 cases of infestation.
On Oct. 9, 2012, Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison for sexual abuse of young boys, while coaching at Penn State University. His sentence was finalized after a release of an audio recording of Sandusky wherein he said he, "wonders what they've won."
On Nov. 6, 2012, Main became the first state to legalize gay marriages, followed by Maryland and Washington. Minnesota refused a constitutional amendment to do same. Washington became the first state to legalize marijuana, followed by Colorado.
On Dec. 14, 2012, just a week before Christmas, Adam Lanza shocked the nation by barging in an elementary school and shooting and killing 7 adults and 20 children then killing himself. He also shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza in their home. This shooting is listed as the second deadliest school shooting in US history since 2007 at Virginia Tech.