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2012 - Predicted and scheduled events
January 23 - Chinese New Year and scheduled new moon. This time of year is associated with the Water-Dragon in Chinese astrology.
January 31 - 433 Eros, the second largest Near Earth Object on record (size 13x13x33 km) is expected to pass Earth at 0.1790 astronomical units (1 AU – about 93 million miles – is the average distance from Earth to the sun). NASA studied Eros in the NEAR Shoemaker probe launched February 2000.
February 5 - Super Bowl XLVI will be played.
February 6 - If she is still on the throne, Elizabeth II will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. A series of festivities across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations will likely run throughout the year.
March 01 - Greek Drachma bank notes are exchangable for Euro until this time.
March 19 - Buddha Claimant: Ram Bahadur Bomjon who disappeared in 2006 is believed to return on this date (six years from his departure)
April 1 - The United States Census of 1940 is released to the public.
April 15 - It will be the RMS Titanic`s 100 anniversary since the sinking in 1912.
May 20 - Annular solar eclipse, a Sunday.
May 20 - French Presidential election.
June 6 - Second and last solar transit of the planet Venus of this century; the next pair is predicted to occur in 2117 and 2125 (see Transit of Venus, 2012).
2012 European Football Championship will be played in either Italy, Hungary/Croatia or Poland/Ukraine
July 1 - The first possible government in Hong Kong elected by Universal suffrage take office.
July 1 - Presidential Elections in Mexico
July 27 - Opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics begins in London at 7:30 pm GMT/8:30pm BST. Source:London 2012 Website Countdown
August 12 - Closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, a Sunday.
August 29 - Start of the 2012 Summer Paralympics
September 9 - Finish of the 2012 Summer Paralympics
October 18 - at 20:36 (Eastern Daylight Time), the Earth will be home to 7 billion, according to the US Census Bureau.
November 6 - United States presidential election, 2012
November 6 - United States Senate elections, 2012
November 6 - United States House of Representatives election, 2012
November 13 - Total solar eclipse (visible in northern Australia and the South Pacific).
December 3 - Jupiter oppositions
December 21 - The Long Count calendar used by the Maya civilization of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica completes its thirteenth b'ak'tunb'ak'tun date of this starting point (188.8.131.52.0.0) is repeated, for the first time in a span of approximately 5,125 solar years. The significance of this period-ending to the pre-Columbian Maya themselves is unclear, and there is an incomplete inscription (Tortuguero Stela 6) which records this date. It is also to be found carved on the walls of the Temple of Inscriptions in Palenque, where it functions as a base date from which other dates are computed. However, it is conjectured that this may represent in the Maya belief system a transition from the current Creation world into the next. The December solstice for 2012 also occurs on this day. cycle since the calendar's mythical starting point (equivalent to 3114 BCE August 11 in the proleptic Gregorian calendar, according to the "GMT-correlation" JDN= 584283). The Long Count
December 23 - The alternative date for the completion of the thirteenth b'ak'tun cycle in the Maya calendar, using a version of the GMT-correlation based on a JDN of 584285 (a.k.a. the "Lounsbury correlation"), which is supported by a smaller number of Mayanist researchers.
December 31 - Expiration of the Kyoto Protocol
The Replacement Eastern Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will open to traffic, replacing the old Eastern canteliever span that was damaged in the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989, almost a quarter century (23 years) after the span was damaged.
India's 11th Five-Year Plan (2007-2012) ends and the 12th one (2012-2017) starts.
The United Kingdom plans to complete 5-year process to cease analogue television broadcasts region-by-region, with Meridian Broadcasting, ITV London, Tyne Tees Television and UTV being the last areas to switch off analogue.
One of the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers will enter service, possibly named HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project expected to be complete.
This is the year when California's ban on the production of foie gras is scheduled to take effect.
NASA's new Orion spacecraft is scheduled to become fully operational for International Space Station support flights.
China plans to launch the Kuafu spacecraft
Freedom Tower in New York City: Construction is scheduled to be finished by 2012 at the latest.
Sight & Sound magazine will conduct its Top Ten Films of All-Time poll for the seventh decade since 1952.
The Hallandsas Ridge Tunnel is set to be completed, only 17 years behind
2012 is someverdana claimed to be a year of spiritual transformation (or apocalypse). Many esoteric sources interpret the completion of the thirteenth B'ak'tun cycle in the Long Count of the Maya calendar (which occurs on December 21 by the most widely held correlation) to mean there will be a major change in world order, although there is a distinct lack of evidence from the extant records of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization that they themselves considered this occurrence in 2012 would signify end of the world.
Accordingly, several eclectic authors claim that a major, world-changing event will take place in 2012:
The 1995 book The Mayan Prophecies linked the Maya calendar with long-period sunspot cycles.
The book 2012:Mayan Year of Destiny claims the Maya may have been instructed in their wisdom by discarnate entities from Orion and the Pleiades. Contact was maintained through shamanic rituals conducted in accordance with the movements of planets and stars.
The 1997 book The Bible Code claims that, according to certain algorithms of the Bible code, a meteor, asteroid or comet will collide with the Earth.
The book The Nostradamus Code speaks of a series of natural disasters caused by a comet (possibly as above) which will allow the third anti-christ to disperse his troops around the globe under the guise of aid in preperation for a nuclear war.
The book The Orion Prophecy claims that the Earth's magnetic field will reverse.
Other prophecies and apopolyptic writings and hypotheses for this year include:
Terence McKenna's mathematical novelty theory predicts a point of singularity in which humankind will go through a great shift in consciousness.
The Prophecy of the Popes, attributed to Saint Malachy, speculated that Pope Benedict XVI would reign during the beginning of the tribulation of which Jesus spoke, and sometime later a future pope described in the prophecy as "Peter the Roman", the last in this prophetic list, would appear, bringing as a result the destruction of the city of Rome and the Last Judgement.
Many new age spiritualists and philosophers ("new-agers") believe humankind will enter an age of enlightenment in 2012. There are a range of varying, generally positive, beliefs shared by a subset of spiritualists from the mundane to exceptional -- including a positive social shift and age of peace, mankind becoming psychic and connected by a collective, and/or an evolution of the human race into non-corporeal beings made of "spiritual" energy, or light energy. An alternative view is that we are already thought-forms (see also idealism) and will be realizing our true selves in this year.
Some alien-enthusiasts, along with some new-agers, believe 2012 to correspond approximately with the return of alien "watchers" or "caretakers" who might have helped the first human civilizations with developing their technology and may have been waiting for us to reach a higher level of technological and/or social advancement. Beliefs range from the extra-terrestrials having benevolent purposes -- such as to help human society evolve -- to malevolent purposes -- such as enslavement of mankind and/or manipulation.
The ascetic Buddhist monk Ram Bahadur Bomjon reportedly told his followers that he will return around 2012.
Some proponents of a peak oil catastrophe place major events in 2012. Richard C. Duncan's book The Peak of World Oil Production and the Road To The Olduvai Gorge claims that the Olduvai cliff will begin and permanent blackouts will occur worldwide. Several studies predict a peak in oil production in or around 2012.
Originally posted by davesidious
reply to post by Mr Green
No, 2012 being a leap year is not significant in any way.
2012 is just a year, like 2011 and 2013 will be.
Can we please, please stop this "2012 will eat your dog!" threads, as it's all unfounded, baseless nonsense.
March 19 2012- Buddha Claimant: Ram Bahadur Bomjon who disappeared in 2006 is believed to return on this date (six years from his departure)
Originally posted by hippomchippo
MOTHER OF GOD, ITS ON A LEAPYEAR?!?!