2012 (MMXII) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2012th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 12th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2010s decade.

The discovery of Higgs boson particles was announced based on collisions in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
George Tupou V
Mike Wallace
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller
Carlos Fuentes
Donna Summer
Robin Gibb
Ray Bradbury
Yitzhak Shamir
Andy Griffith
Ernest Borgnine
Maeve Binchy
Bernard Lovell
Phyllis Diller
Neil Armstrong
Michael Clarke Duncan
Santiago Carrillo
Eric Hobsbawm
Larry Hagman
Oscar Niemeyer
Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.