2012: Countdown to Mayan Ragnarok
- (3/-1) July 4 â€“ Rather than destroying the world, this device at CERN was used by scientists to find evidence for the Higgs boson.
- (6/-2) November 29 â€“ This region of the Middle East was granted the status of â€œnon-member observer state.â€
- (9/-3) June 24 â€“ It was the end of the world for the Pinta Island Tortoise when Lonesome George, the last known individual, died in this Ecuadorian national park.
- (12/-4) February 21 â€“ In the wake of Arab Spring protests, Ali Abdullah Saleh resigned as President of this country he had led since its 1990 unification.
- (15/-5) April 26 â€“ Charles Taylor, former president of this African country, was sentenced to fifty years in prison for â€œcrimes against humanityâ€ committed during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
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