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At a glance: Major events of 2012
In 2012 three of the most important countries in the world, the U.S., Russia and China, will face..
WITH ONLY a few days left for the curtains to be pulled down on 2011, there are many important events lined up for 2012 - including the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of marking the 60th anniversary of accession, Presidential election in the world’s richest country, United States of America, world’s biggest sports event, London Olympics and ICC T20 Cricket World Cup. It is also expected that Apple will launch iPad 3 during the first half of 2012.

Here's the list of some important events that are scheduled for the year 2012:

Political Events:

January 14: Republic of China presidential election

March 4: Russian presidential election

November 6: United States presidential election

Business Events:

January 25-29: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 in Davos-Klosters

February 27-March 1: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

May 15-22: G8/NATO summit in Chicago

June 2012: G20 summit in Mexico

Second half of 2012: Launch of Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Science Events:

May 20: Annular solar eclipse. Path of annularity runs through the Pacific Ocean from northern China to California

June 6: The second and last solar transit of Venus of the century

November 13: Total solar eclipse (visible in Northern Australia and the South Pacific)

NASA Mission:

February 3: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) launch scheduled

Late 2012: Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) launch expected

Sports Events:

January 13 -January 22: The first Winter Youth Olympics will be held in Innsbruck, Austria

June 8- July 1: Euro Cup 2012

July 27-August 12: 2012 Summer Olympics begin in London

September 18- October 7: ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka

Entertainment Events:

February 12: 54th GRAMMY Awards

February 26: 84th

June 3: MTV Video Music Awards

Other Events:

February 6: Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

April 12: 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic

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