1001 Facts About 2012

1. In July 2012, Peter Andreas Thiel made a $1 million donation to the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative 50(4) organization, becoming the group's largest contributor.

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2. Up to September 2012, Nike Inc has bought back $10 billion of stock.

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3. Sadio Mane made his professional debut on January 14, 2012, for FC Metz coming off the bench in the team's Ligue 2 fixture against SC Bastia.

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4. Vontaze Burfict was signed by the Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

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5. On June 28, 2012, Ann Curry officially left the show, giving an emotional farewell speech before her departure.

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6. On 6 July 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi announced on the World Economic Forum's website that she wanted to run for the presidency in Myanmar's 2015 elections.

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7. Draymond Green started playing basketball professionally after being selected by Golden State Warriors in the 2012 NBA draft.

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8. On 8 October 2012, Ryan Bertrand was called up to the England squad for two more qualifying matches, against San Marino and Poland.

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9. Von Miller was selected to the 2012 Pro Bowl and was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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10. Priyanka Chopra was the first Bollywood star signed by Creative Artists Agency, and broke into the music scene in 2012 with her song "In My City" with will.

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11. Steven Holcomb spoke candidly about his depression in his 2012 autobiography But Now I See: My Journey From Blindness to Olympic Gold.

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12. On 12 February 2012, Rihanna performed a benefit show at the House of Blues to raise money for the Children's Orthopaedic Center and the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children's Hospital.

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13. In 2012, JJ Watt had one of the best seasons for a defensive player in NFL history.

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14. James Harden is a two-time member of the United States national basketball team, winning gold medals in both the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2014 FIBA World Cup.

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15. On December 18, 2012, Twitter announced it had surpassed 200 million monthly active users.

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16. In 2012, Aubrey O'Day announced she would be recording her debut solo EP.

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17. In October 2012, Tom Steyer stepped down from his position at Farallon in order to focus on advocating for alternative energy.

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18. Lauren Alaina served as an opening act for Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party Tour from January 20, 2012 to May 19, 2012.

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19. In 2012, Mia Love said she would focus on opposing federal regulations, particularly those set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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20. Steven Holcomb proved he was still on top of his game by winning both the two—and four-man events at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid.

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21. On January 6, 2012, Luke Kuechly announced his intention to forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

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22. LeSean McCoy signed a contract extension in 2012 that expires after the 2017 season, according to NFL.

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23. Yoko Ono's was the winner of the 2012 Oskar Kokoschka Prize, Austria's highest award for applied contemporary art.

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24. Kurt Zouma totalled 21 league games in his first season—13 starts—and his other goal came on 14 January 2012, heading Banel Nicolita's corner for the only goal against lowly Sochaux at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

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25. On 9 July 2012, Hugo Chavez declared himself fully recovered from cancer just three months before the 2012 Venezuelan presidential election, which he won, securing a fourth term as president.

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26. Malin Akerman starred in the 2012 bank heist action film Stolen opposite Nicolas Cage.

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27. Allan McGregor was named as first choice goalkeeper for Scotlands Euro 2012 qualifying matches in 2010, starting the first two matches against Lithuania [121] and Liechtenstein.

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28. Steven Holcomb proved he was still on top of his game by winning both the two—and four-man events at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid.

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29. Usain Bolt won three Olympic gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

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30. Mesut Ozil was one of the leading forces in Germany's qualification for UEFA Euro 2012, scoring five times during the campaign as Germany won all ten of its games to top their group.

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31. On 12 November 2012, Novak Djokovic won the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals by defeating Roger Federer in straight sets in the final.

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32. Zach Ertz attended Stanford University, where he played for the Stanford Cardinal football team from 2009 to 2012.

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33. On 30 August 2012, Andy Carroll signed with West Ham on a season-long loan.

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34. In 2012, Ed Sheeran purchased a farm near Framlingham, Suffolk where he grew up, which is currently undergoing renovation.

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35. On 10 February 2012, Ryan Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United.

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36. Rory McIlroy topped the qualification standings for the 2012 Ryder Cup.

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37. At the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open Bernard Tomic defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky before losing to world No 5 David Ferrer in the second round.

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38. Sir Jeremy Heywood was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2008, before being made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2012 New Year Honours.

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39. Jesse Levine applied to the International Tennis Federation in late 2012 to represent Canada in future Davis Cup play.

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40. Kurt Zouma totalled 21 league games in his first season—13 starts—and his other goal came on 14 January 2012, heading Banel Nicolita's corner for the only goal against lowly Sochaux at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

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41. Luke Kuechly was selected with the No 9 pick overall by the Panthers in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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42. On March 5, 2012, Draymond Green was named Big Ten Player of the Year by the coaches and media and was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection.

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43. Jimmy Kimmel proposed to Molly McNearney in 2012 during a vacation in South Africa, specifically at Kruger National Forest while the two were in the middle of a safari tour.

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44. Ravi Shankar Prasad performed his final concert, with daughter Anoushka, on 4 November 2012 at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, California.

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45. Russell Wilson was selected by the Seahawks with the 12th pick in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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46. On 18 January 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi formally registered to contest a Pyithu Hluttaw seat in the Kawhmu Township constituency in special parliamentary elections to be held on 1 April 2012.

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47. In 2012, Zak Hardaker made his England debut at fullback at the end of the season in the 2012 Autumn International Series.

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48. Grigor Dimitrov played his first tournament, the Hopman Cup in 2012.

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49. Sony Electronics acquired Ericsson's share of the venture in 2012 for over US$1 billion.

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50. At the 2012 Australian Open Jelena Jankovic was defeated by Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round.

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51. Steven Holcomb proved he was still on top of his game by winning both the two—and four-man events at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid.

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52. On November 9, 2012, MarShon Brooks sprained his left ankle during the team's morning shootaround.

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53. In 2012, Luxembourg Open boasted the most Michelin stars per person in Europe—a total of 12 for 11 restaurants.

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54. In 2012, Adam Levine appeared as a recurring character in the second season of the television series American Horror Story.

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55. On 12 February 2012, Rihanna Fenty performed a benefit show at the House of Blues to raise money for the Children's Orthopaedic Center and the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children's Hospital.

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56. In May 2012, Paloma Faith joined The Voice UK as one of four guest mentors.

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57. On December 29, 2012, UConn and Kevin Ollie agreed to a five-year deal.

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58. Novak Djokovic won their first four meetings, before back to back victories for del Potro at the 2011 Davis Cup and their Bronze medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in straight sets.

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59. Steven Holcomb proved he was still on top of his game by winning both the two—and four-man events at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid.

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60. On 29 February 2012, Mesut Ozil was recognised as Germany's best international of the year for 2011 prior to kick-off at a friendly against France in Bremen.

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61. On 18 August 2012, Sir Tom Jones performed a fifty-minute set at the V Festival's Weston Park site in Staffordshire.

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62. Priyanka Chopra was the first Bollywood star signed by Creative Artists Agency, and broke into the music scene in 2012 with her song "In My City" with will.

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63. In 2012, Mindy Kaling left "The Office" in order to star in her own show, "The Mindy Project", on Fox.

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64. On January 19, 2012, Kodak chose to enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy and its formerly blue-chip stock was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

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65. Jordi Alba received his first call-up to the full side on 30 September 2011, for the last two UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Scotland.

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66. Grigor Dimitrov dated the gorgeous Russian tennis player, Maria Sharapova in the late 2012 and broke up years after dating in 2015.

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67. Netflix Original entered the content-production industry in 2012, debuting its first series Lilyhammer.

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68. On July 24, 2012, Austin Rivers signed his rookie scale contract with the Hornets.

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69. The Los Angeles Kings finished the season as the fifth seed in the West and began the defense of the Cup on the road against the St Louis Blues, who they swept in the 2012 playoffs.

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70. Olly Murs released an illustrated autobiography, Happy Days, published by Coronet on 11 October 2012.

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71. On June of the year 2012, Fearne Cotton became one of the BBC's presenters for its coverage of the "Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant".

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72. Conor Murray scored his first try for Munster in the Pro14 league fixture against Glasgow Warriors on 14 April 2012.

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73. Giancarlo Stanton was selected to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2012 and 2014.

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74. In 2012, Yelp agreed to acquire its largest European rival, Qype, for $50 million.

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75. In 2012, Mindy Kaling left "The Office" in order to star in her own show, "The Mindy Project", on Fox.

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76. In 2012, Mindy Kaling created a Hulu sitcom on the Fox named The Mindy Project which was written and produced by her.

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77. Nicki Minaj has a prominent fragrance line, which was first launched in September 2012.

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78. On 19 October 2012, Ryan Giggs told The Daily Telegraph that he would like to move into management when he retires as a player.

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79. In 2012, Luxembourg Open boasted the most Michelin stars per person in Europe—a total of 12 for 11 restaurants.

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80. Since 2012, Jimmy Carr has presented 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, a combination of his panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats and daytime quiz show Countdown.

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81. On 14 July 2012, Ed Miliband became the first Leader of the Labour Party to attend and address the Durham Miners' Gala in 23 years.

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82. President Vladimir Putin had wished for a higher turnout than in his 2012 election victory, and ballot stuffing was observed in numerous locations.

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83. Nick Foles was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round with the 88th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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84. In 2012, BMW Masters began sponsoring Independent Collectors production of the BMW Art Guide, which is the first global guide to private and publicly accessible collections of contemporary art worldwide.

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85. Tom Steyer served on the Board of Trustees at Stanford University from 2012 to 2017.

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86. On 8 November 2012, Steven Caulker received his second call up from Roy Hodgson to the England national football team for the friendly against Sweden.

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87. On March 4, 2012, Deron Williams scored a career-high and Nets franchise-high 57 points against the Charlotte Bobcats.

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88. Kirk Cousins was selected by the Washington Redskins as the seventh choice in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, making him the 102nd draft pick overall.

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89. Steven Holcomb proved he was still on top of his game by winning both the two—and four-man events at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid.

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90. In January 2012, Candie's announced that Lea Michele would be the spokesmodel for their brand, taking over from Vanessa Hudgens who was the face of the brand for the previous year.

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91. Eden Hazard has emerged as Chelsea's talisman since joining the club for £32m from Lille in 2012, helping the club win five major honours, including two Premier League titles.

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92. Michael Flynn served as the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, serving from July 2012 until his forced retirement from the military in August 2014.

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93. Glenn Maxwell was first signed by the Delhi Daredevils Indian Premier League in 2012 as a replacement player for Travis Birt who withdrew from the squad.

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94. Novak Djokovic began his season by winning the 2012 Australian Open.

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95. Ichiro Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees in July 2012, and he batted.

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96. In 2012, Mindy Kaling left "The Office" in order to star in her own show, "The Mindy Project", on Fox.

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97. In 2012, Novak Djokovic appeared in a television commercial with Maria Sharapova promoting the use of Head rackets for many techniques such as golf and ten-pin bowling.

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98. Nick Cannon was hospitalized on January 4, 2012, for treatment of "mild kidney failure", and again on February 17 after a pulmonary embolism.

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99. At the time of the 2012 draft, Walker Buehler was rated the best baseball recruit to come out of Kentucky and the number 50 overall recruit in the country.

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100. At the 2012 PGA Championship, Justin Rose recorded his best ever performance in a major championship with a tie for 3rd finish.

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101. In 2012, Vote Smart reported that Jill Stein wanted to "slightly decrease" spending on space exploration.

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102. Ron Atkinson appeared at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London as Mr Bean in a comedy sketch during a performance of "Chariots of Fire", playing a repeated single note on synthesizer.

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103. Alice Cooper starred as himself in the 2012 Tim Burton adaptation of Dark Shadows that starred Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.

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104. On 10 December 2012, Rod Stewart was a guest singer on Michael Buble's television Home for the Holidays Christmas special.

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105. In June 2012, Adam Levine was cast in the musical romance-drama film Begin Again.

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106. On March 15, 2012, Ronny Turiaf was traded to the Denver Nuggets along with JaVale McGee in a three-way trade involving the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Washington Wizards.

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107. Kevin Durant helped lead Oklahoma City to the 2012 NBA Finals, losing to the Miami Heat in five games.

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108. Justin Bieber has won numerous awards throughout his career, including the American Music Award for Artist of the Year in 2010 and 2012, a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for the song "Where Are U Now", and a Latin Grammy Award.

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109. Andres Iniesta was voted Man of the Match and Best Player of the Tournament at the 2012 European Championships; Spain became the first country to win two consecutive Euro titles.

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110. In 2012, Luxembourg Open boasted the most Michelin stars per person in Europe—a total of 12 for 11 restaurants.

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111. Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray in four sets in the 2012 Wimbledon final, regaining the No 1 ranking in the process.

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112. Clint Dempsey switched to Tottenham Hotspur on August 31, 2012, for a transfer fee of $9 million.

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113. On November 30, 2012, a picture of Nick Cannon was posted on the Ncredible Entertainment website, which reported that Nick signed a deal with NBCUniversal to produce scripted and unscripted material for the network.

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114. Nick Cannon was hospitalized on January 4, 2012, for treatment of "mild kidney failure", and again on February 17 after a pulmonary embolism.

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115. Nick Cannon was hospitalized on January 4, 2012, for treatment of "mild kidney failure", and again on February 17 after a pulmonary embolism.

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116. In June 2012, Janelle Monae performed two new songs, "Electric Lady" and "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes"—from her then-upcoming sophomore studio album, The Electric Lady—at the Toronto Jazz Festival.

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117. Billy Connolly appeared as Wilf in Quartet, a 2012 British comedy-drama film based on the play Quartet by Ronald Harwood directed by Dustin Hoffman.

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118. Novak Djokovic lost in straight sets to Nadal at the Rome Masters 2012 final.

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119. Rory McIlroy was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to sport.

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120. In 2012 Tom Steyer left Farallon and began to divest his portfolio of businesses that were not consistent with his activism, especially those involved with fossil fuels.

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121. In March 2012, The Facebook announced App Center, a store selling applications that operate via the website.

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122. In March 2012, Justin Rose won his first World Golf Championship event at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and as a result, he re-entered the world top 10.

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123. Russell Wilson married his long-time girlfriend Ashton Meem in January 2012.

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124. Steven Holcomb proved he was still on top of his game by winning both the two—and four-man events at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid.

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125. Priyanka Chopra was the first Bollywood star signed by Creative Artists Agency, and broke into the music scene in 2012 with her song "In My City" with will.

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126. In 2012, Nick Cannon created a sketch-comedy series, Incredible Crew, starring six teenagers as Cannon wrote and produced the theme song.

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127. Priyanka Chopra was the first Bollywood star signed by Creative Artists Agency, and broke into the music scene in 2012 with her song "In My City" with will.

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128. Andrea Pirlo won three Man of the Match Awards at Euro 2012, the most awards won by a single player, along with Andres Iniesta of tournament champions Spain.

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129. Ryan Braun was awarded the 2012 NL Outfielder Silver Slugger Award, winning it for the fifth year in a row.

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130. In 2012, Mindy Kaling left "The Office" in order to star in her own show, "The Mindy Project", on Fox.

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131. Rangers FC was placed into administration on 14 February 2012 resulting in the club being deducted 10 points as per SPL rules.

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132. MTV Music Awards moved up the telecast to 8pm instead of 9pm, to avoid competing with President Barack Obama's speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and this was early for MTV's targeted young audience.

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133. In 2012 Jessie J performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in June, as well as the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London on 12 August.

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134. Steven Holcomb proved he was still on top of his game by winning both the two—and four-man events at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid.

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135. Steven Holcomb proved he was still on top of his game by winning both the two—and four-man events at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid.

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136. On 10 August 2012 Raghuram Rajan was appointed as chief economic adviser to India's Ministry of Finance, succeeding Kaushik Basu in the role.

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137. On September 15, 2012, Seth MacFarlane hosted the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, with musical guest Frank Ocean.

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138. Kate Upton is a beautiful American model and actress known for her appearances in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue in 2011 and 2012, and on the July 2012 cover of GQ magazine.

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139. On July 12, 2011, Paul Ron announced that he would not seek re-election to the House in order to pursue the 2012 presidential election.

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140. In 2012, Mindy Kaling left "The Office" in order to star in her own show, "The Mindy Project", on Fox.

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141. On November 6, 2012, President Obama won 332 electoral votes, exceeding the 270 required for him to be reelected as president.

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142. In 2012, Cara Delevingne appeared in the film adaptation of the novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

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143. Bobby Wagner played college football at Utah State, and was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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144. In 2012, Amanda Bynes announced that she was retiring from acting.

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145. In 2012 James Delingpole wrote an article in The Australian entitled " Wind Farm Scam a Huge Cover-Up" [4] containing controversial issues and tone, which was ultimately censured.

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146. Iker Casillas starred for the Spanish teams that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.

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147. In 2012, Arsenio Hall was a contestant on the fifth edition of The Celebrity Apprentice, which began airing February 19, 2012.

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148. In 2012, Adam Levine appeared as a recurring character in American Horror Story: Asylum, the second season of the television series American Horror Story.

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149. In 2012, Luxembourg Open boasted the most Michelin stars per person in Europe—a total of 12 for 11 restaurants.

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150. On February 29, 2012, Clint Dempsey scored the lone goal in an international friendly win against four-time World champion Italy.

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151. On 6 July 2012, Novak Djokovic lost to Federer in the Wimbledon semi-final.

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152. On June of the year 2012, Fearne Cotton became one of the BBC's presenters for its coverage of the "Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant".

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153. David Beckham was heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain, but on 18 January 2012, Galaxy announced Beckham had signed a new two-year contract to remain in Los Angeles.

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154. In October 2012 it was announced that the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee would bestow the honorary title of Regius Professorship to up to six university chairs in the United Kingdom, to recognise "excellence in teaching and research"; the number was chosen to represent the decades of the Queen's reign.

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155. In July 2012, Luca Brecel made his second 147 break in an amateur tournament.

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156. In November 2012, Will Hughes was linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

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157. On 25 October 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The Detainee Policies, files covering the rules and procedures for detainees in US military custody.

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158. Russell Wilson made his preseason debut against the Tennessee Titans on August 11, 2012 and had his first preseason start on August 24 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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159. Anthony Gerrard scored a penalty in both legs to send Liverpool to the 2012 Football League Cup Final against Cardiff City on 26 February 2012, which Liverpool won on penalties.

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160. In 2012, Kyrie Irving played the role of Uncle Drew in a series of Pepsi Max advertisements.

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161. Victoria Azarenka reached the quarterfinals for the first time at the 2012 US Open, winning her first four matches in straight sets for the loss of only ten games.

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162. Danica Patrick's placed a career-high tenth in the 2012 season standings and was the second woman to clinch a pole position in the Nationwide Series since Shawna Robinson in 1994.

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163. In September 2012, Toyota announced that due to customers' concerns about range and charging time, the production of the Scion iQ will be limited to about 100 units for special fleet use in Japan and the US only.

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164. In 2012, Jason Kidd signed a 3-year deal with the Knicks.

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165. On November 2, 2012, Kobe Bryant scored 40 points with two steals, and he passed Magic Johnson as the Lakers career leader in steals.

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166. On May 11, 2011, Newt Gingrich officially announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination in 2012.

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167. In 2009, Kanye West collaborated with Nike to release his own shoe, the Air Yeezys, with a second version released in 2012.

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168. Allan McGregor was named as first choice goalkeeper for Scotlands Euro 2012 qualifying matches in 2010, starting the first two matches against Lithuania and Liechtenstein.

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169. Mark Cavendish began his 2012 season at the Tour of Qatar, where after struggling with illness, he won stage three to take his first victory for Team Sky.

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170. In early 2012, Calvin Harris signed an exclusive DJ residency deal with Wynn Las Vegas which included gigs at three of the luxury resort's avenues: Encore Beach Club, Surrender and XS Nightclub.

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171. At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Bojana Jovanovski led in the first–round match against Eleni Daniilidou, when the Greek retired.

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172. In 2011, 2012, and 2016, Adele was named Artist of the Year by Billboard.

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173. David Beckham had earlier announced that the 2012 MLS Cup Final would be his final game with the Galaxy despite having another year remaining on his contract.

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174. In 2012 Bubba Watson took home the top prize at the Masters Tournament, and he took home his second Masters title in 2014.

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175. In June 2012, Rafael Nadal joined the group of sports endorsers of the PokerStars online poker cardroom.

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176. In 2012, Luxembourg Open boasted the most Michelin stars per person in Europe—a total of 12 for 11 restaurants.

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177. Brooks Koepka announced his intention to turn pro in the summer of 2012 and began his career playing on the Challenge Tour in Europe.

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178. Thorgan Hazard began his professional career at Lens in Ligue 1, and moved to Chelsea in 2012 shortly after they had signed his older brother.

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179. In October 2012, Janelle Monae starred in a commercial for the Sonos Wireless HiFi home audio system, and appeared in a Sonos commercial in 2012 with Deep Cotton.

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180. On January 5, 2012, Donda West announced his establishment of the creative content company DONDA, named after his late mother Donda West.

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181. Ryan Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United on 18 February, keeping him at the club until June 2012.

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182. In October 2012, Rick Santorum published American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom, a book that tells the stories of 25 largely unknown heroes of the American Revolution.

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183. On 16 October 2012, Peter Crouch was disqualified from driving for six months.

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184. At the 2012 and 2016 Ivor Novello Awards, Adele was named Songwriter of the Year by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors.

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185. In 2012, President Vladimir Putin was honored in Bethlehem and a street was named after him.

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186. On 4 May 2012 Ken Livingstone was defeated in the London 2012 Mayoral Elections by the incumbent Mayor, Boris Johnson.

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187. Rob Gronkowski was voted the starting tight end for the AFC at the 2012 Pro Bowl.

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188. On 7 October 2012, Hugo Chavez won election as president for a fourth time, his third six-year term.

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189. Heather Watson won three rounds in qualifying for the French Open at Roland Garros in May 2012.

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190. Lionel Messi was on bad terms with the club after his transfer to Barcelona, but by 2012 their public feud had ended, with Newell's embracing their ties with Messi, even issuing a club membership card to his newborn son.

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191. In October 2011, Gisele Bundchen made a surprise runway appearance during Paris Fashion Week, closing the Givenchy spring-summer 2012 fashion show.

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192. Karisma Kapoor was a goodwill ambassador for Pinkathon 2012 for breast cancer awareness.

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193. On 29 May 2012, Danny Welbeck was listed as a part of the confirmed 23-man squad for Roy Hodgson's England squad for UEFA Euro 2012.

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194. On 25 July 2012, Felix Baumgartner completed the second of two planned test jumps, from 29,460 metres.

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195. In 2012, Andrea Gardner Swift participated in the Stand Up to Cancer telethon, performing "Ronan", a song she wrote in memory of a four-year-old boy who died of neuroblastoma.

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196. In 2009, Donda West collaborated with Nike to release his own shoe, the Air Yeezys, with a second version released in 2012.

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197. Steven Holcomb proved he was still on top of his game by winning both the two—and four-man events at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid.

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198. In 2012, Bobby Jindal traveled across the country in support of the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket.

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199. In 2012, Tom Cruise played the eponymous role in the action thriller Jack Reacher.

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200. Ajit Pai has served in various positions at the FCC since being appointed to the commission by President Barack Obama in May 2012, at the recommendation of Mitch McConnell.

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201. On 31 August 2012, Steven Caulker was called up to the England U21 squad for the European U21 Championship qualification matches against Azerbaijan and Norway.

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202. On 15 March 2012, Felix Baumgartner completed the first of two test jumps, from 21,818 metres.

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203. Ryan Seacrest won an Emmy for producing Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution in 2010 and was nominated again in 2012.

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204. Andres Iniesta is married to Anna Ortiz; the couple began dating in 2008 and wed on 8 July 2012.

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205. Luke Kuechly is married to his longtime girlfriend, Shanon Reilly whom he started dating in 2012, the same year he went professional.

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206. On November 2, 2012, Joe Bryant scored 40 points with two steals, and he passed Magic Johnson as the Lakers career leader in steals.

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207. In 2012, Alicia Vikander gained international attention for playing the key role of Kitty in the English-language film adaptation of Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley.

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208. In January 2012, Iker Casillas agreed a sponsorship deal with Adidas to wear their Response goalkeeping gloves and Predator football boots.

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209. Ronda Rousey was a vegan after Beijing 2008, but in 2012 described her current diet as "kind of a mix between a Paleo and a Warrior diet", trying to eat everything organic.

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210. Adrian Peterson amassed 2,314 all-purpose yards from scrimmage in 2012, tying Marcus Allen for the eighth-highest total ever.

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211. Yoko Ono's received a Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement from the Venice Biennale in 2009 and the 2012 Oskar Kokoschka Prize, Austria's highest award for applied contemporary art.

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212. In 2012, Angelique Kerber moved to Puszczykowo; a suburb of Poznan, Poland, where her maternal grandfather owns an indoor tennis facility.

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213. Priyanka Chopra was the first Bollywood star signed by Creative Artists Agency, and broke into the music scene in 2012 with her song "In My City" with will.

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214. Brooks Koepka qualified for the 2012 US Open as an amateur, but missed the cut by six strokes.

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215. Lady Gaga was named the "Queen of Pop" in a 2011 ranking by Rolling Stone, and she ranked fourth in VH1's Greatest Women in Music in 2012.

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216. In December 2012, Mario Balotelli decided to fight against Manchester City's decision to fine him two weeks' wages for his poor disciplinary record the previous season by taking his club to a Premier League tribunal.

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217. In October 2012, Beats Electronics unveiled its first two self-developed products, the Beats Executive noise-cancelling headphones and the Beats Pill portable speaker.

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218. On October 14, Mac Miller announced Pink Slime would be released before the end of 2012 and that his second album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, will be released in early 2013.

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219. In November 2012, Walmart admitted to spending million lobbying the Indian National Congress; lobbying is conventionally considered bribery in India.

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220. On July 22, 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen performed the song at 2012 Teen Choice Awards.

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221. At the beginning of the 2012 ATP season Bernard Tomic signed a deal to use Yonex racquets.

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222. In 2012, Raheem Sterling signed a sponsorship deal with American sportswear and equipment supplier, Nike.

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223. Roger Federer has never won gold at the Olympic Games but did lose the final to Andy Murray in 2012, held on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

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224. Martin Klizan competed in men's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as the men's doubles with Lukas Lacko.

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225. In November 2012, Katy Perry began work on her fourth album, Prism.

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226. On December 3, 2012, Carmelo Anthony was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the period November 26 to December 2, 2012.

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227. On 10 August 2012, Craig Bellamy completed his free transfer to Cardiff City on a two-year deal.

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228. On 7 June 2012, it was announced that Rod Stewart had signed a recording agreement with Universal Music Group.

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229. On 2 July 2012, Ryan Bertrand was named in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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230. On 24 February 2012, William Hague recognised the Syrian National Council as a "legitimate representative" of the country.

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231. Jelena Jankovic reached the final of Dallas and the third round of the 2012 US Open, but was defeated by second seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

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232. On Tuesday, Mark Cavendish told the BBC he had decided which team he will be with in 2012, but did not reveal their name.

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233. On March 27, 2012, Josh Norman participated at Coastal Carolina's pro day and chose to perform combine and positional drills.

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234. Steven Holcomb proved he was still on top of his game by winning both the two—and four-man events at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid.

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235. On May 7, 2012, Meek Mill released the second installment to his Dreamchasers series.

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236. Drew Brees was ranked as the second-best player in the league by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2012.

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237. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the 2012 NDAA that sparked controversy over indefinite detention of US citizens.

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238. James Harden was a member of the United States national team that won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, and was a member of the team that won the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2014.

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239. Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix on 29 July 2012 to claim his second win of the season.

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240. In 2012, Speaker Ryan supported a request for $3.8 million from the Department of Transportation for a new transit center in Janesville, which city officials received in July.

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241. Ron Atkinson reprised his famous Mr Bean character in a comedy sketch at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

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242. Colin Jost was selected as a "New Face" at the Montreal Just for Laughs festival in 2009, and has since appeared several times at the Chicago Just for Laughs festival and the Montreal festival (2010 and 2012).

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243. Steven Holcomb proved he was still on top of his game by winning both the two—and four-man events at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid.

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244. Ryan Seacrest was a NBC correspondent for the 2012 London Olympic Games and co-hosted the closing ceremony with Bob Costas and Al Michaels.

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245. On July 28, 2012, Michael Phelps placed eighth in the morning prelims for the 400-meter individual medley.

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246. Austin Rivers gained national recognition after making a game winning 3-pointer against Duke rival North Carolina in 2012.

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247. On January 28, 2012, Russell Wilson completed his college football career at the 2012 Senior Bowl.

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248. On 1 January 2012, Jeremy Heywood was knighted and officially made Cabinet Secretary.

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249. On 31 August 2012, Sadio Mane moved to Austrian Bundesliga side Red Bull Salzburg for the third biggest transfer fee that FC Metz had ever received.

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250. In 2012, Nike Inc carried a commercial partnership with the Asian Football Confederation.

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251. Chris Moyles appeared on Children in Need on 16 November 2012, performing Bring Me Sunshine on stage with holograms of famous comedy duo Morecambe and Wise in an effort to raise money for the charity.

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252. Grigor Dimitrov represented Bulgaria at his maiden Olympics in London 2012.

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253. BMW Masters announced on 15 October 2010 that it will return to touring car racing during the 2012 season.

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254. Harry Styles dated singer Taylor Swift from October 2012 to January 2013.

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255. Maria Sharapova became the 10th woman to earn a career Grand Slam with her French Open win in 2012, and she added a second French crown in 2014.

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256. Draymond Green was selected with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.

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257. On November 6, 2012, Obama White House won 332 electoral votes, exceeding the 270 required for him to be reelected as president.

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258. On October 10, 2012, Ashley Roberts released a preview of a cover version of Bobby Newberry's "All In A Day", produced by the Invaders.

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259. Leonard Hamilton was named ACC Coach of the Year on March 10, 2009, and a second time in 2012.

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260. Alicia Vikander played Caroline in A Royal Affair in 2012, but the movie nearly didn't happen.

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261. At the 2012 Olympics, Kevin Durant set the record for total points scored in an Olympic basketball tournament.

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262. In July 2012, Thiel Foundation made a $1 million donation to the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative 50(4) organization, becoming the group's largest contributor.

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263. Liam Neeson reunited with Steven Spielberg with plans to star as Abraham Lincoln in the 2012 film Lincoln, based on the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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264. In May 2012, Sony Electronics shares were valued at about $15 billion.

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265. Emma Willis hosted two series of the ITV2 reality show Girlfriends in 2012 and 2013.

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266. In 2012, Luxembourg Open boasted the most Michelin stars per person in Europe—a total of 12 for 11 restaurants.

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267. Representative Ron Paul won several early straw polls for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and in late April 2011, he formed an official exploratory committee.

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268. Representative Ron Paul came in third in the Iowa Republican Caucus held on January 3, 2012.

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269. Nicki Minaj was the first solo female rapper to perform at the Grammy Awards, premiering "Roman Holiday" during the 2012 ceremony on February 12.

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270. Kobe Bryant played on both the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic teams, winning consecutive gold medals with teammates Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, among several other top players.

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271. Victoria Azarenka's is a former world No 1 in singles and was the year-end No 1 in 2012.

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272. James Harden helped the Thunder reach the 2012 NBA Finals, where they were defeated in five games by the Miami Heat.

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273. Tomas Berdych started the 2012 season winning the 2012 Hopman Cup for the Czech Republic with compatriot Petra Kvitova.

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274. In 2012, Luxembourg Open boasted the most Michelin stars per person in Europe—a total of 12 for 11 restaurants.

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275. On May 10, 2012, Luke Kuechly signed a 4-year, $12.58 million contract.

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276. In May 2012, Sony Interactive shares were valued at about $15 billion.

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277. On Saturday 9 June 2012, Tenacious D played the main stage at Download Festival at Donington Park in Derbyshire, England.

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278. In 2012, Mindy Kaling left "The Office" in order to star in her own show, "The Mindy Project", on Fox.

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279. In 2012, Kyrie Irving was in contention for a position on the Australian team for the 2012 Olympics.

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280. On 24 March 2012, Raheem Sterling made his senior Liverpool debut as a substitute in a league match against Wigan Athletic, aged 17 years and 107 days, becoming the third-youngest player to play for the club in the process.

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281. In 2012, President Vladimir Putin wrote an article in the Hindu newspaper, saying that "The Declaration on Strategic Partnership between India and Russia signed in October 2000 became a truly historic step".

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282. On June of the year 2012, Fearne Cotton became one of the BBC's presenters for its coverage of the "Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant".

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283. In January 2012, Gisele Bundchen visited Kenya on a goodwill mission to improve energy poverty.

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284. Marcus Mariota played college football at Oregon, where he was the starting quarterback from 2012 to 2014.

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285. Sir Tom Jones released a single on 19 March 2012, produced by former White Stripes frontman Jack White, called Evil.

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286. Sebastian Vettel qualified in pole position for the first time in 2012 at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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287. In September 2012, Emma Willis became a permanent presenter on This Morning, presenting segments in The Hub, taking over from Coleen Nolan.

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288. Kate Upton appeared on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, released in February 2012.

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289. In 2012, Luxembourg Open boasted the most Michelin stars per person in Europe—a total of 12 for 11 restaurants.

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290. Novak Djokovic reached his maiden French Open final in 2012 by defeating Federer, reaching the finals of all four majors consecutively.

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291. Mesut Ozil was one of the leading forces in Germany's qualification for UEFA Euro 2012, scoring five times during the campaign as Germany won all ten of its games to top their group.

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292. In 2012, Malin Akerman travelled to Tanzania with Opportunity International, and has since begun support of their international development work, becoming a Young Ambassador for Opportunity in June 2012 and hosting a fundraiser for Opportunity in October 2012.

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293. Taylor Swift was named Best Female Country Artist at the 2012 American Music Awards and Artist of the Year at the 2013 ceremony.

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294. Chris Moyles appeared on the quiz show The Million Pound Drop along with Andi Peters in February 2012, they won £25,000 to divide between their chosen charities.

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295. Dallas Keuchel made his pro debut in 2012, starting 16 games and posting a 5.27 ERA.

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296. In 2012, Senator Sherrod Brown co-sponsored the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, a bill that would prohibit the export of some electronics for environmental reasons.

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297. On 18 August 2012, Steven Gerrard played his 250th match as Liverpool captain.

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298. Kurt Zouma totalled 21 league games in his first season—13 starts—and his other goal came on 14 January 2012, heading Banel Nicolita's corner for the only goal against lowly Sochaux at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

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299. In March 2012, William Hague ordered the evacuation of all British diplomats from Syria and closed the UK embassy in Damascus because of mounting security threats.

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300. In 2012, Yoko Ono held a major exhibition of her work To The Light at the Serpentine Galleries, London.

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301. Luca Brecel won the European Under-19 title at the age of 14 and is the youngest player to play at the Crucible after qualifying for the 2012 World Championship aged 17.

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302. Mesut Ozil provided 7 assists, more than any European international during Euro 2012 qualification.

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303. Gisele Bundchen's ranked in the top 10 of the Forbes list of "Entertainment's Highest-Paid Women" in 2012, at No 8.

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304. On 2 August 2012, Novak Djokovic defeated French fifth seed Tsonga and advanced to the semi-finals of Olympics, where he was beaten by Murray in straight sets.

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305. Bubba Watson earned his fifth career PGA Tour victory—and his first since the 2012 Masters—at the 2014 Northern Trust Open.

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306. In 2012, Taylor Swift participated in the Stand Up to Cancer telethon, performing "Ronan", a song she wrote in memory of a four-year-old boy who died of neuroblastoma.

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307. Marcus Mariota played college football at the University of Oregon where he was the starting quarterback from 2012 to 2014.

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308. On January 5, 2012, Katy Perry was named the sixth best-selling digital artist in the United States, with sales of 37.6 million units according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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309. Bobby Wagner was taken in the infamous 2012 NFL Draft that landed the Seahawks its franchise quarterback Russell Wilson.

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310. Marcel Granollers has won 4 singles titles and 16 doubles titles, including the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals.

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311. At the 2012 French Open, Bojana Jovanovski lost to world number 3 Agnieszka Radwanska.

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312. On 19 February 2012, Gary Barlow In Concert announced that he and his wife Dawn were expecting their fourth child.

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