One last look at 2012
By Cordell Jarzombek
The year 2012 was a long year of both accomplishments and failures. Though each year has its ups and downs, each is its own in both individuality and ... well, I don’t have an “and.” It’s just another year. At any rate, the day-to-day can blur and distort the lines between the years, so this is a tribute to 2012 -- everything that it was and ever will be.
To kick the year off, the European Union introduced an embargo against Iran in protest of Iran’s efforts to enrich and use uranium. In February, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee: the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the thrones of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. During February, as a result of the sanctions placed on it by the European Union, Iran placed an embargo on Europe of all oil exports, straining the country’s abilities.
On March 4, in the Republic of the Congo, a munitions dump in Brazzaville exploded, leaving over 250 people dead. In May, the Tokyo Skytree became the tallest self-supporting building in the world and was opened to the public. In June, Lonesome George (the last Pinta Island tortoise) died, officially closing the door on the species’ last hope, propelling it into extinction.
Summer brought the London Olympics; also, many millions of people in India were unable to watch the athletic events because the world’s largest power outage happened, affecting more than 620 million people.
August was a month of space-age technology with the land rover, Curiosity, landing on Mars successfully.
In September, Canada cut ties with Iran over the impending nuclear confrontation. Also in September, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, a series of terrorist attacks on the American Embassy in Syria killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, along with several Navy SEALs.
In October, Felix Baumgartner jumped from the Red Bull Stratos, breaking several records with his free fall, including breaking the sound barrier without use of a vehicle. In November, the U.S. had its elections, and Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense, which concluded in the death of Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari in Palestine.
And finally, on Dec. 21, though the Mayans didn’t correctly predict the end of the world, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” crested the 1 billion view mark on YouTube, making it the most-watched video in YouTube history.
Whew! One long year, fit into 442 words. Though 2012 contained many events of strife and war, hopefully 2013 will be better. Learning from the mistakes of yourself and others is the only way the world will continue to flourish.
Junior Journalist Cordell Jarzombek is a senior at Poth High School who participates in band and hopes to attend college. He is the son of Michael and Virginia Jarzombek.