2012 is the centenary of the first parachute jump from a moving aeroplane, the sinking of the titanic and the invention of the electric blanket.
It is also, according to The Oxford English Dictionary, the centenary of the first appearance of 364 English words including autism, decathlon and Rottweiler.
It is the bicentenary of tomfoolery, aluminium and the phrase 'living doll', while self-congratulation, unconscious and zig-zag made their first recorded appearances 300 years ago in 1712.
The United Nations declared 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy For All and the International Year of Co-operatives.
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A fruitcake made in 1941 was auctioned for $525 by an Ohio company at the... MORE
Interviewed before his 70th birthday in January 2012, the scientist Stephen Hawking was asked what... MORE
On December 12, 1911, King George V announced that the capital of India was to... MORE
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When the words 'billion' and 'trillion' were first used in the 17th century, they meant... MORE