The last days of December make you most nostalgic about the year that was. It was a year of big wins and some losses. History witnessed many great moments that marked milestones for human civilization. However, there have also been many disasters that pockmarked this year's glory.
It was a euphoric moment when Mars rover Curiosity, a brilliant robotic device built by NASA, landed on Mars on August 6, 2012. The world held its breath until the touchdown moment. It was truly a historic moment for the world to witness the greatest scientific development of the millennium.
Another eureka moment was when Rolf Heuer, director of CERN, announced the discovery of a subatomic particle, nicknamed the "god particle". It was a breakthrough which took nearly fifty years and £2.6 bn. The Higgs Boson particle may hold the key to many of the mysteries of the universe, including the reason that some particles have mass.
Closer home, the world witnessed the re-election of Barack Obama as the President of America. By winning a massive election this year, Obama entered the hall of fame with other American Presidents who served two terms. The London Olympics, and the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne of United Kingdom are two other events that marked 2012 as a memorable year.
There were a few low moments too. Hurricane Sandy, that swept on a devastating course in the East Coast of New York, left behind a mass of destruction of life and property. The calm after the storm was deafening.
Famous personalities died this year. Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker and renowned author died on November 28, 2012. We will miss his inspiring words. We will also miss Neil Armstrong, Stephen Covey, and other luminaries who departed from this world this year.
Personally, 2012 has been a good year for me. By next year, I will have completed a decade with About.com as a guide to Quotations. My tribe of quotations fans grows every year, with loyal fans staying with me, and new ones joining the group. I am happy and grateful to all my readers, and enjoy reading their comments and feedback.