2012 in Italy

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Events from the year 2012 in Italy:



  • 13 January - Costa Concordia disaster - a cruise liner capsized, killing at least 32 people on board.
  • 13 January - Italy's credit rating is downgraded to BBB+ by Standard & Poor's.
  • 15 February - Several Indian fishermen are killed in a firefight between riflemen of the Italian Navy and pirates off the coast of the Kerala, India. The soldiers involved are being held by the authorities in New Delhi.
  • 18 February - Pope Benedict XVI creates 22 new cardinals during his fourth consistory.
  • 12 May - 85th National Gathering of the Alpini in Bolzano.
  • 20 May - The regions of Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto are hit by an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 with the epicenter in the provinces of Modena, Mantua, Ferrara, Rovigo, Bologna and Reggio Emilia.
  • 29 May - Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy are again affected by three new strong earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 5 (5.8, 5.3, 5.2).
  • 27 September - Italian newspaper editor Alessandro Sallusti is sentenced to 14 months in prison for publishing libellious remarks, in a landmark case that significantly limits free speech in Italy.
  • 26 September - Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is sentenced to 4 years in the first degree (including 3 condoned) in the process of tax fraud on the acquisition of television rights group Mediaset.
  • 31 September - The Monti administration endorses the reorganizing of the Provinces, which will start in 2014. The provinces will drop from 86 to 51. Among the most discussed mergers are Livorno with Pisa, Pescara with Chieti and Avellino with Benevento. The Provincial Administration instead will disappear in January 2013.
  • 21 December - Prime Minister Mario Monti hands in his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano.





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