Infoplease Reflects on Triumphs and Tragedies with “2012 Year in Review"

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Trusted Reference Site Provides Concise and Compelling View of 2012 Events

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Our annual Year in Review feature provides visitors with a compelling snapshot of this year’s highs and lows, with in-depth articles and detailed timelines.

As the year draws to a close, Infoplease remembers a year of unspeakable tragedies in the United States and around the world, catastrophic natural disasters, a tumultuous presidential election and a looming economic crisis – all in the trusted reference site’s “2012 Year in Review.” Newly redesigned, featuring a clean, streamlined look, Infoplease provides visitors with a concise and compelling overview of the major world and national events and newsmakers of 2012.

To help visitors reflect on the past year, Infoplease’s “2012 Year in Review” features articles recapping “News of the Nation,” “World News” and “Science News.” In these articles, visitors will reexamine the top stories that had an impact on people at the local, state, national and international level, such as the Trayvon Martin case in Florida and the unrest in the Middle Eastern countries of Egypt, Syria and Iran. Also, they will be reminded of how athletes from 205 countries around the world came together in London to participate in the memorable 2012 Olympic Games.

As the country continues to grieve and struggle to understand the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Infoplease presents information about the events of that awful day as well as a detailed timeline of worldwide school and mass shootings.

“2012 was truly a year of triumphs and tragedies, both in our country and around the world,” said Jess M. Brallier, publisher, Infoplease. “Our annual Year in Review feature provides visitors with a compelling snapshot of this year’s highs and lows, with in-depth articles and detailed timelines.”

With this year of economic uncertainty drawing to a close, Congress and the White House are scrambling to overcome partisan politics and reach a compromise on the looming “fiscal cliff,” when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 go into effect. Visitors can also look back at the long and often contentious election season with several Infoplease articles, including “Milestones of the 2012 Election,” which highlights this year’s important firsts in gay marriage, women in the Senate and the legalization of marijuana in two states.

In addition to political and economic tumult and human tragedies, 2012 delivered some extreme weather with heat waves, droughts, floods and devastating storms, such as Hurricane Sandy. Highlights from these natural disasters are featured on Infoplease’s “2012 Year in Review.”

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