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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated in favour of her son Prince Willem-Alexander; two fatal explosions took place at the Boston Marathon; Margaret Thatcher died, aged 87; Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, died aged 58; The Pope announced his resignation; the Church of England rejected the introduction of women bishops; Barack Obama held off the challenge of Mitt Romney to be re-elected President of the United States; Silvio Berlusconi was given a jail sentence after being found guilty of tax fraud; Europe came from behind to win the Ryder Cup; Neil Armstrong died aged 82; Lance Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles; Julian Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador; Usain Bolt won the 100m and the 200m at the London Olympics; Gore Vidal died aged 86; Michael Phelps ended his Olympic career with 18 golds and 22 medals in total; the 2012 Olympics got underway in London with an opening ceremony created by Danny Boyle; Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France; Ernie Els won The Open; Roger Federer and Serena Williams won the singles finals at Wimbledon; Cern scientists claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson; former Barclays Bank chief executive Bob Diamond gave evidence to the Treasury Committee following it being revealed that some of the bank's traders had conspired to manipulate the Libor rate; Spain won football's Euro 2012 tournament; the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Mohammed Mursi defeated ex-PM Ahmed Shafiq to be elected President of Egypt; a succession of notable figures gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry including David Cameron; Carlos Fuentes died, aged 83; Manchester City won the English Premier League; Francois Hollande was elected president of France; Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as president of Russia; Boris Johnson beat off the challenge of Ken Livingstone to be re-elected Mayor of London; Roy Hodgson was appointed manager of England's football team.
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