South America celebrates the 2012 New Years with a large fireworks display.
The UFSA Department of Customs allows Haitian immigrants work visas following a large influx of the population group. The Department of Customs at first denied the Haitians rights to a visa, but this was declared a violation of the Treaty of Unity in the case Toussaint v. Customs in late December of last year. The court ruling took effect on the first minute of the new year.
A fifteen minute power outage in Belém caused major traffic jams during rush hour.
Thirteen people reported missing in a plane crash over the Gran Chacao. The plane was en route to Manaus from Salta. The crash is being investigated, and a segment of the wing was found just five Km out of the city.
Police in Recifé accidentally wound a woman after misfiring their tazer.
A light display in Georgetown is opened to the public.
Grand Marshal reportedly seen having tea with Amazonian tribal chiefs near Manaus.
Campo Grande zoo elephant "Marciá" gives birth to a girl named "Flora".
Plane crash wreckage found near Vulcán. All on board have miraculously survived due to provisions on the aircraft and the crash landing skill of the pilot. Survivors have been moved to the Hospotal San Roque in nearby San Salvador de Jujuy.
Mudslide in Rio causes major traffic problems when trying to access São Paulo from the city for nearly 8 hours.
Nationally funded beautification project started in Brazilian Coast Megalopolis. The use of green plants to brighten city streets adds a green aspect to the area.
Chinese overseas students protest new rebellion in China from Buenos Aires. Police and city allow the protest to last until 3 A.M. when disturbance calls from the surrounding residents were reported. The students were peacefully disassembled and did not argue with police when leaving the Parque Avellaneda.