By Naila Missous, Josh Wells, Dave Burridge, Vanessa Martinez, Cristian Meza, Matt Hill and Richard Smith
The USA declared an end to the war in Iraq on December 15.
Elsewhere in the States, another accusation arose for Jerry Sandusky, ex-assistant football coach at Penn State. According to Fox News, a 19-year-old boy accused Sandusky of raping him when he was 12 years old, at a summer camp on the Penn State campus. The accusations against Sandusky began in early November.
December saw the domination of the UK charts by the X-factor. The X-factor Finalists reached number one with ‘Wishing on a Star’ in the first week of December.
Former X-factor contestant Olly Murs then reached the top place with ‘Dance With me Tonight’.
This was followed by the X-factor winners of 2011, Little Mix, with their winning single ‘Cannonball’ (originally by Damien Rice).
The Christmas number one of 2011 was The Military Wives & Gareth Malone’s ‘Wherever You Are’. Little Mix’s ‘Cannonball’ failed to hold the tradition of the X-factor winner’s single becoming the Christmas single, as it dropped into second place in the single chart.
Micheal Bublé’s album Christmas became the Christmas number one in the album chart.
As the year drew to a close, golfer Luke Donald took the plaudits as he became the first man to finish top of both the PGA and European tours at the end of the year.
The tennis season officially came to a close with Spain beating Argentina 3-1 to lift the Davis Cup for the first time.
Back in England the 2012 Darts World Championship got under way. 15 time world champion Phil Taylor was on the end of the biggest shock in darts history after he lost in the second round to Dave Chisnall, the earliest that Taylor has ever gone out in the tournament.