With 2011 come to an end, it goes without telling that it was the most eventful year in the recent past.
Starting with Arab Spring, Japan Earth Quake & Tsunami, Killing of Osama Bin Laden, Cricket World Cup and many more, 2011 has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons if you ask me. There are few which also made 2011 memorable.
Below are the Top Events of 2011 categorized by month
Date: 15 Jan 2011 – Arab Spring Tunisian Revolution – President Steps down
|The Tunisian Revolution was an intensive campaign of civil resistance, including a series of street demonstrations taking place in Tunisia. The events began in December 2010 and led to the ousting of longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 15 2011. Street demonstrations and other unrest have continued to the present day. This revolution started of the chain reaction across Arab nations which is now called as Arab Spring.Read More….|
Date: 11 Feb 2011 – Arab Spring Egyptian Revolution – Hosni Mubarak Resigns
|On 11 February, following weeks of determined popular protest and pressure, the then President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak resigned from office. This marked an important day in Egyptian history and the Arab Spring spread to neighboring countries like Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain.Read More….|
Date: 11 Mar 2011 – Earthquake followed by Tsunami destructs Japan
|An earthquake measuring 8.9 struck off the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital Tokyo, causing “many injuries”, major tsunami damage and at least one fire.The Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed cars, trucks, houses and buildings being swept away by tsunami in Onahama city in Fukushima prefecture. Black smoke was seen billowing from a building in Odaiba, a Tokyo suburb, and bullet trains to the north of the country were halted.Read More….Also see 20 Unforgettable Pictures from Nat Geo|
Date: 2 April 2011 – Cricket World Cup – India Win after 28 Years
|An inspired India on Saturday night regained the coveted World Cup after 28 years as they suppressed Sri Lanka with a six-wicket victory in a nerve-wrecking final to script a glorious new chapter in their cricketing history.Chasing 275 for a historic win, the Indians held their nerves as they rode on Gautam Gambhir’s 97 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s unbeaten 91 to overhaul the target with 10 balls to spare and send the cricket-crazy nation into a frenzy.The vociferous, jam-packed crowd at the Wankhede stadium erupted in wild celebrations as Dhoni hit the winning six runs to give India their biggest cricketing moment and crown themselves the ODI world champions, in addition to being the number one Test team.Read More….|
Date: 29 Apr 2011 – The Royal Wedding
|After a 10 year romance Prince William married Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on Friday April 29, 2011. A million people lined the procession route to watch the happy couple while many more around the world watched on televison. The Queen bestowed on them the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.An estimated 2 billion people followed the wedding.Read More….|
Date: 02 May 2011 – Osama Bin Laden Dead
|Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, shortly after 1 a.m. local time by a United States special forces military unit. The operation, code-named Operation Neptune Spear, was ordered by United States President Barack Obama and carried out in a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operation by a team of United States Navy SEALs from the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group of the Joint Special Operations Command, with support from CIA operatives on the ground.The raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan was launched from Afghanistan.After the raid, U.S. forces took bin Laden’s body to Afghanistan for identification, then buried it at sea within 24 hours of his death.Read More….|
Date: 03 Jun 2011 – Arab Spring Yemen Revolution – President Assassination Attempt
|The president of Yemen has been hurt in an attack on a mosque in his compound in the capital Sanaa, as fighting continues between the government and armed tribes.In an audio message hours later, Ali Abdullah Saleh said he was well and blamed tribal opponents for the attack. The PM and speaker of parliament were hurt and seven people killed.Earlier troops shelled the home of the brother of the tribal leader whose supporters they are fighting.
Thousands meanwhile attended a funeral for 50 people killed in the violence, and there were huge demonstrations after Friday prayers.Read More….
Date: 22 Jul 2011 – Norway Massacre
|A Norwegian dressed as a police officer gunned down at least 84 people at an island retreat before being arrested, police said Saturday. Investigators are still searching the surrounding waters, where people fled the attack, which followed an explosion in nearby Oslo that killed seven.The mass shootings are among the worst in history. With the blast outside the prime minister’s office, they formed the deadliest day of terror in Western Europe since the 2004 Madrid train bombings killed 191. Though police did not release his name, Norwegian national broadcaster NRK identified him as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik and said police searched his Oslo apartment overnight. NRK and other Norwegian media posted pictures of the blond, blue-eyed Norwegian.Read More….|
Date: 16 Aug 2011 – One Man brings the govt to its knees. Anti Corruption Crusader Anna Hazare begins his indefinite fast
|It was a civic-government standoff, broadcast live to the nation by the incessantly chattering 24×7 TV news channels, and at the centre of this spectacular reality show was a frail and fasting 74-year-old man who became a veritable nightmare for the ruling political class, but a hero of the urban middle class reeling under pervasive corruption and an unresponsive system.Heroes are born in trying times, and in Hazare, who once sold flowers for a living, middle India has found an icon who echoed their growing disgust with scandal after scandal. Filmstar Aamir Khan spoke for many in India when he told Anna supporters amid singing and chanting that “Anna is the real hero”.Read More….|
Date: 11 Sep 2011 – 9/11 anniversary
|This day, 10 years ago the world changed forever.Read More….|
Date: 5 Oct 2011 – Apple’s Steven Jobs Dies
|Steven P. Jobs, the Apple Inc. chairman and co-founder who pioneered the personal-computer industry and changed the way people think about technology, died Wednesday at the age of 56.His family, in a statement released by Apple, said Mr. Jobs “died peacefully today surrounded by his family.”The company didn’t specify the cause of death. Mr. Jobs had battled pancreatic cancer and several years ago received a liver transplant. In August, Mr. Jobs stepped down as chief executive, handing the reins to longtime deputy Tim Cook.Read More….|
Date: 20 Oct 2011 – Arab Spring Libyan Revolution – Muammar Gaddafi Killed – New Libya is born
|Muammar Gaddafi was killed on Thursday as Libya’s new leaders declared they had overrun the last bastion of his long rule, sparking wild celebrations that eight months of war may finally be over.”He was killed in an attack by the fighters. There is footage of that,” the NTC’s information minister, Mahmoud Shammam, told Reuters.With a final declaration of the country’s “liberation” from 42 years of one-man rule apparently imminent, and crowds firing in the air and dancing in the streets of Tripoli and Benghazi, Libyan television said NTC chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil was about to address the nation.Read More….|
Date: 31 Oct 2011 – World’s population hits 7 billion
|Wrapped in a white blanket, Nargis Yadav lies in the arms of her mother in a small rural clinic in north India — one of half a million babies born around the world on Monday that will push the global population to the milestone of seven billion.The U.N.-declared landmark underscores the challenges faced by many countries in providing for the growing numbers of people on an already over stretched and crowded planet.Read More….|
Date: 26 Nov 2011 – Curiosity Rover sets off for Mars mission
|The world’s biggest extraterrestrial explorer, NASA’s Curiosity rover, rocketed toward Mars on Saturday on a search for evidence that the planet might once have been home to microscopic life.It will take eight and a half months for Curiosity to make the 345-million-mile journey to Mars.The rover, officially known as the Mars Science Laboratory, was hoisted into a cloudy sky on Saturday morning by an Atlas V rocket. More than 13,000 guests crowded the Cape Canaveral space center for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s first mission to Earth’s next-door neighbor in four years, and the first launching of a Martian rover in eight years.Read More….|