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Year 2011 Events

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The year 2011 saw many important events. While some received a warm welcome, some were not quite pleasant. Here is a compilation of the events that created a stir and dominated the world's attention in 2011.

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Business

16 June

IBM Completes 100

The American technology and consulting multinational, IBM is the second largest publicly traded technology giant in terms of market capitalization. Founded in 1911, IBM completed one hundred years of operations on June 16, 2011.

29 Jun

Google Plus launch

Google Plus, the social network was launched by Google on June 29, 2011. Initially available only through invitation, the network was thrown open to all users on September 20, 2011. Google Plus reached over twenty-five million users in early August making it one of the leading competitors of Facebook.

10 Jul

News of the World Ceases Publication

The leading Irish newspaper, News of the World ceased publication on July 10, 2011, following allegations of corruption and phone hacking. Founded in 1843, the tabloid had a circulation of 2,606,397 as of April 2011. The newspaper faced public outcry following police investigation.

5 Aug

USA Loses AAA Rating

Standard and Poor, the world's leading credit rating organization downgraded the United States from the top AAA rating for the first time ever. The US economy now holds an AA+ rating and concerns about the country's budget deficit have raised an alarm in the world markets.

Natural Disaster

22 Feb

On February 22, 2011, New Zealand was stuck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, the deadliest natural calamity of the country faced in the past eighty years. The shake caused an estimated damage of about US $12 billion. Read more...

11 Mar

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by an earthquake measuring 9.1. Among the five most powerful earthquakes of the past century, the Great East Japan Earthquake triggered a tsunami and a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant making it necessary for thousands of Japanese to evacuate the adjoining areas.

31 Jul

Thailand Floods

Over 602 people were killed and 2.3 million people were affected in the floods that occurred in Thailand during the monsoon season of 2011. The floods have caused havoc to the economy of the country and caused damages mounting up to US$ 5.1 billion.

Politics

Tunisian Revolution

14 Jan

In January 2011 the Tunisian Revolution flared up, with demands for the abdication of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali taking the country by storm. The large scale uprising, one of its kind in the Arab world, sparked off revolutions in many other countries leading up to the Arab Spring of 2011. Read more...

Egyptian Revolution

25 Jan

Following the Jasmine Revolution of Tunisia, Egyptians staged their own revolution in early 2011 demanding the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, whose thirty-year old regime had been authoritarian. As millions protested all over Egypt the world saw a second uprising in the Arab world within a couple of months. Read more... /p>

26 Jan

Protests in Syria

Following the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, Syria broke out in an uprising on January 26, 2011. By August 1, 2011, the protests had reached a crescendo claiming more than 3,500 lives.

11 Feb

The resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak after thirty years of autocratic rule shook up the world. Upstaged by his own people, the former President of Egypt faced trial with charges of corruption and murder. The world watched as Egypt, the most populous Arab nation was taken over by the military. Read more...

9 Jul

Republic of Southern Sudan Formed

Following a referendum that took place in Southern Sudan in January 2011, the Republic of Southern Sudan was formed on July 9, 2011. With its capital city at Juba, South Sudan is now a member of the UN and of the African Union.

25 Sep

Saudi Women Granted Right To Vote

King Abdullah, regent of Saudi Arabi, granted women the right to vote on September 25, 2011. Known for its conservatism, the decision was cheered by women the world over. Women of the country also won the right to run in municipal elections.

31 Oct

Palestine Granted UNESCO Membership

On October 31, 2011, the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO granted Palestine a full membership. The decision is seen as an endorsement of Palestine's efforts to achieve independence by the nations of the world.

3 Nov

Greek Crisis

The political crisis in Greece took an unexpected turn on November 3, 2011, as Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou dropped his plans for holding the proposed referendum on an EU bailout. The crisis was a threat to the financial prospects of the eurozone.

12 Nov

Italian PM, Silvio Berlusconi Steps Down

Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi stepped down on November 12, 2011, following the Italian financial crisis and scandals marring his career. A dominant political figure in Italian politics for over seventeen years, Berlusconi faces now faces trial.

28 Nov

Egyptian Parliamentary Elections

Following a revolution that led to the ousted of President Mubarak Hosni, Egypt was concerned with a continuing military rule. The country finally went into the first phase of parliamentary elections on November 28, 2011.

Science & Technology

9 Mar

Discovery Returns

Space Shuttle Discovery, the orbiter of NASAs space shuttle program made its final touchdown at the Kennedy Space Center on March 9, 2011. In about twenty-seven years the space shuttle had flown thirty-nine successful missions and had flown the space telescope Hubble into its orbit.

25 Mar

iPad 2 Launch

Apple Inc. launched the second generation tablet computer iPad2 in the United States on March 11, 2011 and internationally on March 25, 2011. The device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and revolutionized tablet technology.

8 Jul

Space Shuttle Atlantis Launched

On July 8, 2011, space shuttle Atlantis was launched on the final mission of the space shuttle program of NASA. The mission ended on July 21, 2011, when the shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center having orbited the earth 4,848 times.

11 Jul

Neptune Completes First Orbit since Discovery

The planet Neptune was discovered on September 23, 1846. Over 164 years later, on July 11, 2011, Neptune completed its first orbit around the sun since its discovery. The ice giant is the furthest planet from the sun following Pluto's removal from the list of planets.

People & Society

23 Mar

Death of Elizabeth Taylor

Renowned British-American actress, Elizabeth Liz Taylor died in March 2011 at the age of seventy-nine. Known for her award-winning performances in movies like Cleopatra and Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Liz Taylor was mired in controversy for her eight marriages but well loved by her audience.

29 Apr

British Royal Wedding

On April 29, 2011, the wedding of Prince William, the eldest son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, with Catherine Middleton took place in London. Held at Westminster Abbey, the royal wedding was broadcasted on television with a worldwide audience of about 36.7 million.

2 May

Death of Osama Bin-Laden

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, was perhaps the most wanted militant of the world after the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Founder of the militant outfit, Al-Qaeda, Osama was killed on May 2, 2011, in Pakistan.

17 Jun

UN Recognizes LGBT Rights

On June 17, 2011, the United Nations endorsed the rights of the LGBT community and recognized the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people as human rights. The resolution recognizing LGBT rights was protested by many Islamic and African countries but was welcomed by the LGBT community worldwide.

7 Jul

Last Harry Potter Movie Released

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the last movie based on the Harry Potter novels by J K Rowling, premiered in London on July 7, 2011. The film earned over $438.2 million worldwide by the opening weekend and set a record. Amazon.com has declared the film the highest pre-ordered Blu-ray.

6 Aug

Britain Riots

A number of London boroughs and many cities in England broke out in riots on August 6, 2011. The riots lasted till August 10 and widespread looting and arson was reported. Security concerns apart, over £200 million worth of assets and properties were damaged in the riots.

5 Oct

Death of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the co-founder and chairman of Apple Inc., died at the age of 56, having battled cancer for about eight years. iPhone, iPad, iPod, and iMac are known to have been the brainchild of the master inventor. The news shocked the world.

20 Oct

Death of Ousted Libyan Leader Gaddafi

Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar Gaddafi, the leader of Libya since 1969 was killed on October 20, 2011, by the members of National Transitional Council. Libya had been in a state of civil war since February 2011 and had required a NATO led military intervention.

31 Oct

World Population Reaches Seven Billion

According to United Nations reports the population of the world hit the seven million mark on October 31, 2011. A number of children from across the world were symbolically selected to represent the seven millionth birth.