What Happened in 2011

Significant Events

  • Jan 14 Tunisian president Ben Ali, flees to Saudi Arabia after popular protests known as the Jasmine Revolution
  • Jan 25 Egyptian Revolution of 2011 begins with a series of street demonstrations, marches, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labor strikes and violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities
  • Feb 11 Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.
  • Mar 11 9.0 magnitude earthquake strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and causing the second worst nuclear accident in history
  • Apr 19 Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.
  • May 2 Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
  • Jul 22 Norway is the victim of twin terror attacks, the first a bomb blast targeting government buildings in central Oslo, second a massacre at a youth camp on island of Ut√łya
  • Sep 22 CERN scientists announce their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light
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Did You Know?

The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations

On October 31, 2011


World Leaders in 2011

Famous People in 2011

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 Singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler (25) weds country music songwriter Kyle Jacobs (34) at the Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua
  • Jan 1 Singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico
  • Jan 1 "Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli weds financial planner Tom Vitale at their home in Malibu, California
  • Jan 2 Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer (34) weds author Neil Gaiman (50) in Berkley, California
  • Jan 14 "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actor James Marsters (48) weds longtime girlfriend Patricia Rahman in Los Angeles

Famous Divorces

  • Jan 21 Actress Jaime Pressly (35) divorces entertainment lawyer Simran Singh (33) due to irreconcilable differences after more than 1 year of marriage
  • Jan 28 "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria (37) divorces NBA player Tony Parker (30) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of a storybook wedding
  • Feb 8 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half years of marriage
  • Feb 10 Former Playboy model Camille Donatacci (42) divorces "Frazier" actor-comedian Kelsey Grammer (56) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage
  • Apr 15 Grammy-winning pop singer Christina Aguilera (29) divorces music executive Jordan Bratman (33) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage
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