Historical Events for Year 2011
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Jan 6th - 37th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Kristen Stewart win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Lisa Edelstein win (TV Drama)
Jan 8th - Attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store kills 6 and wounds 13, including Giffords
Jan 10th - Lionel Messi wins the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or, for being the best football player in 2010
Jan 10th - Ian McKellen officially confirms that he will reprise the role of Gandalf in "The Hobbit" film adaptations
Jan 14th - Stampede near Sabarimala in Kerala, India kills 104 devotees and injures 100 more
Jan 14th - Ben Ali, former Tunisian president, fled the country to Saudi Arabia after popular protests (dubbed as Jasmine Revolution) requesting his departure.
Jan 15th - Wikipedia the free internet encyclopedia turns 10 years old
Jan 24th - At least 35 died and 180 injured in a bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport.
Jan 25th - Egyptian Revolution of 2011 begins in Egypt, with a series of street demonstrations, marches, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labour strikes, and violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria, and throughout other cities in Egypt.
Actor Ian McKellen Jan 25th - It is announced today that the UK economy suffered a shock contraction of 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2010, which has been widely blamed on the severe winter weather in December and austere budget cuts implemented by the coalition government increasing fears that the UK is heading for a double-dip recession
Jan 28th - Hundreds of thousands of protesters fill the Egyptian's streets against the Mubarak regime in demonstrations referred to as the "Friday of Anger"
Jan 30th - NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 55-41
Jan 30th - 99th Australian Open: Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray (6-4, 6-2, 6-3)
Jan 30th - 99th Australian Open: Kim Clijsters beats Li Na (3-6, 6-3, 6-3)
Feb 3rd - All available blocks of IPv4 internet addresses are officially distributed to regional authorities.
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol Feb 5th - Ed Sabol, co-founder of NFL Films, elected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Feb 6th - Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25 at the Cowboys Stadium MVP: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, QB
Feb 9th - Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday album reached number one on the Billboard 200 in its eleventh week on the chart.
Feb 9th - Latvia leaves deep recession with an annualised growth of 3.7% in the last quarter of 2010, it is reported today
Feb 11th - Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.
Feb 13th - 53rd Grammy Awards: Need You Now, Esperanza Spalding wins
Feb 14th - The 2011 Bahraini uprising commenced.
Feb 15th - Libyan protests begin opposing Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi's rule
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Feb 20th - 60th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 148-143 at Los Angeles
Feb 20th - 53rd Daytona 500: Trevor Bayne wins (130.326 MPH)
Feb 21st - Thailand's GDP rose 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2010 after a minor recession caused by GDP contractions of 0.4% in the second quarter and 0.3% in the third quarter of 2010, it is reported today
Feb 22nd - An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people
Feb 23rd - Venezuela's economy grew 0.6% in the last quarter of 2010, technically leaving the recession after six quarters, it is reported today
Feb 24th - Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).
Feb 25th - In the Irish general election, the Fianna Fáil-led government suffered the worst defeat of a sitting government since the formation of the Irish state in 1921.
Feb 25th - French fashion house Christian Dior suspends its chief designer John Galliano after he is arrested for an anti-semitic verbal attack in Paris
Feb 26th - 31st Golden Raspberry Awards: The Last Airbender wins
Actress Natalie Portman Feb 27th - 83rd Academy Awards - "The King's Speech", Colin Firth & Natalie Portman win
Mar 1st - Tomb of a 700 year old female mummy, discovered by road workers, opened in Taizhou, Jiangsu, China
Mar 7th - Charlie Sheen is fired from the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men"
Mar 9th - Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights.
Mar 11th - An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.
Mar 12th - A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan's earthquake.
Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor Mar 22nd - Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty for misdemeanors of sexual misconduct and is sentenced to six years probation
Mar 30th - The global credit information group Experian highlight in a report that the economic recovery for Wales is slower than the rest of the UK, stating a forecasted growth of 1.6% per year over the next decade as compared to 2.2% for the rest of the United Kingdom
Apr 1st - After protests against the burning of the Quran turned violent, a mob attacked a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan and killed thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.
Apr 1st - Alan Rickman's last performance in "Seminar" on Broadway
Apr 4th - 73rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Butler 53-41
Apr 5th - 30th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas A&M beats Notre Dame 76-70
Actor Alan Rickman Apr 9th - A gunman murdered five people, injured eleven, and committed suicide in a mall in the Netherlands.
Apr 9th - 164th Grand National: Jason Maguire aboard Ballabriggs wins
Apr 10th - 75th Golf Masters Championship: Charl Schwartzel wins, shooting a 274
Apr 11th - Minsk Metro bombing
Apr 15th - "Black Friday" for online poker in the US: indicment United States v. Scheinberg shuts down sites, accussing companies of fraud and money laundering
Apr 17th - "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in Sydney, Australia
Apr 19th - Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.
Cuban President Fidel Castro Apr 23rd - Zach Daniels defeated Rick Michaels to become the new TNT Heavyweight Champion.
Apr 25th - At least 300 people killed in deadliest tornado outbreak in the Southern United States since the 1974 Super Outbreak.
Apr 27th - The deadliest day of the 2011 Super outbreak of tornadoes, the largest tornado outbreak, in United States history.
Apr 27th - U.S. President Barack Obama, coerced by incessant false "birther" accusations, publicly releases a copy of his birth certificate
Apr 28th - 2011 NFL Draft: Cam Newton from University of Auburn first pick by Carolina Panthers
May 1st - Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.
May 2nd - 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.
Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden May 2nd - The 2011 E. coli O104:H4 outbreak strikes Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others sick from the bacteria outbreak.
May 6th - The US Department of Labor states that 244,000 jobs were created in April, with 235,000 added in February and 221,000 in March, but unemployment continues to grow, reaching 9%
May 7th - 137th Kentucky Derby: John Velazquez aboard Animal Kingdom wins in 2:02.04
May 7th - "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", directed by Rob Marshall, starring Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz, premieres in - opening weekend makes $350.6
May 13th - Portugal slips into double-dip recession after the economy contracts by 0.7% in the first quarter of 2011, with a 0.6% contraction in the last quarter of 2010, it is reported today
Actress Penélope Cruz May 13th - Romania officially leaves the recession after 2 years following economic growth of an annualised 1.6% in the first quarter
May 15th - "The Artist" directed by Michel Hazanavicius and starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo premieres at the Cannes Film festival (Best Picture 2012)
May 16th - Space shuttle Endeavour launches for its final commission in space
May 21st - 137th Preakness: Jesús Castañón aboard Shackleford wins in 1:56.47
May 22nd - An EF5 Tornado strikes the US city of Joplin, Missouri killing at least 158 people, the single deadliest US tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950.
May 22nd - 19th Billboard Music Awards: Eminem, Recovery win
May 25th - Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift May 25th - 46th Academy of Country Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Brad Paisley win
May 29th - Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 2:56:11.7267 (274.015 km/h)
Jun 5th - 110th French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1)
Jun 5th - 110th French Open: Li Na beats Francesca Schiavone (6-4, 7-6)
Jun 8th - 45th CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins
Jun 11th - 143rd Belmont: Jose Valdivia Jr aboard Ruler On Ice wins in 2:30.88
Jun 12th - 65th NBA Championship: Dallas Mavericks beat Miami Heat, 4 games to 2
Jun 12th - 65th Tony Awards: The Book of Mormon & War Horse win
Jun 13th - Christchurch, New Zealand is hit by another strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.3
Jun 15th - Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-3
Jun 19th - 111th US Golf Open: Rory McIlroy shoots a 268 at Congressional GC MD
Gangster Whitey Bulger Jun 22nd - After hiding for 16 years, Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California
Jun 23rd - "Transformers: Dark of the Moon", directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox premieres at the Moscow Film Festival
Jun 26th - 57th LPGA Championship won by Yani Tseng
Jul 3rd - 118th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Petra Kvitová beats Maria Sharapova (6-3 6-4)
Jul 3rd - 125th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal (6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3)
Jul 7th - Roof of a stand in De Grolsch Veste Stadium in Enschede which was under construction collapsed, one killed and 14 injured.
Jul 7th - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2", the last Harry Potter film, premieres in London
Tennis Player Rafael Nadal Jul 8th - Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.
Jul 9th - South Sudan gains independence and secedes from Sudan.
Jul 10th - British tabloid News of the World publishes its last edition after 168 years in the wake of a phone hacking scandal.
Jul 11th - Neptune completes its first orbit since its discovery on September 23, 1846.
Jul 12th - 82nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Chase Field, Phoenix
Jul 13th - Mumbai is rocked by three bomb blasts during the evening rush hour, killing 26 and injuring 130.
Jul 13th - 19th ESPY Awards: Dirk Nowitzki, Lindsey Vonn win
Jul 17th - 140th British Golf Open: Darren Clarke shoots a 275 at Royal St George's Golf Club
Jul 19th - "Captain America: The First Avenger", directed by Joe Johnston, starring Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell, premieres in Los Angeles
Jul 21st - NASA's Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135.
Jul 22nd - Norway is the victim of twin terror attacks, the first being a bomb blast which targeted government buildings in central Oslo, the second being a massacre at a youth camp on the island of Utøya.
Aug 5th - Svalbard Polar Bear Attack (2011) - a rogue Polar Bear attacks and kills a British schoolboy.
Aug 6th - A helicopter containing members of Navy SEAL 6 is shot down in Afghanistan killing 38.
Aug 14th - 93rd PGA Championship: Keegan Bradley shoots a 272 at Atlanta Athletic Club
Aug 16th - Beginning of World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid
Aug 18th - The West Memphis Three are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment
Aug 23rd - Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the 2011 Libyan Civil War.
Aug 23rd - 5.8 earthquake occurrs in Mineral, Virginia felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia
Aug 26th - The 787 Dreamliner, Boeing's all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA
Pop Star Katy Perry Aug 28th - 28th MTV Video Music Awards: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber wins
Sep 7th - Plane crash in Russia kills 43 people, including nearly the entire roster of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Kontinental Hockey League team
Sep 8th - Fashion designer John Galliano is found guilty of anti-semitic remarks in a Paris court and fined €6,000
Sep 12th - 131st U.S. Open: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal (6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1)
Sep 12th - 131st U.S. Open: Samantha Stosur beats Serena Williams (6-2, 6-3)
Sep 15th - In Canada, the St. Thomas Assembly plant is closed permanently after decades of providing employing to the region of St. Thomas, Ontario and resulting in the loss of roughly 1,400 well-paid jobs
Sep 16th - The critically acclaimed "Drive", starring Ryan Gosling, is released
Actor Ryan Gosling Sep 17th - Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zucotti Park, New York City.
Sep 18th - 63rd Emmy Awards: Mad Men, Modern Family, Kyle Chandler & Julianna Margulies win
Sep 19th - Ashton Kutcher debuts on "Two and a Half Men", replacing Charlie Sheen
Sep 20th - The United States ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.
Sep 20th - "New Girl", starring Zooey Deschanel, debuts on Fox
Sep 22nd - CERN scientists announce their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light
Oct 8th - Irish professional darts player Brendan Dolan plays 1st perfect 9 dart game on TV in semi-final against James Wade at PDC World Darts Championship in Dublin
Actress Zooey Deschanel Oct 15th - Global protests break out in 951 cities in 82 countries.
Oct 15th - Legoland Florida (the world's largest Legoland theme park) opens in Winter Haven, Florida.
Oct 18th - Gilad Shalit is released.
Oct 20th - The former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Moatassem Gaddafi are killed shortly after the battle of Sirte (2011) while in the custody of NTC fighters.
Oct 23rd - A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands.
Oct 27th - The Royal Australian Navy announces that they discovered the wreck of a World War II submarine in Simpson Harbour, Papua New Guinea during Operation RENDER SAFE - it is likely to be Japanese.
Oct 27th - Major League Baseball World Series Game 6: St. Louis Cardinal 3B David Freese hits game-tying 2 run triple with 2 outs in the 9th and then hits walk-off home run in the 11th
Oct 28th - MLB World Series: St. Louis Cardinals defeat Texas Rangers to win 4-3
Oct 29th - Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours.
Author Stephenie Meyer Oct 30th - "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Bill Condon, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison, premieres at the Rome Film Festival
Oct 31st - The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations
Nov 8th - The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances from Earth (about 324,600 kilometres or 201,700 miles), the closest known approach by an asteroid of its brightness since 2010 XC15 in 1976.
Nov 9th - 45th Country Music Association Award: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins
Nov 9th - Shakira is honoured as Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year
Nov 11th - 25th Soul Train Music Awards: Cee-Lo Green, Jill Scott win
Nov 12th - Silvio Berlusconi resigns as Prime Minister of Italy due, in large part, to the European sovereign debt crisis.
14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Nov 18th - Former Filipino President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is arrested and held at Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City under charges of electoral sabotage
Nov 20th - 38th American Music Awards: Adele, Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift win
Nov 23rd - Arab Spring: After 11 months of protests in Yemen, The Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh Signs a deal to transfer power to the vice president, in exchange for legal immunity.
Nov 25th - Sudden violent storms strike southern Sri Lanka, killing 27 people and drowning many fishermen caught by surprise. Thousands of homes lose their roofs and several more sustain damage. Landslides along with flooding was reported on the mainland.
Nov 26th - 2011 NATO attack in Pakistan: NATO forces in Afghanistan attack a Pakistani checkpost in a friendly fire incident, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 13 others.
Nov 27th - 99th CFL Grey Cup: BC Lions defeats Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 34-23
Singer-songwriter Adele Nov 27th - 62nd Formula One WDC: Sebastian Vettel wins by 122 points
Dec 4th - 100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1)
Dec 15th - Barry Bonds is sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service, for an obstruction of justice conviction stemming from a grand jury appearance in 2003