2011 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 8 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 14 Stampede near Sabarimala in Kerala, India kills 104 devotees and injures 100 more
  • Jan 14 Ben Ali, former Tunisian president, fled the country to Saudi Arabia after popular protests (dubbed as Jasmine Revolution) requesting his departure.
  • Jan 15 Wikipedia the free internet encyclopedia turns 10 years old

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Jan 16 French politician Marine Le Pen becomes the leader of the National Front Party

President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen
  • Jan 24 At least 35 died and 180 injured in a bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport.
  • Jan 25 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.
  • Jan 25 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

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Jan 28 Hundreds of thousands of protesters fill the Egyptian's streets against the Hosni Mubarak's regime in demonstrations referred to as the "Friday of Anger"

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • Feb 3 All available blocks of IPv4 internet addresses are officially distributed to regional authorities.
  • Feb 9 Latvia leaves deep recession with an annualised growth of 3.7% in the last quarter of 2010, it is reported today
  • Feb 10 61st Berlin International Film Festival: "A Separation" wins the Golden Bear
  • 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.
  • Feb 14 The 2011 Bahraini uprising commenced.

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Feb 15 Libyan protests begin opposing Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi's rule

Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • Feb 20 53rd Daytona 500: Trevor Bayne wins (130.326 MPH)
  • Feb 21 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 22 An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people
  • Feb 23 Venezuela's economy grew 0.6% in the last quarter of 2010, technically leaving the recession after six quarters, it is reported today
  • Feb 24 Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).
  • Feb 25 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 25 French fashion house Christian Dior suspends its chief designer John Galliano after he is arrested for an anti-semitic verbal attack in Paris
  • Mar 1 Tomb of a 700 year old female mummy, discovered by road workers, opened in Taizhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Mar 9 Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights.
  • 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
  • Mar 12 A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan's earthquake.
  • Mar 30 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 1 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 9 A gunman murdered five people, injured eleven, and committed suicide in a mall in the Netherlands.
  • Apr 11 Minsk Metro bombing in Belarus kills at least 15 and injures over 200
  • Apr 15 "Black Friday" for online poker in the US: indicment United States v. Scheinberg shuts down sites, accussing companies of fraud and money laundering

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Apr 19 Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Apr 25 At least 300 people killed in deadliest tornado outbreak in the Southern United States since the 1974 Super Outbreak.
  • Apr 27 The deadliest day of the 2011 Super outbreak of tornadoes, the largest tornado outbreak, in United States history.

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Apr 27 U.S. President Barack Obama, coerced by incessant false "birther" accusations, publicly releases a copy of his birth certificate

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

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May 1 Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI

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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.

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • May 2 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 6 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 13 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
  • May 13 Romania officially leaves the recession after 2 years following economic growth of an annualised 1.6% in the first quarter
  • May 16 Space shuttle Endeavour launches for its final commission in space
  • May 22 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.

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May 25 Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Jun 12 65th Tony Awards: The Book of Mormon & War Horse win
  • Jun 13 Christchurch, New Zealand is hit by another strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.3

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Jun 22 After hiding for 16 years, Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Whitey Bulger
  • Jul 7 Roof of a stand in De Grolsch Veste Stadium in Enschede which was under construction collapsed, one killed and 14 injured.
  • Jul 8 Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.
  • Jul 9 South Sudan gains independence and secedes from Sudan.
  • Jul 10 British tabloid News of the World publishes its last edition after 168 years in the wake of a phone hacking scandal.
  • Jul 11 Neptune completes its first orbit since its discovery on September 23, 1846.
  • Jul 13 Mumbai is rocked by three bomb blasts during the evening rush hour, killing 26 and injuring 130.
  • Jul 13 19th ESPY Awards: Dirk Nowitzki, Lindsey Vonn win
  • Jul 21 NASA's Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135.
  • 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 Utøya
  • Aug 5 Svalbard Polar Bear Attack (2011) - a rogue Polar Bear attacks and kills a British schoolboy.
  • Aug 6 A helicopter containing members of Navy SEAL 6 is shot down in Afghanistan killing 38.
  • Aug 16 World Youth Day 2011, organised by the Catholic church, begins in Madrid
  • Aug 18 The "West Memphis Three" are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment
  • Aug 23 5.8 earthquake occurrs in Mineral, Virginia felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 23 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.

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Aug 24 Tim Cook succeeds Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple Inc., due to Jobs illness

CEO of Apple Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
Tim Cook
Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • Aug 26 The 787 Dreamliner, Boeing's all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA
  • Sep 7 Plane crash in Russia kills 43 people, including nearly the entire roster of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Kontinental Hockey League team
  • Sep 8 Fashion designer John Galliano is found guilty of anti-semitic remarks in a Paris court and fined €6,000
  • Sep 15 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 17 Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zucotti Park, New York City.
  • Sep 18 36th Toronto International Film Festival: "Where Do We Go Now?" directed by Nadine Labaki wins the People's Choice Award (Drama)
  • Sep 20 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 22 CERN scientists announce their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light

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Oct 1 Martin Dempsey is appointed US Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Obama

Army General Martin Dempsey
Army General
Martin Dempsey
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Oct 4 US State Department lists Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (ISIL) as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist with a $10 million reward for information leading to his capture
  • Oct 8 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
  • Oct 15 Global protests break out in 951 cities in 82 countries
  • Oct 15 Legoland Florida (the world's largest Legoland theme park) opens in Winter Haven, Florida.
  • Oct 18 Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is released by Hamas
  • Oct 20 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 23 A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands.
  • Oct 27 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 29 Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours.
  • Oct 31 The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations
  • Nov 8 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 12 Silvio Berlusconi resigns as Prime Minister of Italy due, in large part, to the European sovereign debt crisis.

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Nov 18 Former Filipino President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is arrested and held at Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City under charges of electoral sabotage

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  • Nov 23 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 25 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 26 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.

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Dec 11 Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek suffers a minor heart attack in his home and is admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek

Weddings in History

  • Apr 2 Former Alias star Michael Vartan (42) weds Lauren Skaar at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California

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Apr 29 Royal wedding of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine [Kate] Middleton held at Westminister Abbey, London

Wife of Prince William Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Wife of Prince William
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William
  • May 7 "The Amazing Race" winners Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney marry at the Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego

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Jun 11 Recording artist Lily Allen (26) weds Sam Cooper (32) at St. James The Great church in Gloucestershire, England

Recording Artist & Fashion Designer Lily Allen
Recording Artist & Fashion Designer
Lily Allen
  • Jul 2 Charlene Princess of Monaco (33) weds Prince Albert II of Monaco (53) at the Church of St Devote of Monaco
  • Jul 15 Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy (44) weds Amy Petitgout in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts
  • Aug 16 Fashion designer Michael Kors (51) weds Lance LePere in Southampton, New York
  • Aug 27 British heiress Petra Ecclestone (22) weds entrepreneur James Stunt at Orsini Odescalchi Castle near City of Rome
  • Aug 27 Lisa Vanderpump's daughter Pandora Vanderpump (24) weds Jason Sabo in Beverly Hills
  • Oct 13 Queen consort of Bhutan Jetsun Pema (21) weds Dragon King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck (31) at Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan
  • Oct 22 Former US Senator John Edwards's daughter Cate Edwards (29) weds Trevor Upham (30) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 133

  • Jan 1 Reynaldo Dagsa, Filipino politician
  • Jan 2 Szeto Wah, Hong Kong politician and educationalist (b. 1931)
  • Jan 2 Richard D. Winters, American Army officer (b.1918)
  • Jan 4 Dick King-Smith English Author (b. 1922)
  • Jan 7 Derek Gardner, British Formula 1 car designer (b. 1931)
  • Jan 8 John Roll, United States Federal Judge (b.1947)
  • Jan 8 Vang Pao, charismatic Laotian general who commanded a secret army of his mountain people in a long, losing campaign against Communist insurgents, dies at 81
  • Jan 18 Sargent Shriver, American politician (b. 1915)
  • Jan 19 Ernest McCulloch, stem cell research pioneer (b. 1926)
  • Jan 21 Dennis Oppenheim, American conceptual artist (b.1938)
  • Jan 23 Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert (b. 1914)
  • Feb 5 Brian Jacques, English author, author of the Redwall series (b. 1939)
  • Feb 12 Mato Damjanović, Croatian chess grandmaster (b. 1927)
  • Feb 16 Justinas Marcinkevičius, Lithuanian poet and playwright (b. 1930)
  • Feb 21 Bernard Nathanson, American abortionist turned pro-life activist (b. 1926)
  • Feb 24 Anant Pai, Indian educationalist and creator of comics (b. 1929)
  • Feb 26 Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 26 James A. McClure, American politician (b. 1924)
  • Feb 27 Frank Buckles, last surviving American World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • Feb 28 Peter Gomes, Harvard University Chaplain (b. 1942)
  • Mar 3 May Cutler, Canadian politician and publisher (b. 1923)
  • Mar 4 Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, Indian politician and former Nepali Prime Minister (b. 1924)
  • Mar 4 Frank Chirkinian, American producer (b.c. 1926)
  • Mar 4 Vivienne Harris, British businesswoman and newspaper publisher (b.c. 1921)
  • Mar 4 Charles Jarrott, British film and television director (b. 1927)
  • Mar 4 Mikhail Simonov, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4 Arjun Singh, Indian politician (b. 1930)
  • Mar 4 Alenush Terian, Iranian astronomer and physicist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4 Simon van der Meer, Dutch physicist and Nobel laureate (b. 1925)
  • Mar 9 David Broder, American journalist (b. 1929)
  • Mar 16 Richard Wirthlin, American political strategist for Ronald Reagan. (b. 1931)
  • Mar 26 Geraldine Ferraro, Congresswoman and VP nominee (b. 1935)
  • Mar 26 Diana Wynne Jones, British fantasy writer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 26 Paul Baran, internet pioneer who helped create the technical underpinnings of Arpanet, dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Ângelo de Sousa, Portuguese painter and sculptor (b. 1938)
  • Apr 7 Duke of Grafton, 11th Duke of Grafton, British peer, dies at 92
  • Apr 8 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist dies aged 100
  • Apr 14 Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (b. 1896)
  • Apr 15 Vittorio Arrigoni, Italian peace activist (b. 1975)
  • Apr 20 Tim Hetherington, British-American photojournalist (b. 1970)
  • Apr 20 Chris Hondros, American photographer (b. 1970)
  • Apr 23 Geoffrey Russell, 4th Baron Ampthill (b. 1921)
  • Apr 24 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure (b. 1926)
  • Apr 30 Dorjee Khandu, Indian, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh (b. 1955)
  • May 1 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (b. 1920)

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May 2 Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda and 'the most wanted man in the world' (b. 1957)

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • May 5 Claude Choules, last surviving World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • May 16 Bob Davis, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • May 16 Bill Skiles, American comic (b. 1931)
  • May 19 Garret FitzGerald, Irish politician and former Taoiseach (b. 1926)
  • May 24 Huguette Clark, Heiress of the Clark Copper fortune, life-long reclusion from society. (b. 1906)
  • May 25 Leonora Carrington, British-Mexican Surrealist artist dies aged 94
  • May 26 Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)
  • May 26 Ben Roberts, British industrial relations expert (London School of Economics), dies at 93
  • May 29 Ferenc Mádl, Hungarian politician, President of Hungary (b. 1931)
  • May 29 Bill Clements, Governor of Texas (b. 1917)
  • May 29 Sergei Bagapsh, Abkhazian president (b. 1949)
  • Jun 3 Jack Kevorkian, American pathologist, right-to-die activist (b. 1928)
  • Jun 4 Juan Francisco Luis, U.S. Virgin Islander governor (b. 1940)
  • Jun 6 Shrek the sheep, New Zealand sheep that held world record for biggest shorn fleece, dies at 16
  • Jun 9 M. F. Husain, Indian artist, painter (b. 1915)
  • Jun 10 Brian Lenihan, Jnr, Irish politician and minister dies of cancer at 52
  • Jun 15 Bill Haast, American Herpetologist (b. 1910)
  • Jun 21 Robert Kroetsch, Canadian author (b. 1927)
  • Jun 22 Harley Hotchkiss, Canadian businessman (b. 1927)
  • Jul 2 Itamar Franco, Brazilian politician (b. 1930)
  • Jul 4 Otto von Habsburg, last crown prince of Austria-Hungary and MEP (1979-1999) (b. 1912)
  • Jul 5 Cy Twombly, American artist (b. 1928)
  • Jul 8 Mary Fenech Adami, First Lady of Malta (b. 1933)

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Jul 8 Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States (b. 1918)

US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • Jul 21 Lucian Freud, Realist painter (b. 1922)
  • Jul 24 Frank Dietrich, German politician (b. 1966)
  • Jul 26 Margaret Olley, Australian artist (b.1923)
  • Jul 27 Bejaratana Rajasuda, Princess of Thailand (b. 1925)
  • Jul 28 Abdul Fatah Younis, Former Libyan Interior Minister, assassinated for pro-Gadaffi ties (b. 1944)
  • Aug 5 Andrzej Lepper, former Polish Deputy Prime Minister (b. 1954)
  • Aug 6 Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist (b. 1911)
  • Aug 7 Nancy Wake, British war agent (b. 1912)
  • Aug 19 Gun Hägglund, Swedish news presenter (b. 1932)
  • Aug 22 Jack Layton, Canadian politician (b. 1950)
  • Aug 26 George Band, British mountaineer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 26 John McAleese, British SAS Trooper, Team leader during 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege (b. 1949)
  • Sep 2 Felipe Camiroaga, Chilean character animator, Chile (b. 1966)
  • Sep 2 Roberto Bruce, Chilean journalist (b. 1979)
  • Sep 11 Anjali Gupta, Indian Air Force officer (b. 1975)
  • Sep 13 Walter Bonatti, Italian climber (b. 1930)
  • Sep 17 Colin Madigan, Australian architect (b. 1921)
  • Sep 19 Thomas Capano, attorney, criminal (b. 1949)
  • Sep 20 Burhanuddin Rabbani, President of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. (b. 1940)
  • Sep 21 Pamela Ann Rymer, American federal appellate judge (b. 1941)
  • Sep 21 Troy Anthony Davis, American high-profile death row inmate and human rights activist (executed) (b. 1968)
  • Sep 21 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • Sep 25 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, dies from ovarian cancer at 71
  • Sep 26 Bob Cassilly, American Artist and Founder of the St. Louis City Museum (b. 1949)
  • Sep 30 Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born terrorist and islamist militant (b. 1971)

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Oct 5 Fred Shuttlesworth, American civil rights activist, dies at 89

Civil Rights Activist Fred Shuttlesworth
Civil Rights Activist
Fred Shuttlesworth
  • Oct 5 Derrick Bell, American legal scholar and civil rights advocate (b. 1930)

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Oct 5 Steve Jobs, American Businessman, co-founder and CEO of Apple, dies from respiratory arrest at 56

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • Oct 7 Ramiz Alia, the former communist leader and first president of the Albanian pluralist (b. 1925)
  • Oct 12 Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist, creator of the C programming language and co-creator of the Unix operating system, dies at 70