Historical Events in 2010

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  • Jan 1 Suicide car bomb detonates at a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, killing 105 and injuring 100
  • Jan 1 96th Rose Bowl: #8 Ohio State beats #7 Oregon, 26-17
  • Jan 1 76th Sugar Bowl: #5 Florida beats #3 Cincinnati, 51-24
  • Jan 1 New FINA rules re competition swimsuits come into effect; all body-length swimsuits banned; men's suits to maximally cover from the waist to knee, and women's from shoulder to knee; fabric must be a "textile" or woven material
  • Jan 4 The Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed HIV infection from its list of communicable diseases of public health significance.
  • Jan 4 39th Fiesta Bowl: #6 Boise State beats #3 TCU, 17-10
  • Jan 4 The Burj Khalifa, world's tallest building at 829.8 m (2,722 ft), officially opens in Dubai

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Jan 5 Mike Shanahan is formally introduced as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • Jan 5 76th Orange Bowl: #10 Iowa beats #9 Georgia Tech, 24-14

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 6 36th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Katherine Heigl win (TV Drama)

  • Jan 7 12th BCS National Championship: #1 Alabama beats #2 Texas, 37-21
  • Jan 7 Muslim gunmen in Egypt kill nine people after opening fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians

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Jan 11 Simon Cowell leaves "American Idol"

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
  • Jan 12 Earthquake occurs in Haiti killing approximately 160,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince
  • Jan 12 Colombia officially leaves the recession after achieving 2% economic growth in the last quarter of 2009
  • Jan 14 Yemen declares war on al-Qaeda

  • Jan 15 15th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Hurt Locker wins Best Film
  • Jan 17 A dragon boat from Chung Ling High School capsizes and collides with a tugboat amid strong currents in Penang, Malaysia, killing 6 people and injuring 12

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 17 67th Golden Globes: Avatar, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 22 Conan O'Brien's last Tonight Show episode after a big controversy over the Tonight Show timeslot

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien
  • Jan 24 AFC Championship Game: Indianapolis Colts beat New York Jets 30-17
  • Jan 24 NFC Championship Game: New Orleans Saints beat Minnesota Vikings 31-28 (OT)
  • Jan 25 Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, killing all 90 people on-board.
  • Jan 26 After 6 consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, the UK economy officially finally comes out of recession with a GDP growth of 0.1%

BattleExecution

Jan 28 Five murderers of Bangladeshi President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman hanged: Lieutenant Colonel Syed Faruq Rahman, Lieutenant Colonel Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Major AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Major Bazlul Huda and Lieutenant Colonel Mohiuddin Ahmed

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • Jan 31 52nd Grammy Awards: Use Somebody, Zac Brown Band wins
  • Jan 31 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 41-34

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer outclasses Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6; 4th Australian title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Jan 31 98th Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Justine Henin (6-4, 3-6, 6-2)
  • Jan 31 26th Sundance Film Festival: "Winter's Bone", directed by Debra Granik, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 7 Super Bowl XLIV; New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 to win their first super bowl.
  • Feb 11 60th Berlin International Film Festival: "Honey" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 12 21st Winter Olympic Games open at Vancouver, Canada
  • Feb 13 A bombing at the German Bakery in Pune, India, kills 10 and injures 60 more.

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Feb 14 Alexandre Bilodeau wins the Gold Medal in the freestyle skiing men's moguls event, becoming the first Canadian to win a Gold Medal during a Canadian-hosted Olympics

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau
  • Feb 14 59th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 141-139 at Arlington, Texas
  • Feb 14 52nd Daytona 500: Jamie McMurray wins (137.284 MPH)
  • Feb 14 America's Cup: Team USA defeats Alinghi 2-0 to win in Spain

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Feb 18 Bibliothèque nationale de France purchases the memoirs of Giacomo Casanova a for €7 million

Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover Giacomo Casanova
Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover
Giacomo Casanova
  • Feb 20 On the Portuguese Atlantic island of Madeira heavy rain causes floods and mudslides, leaving at least 32 deaths in the worst disaster on the history of the archipelago.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 21 63rd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Hurt Locker" Best Film, Kathryn Bigelow Best Director

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Director
Kathryn Bigelow

  • Feb 22 Taiwan's economy exits from the recession with 9.22% growth in the last quarter of 2009 after increased demand from China and other key markets in the region
  • Feb 23 Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million litres of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Feb 23 Danielle Steel’s novel “Big Girl” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel

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Feb 24 Sachin Tendulkar scores the first double century in One Day International cricket

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • Feb 24 Europe risks a double-dip recession after bad results emerge from France, Germany and Italy, it is reported today; the Eurozone only grew by 0.1% in the last quarter of 2009
  • Feb 26 41st NAACP Image Awards: "Precious" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 27 Central Chile is hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake.
  • Feb 28 21st Winter Olympic Games close at Vancouver, Canada

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 3 "Alice in Wonderland", inspired by Lewis Carroll directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska is released

Actor Johnny Depp
Actor
Johnny Depp
Author and Mathematician Lewis Carroll
Author and Mathematician
Lewis Carroll
Film Director Tim Burton
Film Director
Tim Burton
  • Mar 6 30th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 7 82nd Academy Awards: "The Hurt Locker", Jeff Bridges & Sandra Bullock win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 10 Carlos Slim becomes the first Mexican and person from an emerging economy to top Forbes Richest Person list, with net worth of US$53.5 billion

Businessman Carlos Slim
Businessman
Carlos Slim
  • Mar 11 Sebastián Piñera becomes Chilean president
  • Mar 13 31st Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #7 West Virginia beats #22 Georgetown, 60-58
  • Mar 14 57th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 Duke beats Georgia Tech, 65-61
  • Mar 14 51st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Mississippi State, 75-74 (OT)
  • Mar 20 56th National Film Awards (India): "Antaheen" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Mar 24 Lee Kun-hee returns to Samsung Electronics chief executive officer (CEO) position after his resignation in April 21, 2008

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24 The World Health Organization appoints Craig David as a Goodwill Ambassador against tuberculosis on World Tuberculosis Day

Singer-songwriter Craig David
Singer-songwriter
Craig David
  • Mar 29 Two female suicide bombers hit the Moscow Metro system at the peak of the morning rush hour, killing 40

AgreementContract of Interest

Apr 2 Kobe Bryant signs a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $87 million

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Apr 3 Matt Smith's first appearance as the 11th Doctor in BBC program "Doctor Who" during "The Eleventh Hour" episode
  • Apr 5 72nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Butler 61-59
  • Apr 6 29th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Stanford 53-47
  • Apr 10 Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board including President Lech Kaczyński
  • Apr 10 163rd Grand National: Tony McCoy aboard Don't Push It wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 74th Masters Golf, Augusta: Phil Mickelson wins 3rd green jacket by 3 strokes from England's Lee Westwood

  • Apr 11 "The night of Sora Aoi", Japanese porn actress Sora Aoi joins twitter prompting many Chinese fans to try and circumnavigate Chinese censorship
  • Apr 12 A train derailed near Merano, Italy, after running into a landslide, causing nine deaths and injuring 28 people.
  • Apr 14 Icelandic Volcano Eyjafjallajökull begins erupting from the top crater in the centre of the glacier
  • Apr 15 Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 18 45th Academy of Country Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, and Miranda Lambert win

  • Apr 19 114th Boston Marathon: Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:05:52 and Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:26:11
  • Apr 20 The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes, killing 11 and causing the rig to sink, causing a massive oil discharge into the Gulf of Mexico and an environmental diaster

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 21 "Shrek Forever After" directed by Mike Mitchell with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival

  • Apr 22 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford first pick by St. Louis Rams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 Christy Turlington’s directorial debut, "No Woman, No Cry", is released in the U.S.

Supermodel Christy Turlington
Supermodel
Christy Turlington

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 26 "Iron Man 2", directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in Los Angeles

  • May 1 Car bomb fails to go off in Times Square, New York City
  • May 1 136th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel wins aboard Super Saver, his third Derby success in 4 years

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May 1 Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts

Singer Bryan Adams
Singer
Bryan Adams

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May 4 Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives the 2,407th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, although on the original star her name is spelled incorrectly

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • May 6 The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs
  • May 8 Last piece of Yankee Stadium falls in the Bronx, New York, marking the end of the two year demolition process
  • May 8 Barrow AFC wins English FA Trophy at Wembley, makes them only team to win it at both Old & New Wembley stadiums
  • May 9 Oakland A's Dallas Braden becomes 19th pitcher to throw a perfect game (4-0 vs Tampa Bay)

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May 10 Flavor Flav guest hosts the wrestling show WWE Raw

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 11 Imelda Marcos wins election to the House of Representatives of the Philippines, representing Ilocos Norte province

First Lady and Politician Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politician
Imelda Marcos

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 11 David Cameron becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after forming a coalition government between the Liberal Democrats and his own Conservative Party

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister
David Cameron
  • May 12 An Afriqiyah Airways Flight crashes and kills everyone but one person on board
  • May 14 The 51,700 seat Aviva Stadium is officially opened on the site of the famous old Lansdowne Road Stadium in Dublin by Irish Prime Minister, Brian Cowan
  • May 15 Jessica Watson at age 16 becomes the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world
  • May 15 135th Preakness: Martin Garcia aboard Lookin At Lucky wins in 1:55.47
  • May 18 Police officer James Crooker is asked to leave the Red and Black Café in Portland, Oregon after co-owner John Langley claimed Crooker's uniformed presence made him uncomfortable

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May 22 Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus' remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral, Poland after a 200 year search for his tomb

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus
  • May 22 18th UEFA Champions League Final: Internazionale beats Bayern Munich 2-0 at Madrid
  • May 23 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Black Hawks beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 0
  • May 23 63rd Cannes Film Festival: "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 1

Music releaseMusic Single

May 28 "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" single released by Alicia Keys (Billboard Song of the Year 2010)

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-songwriter
Alicia Keys
  • May 29 Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay becomes 20th pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Florida)
  • May 29 55th Eurovision Song Contest: Lena for Germany wins singing "Satellite" in Oslo
  • May 29 Super Rugby Final: Bulls (Pretoria) successfully defend their title with a 25-17 win over the Stormers (Cape Town) in an all-South African final at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 3:05:37.0131 (260.107 km/h)
  • May 31 Gaza Flotilla raid: Israeli Shayetet 13 soldiers board ships trying to break blockade of Gaze, during violent confrontation aboard MV Mavi Marmara 9 activists killed and several activists and soldiers injured

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Jun 3 Canadian sportscaster Ron MacLean saves a man from drowning in the Delaware River in Philadelphia

CBC Sportscaster Ron MacLean
CBC Sportscaster
Ron MacLean
  • Jun 5 142nd Belmont: Mike Smith riding Drosselmeyer wins in 2:31.57
  • Jun 5 French Open Women's Tennis: Francesca Schiavone of Italy wins her first and only Grand Slam title; beats Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-4, 7-6
  • Jun 6 109th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Robin Soderling (6-4, 6-2, 6-4)
  • Jun 6 56th British Academy Television Awards: "The Armstrong and Miller Show" Best Comedy, "Misfits" Best Drama

  • Jun 9 44th CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban wins
  • Jun 9 Hungary comes out of recession after experiencing 0.9% growth in the first quarter as a result of growing exports and effective government spending measures
  • Jun 9 Finland falls back into a state of recession after GDP contracted 0.4% in Q1 2010 and 0.2% in Q4 2009
  • Jun 9 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Philadelphia Flyers 4-2

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 12 "Toy Story 3", directed by Lee Unkrich, starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premieres at the Taormina Film Fest in Italy - 1st animated film to earn 1 billion

Actor Tim Allen
Actor
Tim Allen
Actor Tom Hanks
Actor
Tom Hanks
  • Jun 13 64th Tony Awards: Memphis & Red win

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Jun 16 Cam Neely is named President of his former team, the Boston Bruins

NHL Star Cam Neely
NHL Star
Cam Neely
  • Jun 17 64th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 3

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 18 "Recovery" 7th studio album by Eminem is released (best selling album worldwide 2010)

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem
  • Jun 20 110th US Golf Open: Graeme McDowell shoots a 284 at Pebble Beach GL CA
  • Jun 20 "Despicable Me" directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud with voices by Steve Carell and Jason Segel premieres at the Moscow Film Festival
  • Jun 22 Danielle Steel’s novel “Family Ties” is published
  • Jun 24 In the longest match in tennis history, John Isner of the U.S. defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon after 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 24 "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by David Slade, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres in Los Angeles

  • Jun 27 56th LPGA Championship: American Christie Kerr takes her second major title with a 12 stroke win over Song-Hee Kim of South Korea
  • Jul 2 Oil tanker truck explosion in South Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, kills at least 230 people
  • Jul 2 FIFA World Cup: Ghana, only African team remaining in last 8, are beaten 4-2 on penalties by Uruguay; Netherlands upset Brazil 2-1
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her crown overpowering Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-3 6-2
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal beats Tomáš Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 for his second Wimbledon title

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jul 6 Brandon Boyd announces the release of his debut solo album, "The Wild Trapeze"

Musician Brandon Boyd
Musician
Brandon Boyd

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 8 "Inception", directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, premieres in London

  • Jul 8 During 1st round of the John Deere Classic, Paul Goydos becomes the 4th, and oldest player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59; round included 12 birdies and 6 pars
  • Jul 11 FIFA World Cup Final: Andrés Iniesta scores an extra time winner as Spain beats the Netherlands 1-0 in Johannesburg, South Africa for 1st WC title)
  • Jul 13 81st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Angel Stadium, Anaheim
  • Jul 14 18th ESPY Awards: Drew Brees, Lindsey Vonn win
  • Jul 18 139th British Golf Open: Louis Oosthuizen shoots a 272 at St Andrews
  • Jul 22 43rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 23 One Direction is formed during the X Factor show as Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson join together
  • Jul 25 97th Tour de France won by Andy Schleck of Luxembourg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 British Open Seniors Golf, Carnoustie: Bernhard Langer of Germany wins by 1 stroke from American Corey Pavin

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 200m x 250m photo mosaic commemorating the life of Filipino President Corazon Aquino is unveiled near Quirino Grandstand at the Luneta Park, Manila

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • Aug 1 Australian Stuart Appleby finishes with an 11-under-59 to win the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, to become only the 5th player and first non-American to break 60 on the PGA Tour

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Aug 4 California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, is overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Aug 4 On 3rd anniversary of his 500th MLB career home run, Alex Rodriguez reaches the 600 HR mark in the NY Yankees 5-1 win v Toronto; 7th and youngest to reach milestone

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 5 Group led by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan & Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg is confirmed as winning bidder in court ordered auction of Texas Rangers MLB franchise (value $593m)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 7 Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, John Randle, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Floyd Little & Dick LeBeau are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • Aug 7 Hampered by a back injury Indian cricket batsman VVS Laxman scores a brave, unbeaten 103 to guide India to a 5 wicket win v Sri Lanka in Colombo; draw series
  • Aug 14 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games opens in Singapore
  • Aug 15 PGA Championship, Whistling Straits GC: Martin Kaymer of Germany wins his first major title in a playoff with Bubba Watson
  • Aug 19 Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last of the United States brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait

  • Aug 23 Manila hostage crisis, which occurred at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, where a dismissed police officer took hostage a tour bus full of Chinese nationals.

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Aug 29 62nd Emmy Awards: Mad Men, Modern Family, Bryan Cranston & Kyra Sedgwick win

  • Aug 29 Canadian Open Women's Golf, St. Charles CC: Michelle Wie wins by 3 from Suzann Pettersen, Jiyai Shin, Jee Young Lee & Kristy McPherson
  • Sep 1 67th Venice Film Festival: "Somewhere" directed by Sofia Coppola wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 4 Canterbury earthquake: a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am causing widespread damage and several power outages.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 6 "The King's Speech" directed by Tom Hooper starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2011)

  • Sep 8 Egypt's Minister of Finance, Dr. Youssef Butros Ghali, states that Egypt is emerging from the recession as indicated by increased total revenue from sales taxes and customs revenues
  • Sep 9 A court in the Philippines orders Imelda Marcos to repay the government almost $280,000 for funds taken from the National Food Authority by Ferdinand Marcos in 1983

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 12 27th MTV Video Music Awards: Lady Gaga & Eminem">Eminem win

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem
  • Sep 12 US Open Women's Tennis: Kim Clijsters retains title; beats Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-1 for her 3rd US crown
  • Sep 13 US Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal wins his first US title; beats Novak Đoković 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
  • Sep 17 The 54 year run of the soap opera As the World Turns ends as its final episode is broadcast.
  • Sep 19 35th Toronto International Film Festival: "The King's Speech" directed by Tom Hooper wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 20 The National Bureau of Economic Research state today that the US left the recession in June 2009, with managing director Lakshman Achuthan of the Economic Cycle Research Institute saying GDP recovered to 70% of the pre-recession level

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 24 "The Social Network" directed by David Fincher and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake premieres at the New York Film Festival

Actor Andrew Garfield
Actor
Andrew Garfield
Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Singer-songwriter
Justin Timberlake

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller become engaged

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • Oct 2 20th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 31-13 in Chestnut Hill
  • Oct 3 19th Commonwealth Games open in Delhi, India
  • Oct 4 Ryder Cup Golf, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales: Europe wins 14½-13½; with scores level Irishman Graeme McDowell holds nerve to beat Hunter Mahan 3 & 1
  • Oct 5 Injured Indian cricket batsman VVS Laxman is the hero with 73 not out as the home team chases down 216 to beat Australia with just 1 wicket to spare in the 1st Test at Mohali
  • Oct 6 Phillies ace Roy Halladay pitches only the 2nd no-hitter in MLB postseason history in Game 1 NLDS, 4-0 v Cincinnati Reds
  • Oct 6 Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launch Instagram
  • Oct 10 The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved

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  • Oct 22 MLB American League Championship: Texas Rangers beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 22 57th National Film Awards (India): "Kutty Srank" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Oct 23 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 2

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 25 "Speak Now" 3rd studio album by Taylor Swift is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2011)

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • Oct 31 Belgium leaves the recession with 0.5% growth in the third quarter
  • Nov 1 San Francisco beats Texas Rangers, 3-1 in Game 5 at Arlington to clinch Giants first Baseball World Series since relocating from NYC in 1958; SF shortstop Édgar Rentería MVP

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 5 Ai Weiwei is reportedly placed under house arrest by Chinese authorities because of a planned party to mark the demolition of his new studio in Shanghai

Artist, Activist Ai Weiwei
Artist, Activist
Ai Weiwei
  • Nov 5 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 1 winners: Eldaafer, More Than Real, Dubai Majesty, Awesome Feather, Shared Account, Unrivaled Belle
  • Nov 6 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 2 winners: Pluck, Big Drama, Chamberlain Bridge, Uncle Mo, Goldikova, Dakota Phone, Dangerous Midge, Blame
  • Nov 10 44th Country Music Association Award: Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 10 Alan Menken, famous Disney composer, receives the 2,442nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken
  • Nov 13 Australian rock band Powderfinger, perform their last concert at the Brisbane River Stage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 14 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel wins the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit to claim his first World F1 Drivers title by 4 points from Fernando Alonso; Red Bull's first Constructors title

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 In University Park, Texas, the groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center takes place

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

HeartEngagement of Interest

Nov 16 Engagement announced between Prince William and Catherine [Kate] Middleton at Clarence House, 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

Film release premierFilm Release

Nov 19 "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1" the 7th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released worldwide

  • Nov 19 New Zealand suffers its worst mining disaster since 1914 when the first of four explosions occurs at the Pike River Mine; 29 people are killed

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 21 37th American Music Awards: Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber win

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
  • Nov 23 The Bombardment of Yeonpyeong occurs on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea. The North Korean artillery attack kills 2 civilians and 2 South Korean marines.
  • Nov 26 75th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-27 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 28 98th CFL Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes defeats Saskatchewan Roughriders, 21-18
  • Nov 28 24th Soul Train Music Awards: Ron Isley, Anita Baker win

Music releaseMusic Single

Nov 29 "Rolling in the Deep" single is released by Adele (Billboard Song of the Year 2011, Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year 2012)

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele
  • Dec 4 19th SEC Championship Game: #2 Auburn beats #18 South Carolina, 56-17
  • Dec 4 6th ACC Championship Game: #12 Virginia Tech beats #20 Florida State, 44-33