Historical Events in 2011 (Part 2)

  • Sep 9 58th National Film Awards (India): "Adaminte Makan Abu" wins the Golden Lotus

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 10 US Open Women's Tennis: Samantha Stosur becomes first Australian to win a Grand Slam title since 1980; upsets Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3

Music Single

Sep 12 "Love On Top" single released by Beyoncé (Grammy Award Best Traditional R&B Performance 2013, Billboard Song of the Year 2012)

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his first US title; beats Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1

Election of Interest

Sep 14 Elizabeth Warren announces she intends to run for the Democratic nomination for the 2012 Massachusetts Senatorial election

  • Sep 15 Ford Motor Company closes St. Thomas Assembly automobile plant in Southwold, Ontario, after 44 years resulting in the loss of roughly 1,400 jobs

Music History

Sep 15 Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performs with the NY Philharmonic and guests Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, and Pretty Yende, on the Great Lawn of New York City's Central Park; 70,000 in attendance

Film Release

Sep 16 The critically acclaimed "Drive", starring Ryan Gosling, is released

#1 in the Charts

Sep 17 British singer-songwriter Adele's single "Someone Like You" goes to #1 in US; track was also topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and UK

  • Sep 17 Occupy Wall Street movement against economic inequality and the influence of money in politics begins 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)

Emmy Awards

Sep 18 63rd Emmy Awards: Mad Men, Modern Family, Kyle Chandler & Julianna Margulies win

Television Debut

Sep 19 Ashton Kutcher debuts on "Two and a Half Men", replacing Charlie Sheen

Music Single

Sep 20 "Call Me Maybe", single by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, is released

Television Debut

Sep 20 "New Girl", starring Zooey Deschanel, debuts on Fox

  • 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 21 Scandinavian crime drama "The Bridge" created by Hans Rosenfeldt, starring Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia premieres
  • Sep 25 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Killeen Castle, Ireland: Europe regain Cup 15-13; Azahara Muñoz beats Angela Stanford 1-up to clinch the Cup for Europe

Appointment of Interest

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

Television Premiere

Oct 2 TV spy drama "Homeland" starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis premieres on Showtime

Historic Event

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

Sports History

Oct 9 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel finishes 3rd in the Japanese F1 Grand Prix to clinch his second consecutive World Drivers Championship

  • Oct 13 Italian conductor Ricardo Muti is awarded the second $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize
  • 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 15 MLB American League Championship: Texas Rangers beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 16 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 18 Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is released by Hamas

Battle of Interest

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 7th Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Tournament favourites New Zealand edge France, 8-7; crowd 61,079
  • Oct 23 A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands.
  • Oct 27 MLB 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 27 Royal Australian Navy announces discovery of wreck of a World War II submarine (likely Japanese) in Simpson Harbour, Papua New Guinea during Operation RENDER SAFE
  • Oct 28 Baseball World Series: St. Louis beats Texas Rangers, 6-2 in Game 7 at Busch Stadium to win Cardinals' 11th title; MVP: Cardinals 3rd baseman David Freese
  • Oct 29 Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours.

Film Premiere

Oct 30 "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Bill Condon, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres at the Rome Film Festival

Sports History

Oct 30 Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 in the WTA Championship decider in Istanbul, Turkey

  • Oct 31 The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations

Historic Publication

Nov 1 Danielle Steel’s novel “Hotel Vendome” is published

Sports History

Nov 2 Prodigious Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 100th goal for Real Madrid in his 105th game for the club in a 2-0 Champions League win over Olympique Lyon

  • Nov 4 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 1 winners: Secret Circle, Stephanie's Kitten, Musical Romance, My Miss Aurelia, Perfect Shirl, Royal Delta
  • Nov 5 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 2 winners: Afleet Again, Wrote, Amazombie, Regally Ready, Caleb's Posse, St Nicholas Abbey, Hansen, Court Vision, Drosselmeyer
  • Nov 6 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Czech pair Lucie Hradecká & Květa Peschke beats Maria Kirilenko & Elena Vesnina of Russia to clinch a 3-2 win for the visitors in the final
  • 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.

Music History

Nov 9 Pop singer-songwriter Shakira is honored as Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year

  • Nov 11 25th Soul Train Music Awards: Cee-Lo Green, Jill Scott win
  • Nov 12 Silvio Berlusconi resigns as Prime Minister of Italy due, in large part, to the European sovereign debt crisis.

Album Release

Nov 15 "Take Care" second studio album by Drake is released (Grammy Award Best Rap Album 2013)

Album Release

Nov 18 "The X Factor" group One Direction release their debut album "Up All Night" in Ireland and the UK

Election of Interest

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

  • Nov 18 Video game Minecraft is officially released by Mojang
  • Nov 19 21st College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 16-14 in South Bend
  • Nov 20 39th American Music Awards: Adele, Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift win
  • Nov 20 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Melbourne GC: Jim Furyk wins all 5 of his matches as US beats International team, 19-15
  • 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 76th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 42-14 in Auburn
  • Nov 26 NATO forces in Afghanistan attack a Pakistani checkpoint in a friendly fire incident, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 13 others
  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: BC Lions beat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 34-23 for their 6th Championship
  • Nov 27 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel finishes 2nd in season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to retain his F1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 122 points from Jenson Button

Sports History

Nov 27 Roger Federer claims a record 6th ATP World Tour Finals tennis title with a 6–3, 6–7, 6–3 win over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final in London, England

  • Dec 3 20th SEC Championship Game: #1 LSU beats #16 Georgia, 42-10
  • Dec 3 7th ACC Championship Game: #21 Clemson beats #5 Virginia Tech, 38-10
  • Dec 4 100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1)
  • Dec 8 The NBA and players union reach financial agreement to end a 161-day lockout, shortening the season by 16 games

Film & TV History

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

  • Dec 11 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, Las Vegas, Nevada: Team Europe retains trophy with an 11-7 win over US; MVP: Niels Feijen (Netherlands)
  • Dec 12 77th Heisman Trophy Award: Robert Griffin III, Baylor (QB)

Sports History

Dec 15 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

  • Dec 15 ESPN and the NCAA extend their TV rights deal through 2023-24, giving the network worldwide multi-media rights to 24 NCAA championships for various sports; deal worth $500m

Historic Event

Dec 15 Former French President Jacques Chirac is convicted of diverting public funds, receives a two-year suspended prison sentence

  • Dec 18 The last US troops withdraw from Iraq, formally ending the Iraq War