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Events in History in October 2011

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Leader of Islamic State
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
  • 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

BattleBattle 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.

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • 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