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2011Ashton Kutcher debuts on "Two and a Half Men", replacing Charlie Sheen

2011Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.

2011The critically acclaimed "Drive", starring Ryan Gosling, is released

2011Ian McKellen officially confirms that he will reprise the role of Gandalf in "The Hobbit" film adaptations

2011Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty for misdemeanors of sexual misconduct and is sentenced to six years probation

2011Alan Rickman's last performance in "Seminar" on Broadway

201146th Academy of Country Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Brad Paisley wins

2011Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

2011"New Girl", starring Zooey Deschanel, debuts on Fox

2011Shakira is honoured as Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year

201137th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Kristen Stewart win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Lisa Edelstein win (TV Drama)

201145th Country Music Association Award: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins

201138th American Music Award: Adele, Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift win

201128th MTV Awards: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber wins

2011Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday album reached number one on the Billboard 200 in its eleventh week on the chart.

2011U.S. President Barack Obama, coerced by incessant false "birther" accusations, publicly releases a copy of his birth certificate

2011118th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Petra Kvitová beats Maria Sharapova (6-3 6-4)

2011Lionel Messi wins the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or, for being the best football player in 2010

201183rd Academy Awards - "The King's Speech," Colin Firth & Natalie Portman win

201145th CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins

2011Barry 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

201119th Billboard Music Awards: Eminem, Recovery win

2011125th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal (6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3)

2011Osama 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.

2011Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.

2011Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

2011Ed Sabol, co-founder of NFL Films, elected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

2011Charlie Sheen is fired from the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men"

2011 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 6
37th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Kristen Stewart win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Lisa Edelstein win (TV Drama) 
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 10
Lionel Messi wins the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or, for being the best football player in 2010 
Jan 10
Ian McKellen officially confirms that he will reprise the role of Gandalf in "The Hobbit" film adaptations 
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 
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 
Jan 28
Hundreds of thousands of protesters fill the Egyptian's streets against the Mubarak regime in demonstrations referred to as the "Friday of Anger" 
Jan 30
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 55-41 
Feb 3
All available blocks of IPv4 internet addresses are officially distributed to regional authorities. 
Feb 5
Ed Sabol, co-founder of NFL Films, elected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame 
Feb 6
Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25 at the Cowboys Stadium MVP: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, QB 
Feb 9
Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday album reached number one on the Billboard 200 in its eleventh week on the chart. 
Feb 9
Latvia leaves deep recession with an annualised growth of 3.7% in the last quarter of 2010, it is reported today 
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 13
53rd Grammy Awards: Need You Now, Esperanza Spalding wins 
Feb 14
The 2011 Bahraini uprising commenced. 
Feb 15
Libyan protests begin opposing Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi's rule 
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 26
31st Golden Raspberry Awards: The Last Airbender wins 
Feb 27
83rd Academy Awards - "The King's Speech," Colin Firth & Natalie Portman win 
Mar 7
Charlie Sheen is fired from the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men" 
Mar 9
Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights. 
Mar 11
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 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 22
Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty for misdemeanors of sexual misconduct and is sentenced to six years probation 
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 1
Alan Rickman's last performance in "Seminar" on Broadway 
Apr 9
A gunman murdered five people, injured eleven, and committed suicide in a mall in the Netherlands. 
Apr 10
75th Golf Masters Championship: Charl Schwartzel wins, shooting a 274 
Apr 11
Minsk Metro bombing 
Apr 19
Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title. 
Apr 23
Zach Daniels defeated Rick Michaels to become the new TNT Heavyweight Champion. 
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. 
Apr 27
U.S. President Barack Obama, coerced by incessant false "birther" accusations, publicly releases a copy of his birth certificate 
May 1
Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. 
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. 
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 7
137th Kentucky Derby: John Velazquez aboard Animal Kingdom wins in 2:02.04 
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 21
137th Preakness: Jesús Castañón aboard Shackleford wins in 1:56.47 
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. 
May 22
19th Billboard Music Awards: Eminem, Recovery win 
May 25
Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show. 
May 25
46th Academy of Country Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Brad Paisley wins 
May 29
Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 2:56:11.7267 (274.015 km/h) 
Jun 8
45th CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins 
Jun 12
65th NBA Championship: Dallas Mavericks beat Miami Heat, 4 games to 2 
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 
Jun 19
111th US Golf Open: Rory McIlroy shoots a 268 at Congressional GC MD 
Jun 22
After hiding for 16 years, Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California 
Jun 26
57th LPGA Championship won by Yani Tseng 
Jul 3
118th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Petra Kvitová beats Maria Sharapova (6-3 6-4) 
Jul 3
125th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal (6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3) 
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 12
82nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Chase Field, Phoenix 
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 17
140th British Golf Open: Darren Clarke shoots a 275 at Royal St George's Golf Club 
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 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 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 14
93rd PGA Championship: Keegan Bradley shoots a 272 at Atlanta Athletic Club 
Aug 16
Beginning of World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid 
Aug 18
The West Memphis Three are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment 
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. 
Aug 23
5.8 earthquake occurrs in Mineral, Virginia felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia 
Aug 26
The 787 Dreamliner, Boeing's all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA 
Aug 28
28th MTV Awards: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber wins 
Sep 7
Plane crash in Russia kills 43 people, including nearly the entire roster of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Kontinental Hockey League team 
Sep 15
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 16
The critically acclaimed "Drive", starring Ryan Gosling, is released 
Sep 17
Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zucotti Park, New York City. 
Sep 18
63rd Emmy Awards: Mad Men, Modern Family, Kyle Chandler & Julianna Margulies win 
Sep 19
Ashton Kutcher debuts on "Two and a Half Men", replacing Charlie Sheen 
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 20
"New Girl", starring Zooey Deschanel, debuts on Fox 
Sep 22
CERN scientists announce their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light 
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
Gilad Shalit is released. 
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 9
45th Country Music Association Award: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins 
Nov 9
Shakira is honoured 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. 
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 20
38th American Music Award: Adele, Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift win 
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. 
Nov 27
99th CFL Grey Cup: BC Lions defeats Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 34-23 
Dec 4
100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1) 
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 
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