January 14 | Tunisia Protests
Revolution in Tunisia. The Arab Spring begins.
Violent anti-government protests drive Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power after 23 years of iron-fisted rule.
January 26 | Syria Protests
Public demonstrations first took place on 26 January 2011, but were only a sporadic occurrence until mass protests erupted in Daraa on 15 March.
February 11 | Egypt Uprising
The Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak.
February 15 | Libya Revolts
Civil war stars against Moammar Qaddafi in Libya.
February 17 | Bahrain Strikes
Thousands of Bahraini Shiite anti-government protesters gather in capital Manama, on February 17, 2011, following the deaths of two protesters in clashes with Bahraini police and sparking angry calls from young cyber-activists for regime change and a walkout of parliament by Bahrain’s main Shiite opposition bloc.
February 22 | New Zealand Quake
New Zealand hit by quake. Office workers trapped under their collapsed buildings send messages to the outside as rescuers with dogs scramble to save them.
March 11 | Japan Quake
A 9.0 magnitude quake, followed by a massive tsunami leaves 23,000 dead or missing across wide swaths of Japan’s northeast coastline. Some 80,000 residents have to evacuate their homes due to radiation threats from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
March 19 | Nato Strikes In Libya
U.S. and British ships and submarines launch the first phase of a missile assault on Libyan air defenses, firing 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles at more than 20 targets.
March 18 | Yemen Upheavals
protests in Yemen were initially against unemployment, economic conditions and corruption, as well as against the government’s proposals to modify Yemen’s constitution. The protestors’ demands then escalated to calls for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign.
April 29 | UK Royal Wedding
With not one but two kisses and tender whispered words, Prince William and Kate Middleton smile and blush as they start their life as future United Kingdom king and queen.
May 1 | Bin Laden Killed
USA: President Barack Obama huddled with his national security team in the White House Situation Room as they monitor via live video the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.
May 14 | IMF Head Arrested
The leader of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is arrested on charges of criminal sexual act.
May 26 | Bosnia’s Ratko Mladic Caught
sixteen years after the bull-necked military commander went on the run, a pale and shrunken Ratko Mladic is hauled into a courtroom to face charges of genocide in ordering torture, rape and the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995.
June 10 | E. Coli Outbreak
German vegetable sprouts cause the E. coli outbreak that has killed 50 people and sickened nearly 3,000.
June 29 | Greece Austerity Bill Passed
Greece’s lawmakers approve a key austerity bill needed to avert default, despite a second day of rioting on the streets of Athens that leaves dozens of police and protesters injured.
July 8 | South Sudan Sovereignty
South Sudan celebrates its first day as an independent nation, raising its flag before tens of thousands of cheering citizens elated to reach the end of a 50-year struggle.
July 20 | Somalia Starvation
Tens of thousands of Somalis are feared dead in the world’s worst famine in a generation, a crisis so severe that the U.S. will allow emergency funds to be spent in areas controlled by al-Qaida-linked militants as long as the fighters do not interfere with aid distributions.
August 3 | Egypt’s Mubarak On Trial
An ailing, 83-year-old Hosni Mubarak, lying ashen-faced on a hospital bed inside a metal defendant’s cage with his two sons standing protectively beside him in white prison uniforms, denies charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters at the start of his historic trial.
August 6 | London Violence
Police in London, which saw the worst violence, charge hundreds of people with violence, disorder and looting. Hundreds of stores were looted, buildings were set ablaze and five people died amid the mayhem that broke out in London and spread over four nights across England.
August 19 | Indian Social Activist Ana Hazare Free
Indian social activist Ana Hazare (C) left jail on August 19, to begin a two-week fast, as he led a campaign for a new anti-corruption law. The diminutive 74-year-old ended his on fast August 28, after forcing a weakened government to agree to his demands.
September 11 | USA Remembers 9/11
USA: Remembering 9/11, ten years later.
September 17 | Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is an ongoing series of demonstrations initiated by the Canadian activist group Adbusters which began September 17, in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district. The protests are against social and economic inequality, high unemployment, greed, as well as corruption, and the influence of corporations.
September 19 | Palestine State Bid
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is greeted at UN headquarters in New York City, US as he attempts to claim a moral victory in its bid for UN security council recognition of a Palestinian state.
October 5 | Steve Jobs Dies
Apple fans around the world mourn the loss of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
October 17 | Israeli-Palestinian Prisoners Swap
Looking thin, weary and dazed, Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit emerges from more than five years in Hamas captivity, surrounded by Gaza militants with black face masks and green headbands who handed him over to Egyptian mediators in an exchange for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.
October 18 | Yemeni Tawakkul Karman Wins The Peace Nobel Prize
Yemeni Tawakkul Karman was awarded the global Nobel Peace Prize for her actions during the Yemen uprising and is often called the ‘mother of Yemen’s revolution’. Karman became the first Arab woman, the youngest person ever to become a Nobel Peace Laureate and the category’s second Muslim.
October 20 | Gaddafi Killed
Moammar Gadhafi is killed when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell. Amid the fighting, a NATO airstrike blast a fleeing convoy carrying Gadhafi.
October 22 | Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdel Aziz Dies
The year had been a tough one for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz who had undergone surgery on his back. On October 22, the king’s brother Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz died in the US after a long battle with colon cancer.
October 31 | Globe’s 7 Billionth
Amid the millions of births and deaths around the world each day, it is impossible to pinpoint the arrival of the globe’s 7 billionth occupant. But the U.N. chose October 31 to mark the day with a string of festivities worldwide, and a series of symbolic 7-billionth babies being born.
November 29 | Iranians Storm UK Embassy In Tehran
Protesters storm the security gates to the British Embassy during an anti-British demonstration on November 29, in Tehran, Iran. More than 20 Iranian protesters stormed the embassy, removing the mission’s flag and ransacking offices. The British government evacuated its staff and expelled the Iranian Ambassador in return.
December 15 | USA Formally Out Of Iraq
After nearly nine years, 4,500 American dead and 100,000 Iraqi dead, U.S. officials formally shuts down the war in Iraq.
December 17 | Saab Bankrupt
After six decades of building cars renowned for their teardrop designs and quirky features, cash-strapped Saab Automobile gave up its desperate struggle for a lifeline and filed for bankruptcy.
December 21 | Kim Jong Il Dies
Inheriting power from his father in 1994, he led North Korea through a devastating famine while frustrating the U.S. and other global powers with an on-again, off-again approach to talks on giving up nuclear arms in return for energy and other assistance. Kim was one of the last remnants of a Cold War-era that ended years earlier in most other countries.