In this year
Widespread protests across Egypt in response to the leadership of President Hosni Mubarak began unfolding in January 2011, with the events leading to what's become known as the Egyptian Revolution. Said revolution would, by February, lead Mubarak to resign and leave the Egyptian military in charge of the nation temporarily.
New Zealand witnessed a devastating natural disaster on February 22nd, as a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch – the event would kill around 181 people.
It was the end of an era for NASA in March 2011, as Discovery – one of its landmark space shuttles – landed after its final commissioned flight. The 78,000 kg vessel had taken on 39 successful flights, having been originally launched in August 1984. That meant the ship had been in service for over 26 years!
WikiLeaks pushed out confidential data regarding classified events taking place at the detention center in Guantanamo Bay – with one of the most shocking revelations being that around 150 people were held there without formal trial. It’s a moment that helped to push controversial WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, into the headlines (and public consciousness).
Early May saw US President Barack Obama announce that, after several years of hunting, Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been killed. He’d been intercepted during US operations in Pakistan, where the terrorist leader had been hiding.
On June 28th, 2011, Christine Lagarde made history by becoming the first woman ever elected as head of the IMF, or the International Monetary Fund. She took over from Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was forced down after he had been arrested for allegations of sexual assault.
July 22nd saw Anders Behring Breivik begin a massacre across Norway, with the mass murderer first bombing government buildings in the capital of Oslo, before going on to kill citizens on the island of Utøya. The killer was responsible for the deaths of 77 people.
We found liquid on Mars in August 2011! News sent back from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter advised that a liquid of sorts was spotted on the red planet – with photographic evidence to back it up. This was a major step toward finding potential life on the planet.
In a moment that would mark the end of a 40-year stalemate, India and Bangladesh officially declared a cease to their border demarcation disagreement – they did so by signing a pact to enshrine it in international law.
Muammar Gaddafi, infamous dictator of Libya, was killed after being captured in Sirte. Gaddafi’s reign ended dramatically as his capture traveled around the world on video. Effectively, the death of Gaddafi led to the end of the civil war that had ravaged the country – as the National Transitional Council took control of Sirte.
One of the most important video games of all time – Minecraft – was officially launched on November 18th, 2011. The game has gone on to build a regular player base of more than 140 million people, and the property was eventually sold to Microsoft – along with manufacturers Mojang – for $2.5 billion. Over a decade later, the game and its community are still going strong.
The Iraq War – which began in 2003 under then-US President George W Bush – officially came to an end on December 15th, 2011. This would bring an end to the insurgency that arose in the country in 2003, but another would soon rise up.
2011 was the year of the…
Along with people born in 2023, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, and 1927, anyone born in 2011 is a rabbit according to the Chinese Zodiac. Rabbit people are said to be polite and amiable, as well as friendly and always in the pursuit of peace. They’re often very sincere – and prefer to keep things simple. The only issue is, if you’re a rabbit, you might be thought of as weak at times! The next rabbit year will be 2035.