2011 events in history

Jan 1 A bomb explodes as Coptic Christians in Alexandria, Egypt, leave a new year service, killing 23 people
Jan 1 The Kallikratis plan becomes the new administrative system of Greece
Jan 8 The attempted assassination of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store, for which Jared Lee Loughner is subsequently arrested, kills six people and wounds 13, including Giffords
Jan 9 Iran Air Flight 277 crashes near Orumiyeh in the northeast of the country, killing 77 people
Jan 10 2010–2011 Queensland floods: Torrential rain in the Lockyer Valley region of South East Queensland, Australia causes severe flash flooding, killing 9 people
Jan 14 The former president of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled his country to Saudi Arabia after a series of street demonstrations against his regime and corrupt policies, asking for freedom, rights and democracy, considered as the anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution and the birth of the Arab Spring
Jan 24 At least 35 die and 180 are injured in a bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport
Jan 25 The first wave of the Egyptian revolution 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 27 Arab Spring: The Yemeni Revolution begins as over 16,000 protestors demonstrate in Sana'a
Jan 31 A winter storm hits North America for the second time in the same month, causing $1.8 billion in damage across the United States and Canada and killing 24 people
Feb 11 The first wave of the 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 For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, are able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855
Feb 14 As a part of Arab Spring, the Bahraini uprising, a series of demonstrations, amounting to a sustained campaign of civil resistance, in the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain begins with a 'Day of Rage'
Feb 17 Libyan protests begin. In Bahrain, security forces launched a deadly pre-dawn raid on protesters in Pearl Roundabout in Manama, the day is locally known as Bloody Thursday
Feb 19 The debut exhibition of the Belitung shipwreck, containing the largest collection of Tang Dynasty artefacts found in one location, begins in Singapore
Feb 22 New Zealand's second deadliest earthquake strikes Christchurch, killing 185 people
Feb 22 Bahraini uprising: Tens of thousands of people march in protest against the deaths of seven victims killed by police and army forces during previous protests
Feb 24 Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103)
Mar 9 Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights
Mar 11 An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) 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 15 Beginning of the Syrian civil war
Mar 19 Libyan Civil War: After the failure of Muammar Gaddafi's forces to take Benghazi, French Air Force launches Opération Harmattan, beginning foreign military intervention in Libya
Apr 1 After protests against the burning of the Quran turn violent, a mob attacks a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of thirteen people, including eight foreign workers
Apr 6 In San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico, over 193 bodies were exhumed from several mass graves made by Los Zetas
Apr 11 An explosion in the Minsk Metro, Belarus kills 15 people and injures 204 others
Apr 19 Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title
Apr 27 The April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak devastates parts of the Southeastern United States, especially the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. 205 tornadoes touched down on April 27 alone, killing more than 300 and injuring hundreds more
Apr 29 The Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton
May 1 Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI
May 1 Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks has been killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Due to the time difference between the United States and Pakistan, bin Laden was actually killed on May 2
May 2 An E. coli outbreak strikes Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others sick from the bacteria outbreak
May 2 Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan
May 13 2 bombs explode in the Charsadda District of Pakistan killing 98 people and wounding 140 others
May 16 STS-134 (ISS assembly flight ULF6), launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the 25th and final flight for Space Shuttle Endeavour
May 18 22 people are killed when Sol Líneas Aéreas Flight 5428 crashes in southern Argentina
May 21 Radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted that the end of the world would occur on this day, a prophecy that would prove incorrect
May 22 An EF5 tornado strikes Joplin, Missouri, killing 162 people and wreaking $2.8 billion worth in damage—the costliest and seventh-deadliest single tornado in U.S. history
May 25 Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty-five-year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show
May 28 Malta votes on the introduction of divorce
Jun 1 A rare tornado outbreak occurs in New England; a strong EF3 tornado strikes Springfield, Massachusetts, during the event, killing four people
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 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 6 A march in protest of the death of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, London, ends in a riot, sparking off a wave of rioting throughout the country over the following four nights
Aug 23 Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the 2011 Libyan civil war
Aug 23 A magnitude 5.8 (class: moderate) earthquake occurs in Virginia. Damage occurs to monuments and structures in Washington D.C. and the resulted damage is estimated at $200 million–$300 million USD
Aug 26 The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing's all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA
Aug 27 Hurricane Irene strikes the United States east coast, killing 47 and causing an estimated $15.6 billion in damage