Year in Review, 2011

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
2011 Year in Review

Top events for the nation and the world

News and Analysis

  • News of the Nation
    The U.S. Avoids Default in 11th Hour • Occupy Wall Street • Campaign 2012 • Election 2011 • States Attemtp to Weaken Unions • Penn State Child Molestation Scandal • The 2010 Census Results • The Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 • Tornadoes Ravaged Parts of the Southeast U.S • New Evaluations Raise the Stakes for Teachers • Gabrielle Giffords Makes a Remarkable Recovery • A nation gets caught up in the trials of Casey Anthony and Conrad Murray and the homecoming of Amanda Knox
  • News of the World
    Arab Spring Creates Tumult in the Middle East • European Nations Battered by Euro Debt Crisis • Osama bin Laden Killed in Pakistan • Iran Continues to Pursue Nuclear Program • U.S. Withdraws Completely from Iraq • Hope for Peace Fades for Israelis and Palestinians • Pakistan's Relationship with U.S. Steadily Deteriorates • Anti-Putin Protests Stun Kremlin • Earthquake in Japan Causes Wide Destruction and a Nuclear Disaster • World Population Reaches a New Milestone • Prince William and Kate Middleton Marry in a Lavish Ceremony
  • Science News 2011
    Ghost Particles Break Cosmic Speed Limit • Curing Disease Is Fun and Games • Earthquake in Japan Causes Wide Destruction and a Nuclear Disaster • The final voyage of the space shuttle Atlantis marked the end of NASA's space shuttle program • Tornadoes Ravaged Parts of the Southeast U.S. in April and May 2011 • Kepler Telescope Eyes New Planets
  • News: Month by Month
    Detailed chronology of the news each month, covering national and international events


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