What was the biggest event of 2011? The Japanese tsunami, the
In a year where the world’s population reached 7 billion (October 31), Gregorian Year MMXI has revealed no less hype, drama and tragedy than we’re used to seeing. Perhaps in terms of enormity the following ten events can be considered (in reverse ‘countdown’ order of importance) the biggest, most memorable:
NUMBER TEN – NASA’s Space Shuttle Program Concluded
Atlantis’ last, Flight STS-135, concluded the final mission of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program when it lands back at the
NUMBER NINE – Twin Terrorist Attacks in
The world is shocked when it learns of the 76 people killed in simultaneous attacks in
NUMBER EIGHT – Steve Jobs’ Death
Whilst the death of Steve Jobs (October 5) pales into insignificance when compared with other critical world events for the year, there is no question the impact such a death, and therefore his life, had over the world. Millions of tributes are written as the world laments the passing of a technological genius.
NUMBER SEVEN – Horn of
NUMBER SIX – Muammar Gaddafi Killed
Reports of the October 20 death of the Libyan dictator stream into lounge rooms. It is a win not only for the local people, but for democracy and hope for the wider region and more global world. Just two months earlier, during the Battle of Tripoli, Libyan rebels ousted Gadaffi’s regime.
NUMBER FIVE – North Korean “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-Il Dies
On December 17, North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Il dies of a heart attack aged 69. News breaks slowly over national television and filters into the international community within 48 hours as many brainwashed North Korean nationals enter into severe mourning. Soon the mooted successor emerges: Kim Jong-Il’s youngest son Kim Jong-Un. This event causes widespread interest and concern for regional and global threats because of political instability. A one million strong genocide and a one million strong army are the legacies of Kim Jong-Il.
NUMBER FOUR – US Debt-Ceiling Crisis
In late July, the culmination of 30 years of growing debt, together with the consequences of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, sees the
NUMBER THREE – Osama bin Laden Killed
What is arguably the biggest event of 2011, for the sheer magnitude of one terrorist’s destructive legacy, perhaps the biggest influence over worldwide affairs in the first decade of the 21st century, is finalised on May 1. Bin Laden’s death brings an outpouring of emotion worldwide, significantly months before the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
NUMBER TWO – Impending Collapse of the Euro
The economies of
NUMBER ONE –
The March 11, 14:46hrs (Japan Standard Time), 9.1 Magnitude Tohoku undersea megathrust quake, with an epicentre 70 km from dry land, at a relatively shallow underwater depth of 32 km, hits the mainland of Japan, via a tsunami, shortly after. The biggest secondary impact is on
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© 2011 S. J. Wickham.
Acknowledgement: source information from various pages on Wikipedia.
Graphic Source: NewsandPhotography.com. Photograph of the March 11, 2011,