2011 in History
January 1 Brazil swears in Dilma Rousseff, its first female president
January 1 Hungary takes over the position of the presidency of the European Union
January 2 River levels in Queensland, Australia continue to rise, 200,000 people are affected and one fatality are reported
January 2 Spain enacts strict new anti-smoking laws
January 3 Over 5,000 red-winged blackbirds suddenly die in Beebe, Arkansas, on New Year's Eve; scientists investigate causes of the bird die-off
January 3 With news that Facebook received investments of $500 million, analysts estimate the value of the company at $50 billion
January 4 In Canada, Kathryn Gray becomes the youngest person to ever discover a supernova; she is ten years old
January 4 The United Kingdom raises its value-added tax to 20% from 17.5%, its highest rate ever
January 5 According to Clarence House, Prince William and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, will be married by the Archbishop of Canterbury
January 5 The 112th United States Congress convened; Republican Representative John Boehner of Ohio assumes his new position as Speaker of the House
January 6 China places new controls on text messages sent on mobile phones containing references to democracy, human rights and corruption
January 6 Jordan's Ali bin Al Hussein is elected as Vice President of FIFA, the International Federation of Association Football
January 7 The international association football tournament, the AFC Asian Cup, officially opens in Qatar
January 7 Tunisia's youth protest for several days over political grievances and social problems including the job market and purchase power
January 8 Chinese prosecutors claim over 600 people were killed in Yunnan over a seven year period from official misconduct
January 8 U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords is shot, Judge John Roll killed, in a Tucson, Arizona shooting rampage that killed 6 people and injured 14
January 9 A Border Collie has reportedly learned 1022 words and can act in accordance with the citation of those words
January 9 In an effort to suppress riots, the Algerian government cuts food prices and commits to punishing those responsible for the riots
January 10 Following general elections last year, Burma's new parliament is set to convene on January 31
January 10 Pope Benedict XVI urges Pakistan to repeal its blasphemy law whereby those who insult the Prophet Muhammed receive the death penalty
January 11 Scientists posit that streams of antimatter positrons detected annihilating electrons cause Terrestrial gamma-ray flashes on top of thunderstorms
January 11 The Arctic sun rises two days earlier than expected over Ilulissat, Greenland
January 12 A plan to prevent the spread of artemisinin-resistant malaria is launched by the World Health Organization (WHO)
January 12 Haiti commemorates the first anniversary of the 2010 earthquake
January 13 In South Korea, 1.4 million domestic pigs are buried alive to combat an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease
January 13 North Korea plans to host its first ever golf tournament on a course frequented by leader Kim Jong-il
January 14 American actress Zsa Zsa Gabor undergoes a life-saving operation and has her leg amputated
January 14 In Afghanistan, the Taliban drop their ban on education for females due to a 'cultural change'
January 15 Australia's enormous flood effects 13,000 properties in rural Victoria
January 15 China announces it may station troops in North Korea to protect its citizens and investment projects
January 16 After 41 years in power, Libya's Muammar al-Gaddafi is less than 24 months away from being world's longest-serving leader
January 16 In one of the biggest upsets in NFL history, the New York Jets defeat the New England Patriots
January 17 All bullet trains in northern and central Japan were temporarily halted due a computer glitch; thousands of passengers are affected
January 17 In Vietnam, 1,400 members of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam gather to vote for new leaders
January 18 A $28 billion merger between Comcast and NBC Universal is approved by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission
January 18 Joe Lieberman, an independent U.S. Senator from Connecticut announces he will not seek re-election in 2012
January 19 A Mongolian bulk carrier sailing off the coast of Oman is seized by Somali pirates
January 19 All remaining political prisoners in Tunisia are freed
January 20 Save the Children launches a campaign to help 400,000 children in Sri Lanka deal with the crisis following the worst floods in their history
January 20 Scientists claim 2010 was the warmest year ever recorded, and the last decade the warmest ever recorded, in 200 years
January 21 In a referendum based on official figures, nearly 99% of South Sudanese voted for independence from the north
January 21 Tunisians take part in a demonstration urging the interim government to step down
January 22 The Japanese launch the H-II Transfer Vehicle HTV-2 Resupply Craft, in a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station
January 22 Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announces he will leave politics soon after the Presidential elections are held
January 23 Google awards its outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt $100 million
January 23 Pakistan's President, Asif Ali Zardari, launched an emergency polio immunization programme targeting 32 million children under age 5
January 24 In Canada's Arctic regions, scientists study an outbreak of avian cholera responsible for killing thousands of eider ducks
January 24 Lara Giddings becomes the first female Premier of the Australian state of Tasmania
January 25 Australia and Japan win their semi-final games and will play in the AFC Asian Cup final
January 25 In Egypt, tens of thousands of people participate in a 'day of revolt' to protest against the government
January 26 The 41st World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, Switzerland
January 26 Top airport security officials are fired after a suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport kills 35 people, injures 130
January 27 Japan experiences its fifth outbreak of bird flu, forcing the slaughter of 150,000 chickens
January 27 The United Nations Human Rights Council criticizes Burma for its human rights record
January 28 President Mubarak asks his government to resign
January 28 Responding to anti-government protests in Egypt, the government cuts off access to the internet, cell phones, and imposes a curfew
January 29 A 450 year-old painting by Titian of the Madonna and Child sets a record at Sotheby's, selling for $16.9 million
January 29 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appoints Omar Suleiman Vice President, the first office existing under the President in 30 years
January 30 Over half a million people participate in the world's largest wildlife survey after extreme cold drives exotic birds into Britain's back gardens
January 30 Tropical cyclone Anthony lands in Bowen in Queensland, Australia, forcing a disaster zone declared in areas still recovering from the 2010-2011 Queensland floods
January 31 Burma opens its new parliament
January 31 Egypt's people vow to continue demonstrating until President Mubarak's regime falls
February 1 Protesters stage the largest demonstration ever against the Mubarak regime; two million people gather in Tahir Square, vowing to stay until Mubarak leaves his post
February 1 Russia began searching for a missing military satellite that was launched into the wrong orbit
February 2 Egypt partially restores Internet access after a five-day blackout
February 2 Ian Thorpe, an Australian swimmer, announces he will come out of retirement to compete in the London Olympics in 2012
February 3 Lawmakers in Nepal vote to elect a new Prime Minister
February 3 The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reports that world food prices have reached a record high
February 4 According to the Catholic Church on the island, Cuba plans free to two more dissidents
February 4 Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, commented that the 2011 Egyptian protests and Tunisian uprising are a result of 'Islamic awareness'
February 5 Protesters continue their 12th day of nationwide protests in Cairo's Tahir Square, calling on President Hosni Mubarak to step down
February 5 The North American winter storm causes persistent cold temperatures in Mexico and power outages in the U.S.
February 6 Dubbed the 'Day of Martyrs' in honor of those killed in their fight for freedom, Egyptians continue protesting for the 13th day in Tahir Square
February 6 The Superbowl XLV attracts a record high television audience; the Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31 - 25
February 7 An archeologist using Google Maps identifies 2,000 potential archeological sites in Saudi Arabia
February 7 AOL purchases the liberal website, The Huffington Post, for $315 million
February 8 North and South Korean officials meet for working-level military talks, the first Korean dialogue in eight months
February 8 The head of the Taiwanese Army's electronic communications and information department, Major General Lo Hsien-che is arrested for leaking secrets to China
February 9 WikiLeaks cables claiming Saudi Arabia has exaggerated its crude oil reserves by 40% is published by The Guardian
February 10 An undersea fiber-optic cable arrives in Cuba, linking it to Venezuela. Venezuela offered to help Cuba speed its internet connection when the U.S. refused
February 10 The North American winter storm continues across the Southeastern United States and the Tennessee Valley
February 11 North Korea places requests with its worldwide embassies to appeal for aid to feed its population
February 11 President Hosni Mubarak relinquishes power to the head of the Higher Military Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi
February 12 Anti-government protesters in Yemen call for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down from his regime; Ali has ruled the country since 1978
February 12 Inspired by the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, nearly 5,000 of Algerians protest their regime, calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be removed
February 13 At the 53rd Grammy Awards, Lady Antebellum wins the Song of the Year and Record of the Year award for the song, 'Need You Now'
February 13 In Iran, opposition leaders plan a nationwide anti-government rally in an attempt to replicate the success of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution
February 14 China reports its trade surplus for January is $6.5 billion; the figure is less than expected
February 14 Palestinian Authority cabinet members resign and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will select new ministers at the request of President Mahmoud Abbas
February 15 In Malaysia, Islamic morality police arrest more than 80 muslims to prevent them from celebrating Valentine's Day
February 15 Inflation in the People's Republic of China reaches 4.9%
February 16 Lance Armstrong announces his official retirement from professional cycling
February 16 Under pressure from conservationists and diplomats, Japan's whaling fleet leaves the Antarctic
February 17 A large, rare, Andy Warhol self-portrait in red and white sells for $10.79 million pounds at Christie's auction house in London, England
February 17 Aretha Franklin, singer and the 'Queen of Soul', announces she has overcome medical ailments and plans to return to the stage
February 18 Human Rights Watch reports 24 people were killed in Libya's 'Day of Rage' anti-regime protest
February 18 Voters in Uganda participate in the Ugandan general election; voters fear the election is rigged to extend the 30-year rule of rebel Yoweri Museveni
February 19 In the People's Republic of China, the call for a 'Jasmine Revolution' spreads online as authorities hunt down political activists
February 20 North Korea raises concerns regarding nuclear testing; reports show they have dug tunnels at a nuclear test site located in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province
February 20 Rebel leader Yoweri Museveni continues his 30-year rule after being re-elected President of Uganda; the opposition claims the election was a 'sham'
February 21 A professor from New York University has an experimental life-blogging camera removed from his head after his immune system rejected the implant
February 21 A state of emergency due to snow is declared in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota
February 22 For the first time since 1979 Iranian Revolution, two ships from the Iran Navy are sent through the Suez Canal
February 22 In an effort to disprove claims that he has fled the country, Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi appears on television and claims to remain head of the revolution
February 23 As more people are detained, the online call for a 'Jasmine Revolution' continues
February 23 More than 1,000 people are estimated to have been killed during the unrest in Libya
February 24 In Libya, Anti-Gaddafi forces claim to have gained control Zuara, a town located west of Tripoli
February 24 Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh orders the country's security forces to protect protesters
February 25 In China, Jia Qinglin, senior leader of the People's Republic of China, calls for controls over Tibetan Buddhism and a renewed struggle against the Dalai Lama
February 25 Researchers in Fairbanks, Alaska, discover remains of a 3-year old child from the Ice Age and named it Xaasaa Cheege Ts'eniin, 'Upper Sun River Mouth Child'
February 26 After winning a Liberal Party of British Columbia ballot, Canadian politician Christy Clark becomes the second woman to be Premier of British Columbia
February 26 In Hollywood, California, the 83rd Academy Awards are held at the Kodak Theater, celebrating the best films of 2010
February 27 Resolution 1970 is adopted by the U.N. Security Council; the resolution imposes sanctions on the regime of Muammar al-Gaddafi
February 27 Wisconsin AFL-CIO assemble hundreds of union supporters claiming they will risk arrest to prevent police from clearing the Wisconsin State Capitol building
February 28 In Egypt, a travel ban is imposed on former President Hosni Mubarak and his family
February 28 The last surviving veteran of World War I, Frank Buckles, dies in Charles Town, West Virginia at the age of 110
March 1 Archeologists working off the coast of Panama recover six cannons from ships owned by Welsh privateer Henry Morgan
March 1 New Zealand honors victims of the 2011 Canterbury earthquake with two minutes of silence; 154 persons died, and the death toll is expected to reach 240
March 2 In his book 'Jesus of Nazareth Part II', Pope Benedict XVI exonerates the Jewish people for the responsibility of the death of Jesus
March 2 In the United Kingdom, the British Armed Forces announce plans to eliminate 11,000 jobs
March 3 The United Nations releases a report stating world food prices are at the highest in 20 years
March 3 U.S. airlines continue increasing fares as a result of the high cost of jet fuel
March 4 China reports plans to increase its 2011 defense spending by 12.7%
March 4 The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) states it could save $5.5 billion in 30 years if dollar bills are replaced with coins
March 5 In the Battle of Az Zawiyah, rebels successfully overcome pro-Gaddafi forces trying to push into the city
March 5 Saudi Arabia bans all protests after demonstrations have taken place east of the country
March 6 Speaking in Cardiff, Wales, David Cameron, Prime Minister of the U.K., declares war on 'enemies of enterprise'
March 6 The peak of Brazil's main carnival processions take place in Rio de Janeiro
March 7 NATO increases its surveillance flights over Libya, patrolling the area on a 24/7 basis
March 7 The most expensive painting ever auctioned, 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust', by Pablo Picasso, goes on display in London's Tate Gallery
March 8 In an interview held before the third anniversary of deadly unrest, Gyaincain Norbu claims Tibetans have 'never been freer'
March 8 Redondo Beach, California authorities investigate the source of a large fish kill at the King Harbor Marino
March 9 A 7.2 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Honshu, Japan prompts the release of tsunami alert
March 9 National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller resigns after a scandal involving NPR executives
March 10 Lawmakers successfully pass the vote to remove nearly all collective bargaining from Wisconsin state employees
March 10 The 14th Dalai Lama, head of the Tibetan exile movement, plans to retire within days
March 11 Japan's Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant suffers a radiation leak after the earthquake; thousands of nearby residents are evacuated
March 11 Sendai, a major 9.0 earthquake strikes offshore of Japan's Miyagi Prefecture; 10-meter high tsunami's are produced near its epicenter, reaching land through the Pacific ocean
March 12 Analysts report a nuclear meltdown may be occurring at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant; a state of emergency is declared at five plants
March 12 Following the earthquake and tsunami, Japan deploys 50,000 Self-Defense Forces personnel in search and rescue efforts
March 13 Japan estimates over 46,000 structures were damaged in the 9.0 magnitude earthquake
March 13 Over 200,000 people are evacuated from Japan as fear of nuclear contamination from the power plants grows
March 14 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Dr.John, Tom Waits, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love and Neil Diamond into its Hall of Fame
March 14 The Tokyo Stock Exchange falls more than five percent on the first day of trading following the 2011 Sendai earthquake
March 15 Florida's Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos Alvarez, and County commissioner Natacha Seijas are ousted in recall elections
March 15 Leaders from the G8 pass the issue of military intervention in Libya onto the United Nations Security Council
March 16 The Japanese yen hits a postwar hight against the U.S. dollar
March 16 U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, publicly announces she will retire rather than serve a second term in 2012 if President Obama is reelected
March 17 Libya's military claims it will stop fighting Sunday to allow the rebels to turn themselves in
March 17 St. Patrick's Day parates are celebrated internationally
March 18 After no-fly zone was imposed on Libya, its government announced a ceasefire, which it immediately violated, killing 25 civilians in Misrata
March 18 Newspapers report that Japan will issue over 10 trillion yen in emergency government bonds to help pay for their earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts
March 19 The moon appears 30% brighter and 14% larger than at its furthest point; it reaches its closest point to Earth since 1993
March 19 The Tibetan Parliament-in-exile rejects the 14th Dalai Lama's submitted resignation as Head of State of the Central Tibetan Administration
March 20 Exiles in Tibet vote for a new Prime Minister, and also for 43 members of the Tibetan parliament
March 20 In Morocco, thousands rally to demand and end to corruption and more civil rights for the Moroccan people
March 21 In Tripoli, the compound of leader Muammar Gaddafi is targeted with more bombing raids during the third night of international intervention in Libya
March 21 The first full face transplant is performed by surgeons at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
March 22 In South Dakota, Governor Dennis Daugaard signs an abortion bill that requires women to undertake counseling and wait 72 hours, the longest period in the U.S.
March 22 The Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant reports radiation levels 1600 times normal levels are present 20km from the plant
March 23 In China, the yuan reaches a record level against the U.S. dollar
March 23 In Tokyo, the Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks reports that radioactive iodine in city tap water is two times the recommended level for infants
March 24 Kenya opens The Africa Carbon Exchange, the first carbon exchange in Africa to exchange carbon credits
March 24 The U.S. Census conducted April 1, 2010 reveals that New York city is the country's most populated city, with 8,175,133 residents
March 25 Iran's Government rejects an investigation into alleged human rights abuses called for by the United Nations Human Rights Council
March 25 The Tibetan parliament will seek the Tibetan community's opinion after the Tibetan government in-exile accepts the Dalai Lama's resignation from politics
March 26 In London, England, hundreds of thousands march in Trafalgar Square to protest government budget cuts
March 26 Tokyo reports that levels of radiation in its water supply have returned to normal
March 27 In Tokyo, anti-nuclear activists rally, demanding change in Japan's nuclear industry
March 27 Libya's military operations are now under the NATO control
March 28 New South Wales swears in its new Premier, Barry O'Farrell, following its state election
March 28 The International Atomic Energy Agency calls for a summit to discuss concerns about nuclear safety following radiation leaks at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
March 29 In London, England, international leaders take part in a conference focused on military action and the future of Libya
March 29 James Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis calls for the Federal Reserve to limit its purchase of U.S. Treasuries because they 'feed the fire' of inflation
March 30 After 300 years in Sweden, the oldest copy of Codex Holmiensis, dating from 1280, is returned to Denmark
March 30 Peruvians reclaimed 45,000 Inca artefacts taken by Yale University from Machu Picchu over a hundred years ago, finally successful in their campaign to return of 'the dignity and pride of Peru'
March 31 Amid unrest in the Mideast, activists claim China has launched the largest crackdown on dissenters in recent years
March 31 At a meeting in Nanjing, China, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the main problem in the world's monetary system is countries that inhibit the free flow of the value of their currency
April 1 In Greece, Crete withstands a 6.2 magnitude earthquake
April 1 The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 32,788 traffic deaths; the lowest number of deaths since 1949
April 2 Japan's Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, visits areas devastated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
April 2 Pro- and anti-carbon tax rallies are attended by thousands in Sydney, Australia
April 3 Kazakhstan holds a presidential election; President Nursultan Nazarbayev wins 95% of the vote
April 3 The Academy of Country Music Awards 2010 selects Taylor Swift winner of the 2010 Entertainer of the Year award
April 4 A record $79 million auction price is paid for Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang's 1988 'Forever Lasting Love' three-panel oil painting
April 4 Reports claim that China has successfully modified cows to produce 'human milk'
April 5 A bill banning the abortion of a fetus more than 20 weeks old passes in the Idaho House of Representatives
April 5 The U.S. Democratic National Committee appoints Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Chairwoman
April 6 Amid criticism from rebel fighters, NATO pledges to protect the besieged town of Misrata, Libya
April 6 Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling loses his appeal against his conviction for fraud in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
April 7 Bolstered by strong employment figures for March, the Australian dollar reaches a 28-year high against the U.S. dollar
April 8 One hour before the deadline, the U.S. Congress reaches a deal on the 2011 U.S. federal budget, avoiding a government shutdown
April 8 The U.S. Department of Justice admits and defends it has probed WikiLeaks-related Twitter accounts, dismissing privacy and freedom of speech concerns
April 9 In the Republic of Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa, President Ismael Omar Guelleh wins re-election with 79% of the vote
April 9 Iowa's Monona County, located in the midwestern United States, is hit by a tornado
April 10 Following a show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the band U2's tour, 360 degrees, becomes the highest grossing music tour of all time
April 10 Over 230,000 acres of land, including the town Fort Davis, are destroyed by wildfires in the state of Texas
April 11 In France, a law banning wearing the burqa and hijab goes into effect
April 11 One month after the Tohoku earthquake shook Japan, a 6.6 magnitude aftershock hit Japan, lasting nearly an hour
April 12 As part of a crackdown on dissent in China, 169 Chinese Christians attempting to hold an outdoor prayer session were detained, then released
April 12 Following the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, Japan raises the crisis level to 7, equal to the disaster in Chernobyl
April 13 Former President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak and sons, Alaa and Gamal, are detained for 15 days of questioning regarding charges of corruption and abuse of power
April 13 Shortages caused by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami cause Toyota to close several plants in Europe
April 14 North Korea attests it has detained Jun Young Su, a U.S. citizen; they plan to charge him with 'committing a crime' against their country
April 14 Rejean Hinse, a Quebec man wrongly convicted of a crime in the 1960s and acquitted 30 years later, receives $13.1 million in compensation
April 15 Each household within the exclusion zone of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant will receive 1 million yen from the Tokyo Electric Power Company
April 15 In a Schrodinger's cat experiment, researchers in Japan and Australia successfully teleport wave packets of light; this is the first transfer of quantum information from one point to another
April 16 In Egypt, the court orders the former ruling National Democratic Part of Hosni Mubarak be dissolved
April 16 Nigeria holds a presidential election
April 17 The London Marathon is won by Emmanuel Matai, who set a new course record
April 17 The Mid-April 2011 Southern United States tornado outbreak results in over 30 deaths; North Carolina is the state worst affected
April 18 A landslide in Indonesia's East Java province kills 100 people
April 18 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, begins an anti-piracy conference
April 19 In Cuba, Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party's central committee
April 19 Singapore dissolves its Parliament for the 14th General Election, planned for May 7, 2011
April 20 China releases two prominent human rights lawyers, Liu Xiaoyuan and Jiang Tianyong
April 20 Nigeria's presidential election, held April 16, 2011, declares the winner is President Goodluck Jonathan
April 21 By order of an Egyptian court, the name of Egypt's former President, Hosni Mubarak, is stripped from public spaces, schools and streets
April 21 In Shanghai, Chinese lorry drivers continue their second day of protest against rising inflation
April 22 After airstrikes destroy 30 - 40 per cent of Libya's ground forces, U.S. Admiral Mike Mullen states the war is moving toward a stalemate
April 22 The Pope, Benedict XVI, becomes the first pontiff to participate in a televised interview session, pre-recorded for Italian television
April 23 A clash occurs in the disputed border region of Cambodia and Thailand; thousands evacuate
April 23 In England, the guest list for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is released
April 24 A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia's southeastern island of Sulawesi
April 24 Pope Benedict XVI performs Easter Mass at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City; he calls for dialogue and diplomacy to end Libya's unrest
April 25 On a mission to destroy Muammar Gaddafi's forces, NATO jets fly over Tripoli and knock out three television stations
April 25 The U.S. government 'condemns' international media outlets, including 'The New York Times' for publishing confidential files
April 26 The 25th anniversary of the disaster in Chernobyl is commemorated by the Ukraine
April 26 U.S. nightly news host Katie Couric announces she will will no longer host the 'CBS Evening News'
April 27 A German naval mine from World War II is discovered and dismantled by BP; removing the bomb avoided potential closure of 16 oil fields
April 27 As the Australian dollar reaches new 29-year highs against the U.S. dollar, rising interest rates are predicted
April 28 According to the WHO, leading causes of death in the world include chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes
April 28 Panasonic Corporation reportedly plans to announce it will cut 40,000 jobs
May 1 The U.S. Department of State issues a global travel alert to all U.S. citizens, warning of enhanced potential for anti-American violence
May 1 U.S. President Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, founder of the militant Islamist group Al-Quaeda was killed by American military operatives
May 2 Nabil al-Araby, Foreign Minister of Egypt, calls for the U.S. to support and independent Palestine
May 2 The news of Osama bin Laden's death is received positively by international leaders, including Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari
May 3 In Yafran, Libya, thousands risk potential death and starvation after Muammar Gaddafi's forces shut off water and block food supplies
May 3 Interest rates at the Reserve Bank of India are increased by 50 basis points to 7.25 per cent
May 4 U.S. conductor Daniel Barenboim holds a 'Peace Concert' in the Gaza Strip; he is a supporter of Palestinian rights
May 4 U.S. President Barack Obama chooses not release photos of Osama bin Laden following his death; photos taken at the Abbotabad compound are released by Reuters
May 5 Former U.S. Olympic champion Carl Lewis is granted a place on the ballot for the Democratic primary election for a New Jersey Senate seat
May 5 In Brazil, the Supreme Federal Court rules that same-sex couples receive the same rights of existing civil unions
May 6 Militant Islamic group Al-Quaeda confirms Osama bin Laden's death and threatens revenge
May 6 The U.S. Coast Guard responds to heavy flooding by closing a section of the Mississippi River near Caruthersville, Missouri
May 7 In Singapore, two cabinet ministers, George Yeo and Li Hwee Hua, become the highest ranking ministers to be unseated in a general election since 1963
May 7 Thousands of homes are ordered evacuated as the Spring 2011 Mississippi River Floods continue
May 8 A near riot breaks out at the Beijing Apple Store as the Apple iPad2 goes on sale in the People's Republic of China
May 8 Thousands march in Mexico City to protest the 38,000 people who have died since the Mexican Drug War began in 2006
May 9 An investigation is launched by Pakistani Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gillani to determine how bin Laden lived undetected in Abbottabad
May 9 The U.S. Texas Senate approves amended legislation allowing students in Texas to carry handguns on campus
May 10 April exports for the People's Republic of China reach an all-time monthly hight of $155.69 billion
May 10 Microsoft announces it plans to purchase Skype, an Internet phone service, for $8.5 billion
May 11 In Nepal, Sherpa Apa Sherpa achieves a new record by climbing Mount Everest for the 21st time
May 11 The Tokyo Electric Power Company together with the Government of Japan will not cap compensation payments resulting from the Fukushima I nuclear accidents
May 12 Amid protests, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, is sworn in for a fourth term
May 12 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the second-longest-reigning monarch in Britain
May 13 In Egypt, authorities extend the detention of former President Hosni Mubarak for another 15 days
May 13 Pope Benedict XVI announces Roman Catholic bishops must obey a papal order allowing priests to say the old-style Tridentine Mass
May 14 In efforts to save Baton Rouge and New Orleans from floods, the Morganza Spillway is opened on the Mississippi River, deliberately flooding 3,000 square miles of rural Louisiana
May 14 The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami death toll now exceeds 15,000 with 9,000 still missing and 115,000 evacuees still living in shelters
May 15 Suzanne Mubarek, wife of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek, has open heart surgery after having a heart attack brought on by a corruption investigation
May 15 Two suspected Al-Quaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb members are arrested in Tunisia for carrying bombs and explosives near the city of Ramada
May 16 After 23 years running and 1151 fugitives caught, the FOX network cancels America's Most Wanted
May 16 The European Union approves a $110.8 billion (78 billion euro) bailout package for Portugal
May 17 The final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show is recorded in Chicago, Illinois; many celebrities attend the star-studded event
May 17 The oldest panda in the world, Ming Ming, dies at the age of 34 in Guangdong, China
May 18 Queen Elizabeth II visits Ireland's Croke Park in Dublin, where the Bloody Sunday massacre of 1920 occurred during the Irish War of Independence
May 18 The U.S. intends to impose sanctions on Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, for alleged human rights breaches during the 2011 Syrian Uprising
May 19 Japan's economy officially enters a recession, partially due to financial strain caused by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
May 19 Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye is placed under house arrest, after vowing to continue protests against the rising cost of living
May 20 Burial services for Claude Choules, aged 110, the last living veteran of World War I, take place in West Australia's port of Fremantle
May 20 In a meeting with President Barack Obama, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will not fully withdraw to the pre-1967 borders as Obama requested
May 21 Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicts May 21, 2011 at 6:00pm as the date of the Rapture for all Christians around the world
May 21 The most active volcano in Iceland, Grimsvotn, erupts and triggers 50 small earthquakes
May 22 Jimmy Choo, a U.S. company, is sold to Labelux, a private equity firm for $800 million
May 22 Tornadoes hit Joplin, Missouri, and a state of emergency is declared; more tornadoes hit Minneapolis, Minnesota and warnings are announced in states from Texas to Michigan
May 23 Tornado warnings are issued for Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri; the Joplin, Missouri death toll rises to 126 people with 1,150 injured by the May 22 tornado
May 23 Walid al-Muallem, foreign minister of Syria, denounces the European Union for the travel bans and asset freezes it has imposed on Syria
May 24 On his visit to the United Kingdom, U.S. President Barack Obama meets Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh
May 24 The Tokyo Electric Power Company claims three Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant reactors partially melted down during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
May 25 French Minister of Finance, Christine Lagarde, declares her candidacy as head of the International Monetary Fund
May 25 Germany determines it must shut down part of its airspace as volcanic ash from Iceland's Grisvotn eruption spreads through northern Europe
May 26 About 193,000 people are without power after severs storms struck the U.S. city of Atlanta, Georgia
May 26 The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly votes against funding for ground troops in Libya
May 27 Crewmembers of the Endeavour space shuttle Mike Fincke and Greg Chamitoff take what is potentially the last spacewalk ever conducted by a space shuttle crew
May 27 U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron, confirms the United Kingdom is sending Apache attack helicopters to assist the 2011 Libyan uprising
May 28 After days of protests, martial law is declared in Xilinhot, a city located in Inner Mongolia
May 28 In Germany, at least 10 people die from cucumbers infected with the deadly bacteria E. coli
May 29 Malta becomes the last country in the European Union to legalize divorce
May 29 More than 100,000 homes in Michigan lose power after powerful storms hit the state
May 30 Executing its final mission, Space Shuttle Endeavor successfully undocks from the International Space Station to return to earth
May 30 In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel pledges to end all nuclear power by 2022
May 31 After scientists reviewed studies on cell phone safety, the World Health Organization classifies cell phone radiation as a carcinogenic hazard, possibly carcinogenic to humans
May 31 Release dates and titles for two films based on 'The Hobbit' by J.R.R. Tolkein are announced
June 1 According to the UN, 2 million adolescents in the world live with HIV; 86 per cent of them live in sub-Saharan Africa
June 1 The U.S. announces it will boycott an anti-racism conference at the United Nations due to concerns over anti-Semetism
June 2 Secret documents on Egypt's nuclear power plant are released by WikiLeaks
June 2 The World Health Organization announces the E. coli strain responsible for the 2011 E.coli O104:H4 outbreak had never before been isolated from patients
June 3 Former North Carolina Senator and U.S. Presidential Candidate John Edwards is indicted on charges of conspiracy and violating campaign finance laws
June 3 Right-to-die activist Jack Kevorkian dies in Royal Oak, Michigan; his death caused by pneumonia and kidney problems
June 4 In Hong Kong, tens of thousands gather in Tiananmen Square to remember victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests
June 4 Li Na becomes the first Asian tennis player to win a major title winning the 2011 French Open; Li Na is from the People's Republic of China
June 5 At the 2011 French Open, Roger Federer is defeated in mens singles by Rafael Nadal
June 5 In Vietnam, hundreds demonstrate against Chinese naval operations in the disputed waters of the South China Sea
June 6 According to Bloomberg, Italian company Prada SpA is planning an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
June 6 Testing is conducted to confirm whether the E. coli outbreak came from vegetable sprouts in the Uelzen, Germany
June 7 Nintendo's new video game system, the Wii U is introduced; it has a touch-screen display designed as a bridge between portable and tablet-based games and console video games
June 7 The U.S. state of Arizona has an enormous wildfire covering almost 500 square miles; it is not contained and is sending smoke across several other states
June 8 Australia bans live cattle exports to Indonesia for up to six months in response to reports of cruel treatment at Indonesian slaughterhouses
June 8 Residents in the U.S. towns of Eagar and Springerville, Arizona fully evacuate as the Wallow Fire wildfire rages on
June 9 In Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, six women were arrested for practicing driving in an empty car lot; women are banned from driving on the road
June 9 The Financial Times finds computer hackers may have accessed details on Citigroup bank card customers
June 10 A report submitted to the United Nations states Iran has been caught attempting to transfer weaponry to terrorists including Hamas and the Taliban 10 times
June 10 South Korea's Central Bank raises its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points, to 3.25 percent
June 11 Ancient Korean royal books looted by French troops in 1866 are returned to South Korea; 1,000 officials and locals celebrate the return of the 297-volume 'Oegyujanggak' books
June 11 In Rome, Italy, over 500,000 people demonstrate, demanding same-sex rights
June 12 In the 2011 NBA Finals, he Dallas Mavericks win their first NBA title, winning 4 - 2 over the Miami Heat
June 12 Voters in Turkey go to the polls for a general election
June 13 Aftershocks from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, leaving tens of thousands without power
June 13 Michelle Bachmann announces she will seek the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States
June 14 A terrorist-related travel warning for the Philippines is issued by the United States
June 14 The Wallow Fire becomes the largest wildfire in Arizona history; firefighters have contained 20% of the 469,407-acre fire
June 15 In Greece, Police fire tear gas on protesters angry over cuts their government made in co-operation with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund
June 15 The coalition government announces plans to privatize Northern Rock, a British public-owned bank
June 16 Prince Harry of Wales is cleared to return to service in the Afghan War
June 16 The auction record for paintings by Sir Stanley Spencer were broken twice within minutes at Sotheby's in London
June 17 In efforts to fund rising social security costs, the Government of Japan plans to double its sales tax over four years
June 17 The first condemnation of discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender people is issued by the United Nations Human Rights Council
June 18 Oil prices hit $93 per barrel, a four-month low
June 18 The NOAA declares 2011 one of the most extreme weather years on record
June 19 For the third straight week, hundreds of Vietnamese citizens protest outside China's embassy in Hanoi against disputed areas in the South China Sea
June 19 The 2011 Paris Air Show features the international debut of the new Boeing 747-8
June 20 Australian travelers are warned they may face more disruption from the 2011 Puyehue-Cordon Caulle eruption in Chile
June 20 The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers grants private companies the right to create new website domain suffixes
June 21 Over 270,000 people in Illinois experience a power failure due to thunderstorms and funnel clouds
June 21 Volcanic ash from the 2011 Puyehue-Cordon Caulle eruption in Chile continues to disrupt flights in Australia
June 22 People's Republic of China officials warn that the the 2011 China floods will likely raise the price of food
June 22 South Korea states it plans to build a new resettlement center for North Korean refugees
June 23 It is determined that the 20111 E. coli O104:H4 bacterial outbreak that began in Germany in May 2011 resulted from a combination of two dangerous E. coli strains
June 23 Japan's Iwate prefecture experiences a 6.7 magnitude earthquake
June 24 The cell phone of Osama bin Laden's courier is reported to contain contacts with Harakat-ul-Mujahadeen, suggesting potential ties to Pakistan's intelligence agencies
June 24 The European Central BAnk appoints Italy's Mario Draghi as its new President, set to replace Jean-Claude Trichet on November 1
June 25 According to a new study, the number of adults in the world with diabetes has doubled since 1980
June 25 New York becomes the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage when Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the New York State Marriage Equality Law
June 26 The ash cloud from the 2011 Puyehue-Cordon Caulle eruption closes 39 flights in Chile and Argentina
June 26 The E.coli strain that caused 46 deaths in Germany reportedly resurfaced in france, with eight people hospitalized in Bordeaux
June 27 Tests show radioactive cesium is present in small quantities in residents of Iitate and Kawamata, Fukushima, towns located 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
June 27 The Los Angeles Dodgers professional baseball team files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
June 28 Following the resignation of Dominique Strass-Kahn, France finance minister Christine Lagarde becomes the new head of the International Monetary Fund
June 28 The U.N. reports 10 million people are effected by the worst drought in 60 years, forcing Somalians to flee to Kenya and Ethiopia to avoid starvation
June 29 Pope Benedict XVI announces the launch of a new Vatican website, news.va; he also performs the first tweet ever made by a pope
June 29 The General Assembly of Rhode Island passes legislation allowing same-sex couples to enter civil unions
June 30 Investigations by the ECDC and the European Food Safety Authority implicate fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt in the deadly E. coli outbreaks
June 30 Tropical Storm Arlene, the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season's first tropical storm, lands near Cabo Rojo and brings heavy rain to Mexico and southern Texas
July 1 In Libya's capitol of Tripoli, Muammar Gaddafi calls on NATO to stop its bombing campaign or else European homes offices and families will be targeted
July 1 Prince Albert II of Monaco weds Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock at the royal palace; Wittstock is now known as Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene
July 2 Due to a range of safety concerns, all Tiger Airways flights in Australia are grounded until July 9th by the country's Civil Aviation Safety Authority
July 2 In Bordeaux, France, and elderly woman becomes the first person to die from the recent e.coli outbreak
July 3 A tourist boat travelling off the coast of Baja California in Mexico sinks; 23 people are reported missing
July 3 The Swiss Government blocks 27 million Swiss francs worth of assets belonging to senior Syrian officials
July 4 Famed 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling leaves her agent, Christopher Little, ending their 15-year working relationship
July 4 UK Researchers report a study showing that the use of drugs during vitro fertilization may increase the risk of Down syndrome for their baby
July 5 A large dust storm strikes Phoenix, Arizona, leaving thousands without power and grounding flights at the Phoenix Airport
July 5 Venezuelans celebrate 200 years of independence from Spain with a military parade and parties in the streets
July 6 Exiled Tibetans are banned from celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday; Nepalese authorities fear the gatherings would become anti-Chinese
July 6 The host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics will be Pyeongchang, South Korea; the winter multi-sport event will take place between the 9th and 24th of February, 2018
July 7 In China, a fire in a coal mine in Shandong Province leaves at least 36 people trapped underground
July 7 In efforts to avoid food shortages and political oppression, South Korea begins work on a new facility to house North Korean refugees
July 8 Space Shuttle Atlantis takes off to conduct the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program
July 8 U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announces an inquiry into News of the World, allegedly involved in a phone hacking scandal
July 9 Major League Baseball history is made when Derek Jeeter of the New York Yankees makes a home run off of the Tampa Bay Rays, becoming the 28th member of the 3,000 hit club
July 9 South Sudan becomes a sovereign state after seceding from Sudan
July 10 Australia's Prime Minster Julia Gillard introduces details of plan to implement a carbon tax
July 10 In the Volga River near Bolgar, Russia, cruise ship Bulgaria sinks; 110 people drown and 80 are rescued alive
July 11 Illinois experiences heavy thunderstorms with 75 mph winds, cutting power to 868,000 homes and businesses
July 11 The Republic of Korea announces plans to conduct midair refueling drills with the U.S. Air Force in 2011
July 12 According to Moody's, Ireland's debt rating has been reduced to 'junk' status
July 12 In Britain, a ticket holder wins 161,653,000 pounds, the largest EuroMillions jackpot in history
July 13 Researchers reveal two studies showing the antiretroviral drugs prescribed to treat AIDS can also prevent HIV infections
July 13 Senior politician Norman Moore calls upon Western Australia to consider secession over carbon tax and Minerals Resource Rent Tax
July 14 In Borneo a previously extinct rainbow toad is rediscovered by scientists; the sighting is the first since its extinction was declared in 1924
July 14 Neptune completes its first orbit of the sun since the planet was discovered in 1846
July 15 Chief executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks, resigns as a result of the News International phone hacking scandal
July 15 The World Health Organization claims over 5 million Ethiopian are susceptible to developing cholera due to the breakout of acute watery diarrhea
July 16 The funeral for the final heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Otto von Habsburg, occurs in Vienna, attended by monarchs and members of the political elite
July 16 U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet the Dalai Lama in Washington, D.C. despite a warning from the People's Republic of China
July 17 Casey Anthony, cleared of murdering her daughter Caylee and set to be released from the Orange County, Florida jail, attracts major crowds unhappy with the judgement
July 17 Juan Maria Bordaberry, former Uruguayan dictator, dies while under house arrest for murders committed during his dictatorship
July 18 Command of the NATO forces in Afghanistan transfers from U.S. General David Petraeus to U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Genreal John R. Allen
July 18 Phoenix, Arizona is hit by a dust storm, also known as a haboob
July 19 In a speech outside of Potala Palace, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping declares he will crush attempts for an Independent Tibet
July 19 Iran announces it has installed faster nuclear centrifuges to enrich uranium
July 20 Following an outbreak of Hendra virus, Maylaysia delcares a ban the import of horses from Australia
July 20 In Guinea, up to 80 people, including soldiers, are arrested for a failed assassination attempt on President Alpha Conde, which occurred July 19
July 21 In Iran, the Central Bank of Iran launches a website which it will use to poll Iranians on planned economic reforms and changing the national currency
July 21 The U.S. heat wave has led to 24 deaths across the country
July 22 An extremist explodes a car bomb in Oslo, Norway, killing at least seven people; he then opens fire at a Labour Party youth camp in Utoya, Norway, killing 84
July 22 The International Monetary Fund approves a new three-year loan for Haiti worth $60 million, canceling Haiti's $268 million debt
July 23 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces the country's plan to launch a manned shuttle into space by 2019
July 23 The Nigerian senate reschedules elections by changing the country's constitution
July 24 BP announces plans to begin drilling for oil off the coast of Libya
July 24 Over half of the country of Peru enters a state of emergency as a result of unusually cold weather
July 25 Cyclist Alberto Contador wins the 2010 Tour de France while seven-time winner of the event, Lance Armstrong, makes his final appearance
July 25 Former Cuban President Fidel Castro makes his first appearance outside of Havana since leaving office in 2006, visiting a mausoleum in Artemisa
July 26 The Hendra virus is detected in a dog in Queensland, Australia near the Beaudesert; the virus has never before been detected in anything other than flying foxes, horses or humans
July 26 Vietnam re-elects Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
July 27 Higher than expected consumer price index figures and U.S. default concerns cause the Australian dollar to reach a post-float record against the U.S. dollar
July 27 The U.K. government recognizes the National Transitional Council and expels Libyan diplomats loyal to Muammar Gaddafi
July 28 Astronomers identify a Trojan asteroid orbiting on the same path as the Earth around the Sun; it poses to danger to Earth because it sits in a gravitational 'sweet spot'
July 28 U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte sets a new world record for the 200-meter individual medley, winning gold at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China
July 29 The African Union gains its 54th member, South Sudan
July 29 The U.S. House of Representatives votes to increase the debt ceiling; the Senate rejects the measure
July 30 NATO announces it destroyed three television distribution facilities in Tripoli, Libya
July 30 Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter, Zara Phillips marries Mike Tindall, an England rugby union international
July 31 A Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737 plane crashed and split in to at the Chaddi Jagan International Airport; no one was injured
July 31 The U.S. Senate fails to pass legislation lifting the debt ceiling; compromise talks continue
August 1 HSBC bank announces it will cut 5,000 jobs now and 25,000 jobs by 2013
August 1 Tropical storm warnings are issued as Tropical Storm Emily forms in the Atlantic Ocean
August 2 In the Papuan capital of Jayapura, about 10,000 Papuan people demonstrate in support of independence from India
August 2 President Obama signs legislation to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, narrowly averting the debt ceiling crisis
August 3 A skull believed to be 20-million years old is discovered in a Uganda; the skull is believed to be from a tree-climbing ape
August 3 The U.S. credit rating is downgraded from A+ to A by the Chinese Dagong Global Credit Rating
August 4 The Southern United States experiences a heat alert for fourteen states; several dozen heat-related deaths occurred since July
August 4 The U.S. National Football League ratifies a new collective bargaining agreement which includes provisions for human growth hormone tests
August 5 Thailand's parliament officially elects Yingluck Shinawatra as Prime Minister of Thailand; Yingluck is Thailand's first female Prime Minister
August 5 Typhoon Muifa approaches Japan's island of Okinawa; the typhoon is expected to be one of the most powerful storms to hit China in recent years
August 6 At least 20 Navy SEALs and 17 others die when a NATO Chinook helicopter crashes after being shot down by the Taliban in Afghanistan
August 6 In London, British rioters set police cars on fire in the suburb of Tottenham
August 7 A landslide in Malaysia leaves one person killed and six missing
August 7 Nepal, India exercises a smoking ban in public places
August 8 Standard &: Poor's rating agency downgrades U.S. sovereign debt; the downgrade is the first in the history of the United States
August 8 Stock markets in Asia, Australia and the United States fall after the U.S. loses it's AAA credit rating
August 9 As the Australian dollar falls below parity, Australian and New Zealand dollars continue to fall as investors seek security
August 9 The U.S. Federal Reserve declares it will keep interest rates at exceptionally low levels through mid-2013
August 10 New Zealand's highest mountain, the south ridge of Aoraki/Mount Cook, is renamed Hillary Ridge after Sir Edmund Hillary, first to conquer Mt. Everest
August 10 Rioting takes place in English cities including Manchester, liverpool, Salford, Birmingham and Nottingham; police from Scotland are called in to help
August 11 New Zealand's City Council in Christchurch announce plans to rebuild their central business district after an earthquake devastated the area
August 11 The Israeli interior ministry grants its final approval for building 1,600 settler homes in the disputed East Jerusalem
August 12 A recent crash on the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway prompts a halt in service and an inspection of all sections of the track
August 12 President Obama's health insurance mandate from his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is struck down by the U.S. court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
August 13 Riots in England continue; Prime Minister David Cameron hires U.S. law enforcement officer Bill Bratton to advise on dealing with gang-related violence
August 13 The Ames Straw Poll for 2012 Presidential election candidates is taken; Michele Bachmann is the winner
August 14 2012 Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty withdraws from his campaign to win the Republican Party nomination
August 14 U.S golfer Keegan Bradley defeats Jason Dufner in a playoff, winning the United States 2011 PGA Championship
August 15 Snow on New Zealand's North and South Islands disrupts power supplies, causes road closures and closure of the Wellington International Airport
August 15 The trial of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarek and sons, Alaa and Gamall is adjourned and merged with that of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly
August 16 Concerns about the European economy are heightened as Germany reports second quarter growth of only 0.1%
August 16 In England, two men who created a Facebook site to incite violence during the riots are sentenced to four years imprisonment
August 17 In Kabul, a rocket is fired into the compound of Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan
August 17 The price of gold reaches a new record after Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez announces plans to nationalize his country's gold industry
August 18 Gold hits a record price of $1,826 per ounce
August 18 In an effort to stop the growth of household debt, South Korean banks temporarily stop making household loans
August 19 A Chinese scientist conducting research on the Tibetan Plateau is reported missing from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region's Muztagh Ata glacier
August 19 A team of divers discover the wreck of a Swedish warship, possibly Mars, the head of king Erik XIV's fleet which sank in the Baltic Sea in 1564
August 20 First Air fails in an attempt to land a Boeing 737 in poor conditions; 12 of 15 people die after the plane crashes near Canada's Resolute Bay
August 20 Tropical Storm Irene forms with warnings in place for the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, The British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda
August 21 Muammar Gaddafi appears on Libyan television claiming himself the 'father of Libya'
August 21 The world's potentially oldest fossils, thought to be 3.4 billion years old, are found in the Strelley Pool rock formation in Western Australia's outback
August 22 The Chairman of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil announces Muammar Gaddafi's regime has collapsed
August 22 The Foreign Ministry of Iran calls for Musa al-Sadr to be released; they claim he has been held in Libya since 1978
August 23 A 5.8 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful since 1897, strikes near Mineral, Virginia, causing a shut down of a nearby nuclear reactor
August 23 The Government of Syria is under investigation by the U.N. Human Rights Council for alleged human rights violations during the 2011 Syrian uprising
August 24 Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs resigns over poor health issues; Tim Cook takes over as CEO
August 24 With weak economic prospects and significant levels of public debt, Japan is downgraded to Aa3 by Moody's credit rating agency
August 25 New York City braces for Hurricane Irene, announcing plans to shut down subways buses and commuter trains
August 25 Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway announces it will invest $5 billion in Bank of America
August 26 After losing a referendum on free school lunches, Seoul's mayor, Oh Se-hoon, resigns
August 26 Japan's National Police Agency discloses that 90% of cyberattacks on its web site came from IP addresses in the People's Republic of China
August 27 Hurricane Irene lands in North Carolina, near Cape Lookout
August 27 Singapore holds a presidential election; voters head to the polls
August 28 Musician Katy Perry wins the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards for Video for the Year award for her song 'Firework'
August 28 Tony Tan Keng Yam wins Singapore's presidential election, becoming President-elect
August 29 Libya's National Transitional Council raises concerns about the mass killing of political prisoners by Muammar Gaddafi's government
August 29 Nepal's Parliament elects Unified Communist Party leader Baburam Bhattarai as Prime Minister
August 30 New England's state of Vermont experiences the worst flooding in 100 years
August 30 The National Diet of Japan, Japan's bicameral legislature, approves Yoshihiko Noda as its new Prime Minister
August 31 Severe damage to homes and infrastructure occurs as wildfires sweep through the U.S. states of Oklahoma and Texas
August 31 Venice, Italy hosts the 68th Venice International Film Festival
September 1 A state of emergency is declared by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal after Tropical Storm Lee in the northern Gulf of Mexico
September 1 To avoid further fighting, Libya's Transitional Council extends the deadline to surrender for tribal leaders in Sirte
September 2 Acting on a lawsuit filed by Apple, Inc., a court in Dusseldorf, Germany orders Samsung to stop selling its new tablet computer, Galaxy Tab
September 2 The South Korean military has police clear protesters from the building site of its new naval base in Jeju-do
September 3 In Texas, wildfires continue burning, destroying tens of thousands of acres of land
September 3 The Libyan National Transitional Council will move to Tripoli from Benghazi next week
September 4 A new world record is set by Jamaica's 4x100-meter relay team of Nesta Carter, Usain Bolt, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake
September 4 Sonya Thomas is declared the winner of the U.S. Chicken Wing Eating Championship after consuming 183 Buffalo wings in 12 minutes
September 5 Former French President Jacques Chirac begins stands trial in Paris for embezzlement charges
September 5 Pakistan's government announces the arrest of Younis al-Mauritani, the senior Al-Qaeda chief
September 6 P. J. Harvey's album 'Let England Shake' wins best album in the United Kingdom and Ireland
September 6 The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee recalls four News International executives for further examination of phone hacking within the organization
September 7 Australia's economy achieves 1.2% second quarter growth after floods initially let to a .9% contraction in the second quarter
September 7 Heavy rain in Pennsylvania causes 1,000 Hershey Middle School students in the Derry Township School District to be stranded
September 8 A potential terrorist threat to New York City or Washington, D.C. for the 10th anniversary of September 11th is investigated
September 8 Australia's unemployment rate for August 2011 has risen to 5.3%
September 9 In South Africa, scientists find Australopithecus sediba skeletons are 2 million years old, suggesting the hominid species could be a transitional fossil between apes and humans
September 9 The 2011 Rugby World Cup begins in New Zealand
September 10 Following the turmoil of the Arab Spring G8 nations pledge $40 billion to help Arab countries reconstruct and implement democracy
September 10 In Cairo, protesters storm the Israeli embassy and force the Israeli ambassador to Egypt to flee
September 11 Memorial ceremonies are held worldwide to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks
September 11 Serena Williams is defeated in Women's Singles at the 2011 U.S. Open by Samantha Stosur of Australia
September 12 Renewed concerns over the Eurozone debt crisis cause Asian markets to fall
September 12 The EU Council votes; the copyright on sound recordings is extended from 50 to 70 years
September 13 In Pakistan, over 5,000 people reportedly are infected with Dengue fever
September 13 In Sweden, four men arrested for the 2011 failed Gothenburg terrorist attack are believed to be linked to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network
September 14 At the Zekiah Swamp in Charles County, Maryland, archeologists believe they found a fort from 1680 built to protect the 'friendly' Piscataway Indians
September 14 NASA reveals its Space Launch System plan, intended to replace the Space Shuttle program with its first flight scheduled for 2017
September 15 A previously unknown species of bottlenose dolphin is identified by researchers at Australia's Monash University, who named it Tursiops australis
September 15 Together with male and female, 'indeterminate' can now be listed as a gender on Australian passports
September 16 In the People's Republic of China, the Ministry of Public Security arrests over 2,000 people in an effort to crackdown on gang-related crime
September 16 NASA scientists announce the discovery of a circumbinary planet - a planet the orbits two stars instead of one
September 17 A 6.6 magnitude earthquake occurs off the coast of Japan, setting off a series of aftershocks
September 17 Latvian voters head to the polls for a parliamentary election
September 18 In Berlin, Social Democrats do well in a state election; the Pirate Party enters a state parliament for the first time, with the Free Democrats achieving 2% of the vote
September 18 The 63rd Emmy Awards for U.S television programs is held in Los Angeles, California: Mad Men wins for the outstanding drama series
September 19 A 5.8 magnitude earthquake and two lesser related quakes strike 32 miles south of Guatemala City, Guatemala, claiming 3 lives
September 19 Italy's credit rating is lowered from A+ to A by Standard and Poor's rating agency, a result of its high level of debt and the stability of its government
September 20 The 8th largest search engine in the world, Russia's Yandex, marks its first venture outside the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) by expanding into Turkey
September 20 The U.S. officially ends its Don't ask, don't tell military policy, allowing gay and lesbian personnel to publicly declare their sexual orientation
September 21 Google's new social network service, Google+, is released to the general public
September 21 The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces the 2015 UCI World Championships will be held in Richmond, Virginia
September 22 In Santiago, the Chilean capitol, tens of thousands of students protest for increased education expenditure
September 22 Pope Benedict XVI begins his state visit to Germany
September 23 For the second day in a row, global stock markets fall as fears of a deepening economic crisis continue
September 23 In Australia, thousands of Toyota workers go on strike over a pay dispute
September 24 Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accepts a proposal from President Dmitry Medvedev to run in Russia's 2012 Presidential election
September 24 The 2011 Syrian uprising continues as Turkey seizes a Syrian ship that is possibly carrying weapons to the Syrian Army
September 25 In Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah announces reforms that give women the right to vote and run in municipal elections
September 25 Kenyan runner, Patrick Makau Musyoki, breaks the world record for the marathon at the Berlin Marathon
September 26 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Wangari Maathai of Kenya, dies while undergoing treatments for cancer
September 26 The ongoing sovereign debt crisis in Europe causes European and Asian stock markets to open lower
September 27 In South Korea, the Financial Services Commission reveals they plan to inject more money into suspended local savings banks
September 27 The Arab Gas Pipeline in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula is destroyed in an explosion; the line supplies gas to Jordan and Israel
September 28 A 26-year old American citizen is arrested by the FBI for a plot to fly remote-controlled planes filled with explosives into the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
September 28 Japan asks South Korea to refute a plan to build a Korean World War II 'comfort women' monument near Seoul's Japanese embassy
September 29 The European Financial Stability Facility is approved by the German Bundestag
September 29 The Tiangong 1 space laboratory announces it has scheduled to launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China's Gansu Province
September 30 After a rare public outcry, President Thein Sein of Burma decides to halt the controversial Myitsone Dam project
September 30 Typhoon Nesat causes 43 deaths in the Philippines; forecasts predict Typhoon Nalgae will cause further flooding problems
October 1 China asks Myanmar to protect Chinese corporate interests after Burma's President Thein Sein shut down the Myitsone Dam project
October 1 Heavy fighting continues in Libya's heavily besieged city of Sirte; growing fears of humanitarian disaster builds
October 2 At the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Danedream wins with a record racing speed of 2:24.49, the second German horse to win since 1975
October 2 Over 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested when they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic
October 3 Helle Thorning-Schmidt introduces the new coalition government, officially becoming Denmark's 41st and first female Prime Minister
October 3 Sprint Nextel reportedly pays $20 billion for the exclusive rights to Apple's next mobile cell phone
October 4 In Cupertino, California, Apple Inc. announces the release of it much-anticipated iPhone 4S
October 4 The Nobel Prize for Physics is awarded to Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt and Adam Riess, for their work on the accelerating expansion of the universe
October 5 American innovator, businessman, co-founder and longtime CEO of Apple Inc., dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56
October 5 Off the coast of Tauranga, New Zealand, the MV Rena container ship runs aground, causing a large oil spill and affecting wildlife in the Bay of Plenty
October 6 The Bank of England pumps an additional 75 billion pounds into the British economy via quantitative easing
October 6 The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer
October 7 In Game 5 of the American League Division Series, the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees, moving on to play the Texas Rangers
October 7 Over 110 people are arrested in Queens, New York as part of the largest identity theft and retail crime ring in U.S. history
October 8 In western Ethiopia, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees opens new refugee camp for refugees from Sudan and South Sudan
October 8 With an unbeaten run of 14 wins, Australian mare Black Caviar ties the horse racing record for consecutive victories set by Phar Lap
October 9 Germany's Sebastian Vettel becomes the youngest driver to win the Formula One World Championship twice
October 9 In Poland, the Polish People's Party coalition becomes the first government to be reelected since Poland transitioned to democracy in 1989
October 10 For appearing in a film critical of the Iran's harsh policies on the arts, actress Marzieh Vafamehr is sentenced to 90 lashes of the cane and a year in jail
October 10 Two South African farm workers begin trial for murdering white supremacist Eugene Terre'Blanche
October 11 Further sanctions are imposed on Belarus, Iran and Syria by the EU, who reiterates the call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down
October 11 The oil spill from MV Rena, the ship stranded off the coast of Tauranga, New Zealand, becomes the country's worst environmental disaster
October 12 The 'underwear bomber', Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, pleads guilty to attempting to blow up an airplane on Christmas, 2009
October 12 The U.S. has its deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in 25 years; the listeriosis outbreak totals 23 dead, with 116 affected
October 13 In Punakha, Bhutan, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck marries Jetsun Pema, a 21 year old college student
October 13 Over 88 containers from the MV Rena, New Zealand's stranded cargo ship, fall into the Bay of Plenty
October 14 A colony of stromatolites is discovered at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland
October 14 Spain's credit receives a negative outlook from Standard &: Poor's, with their ranking reduced to AA-
October 15 In Auckland, New Zealand, France defeats Wales 9-8 in the 2011 Rugby World Cup
October 15 The El Paso natural gas exploration and pipeline company is purchased by Kinder Morgan for $21.1 billion in cash and stock
October 16 Australian Casey Stoner wins the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the 2011 MotoGP World Championship
October 16 The English town Wooten Bassett is re-named with the prefix 'Royal', honoring its role in repatriating British military personnel killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan
October 17 In Mexico, Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson opens the world's first commercial spaceport, Spaceport America, with flights expected to being by 2013
October 17 U.S. company Apple Inc. breaks company sales records with the release of its iPhone 4S smartphone with over 4 million units sold in 4 days
October 18 After Standard & Poor's and Fitch downgraded Spain's credit rating, Moody's downgrades them further to a rating of A1
October 18 Sukhumbhand Paribatra, Governor of Bangkok, calls for 1.2 million sandbags in an effort to protect Thai's capital from encroaching floods
October 19 In Major League Baseball's World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals win Game 1 against the Texas Rangers
October 19 Queen Elizabeth II makes her 16th visit to Australia, commencing in the capital city of Canberra
October 20 President Barack Obama's Jobs Act fails to receive the sixty votes required to advance from the U.S. Senate
October 20 Thailand's Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, reveals it is impossible to protect Bangkok from flooding; calls the floods a 'national crisis'
October 21 Japan's government announces they require a $157 billion additional budged to cover costs for recovering from the tsunami and earthquake in March 2011
October 21 South Australia swears in their new Premier, Jay Weatherill after officially electing him as the leader of the Australian Labor Party
October 22 Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia dies, raising questions about succession in the kingdom
October 22 The U.S. is granted permission by North Korea to search for remains of American soliders killed during the Korean War
October 23 Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's autopsy reveals that he was killed by a gunshot wound to the head
October 23 The city of Van in eastern Turkey experiences a 7.2-magnitude earthquake; 100 people are killed
October 24 A vaccination program immunizing over 170 million children every year has resulted in the near eradication of polio in India
October 24 The Northern Lights become visible over much of North America due to a coronal mass ejection
October 25 In the U.S., 133 people in 26 states are suffering from the 2011 U.S. listeriosis outbreak, which killed 28 people to date
October 25 The last nine-megaton B53 warheads, in service since 1962, are disassembled near Amarillo, Texas
October 26 An emergency meeting to discuss the European sovereign debt crisis is held by leaders of the European Union
October 26 The most expensive Bollywood film to date, Ra.One, is released to coincide with Diwali, the Hindu festival
October 27 A World War II-era bomb is discovered in the German city of Halle; 12,000 people are evacuated
October 27 In the U.K., researchers use a new gene therapy technique to treat those who suffer ocular defects such as retinal choroideremia
October 28 Moscow's Bolshoi Theater reopens after a six-year renovation, restoring it to it's pre-Soviet opulence
October 28 The U.S. celebrates the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the New York City Statue of Liberty
October 29 A lockout causes the Australia's Qantas airlines to ground its entire fleet while it handles the ongoing industrial dispute
October 29 Millions lose power after the northeastern United States and Mid-Atlantic United States are struck by a rare October snow storm
October 30 Australia's Qantas airlines and its unions are ordered to settle their industrial dispute within 21 days
October 30 Columbian voters participate in local gubernatorial and mayoral elections which include Medellin, Cali and Bogota
October 31 According to the U.N. Population Division, the world population has reached seven billion people
October 31 The exchange rate of the Japanese yen with the U.S. dollar is reduced by the Government of Japan after the yen reached record highs
November 1 At the 2011 Melbourne Cup, the French-trained horse Dunaden wins the closest finish in the race's history
November 1 Four states and 1.5 million people in the Eastern U.S. still have no power after a 2011 Halloween nor-easter hit the area with unusually early snowfall
November 2 China makes its first orbital docking as its unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft successfully docks with the orbiting Tiangong 1 space station module
November 2 In Chicago, the Chicago Cubs baseball team fires their manager, Mike Quade
November 3 According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 2010 greenhouse gas levels are higher than a worst case scenario set by climate experts in 2007
November 3 In the French city of Cannes, the 2011 G-20 summit commences; discussions will focus on the continuing Eurozone debt crisis
November 4 Millions of Muslims begin Hajj, their annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca
November 4 The Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou receives a no-confidence motion against him after failing to hold a referendum on a eurozone bailout
November 5 In the People's Republic of China, 45 trapped coal miners are pulled to the surface in Sanmenxia; 8 miners died
November 5 Two police officers and five alleged members of the Taliban are indicted in Pakistan for murdering Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
November 6 In Washington, D.C., thousands protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project, which would carry Alberta oil sands crude through six U.S. states to Gulf Coast refineries
November 6 Over 45,000 runners participate in the New York City marathon; Geoffrey Mutai and Firehiwot Dado win the mens and women's races
November 7 Physician Conrad Murray, is found guilty of manslaughter in the death of the American entertainer Michael Jackson
November 8 A new census measure claims that a record number of Americans, 49.1 million, are living below the poverty line
November 8 The IAEA releases a report stating Iran has performed activities relating to the development of a nuclear device, and that the project is likely still under way
November 9 In London, a rise in university tuition fees leads thousands of students to march in protest
November 9 Wales conducts a survey of businesspeople and consumers showing support for the country to have its own top-level domain name
November 10 In a bid to attract international sponsorship, England's Newcastle United F.C. rebrands the St. James' Park stadium as the Sports Direct Arena
November 10 In Quebec, 200,000 Canadian college and university students vote to boycott classes to protest tuition fee increases
November 11 Greece swears in its new Prime Minister, Lucas Papademos
November 11 Ireland inaugurates its ninth President, Michael D. Higgins
November 12 In Italy, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resigns, as an emergency government takes his place to deal with the country's economic crisis
November 12 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls on Iran to respond to the IAEA report stating Iran is working on nuclear bomb technology
November 13 In Georgia's region of South Ossetia, voters go to the polls for a presidential election and referendum
November 13 Italian President Giorgio Napolitano nominates Mario Monti to be the country's new Prime Minister
November 14 Dozens of people are arrested as riot police shut down Occupy Portland and Occupy Oakland Rallies, offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street movement
November 14 In Bogota, Columbia, 200,000 people protest government cuts in education
November 15 In Tibet, several acts of self-immolation prompt exiled Tibetans in India to urge the Chinese government to end its repressive policies restricting the Tibetan's religious freedom
November 15 New York's Police Department clears Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zucotti Park, the public space they have occupied to stage their protest
November 16 In Pakistan's South Waziristan province, 13 militants in a compound are believed to have been killed by U.S. drone missiles
November 16 Parliament gives the new Greek Prime Minister, Lucas Papademos a vote of confidence, opening the doors for national unity to help restore financial stability in Greece
November 17 In Sweden, divers find the wreckage of the Svardet, a warship sunk in 1676 during the Battle of Oland
November 17 Northern Rock bank, nationalized in 2008 by the British Government, is sold to Virgin Money for 747 million pounds
November 18 An investigation into the death of American actress Natalie Wood is reopened by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department after fresh information surfaces; Wood drowned in 1981
November 18 U.S. company Hewlett-Packard adds Ralph Whitworth from Relational Investors to it's corporate-government activists on its board of directors
November 19 Part of the Prompt Global Strike program, a U.S. hypersonic weapon system undergoes a successful test, proving capable of striking targets 3,700 kilometres (2,300 miles) away in under 30 minutes
November 19 Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi, is captured in Libya; he will be tried for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court
November 20 Abdullah Gul, President of Turkey, begins a three-day visit to the United Kingdom
November 20 In Spain, voters go to the polls for the general election; the center-right Popular Party wins a parliamentary majority
November 21 In Cambodia, the three most senior surviving members of the Khmer Rouge regime are charged with genocide and crimes against humanity
November 21 More sanctions are imposed against Iran's nuclear program by the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom
November 22 Lynn Margulis, an American evolutionary biologist, dies at age 73
November 22 Scientists in New Britain discover the first orchid known to flower at night, Bulbophyllum nocturnum, over the cost of Papua New Guinea
November 23 The European Space Agency makes contact with the Fobos-Grunt probe 48 hours after the spacecraft's window for launch to Mars closes
November 23 The U.S. declares it will no longer observe the 1990 Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe
November 24 India's government relaxes rules relating to the operation of foreign-owned retailers such as Wal-Mart and Tesco within India
November 24 Opposition MP Peter Slipper replaces Harry Jenkins as speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
November 25 Essam Sharaf, Prime Minister of Egypt resigns after protests; Kamal Ganzouri takes is appointed as the new Prime Minister
November 25 The Justice and Development party of Morocco claims victory after Moroccans vote in a parliamentary election
November 26 NBA team owners and players reach an agreement, ending the 149-day NBA lockout; the new NBA season will begin Christmas day
November 26 The robotic Mars Science Laboratory, the largest rover ever sent to Mars, is launched by NASA; the goal is to find evidence of past or present life on Mars
November 27 The Arab League agrees to impose sanctions on Syria due to the nation's continued violent uprising; Syria says the move is 'unprecedented'
November 27 The cargo ship MV Swanland sinks off of north wales due to gale force weather, with two of eight crew members are rescued
November 28 Outbreaks of violence are reported as voters in the Democratic Republic of the congo go to the polls for a general election
November 28 Protesters storm the national Parliament in Kuwait; Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and his cabinet, resign
November 29 In Bangkok, Thailand's Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, is hospitalized with suspected food poisoning
November 29 Iranian students storm the British Embassy in Tehran, taking six hostages; the U.N. security council condemns the attack
November 30 Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, attacks Britain, claiming the students represent Iran's public opinion
November 30 Washington State University researchers develop an artificial bone 'scaffold' which uses 3D printers to print replacement bone tissue for injured patients
December 1 In Belgium, Parti Socialiste leader Elio di Rupo is set to become Prime Minister, pending approval by the parties' conventions and definition of the cabinet makeup
December 1 The music video for the single, 'Marry the Night' is released by pop singer Lady Gaga; the song is from her 2011 album 'Born This Way'
December 2 John Corzine, former Governor of New Jersey, is issued a subpoena over the collapse of MF Global and disappearance of customer funds
December 2 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promotes democratic reforms in her meeting with Burma's top pro-democracy activist, Aung San Suu Kyi
December 3 At its conference in Sydney, Australia's Labor Party turns to support gay marriage, laying the groundwork for legislation
December 3 In anticipation of Budget Day, students protesting against the Irish financial crisis occupy the office of Fine Gael lawmaker Anthony Lawlor
December 4 In Koblenz, Germany, 45,000 citizens wait to return home after bomb squads diffuse World War II bombs that were hidden under the Rhine River for nearly 65 years
December 4 Tiger Woods wins the Chevron World Challenge, the first tournament he has won in over two years
December 5 In Peru, protests over a mining project persist in four provinces, causing the country to declare a state of emergency
December 5 Reports indicate the credit ratings agency Standard & Poors will review 15 nations for possible downgrades, including France and Germany
December 6 An austerity budget is approved by the Parliament of Greece
December 6 Belgium's new federal government is sworn in after a historically long 541 days of negotiations
December 7 In Hawaii, the U.S. commemorates the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor
December 7 Rod Blagojevich, the former Governor of the State of Illinois, is issued a sentence of 14 years in jail for corruption
December 8 Japan's Government apologizes to Canada for the treatment of its POWs during World War II
December 8 John Corzine, former CEO of MG Global, testifies before a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, stating he doesn't know where hundreds of millions of dollars of his customers' money has gone
December 9 After negotiations in Brussels, David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, rejects the invitation to join a European Union financial crisis accord
December 9 France's three biggest banks, Credit Agricole, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale, are downgraded by Moody's credit rating agency
December 10 In a second consecutive mandate, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is sworn in as President of Argentina
December 10 Mexico's state of Guerrero is hit by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake
December 11 In Taipei, protesters demand Taiwan's 200,000 foreign live-in caregivers receive the legal right to a weekly day off
December 11 The Cote d'Ivoire holds Parliamentary elections
December 12 Canada declares that because its country would face large penalties for treaty violations, it is withdrawing itself from the Kyoto Protocol
December 12 President Barack Obama asks Iran to return the RQ-170 Sentinel that was captured near Kashmar December 4, 2011
December 13 A bill extending a payroll tax extension and a bill expediting the Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and Texas is passed by the U.S. House of Representatives
December 13 Iran refuses to return the RQ-170 Sentinel that Iran captured after it crash landed in the country; Iran reports they are extracting data from the aircraft
December 14 Boris Gryzlov, ally to Vladimir Putin and speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, resigns from his position
December 14 Unemployment in the United Kingdom rises to 2.64 million people
December 15 According to the U.S. Census, 1 in 2 people are considered low-income or poor
December 15 Jacques Chirac, former President of France, is declared guilty of embezzlement and violating trust for filling non-existent jobs with party members while serving as Mayor of Paris
December 16 A budget agreement is reached by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
December 16 A report claiming nearly all research on chimpanzees is scientifically unjustified causes the U.S. National Institute of Health to place a moratorium on new studies using chimpanzees
December 17 In the Philippines, flash floods from Tropical Storm Washi killed at least 400 people, with more missing
December 17 Protesters in Cario's Tahir Square are beaten by Egyptian Army soldiers in a second day of skirmishes resulting in 10 deaths and hundreds of injured
December 18 During the 40th anniversary of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, a bomb kills one person and clashes break out between security and opposition protesters
December 18 The last convoy of U.S. Army soldiers leaves Iraq, formally marking the end of the Iraq War
December 19 North Korea's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-il, dies; Kim Jong-un is announced as his father's successor
December 19 Samsung Electronics files a patent infringement claim against Apple in Germany
December 20 Despite protests by opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, Joseph Kaliba is sworn in as President of the Democratic Republic of Congo
December 20 In Cairo, thousands of Egyptian women demonstrate against military police for abuse against female demonstrators in Tahir Square
December 21 Health authorities begin slaughtering 17,000 chickens after a carcass infected with H5N1 is found at a poultry market in Hong Kong
December 21 The death toll from Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines reaches 1,002, and is expected to rise
December 22 Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's proposed austerity measures are debated by the Italian senate
December 22 Protestors demonstrating against the construction of a power plant in Haimen, southern China, are fired upon with teargas and arrested
December 23 North Korea states is will accept all South Korean delegations who wish to pay their respects to the late leader Kim Jong-il
December 23 The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip enters the hospital to treat a blocked coronary artery
December 24 Cuba announces plans to release 2,900 prisoners, including political prisoners
December 24 The world's oldest performer, Dutch actor and singer Johannes Heesters dies at the age of 108
December 25 The annual Christmas message is delivered by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City
December 25 The South Pole records its warmest temperature at -12.3 degrees Celsius at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
December 26 Brazil overtakes the United Kingdom as the world's sixth largest economy
December 26 Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, sets a new National Football League record for yards passing in a season
December 27 Consumers spend over $30 billion on online holiday shopping in the U.S., a 15 percent increase over last year
December 27 Sears Holding Corporation reveals its plan to close over 100 Sears and K-Mart stores in the U.S.
December 28 If Western nations impose more sanctions, Iran threatens to close down the key oil route of the Strait of Hormuz
December 28 The U.S. Library of Congress intends to preserve the thriller 'Silence of the Lambs' as part of its National Film Registry
December 29 Financial disputes lead New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to report that the National September 11 Museum will not open on time
December 29 Poland announces it will provide amnesty to illegal immigrants beginning January 1, 2012
December 30 Canadian Auto Workers vote in favor of striking against Caterpillar Inc's locomotive manufacturing plant in London, Ontario
December 30 The New South Wales boat 'Loki' is proclaimed the winner of the 2011 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
December 31 A string of 35 fires in Hollywood burn within a 5-hour timeframe, causing at least $350,000 in damage
December 31 In North Korea, Kim Jong-un is given the tile of Supreme Commander of North Korea's armed forces