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Steve Jobs’ Death and Occupy Wall Street Round Out the Top 10 Biggest Events of 2011

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2011 can be tracked by its dramatic events, beginning with the Tuscon shooting that critically wounded US Rep. Gabby Giffords and continuing all the way up to the death of Muammar Gadhafi in October. Our minds were consumed with thoughts of the earthquake in Japan, the death of Steve Jobs and all the anxiety that came with the Occupy Wall Street protests. Starting from the very beginning of 2011, we remember all the biggest events that defined the year.


1

Tuscon Shooting Rampage

January 8
 
 

During a meet-and-greet organized by US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at an Arizona grocery store, a deranged man went on a shooting spree that killed six and wounded 13 others. Despite a bullet to the head at close range, Rep. Giffords survived and continues her miraculous recovery.

 
The White House
The White House
2

Hosni Mubarak's Resignation

February 11
 
 

When the Egyptian president's decades-long rule came to an end after a revolution powered largely by a social media movement, hundreds of thousands of people took to Cairo's Tahrir Square to celebrate the fall of a man many had feared for years.

 
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John Moore, Getty Images
3

Japan's Earthquake

March 11
 
 

A massive 9.0 earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan sparked a tsunami that engulfed large parts of the north-eastern portion of the country and damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing the worst nuclear crisis in decades.

 
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Kiyoshi Ota
4

Death of Osama bin Laden

May 2
 
 

In a covert operation ordered by President Barack Obama, special forces killed the world's most-wanted terrorist and 9/11 mastermind after finding him in Pakistan.

 
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Handout, Getty Images
5

US Debt Ceiling Crisis

May 24 – August 2
 
 

In years past, raising the US debt ceiling has been a routine matter with little fanfare. But this year it became a political football as members of both parties waged a bitter battle that shook worldwide faith in the US economy.

 
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Alex Wong, Getty Images
6

Casey Anthony's Acquittal

July 5
 
 

The Florida woman accused of killing her toddler daughter became a media sensation after lawyer and talk show host Nancy Grace gave the case a national spotlight, and Anthony's subsequent acquittal outraged many and lead to death threats for the jurors.

 
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Pool, Getty Images
7

Occupy Wall Street

September 17 (ongoing)
 
 

Inspired by the Middle East's discontent with many of its leaders, the OWS movement — comprised of citizens upset about social and economic inequality — began in New York City and has spread to cities all over the world, becoming the most prolonged protest in US history.

 
Spencer Platt, Getty Images
Spencer Platt, Getty Images
8

Amanda Knox Freed From Prison

October 3
 
 

After serving four years of a 26-year sentence for the sexual assault and murder of her British roommate in Perugia, Italy, Amanda Knox was freed. An appeals court overturned the decision, freeing her co-defendant and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, as well. Knox collapsed in tears when the jury read the verdict after their 11-hour deliberation.

 
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Stephen Brashear, Getty Images
9

Death of Steve Jobs

October 5
 
 

After an eight-year battle with cancer, the Apple visionary and creative genius finally succumbed to the disease, sending countless tech aficionados the world over into a state of mourning.

 
Apple
Apple
10

Death of Muammar Gadhafi

October 20
 
 

A civil uprising supported by NATO airstrikes drove the longtime Libyan dictator into hiding, where he was eventually captured and killed at the hands of his own people.

 
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US Navy
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WrestleMania Is Coming To Texas

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What Does a Lifetime’s Worth of Pennies Get You? Not Much.

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Bradley Cooper Stops in Texas to Promote New Film

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Some Customized License Plates May Be Discontinued

It's a matter of demand.

If there are only a dozen or so people ordering certain customized license plates in Texas, it doesn't justify the cost to keep them going. Which ones are in jeopardy?

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Texas BBQ Master Gets To Cook on Inauguration Day

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Lots Of People Moved to Texas Last Year

There was a huge number of people who left states like New York and New Jersey last year, and Texas received a bunch of them.

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You Don’t Have To Be Wasted To Get A DWI

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Heads up that there will be extra patrols on the roads watching tonight.  And it's not just drunk driving that will get you in trouble.  Buzzed driving can have you seeing flashing lights too.

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New Device for Christmas? Check Out These Free Apps.

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These College Bowl Games Are Must-See

It's the most wonderful time of the year...if you love football.

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