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Top 10 Events of 2011

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…according to guest blogger Serena Piper

By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

Sometimes it’s impossible to stay on top of everything that happens in the world every day. Even if we watch the news, follow the “important” people on Twitter (newscasters, celebrities, etc), and read the articles our friends share on Facebook, we somehow always manage to miss something. In case you were too busy studying for finals and partying on the weekends, here are the top ten events of 2011; the moments we’re sure to remember forever.


1. The Royal Wedding – Around 23 million Americans tuned in on April 29th, the day Prince William and Kate Middleton got hitched. There’s a lot of speculation over how much the wedding actually cost, but estimates come close to $60 million!

2. Casey Anthony Trial – It seemed like the trial went on forever and when it finally ended in July, many were unhappy with the “not guilty” verdict for Casey Anthony, who had been accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony.

3. Osama Bin Laden Death – In May, the leader of Al Qaeda was finally hunted down and killed by U.S. forces, providing some sense of closure for some of those who lost family in the 9/11 attacks.

4. Charlie Sheen’s Downfall – Only a celebrity could take negative attention from the media and general public and use it to work in their favor, and not just monetarily either. Sheen was fired from Two and a Half Men in February and has since created a Twitter account, where his trademark terms “winning,” and “tiger blood” took off.

5. Occupy Wall Street – In September, occupy protests began in New York; those who participate are upset about social and economic inequality. The protests have since gone international with Occupy movements popping up all over the world from Australia to France to South Korea. Their main slogan is “We are the 99%.”

6. Muammar Gaddafi Toppled – Anti-government protests in Libya turned into a rebellion that lasted eight months and ended with the NTC (National Transitional Council) shooting and killing Libya’s longtime dictator in October. Gaddafi’s death was the end of a 9-month civil war and Libya is in the process of rebuilding itself.

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7. Japan Earthquake – For Japan, March brought a tsunami that triggered the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl (Ukraine, 1986): a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan’s northeast coast. The disaster left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing and hundreds of thousands still haven’t returned to their homes.

8. Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal – In March, a grand jury began investigating accusations that Jerry Sandusky, former assistant football coach at Penn State, sexually assaulted eight boys over a 15-year period. Unfortunately, it seems that with each day that passes, more accusations are brought to light. So far, Sandusky has been indicted on 42 counts of child molestation from 1994 to 2009. Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno has had his impeccable reputation tarnished because of the scandal and he was fired as a result. A sad story for all involved.

9. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy Repealed – For almost 18 years, a law prevented gay Americans from serving openly in the military. It was repealed September 20th; now, those who serve will be allowed to publicly reveal their sexual orientation without fear of being treated unfairly or being dishonorably discharged from their duties.

10. Death of Steve Jobs – He made technology available to the masses on desktops and in our pockets. He passed away October 5th after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, but not before introducing the world to the iPod, iPhone, MacBook, iMac, iTouch and many more society-changing products. Hungary recently erected a statue of Jobs in a Budapest science park, no doubt proving Jobs not only left his mark physically, but in our hearts as well.

Do you agree with these picks? What else stood out from 2011? Let us know in the comments section below!

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