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Gregorian calendar2011
Ab urbe condita2764
Armenian calendar1460
Assyrian calendar6761
Bahá'í calendar167–168
Balinese saka calendar1932–1933
Bengali calendar1418
Berber calendar2961
British Regnal year59 Eliz. 2 – 60 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar2555
Burmese calendar1373
Byzantine calendar7519–7520
Chinese calendar庚寅(Metal Tiger)
4707 or 4647
    — to —
辛卯年 (Metal Rabbit)
4708 or 4648
Coptic calendar1727–1728
Discordian calendar3177
Ethiopian calendar2003–2004
Hebrew calendar5771–5772
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat2067–2068
 - Shaka Samvat1932–1933
 - Kali Yuga5111–5112
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Islamic calendar1432–1433
Japanese calendarHeisei 23
Javanese calendar1943–1945
Juche calendar100
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Korean calendar4344
Minguo calendarROC 100
Nanakshahi calendar543
Thai solar calendar2554
Tibetan calendar阳金虎年
(male Iron-Tiger)
2137 or 1756 or 984
    — to —
(female Iron-Rabbit)
2138 or 1757 or 985
Unix time1293840000 – 1325375999

2011 (MMXI) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2011th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 11th year of the , the 11th year of the , and the 2nd year of the decade.

2011 was designated as:

  • International Year of Forests
  • International Year of Chemistry[1]
  • International Year for People of African Descent

It was marked by a wave of revolutions in the Arab World known as the Arab Spring, including the beginnings of several unresolved protest movements and armed conflicts.

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  • January 1Estonia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the 17th Eurozone country.[2]
  • January 4Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi dies after setting himself on fire a month earlier, sparking anti-government protests in Tunisia and later other Arab nations. These protests become known collectively as the Arab Spring.[3][4]
  • January 915Southern Sudan holds a referendum on independence. The Sudanese electorate votes in favour of independence, paving the way for the creation of the new state in July.[5][6]
  • January 14Arab Spring: The Tunisian government falls after a month of increasingly violent protests; President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali flees to Saudi Arabia after 23 years in power.[7][8]
  • January 24 – 37 people are killed and more than 180 others wounded in a bombing at Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia.[9][10][11]


  • February 11 – Arab Spring: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigns after widespread protests calling for his departure, leaving control of Egypt in the hands of the military until a general election can be held.[12]
  • February 22March 14 – Uncertainty over Libyan oil output causes crude oil prices to rise 20% over a two-week period following the Arab Spring,[13] causing the 2011 energy crisis.


  • March 6Civil uprising phase of the Syrian Civil War is triggered when 15 youths in Daraa are arrested for scrawling graffiti on their school wall denouncing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
  • March 11 – A 9.1-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the east of Japan, killing 15,840 and leaving another 3,926 missing. Tsunami warnings are issued in 50 countries and territories. Emergencies are declared at four nuclear power plants affected by the quake.[14]
  • March 15
    • Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, declares a three-month state of emergency as troops from the Gulf Co-operation Council are sent to quell the civil unrest.[15][16]
    • Protests breakout across Syria demanding democratic reforms, resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, and release of those imprisoned for the March 6 Daraa protest.[17] The government responds by killing hundreds of protesters and laying siege to various cities, beginning the Syrian Civil War.[18]
  • March 17 – The United Nations Security Council votes 10–0 to create a no-fly zone over Libya in response to allegations of government aggression against civilians.[19]
  • March 19 – In light of continuing attacks on Libyan rebels by forces in support of leader Muammar Gaddafi,[20] military intervention authorized under UNSCR 1973 begins as French fighter jets make reconnaissance flights over Libya.[21]


  • April 2India wins the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
  • April 7 – The Israel Defense Forces use their Iron Dome missile system to successfully intercept a BM-21 Grad launched from Gaza, marking the first short-range missile intercept ever.[22]
  • April 11 – Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo is arrested in his home in Abidjan by supporters of elected President Alassane Ouattara, with support from French forces; this effectively ends the 2010–11 Ivorian crisis and civil war.[23]
  • April 15 – The Mexican town of Cherán is taken over by vigilantes in response to abuses from the local drug cartel. The new government is strongly focused on crime reduction and preserving the local environment.
  • April 17The 2011 PlayStation Network outage begins, becoming one of the largest data breaches ever recorded, and exposed personal data from 77 million accounts on the platform. The outage lasted 23 days.[24]
  • April 24The 2011 Guantanamo Bay files leak occurs, WikiLeaks and other organisations publishing 779 classified documents about Guantanamo Bay detainees, and it had been exposed 150 innocent citizens from Afghanistan and Pakistan were held in the camp without trial and detainees being as young as 14 years old.[25][26][27][28][29][30]
  • April 2528 – The 2011 Super Outbreak forms in the Southern, Midwest and Eastern United States with a tornado count of 362; killing 324 and injuring over 2,200.
  • April 29 – An estimated two billion people[31] watch the royal wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London.[32]


  • May 1 – U.S. President Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, the founder and leader of the militant group Al-Qaeda, was killed on May 2, 2011 (Pakistani time, UTC+6) during an American military operation in Pakistan.[33]
  • May 16 – The European Union agrees to a €78 billion rescue deal for Portugal. The bailout loan will be equally split between the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism, the European Financial Stability Facility, and the International Monetary Fund.[34]
  • May 21Grímsvötn, Iceland's most active volcano, erupted and caused disruption to air travel in Northwestern Europe.[35]
  • May 26 – Former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladić, wanted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, is arrested in Serbia.[36][37]


  • June 4 – Chile's Puyehue volcano erupts, causing air traffic cancellations across South America, New Zealand, Australia and forcing over 3,000 people to evacuate.
  • June 5 – Arab Spring: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh travels to Saudi Arabia for treatment of an injury sustained during an attack on the presidential palace. Protesters celebrate his transfer of power to his Vice-President Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi.[38]
  • June 12 – Arab Spring: Thousands of Syrians flee to Turkey as Syrian troops lay siege to Jisr ash-Shugur.[39]
  • June 28Food and Agriculture Organization announces the eradication of the cattle plague rinderpest from the world.[40]


  • July 7 – The world's first artificial organ transplant is achieved, using an artificial windpipe coated with stem cells.[41]
  • July 9South Sudan secedes from Sudan, per the result of the independence referendum held in January.[42]
  • July 12 – The planet Neptune completes its first orbit since it was discovered in 1846.[43]
  • July 14South Sudan joins the United Nations as the 193rd member.[44]
  • July 20
    • Goran Hadžić is detained in Serbia, becoming the last of 161 people indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.[45]
    • The United Nations declares a famine in southern Somalia, the first in over 30 years.[46]
  • July 21Space Shuttle Atlantis lands successfully at Kennedy Space Center after completing STS-135, concluding NASA's Space Shuttle program.[47]
  • July 28Asiana Airlines Flight 991, a Boeing 747-400F, from Incheon International Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport crashed near Jeju Island because of a cargo fire emergency when the plane crossed the B576 air route. The plane tried to divert to Jeju International Airport but it crashed off Jeju Island.(Crew:2/Death:2/Survivor:0)
  • July 31
    • In Thailand over 12.8 million people are affected by severe flooding. The World Bank estimates damages at 1,440 billion baht (US$45 billion).[48] Some areas are still six feet under water, and many factory areas remained closed at the end of the year. 815[49] people are killed, with 58 of the country's 77 provinces affected.[50]
    • Arab Spring: Because of the uncertaintities associated with a clamp-down of the free press, there are believed to be at least 121 people killed in a Syrian Army tank raid on the town of Hama and over 150 people are reportedly killed across the country.[51][52][53] The total dead throughout Syria may never be known, but an estimate as of September 24 is 3,000.


  • August – Stock exchanges worldwide suffer heavy losses due to the fears of contagion of the European sovereign debt crisis and the credit rating downgraded as a result of the debt-ceiling crisis of the United States.[54][55]
  • August 5
    • NASA announces that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured photographic evidence of possible liquid water on Mars during warm seasons.
    • Juno, the first solar-powered spacecraft on a mission to Jupiter, is launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.[56]
  • August 2028 – Arab Spring and the Libyan Civil War: In the Battle of Tripoli, Libyan rebels take control of the nation's capital, effectively overthrowing the government of Muammar Gaddafi.[57][58][59]


  • September 5 – India and Bangladesh sign a pact to end their 40-year border demarcation dispute.[60]
  • September 10 – The MV Spice Islander I, carrying at least 800 people, sinks off the coast of Zanzibar, killing 240 people.[61]
  • September 12 – Approximately 100 people die after a petrol pipeline explodes in Nairobi.[62]
  • September 17Occupy Wall Street protests begin in the United States. This develops into the Occupy movement which spreads to 82 countries by October.[63][64][65][66][67][68][69][70][71]
  • September 19 – With 434 dead, the United Nations launches a $357 million appeal for victims of the 2011 Sindh floods in Pakistan.[72]


  • October 4 – The death toll from the flooding of Cambodia's Mekong river and attendant flash floods reaches 207.[73][74]
  • October 18Israel and the Palestinian militant organization Hamas begin a major prisoner swap, in which the captured Israeli Army soldier Gilad Shalit is released by Hamas in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian and Israeli-Arab prisoners held in Israel, including 280 prisoners serving life sentences for planning and perpetrating terror attacks.[75][76][77]
  • October 20
    • Arab Spring and the Libyan civil war: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is killed in Sirte, with National Transitional Council forces taking control of the city, and ending the war.[78][79][80][81]
    • Basque separatist militant organisation ETA declares an end to its 43-year campaign of political violence, which has killed over 800 people since 1968.[82]
  • October 23 – A magnitude 7.2 Mw earthquake jolts eastern Turkey near the city of Van, killing over 600 people, and damaging about 2,200 buildings.[83]
  • October 27 – After an emergency meeting in Brussels, the European Union announces an agreement to tackle the European sovereign debt crisis which includes a writedown of 50% of Greek bonds, a recapitalisation of European banks and an increase of the bailout fund of the European Financial Stability Facility totaling to €1 trillion.[84][85]
  • October 31
    • Date selected by the UN as the symbolic date when global population reaches seven billion.[86]
    • UNESCO admitted Palestine as a member, following a vote in which 107 member states supported and 14 opposed.[87]


  • November 18Mojang Studios releases the blockbuster video game Minecraft.
  • November 26 –The Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center. It lands on Mars on August 6, 2012.[88][89][90]
  • November 30 – The United Kingdom severs diplomatic relations with Iran and expels diplomats, less than 24 hours after protesters attacked the British embassy in Tehran.[91]


  • December 15 – The United States formally declares an end to the Iraq War. While this ends the insurgency, it begins another.[92][93][94][95][96]
  • December 16Tropical Storm Washi causes 1,268 flash flood fatalities in the Philippines, with 85 people officially listed as missing.[97]
  • December 17 – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies of either a heart attack or stroke on his way to a field guidance.
  • December 19 – Liechtenstein becomes the 26th member state of the Schengen Area.
  • December 29Samoa and Tokelau move from east to west of the International Date Line, thereby skipping December 30, in order to align their time zones better with their main trading partners.[98]


  • January 8Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine of Denmark


Main article: Deaths in 2011
Further information: Category:2011 deaths


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Gerry Rafferty

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Bernd Eichinger


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Jane Russell



Alberto Granado

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Elizabeth Taylor

  • March 4
    • Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, 30th Prime Minister of Nepal (b. 1924)
    • Simon van der Meer, Dutch Nobel physicist (b. 1925)
  • March 5Alberto Granado, Cuban writer and scientist (b. 1922)
  • March 6Ján Popluhár, Slovak footballer (b. 1935)
  • March 15Nate Dogg, American rapper (b. 1969)
  • March 17Michael Gough, British actor (b. 1916)
  • March 18Warren Christopher, American diplomat (b. 1925)
  • March 21Nikolai Andrianov, Soviet-Russian gymnast (b. 1952)
  • March 23Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress (b. 1932)
  • March 26
    • Paul Baran, Polish-American computer engineer (b. 1926)
    • Geraldine Ferraro, American politician (b. 1935)
    • Diana Wynne Jones, British writer (b. 1934)
  • March 27Farley Granger, American actor (b. 1925)
  • March 29José Alencar, Brazilian politician (b. 1931)


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William Lipscomb

  • April 5
    • Baruch Samuel Blumberg, American physician (b. 1925)
    • Ange-Félix Patassé, 5th President of the Central African Republic (b. 1937)
  • April 9Sidney Lumet, American film director (b. 1924)
  • April 14William Lipscomb, American chemist (b. 1919)
  • April 19Grete Waitz, Norwegian athlete (b. 1953)
  • April 24Sathya Sai Baba, Indian spiritual leader (b. 1926)
  • April 30Ernesto Sabato, Argentine writer (b. 1911)


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Osama bin Laden

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Rosalyn Yalow

  • May 2Osama bin Laden, Saudi-born leader of Al-Qaeda (b. 1957)
  • May 3Jackie Cooper, American actor (b. 1922)
  • May 7
    • Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (b. 1957)
    • Willard Boyle, Canadian Nobel physicist (b. 1924)
  • May 9Lidia Gueiler Tejada, 67th President of Bolivia (b. 1921)
  • May 16Samuel Wanjiru, Kenyan athlete (b. 1986)
  • May 19Garret FitzGerald, 7th Taoiseach of Ireland (b. 1926)
  • May 20Randy Savage, American professional wrestler (b. 1952)
  • May 27
  • May 29
    • Sergei Bagapsh, Georgian-born politician (b. 1949)
    • Ferenc Mádl, 2nd President of Hungary (b. 1931)
  • May 30Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • May 31Pauline Betz, American tennis player (b. 1919)



Jack Kevorkian

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Peter Falk

  • June 3
    • James Arness, American actor (b. 1923)
    • Jack Kevorkian, American euthanasia advocate (b. 1928)
  • June 4Lawrence Eagleburger, American diplomat (b. 1930)
  • June 5Ludo Martens, Belgian writer and political activist (b. 1946)
  • June 7Jorge Semprún, Spanish writer and politician (b. 1923)
  • June 9
    • M. F. Husain, Indian painter (b. 1915)
    • Tomoko Kawakami, Japanese voice actress (b. 1970)
  • June 10Patrick Leigh Fermor, British travel writer, scholar and soldier (b. 1915)
  • June 18
    • Frederick Chiluba, 2nd President of Zambia (b. 1943)
    • Clarence Clemons, American musician and actor (b. 1942)
  • June 23Peter Falk, American actor (b. 1927)



Itamar Franco

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Amy Winehouse

  • July 2Itamar Franco, 37th President of Brazil (b. 1930)
  • July 4Archduke Otto of Austria, (b. 1912)
  • July 5Cy Twombly, American painter (b. 1928)
  • July 8
    • Betty Ford, American feminist, activist, philanthropist and former First Lady of the United States (b. 1918)
    • Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (b. 1924)
  • July 10Roland Petit, French choreographer and dancer (b. 1924)
  • July 12Tom Gehrels, American astronomer (b. 1925)
  • July 17Juan María Bordaberry, 36th President of Uruguay (b. 1928)
  • July 20Lucian Freud, German-born British painter (b. 1922)
  • July 23
    • Robert Ettinger, American academic (b. 1918)
    • Nguyễn Cao Kỳ, 8th Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam (b. 1930)
    • Amy Winehouse, British singer (b. 1983)
  • July 25Mihalis Kakogiannis, Cypriot filmmaker (b. 1922)
  • July 28Abdul Fatah Younis, Libyan army commander (b. 1944)
  • July 30Mario Echandi Jiménez, 47th President of Costa Rica (b. 1915)


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  • August 2Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan-born American Nobel immunologist (b. 1920)
  • August 3Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)
  • August 7
    • Harri Holkeri, 57th Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1937)
    • Nancy Wake, New Zealand-born French Resistance fighter (b. 1912)
  • August 14Shammi Kapoor, Indian film actor and director (b. 1931)
  • August 16Andrej Bajuk, 3rd Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia (b. 1943)
  • August 19Raúl Ruiz, Chilean film director (b. 1941)
  • August 22
    • Jack Layton, Canadian politician (b. 1950)
    • Vicco von Bülow, German actor, comedian, humorist, cartoonist, film director (b. 1923)
  • August 31Valery Rozhdestvensky, Soviet-Russian cosmonaut (b. 1939)



Rudolf Mössbauer

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Wangari Maathai

  • September 7 – Victims of the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster
    • Vitaly Anikeyenko, Ukrainian-Russian hockey player (b. 1987)
    • Mikhail Balandin, Russian hockey player (b. 1980)
    • Gennady Churilov, Russian hockey player (b. 1987)
    • Pavol Demitra, Slovakian hockey player (b. 1974)
    • Robert Dietrich, Kazakhstani-German hockey player (b. 1986)
    • Marat Kalimulin, Russian hockey player (b. 1988)
    • Alexander Kalyanin, Russian hockey player (b. 1987)
    • Alexander Karpovtsev, Russian hockey player (b. 1970)
    • Andrei Kiryukhin, Russian hockey player (b. 1987)
    • Nikita Klyukin, Russian hockey player (b. 1989)
    • Igor Korolev, Russian hockey player (b. 1970)
    • Stefan Liv, Polish-born Swedish hockey player (b. 1980)
    • Jan Marek, Czech hockey player (b. 1979)
    • Brad McCrimmon, Canadian hockey player (b. 1959)
    • Sergei Ostapchuk, Belarusian hockey player (b. 1990)
    • Karel Rachůnek, Czech hockey player (b. 1979)
    • Ruslan Salei, Belarusian hockey player (b. 1974)
    • Maxim Shuvalov, Russian hockey player (b. 1993)
    • Kārlis Skrastiņš, Latvian hockey player (b. 1974)
    • Pavel Snurnitsyn, Russian hockey player (b. 1992)
    • Daniil Sobchenko, Ukrainian-Russian hockey player (b. 1991)
    • Ivan Tkachenko, Russian hockey player (b. 1979)
    • Pavel Trakhanov, Russian hockey player (b. 1978)
    • Yuri Urychev, Russian hockey player (b. 1991)
    • Josef Vašíček, Czech hockey player (b. 1980)
    • Alexander Vasyunov, Russian hockey player (b. 1988)
    • Alexander Vyukhin, Ukrainian-Russian hockey player (b. 1973)
    • Artem Yarchuk, Russian hockey player (b. 1990)
  • September 8Võ Chí Công, 5th President of Vietnam (b. 1912)
  • September 10Cliff Robertson, American actor (b. 1923)
  • September 11Andy Whitfield, Welsh actor and model
  • September 12Alexander Galimov, Russian hockey player (b. 1985)
  • September 13Richard Hamilton, British painter and collage artist (b. 1922)
  • September 14Rudolf Mössbauer, German Nobel physicist (b. 1929)
  • September 19George Cadle Price, 1st Prime Minister of Belize (b. 1919)
  • September 20Burhanuddin Rabbani, President of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996 (b. 1940)
  • September 22Aristides Pereira, 1st President of Cape Verde (b. 1923)
  • September 25Wangari Maathai, Kenyan veterinary anatomist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1940)
  • September 27Imre Makovecz, Hungarian architect (b. 1935)
  • September 30
    • Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born terrorist and Islamist militant (b. 1971)
    • Ralph M. Steinman, Canadian Nobel immunologist and cell biologist (b. 1943)


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Steve Jobs

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Muammar Gaddafi


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Joe Frazier


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Kim Jong-il

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Václav Havel

  • December 1Christa Wolf, German writer (b. 1929)
  • December 4Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (b. 1954)
  • December 5Violetta Villas, Polish singer (b. 1938)
  • December 7Harry Morgan, American actor (b. 1915)
  • December 8 – Sir Zelman Cowen, 19th Governor-General of Australia (b. 1919)
  • December 14Joe Simon, American comic book writer and artist (b. 1913)
  • December 15Christopher Hitchens, British-American writer (b. 1949)
  • December 17
    • Cesária Évora, Cape Verdean singer (b. 1941)
    • Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (b. 1941)
  • December 18Václav Havel, Czech playwright, 10th President of Czechoslovakia and 1st President of the Czech Republic (b. 1936)
  • December 24Johannes Heesters, Dutch actor and singer (b. 1903)
  • December 27
    • Clifford Darling, 4th Governor-General of the Bahamas (b. 1922)
    • Helen Frankenthaler, American abstract expressionist painter (b. 1928)

Nobel Prizes[]

In fiction[]

Main article: List of works of fiction set in 2011


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