Year In Review: 25 Most Defining Moments of 2011

Posted by on January 4, 2012

From floods to earthquakes to revolutions, 2011 has come and gone at a high price. The last year has seen a lot of changes both politically and economically, and as we move into 2012 there is a lot of rebuilding to be done. In many ways 2011 was the end of an era. No more space shuttle launches, no more Oprah, no more bin Laden, and no more Steve Jobs. In spite of all that, however, it was also a year of new beginnings as entire nations found their independence, a royal wedding captivated the world, and revolutions brought freedom to millions. These were the most defining moments of 2011, and they will not be easily forgotten.


Rioting In England

Following the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan by London police officers riots ensued resulting in thousands of arrests and hundreds of millions of pounds worth of property damage.


Royal Wedding

As one of the few non-depressing entries on this list, the Royal Wedding managed to capture the world’s attention for at least a little while, especially with the fairytale-like fact that Kate Middleton was a “commoner” marrying into the aristocracy.


End of NASA Space Shuttle Program

NASA’s Space Shuttle program saw its final launch on July 8th when Atlantis took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The shuttle flew on 33 flights spanning a career of 26 years.


Casey Anthony Trial

In one of the most scrutinized trials since OJ Simpson, the world watched intently as the lawyers put forth their cases over whether or not Casey had murdered her daughter. The verdict of “not guilty” led to several protests.


End of Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah took the stage for the last time as The Oprah Winfrey Show drew to a close after 25 years.