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.
20. Obama Releases Birth Certificate
factcheck.org Putting to rest (sort of) the speculation that he was not a natural born American citizen, President Obama produced a copy of his birth certificate to skeptics who claimed he should not be allowed in the Presidency.
15. Gaddafi Killed By His Own People
On October 20th, Gaddafi’s convoy was hit by a French air strike. Although he survived the strike he was then found hiding in a storm drain by rebels and killed.
10. Norway Terrorist Attacks
news.com.au Two terrorist attacks were carried out by in Norway on July 22nd. The first was a car bomb in Oslo, the capital, and the second was an attack on a summer camp organized by the ruling labour party. 8 people were killed in the car bomb explosion and 69 people, many being children, were killed when Anders Behring Breivik opened fire on the summer camp.
5. Iraq Withdrawal
csmonitor.com The last American soldier left Iraqi soil on December 18th thus bringing an end to a war that lasted 9 years and cost 4,500 American lives.
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