Occupy movementKilling of Muammar GaddafiSouth SudanArab Spring2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunamiOperation Neptune Spear2011 Norway attacksMinecraft
From top left, clockwise: a protester partaking in Occupy Wall Street heralds the beginning of the Occupy movement; protests against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed that October; a young man celebrates the independence of South Sudan, the world's newest country; the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami devastates Eastern Japan and kills nearly 20,000 people; Minecraft is released and goes on to become the best-selling video game; the 2011 Norway attacks mark the rise of white supremacist terrorism across the west; The U.S. national security team gathered in the White House Situation Room to monitor the progress of Operation Neptune Spear that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden; Anti-government protests called the Arab Spring arose in 2010–2011, and as a result, many governments were overthrown in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

2011 (twenty eleven) (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 3rd millennium, the 11th year of the 21st century, and the 2nd year of the 2010s decade.

Millennium: 3rd millennium
Centuries: 20th century21st century22nd century
Decades: 1980s  1990s  2000s  – 2010s –  2020s  2030s  2040s
Years: 2008 2009 201020112012 2013 2014

According to the North Korean Minguo calendar, this was Juche year 100. This year was also the 100th of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Era year (民國100年).

The United Nations designated 2011 the International Year of Forests and International Year of Chemistry.

The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, which struck Japan in March, triggered numerous tsunami warnings, killed over 15,000 people and caused massive damage in Japan. The earthquake also resulted in the Fukushima nuclear disaster; it was the deadliest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.



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Partial solar eclipse as seen from Austria


Tropical Cyclone Yasi: a car crushed by a tree in Townsville, Queensland


View of Rikuzentakata, Japan, after the 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami.


Tornado damage in Joplin, Missouri.


bin Laden's compound in northern Pakistan in the aftermath of his death


Eruption of the Puyehue Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile.


Last launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis
Last landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis


Flooding in Greenwich, Connecticut caused by Hurricane Irene



Protest camp in London, supporting the 'Occupy' campaign



Satellite image of Tropical Storm Washi over the Philippines


Nobel Prizes

Major religious holidays

In fiction



  • The Heroes television series visits 2011 in several different potential futures.
  • In the Aeon Flux television series and movie, 99% of the world's population is wiped out by a mysterious virus in the year 2011.

Computer and video games


  • In K. A. Applegate's Remnants book series, 2011 is the year life on Earth becomes extinct after a 73-mile-wide asteroid nicknamed "The Rock" impacts Portugal. Eighty other humans are placed in a shuttle named the Mayflower mere hours before impact and put into artificial hibernation, while a handful of humans in shelters survive the impact on Earth.


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  2. "Multiple deaths as quake strikes Christchurch – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". abc.net.au. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  3. Death toll reaches 21, guardian.co.uk, 14 July 2011, retrieved 23 July 2011
  4. Mumbai blasts: Death toll rises to 23, NDTV, retrieved 24 July 2011
  5. "U.N. Admits South Sudan as 193rd Member". foxnews.com (FOX News Network, LLC). 2011-07-14. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/07/14/un-admits-south-sudan-as-13rd-member/. Retrieved 2011-07-14.