Turn back time: 10 headline events from 2011

Turn back time: 10 headline events from 2011

As we approach a new year and there is a general shift away from all things ‘worky’, in this article we thought we’d take a look back at 2011 to reflect on world events a decade ago. COVID-19 aside, has the world progressed much? We’ll let you decide.

Steve Jobs resigns

On 24th August 2011 co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, shocked the world when he resigned as CEO. His short press release explained little, which signalled he was losing his battle with cancer. He died less than two months later on October 5th aged 56.

Prince William marries Kate Middleton

We all got an extra day off work on Friday 29th April when Prince William married ‘commoner’ Kate Middleton. Thanks Wills! They married at Westminster Abbey with some commentators claiming that they made the royal family ‘cool’ again (or common?). We’ll let you decide!

The Leveson phone hacking inquiry

2011 saw the start of the Leveson Inquiry, the judicial public inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press following allegations of phone hacking. A decade later we’re still hearing of public figures receiving compen­sation. A speedy resolution then!

Iraq War ends

The Iraq War lasted from 2003 to 2011. On 18th December 2011 the last US troops withdrew from Iraq. It is estimated that it caused the deaths of around 100,000 civilians along with tens of thousands of military personnel.

Game of Thrones

The cultural phenomenon Game of Thrones premiered in April 2011. The eight season fantasy drama ended in 2019. The final episode was watched by 19.3 million people. It was a tad raunchy and blood thirsty. Just what everyone wanted – apparently.

News of the World prints its final edition

The tabloid newspaper News of the World folded (sorry!) amid a backlash when it confirmed a private investigator had been hired to hack the voicemail of murdered teenager Milly Dowler. The shock announcement from News Inter­national Chairman, James Murdoch, came just days before the last edition was printed.

English riots

English riots hit their peak in August 2011 following the shooting of Mark Duggan, a 29 year old British black man, by police. The protests started in Tottenham, London and were repeated in cities across the country following the incitement of riots across social media.

Novak Djokovic wins his first Wimbledon title

Serbian Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal to claim his first of six Wimbledon titles in the summer of 2011. To date he has won a total of 20 Grand Slam titles which equals wins by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He’s not as smiley though is he? But smiles don’t win tennis matches, Karen!

Demise of bin Laden and Gaddafi

In May 2011, the ten-year search for Osama bin Laden ended with his killing by US special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In October in Libya, deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed during the civil war.

Look out for the next article

We hope you enjoyed a quick flashback to 2011.

Our final article for 2021 will be published next Tuesday, December 21st, in which we will share ways in which you can celebrate the winter solstice.

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