< MMXI = 2011 >
Events in 2011
|14 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 13 days.|
|17 January:|| ||Martin Luther King Day is celebrated in the United States the third Monday each year since 1986.|
|30 January:|| ||John Barry, English film score composer of 007 fame, dies in Oyster Bay, NY at age 77.|
|3 February:|| ||This Chinese New Year the Tiger makes way for the Year of the Rabbit.|
|11 February:|| ||After leading Egypt for almost thirty years civil unrest forces Mubarak to step down, a month after Tunesian president Ben Ali had to flee his country.|
|21 February:|| ||Almost a hundred people die in Christchurch as New Zealand is hit by the deadliest earthquake since 1931.|
|11 March:|| ||Japan is hit by the most powerful earthquake since the invention of the seismograph 140 years ago.|
|23 March:|| ||Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress, dies in Los Angeles at age 79.|
|18 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|24 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated Easter Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox as fixed by the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|2 May:|| ||Osama bin Laden, America's most wanted terrorist since the 2001 attacks, is killed by United States special forces on a covert mission in Pakistan at age 54.|
|12 June:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|19 July:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1432 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|18 Augustus:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|26 Augustus:|| ||The United Nations celebrates the “Day of Seven Billion” humans on Earth.|
|8 October:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|25 October:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
|29 December:|| ||Samoa moves the International Date Line eastward to simplify trade with Australia and Asia, going directly from 29 to 31 December.|
People in 2011
Nelson Mandela, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Margaret Thatcher, Douglas Engelbart, Fidel Castro, Elizabeth II, Dario Fo, Gabriel García Márquez, Neil Armstrong, Mikhail Gorbachev, Rutger Kopland, The 14th Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, Pelé, John Hurt, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Stephen Hawking, Johnny Hallyday, Mick Jagger, Lech Wałęsa, Gerrit Komrij, Johan Cruyff, Vladimir Putin, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates, Madonna, Diego Maradona, Barack Obama, Axl Rose and Louise Brown celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 2011 was a common year starting on a Saturday, just like 1921, 1927, 1938, 1949, 1955, 1966, 1977, 1983, 1994 and 2005 in the century before it and 2022, 2033, 2039, 2050, 2061, 2067, 2078, 2089, 2095, 2101 and 2107 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2013 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?2011 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 22 May 2013.