2011 Year in Review, the Biggest News Stories of the Year Featured on Infoplease.com

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In the immortal words of Charles Dickens, 2011 truly included “the best of times and… the worst of times.” Visitors to Infoplease will find an overview of the year’s highs and lows with the trusted reference site’s “2011 Year in Review.” Then after reading the in-depth articles describing the year’s top events, they can vote in a Biggest News Story of 2011 poll.

“When you reflect on this year, it is amazing to see the number of significant political and economic events and changes that occurred both in the United States and internationally,” said Jess M. Brallier, publisher, Infoplease. “Visitors to our special 2011 Year in Review section on Infoplease will be reminded of all that has transpired and also gain insight into the impact this year’s events will have on 2012 and the future.”

In 2011, the world population hit a record high of 7 billion, and Infoplease explains why this increase happened and provides statistics detailing other world population milestones. Many of the world’s billions of inhabitants made their voices heard in 2011 with protests and revolts, including the Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States and uprisings in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. In the article, “Tumult in the Middle East: Protests Sweep Through Region,” visitors to Infoplease can delve deeply into the Arab Spring and read biographies of prominent figures in the Middle East, learn about the history of the countries in upheaval and find international and political statistics. An article on the Occupy Wall Street movement describes how it began in New York City in September 2011 and quickly spread to other cities, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The article also explains why the time was ripe for this kind of outcry.

The Middle East continued to be a prime focus of worldwide attention in 2011 with the May killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. The title of the Infoplease article, “The Shot Celebrated Around the World: Osama bin Laden is SEALed and Delivered,” summarizes the covert mission that resulted in Osama bin Laden dead at age 54 and the impact this pivotal event had on our world in 2011 and may have on our future.

The world also commemorated the 10th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11 in 2011, with ceremonies in New York City; Shanksville, Pa.; and Washington, D.C. Special articles on Infoplease explore the events of that fateful day and how our world has changed over the past decade, as well as provide insight into the world’s leading terrorist organizations and terrorists.

The site also puts the spotlight on the year’s major natural disasters, including the tsunami in Japan and then the subsequent nuclear disaster.

A bright spot in this tumultuous year was the British Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, celebrated in April. A royal feature on Infoplease reminds visitors of every detail of the nuptials, from the bachelor and bachelorette parties to the distinguished guests from around the world in attendance.

The year came to a close with the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. The last troops came home on Dec. 19, and a featured article on Infoplease provides the history of the conflict and insight into what the end of U.S. involvement in this country might mean.

Infoplease also foreshadows the events to come in 2012 with a new section of the upcoming presidential campaign that features the evolving list of Republican candidates and where they stand on the issues.

About Information Please (Infoplease.com)
Infoplease is an authoritative, current and comprehensive reference site that covers world news, along with thousands of in-depth articles and interactive tools, and offers an atlas, almanac, encyclopedia, dictionary and thesaurus. With content written and maintained by professional editors, Infoplease.com strives to provide users with the most authoritative, accurate and timely reference content.

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