Top 7 News Stories of 2011
This year has been full of top news stories. They have made the headlines because they were either shocking, sad or made the history books. Top news stories keep people interested, draws us in and gives America something to discuss. Without news, our lives would be boring and we would be unaware of what is going on in our world. Continue reading to recap the top seven news stories that had an impact on America.
In March of 2011 tragedy struck Japan in the form of a series of natural disasters. The earthquake caused so much damage and killed many of Japan’s people. Then a tsunami hit and caused more death and devastation. People all around felt for Japan and did all that they could to help.
Osama Bin Laden Killing
The then al-Qaeda leader was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. Bin Laden led the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade center that killed many people and affected America. Operation Neptune spear was ordered by President Obama. During Operation Neptune Spear, the CIA and Navy SEALs raided Bin Laden compound and buried his body at sea.
The Death of Steve Jobs
The death of Apple chief Steve Jobs was a top news story of the year. The mastermind behind Apples top products such as the iPhone and iPad lost his fight with pancreatic cancer at age 56. He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family before his passing. Many were shocked by his passing but continue to remember him as a brilliant innovator who made a positive impact on the world.
The Debt Ceiling Crisis
The debate causing debt ceiling crisis was a major financial crisis in the United States. The debt ceiling was in crisis but nothing was being done about it. Eventually a deal was reached. The deal raised the debt ceiling and future government spending will be reduced. Some agreed with the decision but future debates about this issue are expected to occur in the future.
With the encouragement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo lawmakers decided to pass the law allowing same sex couples to get married. This issue is present in several states and is not going away. When New York took this step, gay individuals all across the world were ecstatic. Although this was a happy moment for some, others such as antigay groups were not happy about the decision.
Gabrielle Gifford Shooting
Gabrielle Gifford’s shooting was the headline for all the news stations as well as the papers. An assailant opened fire outside a grocery store in Arizona. It was an assassination attempt that left the congressional representative in critical condition and killed six innocent bystanders. Thirteen others were wounded.
The Royal Wedding
Everyone was watching when Prince William married his long time love Kate Middleton. The wedding made the headlines for weeks and the broadcasted ceremony was beautiful. Everyone was watching when William and Kate became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.