2011

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January 18, 2022

2011 (MMXI) was a typical year that began on a Saturday in the Gregorian calendar. The UN has declared 2011 the year of the forest and the year of chemistry.

Events

January

January 1 The Swedish Ministry of Agriculture, which has existed since 1900, is being reorganized and instead forms the Ministry of Rural Affairs. Turku (Finland) and Tallinn (Estonia) will be the European Capitals of Culture for the year. Estonia adopts the euro as its currency and thus becomes part of the euro area. Dilma Rousseff takes over as Brazil's president after Lula da Silva. Hungary takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union after Belgium. January 2 - Spain bans smoking in public places. January 4 - A partial solar eclipse occurs. January 9-15 - South Sudan holds a referendum on independence. January 11 - A landslide in Brazil kills more than 800 people January 13 - The tanker Waldhof sinks in the Rhine on the Lorelei cliff. Two people die and shipping is blocked for a month. January 14 - Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali flees the country after violent protests against his regime. January 24 - A bomb blast near Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport kills at least 35 people and wounds 130 others. January 25 - Major protests begin in Egypt against President Hosni Mubarak and his regime.

February

February 7 - A severe storm sweeps across northern Europe. February 11 - Egypt's president since 1981, Hosni Mubarak, resigns after widespread protests against him and the country's regime. February 15 - Protests against the royal family in Bahrain lead to the deaths and injuries of several people. February 17 - Extensive protests begin in Libya against Muammar al-Gaddafi, the country's dictator since 1969. February 22 – March 14 - Uncertainty over continued Libyan oil production causes crude oil prices to rise by 20% over a two-week period following protests in the Arab world. February 22 - Christchurch earthquake in February 2011

March

March 11 - A major earthquake with a magnitude of about 9.0 hits off the east coast of Japan, a major tsunami ensues. March 15 - Syrian civil war breaks out after protests. March 17 - The UN Security Council votes 10-0 to impose a no-fly zone over Libya in response to the Libyan state's violent attacks on civilians. March 18 - The MESSENGER spacecraft enters orbit around Mercury. March 19 - In connection with Muammar Gaddafi's forces' attack on civilians, military intervention begins during UNSCR 1973 when French fighter jets fly reconnaissance over Libya. March 25th SAAB Automobile's CEO Jan Åke Jonsson announces that he intends to resign in June of the same year. At an extra party congress, the Swedish Social Democrats elect Håkan Juholt as the new party leader after Mona Sahlin.

April

April 1 - The Destruction Act enters into force. April 3 - Parliamentary elections are held in Andorra. April 4 - In Sweden, the price of petrol is raised to a record level of SEK 14:38 per liter. April 5 - Michel Martelly wins presidential election in Haiti, taking over the presidency on May 14. April 11 Laurent Gbagbo, former president of Côte d'Ivoire, is arrested in his home in Abidjan by supporters of President-elect Alassane Ouattara with the support of French forces present, which is seen by many as the end of the Côte d'Ivoire crisis in 2010 and the civil war. 15 people die and 204 are injured when a powerful explosion occurs at the Kastrytjnitskaya metro station in the Belarusian capital Minsk. The first episode of Game of Thrones is shown April 17 - In Finland, parliamentary elections are held in which the ruling center goes backwards and the True Finns increase by 15 percentage points and the Coalition Party becomes the largest party. April 25-28 - In three days, 362 tornadoes sweep through several states in the southern United States, seen as one of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. April 28 Thailand and Cambodia now have after a week s

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