Here are the top news stories of 2011 according to the Associated Press:
1. Bin Laden’s death
2. Disasters in Japan
3. The Arab Spring
4. EU fiscal crisis
5. U.S. economy
6. Penn State scandal
7. Gadhafi’s fall
8. U.S. Congress
9. Occupy protests
10. Congresswoman Giffords shooting
Other contenders: the death of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, Hurricane Irene, tornados in he Midwest and Southeastern U.S., the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy
I think we could agree by acclamation that the killing of Osama bin Laden was the biggest news story of the year. But let’s take a bigger view than this list of mere news items.
What do you think were the most historically significant events of the year? That is, events that future historians will study because they proved pivotally important in whatever happens next.