The Most Shared and Talked About Stories of 2011

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With 2011 almost over we have been reflecting on what an incredible year this has been for us at Momtrends. AOL also revealed their top news searches as well as the stories that people read, shared and discussed throughout the various media channels on AOL. From the Royal Wedding to the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, 2011 was a year that was filled with intrigue, tragedy, and triumph!

The Most Shared and Talked About Stories of 2011:

Gabrielle Giffords: On January 8, a deranged gunman went on a rampage that critically injured Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and killed six others. This brutal act led to an outpouring of support for Giffords and renewed focus on gun control.

Arab Spring: Egyptians gathered in Cairo'??s Tahrir Square on January 25 to protest the brutal 30-year regime of President Hosni Mubarak, who resigned 18 days later. Demands for freedom soon spread to Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen, Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco and Oman, with social media playing a key role in organizing and spreading news about the protests.

Charlie Sheen'??s Meltdown: TV'??s highest paid star went on a tirade on the first day of March against his '??Two and a Half Men'? producer Chuck Lorre, made a series of bizarre pronouncements across mainstream and social media, went on tour and was ultimately fired from his top-rated show.

8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan: It was March 11 when the quake unleashed a giant tsunami that leveled cities and towns in northern Japan. The resulting nuclear disaster, just 170 miles from Tokyo, affected thousands more and rendered large areas uninhabitable for decades to come.

The Royal Wedding: The fairytale wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton captivated people around the world, and boasted the largest ever live online audience. In the months leading up to April 29, people breathlessly awaited- and debated- details from the guest list to the reception menu to the top-secret wedding gown design.

Osama Bin Laden Killed: Following news of the terror leader'??s death at the hands of Navy Seal Team 6, spontaneous celebrations erupted in New York, Washington and beyond on May 1. Learning that Bin Laden lived within sight of a key Pakistani military base further undermined U.S. trust in our ally.

End of the Oprah Winfrey Show: The highest-rated talk show in American history ended its 25-year domination of daytime television. After decades of influencing and defining culture, Winfrey left her namesake show on May 25 to focus on The Oprah Winfrey Network/OWN.

Debt Ceiling Crisis: Washington'??s inability to provide a long-term resolution to the debt ceiling issue on August 8 contributed to a downgrade of our nation'??s credit rating, market volatility and the lowest approval rating for the U.S. congress in modern times.

10th Anniversary of 9/11: America marked the 10th anniversary of our deadliest day, September 11, with respectful ceremonies honoring victims and their families, who are still struggling to recover from their devastating losses.

Occupy Wall Street: A protest began in Zuccotti Park on September 17 near Wall Street and quickly spread around the world, providing a forum for the 99% to protest social and economic inequality, high unemployment and the undue influence of financial services on government.

Death of Steve Jobs: When one of the greatest innovators and businessmen in history passed away October 5 following a long battle with cancer, people around the globe mourned the man behind the inventions that changed our world and enriched our lives.

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