TWENTY ELEVEN

T – Tsunami.  A powerful earthquake hit the Northern Coast of Japan on March 11, causing a huge tsunami.  The massive 8.9 earthquake happened at rush hour, and was seen live by millions around the world as it happened.  The tsunami also caused a meltdown of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.

W – William.  The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, married longtime girlfriend Catherine Middeleton.  The wedding took place on April 29 in Westminster Abbey, London.    Around two billion people worldwide watched the ceremony.

E – Egypt.  The country underwent a revolution in 2011, where President Hosni Mubarak stepped down after nearly 30 years in power.  Last February 11, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that Mubarak had resigned as president and transferred authority to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

N – Novak Djokovic.  The Serbian professional tennis player finally wrested the world number one ranking last July 4.  He also won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open Championships,  becoming the sixth male player in the open era to win three Majors in a calendar year.

T – Tagle.  Imus Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, a former member of a theological body once headed by Pope Benedict XVI before he became Pontiff, was installed as the 32nd archbishop of Manila on December 12.  He is also the youngest Manila archbishop after the Irish-born James Michael O’Doherty, who was appointed in 1916.

Y – Yao Ming.  The NBA superstar announced  his retirement from professional basketball last July 20.  He is one of China’s best-known athletes, and is responsible for basketball’s growing popularity in Asia.

E – Electronics.  The electronics industry suffered a big blow when Steve Jobs passed away on October 5.  Still, consumer electronic sales continue to rise, and could reach as much as 1 trillion dollars for this year.

L – Libya.  Longtime Egyptian leader Muammar Gaddafi was beaten and killed by the Libyan National Liberation Army on October 20, 2011.  This ended his 34-year-reign as Libya’s head of state.

E – Edward Cullen.  The telepathic vampire of the Twilight series played by Robert Pattinson falls in love with, marries, and has a child with Bella Swan.  Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 premiered last November 18, and had one of the best openings in box-office history by debuting to $139.5 million.  It was the fifth-best opening weekend ever, behind “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” “The Dark Knight,” “Spider-Man 3,” and “The Twilight Saga: New Moon“.

V – Voldemort.  The main antagonist of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series was finally defeated at the conclusion of the saga last July.  In 2011 Lord Voldemort was voted one of the best screen villains on earth, behind The Joker and Darth Vader.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is the highest grossing film of 2011, the third highest grossing film of all time,  the highest grossing film in the Harry Potter series, and the ninth film ever to gross over $1 billion.

E – Environment issues.  Flooding, the energy crisis, and climate change have surfaced in today’s times as a result of years of massive destruction and abuse of our fragile eco-system.  Some of the disasters that were thought to be due to environmental abuse include the flooding of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan City, Bulacan, and parts of Bangkok, Thailand.  Oil prices continue to rise, together with global temperatures.

N – NBA lockout.  The 2011 NBA lockout was the fourth lockout, and the second longest, in the history of the National Basketball Association. The main issues dividing the owners and the players were the division of revenue and the structure of the salary cap and luxury tax.  On November 26, the players and owners reached a tentative deal, including a 66-game regular season, with games commencing on December 25.