2011

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NWS map of the tornadoes confirmed during the April 2011 outbreak.

2011 was the 140th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.

Events

Powell School in flames on January 7.
President Obama in Alberta City on April 29.
Governor Bentley signs HB 56 on June 9.

Business

Good People IPA debuted in cans in 2011

Openings

Mergers and acquisitions

Closures

Mazer closed in 2011

Government

Sports

Individuals

Births

Awards

Marriages

Deaths

Gus Koutroulakis (1929–2011)
Kathryn Tucker Windham (1918–2011)
Fred Shuttlesworth (1922–2011)
See also List of Birmingham homicides in 2011 and List of homicides in 2011

Works

David Nix's "American wigeon", used as the 2011 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp
The Barber of Birmingham

Buildings

Books

See Also

Context

In 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck northern Japan, causing a tsunami and destabilizing nuclear power plants. The Arab Spring movement saw major protests against repressive regimes across the Middle East and north Africa. Prince William married and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London. South Sudan became an independent state. NASA shut down the Space Shuttle program. The European Union faced a debt crisis. The United States formally declared an end to the Iraq War.

The top-grossing films in 2011 included Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. The Artist took Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), while Best Actress went to Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady.

Top pop music hits in 2011 included "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga, "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele, "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, and "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris. Adele won Grammys for Record of the Year ("Rolling in the Deep"), Album of the Year (21), Best Short Form Music Video ("Rolling in the Deep"), and co-won Song of the Year with Paul Epworth for "Rolling in the Deep". The Best New Artist Grammy went to Bon Iver.

Notable deaths in 2011 included actresses Jane Russell & Elizabeth Taylor, former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, chemist William Lipscomb, terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, actor Jackie Cooper, wrestler Randy Savage, euthanasia advocate Jack Kevorkian, actor Peter Falk, former First Lady Betty Ford, singer Amy Winehouse, businessman Steve Jobs, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, boxer Joe Frazier, author Anne McCaffrey, actor Harry Morgan, comic book creator Joe Simon, and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.

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