2011 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on July 17, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2011.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2011.

History Facts From the Year 2011

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history and from the year 2011? For openers, President Obama released a copy of his birth certificate, Steve Jobs resigned as Apple CEO, and Osama bin Laden was killed by American soldiers in Pakistan. Wikipedia celebrated ten years online, the last Oprah Winfrey Show was broadcast, and the Discovery space shuttle took its 39th and final flight.

In 2011, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy ended, a surprise nor’easter created a white Halloween in 12 states, and the USPS issued new stamps that honored five Latin music legends. Border’s filed for bankruptcy, Charlie Sheen was fired from the sitcom Two and a Half Men, and the black market website “Silk Road” went online.

Back in 2011, Google+ was launched, Chromebooks went on sale for the first time, and Snapchat was founded. Kindle Fire was released, Microsoft acquired Skype, and women ages 35-54 were the most active social media users. Americans spent an average of 2.7 hours per day online, fashion trends included fedoras and platform pumps, and comfort foods like macaroni and cheese were crowd-pleasers.

In 2011, unemployment averaged 9.1%, inflation was 3.16%, and the minimum wage was $7.25 an hour. The prime rate was 3.25%, an ounce of gold topped $1,900.00, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $3.53. A gallon of milk cost $3.57, eggs were $1.89 a dozen, and Heinz Ketchup was $1.99 for a 14-ounce bottle.

Back in 2011, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was 78.64 years, Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was “The Protester,” and Teresa Scanlan (Nebraska) won the Miss America crown. The Green Bay Packers were the Super Bowl champs, the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series, and the New York Rangers clinched the Stanley Cup.

In 2011, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 was the most popular film, The Help was the best-selling fiction book, and Sunday Night Football (NBC) was the top TV show. The King’s Speech won an Oscar for Best Picture, Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) won an Oscar for Best Director, and Modern Family (ABC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Here are some more history facts from the year 2011: Tomas Tranströmer of Sweden won the Nobel Prize in Literature, The Silence of the Lambs (released in 1991) was entered into The National Film Registry, and the cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad was $2,690.000. Top-grossing Broadway shows included Wicked and The Lion King, popular holiday gifts were LeapFrog and LeapPad, and “Hot Wheels” and “Dollhouse” were both inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

On the international stage, Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton were married, the Great Sendai Earthquake triggered a tsunami, and researchers at CERN discovered neutrinos that appeared to travel faster than the speed of light. Pope John Paul II was beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, the last issue of the British tabloid News of the World hit the newsstands, and Italian economist Mario Draghi was confirmed as the new President of the European Central Bank.

Famous people in the news back in 2011 included Barack Obama, Hosni Mubarak, Fidel Castro, Maya Angelou, Carlos Gardel, Marine Le Pen, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Trent Reznor, Charlie Sheen, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Geoffrey Rush, Adele, Kobe Bryant, Aaron Rodgers, Lawrence Taylor, and John Cena.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, cool trivia, and history from the year 2011. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, cars, interesting foods, sports facts, fashion fads, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of trivia questions for your 2000s-themed party game.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2011

  2. History Facts From the USA

  3. International News

  4. Random Sports Facts

  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  6. Computer and Internet History Facts

  7. The 50 Most Popular Websites in 2011

  8. Nobel Prize Winners

  9. Most Popular Television Shows for 2011-2012

  10. Best-Selling Books for 2011

  11. Most Popular Movies of the Year

  12. Interesting Horror Movies from 2011

  13. Entries Into the National Film Registry

  14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

  15. Number One Music Hits for the Year

  16. Favorite Video Games

  17. Popular Foods and Beverages

  18. Cool Halloween Costumes

  19. Famous Weddings and Divorces

  20. Famous People Who Died in the Year 2011

  21. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America

  22. America’s Largest Corporations

  23. Major Internet Companies Established

In 2011, Google launched Google+, a social networking site that was intended to challenge social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
In 2011, Google launched Google+, a social networking site that was intended to challenge social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2011

These facts from the American grocery industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Bacon (Oscar Mayer) - $6.49 for a one-pound package

  2. Bananas - 79 cents a pound

  3. Beef (ground, 90% lean) - $4.49 for a one-pound package

  4. Bisquick - $2.39 for a 28-ounce box

  5. Bread (Wonder, white) - $3.69 for a 20-ounce loaf

  6. Cake mix (Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe) - $1.79 for an 18.25-ounce box

  7. Cereal (Kellogg’s Corn Flakes) - $3.79 for a 12-ounce box

  8. Chicken (Perdue, boneless breasts) - $2.99 a pound

  9. Cocoa (Swiss Miss, eight envelopes) - $2.59 for a 4.48-ounce package

  10. Coffee (Maxwell House Master Blend) - $4.99 for an 11-ounce can

  11. Cookies (Nabisco Oreos) - $4.59 for a 15.5-ounce package

  12. Crackers (Nabisco Ritz) - $3.99 for a 12.73-ounce box

  13. Eggs - $1.89 a dozen

  14. Flour (Pillsbury) - $2.99 for a five-pound bag

  15. Ice cream (Breyers) - $4.99 for a 48-ounce tub

  16. Jelly (Welch’s Concord Grape) - $2.39 for an 18-ounce jar

  17. Juice (Ocean Spray Cranberry) - $4.49 for a 64-ounce bottle

  18. Ketchup (Heinz) - $1.99 for a 14-ounce bottle

  19. Kool-Aid - 25 cents per packet

  20. Mayonnaise (Hellmann’s) - $3.39 for a nine-ounce jar

  21. Milk (nonfat) - $2.29 for one-half gallon

  22. Onions (yellow) - $2.49 for a three-pound bag

  23. Ovaltine (Classic Malt) - $4.79 for a 12-ounce cannister

  24. Peanut butter (Skippy, creamy) - $2.59 for a 16.3-ounce jar

  25. Pizza (Stouffer’s French Bread, frozen) - $3.99 for a 10.32-ounce package

  26. Potato chips (Lay’s Classic) - $4.29 for a 10-ounce package

  27. Potatoes - $1.99 for a five-pound bag

  28. Soda (Coca-Cola) - $1.89 for a 67.6-ounce bottle

  29. Soup (Campbell’s Tomato) - 99 cents for a 10.75-ounce can

  30. Sugar (Domino) - $3.99 for a five-pound bag

  31. Tea (Tetley) - $3.99 for a 100-count package

  32. Vanilla (McCormick) - $2.99 for a one-ounce bottle

Once the green vegetable that every child hated to eat, Brussels sprouts became a popular food trend in 2011.
Once the green vegetable that every child hated to eat, Brussels sprouts became a popular food trend in 2011.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. In 2011, Barack Obama was President of the United States, and Joe Biden was Vice President.

  2. In July 2011, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.1%. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that “Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (9.0 percent), adult women (7.9 percent), teenagers (25.0 percent), whites (8.1 percent), blacks (15.9 percent), and Hispanics (11.3 percent) showed little or no change in July [2011]. The jobless rate for Asians was 7.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted.”

  3. The rate of inflation was 3.16%. In2013Dollars.com tells us that “Purchasing power decreased by 3.16% in 2011 compared to the previous year, 2010. On average, you would have to spend 3.16% more money in 2011 than in 2010 for the same item. In other words, $1 in 2010 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.03 in 2011.”

  4. In 2011, a 16-ounce loaf of brand-name white bread cost $3.69, yellow onions were $2.49 for a three-pound bag, and one pound of 90% lean ground beef was $4.49. A gallon of milk cost $3.57, eggs were $1.89 a dozen, and Heinz Ketchup was $1.99 for a 14-ounce bottle.

  5. Here were the sticker prices for two best-selling 2011 cars: a Chevrolet Camaro cost $37,377.00, and a Hyundai Accent was $16,170.00.

  6. The average price for a gallon of gas was $3.53.

  7. The minimum wage was $7.25.

  8. The prime rate was 3.25%, an ounce of gold topped $1,900.00 in August, and the median household income was $50,054.00.

  9. In January 2011, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the United States was $240,100 while the average price was $275,700. Comparatively, in November 2018, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the U.S. was $302,400 while the average price was $362,400.

  10. On January 15, Wikipedia, the Internet encyclopedia, celebrated ten years online.

  11. On February 15, President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

  12. On February 24, the Discovery space shuttle began its final orbital flight after launching from the Kennedy Space Center.

  13. On March 7, actor Charlie Sheen was fired from the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. TheGuardian.com explains that "The move follows a week-long media circus performed by Sheen, after he rejected requests by the studio [Warner Brothers Television] and its broadcast network, CBS, to enter rehabilitation."

  14. On March 9, the Discovery space shuttle landed back on Earth after its 39th and final flight.

  15. On March 16, the USPS issued new "forever" stamps that honored the Latin music legends Selena, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente, and Celia Cruz.

  16. On April 27, after facing continued questions about whether he was born in Hawaii, President Obama released a copy of his birth certificate that confirmed he was born in a Honolulu hospital in 1961.

  17. On May 2, Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda and suspected mastermind behind the September 11 terror attacks, was killed by American soldiers in Pakistan.

  18. On May 25, talk show host Oprah Winfrey aired the last Oprah Winfrey Show.

  19. On August 24, Steve Jobs resigned as Apple CEO because of health issues and was succeeded by Tim Cook.

  20. On September 14, Elizabeth Warren, a consumer advocate and Harvard University professor, announced that she was running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

  21. On September 20, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) military policy ended. DADT had been “the official United States policy on military service by gays, bisexuals, and lesbians, instituted by the Clinton Administration on February 28, 1994.”

  22. On October 29, a record-breaking autumn snowstorm barrelled across the northeastern United States. The “Halloween nor’easter” dumped up to 30 inches of snow in some locations and left over two million residents without power for up to 36 hours.

  23. On December 18, the last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq.

3. International News

  1. On January 16, politician and lawyer Marine Le Pen became president of the National Front political party in France.

  2. On February 9, Latvia’s recession ended when the country’s economy grew by 3.7% during the last quarter of 2010.

  3. On March 11, a “9.0 magnitude earthquake struck 80 miles east of Sendai, Japan” triggering a tsunami that killed thousands of people and that also caused a major nuclear accident at a power station.

  4. On March, consumer-credit-reporting company Experian reported that economic recovery in Wales was slower than in other parts of the UK.

  5. On May 1, Pope John Paul II was beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.

  6. On June 24, Italian economist Mario Draghi was confirmed as the new President of the European Central Bank.

  7. On June 28, Christine Lagarde became the first women to be elected as the head of the International Monetary Fund.

  8. On July 17, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2,” the last Harry Potter film, premiered in London.

  9. On July 10, the last issue of the British tabloid News of the World hit the newsstands.

  10. On September 22, researchers at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, discovered neutrinos that appeared to travel faster than the speed of light.

  11. On October 15, thousands of people across the world “railed against corporate power, grinding poverty[,] and government cuts . . . as the Occupy Wall Street movement spread to the streets of Europe, Asia[,] and Australia -- and took a particularly violent turn in Rome.” CNN.com tells us that “Around the world, protesters marched, listened to speeches, and displayed banners reading anti-corporate slogans, including the now ubiquitous ‘we are the 99%,’ ‘Banks are cancer’ and tax the rich 1%."

  12. On October 31, the world population reached seven billion.

In 2011, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” were best-selling books.
In 2011, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” were best-selling books.

4. Random Sports Facts

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • Kentucky Derby - Animal Kingdom

  • NBA Champions - Dallas Mavericks

  • NCAA Basketball Champions - UConn Huskies

  • NCAA Football Champs - Alabama

  • Stanley Cup Champs - New York Rangers

  • Super Bowl Champs - Green Bay Packers

  • U.S. Open Golf - Rory McIlroy

  • U.S. Open Tennis (men/women) - Novak Djokovic/Samantha Stosur

  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Novak Djokovic/Petra Kvitova

  • World Cup Soccer - Japan

  • World Series Champions - St. Louis Cardinals

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 2011, popular baby names were Jacob, Mason, William, Jayden, Sophia, Isabella, Emma, and Olivia.

  2. The average life expectancy in the United States was 78.64 years.

  3. The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad was $2,690.000.

  4. Popular holiday gifts were cash, electronics, toys, gift cards, and clothes.

  5. Fashion trends in 2011 included hair feathers, fedoras, bubble skirts, boho headbands, statement tights, maxi skirts, platform pumps, tribal prints, oversized cocktail rings, tunic dresses, neon everything, and skull print scarves.

  6. Heartthrobs and fashion icons for the year were Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Katy Perry, Emma Watson, Blake Lively, Olivia Munn, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Middleton.

  7. Hunks in 2011 included Colin Firth, Bradley Cooper, Taylor Lautner, Johnny Depp, Rob Pattinson, Hugh Laurie, Tim Tebow, and Brad Pitt.

  8. Teresa Scanlan (Nebraska) won the Miss America crown.

  9. Alyssa Campanella (New Jersey) became Miss USA.

  10. Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was “The Protester.”

  11. Hot Wheels was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

  12. The most popular Christmas gifts were LeapFrog, LeapPad, and the Kindle Fire.

  13. Top-grossing Broadway shows included Wicked, The Lion King, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Jersey Boys, and The Book of Mormon.

  14. At the 83rd Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 2010, The King’s Speech won an Oscar for Best Picture, Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) won an Oscar for Best Actor, Natalie Portman (The Black Swan) won an Oscar for Best Actress, and Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) won an Oscar for Best Director.

  15. At the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, Modern Family (ABC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Mad Men (AMC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

  16. Border’s, the bookstore chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

  17. Friendly’s, the restaurant chain, also filed for bankruptcy protection.

In 2011, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) was a top TV show.
In 2011, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) was a top TV show.

6. Computer and Internet History Facts

These fun facts and trivia from 2011 have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com and the DigitalBuzzBlog.com.

  1. Of the world’s four billion mobile phones, one billion were smartphones.

  2. About 86% of mobile users watched television while using a mobile device.

  3. Nearly one billion mobile phones didn’t have SMS (text messaging) capabilities.

  4. One-half of all local web searches were performed on mobile devices.

  5. Americans spent an average of 2.7 hours per day socializing on their mobile phones. That was over twice the amount of time that they spent eating.

  6. About 29% of mobile users scanned mobile tags to get coupons.

  7. People used their mobile devices for games (61%), weather (55%), maps (50%), social networking (49%), music (42%), news (36%), entertainment (33%), dining (25%), and video (21%).

  8. On an average day, around 200 million YouTube views took place on mobile phones.

  9. About 30% of smartphone owners accessed social networks via mobile browsers.

  10. Women ages 35-54 were the most active social media users.

  11. In 2011, Facebook had over 600 million users, and about one-third of them used Facebook mobile.

  12. Twitter had 165 million users, and around 50% of them used Twitter mobile.

  13. In February, Silk Road, a website that became notorious for selling counterfeit goods and drugs, came online.

  14. On February 22, Android 3.0 was released.

  15. On March 14, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 9.

  16. On May 10, Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion in cash.

  17. On May 10, Android 3.1 was released.

  18. In June, Picaboo, which later became Snapchat, was launched.

  19. On June 15, the first Chromebooks using the Chrome OS were made available to the public.

  20. On June 28, Google launched Google+, a social networking site that was intended to challenge other social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

  21. On June 28, Microsoft introduced Office 365.

  22. On July 15, Android 3.2 was released.

  23. In September, Netflix introduced its online video streaming service, which allowed users to stream movies over the Internet.

  24. In October, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note smartphone.

  25. On October 4, Apple introduced its iPhone 4S.

  26. On October 8, Android 4.0 was released.

  27. On November 15, Kindle Fire was launched.

7. The 50 Most Popular Websites in 2011

These Internet history facts have been made available courtesy of Labnol.org.

In 2011, the most-visited web destinations were Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, YouTube, Bing, Wikipedia, Amazon, MSN, Live.com, eBay, Blogspot, Microsoft, Craigslist, Ask.com, Go.com, About.com, AOL, Walmart, eHow, Answers.com, Mapquest, Target, Weather.com, Wordpress, Netflix, MySpace, PayPal, Apple, Adobe, Twitter, Chase, ATT, Bank of America, IMDB, Groupon, CNN, Flickr, PhotoBucket, Comcast.net, Best Buy, YellowPages.com, IRS.gov, JCPenney, Sears, Home Depot, Verizon Wireless, CNET, Comcast.com, Wells Fargo, and Lowes.

In 2011, Google launched Google Offers, a deal-of-the-day website similar to Groupon that offered discounts and coupons.
In 2011, Google launched Google Offers, a deal-of-the-day website similar to Groupon that offered discounts and coupons.

8. Nobel Prize Winners

These Nobel Prize facts have been made available courtesy of InfoPlease.com.

  • Chemistry: Dan Shechtman (Israel) for "the discovery of quasicrystals."

  • Economics: Thomas J. Sargent (U.S.) and Christopher A. Sims (U.S.) for "their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy."

  • Literature: Tomas Tranströmer (Sweden) "because . . . he gives us fresh access to reality."

  • Peace: Jointly to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), and Tawakkul Karman (Yemen) "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work."

  • Physics: One-half to Saul Perlmutter (U.S.) and one-half jointly to Brian P. Schmidt (Australia) and Adam G. Riess (U.S.) for "the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae."

  • Physiology or medicine: One-half jointly to Bruce A. Beutler (U.S.) and Jules A. Hoffmann (Luxembourg) "for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity"; and one-half to Ralph M. Steinman (Canada) "for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity."

9. Most Popular Television Shows for 2011-2012

This TV trivia from 2011-2012 has been made available courtesy of Nielsen Television Measurement.

  1. Sunday Night Football (NBC)

  2. NCIS (CBS)

  3. Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

  4. American Idol (Fox)

  5. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

  6. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

  7. The Mentalist (CBS)

  8. The Voice (NBC)

  9. Two and a Half Men (CBS)

  10. Person of Interest (CBS)

In 2011, the USPS issued new “forever” stamps that honored the Latin music legends Selena, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente, and Celia Cruz.
In 2011, the USPS issued new “forever” stamps that honored the Latin music legends Selena, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente, and Celia Cruz.

10. Best-Selling Books for 2011

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of the Nielsen BookScan.

Adult Nonfiction:

  1. Heaven Is for Real, by Todd Burpo

  2. Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

  3. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

  4. Killing Lincoln, by Bill O’Reilly

  5. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath

  6. A Stolen Life, by Jaycee Dugard

  7. Bossypants, by Tina Fey

  8. The 17 Day Diet, by Mike Moreno

  9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

  10. In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson

Adult Fiction:

  1. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

  2. The Help (movie tie-in edition), by Kathryn Stockett

  3. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

  4. Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese

  5. A Dance with Dragons, by George R. R. Martin

  6. The Confession, by John Grisham

  7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson

  8. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson

  9. The Litigators, by John Grisham

  10. Room, by Emma Donoghue

11. Most Popular Movies of the Year

This information has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com. Generally suitable for all age groups, movie trivia questions and answers are a welcome addition to any party game.

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

  2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

  4. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

  5. Kung Fu Panda 2

  6. Fast Five

  7. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

  8. The Hangover Part II

  9. The Smurfs

  10. Cars 2

In 2011, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” was a popular film that had a runtime of two hours and 34 minutes.
In 2011, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” was a popular film that had a runtime of two hours and 34 minutes.

12. Interesting Horror Movies From 2011

Horror films for the year included Final Destination 5, The Innkeepers, The Woman, Scream 4, Paranormal Activity 3, Grave Encounters, Fright Night, Red State, You're Next, The Thing, The Human Centipede 2, Shark Night, Kill List, The Awakening, Absentia, 11-11-11, The Tunnel, The Rite, Apollo 18, The Cabin in the Woods, Quarantine 2: Terminal, Priest, The Skin I Live In, Inbred, The Incident, Livide, Red Riding Hood, Sleep Tight, Apartment 143, Silent House, and Detention.

13. Entries into the National Film Registry

This film trivia has been made available courtesy of the Library of Congress.

  1. A Computer Animated Hand (1972)

  2. A Cure for Pokeritis (1912)

  3. Allures (1961)

  4. Bambi (1942)

  5. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963)

  6. El Mariachi (1992)

  7. Faces (1968)

  8. Fake Fruit Factory (1986)

  9. Forrest Gump (1994)

  10. Growing Up Female (1971)

  11. Hester Street (1975)

  12. I, an Actress (1977)

  13. Nicholas Brothers’ Home Movies (released in the 1930s-1940s)

  14. Norma Rae (1979)

  15. Porgy and Bess (1959)

  16. Stand and Deliver (1988)

  17. The Big Heat (1953)

  18. The Cry of the Children (1912)

  19. The Iron Horse (1924)

  20. The Kid (1921)

  21. The Lost Weekend (1945)

  22. The Negro Soldier (1944)

  23. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

  24. Twentieth Century (1934)

  25. War of the Worlds (1953)

14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

These fun facts have been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Top music artists from 2011 included Beyonce, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Cake, Chris Brown, Coldplay, Drake, Evanescence, Foo Fighters, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Michael Bublé, Rihanna, Scotty McCreery, and Taylor Swift.

In 2011, gluten-free diets were all the rage.
In 2011, gluten-free diets were all the rage.

15. Number One Music Hits for the Year

This music trivia has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • December 18, 2010 - January 7, 2011: Katy Perry - Firework

  • January 8 - January 28: Bruno Mars - Grenade

  • January 29 - February 18: Britney Spears - Hold It Against Me

  • February 19 - February 25: Wiz Khalifa - Black and Yellow

  • February 26 - April 8: Lady Gaga - Born This Way

  • April 9 - April 29: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - E.T.

  • April 30 - May 20: Rihanna featuring Britney Spears - S&M

  • May 21 - July 8: Adele - Rolling in the Deep

  • July 9 - July 15: Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer - Give Me Everything

  • July 16 - August 26: LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock - Party Rock Anthem

  • August 27 - September 9: Katy Perry - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

  • September 10 - September 16: Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger

  • September 17 - November 11: Adele - Someone Like You

  • November 12 - January 6, 2012: Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris - We Found Love

16. Favorite Video Games

Popular video games in 2011 included Batman: Arkham City, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Portal 2, Dark Souls, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Battlefield 3, Mortal Kombat, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Rage, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Bastion, L.A. Noire, Dead Space 2, Bulletstorm, Saints Row: The Third, Captain America: Super Soldier, Super Mario 3D Land, Dance Central 2, Dead Island, Gears of War 3, Dragon Age II, Driver: San Francisco, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Child of Eden, Alice: Madness Returns, Crysis 2, and Catherine.

17. Popular Foods and Beverages

These fun facts and trivia from 2011 have been made available courtesy of SpoonUniversity.com, Forbes.com, PBS.org, and HuffingtonPost.com.

  1. Bison - From Denver to Chicago, this lean and low-cholesterol meat was used in everything from meatballs to meatloaf.

  2. Brussels sprouts - Once the green vegetable that every child hated to eat, Brussels sprouts became a popular food trend in 2011.

  3. Comfort foods (Examples include chicken pot pies, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and pizza.)

  4. Gluten-free diets

  5. Locally grown produce

  6. Natural and organic wines

  7. Peruvian cuisine

  8. Sliders or mini burgers - There were pizza sliders, chicken and biscuits sliders, ham and cheese sliders, Brussels sprouts sliders, and Eggo breakfast sliders.

  9. Superfruits such as pomegranates, blueberries, plums, bananas, and avocados. Health.com explains that superfruits "are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients that can help you live longer, look better, and even prevent disease."

  10. Whole grain products.

In 2011, the first Chromebooks using the Chrome OS were made available to the public.
In 2011, the first Chromebooks using the Chrome OS were made available to the public.

18. Cool Halloween Costumes

This Halloween trivia has been made available courtesy of LATimes.com.

  1. Angry bird costumes (based on the popular touch-screen game)

  2. Sue Sylvester “Glee” tracksuits

  3. Charlie Sheen (Popular items included the Charlie Sheen wig, bowling shirts, and straw fedoras.)

  4. Zombies (In 2011, over 2.5 million people dressed as zombies on Halloween.)

  5. Songstresses Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj

  6. Royal wedding attire (Favorite items were the “octopus-like” Princess Beatrice hat and the Kate Middleton wig.)

  7. Transformers (Back in 2011, HalloweenCostumes.com offered “a deluxe Optimus Prime costume with jumpsuit, light-up helmet [sic] and chest piece with semi-truck details ($324.99) and a Bumblebee get-up with a realistic yellow and black jumpsuit, machinery pieces [sic] and accessories $324.99.”)

  8. Captain America (influenced by the popular Captain America: Super Soldier video game)

19. Famous Weddings and Divorces

This celebrity news has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

Weddings:

  1. On January 1, singer and songwriter Shania Twain married business executive Frederic Thiebaud.

  2. On March 26, Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon wed talent agent Jim Toth.

  3. On April 29, Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) were married.

  4. On June 22, British actor Daniel Craig wed actress Rachel Weisz.

  5. On July 30, Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, married rugby player Mike Tindall.

  6. On August 20, model Kim Kardashian wed basketball player Kris Humphries. They were divorced 72 days later.

  7. On October 9, musician Paul McCartney married Nancy Shevell.

  8. On October 15, television actress Shannen Doherty wed photographer Kurt Iswarienko.

  9. On October 22, actor and comedian Robin Williams married graphic designer Susan Schneider.

  10. On December 30, Scottish actor David Tennant wed actress Georgia Moffett.

Divorces:

  1. On January 28, Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria divorced NBA player Tony Parker.

  2. On April 15, pop singer Christina Aguilera divorced music executive Jordan Bratman.

  3. On July 1, journalist Maria Shriver divorced Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California.

20. Famous People Who Died in the Year 2011

These celebrity facts have been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. January 17 - Donald Kirshner (American rock & roll producer)

  2. January 18 - Sargent Shriver (American politician and activist)

  3. February 14 - George Shearing (British-American jazz pianist)

  4. February 28 - Jane Russell (American actress)

  5. March 23 - Elizabeth Taylor (English-American actress and humanitarian)

  6. April 9 - Roger Nichols (American recording engineer and inventor)

  7. May 2 - Osama bin Laden (Islamic militant and founder of al-Qaeda)

  8. May 7 - Seve Ballesteros (Spanish golfer)

  9. May 3 - Jackie Cooper (American actor)

  10. May 20 - Randy Savage (American wrestler who was also known as the “Macho Man”)

  11. June 11 - Kurt Nielsen (Danish tennis player)

  12. June 23 - Peter Falk (American actor who starred in the television series Colombo)

  13. July 8 - Betty Ford (former American First Lady and founder of the Betty Ford Center, a treatment facility for people with substance dependence)

  14. July 23 - Amy Winehouse (British singer and songwriter)

  15. September 10 - Clifford Robertson (American actor)

  16. September 27 - Johnny Mathis (American country music singer)

  17. October 5 - Fred Shuttlesworth (American civil rights activist)

  18. October 5 - Steve Jobs (American computer entrepreneur and the co-founder of Apple)

  19. October 8 - Al Davis (American football executive)

  20. November 4 - Andy Rooney (American television writer)

  21. November 7 - Joe Frazier (heavyweight boxer)

  22. November 21 - Anne McCaffrey (Irish science fiction writer)

  23. December 7 - Harry Morgan (American actor)

  24. December 15 - Christopher Hitchens (English author)

  25. December 27 - Helen Frankenthaler (American abstract artist)

In 2011, Facebook had over 600 million users, and about one-third of them used Facebook mobile.
In 2011, Facebook had over 600 million users, and about one-third of them used Facebook mobile.

21. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America

This auto news has been made available courtesy of GoodCarBadCar.net.com.

  1. Toyota Camry

  2. Nissan Altima

  3. Honda Accord

  4. Ford Fusion

  5. Toyota Corolla/Matrix

  6. Chevrolet Cruze

  7. Hyundai Sonata

  8. Honda Civic

  9. Chevrolet Malibu

  10. Hyundai Elantra

22. America’s Largest Corporations

This corporate trivia has been made available courtesy of Money.CNN.com.

  1. Walmart

  2. Exxon Mobil

  3. Chevron

  4. ConocoPhillips

  5. Fannie Mae

  6. General Electric

  7. Berkshire Hathaway

  8. General Motors

  9. Bank of America

  10. Ford Motor Company

23. Major Internet Companies Established

Startups in 2011 included All About the Rock, Anonplus, Artspace (website), Avenue 32, BuzzFeed News, The Classical, CoinWeek, Computer Weekly, The Daily Dot, GeekWire, Google Arts & Culture, Google Cultural Institute, Google Offers, Google Takeout, Google+, Nintendo eShop, Nollywood Reinvented, The Online Network, The Public Domain Review, Scripted, Son of the Bronx, Streetlife, Then and Now, TV Time, Wall Street Magnate, Wirecutter (website), Wish, Worldcrunch, Yahoo! View, and YouNow.

In 2011, Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was “The Protester.”
In 2011, Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was “The Protester.”

© 2019 Gregory DeVictor

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