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The earthquake and tsunami in Japan was chosen by Guardian readers as the most important story of 2011. In an exceptional year of news, the hardest question for anyone to answer when trying to select the top stories of 2011 was what to leave out. This rang true even when trying to select each day's story for our interactive of the year in review.What happened in the year 2011?
The events that defined 2011, from the death of Bin Laden to Occupy Wall St. Dec. 20, 2011 -- intro: It was a year of popular uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Syria, of devastation from drought and tsunami, and at home, of gridlock and stalemate in Washington.What was the biggest story of 2016?
The trials of Casey Anthony and Amanda Knox captured public attention, and Charlie Sheen's meltdown and a glittering royal wedding provided some relief from the grimmer news events. The biggest story of the year, though, was the one that took us most by surprise: the death of Osama bin Laden in a firefight in Pakistan.What happened to the News of the World?
July 11: The News of the World, a British newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch, closes after several allegations that the paper's journalists hacked into voicemail accounts belonging to not only a 13-year-old murder victim, but also the relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.