Shepard Smith Looks Back at 2011
Biggest stories, headlines of the year
- Duration 5:35
- Date Dec 27, 2011
Biggest stories, headlines of the year
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Only a few more days until we ring in 2012 and ring out a year in which the Arab Spring spread across the mid east and northern Africa.
A team of US Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden.
And William and Kate finally said I do.
And that's just scratching the surface -- takes a look back at 2011.
Began like any other year hope for a better year ahead and of course resolutions.
But just days -- 2011 chaos and unspeakable violence erupted at a grocery store parking lot in Arizona.
Gunfire erupted a political event near Tucson a gunman shot congresswoman Gabby Giffords in the head he wounded eighteen others six of them killed.
Amazingly Giffords survived the assassination attempt and made a triumphant return to Washington a few months later.
A wave of unrest across the Middle East and northern Africa citizens toppled longtime leaders in Tunisia and Egypt.
But it was the dangerous dictator in Libya Moammar Gadhafi who put up the biggest fight his forty year reign of terror finally came -- -- gruesome and when fighters killed him in his hometown in October the Arab Spring music became known -- -- summer and fall with deadly protests persisting in Syria and Yemen.
March 11 a massive earthquake shook -- the magnitude eight point nine quake unleashed a devastating tsunami.
And triggered a meltdown at this power plant will.
A stormy spring in the US meteorologists said there were more than 750.
Tornadoes in April alone.
Hundreds of people were killed.
But the hardest hit city was Joplin Missouri a powerful EF five tornado left -- 157.
Making the Joplin twister the deadliest in decades.
A new era of British royalty began when prince William and his blushing bride Kate -- -- May first a dramatic late night announcement from the commander in chief.
A team led by Navy -- swooped -- to this compound in Pakistan.
Where they said they found Osama bin Laden.
The seals reportedly shot him in the face and defense officials say the world's most wanted man was later buried it see.
Uncle Sam maxed out his credit -- it's lawmakers spent much of the summer fighting before ultimately increasing the government's ability to borrow more money.
Who's in who's out I'm running for president.
As a candidate for president of the united.
I'm announcing my candidacy for president thinks I am suspending my presidential campaign race for the White House but he -- take a chance.
We the jury find -- defendant not guilty the jury acquitted Casey Anthony of charges she killed her two year old daughter Caylee.
What -- and yeah.
One -- said it was a horrible decision to make but that there was reasonable doubt.
Shuttle Atlantis awarded to space it's it was our last -- and the last for the thirty year old shuttle program.
A historic hurricane made landfall in North Carolina.
Irene didn't stop -- here keep track up the eastern seaboard from DC to -- September the eleventh the nation marks ten years since the worst terror attack on USC -- Memorial opened the footprints of the Twin Towers and another in Shanksville Pennsylvania.
Tremendously you know.
He's an artist whose money.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- tons of one through concrete.
Occupy Wall Street.
Started as a single protest in downtown New York.
The 99 for senators as they call themselves.
Lashed out at the wealthy 1%.
The most amazing.
IPhone ever apple unveiled its latest gadget in early fall.
But the news was quickly overshadowed by the death of the company's iconic co-founder Steve Jobs.
We the jury in the above and -- action.
Find the deep -- it Conrad Robert Murray guilty.
Two years after Michael Jackson died.
Jurors convicted his personal position of involuntary manslaughter.
Weeks later a judge sentenced him for years in prison.
After eight years and thousands of casualties.
The White House ordered virtually all troops out of Iraq and it's good to know that I'm a part of history and it's good to know that I'm leaving Iraq.
A more stable country.
Mid December the death of yet another tyrant with North Korean state television reported the dear leader Kim Jung -- Died of a massive heart attack.
Well now we look ahead to next year.
2012 begins with a flurry of caucuses and primaries as politics returns to the spotlight for November's presidential election.
Plus the Pentagon expected to start winding down the decade long war in Afghanistan.
And Fox News will be covering it all as it happens.
In New York I'm Shepard Smith Fox News.