2011 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

2011Quick Facts from 2011:

  • World Changing Event: Snapchat App became available
  • The Top Song was We Found Love by Rihanna
  • Influential Songs include: Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons, It Will Rain by Bruno Mars, Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People, and Born This Way by Lady Gaga
  • The Movies to Watch include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, We Bought a Zoo, The Help, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  • People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive: Bradley Cooper
  • Notable books include: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Price of a gallon of gas in 2011: $3.58
    Croft & Barrow Necktie: $34.00
    Nike sneakers: $59.99/pair
  • The Funny Guy was: Daniel Tosh
  • In 2011 it cost 2.41 cents to make a single American Penny.
  • The Billionaire: JK Rowling was the youngest self-made female billionaire in 2011, although charitable giving has put her into the hundreds of millions range since then.

Top Ten Baby Names of 2011:
Sophia, Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Ava, Jacob, Mason, William, Jayden, Noah

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Katy Perry, Emma Watson, Bar Refaeli, Blake Lively, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Cobie Smulders, Olivia Munn, Cameron Diaz, Kate Middleton

The Heartthrob(s):
Colin Firth, Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Taylor Lautner, Johnny Depp, Rob Pattinson, Hugh Laurie, Joe Manganiello, Tim Tebow, Brad Pitt

“The Quote:”
“I’m a winner” – Charlie Sheen

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
The Protester

Miss America:
Teresa Scanlan

Miss USA:
Alyssa Campanella

The Picture:


“It was completely engulfed and everything was up in flames,” said bride Nancy Rogers, posing here with new husband Mike as White Point Beach Resort’s main lodge burned in the background. “We lost all of that stuff, but that’s not important to us. We got the most important things.”

The Scandal:
Charlie Sheen

Pop Culture Facts:
Dynamic Eye Sunglasses, invented by Chris Mullin, block sun glare instantly with liquid crystal lenses.

The Habit:
Playing Angry Birds

2011 Toys inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame:
Hot Wheels, Dollhouse, Blanket

2011’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
LeapFrog LeapPad, Amazon Kindle Fire

Best Film Oscar Winner:
The King’s Speech

Broadway Show – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Musical) Opened on June 14, 2011, and Closed: January 4, 2014

2011 Entries to The National Film Registry:
Allures (released in 1961)
Bambi (released in 1942)
The Big Heat (released in 1953)
A Computer Animated Hand (released in 1972)
Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (released in 1963)
The Cry of the Children (released in 1912)
A Cure for Pokeritis (released in 1912)
El Mariachi (released in 1992)
Faces (released in 1968)
Fake Fruit Factory (released in 1986)
Forrest Gump (released in 1994)
Growing Up Female (released in 1971)
Hester Street (released in 1975)
I, an Actress (released in 1977)
The Iron Horse (released in 1924)
The Kid (released in 1921)
The Lost Weekend (released in 1945)
The Negro Soldier (released in 1944)
Nicholas Brothers’ Home Movies (released in 1930s-’40s)
Norma Rae (released in 1979)
Porgy and Bess (released in 1959)
The Silence of the Lambs (released in 1991)
Stand and Deliver (released in 1988)
Twentieth Century (released in 1934)
War of the Worlds (released in 1953)

The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
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

2011/12 Most Popular TV Shows:
1. NBC Sunday Night Football (NBC)
2. American Idol (Fox)
3. The Voice (NBC)
4. Modern Family (ABC)
5. Big Bang Theory (CBS)
6. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
7. X-Factor (Fox)
8. 2 Broke Girls (CBS)
9. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
10. New Girl (Fox)

World Series Champions: St. Louis Cardinals
Superbowl Champions: Green Bay Packers
NBA Champions: Dallas Mavericks
Stanley Cup Champs: Boston Bruins
U.S. Open Golf Rory Mcllroy
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Novak Djokovic/Samantha Stosur
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Novak Djokovic/Petra Kvitova
NCAA Football Champions: North Dakota State
NCAA Basketball Champions: UConn Huskies
Kentucky Derby: Animal Kingdom