It surely has been an eventful year with popular uprisings, dictators being deposed or slain, royal marriages, celebrity divorces, and thrilling sports achievements, so here's a look at some of the top moments of 2011 as compiled by the IBTimes.
Warning: Some images depict death or injury.
Egyptian Uprising: Inspired by a successful revolution in Tunisia, thousands of Egyptians flocked to Cairo's Tahir Square to protest years of poverty, high unemployment, and repression under President Hosni Mubarak -- a dictator who the people managed to topple. A Reuters photo of a protester standing in front of a burning barricade during a demonstration in Cairo on Jan. 28 depicts the plight of the people at the time. Police and demonstrators fought running battles on the streets of the capital city in protests by tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to Mubarak's three-decade rule.
End of Iraq War: U.S. President Barack Obama observed the end of a nine-year-war in Iraq this month. As your commander in chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I'm proud to finally say these two words: Welcome home, Obama told an enthusiastic crowd of troops at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., on Dec. 14.
Royal Wedding: It was the royal wedding of the year: Billions of people worldwide tuned in to watch as Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, kissed as they stood next to bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem, left, on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with other members of the British royal family, after their wedding in Westminster Abbey in central London on April 29.
Steve Jobs Death: The world mourned the death of Apple Inc.'s revolutionary leader, Steve Jobs, who died in October after a long battle with cancer. Many pictures of tributes were taken at Apple stores and other locations around the world. On Steve Jobs Day, Oct. 14, in St. Petersburg, Russia, a Reuters image captured a man leaving a bitten apple in front of a memorial bearing the likeness of Jobs and the logo of the company he created.
Moammar Gadhafi Slaying: The Libya conflict was one of the most drawn-out uprisings this year as the country's longtime dictator, Moammar Gadhafi, refused to step down. He was eventually captured and slain by rebels in October, and images of his death circulated around the Web within minutes of his death. In this Reuters image, Gadhafi's dead body is displayed inside a metal storage freezer in Misrata on Oct. 22. NATO called an end to its air war in Libya shortly thereafter, and Gadhafi's clan demanded a chance to bury his body after a death as brutal as his 42-year rule.
Kim Jong Il Death: North Koreans gather during a memorial in Pyongyang for late leader Kim Jong Il in this Korean Central News Agency picture released by Reuters on Dec. 29. North Korea's military staged a huge funeral procession on Wednesday in the snowy streets of the capital for the country's so-called Dear Leader, as it readied the transfer of power to his son, Kim Jong Un.
Car Pileup in Mexico: Drivers stand on vehicles following a large multicar accident on a highway on the outskirts of Saltillo in the Mexican state of Coahuila on Jan. 13. Icy roads were blamed for the 30-car collision, which injured 10 people, according to local media.
Tunisian Revolution: It was the event that kick-started the Arab Spring. A photo capturing a demonstrator reacting as security forces used water cannons to disperse protesters in downtown Tunis on Jan. 17 is one of the most pertinent images of the revolution. Tunisian security forces not only used water cannons and tear gas but also fired shots in the air as demonstrators took to the streets demanding that the ruling party of the ousted president surrender power.
Jordan's Bashar Bani Yaseen: It was one of the most arresting sports photos of the year as Jordan's Bashar Bani Yaseen kicked Syria's Sanharib Malki in the face while attempting a scissors kick during a 2011 Asian Cup Group B soccer match at the Qatar Sports Club stadium in Doha on Jan. 17.
Immigration Protests in Greece: With their mouths taped, immigrants protested as they sought asylum in central Athens on Feb. 1. An estimated half a million illegal immigrants live in the Mediterranean nation, whose population is about 11 million. Reportedly, an increasing share of the people attempting to enter the European Union come in through Greece.