The year is giving out, and it was not exactly an annus mirabilis. However, 2011 had its sensational moments, marked by major political upheavals in the Middle East, deaths of historic figures, and economic uncertainty highlighted by the Occupy movement. Here, IBTimes offers you a glimpse of events that became sensations across the world and have been added to the annals of history.

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, deaths of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's physician Dr. Conrad Murray, ouster of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, discovery of faster-than-light particles, U.S. credit rating downgrade, death of Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs, beginning of the Occupy movement, and pop star Beyonce's pregnancy revelation made it to the top 10 sensational moments of 2011.

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