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drinks yearbook 2011

Great East Japan Earthquake This earthquake, also called the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, was a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake off the coast of Japan that happened on Friday 11 March 2011. The most powerful earthquake to ever hit Japan, it was followed by a tsunami with waves that reached heights of up to 40 metres. This natural disaster caused extensive damage in Japan, with over 125,000 buildings destroyed, over 15,000 deaths and even nuclear accidents. It was the most expensive natural disaster in world history. Prince William marries Kate Middleton The most anticipated wedding of 2011 saw Prince William, Duke of Cambridge marrying Catherine Middleton on 29 April at the Westminster Abbey, London. A total of 36 million people watched part of the coverage in the UK, with 38 | drinks yearbook audience peaks of over 26 million; over one million people greeted the newlyweds on their route between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The ceremony was watched by tens of millions around the world. Death of Osama Bin Laden The former head of al-Qaeda was killed in Pakistan on Monday 2 May by a US special operations military unity called DEVGRU/SEAL Team 6. Bin Laden’s compound, located in Abbottabad, was raided at around 1 am, and after Osama’s killing, US forces took his body to Afghanistan for identifi cation, then buried it at sea not even 24 hours after his death. While the operation was seen positively by the US public opinion and many governments, some legal and ethical aspects of the killing were questioned by others, including Amnesty International. Virgin Blue renamed and rebranded as Virgin Australia Airlines Australia’s second largest airline, Virgin Blue, was renamed and rebranded on 4 May 2011, when it was revealed the company was going to be named Virgin Australia. In addition to the new name and branding, the company also showcased its new fl agship Airbus A330 with domestic business class. Heatwave hits Perth A shocking heatwave hit Perth from February until early March, with temperatures over 30 degrees for 26 consecutive days, the longest heatwave since 1988. The world around us The top news stories from autumn 2011


drinks yearbook 2011
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