Facebook released its top 10 global trends of 2011. Can you guess No. 1?
Hurricane Irene was hyped to be the storm that would take New York City down. While it barely affected the Big Apple, it took an enormous toll on surrounding states.
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9. Military operations begin in Libya
Americans could not believe that the U.S. was about to enter a third war in 2011. The operation in Libya ultimately ended in success, but it was shocking nonetheless.
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8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
2011 was filled with blockbuster video games, but one game reigned supreme. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 broke records by clocking in $775 million in sales in its first five days.
7. Death of Amy Winehouse
The tragic death of Amy Winehouse took everyone by surprise. It was the seventh most talked about topic on Facebook this year.
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6. The Royal Wedding
Nothing helps you forget your woes like watching beautiful, wealthy royals tie the knot. Prince William and Kate Middleton made their union official on April 29.
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5. Death of Steve Jobs
The death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was shocking and reached epic proportions. Fans gathered around Apple stores worldwide, mourning the tragic loss. Many declared the tech luminary's ability to innovate and inspire placed him amongst historical figures like Thomas Edison and John Lennon.
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4. Charlie Sheen
When Charlie Sheen went off the deep end earlier this year, he became a national obsession. Here's a word we hope doesn't come back in 2012: "WINNING!"
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3. Casey Anthony found not guilty
The acquittal of Casey Anthony, accused murdering her daughter Caylee, sparked a national outrage. A jury in Florida found the Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse on July 5.
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2. Packers win the Super Bowl
It's no surprise that America's obsession with football took the number two spot on the charts. The Green Bay Packers stole the spotlight and the Super Bowl XLV ring from the Pittsburg Steelers on Feb. 6.
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1. Death of Osama bin Laden
The death of Osama bin Laden wasn't just the story of the year; it was a historical moment for the U.S. With orders from President Obama, elite special forces group Seal Team 6 successfully executed a mission in Pakistan that brought closure to our nation. Facebook reports that almost 10 percent of all status updates on May 1 mentioned news of the Al-Qaeda leader's death.