As always, Alex Shrugged's opinions are his own. Other people's work are their own. I include them here for the sake of completeness and to provide a second method of access to the material for the TSP history segment.
* The 9/12 Project and the Tea Party Movement -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* H1N1 Pandemic -- Contributed by Southpaw Ben
* None Dare Call It Terrorism: The Fort Hood Massacre -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* Notable Births -- See below.
* This Year in Film -- See below.
* This Year in Music -- See below.
* In Other News -- See below.
The 9/12 Project and the Tea Party MovementContributed by Alex Shrugged
As Glenn Beck makes his move to Fox News he starts with a series called "We Surround Them". He is a deeply emotional and inspiring man. He reminds his audience that the people have the final say on what government does because ultimately, the power of the government is derived from the individual. The media and the government don't surround us. We surround them. He sets forth 9 principles and asks his audience to email their picture to Fox News if they believe in those same principles. The servers at Fox News collapse... 5 times. As the anniversary of 9-11 approaches, Glenn recalls how it felt the day after, on 9-12. We weren't fighting each other. We were helping each other. So with that idea in mind, he starts the 9-12 Project based on 9 principles and 12 values. He calls on volunteers to start their own local chapter. He wants these groups to educate their fellows in their civic duties, the Constitution and US history. He wants people of different backgrounds to get together, and that is what happens. Then something else happens. The Tea Party emerges as a separate movement and turns political. This is not what Glenn is aiming for, but the people want it. They march on Washington to protest the politicians taking money and power, to protest the multi-billion dollar bailouts of companies "too big to fail", and the proposed healthcare plan that will takeover 7% of the US economy. It is an amazing outpouring of time and energy. We the People have risen up and we have spoken loud and clear.    
H1N1 PandemicContributed by Southpaw Ben
Starting in Veracruz, Mexico, this outbreak killed an estimated 284,500 people, according to the World Health Organization. H1N1 is the strain of influenza that was behind the 1918 flu pandemic, and has a notable feature that it does not infect adults over 60 disproportionately, which likey helped with it's spreading. It's common name, "Swine flu", came from the fact that genetic testing suggests it was the result of an older flu virus combining with the Eurasian pig flu virus. 
None Dare Call It Terrorism: The Fort Hood MassacreContributed by Alex Shrugged
Toward the end of July, Major Nidal Hasan enters a gun shop in Kileen, Texas asking for the most advanced weapon with the largest capacity magazine. They recommend the FN Five-seveN using the 5.7×28mm cartridge. Hasan researches the recommendation, and returns to buy the pistol, ammunition and extra magazines. Then a little over 2 months later, Major Hasan enters the Fort Hood Soldier Readiness Processing Center where soldiers receive medical treatment prior to deployment. Hassan has visited the Center before. He pulls out his weapon fitted with two Lasermax sights, shouts something in Arabic about Allah, and begins fan-shooting the crowd without aiming. Then he aims to kill. An unarmed Army Reserve captain charges Hasan, but he goes down wounded. An unarmed civilian doctor rushes forward, and is shot dead, but it clear from eye witnesses that he is targeting soldiers. Civilian police Sergeant Kimberly Munley rushes to the scene. She takes the Beretta M9 out of her holster and fires. Hasan fires back, and hits her twice. She is down. Her weapon is jammed. Hasan kicks it away. Civilian police Sergeant Mark Todd turns the corner, and orders Hasan to surrender. Hasan fires once. He's empty. Todd fires 5 shots into Hasan. Hasan drifts into unconsciousness as Todd handcuffs him. Officer Munley will live, and unfortunately, so will Hasan. 13 others are dead. President Obama refuses to call it terrorism.   
Notable BirthsNone that I can find.--alexshrugged
- Ted Kennedy (age 77, brain cancer): US Senator. (And things more terrible than that. I'm glad he is dead.--alexshrugged) 
- Jack Kemp (age 73, cancer): Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, and Congressman leading the charge for the Reagan tax cuts. "We must win the war on poverty by enlisting the greatest weapon ever invented: Free Enterprise". 
- Ricardo Montalbán (age 88, congestive heart failure): Kahn in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Fantasy Island and more. 
- Gidget, the Taco Bell Chihuahua (age 15, euthanized after a stroke): "¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!" ("I want Taco Bell!") 
This Year in Film
- Avatar: A science fiction visual delight. 
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: This is J.K. Rowling's favorite of the Harry Potter movies. 
- Star Trek: The reboot of the Star Trek original series. (Good hand off.--alexshrugged)
- And...: Twilight: New Moon, Monsters vs. Aliens, and The Blind Side. 
This Year in TV
- President Obama delays implementation of digital TV: Apparently no one realized that analog TV was going away for real. 
- Glenn Beck moves to Fox News: (Inspiring man, but not the leader of a movement.--alexshrugged) 
- Glee: High school students sing their way through life. (I liked it initially.--alexshrugged) 
- The Colony: An unreal survival reality show after the collapse of civilization. (The 1st season had some good ideas, but over all it was too "zombie biker apocalypse" for me.--alexshrugged) 
This Year in Music
- Michael Jackson outsells everyone else as he passes away: . 
This Year in Video Games
- Angry Birds for iOS: You launch birds into a pig's fortress... for some reason. 
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves: Called "the best video game of all time." (Time must be short, but OK.--alexshrugged) 
- Stalin vs. Martians: Like a slow motion car crash, you know it is going to be bad, but you just can't look away. 
In Other News
- SNL comedian Al Franken becomes a US Senator: After months of fixing the votes (I mean recounting the votes) the Democrats now have a veto-proof majority. Here comes Obamacare.