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.
* A New Beginning, a Worse Ending, the Arab Spring -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* Artificial windpipe becomes first synthetic organ successfully transplanted -- Contributed by Southpaw Ben
* Congresswomen at the Safeway, and a Target -- 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.
A New Beginning, a Worse Ending, the Arab Spring
Contributed by Alex Shrugged
- "I have come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning..." 
- -- President Barack Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4th, 2009.
It is December 17th, 2010 (last year). A low-level Tunisian official confiscates a poor man's food cart for selling without a license. Later that day, the man walks to the provincial capital, pours gasoline on himself, and lights a match. No one knows it yet, but Mohamed Bouazizi has just set the Middle East on fire. By January 11th, President Ben Ali is leaving Tunisia. Thus begins the Arab Spring, and spring is coming in like a lion. A few days later Egypt is in chaos. It is an Internet revolution initiated by a young Egyptian working for Google. He has taken to heart President Obama's appeal to "have a say in how you are governed." CBS corespondent Lara Logan is covering the protest in Tarik Square. Suddenly, she is sexually assaulted with men groping her from all sides. She shouts, "STOP!" Her cameraman cannot hold them back. She is beaten senseless. It is a terrible story, but it doesn't fit the narrative of freedom for Egypt, so the media is strangely subdued. As President Mubarak is removed from office what fills the vacuum is not democracy. It's something dark and unyielding. Then comes Libya. Muammar Gaddafi is murdered in the street, and Hillary Clinton laughs for the CBS News audience. Then Yemen erupts. Bahrain crushes a rebellion. Kuwait, Lebanon, and Jordan appease the protests with reforms. Syria breaks into a civil war. Thousands are dead. It all began with a man who woouldnt put up with one more insult to his humanity, and it hasn't ended yet.     
Artificial windpipe becomes first synthetic organ successfully transplanted
Contributed by Southpaw Ben
Using stem cells from the patient, doctors were able to coat a glass model of the patient's windpipe which reinforced the model and essentially grew a new trachea and the two main bronchi. The windpipe is indistinguishable from a normal, healthy windpipe. This technique is a huge step forward in transplants because it removes the possibility of the body rejecting the transplant, as it is made up of the patient's own cells, as well as eliminating the need for a donor being needed.
Congresswomen at the Safeway, and a Target
Contributed by Alex Shrugged
With the USA throwing Tomahawk missiles at Libya and Egyptians raping CBS reporters, it is easy to forget the simple shooting of a Congresswoman. Isn't it? NO IT ISN'T! Early in January, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) is attending one of those normal meet-and-greet-your-government events held at the local supermarket. As she is standing there shaking hands, a bald-headed man pulls out a pistol and shoots the Congresswoman right in the head. He then proceeds to shoot people at random: a federal judge, a little girl who had been born on 9-11, a retired construction worker and so forth. He empties his Glock 19, but then he bobbles the magazine switch. The loaded magazine hits the pavement. Patricia Maisch grabs it. Someone else takes a folding chair, and applies it briskly to the back of the assassin's head. 74-year-old Colonel Bill Badger (retired) has been shot, but he makes a flying tackle, and brings the assassin to the ground. It's a pile on. Meanwhile, Congressional intern Daniel Hernández Jr. applies pressure to Giffords' head wound. He saves her life, but 6 are dead. 13 are injured by gunfire.  
None that I can find other than princes and princesses.--alexshrugged
- Osama bin Laden (age 54, death by US Navy SEAL): Founder of al-Qaeda, the terrorists responsible for 9-11. (There is no body, but I trust that he is dead.--alexshrugged) 
- Steve Jobs (age 56, pancreatic cancer): CEO of Apple and Pixar. His last words are "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow." 
- Dennis Ritchie (age 70, natural causes): The creator of the C programming language. (As a computer programmer I owe this man recognition at his passing and so much more.--alexshrugged) 
- Amy Winehouse (age 27, accidental alcohol poisoning, 0.416%): Singer/songwriter. (Damn it, Amy!--alexshrugged) 
This Year in Film
OK. That does it. We have officially drop-kicked reality into the beyond.--alexshrugged
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2: The final episode of the series. 
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Hasbro science fiction. 
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: . 
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1: . 
- Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol: . 
- And...: The Adjustment Bureau, Source Code, and Atlas Shrugged: Part 1. 
This Year in TV
Some TV occurs this year but mostly it is lawsuits, carriage disputes, streaming, screaming and the like.--alexshrugged
- Charlie Sheen is fired from Two and a Half Men: (Charlie is on quite a rant.--alexshrugged) 
This Year in Music
This Year in Video Games
- A 9.1 quake and tsunami knocks out the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and most video game development in Japan: Many video game projects are canceled or significantly delayed. 
- Batman: Arkham City: Named one of the best video games ever. (But I thought that OTHER game was "the best ever". How many "evers" are there?--alexshrugged) 
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii: The game makes effective use of the Wii's motion detection system during sword play. 
In Other News
|March 11||A 9.0-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami hits Japan, killing 15,840 with another 3,926 missing, presumed dead. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is swamped. 50 power station employees remain at their posts attempting to stabilize the plant. More are coming... hundreds more. |
|March 19||The USA joins the multinational intervention in Libya. (When you hurl Tomahawk missiles at $1.3 million a pop, that is called a war, Mr. Obama.--alexshrugged) |
|May 1||Osama bin Laden has been killed in an American military operation in Pakistan.|
|June 16||Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-New York) resigns after exposing his manhood on Twitter. (A few days earlier, Andrew Breitbart took over a Weiner press conference to excoriate him. Brilliant. Just brilliant. I miss Andrew.--alexshrugged)   |
|August 5||The US credit rating is cut to AA+. (There are fears that the USA might be overextended. Imagine that.--alexshrugged)|
|September 5||Bastrop County wildfires rage across Texas. 1500 homes are burned to the ground. (They got the worst of it. I live in Williamson County, and it was frightening enough.--alexshrugged)  |
|September 17||Occupy Wall Street holds its first protests in New York City. (They are leftists. No question.--alexshrugged)|
|November 16||The US national debt surpasses $15 trillion.|
|November 7||Jerry Sandusky, former assistant coach for Penn State football, is arrested for molesting 15 boys. He will get 60 years. (Too late.--alexshrugged) |
|December 15||The US declares an official end to the War in Iraq. (Officially, US troops are gone, but 20,000 remain for embassy protection.--alexshrugged)|
|December 17||North Korea declares that the Supreme (communist) Leader Kim Jong-Il is dead. (Here comes Kim Jon-un.--alexshrugged)|
|December 26||Barack Obama plays his 90th game of presidential golf. He is on a 17-day vacation in Hawaii. (I wish he would go on a vacation for the rest of his presidency.--alexshrugged)|
This Year in Wikipedia
Year 2011, Wikipedia.