The Year 2011: MMXI
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2011 (MMXI), a common year that started on a Saturday. In the Gregorian calendar, it is the 2011th year of the Common Era or the Anno Domini designation; the 11th year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century; and the 2nd of the 2010s decade.
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The United Nations has designated 2011 the International Year of:

International Year of Forests
International Year of Chemistry
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World Veterinary Year 2011
The year 2011 has been named by the US SENATE and commemorated by OIE ,FAO and FDA. the World
Veterinary Year in recognition of the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the world’s first veterinary school in
Lyon, France, in 1761, shortly followed by the Alfort  veterinary school, near Paris, in 1764, both of them at
the initiative of French veterinarian Claude Bourgelat Vets celebrated at the start of World Veterinary Year- Source
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Events in January

January 1 – Start of the Hungarian presidency of the
  Council of the European Union.
January 1 – Estonia joins the Eurozone.
January 1 – Lithuania received chairmanship of
  Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
January 9 – Southern Sudan is holding a referendum on independence.
January 12 – Lebanon's year-old unity government collapses.
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Predicted and scheduled events

February
February 19 – April 2 – 2011 Cricket World Cup will be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

March
March 18 – NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is scheduled to arrive in orbit around Mercury.
March 18 – NASA's Pluto probe New Horizons will cross the orbit of Uranus, after a five-year journey. This will be faster than Voyager 2, which took eight years.

April
April 1 – The Space Shuttle's last scheduled flight.
April 29 – 2011 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships will start in Slovakia.
Pakistan will launch its first space satellite.
The Universal House of Justice will announce the new Five Year Plan.

May
Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, and Mars all visible within a roughly 6° area of sky.

June
June 1 – Partial solar eclipse in the Arctic.
June 15 – Total lunar eclipse, mainly visible in Africa, India, and the Middle East.

July
The Dawn spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at the minor planet 4 Vesta during July. The exact date remains      uncertain.
July 1 – Start of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
July 1 – Partial solar eclipse off the coast of Antarctica.
July 6 – In Durban, South Africa, the International Olympic Committee will announce the host city of the           2018 Winter Olympics.
July 10 – Neptune completes its first full orbit since its discovery in 1846.

August
August 15 – The comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková will pass within 0.0601 astronomical units (about         5,589,300 miles (8,995,100 km)) of Earth.
August 15–21 – XXVI World Youth Day will be held in Madrid, Spain.

September
September 9 – October 23 – New Zealand will host the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

October
October 13 – October 30 – 2011 Pan American Games.

November
November 25 – Partial solar eclipse in Antarctica.

December
December 10 – Total lunar eclipse, visible mainly in Asia, Australia and Alaska.
December 31 – All United States troops are scheduled to leave Iraq

Unknown dates
California will open the world's largest solar power plant.
Several electric vehicles are expected to enter the U.S. market, perhaps most notably the Tesla Model S         and BYD e6.
Predicted solar maximum (also predicted by other research groups for 2012).
The IPv4 unallocated address pool is projected to be exhausted.
The Nord Stream natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany will be completed.
Blue Waters, a petascale supercomputer being designed and built as a joint effort between the National           Center for Supercomputing Applications, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and IBM is                  expected to be completed in this year.
A new definition of the kilogram, based on universal constants, is likely to be announced at the 24th               General Conference on Weights and Measures.
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Major Holidays:
January 1 – New Year's Day
January 7 (6 in Armenia) – Orthodox Christmas
February 1 – Imbolc, a Cross-quarter day
February 3 – Chinese New Year
March 8 – Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras, end of Mardi Gras / Carnival season
March 9 – Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent)
March 20 – Holi
March 21 – (Northern hemisphere) Vernal equinox, also known as Ostara & Persian New Year
April 18 – Passover begins at sundown
April 24 – Easter (Western and Orthodox)
May 1 – Beltane, a Cross-quarter day
June 7 – Shavuot begins
August 1 – Ramadhan Begins — Islam
August 1 – Lammas, a Cross-quarter day
August 31 – Eid al-Fitr
September 23 – (Northern hemisphere) Autumnal equinox, also known as Mabon
September 28 – Rosh Hashana begins at sundown
October 7 – Yom Kippur begins at sundown
October 26 – Diwali, a religious holiday in Hinduism
November 6 – Eid al-Adha
November 26 – Islamic New Year
December 20 – Chanukah
December 25 – Western Christmas
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