I may be biased, but I would have switched the order of the top two. Japan’s disaster was literally earth-shaking. Bin Laden’s death was certainly important, but it was largely symbolic at this point.
doug“Here are 2011’s top 10 stories, in order (according the Associated Press yearly poll of editor and news directors): 1) Osama bin Laden’s death …. 2) Japan’s triple disaster [earthquake, tsunami, nuclear crisis] …. 3) Arab Spring … 4) EU fiscal crisis … 5) U.S. economy …. 6) Penn State sex abuse scandal …. 7) Gadhafi toppled in Libya … 8) Fiscal showdowns in Congress …. 9) Occupy Wall Street protests … 10) Gabrielle Giffords shot … Among the news events falling just short of the Top 10 were the death of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, Hurricane Irene, the devastating series of tornados across Midwest and Southeastern U.S., and the repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy that barred gays from serving openly in U.S. military.” http://yhoo.it/rBetU6