Baby New Year 2012

Remembering 2011…

Feb. 6

Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.

April 27

White House releases Obama’s Hawaiian “long form” birth certificate amid claims of so-called “birthers” that he was not a “natural-born citizen,” as the Constitution requires.

April 27

Powerful tornadoes rake the South and Midwest, killing more than 300; Tuscaloosa and other Alabama cities are especially hard-hit.

May 2

Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is killed in a firefight with elite American forces at his Pakistan compound, then is quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run.

June 22

James “Whitey” Bulger, the longtime fugitive Boston crime boss and fixture on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, is arrested in Santa Monica, Calif.  Incidentally, in the late 1990’s, Whitey and his companion Catherine Greig resided in Grand Isle, LA.  In Grand Isle they were known as “Tom” and “Helen”, a sweet and generous couple,  who didn’t stand out much except for their habit of using $100 bills.

July 5

Casey Anthony was found not guilty on all murder charges as well as aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter. She was convicted of four counts of lying to investigators.

August 19

The West Memphis Three entered Alford pleas, which allow them to assert their innocence while acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them. Judge David Laser accepted the pleas and sentenced the three to time served.

Sept. 23

Soap opera “All My Children,” canceled after 41 years, broadcasts final episode on ABC.

Oct. 3

An Italian appeals court frees Amanda Knox of Seattle after four years in prison, tossing murder convictions against Knox and an ex-boyfriend in the stabbing of their British roommate.

October 5

Steve Jobs, who began his life as an adopted child succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.  In 1976, Steve Jobs started Apple Computers, a pioneer in the computer industry with his friend Steve Wozniak.  The duo started in the family garage and funded their entrepreneurial venture after Jobs sold his Volkswagen bus and Wozniak sold his beloved scientific calculator.

Oct. 28

St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of the World Series.

Nov. 4

“60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney, 92, dies a month after his farewell segment on the show.

Nov. 7

Los Angeles jury convicts Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, of involuntary manslaughter for supplying an anesthetic implicated in the entertainer’s 2009 death.

Nov. 9

After 46 seasons as Penn State’s head football coach and a record 409 victories, Joe Paterno is fired, along with the university president, over their handling of child sex abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky; two top university officials step down following grand jury indictments.

Dec. 18

Last convoy of heavily armored U.S. troops leaves Iraq crossing into Kuwait in darkness in final moments of nine-year war.

Wishing Yall a Safe and Happy New Years Eve!!

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