2011 was quite a year. From wild weather in the U.S., to a tsunami across the Pacific. From Occupy Wall Street protests, to protests that overthrew Governments in Africa and the Middle East, and everything in between.
FOX's Shepard Smith recaps some of the year's top stories in Part 1 of our special, "2011 in Review":
On January 8th, a gunman opened fire at a public event hosted by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona, shooting the Congresswoman in the head.
In Northern Africa and the Middle East, sometimes-violent protests would lead to crumbling regimes of leaders who had been in power for decades.
FOX News Radio's Courtney Kealy got to see many of those protests first hand:
On March 11th, a massive earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered a deadly tsunami, followed by a nuclear crisis.
FOX News Radio's Bill Marcus saw the devastation that resulted:
Meanwhile, here in the U.S., springtime brought the worst out of Mother Nature. On April 27th, an outbreak of 122 tornadoes, including an EF-4 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killed 316 people. But the worst was yet to come. An EF-5 tornado tore through the town of Joplin, Missouri on May 22nd, the deadliest single tornado in decades.
FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper covered the destruction in Joplin:
Across the Atlantic, just days after the tornado outbreak in the South, a Royal Wedding. Prince William and his bride, Kate Middleton, tied the knot on April 29th.
As the excitement of the Royal nuptials wore off, perhaps the biggest story of 2011 broke. A seemingly-ordinary Sunday evening forever changed the War on Terror. On May 1st, President Obama announced that the U.S. had killed Usama bin Laden.
FOX News Radio's Dave Anthony recounts the news:
As spring turned to summer, the gridlock of Washington traffic also became the gridlock of Washington politics, where the debate over the debt limit threatened to shut down the Federal Government.
FOX's Chad Pergram has more on 2011 on Capitol Hill:
Check back for more of FOX News Radio's special "2011 in Review."