From the trial and conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, to Arnold Schwarzenegger's confession to having a love child, here are some stand-out news headlines from 2011.
The Top News Headlines of 2011
Conrad Murray Trial
Michael Jackson's physician Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/11/michael_jackson_death_trial_conrad_murray_found_guilty.php] of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in county jail.The verdict came as no surprise to many trial watchers, as the evidence was stacked up against the doc in his apparent propofol negligence of Jackson.The 5 Most Shocking Moments from the Jackson Death Trial [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/11/the_5_most_shocking_moments_from_the_jackson_death_trial.php]
Japanese Earthquake and Tsumani
A 8.9 earthquake rocked Japan in March, resulting in a destructive 23-foot tsunami that killed thousands.Celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Charlie Sheen immediately jumped in to help [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/03/the_stars_unite_to_help_tsunami_victims.php] those victims affected by the devastation.
Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger Split
In one of the most shocking splits of the year [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/11/the_years_biggest_splits.php], former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver divorced after 25 years together.The "Terminator" star admitted to fathering a lovechild [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/05/arnold_schwarzenegger_fathered_a_child_with_household_staffer.php]with Patty Baena, his housekeeper of over 20 years.Despite the drama, the family pulled through, with Schwarzenegger spending time with his illegitimate son, Joseph.
Casey Anthony Verdict
The Casey Anthony not guilty verdict [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/07/the_verdict_casey_anthony_acquitted_of_murder_but_is_a_liar.php] sparked outrage, as the tot mom was acquitted of first-degree murder and manslaughter in the case of two-year-old daughter, Caylee.Anthony was found guilty on four counts [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/07/casey_anthony_sentenced_to_four_years.php] of providing false information to law enforcement.After serving three years in jail, Anthony was released in July [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/07/casey_anthony_out_of_jail.php]. Following her release, she was spotted in Ohio [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/08/casey_anthony_spotted_in_ohio.php] shopping inside an Old Navy and sipping on a Starbuck's beverage.
For the first time since her rescue from 18 years in captivity, kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard spoke on national television [ http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2010/03/kidnap_victim_jaycee_dugard_finally_speaks.php] in March of this year.Dugard was kidnapped by convicted rapist Phillip Garrido at the age of 11 in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. when she was walking to the bus stop for school. She remained missing for 18 years.Jaycee's mother says of the clips, "We released this video so that you can see that we're happy and well and when we have more to share we will," adding, "As a mother I am pleading for our privacy in this very public story. It is our desire to share the miracle with the world, but it must be done on our terms."Dugard lives with her two daughters (Angel, 15, and Starlit, 11) fathered by her alleged kidnapper, Phillip Garrido.
The Royal Wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William
In the biggest royal event of the decade, Prince William and his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton tied the knot [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2010/11/prince_william_and_kate_middleton_wedding_date_location.php] inside London's Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.Little Known Facts About Kate [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/02/little_known_facts_about_kate_middleton.php]Prince William and Kate's Wedding Pics! [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/04/the_official_wedding_photos.php]
Kim Kardashian's Divorce to Kris Humphries
When their fairytale wedding was over [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/11/kim_kardashian_and_kris_humphries_from_i_do_to_i_dont_in_72_days.php], reality set in 72 days later, causing the infamous split between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/10/kim_kardashian_to_file_for_divorce.php].The couple met briefly in Minnesota [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/11/kim_kardashian_flies_to_minnesota_to_meet_kris_humphries.php] before going their separate ways. Their failed relationship was due in part to Kris' desire to settle down in Minnesota -- a very un-Kardashian kind of town.Despite the pending divorce, Kim says she still believes in lov [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/12/kim_kardashian_still_believes_in_love_and_marriage.php]e and has been laying low from the public.Kim's Sexy Boy Toys [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/11/remembering_kim_kardashians_sexy_single_life.php]
'Harry Potter' Comes to an End
For its final installment in the epic multi-billion dollar franchise, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" broke just about every movie record on the books, earning an enormous $168.6 million in its opening weekend.Entertainer of the Year 2011: The Cast of 'Harry Potter' at No. 2! [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/12/entertainer_of_the_year_2011_the_cast_of_harry_potter_at_no_2.php]
Charlie Sheen's Public Meltdown
Former "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen took a little detour from reality at the beginning of the year, which included living with porn star "goddesses," drug and alcohol-fueled binges -- and vlog and TV interview rants [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/03/charlie_sheen_ive_been_blessed_with_a_new_brain.php] against his "Men" employers, which resulted in Sheen's termination from the hit CBS sitcom [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/03/charlie_sheen_officially_fired_from_two_and_a_half_men.php].Sheen then took his one-man comedy show, "My Violent Torpedo of Truth / Defeat is Not an Option" on the road in March, to mixed reviews.Charlie Sheen's Most Memorable Quotes [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/03/charlie_sheens_most_memorable_quotes.php]Now, the actor has bounced back. Before his hilarious Comedy Central roast in September, Sheen did the interview circuit again, this time admitting to and talking about his meltdown [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/09/charlie_sheen_talks_public_meltdown_with_today_show_matt_lauer.php] and apologizing to his former bosses. He also lined up a new sitcom, "Anger Management," [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/10/charlie_sheens_anger_management_to_be_channeled_through_fx.php] which is set to air on FX in 2012. We can't wait!
Russell Armstrong's Suicide
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Taylor Armstrong's estranged husband, Russell Armstrong, Armstrong, was found hanging [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/08/housewives_russell_armstrongs_body_discovered_by_best_friend.php] in a bedroom in his home on Mulholland Drive in August, unleashing details about their troubled marriage and sparking criticisms against reality television shows.
Anthony Weiner Sexting Scandal
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner totally stepped in it when admitted in June [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/06/anthony_weiner_meagan_broussard_sex_lies_and_twitter.php] that he has had "several inappropriate" electronic relationships, mostly via Twitter, with six different women over three years.Dubbed "Weinergate," the scandal eventually caused the congressman from New York to resign [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/06/weiner_says_he_will_step_down.php] from office -- and further emphasized how damaging social media can be to celebrities and politicians.Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, stood by her man and gave birth [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/12/sexting_congressman_has_a_little_weiner.php] to their first child, a baby boy, in December.
Lindsay Lohan's Legal Woes
Stemming from a DUI arrest in 2007, starlet Lindsay Lohan has had to battle several probation violations in 2011, which resulted in more jail time, a house arrest and continuing hours of community service in a morgue.In February, Lilo was accused of stealing an expensive necklace [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/02/lindsay_lohan_to_be_charged_wi.php] from a jewelry store. Lohan claimed the store owner told her she could borrow the necklace on a loan, which she eventually returned.But the action set forth a flurry of court dates, and Lindsay found herself sentenced to jail and then on house arrest [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/05/lindsay_lohan_surrenders_to_begin_house_arrest.php].She completed her house arrest, but once again failed to finish the appropriate amount of her community service hours, which resulted in yet another jail sentence [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/10/lindsay_lohan_cuffed_sent_to_jail_after_probation_hearing.php] in October.Thankfully, 2012 may be a better year for the troubled actress. She received a glowing report from the judge in early December, proving she has what it takes to complete her morgue duties. And her January cover for Playboy magazine is hitting record sales.