2011 was the best of years for some and the worst of years for others.
Here's looking at ten things that took a real beating in the year…
1. Al-Qaeda: This terrorist organization was formed in 1988 and peaked during 9/11. After that it had been on a steady decline. While some thought it would fade away, others said that it would either make a comeback or at least remain a shadowy figure to inspire a new generation of terrorists.
However, it seems curtains for the Al-Qaeda with the unceremonious capture and execution of Osama bin Laden with not even a memorial to show for. Its epitaph could well read Al Qaeda (1988-2011) now.
2. Nuclear Power: The Pacific Tsunami not only created havoc in Japan, but also for the nuclear ambitions of the world. Following the Fukushima meltdown, nuclear emergency was declared in Japan for the first time and 140,000 residents were evacuated. People protested against nuclear energy in Tokyo and in one survey, 80% respondents said they were ''anti-nuclear''. Europe has suddenly become very jittery over this form of energy and the protests have begun in India too.
Image: In this video image taken from NTV Japan via APTN, smoke rises from Unit 1 of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture on Saturday, March 12, 2011. (Photo credit: AP)