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Major Events in 2011

January

1: Brazil’s new president Dilma Rousseff takes office
1: Estonia joins euro club
1: France takes over the presidency of Group of Eight
6-9: Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
14: U.S. Defense Minister Robert Gates to visit Korea
19: Barack Obama-Hu Jintao summit in Washington
26-30: World Economic Forum in Davos
Chinese President Hu Jintao will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington onJan. 19.
Chinese President Hu Jintao will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington onJan. 19.

February

6-11: World Social Forum in Dakar
10-20: Berlin International Film Festival
13: Grammy Wards (Feb. 13)
14-20: IOC inspection of Korea’s bid site for 2018 Winter Olympics
16: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s 69th birthday
27: The Academy Awards in Hollywood 
The 83rd Academy Awards ceremony will honorthe best in film of 2010 on Feb. 27.
The 83rd Academy Awards ceremony will honorthe best in film of 2010 on Feb. 27.

March

3-13: Geneva Motor Show
4-8: Brazil Rio Carnival
5: Opening of annual session of China’s National Legislature
6: Estonia holds parliamentary elections
15: First summit meeting of Arab League in Iraq since the U.S-led invasion in 2003 and the fall of Saddam Hussein
21-27: World Figure Skating Championships 
China’s National Legislature opens its annual session on March 5
China’s National Legislature opens its annual session on March 5

April

1: Launch of U.S. space shuttle Endeavor
4: Tee-off of the Masters Tournament
10: Peru holds presidential and general elections
12: Announcement of Pulitzer Prize winners
13-16: Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in China
16: Spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank
21-28: Shanghai Auto Show
27: National Assembly by-elections in Korea
29: Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton marry at London’s Westminster Abbey 
Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot on April 29.
Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot on April 29.

May

5: Britain holds elections for the Scottish parliament, Welsh National Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly and local English councils.
11-22: Cannes International Film Festival in France
14: Germany holds the Eurovision song contest
21: The Life Ball, Europe’s largest HIV/AIDS charity gala, takes place in and around Vienna’s city hall. 
Britain holds elections for the Scottish Parliament, and the Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies on May 5.
Britain holds elections for the Scottish Parliament, and the Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies on May 5.

June

2: OPEC meeting in Vienna
4-5: Pope Benedict XVI visits predominantly Roman Catholic Croatia for the first time.
6-10: International Atomic Energy Agency board meeting in Vienna
6-July 3: Wimbledon tennis championships
29: The first anniversary of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement between the governments of China and Taiwan
*G8 summit in Nice, France (date not determined yet)
Leaders of the Group of Eight will hold a summit in Nice, France in June.
Leaders of the Group of Eight will hold a summit in Nice, France in June.

July

1: Korea-EU FTA takes effect
1: Poland takes over presidency of the Council of the European Union
1: 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party
1: Planned start of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan
6: Announcement of the 2018 Winter Olympic host city
6: Foundation in Caracas of a new Americas bloc including all nations except the U.S. and Canada
13: Worldwide release of the last “Harry Potter” film 
The IOC will announce the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games on July 6. PyeongChang is a bid city for the Games.
The IOC will announce the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games on July 6. PyeongChang is a bid city for the Games.

August

6: 66th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing
13: 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall collapse
15: Korea’s 66th anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japan’s colonial rule
16-21: World Youth Day in Madrid
27-Sept. 4: World Athletics Championships in Daegu, Korea 
The World Athletics Championships will take place in Daegu from Aug. 27-Sept. 4.
The World Athletics Championships will take place in Daegu from Aug. 27-Sept. 4.

September

2-Oct. 23: Gwangju Design Biennale in Korea
11: 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
13: U.N. General Assembly 66th session
15-25: Frankfurt International Motor Show
24-26: Annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank 
The U.S. will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2011
The U.S. will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2011

October

4-11: Announcement of annual Nobel Prize winners
10: North Korea’s 66th anniversary of the founding of Workers’ Party
12-16: Frankfurt Book Fair
14-16: F1 Korea Grand Prix
23: Elections for Swiss federal parliament
*Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM) (date note determined)
The Korean Grand Prix will take place Oct. 14-16.
The Korean Grand Prix will take place Oct. 14-16.

November

3-4: G20 Summit in Cannes, France
12-13: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Honolulu, Hawaii
10: 10th anniversary of China’s entry into the World Trade Organization
19-20: NATO summit 
The G20 Summit will be held in Cannes, France Nov. 3-4.
The G20 Summit will be held in Cannes, France Nov. 3-4.

December

3-11: Tokyo Motor Show
4 (tentative): Parliamentary elections in Russia, which will set the stage for a presidential election in March 2012
15-17: Ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization
31: Deadline for all U.S. troops to be out of Iraq
The U.S. is scheduled to pull all of its troops out of Iraq by Dec. 31.
The U.S. is scheduled to pull all of its troops out of Iraq by Dec. 31.
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