It was the year that the deadliest outbreak of ebola started in West Africa and began to spread, the year that Russian conflict in Ukraine and Crimea raised global tensions and the year that a Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur destined for Beijing vanished – just four months before a different, unrelated Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down near the Ukrainian border.
Winning a second referendum on Scottish independence is “all about gentle persuasion”, SNP MP Pete Wishart has said.
It was the year that the Queen celebrated 60 years on the throne, the UK basked in the reflected glory of its Olympic and Paralympic athletes and the US re-elected Barack Obama as president.
A minute’s applause has been held ahead of kick off at the Partick Thistle game to commemorate the death of EuroMillions jackpot winner and “lifelong Jags fan” Colin Weir.
A minute’s applause will be held at the Partick Thistle game on Saturday to commemorate the death of EuroMillions jackpot winner and “lifelong Jags fan” Colin Weir.
After many months of deadlock, frustration and setbacks, trying to get a Brexit deal accepted by both her own Parliament and the European Union, an exhausted-looking Theresa May resigned in July. Boris Johnson succeeded her as Prime Minister and soon called a General Election, which took place just before Christmas. In what was becoming an increasingly chaotic UK political environment, the Tories won by a convincing margin in England and made significant gains in Wales. In Scotland, however, the SNP scored a landslide victory, winning 48 seats and delivering what First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called a clear message for a second independence referendum. The General Election was a disaster for Labour, which lost ground nationwide.
It was a year that saw a number of notable deaths, including Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela and Hugo Chavez, the Pope's resignation and a meteorite crash in Russia.
The #MeToo movement went global, after taking off in the United States in 2017 as a response to the allegations of sexual harassment and abuse made against heavyweight Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In addition, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Congolese physician Denis Mukwege and Yazidi assault survivor Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”
From uprisings across the Arab world and the deaths of Osama Bin Laden and Kim Jong-il, to a magnitude-nine earthquake that shook north-eastern Japan unleashing a savage tsunami, 2011 was a tumultuous year worldwide.
As the 140th anniversary of the Tay Bridge Disaster is remembered in Dundee and Fife, Michael Alexander discovers the human impact of the tragedy is still being felt to this day.