A gap in lower Manhattan, and the lack of a memorial for the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, after the spectacular Memorial Plaza opens on the site of the former World Trade Center. The U.S. Open tennis championship, by Serena William to Samantha Stosur, and by Rafael Nadal to Novak Djokovic. The far fetched nature of science fiction, when scientists at NASA announce the discovery of a planet orbiting two suns, making it the first unambiguous detection of a circumbinary planet. The mystery over the remains of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, found on the site of Pentridge Prison in Melbourne. Rock band R.E.M., announcing their split up after thirty years together. Support for the death penalty, following Troy Davis's execution in Georgia. Iran's popularity, when President Ahmadinejad addresses the General Assembly of the U.N. and the U.S. and European nations walk out. Two American hikers' captivity, finally set free on bail after being detained as spies for two years in an Iranian prison.