Lost Last Month

September 2011

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.


Lost Last Month

August 2011

The original U.S. debt ceiling, after the Senate passes legislation to raise it, which President Obama signs into law. Fear and terror, when Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords bravely makes her first appearance on Capitol Hill since being shot, in order to vote on the bill. The NFL lockout, after players ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. Thirty-seven lives, many of which were members of the U.S. Navy SEALs, in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Great American lyricist Jerry Leiber, 78. The credit rating of the United States, immediately followed by a stock market decline. President Obama's health care insurance mandate, struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Steve Jobs's job, after he resigns as CEO of Apple.