As someone who’s been standing on shaky ground for the past 12 plus months, there’s really only one major event that stands out for me in 2011 – the Christchurch earthquakes.

Having to deal with disaster in your own backyard makes you, naturally, a little myopic and you start to ignore what’s happening in the rest of the world.

And such a lot has been happening – tsunamis in Japan, government overthrow in Egypt, rioting in London, the Royal Wedding.

Using cartography and informative content, Mapsofworld,com has created an interactive map and video to help us Remember 2011.

The video, which provides a fleeting 60 second glimpse of the ‘good, the bad, and the ugly’ of 2011, is guaranteed to make you think it sure was one heck of a year.

Watch the video and then check out the interactive map, which not only highlights key dates and events but also provides matching photos and detailed text to really remember the year that was 2011.

And while you’re there, why not vote for what you think was 2011’s main event.

Not surprisingly, so far the top main event was Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. Interestingly, the second main event was the United States losing it’s AAA rating.