Flashback: On This Date March 2, 2011
By Mike I. Bailey, student, SUNY Empire State College, with excerpts from mainstream media
May 20, 2016
On March 2, 2011, SUNY Empire State College published its first issue of The Student Connection, an online newsletter run by students to serve and share students’ current news and creative work. Today, we are celebrating a monumental achievement of publishing the 100th issue. Let’s “flash back” to see what was going on in the United States and around the world when the newsletter launched.
On March 2, 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a bill averting a shutdown of the United States Government for another two weeks, keeping the federal government funded until March 18, 2011, while congressional leaders headed to the White House to broker a long-term deal. The resolution at the time, which passed the Senate 91 to 9 earlier that day on March 2, would go on to cut $4 billion in spending by targeting programs that President Obama had already marked for elimination and reductions.
On this date, new charges were filed against Private Bradley Manning (now Chelsea Manning), who had been previously charged by the United States military in relation to the WikiLeaks cables. Among classified information given to WikiLeaks was the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike video, depicting two American helicopters firing on a group of 10 men in the Amin district of Baghdad. Manning was later convicted by the United States Army in July 2013 for violations of the Espionage Act for disclosing nearly three quarters of a million classified or unclassified sensitive military and diplomatic documents.
CEO Steve Jobs of Apple Inc., returned from medical leave to unveil the latest model of the company’s tablet computer, the iPad2, which featured a new engine beneath its aluminum and glass case: the A5 dual-core chip. The device included Apple’s updated signature operating system, iOS 4.3, while adding new applications, such as Home Sharing, Photo Booth and more. The device was slated for release to consumers on March 11, 2011. Later that year, on Oct. 18, Apple announced results for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter with 11.12 million iPads sold - a 166 percent unit increase over the year before in the same quarter.
The world watched the Yemeni Revolution unfold one year following after the Tunisian Revolution, simultaneously occurring during the Egyptian Revolution. More than 16,000 Yemenis had gathered in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, to mount pressure and demand that President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down. These demonstrations and protests occurred throughout the Arab world of North Africa and the Middle East in response to unemployment, economic conditions and corruption of government officials. The anti-government demonstrations came to be known as the Arab Spring.
In Frankfurt, Germany, the Frankfurt Airport shootings occurred mid-afternoon, with two United States Air Force personnel killed and two others injured, when a gunman opened fire. Officials at the time said the suspect was carrying a handgun and pistol, and began shooting after shouting, “Allah Akbar.” The suspect killed two airmen on a bus carrying U.S. military personnel sitting outside terminal 2 before he was taken down by local authorities. The gunman was later identified as 21-year-old Arif Ukam, a devout Muslim raised in Germany. President Obama responded to the shootings saying that he was “saddened” and “outraged” by the attack carried out on U.S. airmen in Germany.
There are, of course, countless events that unfolded on March 2, 2011 in the United States and globally. These “flashbacks,” however, offer a snapshot into a past time. As The Student Connection celebrates the release of its 100th issue, reflecting on monumental achievement conveys both humility and honor.
Our gratitude extends to the SUNY ESC community for supporting us with each issue published. We encourage readers to also reflect on the milestones they have achieved in their life by exploring their own flashbacks.
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