Who knew a homeless man would turn out to be an overnight celebrity?  Only in America, right?  One of the biggest stories of 2011 was the Ted Williams story.  The Ohio native got national attention after an interview that went viral in January.  After being seen holding up a cardboard sign saying he would do voice over work for a donation, someone decided to video him.

In the video, he's asked to demonstrate his skillz and the rest is pretty much history.  Check this out!

Ted would be offered jobs from MSNBC and Kraft Foods, and he picked up an announcer gig with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans. It all came crashing down when his alcohol addiction and drug addiction reared its ugly head. However, Dr. Phil came to the rescue, and he was admitted to a drug rehab facility and received much needed family counseling. You can still hear Ted's voice on the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese commercials.

 

 

Oprah walked off stage for her talk show finale Wednesday May 25th, to a standing ovation from her audience before thanking her viewers for watching for a quarter of a century.

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Brown rebounded from the 2009 drama with Rihanna and made one hell of year out of 2011. This year was huge for Breezy as he scored his very first number one album with "F.A.M.E." Plus, Jay-Z and Kanye West raised the bar when they dropped "Watch The Throne," which moved 436,000 in it's first week and also debuted at number 1!

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon welcomed their twins, Moroccan and Monroe. Plus, Beyonce delivers one of her best performances on this year VMA's and then reveals to the world that she was pregnant.

The execution of Troy Davis was another huge story in 2011. Georgia's board of pardons rejected a last-ditch clemency bid from Troy Davis on Tuesday, one day before his scheduled execution -- despite support from figures including an ex-president and a former FBI director for the claim that he was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MLK Memorial was unveiled August 22nd, 15 years after a Congressional Joint Resolution in 1996 to establish a memorial in D.C. to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were among more than 10,000 people that attended the event. The King memorial sits between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials on a four-acre site on the Tidal Basin and is open to the public.

Dr. Conrad Murray is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Michael Jackson November 7th.  He got the maximum sentence of four years and lost his medical license.

Breaking up is never easy, especially if you're a celebrity. The biggest break-ups in 2011 included Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Deion and Pilar Sanders, Vanessa and Kobe Bryant with a honorable mention to Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.

 

Looking back, it was some year! Good, sad and shocking all at the same time. Hopefully, 2012 will be brighter and happier for all. Happy New Year!