Fighting continues in Libya, senior diplomats defect, a fighter jet lands in Malta seeking asylum. Opposition forces gain ground, as many of the non-Libyan nationals flee from the country. The UK response is somewhat ponderous initially, but a raid in the desert by some Hercules transporters and SAS rescue a number of oil workers in the desert. Gadaffi turns on his own people much to the disgust of the rest of the world – his back is against the wall. Civil war seems inevitable
The Bahrain Grand Prix – the first of the season – is cancelled due to unrest.
David Cameron is the first leader to visit the new military “government” in Egypt.
Oil jumps to $105 a barrel following Libya protests, and then to $120 no doubt this will be passed straight through to the pump price.
Christchurch is hit by a major earthquake registering 6.3 on the scale killing hundreds of people with many still missing.
A King’s Speech wins all the key Oscars, trouncing the usually US biased awards.