NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- From the wearisome European debt crisis to the implosion of MF Global, 2011 was a year filled with major business news stories and world events.Apple's guru and co-founder Steve Jobs died in October after a long fight with pancreatic cancer, leaving Apple's millions of adherents without the spiritual presence of the mystical man in the black turtleneck. Occupy Wall Street took the country by storm, in some ways literally, as anti-bank, anti-corporate, anti-greed protesters set up camps and clashed with police from coast to coast. The protesters' chant of "We are the 99 percent" became part of the national lexicon. The U.S. saw its credit rating downgraded in August as Washington politicians bullheadedly bickered over ways not to address the multi-trillion dollar national debt.
Europe's Sovereign Debt Crisis; DSK's Scandal
Occupy Wall Street
Steve Jobs Dies
U.S. Debt Crisis
U.S. Sen. John Kerry makes a statement to the media upon the failure of the supercommittee in November.
The Arab Spring
Demise of the Dictators
President Obama and other top U.S. officials watch a live feed of the Navy Seals' raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
MF Global's Bankruptcy
Jon Corzine's MF Global faces the music in a post-2008 financial crisis world.
Bank of America Botches Debit Card Fee
Netflix Destroys Value
Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix
FBI agents carry boxes from Solyndra headquarters in Fremont, Calif., in September.
Gold's All-Time High/Silver's Selloff
But observers weren't blindly bullish. With more than 6,300 votes, 45% of respondents accurately predicted that gold would end the year between $1,500-$1,800 an ounce. The more rabid gold bulls made up the second-largest contingent, with 29% of voters believing gold would rise between $1,800-$2,000 -- a prediction not that out of reach just four months ago. Silver prices look poised to end the year where they started. Silver started 2011 at $31.11 an ounce and reached a high of $49.16 on April 25. It's largely been a downhill ride since as the metal faced substantial margin hikes. In May, the CME announced it would raise the amount of money it takes to buy a 5,000-ounce silver contract by another 33%, sending prices plunging. Silver prices are currently trading below $30 an ounce. Often called the "poor man's gold," silver performs the role of a hard asset -- a form of money that retains more value than paper currencies. Silver, like gold, is also a safe-haven asset. Silver is also an industrial metal, with about 60% of its usage coming from the sector, which makes the metal a good play on a global economic recovery. -- Ross Tucker
News Corp. Hacks Way Into Headlines
A protester (standing, left) attempts to smear Rupert Murdoch (seated) with a pie of shaving cream as Murdoch's wife intervenes.
The Royal Wedding