• UK politics sees a Conservative-led coalition with the Liberal Democrats
  • Designer Alexander McQueen was found dead at his London home
  • 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, Canada
  • Dennis Hopper died from prostate cancer
  • Air traffic throughout Northern and Western Europe was seriously disrupted when a volcano beneath Eyjafjallajökull, an ice cap in Iceland, began erupting
  • Thirty-three miners working in the San Jose copper-gold mine near Copiapo, Chile became trapped 2,000 feet underground after a cave-in and mining accident
  • Wikileaks
  • Haiti Earthquake
  • Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win best director, for The Hurt Locker, which took six prizes including best film