- Roald Amundsen becomes first man to reach South Pole.
- Hiram Bingham discovers Incan city of Machu Picchu.
- The first feature film is released when the two reels of D.W. Griffith's Enoch Arden are screened together.
- British physicist Ernest Rutherford discovers the structure of an atom.
- The first Monte Carlo races (Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo) are held.
- Sun Yat-sen becomes the first President of the Republic of China.
Historical Highlights from 1911