- Matt Smith was named as the new Doctor in Doctor Who, taking over from David Tennant
- Captain Chesley Sullenberger crash-landed his airliner in the Hudson River after birds disabled the engines. All passengers and crew survived
- Peter Andre and Katie Price separated
- There was an epidemic of swine flu
- The funniest joke of this year's Edinburgh Fringe, as voted by viewers of TV channel Dave. came from comedian Dan Antopolski: "Hedgehogs. Why can't they just share the hedge?"
And with another long recording block about to start, it looks like Pointless will be with us for a long time yet. Roll on the next anniversary!