- On December 17, 2010 a Tunisian street trader, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire to protest police harassment which caused protests and widespread outrage.
- The next month, January 2011, President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali (or Ben Ali) stepped down from power and fled out of the country. He ruled from 1987-2011.
- On January 25, 2011 thousands of protesters take to the streets in Cairo, Egypt. People protest, demonstrate, march, strike and participate in civil disobedience. This day is remembered as "25 January Revolution".
- Tahrir Square, in Cairo, is where protesters organize and unite demanding President Hosni Mubarak resign from power. The images from Tahrir Square are remembered around the world. A documentary called The Square is available for viewing on Netflix.
- On February 11, 2011 Hosni Mubarak resigns after ruling Egypt for thirty years 1981-2011.
- February 15, 2011 Libya's government forces crack down on protesters as anti-government demonstrations arise in Benghazi. A few days later, February 17, 2011, demonstrations spread across Libya. Many world leaders demanded Qaddafi's resignation but he refused stating that he would rather die a martyr. Qaddafi began ruling Libya in 1969 and was world renowned for ruling as a dictator. March 17, 2011 the United Nation's National Security Council votes to implement a "no fly zone" over Libya. In April 2011, NATO airstrikes begin hitting rebel fighters. Qaddafi is killed by rebel forces in his hometown of Sirte, Libya on October 11, 2011. Qaddafi ruled Libya for 40 years.
Tunisia: Many would argue that Tunisia was the only success story to emerge out of the Arab Spring. Human rights conditions have improved. Tunisia adopted a new constitution (freedom of speech, meet up freely, and bans torture). Former officials who carried out violent attacks on protesters have been tried and jailed. There was also the establishment of a truth and dignity commission.