What Happened in December 2013

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 China launches its first moon rover mission

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Dec 2 "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug", 2nd film in the Hobbit series, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in Los Angeles

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
  • Dec 4 Xavier Bettel becomes Luxenberg's first openly gay Prime Minister
  • Dec 5 52 people are killed and 167 are injured in a militant attack on a defense ministry compound in Sana'a, Yemen

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Dec 6 Pope Francis gives his ascent to a proposal to create a permanent post on the Pontifical Commission on cases of sin and sexual abuse of minors

Pope Francis
  • Dec 6 A 2-year old boy dies from Ebola in Meliandou, Guinea
  • Dec 7 22nd SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #5 Missouri, 59-42
  • Dec 7 9th ACC Championship Game: #1 Florida State beats #20 Duke, 45-7

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Dec 9 Mike Ditka's #89 jersey is retired by the Chicago Bears

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • Dec 10 Mary Barra of General Motors becomes the first female CEO of a major automotive company
  • Dec 10 Uruguay becomes the first country to legalize the growth, sale, and use of marijuana
  • Dec 11 Pope Francis is named Time magazine's person of the year
  • Dec 11 20 people are killed by the bubonic plague in a small Madagascan village
  • Dec 12 The United States announces sanctions on the two dozen companies who assisted Iran with their nuclear program

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Dec 15 Michelle Bachelet is re-elected President of Chile

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
  • Dec 15 China successfully lands its moon rover on the moon
  • Dec 16 21 people are killed and 20 are injured after a bus falls from an elevated highway in Manila, Philippines
  • Dec 16 79th Heisman Trophy Award: Jameis Winston, Florida State (QB)
  • Dec 17 Australia wins the 3rd test to take win the 2013-14 Ashes test cricket series

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 17 Angela Merkel is elected Chancellor of Germany for a third term

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel

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Dec 17 Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, and Nirvana are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens
  • Dec 19 81 people are injured after part of the ceiling caved in at London's Apollo Theatre

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Dec 25 "The Wolf of Wall Street", starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, is released

  • Dec 27 29 people are killed after a bus plunged off the Huay Tong Bridge, Thailand
  • Dec 28 Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship
  • Dec 28 Early signs of Ebola epidemic: 2 year old child in Guinea dies of an unidentified haemorraghic fever; mother, sister and grandmother soon follow
  • Dec 29 The volcano, Chaparrastique,  erupts in El Salvador
  • Dec 29 16 people are killed and 40 are wounded by a suicide bomb attack at Volgograd-1 railway station, Russia
  • Dec 30 15 people are killed in a trolley-bus bomb attack in Voglograd, Russia

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Dec 30 NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 21 Actress and model Teresa Palmer (27) weds actor/director Mark Webber (33) in Mexico
  • Dec 22 Actress Lacey Chabert (31) weds longtime boyfriend David Nehdar in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 31 "The Big Bang Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco (28) weds professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting (26) at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California
  • Dec 31 Actress-comedian Lily Tomlin (74) weds screenwriter Jane Wagner (78) in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Richard Coughlan, English drummer, dies from pneumonia at 66

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Dec 5 Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and South African President (1994-99), dies of a lung infection at 95

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Dec 5 Colin Wilson, English writer, dies at 82
  • Dec 6 Stan Tracey, British jazz pianist, dies at 86
  • Dec 8 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist and Nobel laureate, dies at 96
  • Dec 8 Don Mitchell, American actor, dies at 70
  • Dec 9 Eleanor Parker, American actress, dies from pneumonia at 91
  • Dec 10 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist, dies at 83
  • Dec 10 Rossana Podestà, Italian actress, dies at 79
  • Dec 11 Nadir Afonso, Portuguese artist, dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer, dies from a lung infection at 84
  • Dec 12 Audrey Totter, American actress, dies from a stroke at 95
  • Dec 14 Peter O'Toole, Irish actor, dies at 81

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Dec 15 Joan Fontaine, British-American actress, dies of natural causes at 96

Actress Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
  • Dec 16 Ray Price, American singer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 87
  • Dec 21 Eli Beeding, American Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, dies at 85
  • Dec 21 Lars Edlund, Swedish composer, dies at 91
  • Dec 22 Ed Herrmann, American baseball player, dies from prostate cancer at 67
  • Dec 23 Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov, Russian general and inventor, dies at 94
  • Dec 23 Yusef Lateef, jazz composer, dies at 93
  • Dec 25 Mike Hegan, American baseball player, dies from heart failure at 71
  • Dec 26 Paul Blair, American baseball player, dies at 69
  • Dec 29 Wojciech Kilar, Polish composer, dies from cancer at 81
  • Dec 31 James Avery, American actor, dies from complications from surgery at 68