Historical Events in 2013

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  • Jan 1 13 FARC members are killed by an airstrike by the Colombian military
  • Jan 1 13 Boko Harem members are killed by Nigeria’s military in Maiduguri
  • Jan 1 60 people are killed and 200 are injured after a stampede following New Year celebrations
  • Jan 1 18 people are killed and 16 wounded after a bus and mini-bus collision in Thiès, Senegal
  • Jan 1 10 people are killed and 120 are injured in a stampede in Luanda, Angola
  • Jan 1 US bi-partisan deal temporarily avoids the fiscal cliff
  • Jan 1 Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov's chess FIDE rating, reaching 2,861
  • Jan 1 99th Rose Bowl: #8 Stanford beats Wisconsin, 20-14
  • Jan 1 79th Orange Bowl: #13 Florida State beats #16 Northern Illinois, 31-10

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Jan 2 Ray Lewis announces he will retire at the end of the playoffs

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • Jan 2 79th Sugar Bowl: #21 Louisville beats #3 Florida, 33-23
  • Jan 3 27 Shiite pilgrims are killed and 60 are injured by a suicide bombing in Musayyib, Iraq
  • Jan 3 42nd Fiesta Bowl: #5 Oregon beats #7 Kansas State, 35-17
  • Jan 4 9 people are killed by a car bomb in Damascus, Syria
  • Jan 4 8 people are killed by a gunman in Kawit, the Philippines
  • Jan 4 6 people are killed a 2 are seriously injured after a snowmobile veers off a ski slope on Mt Cermis, Italy
  • Jan 4 3 people are killed after a Beechcraft BE35 crashes into a house in Florida
  • Jan 6 10 people are killed by a US drone attack in South Waziristan, Pakistan
  • Jan 6 The NHL reaches an agreement to end a 113 day lockout

Sport awardFootball Awards

Jan 7 Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the third consecutive year

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Jan 7 15th BCS National Championship: #2 Alabama beats #1 Notre Dame, 42-14
  • Jan 8 130 wildfires across Australia’s east coast force thousands to evacuate their homes
  • Jan 8 2,130 prisoners held by the Syrian government are exchanged for 48 Iranians kidnapped by Syrian rebels

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist against Houston

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • Jan 10 81 people are killed and 120 are wounded by a twin bombing in Quetta, Pakistan

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 10 39th People's Choice Awards: Robert Downey, Jr & Jennifer Lawrence win (Movie Star) and Nathan Fillion & Ellen Pompeo win (TV Drama)

  • Jan 10 18th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Argo wins Best Film
  • Jan 11 46 people are killed and 12 are missing after a landslide buries a village in the Yunnan province, China
  • Jan 11 29 people are killed and 12 are injured after a bus veers off a mountain road in Doti, Nepal
  • Jan 12 A failed attempt to rescue a French hostage in Bulo Marer, Somalia, results in 18 deaths
  • Jan 12 Beijing’s level of air pollution is declared to be at levels that are hazardous to human health
  • Jan 12 "Mile High Miracle", In AFC Divisional Playoff Game Denver Broncos trail Baltimore Ravens 35-28 with 1:09 remaining, quarterback Joe Flacco heaves 70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones to tie the game. Ravens win in overtime.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 13 70th Golden Globes: Argo, Daniel Day-Lewis, & Jessica Chastain win

  • Jan 15 83 people are killed and 150 are injured in a rocket attack on Aleppo University, Syria
  • Jan 15 19 Egyptian Army recruits are killed and 120 are injured in a train accident in Giza
  • Jan 16 24 people die after three car bombs exploded in Idlib Governorate, Syria
  • Jan 16 A four day occupation of an Algerian BP facility by Amenas militants begins, killing 48 hostages
  • Jan 16 25 people are killed after an apartment block collapses in Alexandria, Egypt
  • Jan 17 106 people are massacred by Syrian army forces in Homs
  • Jan 17 33 people are killed by a series of bombs across Iraq
  • Jan 17 4 people are killed and over 2,000 are evacuated after a massive flood hits Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Jan 17 8 people are killed in a plane crash in Chiapas, Mexico
  • Jan 17 Japan unveils plans to build the world’s largest wind farm near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
  • Jan 19 4 climbers are killed by an avalanche in Glen Coe, Scotland
  • Jan 19 Calcium deposits are discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover
  • Jan 19 The 2012-2013 NHL season begins after a 119-day lockout

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Jan 19 Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • Jan 20 Austria votes to maintain compulsory military service in a referendum
  • Jan 20 AFC Championship Game: Baltimore Ravens beat New England Patriots 28-13
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Atlanta Falcons 28-24
  • Jan 21 30 people are killed in a car bombing in Salamiyeh, Syria
  • Jan 21 41 people are injured after two trains collide in Vienna, Austria
  • Jan 21 18 people are killed and 24 are injured after a bus falls down a ravine in Yungas, Bolivia
  • Jan 21 1 person is killed and 15 are injured by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in Indonesia
  • Jan 21 Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Netherlands’ Minister of Finance, becomes the President of the Euro Group
  • Jan 22 A series of Baghdad car bombings kill 17 people
  • Jan 22 The Bank of Japan doubles its inflation target to 2% and announces open-ended asset purchases for 2014 in the hope of ending deflation
  • Jan 23 23 people are killed in a mosque suicide bombing in Tuz Khormato, Iraq
  • Jan 23 18 people are killed in a market shooting in Damboa, Nigeria
  • Jan 23 US armed forces overturns 1994 ban on women serving in combat
  • Jan 24 17 people are killed and 34 are injured in a bus crash in Taperas, Bolivia
  • Jan 24 A Japanese Coast guard ship engages a Taiwanese activist ship in the Senkaku Islands dispute
  • Jan 24 Russian police kill 13 rebels in Vedeno District, Chechnya
  • Jan 25 8 people are killed by 2 car bombs in Golan Heights, Syria
  • Jan 25 Islamist forces are driven out of Hombori by the Malian army
  • Jan 25 6 civilians and 1 police officer are shot dead and 456 people are injured during a nationwide protest against Egypt’s 2011 revolution
  • Jan 25 50 people are killed and 90 are injured in a prison riot in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • Jan 25 Tropical cyclone Oswald makes landfall in Queensland, Australia, causing mass flooding
  • Jan 25 Initial GDP figures for the fourth quarter of 2012 show the UK economy shrank by 0.3% raising fears of a triple dip recession
  • Jan 26 30 people are killed during a violent protest in Port Said, Egypt
  • Jan 26 10 people are killed and 20 are injured by a suicide bombing in Kunduz, Afghanistan
  • Jan 26 The United States Sentencing Commission is hacked by Anonymous in response to the suicide of Aaron Swartz
  • Jan 26 Miloš Zeman wins the Czech Republic’s presidential election
  • Jan 26 101st Women's Australian Open: Victoria Azarenka beats Li Na (4-6, 6-4, 6-3)
  • Jan 27 20 police officers have been killed in a series of bomb attacks in Kandahar, Afghanistan
  • Jan 27 In Port Said, Egypt, protests result in 7 people being killed and 630 are injured
  • Jan 27 11 people are killed and 32 are injured after a bus crashes down a ravine in Serta, Portugal
  • Jan 27 7 people are killed and 3 are injured after a retaining wall collapses during a football match at the Ugur Sports Facility, Turkey
  • Jan 27 Magnus Carlsen wins the 2013 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
  • Jan 27 Spain defeats Denmark to win the 2013 World Men's Handball Championship
  • Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 62-35

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 101st Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray (6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Jan 27 29th Sundance Film Festival: "Fruitvale Station", directed by Ryan Coogler, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 28 10 people are killed and 11 are injured in after a freight train collides with a bus in Heihe City, China
  • Jan 28 Iran’s Pishgam rocket successfully completes a return trip of sending a monkey into space
  • Jan 28 20 people are killed after a Bombardier CRJ200 airliner crashes outside Almaty, Kazakhstan

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Jan 28 John Kerry is voted to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as the United States Secretary of State

United States Secretary of State John Kerry
United States Secretary of State
John Kerry
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Jan 30 South Korea successfully launches its rocket Naro-1 which was carrying a scientific satellite
  • Jan 31 300 people are injured in a train collision in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Jan 31 36 people are killed and 126 are injured in an explosion at Torre Ejecutiva Pemex, Mexico
  • Feb 1 The Nigerian Army bombs a Boko Haram camp, killing 18 people
  • Feb 1 21 people are killed and 30 are wounded by a market suicide bombing in Hangu, Pakistan
  • Feb 1 26 people are killed after a fireworks truck explodes and causes a highway to collapse in Henan, China
  • Feb 1 Zenit-3SL, a Ukranian-Russian carrier rocket, fails 40 seconds after liftoff and crashes into the Pacific Ocean

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 1 "House of Cards", starring Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife, is released on Netflix

  • Feb 1 44th NAACP Image Awards: "Red Tails" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 2 23 people are killed and 8 are injured after militants attacked an army base in the Lakki Marwat District, Pakistan

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Feb 2 Shinzō Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister vows to defend the Senkaku Islands "at all costs"

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • Feb 2 18 people are killed and 34 are injured after a bus catches fire after falling down a ravine in Gansu province, China
  • Feb 3 33 people are killed by a suicide bombing by an explosive-packed truck in Kirkuk, Iraq
  • Feb 3 Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens beat San Francisco 49ers, 34-31 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome MVP: Joe Flacco, Baltimore, QB
  • Feb 4 20 people are killed after an apartment building was struck by a rocket in Aleppo, Syria
  • Feb 4 22 people are killed and 44 are injured after a suicide bombing in Taji, Iraq
  • Feb 4 8 people are killed and 30 are injured after a bus collides with two vehicles and flips in Yucaipa, California
  • Feb 4 22 people are killed and 24 are injured after a bus and a truck collide in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
  • Feb 4 Europol announces it will investigate over 680 football matches alleged to involve match fixing
  • Feb 5 UK House of Commons votes in favour of same-sex marriage
  • Feb 5 The US Postal Service announces the cessation of Saturday first-class mail delivery from August 2013
  • Feb 6 A magnitude 8.0 earthquake occurs off the Solomon Islands coast causing the death of nine people
  • Feb 7 Eugène Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading the People is vandalized at the Louvre-Lens museum
  • Feb 7 Azerbaijan launches its first satellite, Azerspace-1
  • Feb 7 63rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Child's Pose" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 8 29 people are killed and 69 are injured in a series of Iraq bombings
  • Feb 8 16 people are killed and 27 are wounded by a market bombing in Kalaya, Pakistan
  • Feb 8 100, 000 people march to demand justice for the atrocities of the Bangladesh Liberation War in Dhaka
  • Feb 8 A massive blizzard begins in the US and Canada that resulted in 15 deaths, 5,300 cancelled flights, and loss of power for 900,000 people
  • Feb 9 5 people are killed after Cessna plane crashes on a Brussels runway

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 10 66th British Academy Awards:" Argo", Ben Affleck, Daniel Day-Lewis and Emmanuelle Riva win

  • Feb 10 55th Grammy Awards: Somebody That I Used To Know (Goyte), We are Young (Fun), and Babel (Mumford & Sons) win
  • Feb 10 36 people are killed and 39 are injured in a stampede at a train station in Allahabad, India
  • Feb 10 5 people are killed by a falling lifeboat from the cruise ship Thomson Majesty in the Canary islands
  • Feb 10 Nigeria defeat Burkina Faso 1-0 to win the football 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
  • Feb 10 66th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Argo" Best Film, Ben Affleck Best Director
  • Feb 11 18 coal miners are killed in an explosion in the Komi region, Russia

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Feb 11 Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from February 28, the first pope to resign since 1415

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Feb 12 North Korea confirms it has successfully tested a nuclear device that could be weaponized

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Feb 12 At a ceremony in Philadelphia, the NFL pays tribute to the life of the late Steve Sabol and his many contributions to the league

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • Feb 13 16 Muslim insurgents are killed in an attack on a Narathiwat military base, Thailand
  • Feb 13 10 civilians, including 3 children, are killed by a NATO airstrike in the Kunar Province, Afghanistan
  • Feb 13 Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, says he believes "a recovery is in sight" after fears raised about a triple dip recession
  • Feb 14 A suicide bombing kills 4 police officer and injures 5 in Dagestan
  • Feb 14 Oscar Pistorius, a South African amputee sprinter, is charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp
  • Feb 14 The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, will be switched off for two years for upgrading
  • Feb 14 The recession in the Eurozone economy deepens with a fall of 0.6% in GDP in the fourth quarter of 2012
  • Feb 14 Japan remains in recession as the economy shrinks by a further 0.1%
  • Feb 15 Over 1,200 people are injured after a meteor breaks up over Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Feb 15 2012 DA14, an asteroid with a 50m diameter, comes within 27,700km of Earth
  • Feb 16 84 people are killed and 190 are injured after a market bombing in Hazara Town, Pakistan
  • Feb 16 Anthony Carmona is elected President of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Feb 16 Lionel Messi scores his 14th consecutive goal in La Liga and his 300th goal in 365 appearances for Barcelona

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Feb 16 Angelina Jolie undergoes a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene

  • Feb 17 37 people are killed and 130 are injured in a series of Baghdad car bombings
  • Feb 17 5 people are killed and 11 are injured after a gas explosion destroyed an apartment complex in Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, Czech Republic
  • Feb 17 President Rafael Correa wins the Ecuadorian general election in a landslide victory
  • Feb 17 Australia defeat the West Indies to win the women's 2013 Cricket World Cup
  • Feb 17 62nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 143-138 at Houston
  • Feb 17 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats West Indies by 114 runs
  • Feb 18 15 people are killed by flooding and landslides in Indonesia
  • Feb 18 $50 million worth of diamond is stolen in an armed robbery at Brussels Airport, Belgium
  • Feb 19 12 people are killed and 11 are injured after a Yemeni Air Force plane crashes in Sana'a
  • Feb 20 Estonia becomes the first country to establish a national system of fast chargers for electric cars
  • Feb 20 Kepler-37b, the smallest known exoplanet, is discovered
  • Feb 21 83 people are killed and 250 are injured in a series of bombing attacks in Damascus, Syria
  • Feb 21 21 people are killed and 54 are injured in a bombing in Hyderabad, India
  • Feb 22 29 people are killed and 150 are injured by 3 Syrian army missiles in Aleppo
  • Feb 22 13 Chadian soldiers and 65 Muslim insurgents are killed in conflict in Northern Mali
  • Feb 22 The UK's credit rating is downgraded from AAA to AA1 by Moody's Investors Service
  • Feb 22 The European Commission forecast for 2013 expects growth of 0.1% across the 27 members of the EU but a contraction of 0.3% in the Eurozone economy
  • Feb 22 The UK's AAA credit rating is downgraded by Moody's to AA+; the agency expects growth to "remain sluggish over the next few years"
  • Feb 23 51 people are killed and 62 are injured in conflict between rival tribes in Darfur, Sudan
  • Feb 23 33rd Golden Raspberry Awards: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 wins
  • Feb 24 10 Chadian soldiers and 28 Muslim insurgents are killed in conflict in Adrar des Ifoghas, Mali
  • Feb 24 85th Academy Awards: "Argo", Daniel Day-Lewis & Jennifer Lawrence win
  • Feb 24 Nicos Anastasiades wins the Cypriot presidential election

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 24 Raúl Castro is elected to a second term as the President of Cuba

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • Feb 24 55th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins (159.25 MPH)
  • Feb 25 Cuban President Raul Castro announces he will not seek another term in 2018
  • Feb 25 Italy Common Good, a centre left alliance, wins the Italian general election
  • Feb 26 A rocket launched from the Gaza strip into Israel ends the ceasefire since November 2012
  • Feb 26 A hot air balloon crashes in Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 tourists
  • Feb 26 A flexible battery capable of being charged wirelessly and folded and stretched is developed
  • Feb 27 17 Afghan militia are killed by Taliban insurgents in an attack in the Andar District
  • Feb 27 20 people are killed in a market fire in Calcutta, India
  • Feb 27 Pope Benedict XVI presents his farewell address to Vatican City
  • Feb 28 35 people are killed in violent demonstrations across Bangladesh
  • Feb 28 28 people are killed and 60 are injured after a series of bombings across Baghdad, Iraq
  • Feb 28 The brains of two rats successfully connected so that they share information
  • Mar 1 The 2013 US budget sequestration comes into effect
  • Mar 1 14 people are killed in the Lahad Datu standoff between Malaysian government and rebel forces
  • Mar 3 45 people are killed by a bomb blast in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Mar 3 A 2 year old US girl becomes the first child born with HIV to be cured
  • Mar 4 40 Syrian soldiers are killed in an ambush in Western Iraq
  • Mar 4 11 children are killed after a bus collides a truck in the Jalandhar district, India
  • Mar 4 The Papal Conclave begins to select the successor of Pope Benedict XVI
  • Mar 5 The Dow Jones surpasses its 2007 pre-financial crisis levels for the first time

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Mar 5 Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro assumes the presidency after the death of Hugo Chávez

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Mar 5 Willcom announces the world’s smallest mobile phone, weighing 32 grams
  • Mar 6 Syrian rebels capture Ar-Raqqah, their first major city
  • Mar 6 Microsoft is fined €561 by the Euro Commission for not providing alternative web browsers
  • Mar 6 9 people die after a plane crashes after being ensnared in power lines in Peru
  • Mar 7 Hilary Mantel is awarded the 2013 David Cohen Prize for literature
  • Mar 7 UN Security Council approves further North Korean sanctions for its nuclear testing
  • Mar 8 North Korea terminates all peace pacts with South Korea
  • Mar 9 19 people are killed in two suicide bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Mar 9 Asteroid 2013 ET comes within 960,000 km from the Earth’s surface
  • Mar 9 Bernard Hopkins defeats Tavoris Cloud to win IBF light heavyweight title

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 10 Aung San Suu Kyi is re-elected leader of the Burmese National League for Democracy

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Mar 11 European Union bans the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals
  • Mar 11 North Korea cuts the phone line with South Korea, breaching the 1953 armistice
  • Mar 11 Falkland Islands’ sovereignty referendum: 99.8% choose to remain an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom