Historical Events in December 2013

  • 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
Actor
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
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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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