Historical Events in December 2013

  • 2nd China launches its first moon rover mission

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2nd "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
  • 4th Xavier Bettel becomes Luxenberg's first openly gay Prime Minister
  • 5th 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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6th 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
  • 6th A 2-year old boy dies from Ebola in Meliandou, Guinea
  • 7th 22nd SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #5 Missouri, 59-42
  • 7th 9th ACC Championship Game: #1 Florida State beats #20 Duke, 45-7

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

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

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15th Michelle Bachelet is re-elected President of Chile

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

17th 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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17th 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
  • 19th 81 people are injured after part of the ceiling caved in at London's Apollo Theatre

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

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

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

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan