2013 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 604

  • 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 3 27 Shiite pilgrims are killed and 60 are injured by a suicide bombing in Musayyib, Iraq
  • 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 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
  • Jan 10 81 people are killed and 120 are wounded by a twin bombing in Quetta, Pakistan
  • 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 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 20 Austria votes to maintain compulsory military service in a referendum
  • 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 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 Magnus Carlsen wins the 2013 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 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
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 22 Prince George of Cambridge, son of Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, England (3rd in line to the English throne), born in London, England

Weddings in History

  • Jan 19 "Big Brother" Daniele Donato (26) weds Dominic Briones at the Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach, California
  • Feb 14 Wedding planner to the stars Preston Bailey (63) weds Theo Bleckmann (47) at Empire State Building
  • Feb 16 "Devious Maids" actress Dania Ramirez (33) weds director Bev Land on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 30 ER actor Mekhi Phifer (38) weds long time girlfriend Reshelet Barnes at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
  • Apr 20 "Hart of Dixie" actor Scott Porter (33) weds Kelsey Mayfield in Austin, Texas
  • Apr 24 Actress and director Melissa Gilbert (48) weds actor Timothy Busfield (55) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California
  • May 19 Former Armor for Sleep frontman Ben Jorgensen (29) weds actress Katrina Bowden (24) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in NYC, New York
  • Jun 1 "How to Make It in America" actress Lake Bell (34) weds tattoo artist Scott Campbell at The Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jun 7 "Client List" actress Alicia Lagano (34) weds manager Hector Rendon at the Malibu Lake Mountain Club in Agoura Hills, California
  • Jun 8 Celebrity chef Curtis Stone (37) weds actress Lindsay Price (36) at a private villa in Mallorca, Spain
  • Jun 8 Princess Madeleine of Sweden (30) weds banker Christopher O'Neill at The Royal Palace Church in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jun 14 90210 actor Matt Lanter (30) weds longtime girlfriend Angela Stacy at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California
  • Jun 15 "Hart of Dixie" actor Cress Williams (42) weds girlfriend Kristen Torrianni in Texas
  • Jun 21 Actor Peter Scolari (57) weds broadway actress Tracy Shayne in NYC, New York
  • Jun 22 Actor Adam Driver (29) weds girlfriend Joanne Tucker
  • Jun 22 Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland (45) weds photographer Jamie Wachtel in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 28 Writer Josh Kilmer-Purcell (43) weds physician Brent Ridge in Sharon Springs, New York
  • Jul 2 Actor John Barrowman (46) weds longtime boyfriend Scott Gill in California
  • Jul 13 "Catwoman" actress Halle Berry (46) weds actor Olivier Martinez (47) at Chateau des Conde in Vallery, France
  • Jul 20 "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (37) weds lawyer Justin Mikita in NYC, New York
  • Jul 26 Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik (47) weds Melina Gallo at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California
  • Aug 31 "Blue Crush" actress Kate Bosworth (30) weds director Michael Polish (42) in Philipsburg, Montana
  • Sep 21 US billionaire investor and active supporter of liberal political causes George Soros (83) weds health care and education consultant Tamiko Bolton (42) at his estate in Bedford, New York
  • Oct 12 "Charmed" tv actress Rose McGowan (40) weds artist Davey Detail at the Paramour Mansion in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 12 Actor Ben Feldman (33) weds longtime girlfriend Michelle Mulitz at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Oct 12 "30 Rock" actor Keith Powell weds visual artist Jill Knox at Tribeca Rooftop in NYC, New York
  • Oct 19 Actress Danielle Fishel (32) weds Tim Belusko in Los Angeles
  • Oct 20 Actor Rider Strong (33) weds actress Alexandra Barreto (31) in Oregon
  • Oct 26 Actress Christina Ricci (33) weds dolly grip James Heerdegen in Manhattan, New York
  • Nov 2 'N Sync founding member Chris Kirkpatrick (42) weds his girlfriend Karly Skladany in Orlando, Florida
  • Nov 2 "Smash" actress Megan Hilty (32) weds Brian Gallagher at a chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Dec 22 Actress Lacey Chabert (31) weds longtime boyfriend David Nehdar in Los Angeles, California

Divorces in History

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 7 Russian President Vladimir Putin announces his divorce with from his wife on national TV

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 20 Business magnate Rupert Murdoch (82) divorces Wendi Deng (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 110

  • Jan 2 Margaret A. Brewer, American soldier and first female general officer in US Marine Corps, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Yevgeny Pepelyaev, Soviet fighter pilot, dies at 94
  • Jan 5 Bruce McCarty, American architect, dies at 92
  • Jan 8 Kenojuak Ashevak, Canadian Inuit artist, dies from lung cancer at 85
  • Jan 8 Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, dies at 92
  • Jan 9 James M. Buchanan, American economist and nobel laureate, dies at 93
  • Jan 10 Evan Connell, American author, dies at 88
  • Jan 11 Aaron H. Swartz, American computer programmer, dies from an apparent suicide at 26
  • Jan 16 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier, dies at 81
  • Jan 16 Pauline Phillips, American advice columnist, dies from complications from Alzheimer's disease at 94
  • Jan 19 Anatoly Bannik, Ukranian chess master, dies at 91
  • Jan 26 Hiroshi Nakajima, Japanese doctor, dies at 84
  • Jan 29 Frank Hahn, British economist, dies at 87
  • Jan 31 Timir Pinegin, Societ sailor, dies at 85
  • Feb 1 Ed Koch, American congressman and New York City Mayor (1977-89), dies from heart failure at 88
  • Feb 2 Chris Kyle, American sniper, is shot at 38
  • Feb 3 Cardiss Collins, American Congresswoman, dies at 81
  • Feb 5 Stuart Freeborn, English motion picture make-up artist, dies at 98
  • Feb 9 Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist, dies at 99
  • Feb 10 W. Watts Biggers, American novelist and animator, dies at 85
  • Feb 10 Eugenio Trias, Spanish philosopher, dies at 70
  • Feb 12 Hennadiy Udovenko, Ukranian politician and diplomat, dies at 81
  • Feb 25 Charles Koop, American pediatric surgeon and health administrator, dies at 96
  • Feb 27 Stephane Hessel, German-born French diplomat, dies at 95
  • Feb 28 Bruce Reynolds, English criminal, dies at 81

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Mar 5 Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela, dies from respiratory failure at 58

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Mar 6 Sabine Bischoff, German fencer, dies at 54
  • Mar 14 Mirja Hietamies, Finnish skier, dies at 82
  • Mar 15 Booth Gardner, American politician, dies from Parkinson's disease at 76
  • Mar 18 Muhammad Mahmood Alam, Pakistani general and fighter ace, dies at 77
  • Mar 20 James Herbert, British horror writer, dies at 69

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Mar 21 Chinua Achebe, Nigerian poet and novelist, dies at 82

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe
  • Mar 23 David Bond, British sailor, dies at 90
  • Mar 25 Anthony Lewis, American journalist (Pulitzer Prize 195,1963) & author, dies from kidney and heart failure at 85
  • Mar 26 Yury Rudov, Soviet fencer, dies at 82
  • Apr 4 Carmine Infantino, American comic book artist, dies at 87
  • Apr 7 John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael's Mount), dies at 94

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Apr 8 Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister (1979 - 1990) dies aged 87

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Apr 9 David Hayes, American sculptor, dies from leukemia at 82
  • Apr 10 Robert Edwards, British physiologist, IVF pioneer, and Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Apr 11 Hilary Koprowski, Polish virologist and immunologist, dies at 96

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Apr 11 Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina, dies at 88

Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Maria Tallchief
  • Apr 12 Robert Byrne, American grand chess master, dies from Parkinson’s disease at 84
  • Apr 15 Sal Castro, Mexican-American activist, dies from thyroid cancer at 79
  • Apr 18 Storm Thorgerson, English graphic designer, dies from cancer at 69
  • Apr 19 Francois Jacob, French biologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 92
  • Apr 20 Howard Phillips, American politician, dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • Apr 21 Leopold Engleitner, Austrian Holocaust survivor, dies at 107
  • Apr 23 Robert Edgar, American Congressman, dies from a heart attack at 69
  • May 4 Christian de Duve, British cytologist and biochemist, dies from euthanasia at 95
  • May 6 Giulio Andreotti, Italian Prime Minister, dies at 94
  • May 7 Ray Harryhausen, American visual effects creator, dies at 92
  • May 13 Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, dies from respiratory failure at 85
  • May 16 Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 79
  • May 16 Bernard Waber, American children's book author, dies from kidney failure at 88
  • May 17 Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinean dictator, dies from complications from a fall at 87
  • May 26 Jack Vance, American science fiction author, dies at 96
  • May 31 Tim Samaras, American tornado chaser, dies from tornado injuries at 55
  • Jun 2 Douglas Engelbart, American scientist and inventor, dies at 88
  • Jun 2 John Gilbert, British politician and Minister (L), dies at 86
  • Jun 3 Frank Lautenberg, American Politician, dies from complications from pneumonia at 89
  • Jun 5 Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Irish politician, dies at 80
  • Jun 6 Jerome Karle, American chemist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 94
  • Jun 6 Tom Sharpe, British satirist and author, dies from complications from diabetes at 85
  • Jun 7 Pierre Mauroy, French Prime Minister, dies from lung cancer at 84
  • Jun 8 Paul Cellucci, American politician, dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 65
  • Jun 9 Iain Banks, Scottish author, dies from gallbladder cancer at 59
  • Jun 10 Barbara Vucanovich, American politician, dies at 91
  • Jun 11 Robert Fogel, American economic historian and Nobel Laureate, dies at 86
  • Jun 15 Kenneth Wilson, American physicist and Nobel laureate, dies from lymphoma at 77
  • Jun 19 Gyula Horn, Hungarian Prime Minister, dies at 80
  • Jun 24 Emilio Colombo, Italian Prime Minister, dies at 93
  • Jul 1 William Gray III, American politician, dies from natural causes at 71
  • Jul 2 Arlan Stangeland, American politician, dies at 83
  • Jul 7 Donald Irwin, American politician, dies from heart failure at 86
  • Jul 11 Eugene Wilkinson, American naval officer, died at 94
  • Jul 26 Rolf Haufs, German writer , dies at 77
  • Jul 27 Lindy Boggs, American politician, dies from natural causes at 97
  • Jul 28 William Scranton, American politician, dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 96
  • Aug 20 Elmore Leonard, American author, dies from complications from a stroke at 87
  • Aug 23 William Glasser, American psychiatrist, dies from respiratory failure from pneumonia at 88

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Aug 30 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature)

  • Sep 2 Frederik Pohl, American science fiction author, dies at 93
  • Sep 2 Paul Scoon, Grenadian politician, dies at 78
  • Sep 10 E Clay Shaw Jr, American politician, dies from lung cancer at 74
  • Sep 12 Ray Dolby, American audio engineer and inventor, dies from leukaemia at 80
  • Sep 22 David Hubel, Canadian-born American neurologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Oct 1 US Author Tom Clancy 'The Hunt for Red October' dies aged 66
  • Oct 4 Vo Nguyen Giap, Vietnamese general and politician, dies at 102
  • Oct 8 Rod Grams, American politician and television anchor, dies from cancer at 65
  • Oct 9 Wilfried Martens, Belgian Prime Minister, dies from pancreatic cancer at 77
  • Oct 10 Scott Carpenter, American pilot and astronaut, dies from complications from a stroke at 88
  • Oct 12 Oscar Hijuelos, American author, dies from a heart attack at 62
  • Oct 18 Bill Young, American politician, dies from complications from a back injury at 82
  • Oct 18 Tom Foley, American politician (Rep-D, 1965-1995) and speaker of the house (1989-95), dies from complications from a stroke at 84
  • Oct 21 Major R Owens, American politician, dies at 77
  • Oct 25 Hal Needham, American stuntman, dies from cancer at 82
  • Oct 28 Ike Skelton, American politician, dies from pneumonia at 81
  • Nov 11 Eddie McGrady, Northern Irish politician (SDLP) unseated Enoch Powell, dies at 78
  • Nov 13 Hans-Jürgen Heise, German writer, dies at 83