December 2013 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 2 China launches its first moon rover mission
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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

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

Weddings in History

  • Dec 22 Actress Lacey Chabert (31) weds longtime boyfriend David Nehdar in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in History

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 8 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist and Nobel laureate, dies at 96
  • Dec 11 Nadir Afonso, Portuguese artist, dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer, dies from a lung infection at 84
  • Dec 21 Eli Beeding, American Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, dies at 85
  • Dec 23 Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov, Russian general and inventor, dies at 94