January 2013 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Four 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
  • 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

Weddings in History

  • Jan 19 "Big Brother" Daniele Donato (26) weds Dominic Briones at the Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach, California

Deaths in History

  • 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 (Olympic gold 1964), 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 22 Ellen Blazer [Esther Clara Blazer], Dutch TV director (Sonja), dies at 81
  • 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