Historical Events in October 2013

  • Oct 1 A partial United States federal government shutdown occurs as a result of political disagreements over operational spending
  • Oct 2 8 people are killed and 14 are injured after an accident involving an SUV, church bus, and tractor trailer in Jefferson County, Tennessee
  • Oct 3 325 people are killed after a migrant ship catches fire and shipwrecks of the coast of Lampedusa, Italy
  • Oct 3 13 people are killed after a passenger plane crashes in Lagos, Nigeria

Historic Event

Oct 3 Chinese President Xi Jinping announces plans for a "21st Century Maritime Silk Road", linking China to Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean (Belt and Road Initiative / One Belt One Road) while in Indonesia

  • Oct 4 German singer Helene Fischer releases "Farbenspiel", most successful album ever by a German female artist, over 2.4 million sold

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 5 Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko beats Russian Alexander Povetkin in a 12 round unanimous points decision in Moscow to retain his WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO heavyweight titles

  • Oct 5 New Zealand beats South Africa, 38-27 in Johannesburg to retain the Rugby Championship with an undefeated record; All Black flanker Liam Messam crosses for 2 tries
  • Oct 6 53 people are killed in political clashes in Egypt
  • Oct 6 Presidents Cup Golf, Muirfield Village GC: US wins for 5th successive time with an 18½–15½ victory over the International team
  • Oct 7 Mulatu Teshome becomes president of Ethiopia
  • Oct 7 James Rothman, Randy Schekman and  Thomas C. Südhof win the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work on transport systems in cells
  • Oct 8 Peter Higgs and François Englert win the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on the origin of the mass of subatomic particles
  • Oct 9 60 people are killed in clashes between militias and Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic
  • Oct 9 Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel win the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work on multiscale models for complex chemical systems
  • Oct 10 Alice Munro is awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature
  • Oct 11 10 people are killed and a hospital fire in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan
  • Oct 11 27 people are killed after a migrant boat sinks in the Channel of Sicily
  • Oct 11 The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons wins the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 12 50 people are killed after a truck veers of a cliff in  La Convencion Province, Peru
  • Oct 12 15 people are killed by a series of explosions in a fireworks factory in Vietnam
  • Oct 12 Timothy Bradley defeats Juan Manuel Márquez to win the WBA Welterweight boxing title
  • Oct 13 109 people are killed in a stampede on a bridge in Datia district, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Oct 14 Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen, and Robert Shiller win the 2013  Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their work on asset prices

Music Single

Oct 15 Dove Cameron releases a single, "Better In Stereo"

Historic Event

Oct 15 Walmart announces that Doug McMillon, head of their International Division, will become its next CEO

  • Oct 16 21 people are killed after a minibus hits a land mine in Nawa, Syria
  • Oct 16 The United States ends its 16-day government shut down and avoids default in a Bi-partisan deal in the Senate
  • Oct 16 49 people are killed after Lao Airlines Flight 301 crashes in the Mekong River, Laos
  • Oct 16 18 people are killed after Typhoon Wipha strikes Japan
  • Oct 17 59 people are killed in a wave of attacks on Shia Muslims in Iraq
  • Oct 18 Saudi Arabia becomes the first country to turn down a seat on the UN Security Council in protest over Syria
  • Oct 18 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 19 16 people are killed and 30 are wounded by a suicide bombing Beledweyne, Somalia
  • Oct 19 11 people are killed after a plane crashes in Namur, Belgium
  • Oct 19 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 20 30 people are killed by a suicide truck bomber in Hama, Syria
  • Oct 20 37 people are killed in a suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Oct 20 78 people are killed by cattle raiders in Jonglei, Sudan

Historic Event

Oct 21 The Parliament of Canada confers Honorary Canadian citizenship on women's rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai

  • Oct 22 37 Boko Harem Islamist militants are killed by air and ground strikes in Nigeria
  • Oct 22 22 security force personal are killed in attacks on military checkpoints in Anbar Province, Iraq

Film Premiere

Oct 22 "Thor: The Dark World", directed by Alan Taylor, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in London

  • Oct 25 74 Boko Harem members killed in a coordinated assault in Borno State, Nigeria
  • Oct 27 38 people are killed in a series of car bombings in Bagdhad, Iraq
  • Oct 27 18 people are killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan
  • Oct 27 Giorgi Margvelashvili wins the Georgian Presidential election in a landslide victory

Sports History

Oct 27 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel wins the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit to clinch his 4th straight F1 World Drivers Championship; 6th consecutive GP victory

Sports History

Oct 27 American Serena Williams wins her 4th season ending tennis title; beats Li Na of China 2–6, 6–3, 6–0 in the WTA Championship final in Istanbul, Turkey

  • Oct 30 44 people are killed after a bus catches fire in Mahbubnagar, India
  • Oct 30 Baseball World Series: Boston Red Sox beat St Louis Cardinals, 6-1 in Game 6 at Fenway Park to win title; MVP: Boston slugger David Ortiz