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October 2013 in History

Events in History

  • 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

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Oct 3 Chinese President 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

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • Oct 6 53 people are killed in political clashes in Egypt
  • 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 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

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

CEO of Wal-Mart Doug McMillon
CEO of Wal-Mart
Doug McMillon
  • 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 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 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

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

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights 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
  • 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
  • Oct 30 44 people are killed after a bus catches fire in Mahbubnagar, India

Weddings in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • Oct 1 Tom Clancy, American author (Rainbow Six, The Hunt for Red October), dies aged 66

Person of interestVõ Nguyên Giáp

Oct 4 Võ Nguyên Giáp, Vietnamese general (Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam War) and politician, dies at 102

North Vietnamese General Võ Nguyên Giáp
North Vietnamese General
Võ Nguyên Giáp
  • Oct 8 Rod Grams, American politician and television anchor, dies from cancer at 65
  • Oct 9 Stanley Kauffmann, American playwright (Red Handkerchief Man), dies at 97
  • Oct 9 Wilfried Martens, 44th Prime Minister of Belgium (1979-81, 1981-92), dies from pancreatic cancer at 77
  • Oct 9 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • Oct 10 Scott Carpenter, American astronaut (Mercury 7-Aurora 7), dies from complications from a stroke at 88
  • Oct 12 Oscar Hijuelos, American novelist (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • Oct 15 Peter Miles, British Army officer, businessman and courtier in the Household of Elizabeth II, dies at 89
  • Oct 15 Rudolf Friedrich, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1982-84), dies at 90
  • 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 20 Lawrence Klein, American economist who created computer models to forecast economic trends (1980 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences), dies at 93
  • Oct 21 Major R Owens, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1983-2007), dies at 77
  • Oct 23 Bill Mazer, American sports broadcaster (New York institution in sports reporting; sports trivia expert), dies at 92
  • Oct 25 Hal Needham, American stuntman, dies from cancer at 82
  • Oct 28 Ike Skelton, American politician, dies from pneumonia at 81
  • Oct 28 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, 1st Prime Minister of Poland (1989-90), dies at 86