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 13 people are killed after a passenger plane crashes in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Oct 3 325 people are killed after a migrant ship catches fire and shipwrecks of the coast of Lampedusa, Italy

Event of Interest

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 6 53 people are killed in political clashes in Egypt
  • 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 7 Mulatu Teshome becomes president of Ethiopia
  • 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 15 people are killed by a series of explosions in a fireworks factory in Vietnam
  • Oct 12 50 people are killed after a truck veers off of a cliff in La Convencion Province, Peru
  • 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

Event of Interest

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

  • Oct 16 18 people are killed after Typhoon Wipha strikes Japan
  • Oct 16 21 people are killed after a minibus hits a land mine in Nawa, Syria
  • Oct 16 49 people are killed after Lao Airlines Flight 301 crashes in the Mekong River, Laos
  • Oct 16 The United States ends its 16-day government shut down and avoids default in a Bi-partisan deal in the Senate
  • 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 11 people are killed after a plane crashes in Namur, Belgium
  • Oct 19 16 people are killed and 30 are wounded by a suicide bombing Beledweyne, Somalia
  • 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

Event of Interest

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

  • Oct 22 22 security force personal are killed in attacks on military checkpoints in Anbar Province, Iraq
  • Oct 22 37 Boko Harem Islamist militants are killed by air and ground strikes in Nigeria
  • Oct 25 74 Boko Harem members killed in a coordinated assault in Borno State, Nigeria
  • Oct 27 18 people are killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan
  • Oct 27 38 people are killed in a series of car bombings in Bagdhad, Iraq
  • 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 "30 Rock" actor Keith Powell weds visual artist Jill Knox at Tribeca Rooftop in NYC, New York

Ben Feldman

Oct 12 Actor Ben Feldman (33) weds longtime girlfriend Michelle Mulitz at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland

  • 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

Deaths in History

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

Võ Nguyên GiápVõ Nguyên Giáp (1911-2013)

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

  • Oct 8 Rod Grams, American politician (Senator-R-Minnesota 1995-2001, Rep-R-Minnesota 1993-95), and television anchor, dies from cancer at 65
  • Oct 9 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • 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

Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter (1925-2013)

Oct 10 American astronaut (Mercury 7-Aurora 7), dies from complications from a stroke at 88

Erich PriebkeErich Priebke (1913-2013)

Oct 11 German Nazi SS commander and war criminal responsible for the Ardeatine massacre of 335 Italians in Rome, dies in prison of natural causes at 100 [1]

  • 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-Washington 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 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 24 Frank Perconte, American sergeant from Easy Company during WWII (portrayed in Band of Brothers), dies at 96
  • 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