A year has gone by… blah-blah … and the usual commonplace remarks.
What happened this year 2013:
- January 11 – The French military begins a five-month intervention into the Northern Mali conflict, targeting the militant Islamist Ansar Dine group.
- January 16–20 – Thirty-nine international workers and one security guard die in a hostage crisis at a natural gas facility near In Aménas,Algeria.
- February 4 -Archaeologists announced that bones excavated from underneath a parking lot in Leicester, “beyond reasonable doubt,” belong to King Richard III
- February 12 – North Korea conducts its third underground nuclear test, prompting widespread condemnation and tightened economic sanctions from the international community.
- February 15 – A meteor explodes over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring 1,491 people and damaging over 4,300 buildings. It is the most powerful meteor to strike Earth’s atmosphere in over a century. The incident, along with a coincidental flyby of a larger asteroid, prompts international concern regarding the vulnerability of the planet to meteor strikes.
- February 21 – American scientists use a 3D printer to create a living lab-grown ear from collagen and animal ear cell cultures. In the future, it is hoped, similar ears could be grown to order as transplants for human patients suffering from ear trauma or amputation.
- February 28 – Benedict XVI resigns as pope, becoming the first to do so since Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294.
- March 13 – Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is elected the 266th pope, whereupon he takes the name Francis and becomes the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas, and the first pope from the Southern Hemisphere.
- March 14 – The Higgs Boson was officially confirmed to exist
- March 24 – 2012–2013 Central African Republic conflict: Central African Republic President François Bozizé flees to the Democratic Republic of the Congo after rebel forces capture the nation’s capital, Bangui.
- March 25 – The European Union agrees to a €10 billion economic bailout for Cyprus. The bailout loan will be equally split between the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism, the European Financial Stability Facility, and the International Monetary Fund. The deal precipitates a banking crisis in the island nation.
- April 2 – The United Nations General Assembly adopts the Arms Trade Treaty to regulate the international trade of conventional weapons.
- April 15 – Two Chechen Islamist brothers explode two bombs at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States, killing 3 and injuring 264 others.
- April 24 – An eight-story commercial building collapses in Savar Upazila near the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, leaving 1,129 dead and 2,500 injured. The accident is the deadliest non-terrorist structural collapse in modern times and the third-worst industrial disaster in history.
- May 10 – Annular solar eclipse
- May 15 – In a study published in the scientific journal Nature, researchers from Oregon Health & Science University in the United States describe the first creation of human embryonic stem cells by cloning.
- May 20 – The city of Moore, Okla., was devastated by an EF5 tornado that left 25 people dead.
- June 3 – 6 – Transit of Venus Over the Sun.
- June 6 – American Edward Snowden discloses operations engaged by a US government mass surveillance program to news publications and flees the country, later being granted temporary asylum in Russia.
- June 10 – Death toll rises to 5 in Turkey protests
- June 14–30 – Flash floods and landslides in the Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh kill more than 5,700 people and trap more than 20,000.
- July 3 – Amid mass protests across Egypt, President Mohamed Morsi is deposed in a military coup d’état, leading to widespread violence.
- July 6 – Gunmen attacked a secondary school in Mamudo, Yobe State, Nigeria, 41 students and an English teacher have been killed, some students were burned alive.
- July 6 – A train carrying American crude oil derailed and exploded in the heart of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing 47 people
- July 24 – An Alvia high-speed train travelling from Madrid to Ferrol, in the north-west of Spain, derailed at high speed on a curve about 4 kilometres outside of the railway station at Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Of the 222 people (218 passengers and 4 crew) aboard, around 140 were injured and 79 died
- August 14 – Egyptian security forces raided two camps of protesters in Cairo: one at al-Nahda Square and a larger one at Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque. According to the Egyptian Health Ministry, 638 people were killed on 14 August, of which 595 were civilians and 43 police officers, with at least 3,994 injured.
- August 21 – More than 1,400 killed in Syrian chemical weapons attack
- September 17 – Shipwrecked Costa Concordia pulled vertical after 19-hour operation.
- September 21 – al-Shabaab Islamic militants attack the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, killing at least 62 civilians and wounding over 170.
- October 1 – Comet ISON passed about 0.07248 AU (10,843,000 km; 6,737,000 mi) from Mars.
- October 3 – A boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa. On 12 October it was reported that the confirmed death toll after searching the boat was 359, but that further bodies were still missing; a figure of “more than 360” deaths was later reported. October 11 – second shipwreck occurred 120 kilometres (75 mi) from Lampedusa within the territorial waters of Malta. The boat was reportedly carrying migrants from Syria and Palestine, and at least 34 individuals were later confirmed dead.
- October 9 – Delegates from some 140 countries and territories sign the Minamata Treaty, a UNEP treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.
- October 13 – During the Hindu festival of Navratri, a stampede broke out on a bridge near the Ratangarh Mata Temple in Datia district, Madhya Pradesh, India, killing 115 people and injuring more than 110.
- October 15 – At least 93 people have been reported dead after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the central Philippines (Bohol).
- October 19 – A violin believed to have belonged to Titanic bandmaster Wallace Hartley, and played on the ship before it sank, was sold at auction for $1.45 million.
- October 29 – One of the world’s biggest projects, the Marmaray submarine tunnel in Istanbul, opens to the public
- November 8 – Typhoon Haiyan “Yolanda”, one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record, hits the Philippines and Vietnam, causing devastation with at least 6,149 dead.
- November 12 – Three Studies of Lucian Freud, a series of portraits of Lucian Freud by the British painter Francis Bacon, sells for US$142.4 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record for an auctioned work of art.
- November 20 – A new island was born in the Pacific Ocean in Japan’s Izu (or Volcano) island chain. It is produced by a submarine eruption.
- November 21 – Comet Encke or Encke’s Comet (official designation: 2P/Encke) reached perihelion.
- November 21 – The roof of a Maxima supermarket located in Riga, Latvia collapsed. The disaster killed 54 people including three rescue workers; another 39 were injured and received medical attention.This was the worst disaster in Latvia since 1950.
- November 23 – The Doctor Who special, which starred Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, was broadcast simultaneously in 94 countries and received a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest ever simulcast of a TV drama.
- November 24 – Iran agrees to limit their nuclear development program in exchange for sanctions relief.
- November 28 – Comet ISON Reaches Perihelion
- December 5 – Nelson Mandela died.
- December 7 – Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization delegates sign the Bali Package agreement aimed at loosening global trade barriers.
- December 14 – Chinese spacecraft Chang’e 3, carrying the Yutu rover, becomes the first spacecraft to “soft”-land on the Moon since 1976 and the third ever robotic rover to do so.
- July 22 – Prince George of Cambridge
- January 1 – Patti Page, American singer (b. 1927)
- January 11 – Nguyen Khanh, Vietnamese general and politician (b. 1927)
- February 17 – Tony Sheridan, British singer, songwriter, and musician (b. 1940)
- February 18 – Kevin Ayers, British singer, songwriter, and musician (b. 1944)
- March 5 – Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela (b. 1954)
- March 6 – Alvin Lee, British guitarist (b. 1944)
- March 7 – Peter Banks, British guitarist (b. 1947)
- March 10 – Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland, (b. 1915)
- March 12 – Clive Burr, British drummer (b. 1957)
- March 28 – Richard Griffiths, British actor (b. 1947)
- April 3 – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-born British novelist and screenwriter (b. 1927)
- April 4 – Roger Ebert, American film critic and writer (b. 1942)
- April 8 – Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1979–1990) (b. 1925)
- April 9 – Paolo Soleri, Italian-born American architect (b. 1919)
- April 11 – Jonathan Winters, American comedian and actor (b. 1925)
- April 14 – Colin Davis, British conductor (b. 1927)
- April 18 – Storm Thorgerson, British graphic designer (b. 1944)
- April 19 – François Jacob, French Nobel biologist (b. 1920)
- May 2 – Jeff Hanneman, American guitarist (b. 1964)
- May 4 – Christian de Duve, Belgian Nobel biochemist (b. 1917)
- May 6 – Giulio Andreotti, 41st Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1919)
- May 7 – Ray Harryhausen, American filmmaker and creator of visual effects (b. 1920)
- May 13 – Kenneth Waltz, American political scientist (b. 1924)
- May 15 – Henrique Rosa, President of Guinea-Bissau (2003–2005) (b. 1946)
- May 17 – Jorge Rafael Videla, 42nd President of Argentina (b. 1925)
- May 20 – Ray Manzarek, American keyboardist (b. 1939)
- May 22 – Henri Dutilleux, French composer (b. 1916)
- May 23 – Georges Moustaki, French singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
- May 26 – Jack Vance, American novelist (b. 1916)
- May 31 – Jean Stapleton, American actress (b. 1923)
- June 3 – Frank Lautenberg, American politician (b. 1924)
- June 6
- Jerome Karle, American Nobel chemist (b. 1918)
- Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (b. 1921)
- June 7
- Pierre Mauroy, Prime Minister of France (1981–1984) (b. 1928)
- Richard Ramirez, American serial killer (b. 1960)
- June 8 – Yoram Kaniuk, Israeli writer (b. 1930)
- June 9 – Iain Banks, British novelist (b. 1954)
- June 19
- James Gandolfini, American actor (b. 1961)
- Gyula Horn, Prime Minister of Hungary (1994–1998) (b. 1932)
- June 23
- Bobby Bland, American singer and songwriter (b. 1930)
- Richard Matheson, American author and screenwriter (b. 1926)
- June 26 – Marc Rich, Belgian-born American commodities trader and criminal (b. 1934)
- July 2 – Douglas Engelbart, American computer scientist and inventor (b. 1925)
- July 13 – Cory Monteith, Canadian actor (b. 1982)
- July 19 – Mel Smith, British comedian and actor (b. 1952)
- July 20 – Helen Thomas, American journalist (b. 1920)
- July 22 – Dennis Farina, American actor (b. 1944)
- July 25
- Walter De Maria, American sculptor and composer (b. 1935)
- Bernadette Lafont, French actress (b. 1938)
- July 26 – JJ Cale, American singer and songwriter (b. 1938)
- July 28 – Eileen Brennan, American actress (b. 1932)
- August 5 – George Duke, American keyboardist (b. 1946)
- August 8 – Karen Black, American actress (b. 1939)
- August 10
- László Csatáry, Hungarian war criminal (b. 1915)
- Eydie Gormé, American singer (b. 1928)
- August 12 – Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau, (b. 1968)
- August 19 – Cedar Walton, American pianist (b. 1934)
- August 20
- Elmore Leonard, American novelist (b. 1925)
- Marian McPartland, English-born pianist (b. 1918)
- August 21 – C. Gordon Fullerton, American astronaut (b. 1936)
- August 24 – Julie Harris, American actress (b. 1925)
- August 30 – Seamus Heaney, Irish Nobel poet (b. 1939)
- August 31 – David Frost, British journalist and broadcaster (b. 1939)
- September 12 – Ray Dolby, American engineer and inventor (b. 1933)
- September 18 – Ken Norton, American boxer (b. 1943)
- September 19 – Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman (b. 1927)
- September 22 – David H. Hubel, Canadian-born American Nobel neuroscientist (b. 1926)
- October 1 – Tom Clancy, American writer (b. 1947)
- October 4 – Vo Nguyen Giap, Vietnamese General (b. 1911)
- October 7 – Ovadia Yosef, Israeli religious leader (b. 1920)
- October 10 – Scott Carpenter, American astronaut (b. 1925)
- October 16 – Ed Lauter, American actor (b. 1938)
- October 23 – Anthony Caro, British sculptor (b. 1924)
- October 24 – Manolo Escobar, Spanish singer (b. 1931)
- October 25 – Marcia Wallace, American actress and comedienne (b. 1942)
- October 27 – Lou Reed, American singer, songwriter, and musician (b. 1942)
- November 12 – John Tavener, British composer (b. 1944)
- November 17 – Doris Lessing, British Nobel writer (b. 1919)
- November 19 – Frederick Sanger, British Nobel biochemist (b. 1918)
- November 25 – Chico Hamilton, American drummer and bandleader (b. 1921)
- November 26 – Arik Einstein, Israeli singer, songwriter, and actor (b. 1939)
- November 30 – Paul Walker, American actor (b. 1973)
- December 5 – Nelson Mandela, 1st President of South Africa and Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
- December 7 – Édouard Molinaro, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1928)
- December 8 – John Cornforth, Australian–British Nobel chemist (b. 1917)
- December 9 – Eleanor Parker, American actress (b. 1922)
- December 10 – Jim Hall, American guitarist and composer (b. 1930)
- December 14 – Peter O’Toole, British Irish actor (b. 1932)
- December 15 – Joan Fontaine, Japanese-born British American actress (b. 1917)
- December 16 – Ray Price, American singer and songwriter (b. 1926)
- December 23 – Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian inventor (b. 1919)
- December 26 – Marta Eggerth, Hungarian silent film actress (b. 1912)
- December 29 – Wojciech Kilar, Polish composer (b. 1932)
- Chemistry – Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel
- Economics – Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert J. Shiller
- Literature – Alice Munro
- Peace – Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
- Physics – François Englert and Peter Higgs
- Physiology or Medicine – James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman, and Thomas C. Südhof
85th Academy Awards
- Best Picture: Argo – Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, and George Clooney
- Best Director: Ang Lee – Life of Pi
- Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln as Abraham Lincoln
- Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook as Tiffany Maxwell
- Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained as Dr. King Schultz
- Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables as Fantine
- Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Argo – Chris Terrio from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez & The Great Escape by Joshuah Bearman
- Best Animated Feature: Brave – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
- Best Foreign Language Film: Amour (Austria) in French – Michael Haneke
- Best Documentary – Feature: Searching for Sugar Man – Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn
- Best Documentary – Short Subject : Inocente – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
- Best Live Action Short Film: Curfew – Shawn Christensen
- Best Animated Short Film: Paperman – John Kahrs
- Best Original Score: Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
- Best Original Song: Skyfall – Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
- Best Sound Editing: Skyfall – Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers / Zero Dark Thirty –Paul N. J. Ottosson
- Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan de Boer, and Donald R. Elliott
What did the world search for in 2013? Watch the moments that made this year memorable. #Zeitgeist2013.
Top 10 global trending searches of 2013:
- Nelson Mandela
- Paul Walker
- iPhone 5s
- Cory Monteith
- Harlem Shake
- Boston Marathon
- Royal Baby
- Samsung Galaxy s4
- PlayStation 4
- North Korea
May all your weight loss aspirations be fulfilled in the New Year!