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Edward SnowdenTyphoon HaiyanDhaka garment factory collapse2013 papal conclaveChelyabinsk meteorBoston Marathon bombingWestgate shopping mall attack2013 Egyptian coup d'état
From left, clockwise: Edward Snowden becomes internationally famous for leaking classified NSA wiretapping information; Typhoon Haiyan kills over 6,000 in the Philippines and Southeast Asia; The Dhaka garment factory collapse in Bangladesh kills over 1,000 people; The streak from the Chelyabinsk meteor that rocketed across the Russian morning sky; Protests occur amid the coup d'état that overthrew President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt; Smoke rises as a result of the Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, carried out by Al-Shabaab militants; The Boston Marathon bombing marks the first terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11; Pope Francis is elected to the Papacy in the 2013 papal conclave.
Millennium: 3rd millennium
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Years: 2010 2011 201220132014 2015 2016

2013 (twenty thirteen or two thousand thirteen) (MMXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2013th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 13th year of the 3rd millennium, the 13th year of the 21st century, and the 4th year of the 2010s decade. It was the first year since 1987 to have all four of its digits being different numbers.

Events[change | change source]

January[change | change source]

One of the bush fires in New South Wales, Australia, viewed from Wagga Wagga.
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at the parade after Barack Obama's second public inauguration on January 21.

February[change | change source]

John Kerry becomes United States Secretary of State
The meteor over Chelyabinsk

March[change | change source]

April[change | change source]

The scene after the first of the explosions in Boston, Massachusetts.
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

May[change | change source]

View of the devastation caused by the 2013 Moore tornado on May 20.

June[change | change source]

Flooding in Passau, Bavaria, southern Germany, during the floods in Central Europe.
Satellite image showing devastating monsoon flooding in northern India.

July[change | change source]

The scene after the train crash in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on July 6.
Aftermath of the train crash in Santiago de Compostela on July 24.

August[change | change source]

The discovery of the Olinguito is announced on August 15.

September[change | change source]

Tony Abbott becomes the 28th Prime Minister of Australia after winning the election.

October[change | change source]

Emergency services doing recovery work in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany, during the St Jude Storm.

November[change | change source]

Typhoon Haiyan destroyed many towns and cities, and killing thousands of people.

December[change | change source]

Nelson Mandela, who died at age 95 in Johannesburg

Nobel Prizes[change | change source]

Major religious holidays[change | change source]

In fiction and popular culture[change | change source]

Comic books[change | change source]

Computer and video games[change | change source]

Movies[change | change source]

Television[change | change source]

Mathematical interest[change | change source]

  • The date will comprise four distinct digits, for the first time since 1987.
  • The date will comprise of four consecutive digits, for the first time since 1980.

Births[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Eurozone and IMF agree 10bn-euro Cyprus bailout deal". BBC Business News. bbc.co.uk. BBC. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  2. "Eurogroup Statement on Cyprus" (PDF). Eurogroup. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  3. "Canada only UN member to pull out of droughts and deserts convention - CTV News". www.ctvnews.ca. 27 March 2013.
  4. Charbonneau, Louis (2013-04-02). "U.N. overwhelmingly approves global arms trade treaty". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
  5. "Human stem cells created by cloning". Nature. 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  6. "Coup topples Egypt's Morsy; deposed president under 'house arrest'". CNN. July 3, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  7. "Bolivia Oldest Man". Associated Press.com. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  8. "Minamata mercury treaty signed at UN conference". THE TIMES OF INDIA. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-10-11.
  9. The New York Times (November 6, 2013). "De Blasio Is Elected New York City Mayor in Landslide". The New York Times. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  10. "Obama: Iran nuclear deal limits ability to create nuclear weapons". CNN. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  11. "Iran agrees to curb nuclear activity at Geneva talks". BBC. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  12. Walker, Andrew (7 December 2013). "WTO agrees global trade deal worth $1tn". BBC News. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  13. "China lands Jade Rabbit robot rover on Moon". BBC. 14 December 2013.
  14. "Digital TV Switchover Australia - Rollout map NSW". Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-01-07.