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Major Events of 2013

2013 (Roman Numerals: MMXIII) was the 13th year of the 21st century. 2013 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Tuesday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 2013.
News Events of 2013

France intervenes against islamist rebels in Mali.

Terrorists take 41 international workers hostage at gas facility in Algeria.

Pope Benedict XVI announces his retirement. He is the first pope to step-down since the Middle Ages.

Horse meat found in food products labelled as containing "beef" in Ireland, the UK, and subsequently other European countries.

Pope Francis becomes Pope, the first Pope from South America.

Pope Francis

Financial crisis in Cyprus.

Croatia joins the European Union.

Saudi Arabia becomes the first country to turn down a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Iran agrees to limit its nuclear development program in return for relief from economic sanctions.

India launches its Mangalyaan, Mars Orbiter Mission, spacecraft.

China's Chang'e 3 spacecraft, carrying the Yutu rover, lands on the moon.

Sports in 2013

2013 Was Designated As
  • International Year of Quinoa

  • International Year of Water Cooperation

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