August 2013 calendar

August 2013

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 2013.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was David Cameron (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 2013: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 2013?


  • 01 Aug 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: NATO forces in Afghanistan launch an investigation after a US airstrike in Nangarhar Province kills five Afghan policemen and injures another two. (ABC News Australia)
  • 02 Aug 2013 Syrian Civil War:: An ammunition depot explodes in Homs, Syria, killing at least 40 people and critically injuring many more. (Sentinel Source)
  • 03 Aug 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: Nine children die in a suicide bombing near the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Jalalabad. (CNN)
  • 04 Aug 2013 Worldwide embassy closings: The United States closes 22 embassies in the Middle East and North Africa due to intelligence of an Al-Qaeda attack. (CNN)Canada closes its embassy in Bangladesh amid terror threats. (Toronto Sun)Britain, France and Germany close their embassy in Yemen amid terror threats. (BBC)
  • 05 Aug 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: A bomb explodes at a market in the Afghan city of Kandahar, killing at least four people. (BBC)
  • 06 Aug 2013 2013 India–Pakistan border incidents: Five Indian Army soldiers are killed in an attack near the Pakistan border in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. (Reuters)
  • 07 Aug 2013 Syrian civil war:: The Syrian Army launches a large missile on the southern Damascus neighborhood of Yarmouk, largely inhabited by Palestinian refugees. (Now Lebanon)
  • 08 Aug 2013 Balochistan conflict:: A suicide bombing at a funeral in the Pakistani city of Quetta kills at least 28 people. (BBC)
  • 09 Aug 2013 An American drone strike kills five suspected Al Qaeda terrorists in eastern Yemen. (Reuters)
  • 10 Aug 2013 Gunmen kidnap four Thai tourists traveling in Nigeria's Rivers State. (Reuters)
  • 11 Aug 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: Three U.S. soldiers are killed in an attack in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province. (Al Jazeera)
  • 12 Aug 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Eight people are killed and 25 are injured in a suicide bomb attack on a cafe in Balad north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (Reuters)
  • 13 Aug 2013 Footage of the isolated and previously unseen Kawahiva tribe is recorded for the first time in the Amazon rainforest, in Brazil. (GloboNews)
  • 14 Aug 2013 Aftermath of the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état:: Hundreds are reported dead - including 43 police - across Egypt as security forces disperse two pro-Morsi sit-ins; one at Rabaa Square and one at al-Nahda Square. (Al Jazeera) The civilian death toll according to Human Rights Watch was a minimum of 817. (The Guardian)Egypt declares a one month state of emergency. (BBC)Egyptian Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei resigns to protest the killing of protesters by security forces. (Associated Press)
  • 15 Aug 2013 Aftermath of 2013 Egyptian coup d'état:: The death toll from the previous day's clashes climbs to 638. (Washington Post)A government building is stormed and set on fire by the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo. (Sky News) (The Independent)President Barack Obama cancels joint military exercises between the United States and Egypt. (New York Times)
  • 16 Aug 2013 Aftermath of 2013 Egyptian coup d'état:: Security in Cairo is tightened amid Friday prayers and protest marches called by the Muslim Brotherhood nationwide. (AlJazeera)Ammar Badei, son of Mohammed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood's leader, is killed in the clashes in Cairo.(NBC News) (Egypt Independent)
  • 17 Aug 2013 Mexican Drug War:: Gulf Cartel leader Mario Ramírez Treviño is arrested in the state of Tamaulipas. (Reuters)
  • 18 Aug 2013 Syrian civil war: A team of twenty UN weapons inspectors arrives in the capital, Damascus, to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in the conflict. (BBC)
  • 19 Aug 2013 Sinai insurgency:: At least 24 Egyptian policemen are killed in an attack near Rafah in the Sinai peninsula. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 20 Aug 2013 Insurgency in the North Caucasus:: Russian police kill nine suspected Islamist militants in the North Caucasus region. (Reuters)
  • 21 Aug 2013 Syrian civil war:: Syrian activists claim that chemical weapon attacks have killed over 600 people in the outskirts of Damascus. (The Guardian) (Today's Zaman)
  • 22 Aug 2013 War in North-West Pakistan:: 5 Taliban militants are killed in bomb attack in South Waziristan. (The News Pakistan)
  • 23 Aug 2013 Syrian civil war:: The United Nations reports that there are a million child refugees. (AP via Fox News)The Syrian government prevents UN inspectors from visiting the site of the reported chemical massacre. (Reuters)
  • 24 Aug 2013 Syrian civil war:: Médecins Sans Frontières report treating 3,600 cases of "neurotoxic symptoms", with 355 fatalities. (BBC)
  • 25 Aug 2013 Syrian civil war:: The Syrian government allows UN inspectors to visit the site of suspect chemical weapons attack outside the outskirt of Damascus. (BBC)
  • 26 Aug 2013 Newly declassified CIA documents show that top officials in the Reagan administration agreed to give Iraq information on the location of Iranian troops during the Iran-Iraq War despite awareness of Saddam Hussein's intention to use chemical weapons. (Daily Mail) (New York)
  • 27 Aug 2013 The Russian foreign ministry warned that an attack on the Syrian government could be "catastrophic" and told Western countries to show "prudence" over the crisis happening there. (France 24)
  • 28 Aug 2013 Moscow evacuates nationals; Iran dismisses "ridiculous" reports of Assad in Tehran; UN inspectors return to site of alleged chemical attack. (The Times Of Israel)
  • 29 Aug 2013 The French frigate Chevalier Paul leaves the port city of Toulon, though the shipping authorities declined to confirm a media report that it was headed to Syria. (Reuters) (Voice of Russia)
  • 30 Aug 2013 British Prime Minister David Cameron says that a "robust response" to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria is needed despite UK military action being ruled out. (BBC)
  • 31 Aug 2013 Syrian civil war:: American President Barack Obama says that he is ready to order a limited strike, but will seek approval from Congress. (CNN)The UN inspectors leave Damascus after concluding their inspection. (Los Angeles Times)Several countries advise their citizens against traveling to Lebanon as regional tensions grow over a possible US military strike on Syria. (Jerusalem Post)

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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Directed by: Guy Ritchie

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Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

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Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power

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Dead Man's Gold

Dead Man's Gold

Directed by: Ray Taylor

Starring: Lash La Rue, Al St. John, Peggy Stewart, Terry Frost


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