December 2013 calendar

December 2013

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 2013: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2013?


  • 01 Dec 2013 2013 Thai protests:: Anti-government protests cause the Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra to flee to a secret location as a pro-Thai government protester is killed. (The Guardian)
  • 02 Dec 2013 The Right Livelihood Award, sometimes understood as a critique of the Nobel Prize, is presented at a ceremony in the Swedish Parliament building to Dr. Paul Walker, Raji Sourani, Denis Mukwege, and Hans Herren. (Right Livelihood Award)
  • 03 Dec 2013 Russian ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko is convicted of organizing an acid attack on Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre. (BBC)
  • 04 Dec 2013 Northern Mali:: A mass grave is discovered near Bamako holding the remains of 21 loyalist soldiers said to have gone missing last year during Mali's coup. (Al Jazeera)
  • 05 Dec 2013 Unidentified militants attack a Defense Ministry compound in Sana'a, Yemen, killing at least 52 people and injuring 167 others. Most of the victims appear to be doctors and nurses, working at a hospital within the property. (Al Jazeera) (CNN)
  • 06 Dec 2013 Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen:: The Yemeni Defense Ministry regains control of their military compound in Sana'a, Yemen, killing 11 militants in the process. (Reuters)
  • 07 Dec 2013 Syrian civil war:: The Islamic Front has taken over Bab al-Hawa bases from the Free Syrian Army. (Reuters)
  • 08 Dec 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: At least 30 people are killed as a result of car bombings in Iraq. (Reuters via IOL)
  • 09 Dec 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Attacks around Iraq kill at least 18 people, including a car bombing at a cafe in the town of Buhriz which killed 12 people. (AP via Miami Herald)
  • 10 Dec 2013 Central African Republic conflict under the Djotodia administration:: Two French soldiers die in overnight fighting in the capital Bangui. (BBC)
  • 11 Dec 2013 Syrian Civil War:: Salim Idris, top commander of the Free Syrian Army, flees Syria. Islamist fighters take over his headquarters and key warehouses. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • 12 Dec 2013 An air strike intended to target an al Qaeda convoy in Al-Bayda province in central Yemen mistakenly attacks a wedding procession, killing 15 civilians. (Reuters)
  • 13 Dec 2013 Syrian Civil War:: The European Union is criticized by Amnesty International for meager assistance of Syrian refugees. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 14 Dec 2013 A car bombing in the Malian town of Kidal kills two United Nations peacekeepers. (BBC)
  • 15 Dec 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: The last Australian combat troops leave Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • 16 Dec 2013 2013 South Sudanese political crisis:: Heavy gunfire and explosions are reported in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The government says it has quelled an attempted coup. (The Washington Post) (AFP via Zia News)
  • 17 Dec 2013 Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, and Nirvana are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Variety)
  • 18 Dec 2013 2013 South Sudanese political crisis:: The United Nations says that 400 to 500 people may have been killed and up to 800 wounded in recent attacks in the country. (Reuters)
  • 19 Dec 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A series of attacks across Iraq kills 22 Shiite pilgrims. (The Daily Star)
  • 20 Dec 2013 A gunman opens fire outside a terminal at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, killing four people, including the mayor of Labangan, Ukol Talumpa. (CNN)
  • 21 Dec 2013 Syrian Civil War:: Battle of Aleppo: Rebel forces capture the Al-Kindi hospital after a huge suicide truck bombing destroys part of the building. (BBC)
  • 22 Dec 2013 Syrian Civil War:: Syrian government warplanes drop barrel bombs on the city of Aleppo killing 63 people, including civilians. (World Bulletin)
  • 23 Dec 2013 War in North-West Pakistan:: The Pakistani army launches a military offensive against Taliban insurgents near the Afghan border. There are accusations that dozens of civilians are killed. (Reuters)
  • 24 Dec 2013 Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present):: A huge explosion hits the Dakahlia security directorate in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, killing 16 and injuring at least 134. (Al Ahram) (Reuters)
  • 25 Dec 2013 Euromaidan:: Tetiana Chornovol, a Ukrainian civic activist and journalist, is dragged from her car and beaten by a group of men. Authorities say that this is the latest attack on government opponents. (CNN)
  • 26 Dec 2013 Central African Republic conflict under the Djotodia administration:: Six peacekeepers from Chad are killed in clashes in the Central African Republic. (BBC)
  • 27 Dec 2013 Syrian Civil War spillover in Lebanon:: A car bomb explodes in the Central District of Beirut, Lebanon, killing eight people, including the former ambassador to the U.S. Mohamad Chatah, and wounding 71 others. (CNN)
  • 28 Dec 2013 Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present): Supporters of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood clash with police at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. One person is killed and two campus buildings are set on fire. (BBC)
  • 29 Dec 2013 A suicide bomb attack at the Volgograd-1 railway station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd kills at least 16 people and wounds 40 others. (BBC), (CNN), (Reuters)
  • 30 Dec 2013 Volgograd bombings:: A bomb blast rips a trolleybus apart in Volgograd, Russia, killing at least 15 people in the second deadly attack in the southern city in less than 24 hours. (BBC)
  • 31 Dec 2013 Islamist militants are suspected in an attack on a gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. There were no injuries Reuters

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Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Country: United States of America

Do Bigha Zamin

Do Bigha Zamin

Directed by: Bimal Roy

Starring: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Rattan Kumar, Murad

The Sting

The Sting

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Country: United States of America

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Country: United States of America

Prithvi Vallabh

Prithvi Vallabh

Directed by: Sohrab Modi

Starring: Sadiq Ali, Durga Khote, Leela Mishra, Sohrab Modi


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Dust by Patricia Cornwell



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Humans Of New York by Brandon Stanton

Humans Of New York


Based on the blog with more than four million loyal fans, a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs and stories capturing the spirit of a cityNow an instant #1

My Promised Land by Ari Shavit

My Promised Land



Five Days In November by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin

Five Days In November


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The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani

The Supreme Macaroni Company


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