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

But much more happened on February 2013: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 2013?


Events

  • 01 Feb 2013 2013 United States embassy bombing in Ankara:: A suicide bombing outside the U.S. embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, kills at least two people. (BBC) (CNN) (Reuters)
  • 02 Feb 2013 War in North-West Pakistan:: Militants attack a Pakistani Army base in the Lakki Marwat District in Pakistan killing at least 23 and injuring at least 8. (BBC) (CNN) (Los Angeles Times)
  • 03 Feb 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: At least 33 people are killed in Kirkuk, Iraq, when a suicide bomber detonates a truck packed with explosives outside a police headquarters and gunmen disguised as officers tried to storm the compound. (Reuters) (BBC) (ITV) (Sky News)
  • 04 Feb 2013 Syrian civil war: At least 20 people die in Aleppo, Syria, after an apartment complex is struck by a rocket belonging to the forces of Bashar Assad. (NBC News) (Toronto Star)
  • 05 Feb 2013 Senkaku Islands dispute:: Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera states that the country has lodged a protest with China after a People's Liberation Army Navy frigate directed weapon-targeting radar at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer near the disputed Senkaku Islands. (BBC)
  • 06 Feb 2013 Plans to liquidate IBRC, formerly Anglo and regarded as "the world's worst bank", are abruptly announced and get underway in dramatic circumstances. (The Guardian) (RTÉ News) (Irish Central) (BBC)
  • 07 Feb 2013 Eugène Delacroix's famous painting Liberty Leading the People is vandalized while on display at the new Louvre-Lens museum in France. (Le Nouvel Observateur) (France 3) (The Independent)
  • 08 Feb 2013 Syrian civil war:: Over 110 people are killed nationwide by the Syrian army in Syria. (Al Arabiya)
  • 09 Feb 2013 Clashes between government forces continue around Damascus and Homs, with heavy aerial bombardment by the Syrian Air Force being reported. (Al Jazeera)
  • 10 Feb 2013 Northern Mali conflict (2012–present):: Firefights between Islamists and the Malian Army break out in Gao, Mali. (BBC) (AFP via Google) (Voice of America)
  • 11 Feb 2013 Northern Mali conflict (2012–present):: Insurgents launch an attack on the strategic city of Gao, capturing a police station and sparking a day-long firefight that included Malian troops, as well as French attack helicopters. (Al Jazeera)
  • 12 Feb 2013 2013 North Korean nuclear test:: The South Korean officials report that an "artificial earthquake" has occurred in North Korea suggesting that a nuclear test has occurred. (The Australian) (CNN)North Korea confirms that it has successfully tested a nuclear device, claiming that it is small enough to be weaponized. (Reuters) (BBC) (AP via The Miami Herald)
  • 13 Feb 2013 Syrian civil war:: Rebels clash with the Syrian military at an army base protecting Aleppo's international airport. The opposition claims that 40 Syrian soldiers were killed in the fighting, as large parts of the base are overrun. (AP via USA Today)
  • 14 Feb 2013 Bahraini uprising (2011–present):: A 16-year-old child is shot dead at close range in Al-Daih, a village west of Manama, Bahrain. (Al Jazeera)A police officer is also killed after rioters threw firebombs at his patrol in Sehla, a village west of Manama, Bahrain. (Gulf Daily News)Amnesty International calls on the Bahraini regime to release prisoners of conscience it is holding in captivity. (BBC)
  • 15 Feb 2013 Syrian civil war:: After intense fighting 40,000 people become displaced in the city of Shadadah, Hasakah, adding to the 3 million people already internally displaced in Syria. (Al Jazeera)
  • 16 Feb 2013 February 2013 Quetta bombing:: At least 84 people are killed and more than 190 injured after a bomb explodes at a market in Hazara Town on the outskirts of Quetta, in Pakistan. Most of the victims are members of the predominantly Twelver Shia Hazara minority that was targeted by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi only a month earlier. The organization later claims responsibility for the blasts. (Al Jazeera) (RT) (Dawn.com) (Ary News)
  • 17 Feb 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A series of car bombs kill at least 37 people and injure more than 130 others in mostly Shiite areas of the capital Baghdad. (BBC) (AP) (Los Angeles Times)
  • 18 Feb 2013 Artist Ruth Stage, who uses the ancient egg tempera painting technique, wins the 2013 Lynn Painter-Stainers art prize for her work The Isabella Plantation. (BBC)
  • 19 Feb 2013 Nigerian Sharia conflict:: Seven French tourists are kidnapped by gunmen near Waza National Park in northern Cameroon, near the border with Nigeria. President of France François Hollande states that the Islamist group Boko Haram may be responsible. (BBC)
  • 20 Feb 2013 The 2013 BRIT Awards are held in London with Ben Howard winning best British male artist and British breakthrough act, Emeli Sande winning best British female act and album of the year for Our Version of Events and Mumford & Sons winning Best British group. (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 21 Feb 2013 Syrian civil war:: At least 61 people are killed and more than 200 injured following a car bombing near Syria's Baath Party headquarters in Damascus. Three other bombings kill 22 people and injure 50 others in the suburb of Barzeh, most of them government soldiers. These are the deadliest attacks in the Syrian capital since the outbreak of the civil war. (Reuters) (AP) (BBC) (The Wall Street Journal)
  • 22 Feb 2013 Syrian civil war:: Three missiles launched by the Syrian army crash into residential areas of Syria's northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 29 civilians and injuring 150 others. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 23 Feb 2013 South Yemen insurgency:: Three people are killed and 14 injured in clashes between civilians and government security forces in Aden and Mukalla, as thousands turn up for a day of planned protests. In a separate attack, a senior Yemeni security chief and two of his bodyguards are injured in a shooting. (Reuters)
  • 24 Feb 2013 Syrian civil war:: French freelance photographer Olivier Voisin, who was wounded near Idlib in January 2013, dies in Antakya, Turkey, after surgery. (France24)
  • 25 Feb 2013 Terrorism in Thailand:: At least four people are dead and 20 injured after a homemade bomb is detonated at a Buddhist festival in Thailand's Maha Sarakham Province. (AAP via News Limited)
  • 26 Feb 2013 Israeli–Palestinian conflict:: A rocket is fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, marking the first such attack since a ceasefire was signed in November 2012. (The New York Times)
  • 27 Feb 2013 War in Afghanistan:: Taliban insurgents kill 17 Afghan government-affiliated militia personnel in an overnight attack in Andar District of eastern Ghazni Province. (AP via ABC News)
  • 28 Feb 2013 South Thailand insurgency:: Thailand agrees to peace talks with Muslim rebels for the first time after 20 years of conflict. (BBC)
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Thrift Shop
  2. - Harlem Shake
  3. - Locked Out Of Heaven
  4. - Ho Hey
  5. - Scream & Shout

Movies

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I Remember Mama

I Remember Mama

Directed by: George Stevens

Starring: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka, Philip Dorn

Country: United States of America

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Country: United States of America

The Patsy

The Patsy

Directed by: King Vidor

Starring: Marion Davies, Orville Caldwell, Marie Dressler, Lawrence Gray

Country: United States of America

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Country: United States of America

Books

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The Round House by Louise Erdrich

The Round House

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The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction.One of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling,

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Darkness

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Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in …

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Chaos

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Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home from the Great

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Redemption

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Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinne

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

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Youth: Greg's life is turned upside down when his school has a Valentine's Day dance and he has a date but his friend Rowley doesn't. (H, Amulet Books)