January 2013 calendar

January 2013

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2013?


  • 01 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war: There are violent clashes near Aleppo International Airport, in the Battle of Aleppo in Syria. Unconfirmed reports suggest that it has been temporarily shut down.
  • 02 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war: A strike on a petrol station in Damascus killed and injured dozens. (Al Jazeera). The United Nations estimates that the conflict has killed more than 60,000 people.
  • 03 Jan 2013 Iraqi insurgency after the U.S. withdrawal:: A suicide bombing at Mussayab kills 27 Shiite pilgrims, injures 60 more.
  • 04 Jan 2013 Conflict between Israel and Palestine: Many thousands gather in Gaza to show unity between the ruling Hamas, elected in 2006 by Palestinians, and Fatah since then.
  • 05 Jan 2013 2013 Tasmanian bushfires - Thousands are left homeless by four large fires that have erupted out of control in Tasmania, Australia.
  • 06 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, makes a rare television appearance to address the crisis in Syria and calls the rebels "enemies and puppets" of God. This is his first TV appearance since June 2012.
  • 07 Jan 2013 Eight miners were killed in an explosion at a coal mine in Zonguldak, Turkey.
  • 08 Jan 2013 War in North-West Pakistan. Four people are killed and four more are injured in a U.S. drone attack in North Waziristan (Pakistan).
  • 09 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war: 48 Iranians kidnapped in August 2012 by Free Syrian Army rebels are now free in exchange for 2,130 Syrian government prisoners.
  • 10 Jan 2013 January 2013 Pakistan bombings
  • 11 Jan 2013 Civil war in Syria: Rebel forces seize the Taftanaz strategic airbase in northern Syria.
  • 12 Jan 2013 According to Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian, a French pilot was killed during a helicopter attack in northern Mali.
  • 13 Jan 2013 Kachin conflict: The President of Burma Thein sein defends the army’s response to ethnic Kachin rebels, despite an increase in violence that has further dimmed peace prospects.
  • 14 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: Government forces launch air strikes against rebels south Damascus as well as Aleppo. Local observers report dozens of deaths including children. (Al Jazeera). At least 57 countries send a petition to UN Security Council asking it to refer the conflict the International Criminal Court to an ongoing investigation into war crimes.
  • 15 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war: Aleppo University bombings: More than 150 people were injured and 83 killed in rocket fire at Aleppo University. Meanwhile, rebels and government forces continue to fight in the suburbs around Damascus. Both sides claimed that they launched the missiles.
  • 16 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war: Three car bombs explode in front of military checkpoints in Idlib Governorate (Syria), killing 24 people. Government forces defused two other bombs.
  • 17 Jan 2013 According to an Algerian official, a group of hostages escaped from the natural-gas complex that was overthrown by Islamist militants. According to reports, 20 hostages escaped, which includes Americans.
  • 18 Jan 2013 Kachin conflict: President Thein Sein orders the Myanmar Armed Forces (MAF) to observe a ceasefire against Kachin rebels.
  • 19 Jan 2013 Syrian civil War:: Children die in the civil war in Syria.
  • 20 Jan 2013 Syrian civil War: Syrian refugees fleeing violence in Syria are shot by the Syrian Army as they attempt to cross the Jordanian Border.
  • 21 Jan 2013 Russian authorities announce plans to evacuate 100 Russian citizens in Syria through two passenger planes from Beirut. (BBC) (AP via Yahoo! A car bombing in Salamiyeh leaves more than 30 dead.
  • 22 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: Jordan's government claims that over 12,000 Syrians fled to Jordan during the past six days. (AFP via IOL). The Russian government arranges an evacuation of some citizens. They transport them to Lebanon, then fly them to Russia.
  • 23 Jan 2013 Iraqi insurgency -: At least 23 people are killed in a suicide bombing at Tuz Khormato's mosque.
  • 24 Jan 2013 Insurgency in North Caucasus: Russian police announces that 13 rebels including Khuseyn Gagakayev and his son were killed during fighting in the Vedeno district, Chechnya.
  • 25 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war: Two car bombs explode on the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights, killing 8 people.
  • 26 Jan 2013 Conflict in North-West Pakistan: At least 24 militants were killed in clashes with the Tehrik-e-Taliban (or Ansarul Islam) in Pakistan, near the border to Afghanistan.
  • 27 Jan 2013 Afghanistan War (2001-present:) At least 20 members of the Afghan National Police were killed in bomb blasts over the last day, with eight police officers being killed in the latest attack on Kandahar.
  • 28 Jan 2013 Conflict in Northern Mali (2012-present).: French troops seize Timbuktu Airport and enter the city, without resistance from Islamists. According to residents, all access to the city is now controlled by the French. (BBC). The Timbuktu library, which contained the Timbuktu manuscripts, was set on fire by the Islamists fleeing. It is not yet known how much damage was caused.
  • 29 Jan 2013 Somali Civil War (2009-present:) A suicide attack on the Somali government offices results in at least two deaths and dozens of injuries in Mogadishu.
  • 30 Jan 2013 Conflict in Northern Mali (2012-present:) French forces invade Kidal, northern Mali, after seizing its airport overnight.
  • 31 Jan 2013 2013 Pretoria train crash: Two passenger trains full of schoolchildren and commuters collide in Pretoria, South Africa. The collision left up to 300 people injured.
  • 01 Jan 2013 At least 60 people are killed and 200 injured in a stampede after celebrations at Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
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Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Behind The Beautiful Forevers


This brilliant and breathtaking book, written by Katherine Boo, Pulitzer Prize winner, is a fascinating look at the age of global inequality and change. It tells the story of two families who are trying to achieve a better world.

Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz

Dream Eyes


A suspicious death. A ghost in the mirror. Dark Legacy, the new novel by New York Times bestseller author. This author is known for creating stories of burning passions and chilling suspense...

The Forgotten by David Baldacci

The Forgotten


Paradise is a place where everything is possible. The FORGOTTENArmy Special Agent John Puller, however, is the best. Puller, a combat veteran, is the man that the U.S.

Fifty Shades Darker by E L James

Fifty Shades Darker


MORE THAN 150 MILLION COPIED WORLDWIDE. A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Anastasia Steele broke off their relationship because of Christian Grey's singular tastes and dark secrets. She is now starting a new career at a Seattle publishing house. But

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker


MORE THAN 100 MILLION COPINES SOLD WORLDWIDEFIFTY SHADES OF GREY IS NOW AN MAJOR MOTION PICTURE. Unaffected by the unique tastes and dark secrets of Christian Grey, a young, troubled entrepreneur,