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:: Fierce clashes erupt near the Aleppo International Airport in the battle of Aleppo in Syria, with unconfirmed reports it has been temporarily closed. (BBC)
  • 02 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: An airstrike on a petrol station outside the capital Damascus kills and injures dozens of people. (Al Jazeera)The United Nations says the death toll from the conflict could be more than 60,000 people. (UN)
  • 03 Jan 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A suicide bombing in Mussayab kills 27 Shiite pilgrims and injures 60 others. (Reuters)
  • 04 Jan 2013 Israeli–Palestinian conflict:: Hundreds of thousands of people rally in Gaza in a show of unity between the governing Hamas, elected in 2006, and Fatah, in opposition since then. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (The Guardian)
  • 05 Jan 2013 2013 Tasmanian bushfires: Thousands of people are stranded by four major fires burning out of control in the Australian state of Tasmania. (AAP via TV New Zealand)
  • 06 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: The President of Syria Bashar al-Assad delivers a rare television appearance addressing the Syrian crisis and denounces the Syrian rebels as "enemies of God and puppets of the West". It is his first television appearance since June 2012. (BBC)
  • 07 Jan 2013 An explosion in a coal mine in the Turkish province of Zonguldak kills eight mine workers. (Hürriyet Daily News)
  • 08 Jan 2013 War in North-West Pakistan:: Four are killed and a further four are wounded in a U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan. (AFP)
  • 09 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: Forty-eight Iranians who were kidnapped by Free Syrian Army rebels in the capital Damascus in August 2012 are released in exchange for 2,130 prisoners held by the Syrian government. (BBC)
  • 10 Jan 2013 January 2013 Pakistan bombings:: Twin bombings at a billiard hall in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta kill at least 81 people and wound up to 120 others, hours after a bombing at a market area killed 11 people in the same city. (BBC) (CBC News) (The Guardian)
  • 11 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: Rebel forces take over the strategic Taftanaz airbase in northern Syria. (AP via USA Today)
  • 12 Jan 2013 Northern Mali conflict (2012–present):: A French pilot is killed in a helicopter raid in northern Mali, according to French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian. (CNN)
  • 13 Jan 2013 Kachin conflict:: President of Burma Thein Sein defends the army’s response to the ethnic Kachin rebellion, despite a recent escalation of violence that has further dimmed peace prospects. (The News International)
  • 14 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: Government forces conduct air raids against rebels south of Damascus, as well as in Aleppo, with local observers reporting dozens of deaths, including children. (Al Jazeera)At least 57 countries submit a petition to the UN Security Council, calling on it to refer the conflict to the International Criminal Court for a pending war crimes investigation. (Al Jazeera)
  • 15 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: Aleppo University bombings: 83 people are killed and more than 150 injured in a rocket barrage aimed at Aleppo University, as government forces and rebels continue fighting in the suburbs of Damascus. Both sides accused each other of launching the missiles. (Times of India) (Reuters) (Antiwar.com)
  • 16 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: Three car bombs explode near military checkpoints and government buildings in Idlib Governorate, Syria, leaving 24 people dead. Two other bombs were defused by government forces. (Reuters)
  • 17 Jan 2013 An Algerian official reports that a group of hostages has escaped from the natural gas complex that was taken over by Islamist militants. It is reported as many as 20 escaped, including Americans. (BBC) (Los Angeles Times) (Fox News)
  • 18 Jan 2013 Kachin conflict:: President Thein Sein of Myanmar orders the Myanmar Armed Forces to observe a ceasefire with Kachin rebels. (Reuters) (CNN) (BBC)
  • 19 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: The children death toll of the Syrian civil war reaches 3,538, with over 60,000 people killed overall. (Al Jazeera)
  • 20 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: Syrian refugees fleeing the violence from the Syrian civil war are gunned down by the Syrian Army while trying to cross the Jordanian border. (Al Arabiya)
  • 21 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: Russian authorities announce a plan to evacuate 100 Russian citizens from Syria by sending in two passenger planes to Beirut. (BBC) (AP via Yahoo!)A car bombing in Salamiyeh kills over 30 people. (Al Jazeera)
  • 22 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: The government of Jordan says that more than 12,000 Syrians have fled to Jordan in the past six days. (AFP via IOL)The Russian government organizes an evacuation for some of its citizens by transporting them to Lebanon and then flying them to Russia. (AP via Google News)
  • 23 Jan 2013 Iraqi insurgency:: A suicide bombing at a mosque in the Iraqi town of Tuz Khormato kills at least 23 people. (BBC)
  • 24 Jan 2013 Insurgency in the North Caucasus:: Russian police announces that 13 rebels, including Khuseyn Gakayev and his brother, are killed in fighting in the Vedeno District, Chechnya. (Reuters)
  • 25 Jan 2013 Syrian civil war:: Two car bombs explode in the Syrian controlled part of Golan Heights killing 8 people. (AP via Fox News) (Voice of America) (AP via Washington Post)
  • 26 Jan 2013 War in North-West Pakistan:: At least 24 militants are killed in clashes between the Tehrik-e-Taliban and Ansarul Islam in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. (AP via News Limited)
  • 27 Jan 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: At least twenty members of the Afghan National Police have been killed in bomb attacks over the past day with eight police officers killed in the latest attack in Kandahar. (Reuters)
  • 28 Jan 2013 Northern Mali conflict (2012–present):: French troops take over Timbuktu Airport as they enter the city without any resistance from the Islamists. Residents report that the French now control all access to the city. (BBC)The fleeing Islamists set on fire the Timbuktu library containing the Timbuktu Manuscripts. The extent of the damage is still unknown. (Sky News) (Al Jazeera) (The Guardian)
  • 29 Jan 2013 Somali Civil War (2009–present):: A suicide attack against the Somali government offices kills at least two people and injures dozens in Mogadishu. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 30 Jan 2013 Northern Mali conflict (2012–present):: French forces enter the city of Kidal in northern Mali after seizing its airport overnight. (BBC) (Reuters) (France 24)
  • 31 Jan 2013 2013 Pretoria train collision: Two passenger trains packed with schoolchildren and rush-hour commuters collide near Pretoria, South Africa, injuring up to 300 people in a crash. (BBC) (Reuters) (AFP via Google)

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Before Midnight

Before Midnight

Release year: 2013

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Ariane Labed

Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station

Release year: 2013

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand

The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now

Release year: 2013

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

Starring: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

Release year: 2013

Directed by: Jonathan Levine

Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton


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Quiet by Susan Cain



The book that started the Quiet RevolutionAt least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike

Kinsey And Me by Sue Grafton

Kinsey And Me


In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced Kinsey Millhone. Today, Kinsey is an icon of detective fiction and her creator is at the top of her form.

Threat Vector by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney

Threat Vector


For Jack Ryan, Jr., and his comrades at the covert organization known as The Campus, the fight against America’s enemies is never over. But the danger has just hit home in a way they never expected… The Campus has been …

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behavior


"Kingsolver is a gifted magician of words."—TimeThe extraordinary New York Times bestselling author of The Lacuna (winner of the Orange Prize), The Poisonwood Bible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and Animal,

Going Clear by Lawrence Wright

Going Clear


The Basis For The New HBO Documentary. A National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. Scientology presents itself as a scientific approach to spiritual enlightenment, but