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May 2013

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2013?


  • 01 May 2013 South Thailand insurgency:: Insurgents kill six people, including a two-year-old boy, in a deadly shooting in Pattani, Thailand. (ABC News)
  • 02 May 2013 The Chad government announces that it foiled a coup attempt that "had been in preparation for several months." (Reuters)
  • 03 May 2013 Syrian civil war:: Israeli warplanes bomb a Syrian weapons facility in an overnight attack. (The New York Times)
  • 04 May 2013 War in Afghanistan: Five US soldiers are killed when a bomb detonates in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Additionally, three more are killed in separate incidents. (The New York Times)
  • 05 May 2013 Syrian civil war:: Israeli aircraft hit at least six targets near Damascus, targeting Iranian-made Fateh-110 missile shipments en route to Hezbollah. (BBC) (The Times of Israel)Syria's foreign ministry accuses Israel of helping and working with the Syrian rebels to coordinate airstrikes (Xinhua) (ABC) (The New York Times)
  • 06 May 2013 Afghanistan–Pakistan skirmishes:: An Afghan border police guard is killed and two Pakistani troops are injured in border violence. (BBC)
  • 07 May 2013 Syrian civil war:: Four Filipino UN peacekeepers are kidnapped by armed men while patrolling the demilitarized area between Syria and the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. (Al Jazeera), (BBC)
  • 08 May 2013 War in North-West Pakistan:: A suicide car bombing hits a police station in the Bannu District of northwest Pakistan, killing at least two people and injuring twenty. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 09 May 2013 War in North-West Pakistan:: Ali Haider Gillani, the son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, is abducted by unidentified gunmen at an election rally in the city of Multan two days before the May 11 general election. (BBC)
  • 10 May 2013 Bombs explode outside two police stations in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi. (Reuters)
  • 11 May 2013 War in North-West Pakistan:: A bomb explodes near the Awami National Party offices in Karachi killing 11 people. (News Limited)
  • 12 May 2013 Syrian civil war:: Four Filipino UN peacekeepers that had been taken captive by Syrian rebels on May 7 are released. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 13 May 2013 Aftermath of the Libyan civil war:: A car bomb explodes near a hospital in the Libyan city of Benghazi, killing at least nine people. (BBC)
  • 14 May 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: The Taliban kills four US soldiers in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • 15 May 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Gunmen using silenced weapons attack at least nine alcohol stores in western Baghdad, killing twelve people. (Al Jazeera)Thirty-five people, including three police officers, are killed in bomb attacks in Shi'ite sections of Baghdad and parts of northern Iraq. (Reuters)
  • 16 May 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: Many people are killed in two suicide bombings in Afghanistan, at least fifteen of which are killed in the capital Kabul when a suicide bomber from Hizb-i-Islami, a Taliban affiliate, targeted a convoy carrying foreign troops, injuring another 40. (Xinhua) (NBC)
  • 17 May 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A string of bombings, most of them in Sunni areas of Iraq, kill at least 90 people and injured more than 200 others. (Times of India)
  • 18 May 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Gunmen break into the home of an anti-terrorism police officer in the Baghdad suburbs, killing him and his family. (Voice of America)
  • 19 May 2013 Syrian civil war:: Heavy fighting is reported in Qusair, Syria, as the Syrian army launches a major counter-offensive against rebel forces. (BBC)
  • 20 May 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A wave of violence continues, with attacks across the country killing 133 and leaving 283 others injured. Almost 400 people have been killed in the last six days alone, as tribal leaders warn of impending civil war. (BBC) ( via AP)
  • 21 May 2013 Syrian civil war:: Israel and Syria exchange gunfire on the Golan Heights. (Reuters)Elite Hezbollah reinforcements are sent from Lebanon across the border to al-Qusayr, Syria. Activists report that much of the city has been destroyed. (Al Arabiya)
  • 22 May 2013 Eric Holder, the Attorney-General of the United States, confirms that four US citizens have been killed in drone aircraft attacks since 2011 including radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki killed in 2011. (CBS News)
  • 23 May 2013 Syrian Civil War:: Friends of Syria calls on Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah to withdraw from Syrian territory. (Ynet)
  • 24 May 2013 Afghanistan War:: Afghan security forces battle Taliban insurgents in central Kabul. An Afghan policeman, a Nepalese soldier, and numerous insurgents are killed. (BBC)
  • 25 May 2013 Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar claims responsibility for two suicide bombing attacks that killed 30 people in Niger on May 23. (New York Times)
  • 26 May 2013 Two rockets strike the Lebanese capital of Beirut in the predominantly Shiite southern suburbs, which also serves as the stronghold of Hezbollah. (AP via Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 27 May 2013 Seven Philippine police officers are killed by a New People's Army land mine in the municipality of Allacapan, Cagayan. (Philstar)
  • 28 May 2013 Syrian civil war:: United States Senator John McCain travels to Syria to meet with rebel fighters and discuss with them America's possible involvement in the nation's civil war.(Reuters)Le Monde reports continued use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria. (Le Monde)Russia evacuates 130 people as the situation in Syria continues to worsen. (IANS via OneIndia)
  • 29 May 2013 War in North-West Pakistan:: Drone attacks in Pakistan: Pakistani intelligence officials claim that a US drone attack has killed 5 alleged foreign militants, including Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan commander Wali-ur-Rehman, in the North Waziristan town of Miran Shah. (New York Times)
  • 30 May 2013 Syrian civil war:: An Israeli official says the Israeli government is looking into reports that Syria received a shipment of S-300 missiles. (The Jerusalem Post)Doctors in the besieged city of Qusayr request urgent medical aid as they run out of supplies to treat eight-hundred wounded. (The Jerusalem Post)Syrian state television reports that forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have killed three westerners including an American woman and a British man fighting for the Opposition. (CNN)
  • 31 May 2013 Turkish protestors are removed from Gezi Park in Taksim Square, Istanbul, in a violent crackdown by police after days of anti-government unrest. (Reuters)

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Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Release year: 2013

Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche

Starring: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing

Country: France



Release year: 2013

Directed by: Alexander Payne

Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk

Now You See Me

Now You See Me

Release year: 2013

Directed by: Louis Leterrier

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson

Country: France


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Robert B. Parker'S Wonderland by Ace Atkins

Robert B. Parker'S Wonderland


Old friends. Small favors. Bitter rivals. Stirred together, it all makes for one explosive cocktail. Spenser can feel the heat stretching from Boston to Vegas—and people are about to get burned.

Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson

Happy, Happy, Happy


This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty® star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business.LIVING

The Guns At Last Light by Rick Atkinson

The Guns At Last Light


It is the twentieth century's unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Oh, the Places You'll Go!


Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly …

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life


"One of the best novels I've read this century. Kate Atkinson is a marvel. There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe LIFE AFTER LIFE: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound."--Gillian