October 2013 calendar

October 2013

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 2013?


  • 01 Oct 2013 Syrian civil war: An Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons team enters Syria to start work on dismantling the Assad regime’s chemical weapons stockpile.
  • 02 Oct 2013 Iraqi insurgency after the U.S. withdrawal: Four soldiers are killed when gunmen shot down a military helicopter from northern Iraq.
  • 03 Oct 2013 Islamist insurgency: Air Force fighter planes bomb camps of suspected Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria as a response to the massacre of students at an agricultural college.
  • 04 Oct 2013 Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013-present).: Four people were killed when supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi clashed against security forces and opponents. (Reuters),
  • 05 Oct 2013 Fiveteen soldiers are killed in post-civil war clashes.
  • 06 Oct 2013 Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013, 2013-present): At least 53 people were killed in clashes between supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi and his opponents on the 40th anniversary Egypt's crossing the Suez Canal in 1973.
  • 07 Oct 2013 Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013, 2013-present) Six Egyptian soldiers are ambushed west of Ismailia near the Suez Canal, killing them. After an attack on security buildings in El-Tor, the provincial capital of South Sinai, a suicide bomber kills three and injures 55 more.
  • 08 Oct 2013 Reuters reports that U.S. Treasury debt will be maturing in the coming months. This is as the debt ceiling approaches and the Governmental deadlock grows.
  • 09 Oct 2013 An estimated 60 people have been killed in clashes between former Seleka rebels and local militias in Central African Republic.
  • 10 Oct 2013 Ali Zeidan, the Prime Minister of Libya, is kidnapped in Tripoli from a hotel. He was later freed.
  • 11 Oct 2013 Human Rights Watch accuses the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant of murdering at least 190 Syrian villagers in progovernment areas and kidnapping many more.
  • 12 Oct 2013 Today Cyclone Phailin will make landfall on India's east coast.
  • 13 Oct 2013 Syrian civil war: Seven workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross are kidnapped by gunmen from northern Syria. (Fox News). Opposition activists claim that 11 civilians were killed by Syrian army tanks during the battle for Daraa's city center.
  • 14 Oct 2013 Ethiopian officials have confirmed that two suicide bombers were killed in a plot to attack Sunday's FIFA World Cup qualifier match in Addis ababa.
  • 15 Oct 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001-present:): A bomb at a mosque in Afghanistan's Logar Province causes the death of Governor Arsala Jamal, and other injuries.
  • 16 Oct 2013 Civil war in Syria: At least 21 civilians were killed when their minibus hit a mine in the southern Syrian town Nawa. Opposition activists blame the Syrian army. (Reuters),
  • 17 Oct 2013 Naxalite Maoist insurgency: Three police officers are killed by a Naxalite landmine in India's Maharashtra district.
  • 18 Oct 2013 China's economy grew by 7.8 percent during the third quarter.
  • 19 Oct 2013 Syrian Civil War: 16 soldiers of the Syrian Army are killed by a suicide bomber at a checkpoint close to Damascus.
  • 20 Oct 2013 Syrian civil war: An attack by Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front suicide truck bomber on a government checkpoint outside Hama (Syria) kills at most 30 people, including a few soldiers.
  • 21 Oct 2013 A suicide bomber female kills at least 6 people and injures at least 28 others in Volgograd. 8 of these are critically.
  • 22 Oct 2013 Islamist insurgency: Nigerian troops kill 37 Boko Haram Islamist militants during air and ground attacks at their northeast base.
  • 23 Oct 2013 Syrian civil war: The Al-Nusra Front seizes the Syriac Orthodox Village of Sadad. At least 9 people are killed and heavy fighting breaks out with Syrian Army forces. (Reuters) Syrian rebels attacked a gas pipeline near Damascus International Airport, causing a power outage across the country.
  • 24 Oct 2013 Nyanasamvara Supaddhana, 19th Supreme Patriarch in Thailand Buddhism, has died at the age 100.
  • 25 Oct 2013 Islamist insurgency: Officials from the military report that 74 members and supporters of Boko Haram were killed in an aerial and ground attack on militant camps in northeastern Borno State.
  • 26 Oct 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001-present:) A gunfight between Afghan soldiers and foreign soldiers at the outskirts Kabul kills at most one Afghan soldier and injures many other soldiers.
  • 27 Oct 2013 8 bomb explosions struck Patna, India's state of Bihar. They killed 5 people and injured more than 70 others.
  • 28 Oct 2013 Two Thai police officers are killed while trying to blow up a bomb in Narathiwat.
  • 29 Oct 2013 2013 Tiananmen square incident: China police identify two suspects from Xinjiang in connection to an apparent suicide attack on a car outside the Forbidden city at Tiananmen square in Beijing.
  • 30 Oct 2013 A bomb explosion near the residence of Chief Minister of India's Manipur State Okram Ibobi Singh in Imphal leaves at least three people dead and seven others injured.
  • 31 Oct 2013 Conflict between Israel and Palestine: Israeli troops shoot dead a Palestinian in the West Bank after being attacked with rocks. (Reuters) 5 IDF soldiers are injured by an IED, resulting in clashes that left 2 Hamas militiamen killed and 2 others wounded.
  • 03 Oct 2013 At least 360 migrants are killed when their boat sinks near the Italian island of Lampedusa.
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The Wolves Of Midwinter by Anne Rice

The Wolves Of Midwinter


The Wolf Gift continues the story. . . Anne Rice's compelling and surprising best-selling novel is the first in a series of strange and mythic visions of the world of wolfen.

Five Days At Memorial by Sheri Fink

Five Days At Memorial


One of The New York Times's Best Ten Book of the YearWinners of the National Book Critics Circle Award For NonfictionWinners of the 2014 J.

The Signature Of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature Of All Things


The #1 New York Times bestseller of Eat, Pray, Love, and Committed is back with a stunning, sprawling novel about desire, ambition, and the need for knowledge. Take a look

Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk



You are invited to Purgatory. Chuck Palahniuk style. Madison Spencer, the snarkiest dead girls in the universe, is trapped in Purgatory after a failed Halloween ritual.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed


A remarkable novel about finding a piece of yourself in another person. Khaled Hosseini is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author, of A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner. This novel is about love and how we care for …