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:: A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons enters Syria to begin work on dismantling the Assad regime's stockpile of chemical weapons. (BBC)
  • 02 Oct 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Gunmen shoot down a military helicopter in northern Iraq killing all four crew members. (Reuters)
  • 03 Oct 2013 Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Air Force fighter jets bomb camps belonging to suspected Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria in response to a massacre of students at an agricultural college. (Reuters)
  • 04 Oct 2013 Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present):: Four people are killed after supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi clashed with opponents and security forces. (Reuters), (BBC)
  • 05 Oct 2013 Post-civil war clashes in Libya:: Gunmen attack a military checkpoint near Bani Walid leaving 15 soldiers dead. (BBC)
  • 06 Oct 2013 Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present):: At least 53 people are killed during clashes between supporters and opponents of former president Mohamed Morsi on the 40th anniversary of Egypt's crossing of the Suez Canal in 1973. (Reuters) (Euronews)
  • 07 Oct 2013 Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present): Six Egyptian soldiers are killed in an ambush west of Ismaïlia, close to the Suez Canal. In the South Sinai, a suicide bomber kills 3 and injures 55 others after an attack against security buildings in the provincial capital El-Tor. (Reuters) (Al Jazeera)
  • 08 Oct 2013 Reuters reports that major money market fund managers are avoiding U.S. Treasury debt due to mature in the next few months, as the debt ceiling nears and Governmental deadlock deepens. (Reuters)
  • 09 Oct 2013 Clashes between local militias and former Séléka rebels leave an estimated 60 people dead in Central African Republic. (Reuters)
  • 10 Oct 2013 Post-civil war violence in Libya:: The Prime Minister of Libya Ali Zeidan is kidnapped from a hotel in Tripoli but later released. (The Telegraph) (AFP via France 24)
  • 11 Oct 2013 Syrian civil war:: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is accused by Human Rights Watch of killing at least 190 villagers in pro-government areas and kidnapping hundreds more. (Washington Post)
  • 12 Oct 2013 Cyclone Phailin is expected to make landfall on the east coast of India today. (AFP via Australia Network)
  • 13 Oct 2013 Syrian civil war:: Gunmen kidnap seven workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross from northern Syria. (Fox News)Opposition activists say Syrian army tanks killed 11 civilians including 3 children in a crossfire incident during the battle for the city center of Daraa. (Haaretz)
  • 14 Oct 2013 Ethiopian officials report that a plot by a group of Somali nationals to attack Sunday's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match in Addis Ababa failed when their explosives detonated inside their home, killing two of the would-be suicide bombers. (Reuters UK)
  • 15 Oct 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: A bomb in a mosque in Afghanistan's Logar Province kills the governor Arsala Jamal and results in other injuries. (Reuters via IOL)
  • 16 Oct 2013 Syrian civil war:: At least 21 civilians are killed when their minibus hits a land mine in southern Syrian town of Nawa, with opposition activists blaming the Syrian army. (Reuters), (BBC)
  • 17 Oct 2013 Naxalite–Maoist insurgency: A Naxalite landmine kills three police officers in the Gadchiroli district of India's Maharashtra state. (Zee News)
  • 18 Oct 2013 China's economy grew at a rate of 7.8 percent in the third quarter. (Reuters)
  • 19 Oct 2013 Syrian Civil War:: A suicide bomber kills 16 Syrian Army soldiers at a checkpoint near Damascus. (Wall Street Journal)
  • 20 Oct 2013 Syrian civil war:: A suicide truck bomber attack by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front on a government checkpoint outside Hama, Syria, kills at least 30 people, including a number of soldiers. (AP via USA Today)
  • 21 Oct 2013 A female suicide bomber detonates an explosive vest on a bus in the Russian city of Volgograd, killing at least 6 and injuring at least 28 others, 8 of them critically. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 22 Oct 2013 Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Nigerian troops kill 37 Boko Haram Islamist militants in air and ground strikes in their bases in the northeast. (Reuters)
  • 23 Oct 2013 Syrian civil war:: The Al-Nusra Front captures the Syriac Orthodox village of Sadad, killing at least 9 people and sparking heavy fighting with Syrian Army forces. (Reuters)Syrian rebels attack a gas pipeline close to Damascus International Airport, causing a country-wide power outage. (Reuters)
  • 24 Oct 2013 Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana, the 19th Supreme Patriarch of Buddhism in Thailand, dies at the age of 100. (ABC News via Associated Press)
  • 25 Oct 2013 Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Military officials report that 74 members of Boko Haram have been killed in a combined ground and aerial assault on militant camps in northeastern Borno State. (Reuters)
  • 26 Oct 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: A gunfight between Afghan and foreign soldiers on the outskirts of the capital Kabul, kills at least one Afghan serviceman and injures a number of other soldiers. (Reuters)
  • 27 Oct 2013 8 bomb blasts rock the city of Patna in the Indian state of Bihar killing 5 and injuring over 70 people.(Firstpost)
  • 28 Oct 2013 Two Thai police die while trying to defuse a bomb in Narathiwat province. (Bangkok Post)
  • 29 Oct 2013 2013 Tiananmen Square incident: Police in China name two suspects from Xinjiang linked to an apparent suicide attack car crash outside the Forbidden City on Tiananmen Square in the capital Beijing. (BBC)
  • 30 Oct 2013 There are at least three dead and seven injured when a bomb explodes near the official residence of the Chief Minister of India's Manipur state Okram Ibobi Singh in the city of Imphal. (IBN) (NDTV)
  • 31 Oct 2013 Israeli–Palestinian conflict:: After having rocks hurled at them, Israeli troops respond and shoot dead a Palestinian man in the West Bank. (Reuters)An IED injures 5 IDF soldiers, causing clashes that leave 2 Hamas militiamen dead and 2 wounded. (The Times of Israel)

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Which were the top hits in October 2013?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Wrecking Ball
  2. - Royals
  3. - Roar
  4. - Wake Me Up!
  5. - Hold On, We're Going Home


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Release year: 2013

Directed by: Zaza Urushadze

Starring: Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze, Misha Meskhi



Release year: 2013

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad

Country: United States of America

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Release year: 2013

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in October 2013?
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Simple Dreams by Linda Ronstadt

Simple Dreams


In this memoir, iconic singer Linda Ronstadt weaves together a captivating story of her origins in Tucson, Arizona, and her rise to stardom in the Southern California music scene of the

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Lowland


A New York Times Book Review Notable Book • A Time Top Fiction Book • An NPR "Great Read" • A Chicago Tribune Best Book • A USA Today Best Book • A People magazine

W Is For Wasted by Sue Grafton

W Is For Wasted


The first victim was a local PI of suspect reputation who’d been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. The other body was found on the beach six weeks later—a

Tip And The Gipper by Chris Matthews

Tip And The Gipper


TIP AND THE GIPPER is a magnificent personal history of a time when two great political opponents served together for the benefit of the country.

Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan

Who Asked You?


From the # I New York Times bestselling author…“Remember Getting to Happy, Waiting to Exhale, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back?