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The year 2013 went down in history as the international year of water cooperation and the international year of Quinoa.
Frozen, the animation film was the highest grossing film of 2013. The Academy Award, Critics’ Choice Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Supporting Actress went to Kenyan actor Lupita Nyong’o for the brilliant performance in 12 years a slave. We Are Young a song by Fun won the song of the year at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.
On February 28, Pope Benedict true to his word three weeks prior stepped down as the Pope of the Catholic Church. He became the first pontiff to relinquish power in 600 years after Pope Gregory XII in 1445. Pope Benedict cited advancement of age as the reason for his stepping down as the leader of the 1.2 billion strong Catholics in the world.
Two weeks later Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the new pontiff and chose the name, Pope Francis. Born Joseph Ratzinger, he became the 265th Pope after the death of Pope John Paul II on April 19, 2005.
At the 117th edition of the Boston Marathon on April 15, two homemade bombs exploded left three people dead and fatally wounding over 260 marathon goers. Following a four-day manhunt, police apprehended one of the bombing suspects, 19-year old Dzhohkar Tsarnaev. His brother and fellow suspect 26-year old Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a shootout with law enforcement officers.
On December 5, the world was in mourning after the passing of the first South African president Nelson Mandela. Mandela was a champion for equal rights especially against the apartheid regime in South Africa. He served as president between 1994 and 1999.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for their efforts in eliminating chemical weapons. 64-year-old Diana Nyad went down as the first person without a shark tank for protection to swim from Cuba to Florida.
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