2013 events in history

Jan 1 At least 60 people are killed and 200 injured in a stampede after celebrations at Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Jan 4 A gunman kills eight people in a house-to-house rampage in Kawit, the Philippines
Jan 9 A SeaStreak ferry traveling to lower Manhattan, New York City, crashes into the dock, injuring 85 people
Jan 10 More than 100 people are killed and 270 injured in several bomb blasts in Pakistan
Jan 11 One French soldier and 17 militants are killed in a failed attempt to free a French hostage in Bulo Marer, Somalia
Jan 15 A train carrying Egyptian Army recruits derails near Giza, Greater Cairo, killing 19 and injuring 120 others
Jan 16 An estimated 41 international workers are taken hostage in an attack in the town of In Aménas, Algeria
Jan 19 A failed attempt to assassinate Ahmed Dogan, chairman of the Bulgarian political party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, on live television is foiled by security guards
Jan 25 At least 50 people are killed and 120 people are injured in a prison riot in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Jan 27 242 people die in a nightclub fire in the city of Santa Maria, Brazil
Jan 29 SCAT Airlines Flight 760 crashes near the Kazakh city of Almaty, killing 21 people
Jan 30 Naro-1 becomes the first carrier rocket launched by South Korea
Jan 31 An explosion at the Pemex Executive Tower in Mexico City kills at least 33 people and injures more than 100
Feb 1 The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, is opened to the public
Feb 7 At least 51 people are killed in a crash involving a bus and truck in Zambia
Feb 8 A blizzard disrupts transportation and leaves hundreds of thousands of people without electricity in the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada
Feb 10 Thirty-six people are killed and 39 others are injured in a stampede in Allahabad, India, during the Kumbh Mela festival
Feb 11 Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from the papacy, the first pontiff to resign in more than half a millennium
Feb 13 A plane crash kills 5 people and injures 9 others in Donetsk, Ukraine
Feb 15 A meteor explodes over Russia, injuring 1,500 people as a shock wave blows out windows and rocks buildings. This happens unexpectedly only hours before the expected closest ever approach of the larger and unrelated asteroid 2012 DA14
Feb 16 A bomb blast at a market in Hazara Town in Quetta, Pakistan, kills more than 80 people and injures 190 others
Feb 20 The smallest Extrasolar planet, Kepler-37b is discovered
Feb 26 A hot air balloon crashes near Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 people
Feb 27 5 people (including the perpetrator) are killed and 5 others injured in a shooting at a factory in Menznau, Switzerland
Feb 27 At least 19 people are killed when a fire breaks out at an illegal market in Kolkata, India
Feb 28 Pope Benedict XVI resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church becoming the first pope to do so since 1415
Mar 3 A bomb blast in Karachi, Pakistan, kills at least 45 people and injured 180 others in a predominately Shia Muslim area
Mar 13 Pope Francis is elected, in the papal conclave, as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church
Mar 17 The largest meteorite (since NASA started observing the moon in 2005) hit the moon
Mar 22 At least 37 people are killed and 200 are injured after a fire destroys a camp containing Burmese refugees near Ban Mae, Thailand
Mar 29 A landslide kills 66 people in China's Tibetan Autonomous Region near Lhasa
Mar 29 At least 36 people are killed when a 16-floor building collapses in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Apr 3 More than 50 people die in floods resulting from record-breaking rainfall in La Plata and Buenos Aires, Argentina
Apr 4 More than 70 people are killed in a building collapse in Thane, India
Apr 8 The Islamic State of Iraq enters the Syrian Civil War and begins by declaring a merger with the Al-Nusra Front under the name Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham
Apr 15 Two bombs explode near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, killing three people and injuring 264 others
Apr 16 A 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran, killing at least 35 people and injuring 117 others
Apr 17 An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, kills 15 people and injures 160 others
Apr 18 A suicide bombing in a Baghdad cafe kills 27 people and injures another 65
Apr 19 Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is killed in a shootout with police. His brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is captured while hiding in a boat inside a backyard in Watertown, Massachusetts
Apr 20 A 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes Lushan County, Ya'an, in China's Sichuan province, killing more than 150 people and injuring thousands
Apr 22 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrest and charge two men with plotting to disrupt a Toronto area train service in a plot claimed to be backed by Al-Qaeda elements
Apr 22 6 people die in a shooting in Belgorod, Russia
Apr 23 Violence in Bachu County, Kashgar Prefecture, of China's Xinjiang results in death of 21 people
Apr 24 A building collapses near Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people and injuring 2,500 others
Apr 29 A powerful explosion occurs in an office building in Prague, Czech Republic, believed to have been caused by natural gas, injures 43 people
Apr 30 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicates and Willem-Alexander becomes King of the Netherlands
May 6 Three women missing for more than a decade are found alive in the U.S. city of Cleveland, Ohio. Ariel Castro, is taken into custody
May 7 27 people are killed and more than 30 injured, when a tanker truck crashes and explodes outside Mexico City
May 10 One World Trade Center becomes the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere