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Did you know that Grand Theft Auto V earned over $800 million in sales within its first 24 hours of release in September 2013?

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2013 was a year filled with incredible moments and remarkable achievements. From the release of Disney’s “Frozen” to Andy Murray’s historic Wimbledon victory, the world was captivated by these unforgettable events.

This year, we witnessed some memorable occurrences, such as Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, making history as the first papal resignation since 1415.

In the realm of technology, 2013 saw significant advancements with the introduction of the iPhone 5S featuring Touch ID. And, of course, we can’t forget that the short-lived but memorable Google Glass was released as a prototype this year.

Also, 2013 marked the inception of the Black Lives Matter hashtag, paving the way for a powerful social movement.

Join us as we delve into these highlights and more, exploring the extraordinary journey that unfolded in the year 2013.

Events

Prepare to be amazed as we unveil the most unforgettable happenings that took place during the extraordinary year of 2013.

Jan 8

Twenty One Pilots released their third studio album called “Vessel.”

Ironically, the album reached 21 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Jan 19

Earth-like calcium-rich deposits were found on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover.

OTD in 2013: Earth-like calcium-rich deposits were found on Mars by NASA's Curiosity Rover.

Jan 19

Seven-time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, admitted doping during all wins on Oprah Winfrey.

Jan 30

South Korea’s first launch vehicle successfully reached orbit for the first time.

The launch vehicle, Naro-1, was a two-stage rocket with a modified Russian Angara URM as the first stage and a solid-fuel second stage constructed by South Korea’s national space agency. The first two attempts to launch were total failures, with the Naro-1 exploding in mid-air. This third attempt successfully carried a South Korean Science and Technology Satellite 2C (STSAT-2C) into orbit.

Feb 1

House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey, was released as a Netflix Original.

OTD in 2013: House of Cards

House of Cards was one of Netflix’s first original series to gain a significant audience.

Feb 4

The French government made it so that Parisian women could legally wear pants.

OTD in 2013: The French government made it so that Parisian women could legally wear pants.

The 213-year-old ban was officially lifted on this day.

Feb 5

The House of Commons voted in favor of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom.

OTD in 2013: The House of Commons voted in favor of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom.

Same-sex marriages in England and Wales began at midnight on March 29, 2014.

Feb 26

Nineteen tourists were killed in a hot air balloon crash in Luxor, Egypt.

OTD in 2013: Nineteen tourists were killed in a hot air balloon crash in Luxor

There were twenty-one people on board when a gas leak caused the balloon to deflate and crash to the ground.

Mar 5

Willcom announced the world’s smallest and lightest phone.

The “WX06A” phone is exactly 32 grams and measures just 32 x 70 x 10.7 mm, making it still today’s smallest and lightest.

Mar 19

Water-bearing minerals were discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover.

OTD in 2013: Water-bearing minerals were discovered on Mars by NASA's Curiosity Rover.

Mar 21

The world’s largest postage stamp was released.

OTD in 2013: The world's largest postage stamp was released.

The Mother of Emirates postage stamp entered the Guinness World Records after measuring 1.36 x 1.77 meters.

Mar 26

Ariana Grande released her first single, “The Way.”

It made it to 6th on BIllboard’s Hot 100 and went Triple Platinum, selling over 3 million copies.

Apr 11

Paleontologists unearthed dinosaur eggs with embryonic bones inside in China.

The fossilized eggs are said to be 190 million years old!

Apr 18

Two Earth-like planets in one solar system were discovered.

Astronomers found a system with a sun-like star and five orbiting planets.

Apr 24

A garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed.

The disaster claimed the lives of 1,134 people, and more than 2,500 were injured. The event caused many protests worldwide, demanding changes to improve working conditions for people working in garment factories.

Apr 27

Michael Jordan married his second wife, Yvette Prieto, at Palm Beach, Florida, US.

May 14

Dan Brown released his fourth novel in the Da Vinci Code series, Inferno, which became an instant success.

May 19

Sweden defeated Switzerland in the 2013 World Ice Hockey Championship.

It was the 77th event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

May 20

The Church of Scotland voted in favor of allowing openly gay men and women to be ministers.

May 21

Microsoft announced the release of the Xbox One.

OTD in 2013: Microsoft announced the release of the Xbox One.

Microsoft publicly unveiled the new console’s name in a press conference and presented it as an all-in-one home entertainment device.

Jun 9

Edward Snowden publicly declared that he was the source of the leaked NSA documents.

Jun 14

The Last of Us was released exclusively for the PlayStation 3.

Developed by Naughty Dog, this action-packed game tells the story of a smuggler who escorts a teenager through the USA after an apocalypse.

Jul 2

The International Astronomical Union named Pluto’s fourth and fifth moons Kerberos and Styx.

Jul 12

Seven people were killed when a French passenger train derailed in Brétigny-Sur-Orge.

The accident was France’s most severe train crash since the 1988 Gare de Lyon accident, in which 56 people lost their lives.

Jul 27

Around 1,000 prisoners escaped from Queyfiya Prison in Benghazi, Libya.

Jul 30

Former US Army Private Bradley Manning was convicted on 17 espionage charges.

Aug 5

The world’s first lab-grown bovine stem cell burger was consumed in London.

OTD in 2013: The world's first lab-grown bovine stem cell burger was consumed in London.

Aug 8

A male cheerleader shot and killed four people, and injured four more at two locations in Dallas, Texas.

When the attacker was found, he pretended he was one of the victims too.

Aug 10

The 14th IAAF World Championships opened in Moscow, Russia.

OTD in 2013: The 14th IAAF World Championships opened in Moscow

Russia won the most medals until a later date when a Russian athlete failed an anti-doping test.

Aug 15

Kristofer Helgen announced the discovery of the olinguito, a mammal of the raccoon family Procyonidae.

OTD in 2013: Kristofer Helgen announced the discovery of the olinguito

The olinguito was the first new carnivorous species found in the Americas in 35 years.

Sep 3

Microsoft purchased Nokia for $7.2 billion.

Sep 20

Grand Theft Auto V smashed records after topping $1 billion in sales.

GTA-V reached this milestone just three days after the game was released.

Sep 27

New Zealand singer Lorde released her debut album “Pure Heroine.”

Oct 22

The Marvel superhero movie “Thor: The Dark World” premiered in London, UK.

OTD in 2013: The Marvel superhero movie "Thor: The Dark World" premiered in London

Nov 8

Category five Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines and claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people with gusts up to 145 miles per hour.

Nov 13

Same-sex marriage was legalized in Hawaii.

The bill passed through the state legislature and was signed into law by Hawaiian Governor Neil Abercrombie on the same day. The new law came into effect on December 2nd, with many same-sex couples choosing to get married on the first day of legalization.

Nov 15

Sony released their PlayStation 4 in North America and sold one million units within 24 hours.

OTD in 2013: Sony released their PlayStation 4 in North America and sold one million units within 24 hours.

Nov 18

NASA’s MAVEN space probe was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The probe’s mission was to study the escape of Mars’ atmospheric gases into space, to try and understand more about the history of Mars’ climate.

Dec 8

Metallica became the first band to have performed on all seven continents when they held a concert in Antarctica.

OTD in 2013: Metallica became the first band to have performed on all seven continents when they held a concert in Antarctica.

“Freeze ’em All,” as Metallica dubbed the show, was held in a giant dome to protect the audience of 120 from the harsh elements. The audience had to listen to the band through headphones for fear of loud amplified music negatively affecting the delicate ecosystem of Antarctica.

Dec 11

British physicist Stephen Hawking won the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most profitable academic prize in the world.

Dec 25

The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, was released.

Dec 30

A bombing took place on a trolleybus in Russia.

In Volgograd, Russia, 16 people were killed in a bomb attack on a trolleybus, leaving 41 injured. A terrorist Jihadist organization later took claim for the attack.

Famous Deaths

Here’s a glimpse at a few famous people who bid us farewell in 2013.

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Paul Walker

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Actor

Paul Walker

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Paul Walker

Paul Walker was an American actor born on September 12, 1973. He died on November 30, 2013, at age 40 in Santa Clarita, California, USA.

Died On:

Nov 30, 2013 (Age 40)

Died In:

California, USA

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Cory Monteith

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Actor

Cory Monteith

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Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith was a Canadian actor born on May 11, 1982. He died on July 13, 2013, at age 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Died On:

Jul 13, 2013 (Age 31)

Died In:

British Columbia, Canada

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Nelson Mandela

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President

Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was a South African president born on July 18, 1918. He died on December 5, 2013, at age 95 in Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Died On:

Dec 5, 2013 (Age 95)

Died In:

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Margaret Thatcher

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Politician

Margaret Thatcher

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2013

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was an English politician born on October 13, 1925. She died on April 8, 2013, at age 87 in London, England, UK.

Died On:

Apr 8, 2013 (Age 87)

Died In:

England, UK

Quotes

Here’s a roundup of the most memorable quotes people said in 2013.

Jan 11

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

American Memoirist

Jul 17

However happy people say they are, nobody is satisfied: we always have to be with the prettiest woman, buy a bigger house, change cars, desire what we do not have.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Brazilian Lyricist

2013 In Music

In 2013, the music scene was ablaze with unforgettable hits that had us grooving to the rhythm!

From the catchy pop sound of “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell Williams to the infectious beats of “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams, these songs brought the party to life and kept us dancing till dawn.

Stay in the loop with these music highlights from 2013 that are worth mentioning.

Album of the Year

Mumford & Sons’ soul-stirring alternative album “Babel” resonated deeply with fans in 2013, securing them the coveted Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Song of the Year

In 2013, the band Fun., accompanied by the talented Janelle Monáe, celebrated their win of the Grammy Award for Song of the Year with their anthemic track “We Are Young.”

Best New Artist

Fun’s catchy pop anthems and energetic performances earned them the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2013, making them a staple of the pop music scene.

Eurovision Song Contest Winner

The 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, the 58th edition, took place in Malmö, Sweden, capturing the attention of music enthusiasts worldwide.

Emmelie de Forest, a radiant singer from Denmark, emerged victorious with her ethereal song “Only Teardrops,” captivating the audience with her mesmerizing voice.

2013 in Numbers

Let’s look at some fun number facts! The Roman numeral representation of 2013 is MMXIII, and in binary, it’s 11111011101.

Chinese Zodiac 2013

Chinese Zodiac 2013: Year of the Water Snake

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, 2013 was designated as The Year of the Snake, which takes place once every twelve years.

However, the Chinese zodiac also includes five elements, which are Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water. So 2013 was actually the Year of the Water Snake, which only occurs every sixty years!

Did you know that the Chinese calendar operates on a lunar cycle? That’s why the Year of the Water Snake actually started on February 10th, and lasted until January 30, 2014.

The Snake symbolizes individuals who are wise, intuitive, and graceful. They have a deep understanding of human nature and are excellent at keeping secrets, making them great confidants and advisors.

Notable names like John Cena and Kanye West are associated with the Year of the Snake, reflecting the remarkable accomplishments of individuals born under this sign!

2013 Trivia

Did you know that Grand Theft Auto V earned over $800 million in sales within its first 24 hours of release in September 2013?

The game was launched on September 17, 2013, and also achieved an impressive Guinness World Record.

GTA V secured the title for “Fastest Entertainment Property to Gross $1 Billion,” accomplishing this remarkable feat in just three days after its release.

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