2013 Week 22

This includes events from Sunday, May 26, 2013 through Saturday, June 1, 2013.



Sunday, May 26, 2013

Armed conflict and attacks Two rockets strike the Lebanese capital of Beirut in the predominantly Shiite southern suburbs, which also serves as the stronghold of Hezbollah. (AP via Sydney Morning Herald) War in Somalia (2009–present): Six people are killed in an attack by Somali militants in police posts over the Kenyan border. (BBC)

Politics and elections An estimated 150,000 people rally against gay marriage in Paris, France, with 100 people arrested. (BBC), (Sky News)

Law and crime A 17-year-old American boy, Grant Acord, is arrested and charged with attempted aggravated murder for planning to blow up his school, West Albany High School, in Albany, Oregon. Six explosives were found in his bedroom. (AP via News24) (CNN) British counter-terrorism officers arrest another man in connection with the 2013 Woolwich attack. (SAPA via News24)

Business and economy Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor of the Bank of Japan, says that although interest-rate increases will cause some stress to Japanese financial institutions, they have "sufficient resilience against such shocks." (Reuters) Electric car company Better Place announces it will file for bankruptcy. (Reuters)

Arts and culture The French film Blue Is the Warmest Colour wins the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. (BBC) Fast & Furious 6 opens at the top of the movie sales charts in 59 countries, including the United States and Canada where it grossed an estimated $122 million. (New York Times)

Disasters and accidents At least one person is killed, and ten people are injured after a party bus collides with a passenger car near Burlingame, California, United States. (San Jose Mercury News)

Health and environment Whiteface Mountain in the U.S. state of New York experiences three feet (91 cm) of snow. (ABC News)

Sport In motorsport: In Formula One, German Nico Rosberg wins the Monaco Grand Prix. (BBC) In IndyCar, Tony Kanaan of Brazil wins the Indianapolis 500. (The New York Times) In NASCAR, Kevin Harvick wins the Coca-Cola 600. During the race, a cable used to support a Fox skycam falls on the track, causing minor injuries to 10 spectators and minor damage to several cars in the event. (ESPN) In road cycling, Vincenzo Nibali of Italy wins the Giro d'Italia. (BBC) In Twenty20 cricket, the Mumbai Indians defeat Chennai Super Kings in the final to win a maiden Indian Premier League title. (The Indian Express) In Gaelic football, Donegal open the defence of their All-Ireland title with a victory over Tyrone in the Ulster Senior Football Championship. (The Score) (The Irish Times) In tennis, Venus Williams loses in the first round of the French Open for the first time since 2001. (Los Angeles Times) In ice hockey, the Halifax Mooseheads defeat the Portland Winterhawks to win the 2013 Memorial Cup [1] In professional golf Boo Weekley wins the Crowne Plaza Invitational. (ESPN) Matteo Manassero becomes the youngest player to win the BMW PGA Championship. (USA Today)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Armed conflicts and attacks Seven Philippine police officers are killed by a New People's Army land mine in the municipality of Allacapan, Cagayan. (Philstar) At least 75 people are killed and over 200 injured in a wave of bombings in Shi'ite neighbourhoods across Baghdad as sectarian violence in Iraq continues to increase. (Reuters via News24) Syrian Civil War: The European Union lifts its ban against arming Syrian rebels as full consensus among its 27 member states to extend the current embargo could not be reached. (CNN) (BBC)

Politics and elections King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia upgrades the National Guard to a ministry position and appoints his son Mutaib bin Abdullah as the first minister. (The Nation)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

Saturday June 1, 2013

Other history including prehistory, antiquity, and classical and medieval history can be connected. Other modern history including the 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, and 19th century can be connected. Other periods of the 20th century including the early 20th century, early mid 20th century, mid 20th century, late mid 20th century, and late 20th century can be connected. Other periods of the early 21st century including the early 2000s and late 2000s can be connected. The early 2010s including 2011 and 2012 can be connected. Other events of 2013 including the first quarter 2013 can be connected. other events of the second quarter 2013 including April 2013, other week of May 2013, and other weeks of June 2013 can be connected. The third quarter 2013 can be connected. The fourth quarter 2013 can be connectd. 2014 can be connected. The future can be connected.

Sociology including communities and social structure and change can be connected.

Peoples of the world including major groups of Western Civilization, Asiatic peoples, African peoples, and American Indian peoples can be connected.

Nations such as Vietnam, Ethiopia, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Turkey, Congo DR, Thailand, France, United Kingdom, Italy, South Africa, South Korea, Burma, Colombia, Spain, Ukraine, Tanzania, Argentina, Kenya, Poland, Algeria, Canada, Iraq, Uganda, Morocco, Sudan, Peru, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Yemen, Afghanistan, Ghana, North Korea, Mozambique, Taiwan, Australia, Syria, Côte d'Ivoire, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Angola, Cameroon, Romania, Chile, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Niger, Burkina Faso, Guatemala, Mali can be connected.

Western Civilization including Mexico can be connected.

May 27, 2013 Nurse Roger Dean pleads guilty to eleven counts of murder in relation to a fire at a nursing home in the Sydney suburb of Quakers Hill. (Sydney Morning Herald)

May 27, 2013 Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals announces it will purchase Bausch & Lomb for US$8.7 billion. (Washington Post)

May 27, 2013 Digital currency Liberty Reserve is shut down and its founder arrested on money laundering charges in Costa Rica. (Salon)

May 27, 2013 Seventeen people die during an H1N1 outbreak in Venezuela, and a further 250 are infected. (Reuters)

May 27, 2013 Romania unfurls the world's largest flag ever made, according to Guinness World Records. (Herald Sun) (Guardian)

May 27, 2013 Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History announces the discovery of nearly 5,000 cave paintings near Burgos, Tamaulipas. (io9)

May 28, 2013 Sweden's largest music festival, the Peace & Love in Borlänge, files for bankruptcy. (Göteborgs-Posten)

May 29, 2013 Former Bosnian official Jadranko Prlic is sentenced to 25 years in prison by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for war crimes during the Yugoslav Wars. (The Australian)

May 30, 2013 After a three-year trial, a U.N. tribunal in The Hague acquits two former Serbian security officials accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 1990s Bosnian War. (Al Jazeera)

Anglic peoples such as those of the United States can be connected.

May 28, 2013 Australia's ABC News claims that the People's Republic of China hacked plans for the headquarters of the country's spy agency ASIO. (ABC News Australia)

May 28, 2013 The United States launches a prosecution against Liberty Reserve, based in Costa Rica, for money laundering worth $6 billion. (Sydney Morning Herald)

May 28, 2013 The U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles, California announces that Scott London, former senior partner with KPMG, has agreed to plead guilty on charges involving insider trading. (Reuters)

May 29, 2013 U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, a prominent figure in the Tea Party movement, abruptly announces that she will not seek reelection to a fifth term in November 2014. (MarketWatch)

May 29, 2013 The New York Police Department (NYPD) states that preliminary tests indicate ricin was present in letters that were sent to the office of New York City Mayor and media mogul Michael Bloomberg, and to the office of the Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. (CNN)

May 29, 2013 Michael Adebowale is charged with the murder of British Army soldier Lee Rigby in the 2013 Woolwich attack. (CBS News)

May 29, 2013 England and Ireland meet at Wembley Stadium for the first time since England fans rioted and attacked their Irish counterparts in Dublin in 1995. The match passes off peacefully with a 1-1 draw. (RTÉ) (BBC)

May 29, 2013 In a friendly soccer match in Cleveland, Belgium defeats the United States by a score of 4 to 2. (Sports Illustrated)

May 30, 2013 Abdul-Baki Todashev, father of Ibragim Todashev who was killed by the FBI last week, describes U.S. agents as "bandits" who killed his son "execution-style". (The Guardian) (Al Jazeera)

May 30, 2013 Parents in Polk County in the U.S. state of Florida protest against their children having their irises scanned by authorities without permission by schools. The EyeSwipe-Nano program is temporarily suspended. (RT)

May 30, 2013 U.S. president Barack Obama appoints James Comey, a former member of the Bush administration, as the new director of the FBI. (The Guardian) (The Independent)

May 30, 2013 A court in Mold, Wales, finds Mark Bridger guilty of abducting and murdering five-year-old April Jones in October 2012. (BBC)

May 30, 2013 Seton Hall University is shut down due to a bomb threat that turns out to be a hoax. (USA Today)

May 30, 2013 Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine makes an "unpatriotic" comment on television, prompting calls for him to be removed to a "Communist country" or pursued by secretive anti-terrorism hit squads. Levine responds by tweeting dictionary definitions of words such as "joke", "humourless" and "lighthearted" but is later forced to apologise for his indiscretion. (The Guardian)

May 30, 2013 In association football, a judge suspends England's match against Brazil over safety fears at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. (BBC) (The Guardian)

May 30, 2013 Arvind Mahankali wins the 86th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. (USA TODAY)

May 31, 2013 U.S. President Barack Obama lifts a trade embargo of communications equipment and software to non-government Iranians. (Bloomberg)

May 31, 2013 British Conservative Party MP Patrick Mercer resigns his party whip over allegations he broke the rules on lobbying. (BBC)

June 1, 2013 The United States calls on China to provide a full account of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.(BBC)

June 1, 2013 Michael Adebolajo is formally charged with the murder of British Army soldier Lee Rigby in the 2013 Woolwich attack. (Sky News)

June 1, 2013 Disasters and accidents The death toll from the tornados that hit Oklahoma City on May 31 rises to nine. (News Limited)

June 1, 2013 An Ontario, Canada air ambulance crashes killing its two pilots and two paramedics. (BBC)

May 31, 2013 The United States Naval Academy announces it is investigating allegations that three football players sexually assaulted a female student. (CBS News)

May 31, 2013 Starbucks announces it will no longer allow customers to smoke in any of its locations. (The Guardian)

May 31, 2013 Four firemen are killed and five others injured fighting a fire in Houston, Texas, U.S. (USA Today)

May 31, 2013 Four people are killed when two small planes collide near Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. (USA Today)

May 31, 2013 Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport is evacuated due to a tornado threat with three tornadoes touching down with five people dead and others reported missing. (CNN), (USA Today)

Latin peoples such as those of Brazil can be connected.

May 28, 2013 Health France reports its first death from the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus as Saudi Arabia advises of five new cases. (Reuters)

May 29, 2013 French police arrest a man, said to be a radical Islamist, for allegedly stabbing Cédric Cordier, a soldier in the La Défense business district near Paris. (The Times)

May 29, 2013 The veteran Italian actress Franca Rame, also known as the wife and muse of Dario Fo and mother of Jacopo Fo, dies in Milan at the age of 83. Dario Fo dedicated his 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature to her. (The Guardian) (Reuters)

May 29, 2013 Italians campaign to save Trieste's historic Caffè San Marco, frequented by figures such as James Joyce, Italo Svevo and Umberto Saba. (The Guardian)

May 30, 2013 FC Barcelona releases Éric Abidal, who had fought back from a liver tumour and a liver transplant to play again. (Associated Press)

May 31, 2013 Italy announces its first case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. (Reuters)

June 1, 2013 Turtle conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval is murdered by poachers on a Costa Rican beach. (Tico Times)

Northeast European peoples such as those of Russia can be connected.

May 28, 2013 Russia evacuates 130 people as the situation in Syria continues to worsen. (IANS via OneIndia)

May 30, 2013 Russian scientists discover a "perfectly preserved" woolly mammoth carcass on the remote Arctic Lyakhovsky Islands containing liquid blood. (Newsday)

June 1, 2013 A country-wide smoking ban in most public spaces goes into effect in Russia. (Reuters)

Asiatic peoples such as those of the Philippines can be connected.

May 28, 2013 Syrian civil war: United States Senator John McCain travels to Syria to meet with rebel fighters and discuss with them America's possible involvement in the nation's civil war.(Reuters)

May 28, 2013 Le Monde reports continued use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria. (Le Monde)

May 29, 2013 Insurgents storm a Red Cross guest house in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. (AP via The Miami Herald)

May 30, 2013 Syrian civil war: An Israeli official says the Israeli government is looking into reports that Syria received a shipment of S-300 missiles. (The Jerusalem Post)

May 30, 2013 Doctors in the besieged city of Qusayr request urgent medical aid as they run out of supplies to treat eight-hundred wounded. (The Jerusalem Post)

May 30, 2013 Syrian state television reports that forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have killed three westerners including an American woman and a British man fighting for the Opposition. (CNN)

May 30, 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): A series of bombings across Iraq kills at least eleven people. (BBC)

May 31, 2013 Turkish protestors are removed from Gezi Park in Taksim Square, Istanbul, in a violent crackdown by police after days of anti-government unrest. (Reuters)

May 31, 2013 Iranian presidential election: The first televised debate is held with candidates discussing their economic plans. (PressTV) (Trend)

June 1, 2013 Two drone strikes kill at least seven suspected al-Qaeda militants in the Abyan Governorate of Yemen. (Reuters)

June 1, 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal) Authorities in Iraq say they have uncovered an Al-Qaeda plot to use chemical weapons, as well as to smuggle them to Europe and North America. (BBC), (Sky new)

June 1, 2013 UN death-toll figures show more than 1000 people died from violent attacks in Iraq during the month of May, making it the country's deadliest month since 2008. (VOA)

South Asian peoples such as those of Bangladesh can be connected.

Pakistan can be connected.

May 28, 2013 War in North-West Pakistan: Gunmen kill one anti-polio worker and wound three others (CTV News)

May 29, 2013 War in North-West Pakistan: Drone attacks in Pakistan: Pakistani intelligence officials claim that a US drone attack has killed 5 alleged foreign militants, including Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan commander Wali-ur-Rehman, in the North Waziristan town of Miran Shah. (New York Times)

India can be connected.

May 27, 2013 In cricket, Sachin Tendulkar announces his retirement from the Indian Premier League after the Mumbai Indians win their first championship. (BBC)

May 29, 2013 At least 13 people are dead and at least 20 injured following a collision between a bus and a tanker near the Indian town of Dahanu in Maharashtra state. (IBN)

June 1, 2013 The bollywood movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani grosses Rs 19.45 crores on opening day in India, the highest figure obtained in 2013 thus far. (NDTV)

Oriental peoples such as those of Japan can be connected.

May 30, 2013 Following the controversial discovery of genetically modified wheat on a U.S. farm on May 29, Japan suspends imports of wheat from the U.S. (Associated Press via The Washington Post) (The Huffington Post)

China can be connected.

May 29, 2013 Chinese meat processing company Shuanghui buys the world's largest meat processing company Smithfield Foods for $4.72 billion. (AP via USA Today)

Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples such as those of Indonesia can be connected.

May 28, 2013 A boat carrying 100 passengers capsizes in the Rajang River in Malaysia's Sarawak state with over 20 passengers missing. (AFP via NDTV), (BNO via Wire Update)

May 29, 2013 Buddhist mobs burn down Muslim homes and shops in Lashio, Myanmar leaving 1 dead and 4 others injured. (Reuters)

June 1, 2013 Three people are killed in apartment building explosion in Manila, Philippines. (Sydney Morning Herald via AFP)

African peoples such as those of Nigeria can be connected.

May 30, 2013 Nigerian soldiers uncover a large stock of weapons that they believe belonged to Hezbollah. (Fox News)

May 30, 2013 Nigeria passes a law banning same-sex marriage. (AP via News12)

May 31, 2013 Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court orders elections must be held no later than July 31. (RTT News)

June 1, 2013 Inmates kill two prison guards in a failed Nigerien jailbreak. (New York Times)

American Indian peoples such as those of Mexico can be connected. Middle American Indian peoples such as those of the southwestern the United States can be connected. South American Indian peoples such as those of Brazil can be connected. North American Indian peoples such as those of the United States can be connected.

Institutions including religion, government, economics, education, and family can be connected.

May 29, 2013 Funeral service and cemetery company Service Corporation International purchases another funeral service company Stewart Enterprises for $1.4 billion. (Bloomberg)

Culture, anthropology, personal studies, and science will be connected as the site develops.

May 27, 2013 400-year-old bryophyte specimens left behind by retreating glaciers in Canada are brought back to life in the laboratory. (BBC)(PNAS)

May 29, 2013 Aurornis xui is described as the most basal species of Avialae, potentially unseating Archaeopteryx as the oldest known bird. (BBC)

May 29, 2013 The International Olympic Committee releases its shortlist of sports to be included in the 2020 Summer Olympics: wrestling, squash, and a joint baseball-softball bid. A final decision will be made on September 8th. (ESPN)

May 30, 2013 It is announced that Internet sensation Grumpy Cat will star in a feature-length movie. (Reuters)

May 30, 2013 Stanford University researchers unveil a zinc–air battery that is more energy-dense and cheaper than lithium-ion counterparts. (GlobalPost)

May 30, 2013 New analysis suggests that turtles evolved a shell 40 million years earlier than previously thought. (Nature World News)

May 30, 2013 The asteroid (285263) 1998 QE2, expected to approach within 3.6 million miles of Earth on May 31, is discovered to have its own moon.(Los Angeles Times)

May 30, 2013 There is no added benefit obtained from a double dose of Tamiflu according to a new study. (Reuters)

May 31, 2013 Near-earth asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon pass within 3.6 million miles (5.8 mil km) of the Earth. (BBC)

June 1, 2013 American actress Jean Stapleton dies at the age of 90. (Reuters)

June 1, 2013 Matt Smith announces he will leave Doctor Who at the end of 2013. (Los Angeles Times)

June 1, 2013 In horse racing, Ruler of the World wins the Epsom Derby, becoming the first Chester Vase winner since Shergar in 1981 to win the Derby. (BBC)

June 1, 2013 In association football, FC Bayern Munich defeats VfB Stuttgart 3–2 in the final of the DFB-Pokal, becoming the first German team to win a continental treble (having already won the Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League). (BBC)

June 1, 2013 In basketball, NBA star Grant Hill announces his retirement. (USA Today)

June 1, 2013 Swim Australia president Barclay Nettlefold is suspended amidst allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards a female co-worker. (Sky News)

Created 21 June 2013 Last updated 20 Jan 2014