2013 Week 49

This will include events from Sunday, December 1, 2013 through Saturday, December 7, 2013.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

December 1, 2013 -- Science and technology Comet ISON breaks up into a cloud of debris after skimming the Sun. (NBC)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 3, 2013 -- Science and technology An extremely well-preserved baby Chasmosaurus dinosaur fossil has been unearthed in Alberta, Canada. (Postmedia News via Canada.com)

December 3, 2013 -- Health and medicine Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York City have found that a modified version of the leukemia treatment radioimmunotherapy can kill latent HIV cells, possibly providing a cure for one of the world's deadliest diseases. (NBC)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 4, 2013 -- A new island is discovered in the Laptev sea, and is given the name Yaya. (Vesti.Ru)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

For this week, Western Civilization has uncategorized events and there are varous events among Anglic, Latin, and Northeast European peoples. Asiatic peoples have many uncategorized events. South Asian peoples have some in India and Pakistan. Oriental peoples and Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples have some. African peoples have some. There are none reported for American Indian peoples.

Other History

Other history including prehistory, antiquity, and classical and medieval history can be connected.

Other modern history

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. Other periods of the early 2010s including 2011, 2012, and other periods of 2013 can be connected. 2014 including the first quarter 2014 can be connected.

The future can be connected.


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

Nations such as Philippines, 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, Ecuador, Cambodia, Malawi, Zambia, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Chad, Cuba, Belgium, Greece, Rwanda, Tunisia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Bolivia, Guinea, Burundi, Haiti, Hungary, Somalia, Sweden, Belarus, Dominican Republic, Azerbaijan, Benin, Austria, can be connected.

Western Civilization

Western Civilization including Anglic, Latin. and Northeast European peoples can be connected. Mexico can be connected.

December 1, 2013 -- Politics and elections Croatian constitutional referendum, 2013: Voters in Croatia go to the polls for a referendum on a proposal to outlaw same-sex marriage with 65 per cent voting yes. (Sky News)

December 2, 2013 -- The Right Livelihood Award, sometimes understood as a critique of the Nobel Prize, is presented at a ceremony in the Swedish Parliament building to Dr. Paul Walker, Raji Sourani, Denis Mukwege, and Hans Herren. (Right Livelihood Award)

December 3, 2013 -- Romanian President Traian Basescu sparks a new crisis by refusing to sign the country's IMF accord and threatens Prime Minister Victor Ponta's government with rejecting the national budget, blocking important indexations of salaries and pensions for the following year, over an ongoing political feud between the two leaders. (Bloomberg)

December 4, 2013 -- Business and economy The European Commission fines six banks $2.3 billion for forming illegal cartels to rig interest rates. (BBC)

December 4, 2013 -- Politics and elections Xavier Bettel becomes the first openly gay prime minister in Luxembourg and the third openly gay prime minister in Europe as the country's first government without participation of the Christian Social People's Party since 1979 takes office; Bettel's deputy, Étienne Schneider, is also openly gay, making Luxembourg the first country in the world with the two highest-ranking leaders of government being openly gay. (Al Jazeera)

December 5, 2013 -- Disasters and accidents A major winter storm called Bodil hits the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, disrupting traffic and causing four people to be dead or missing and widespread damage amid fears of flooding along the North Sea coast. (BBC), (AFP via France 24)

December 5, 2013 -- Pope Francis, in his first major action on the still very pressing issue, gives his assent during meetings on reform of the Roman Curia to the creation of a permanent expert-member Pontifical Commission which would advise the Catholic Church on how to deal with cases of the sin and crime of sex abuse of minors by those in Church ministries (as of now, it would not be able to take corrective action against lax Bishops; dioceses and then the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are in charge of laicizing abusive clerics). (Catholic News Service)

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

December 1, 2013 -- Disasters and accidents At least four are dead following a Metro-North Railroad train derailment near Spuyten Duyvil, The Bronx, New York City. (CNN)

December 1, 2013 -- Sport Assem Allam, the Egyptian-born businessman and owner of Premier League club Hull City, tells the club's fans, whom he refers to as "hooligans", that they can "die as soon as they want" following protests against his plans to rename the club Hull Tigers. (ITV News) (Daily Mail)

December 2, 2013 -- 2013 Glasgow helicopter crash: Nine people are now confirmed dead following Friday's crash. (FOX News)

December 2, 2013 -- Law and crime In the New Hampshire's U.S. District Court, the former medical technician David Kwiatkowski is sentenced to 39 years in prison for infecting unknown numbers of patients in various states with hepatitis C through the reuse of his contaminated syringes. (FOX News)

December 3, 2013 -- An inquiry into the 1989 Jonesborough ambush finds that members of the Garda Síochána colluded with the IRA in the shooting of two RUC officers as they crossed the Irish border. (BBC)

December 4, 2013 -- Sixty are ill with fifteen others requiring treatment for smoke inhalation when a BART train makes an emergency stop in the Berkeley Hills Tunnel near the Rockridge station due to mechanical problems. (KRON)

December 5, 2013 -- Arts and culture Thalía is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Variety)

December 6, 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to decide whether software can be patented. (Reuters via The Chicago Tribune)

December 6, 2013 Disasters and accidents 2013 North American cold wave: Record snowfall occurs over the United States killing at least eleven and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. (USA Today)

December 7, 2013 Business and economy United States Supreme Court associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns down a stay to block the December 9 American Airlines/US Airways merger. (FOX News)

December 7, 2013 Arts and culture 87-year-old American comedian Don Rickles is recovering after treatment for a leg infection of necrotizing fasciitis, better known as a flesh-eating disease. (FOX News)

Latin peoples such as those of Brazil can be connected.

December 2, 2013 -- French artist Laure Prouvost wins the 2013 Turner Prize for a video installation set in a mock tea party. (AFP via Yahoo News)

December 2, 2013 -- A five-story building under construction collapses in the Brazilian city of Guarulhos with no casualties. (AFP via Yahoo News)

December 3, 2013 -- A leaked French report on the cause of Yasser Arafat's death says he died of an infection. A Swiss inquiry had said polonium poisoning was most likely. (AFP) (BBC) (LA Times)

December 6, 2013 Sport 2014 FIFA World Cup: The draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup is done in Brazil with the 2010 FIFA World Cup champions Spain and runners-up The Netherlands both drawn in Group B. (The Sports 24)

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

December 1, 2013 -- 2013 Ukraine pro-European Union protests: 100,000 people continue their protest against president Yanukovych's decision to back away from stronger ties with the European Union. (Ria Novosti) (Deutsche Welle) Casualties are reported after clashes between protesters and police in Kiev. (BBC) Protesters storm the Kiev City Council buildings. (BBC)

December 3, 2013 -- Russian ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko is convicted of organizing an acid attack on Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre. (BBC)

December 3, 2013 -- 2013 Ukraine pro-European Union protests: The Government of Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov easily survives a no-confidence motion amid continuing protest against the decision of Azarov and President Yanukovych to back away from stronger ties with the European Union. However, the Government is in danger of not surviving a similar motion tomorrow. (Euronews)

December 4, 2013 -- After Estonian Minister of Culture, Rein Lang s, resignation, new minister - Urve Tiidus - takes office, after President Toomas Hendrik Ilves approval. (Postimees) Science and technology

Asiatic peoples

Asiatic peoples including South Asian peoples, Oriental peoples, and Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples can be connected. Japan can be connected.

December 1, 2013 -- Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): A suicide bombing at a funeral kills at least 17 people in Baqubah, Iraq. (Al Jazeera)

December 1, 2013 -- Syrian civil war: Syrian army helicopters bombard the northern rebel-held town of Al-Bab for a second day, killing 20 people. (Reuters)

December 2, 2013 -- International relations Pope Francis meets with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu at the Vatican to discuss global affairs including the nuclear program of Iran. (USA Today)

December 4, 2013 -- War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The United States stops shipping supplies to Afghanistan through Pakistan due to protests over drone attacks. (The Telegraph)

December 4, 2013 -- A Hezbollah official Hassan al-Lakkis is assassinated outside his home in Hadath, south of the Lebanese capital Beirut with Hezbollah blaming Israel. (Daily Star)

December 4, 2013 -- Syrian civil war: A rocket attack on government-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo kills 18 people including a number of civilians. (BBC)

December 4, 2013 -- Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Iraqi security forces storm the Jawahir Mall in Kirkuk after armed gunmen seize hostages. (Al-Jazeera)

December 5, 2013 -- Unidentified militants attack a Defense Ministry compound in Sana'a, Yemen, killing at least 52 people and injuring 167 others. Most of the victims appear to be doctors and nurses, working at a hospital within the property. (Al Jazeera) (CNN)

December 5, 2013 -- Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Militants in Kirkuk, Iraq, attack a mall and police headquarters, killing 10 people and injuring another 70. (Xinhua)

December 5, 2013 -- Post-civil war violence in Libya: Unidentified gunmen shoot and kill a U.S. teacher at an international school in Benghazi, Libya. (Al Jazeera)

December 5, 2013 -- International relations Australia and South Korea successfully negotiate a free trade agreement. (AAP via News Limited)

December 5, 2013 -- United States Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem to talk about many topics including the nuclear program of Iran. (U.S. Department of State)

December 6, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen: The Yemeni Defense Ministry regains control of their military compound in Sana'a, Yemen, killing 11 militants in the process. (Reuters)

December 6, 2013 Law and crime War in Afghanistan: Royal Marine Sergeant Alexander Blackman is given a life sentence by a court martial for the murder of an unarmed insurgent. (BBC)

December 7, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: The Islamic Front has taken over Bab al-Hawa bases from the Free Syrian Army. (Reuters)

South Asian peoples

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

December 4, 2013 -- A train derails in the Bangladesh district of Gaibandha as a result of sabotage resulting in at least 3 deaths. Over 60 people have been killed since an opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party announced a campaign against next months election. (Dawn)

India can be connected.


December 4, 2013 -- Sectarianism in Pakistan: Thirteen people are killed as a result of targetted shootings in Pakistan's biggest city Karachi. (PTI via NDTV)

December 7, 2013 Politics & Elections Local government elections are held in Balochistan, Pakistan. (Dawn News)

Oriental peoples such as those of China can be connected.

December 1, 2013 -- China launches the Chang'e 3 lunar probe incorporating a robotic lander and Jade Rabbit rover. (Reuters via India Today)

December 3, 2013 -- Reports from South Korea claim that prominent North Korean powerbroker Jang Sung-taek has been sacked as the Vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission. " (BBC)

December 5, 2013 -- Vice President of the United States Joe Biden criticizes the People's Republic of China for a recent crackdown of foreign journalists in the country. (The Washington Post)

December 6, 2013 Environment Pollution in China: A record level of smog is reported in Shanghai causing officials to issue the highest level health warning and delaying of hundreds of flights.(Reuters)

December 6, 2013 Science and technology The China National Space Administration achieves Earth to Lunar transorbital insertion of their Chang'e 3 probe. The spacecraft enters a 100 km (62 mi)-high circular lunar orbit at 5:53 p.m. Beijing Time. The orbit is obtained after 361 seconds of variable-thrust engine braking. (Economic Times)

December 7, 2013 International relations 2013 Korean crisis: North Korea releases 85-year-old American retiree Merrill Newman after 42 days in captivity. The United States once again asks the DPRK to pardon and release Kenneth Bae. (CNN)

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

December 1, 2013 -- 2013 Thai protests: Anti-government protests cause the Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra to flee to a secret location as a pro-Thai government protester is killed. (The Guardian)

December 2, 2013 -- Disasters and accidents Typhoon Haiyan: The death toll in the Philippines is confirmed over 5,700. (ABS-CBN)

December 3, 2013 -- Politics and elections 2013 Thai protests: Thai police say that they will not resist protesters seizing the Bangkok police headquarters. (Reuters Trust)

December 4, 2013 -- Disasters and accidents At least one person is dead, one missing and thousands evacuated as floods hit Malaysia with the states of Johor, Pahang and Terengganu worst affected. (Jakarta Post)

December 5, 2013 -- Myanmar's Thein Sein and the Philippines' Benigno Aquino III ink trade agreements including those that involve renewable energy, mass media, and visa-free travel. (GMA News)

December 5, 2013 -- Law and crime Indonesia jails 14 Rohingya asylum seekers for their role in a deadly brawl in a North Sumatra detention centre that claimed 8 lives. (AP via ABC News America)

December 5, 2013 -- Politics and elections 2013 Thai protests: The King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej calls for stability as he celebrates his 86th birthday. (AP via ABC News America)

December 7, 2013 The World Trade Organization meeting in Bali, Indonesia, concludes with agreement to simplify trade deals and make it easier for poorer states to sell their goods as part of the Bali Package. (BBC)

December 7, 2013 Disasters and accidents Typhoon Haiyan: The death toll reaches 5,800, with 26,233 injured and 1,779 still missing. (BW)

African peoples such as those of Nigeria can be connected.

December 2, 2013 -- Politics and elections Prime Minister of Somalia Abdi Farah Shirdon is voted out of office by the Federal Parliament of Somalia from a vote of 184-65. (The New York Times)

December 4, 2013 -- Northern Mali: A mass grave is discovered near Bamako holding the remains of 21 loyalist soldiers said to have gone missing last year during Mali's coup. (Al Jazeera)

December 5, 2013 -- 2013 Central African Republic coup d'état: The United Nations approves the creation of the MISCA peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, initially led by the African Union with French military support, to help quell the ongoing civil war, as reports emerge of more than 100 people killed during recent clashes in the capital Bangui. (Reuters)

December 5, 2013 -- Nobel prize winner, anti-Apartheid activist, and former South African president, Nelson Mandela, dies at age 95. (World News) (BBC)

December 6, 2013 Central African Republic conflict under the Djotodia administration: The Red Cross claims that at least 300 people have died in two days of fighting in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. (BBC)

December 7, 2013 Central African Republic conflict under the Djotodia administration: France expands its role in the conflict in the Central African Republic. BBC News.

American Indian peoples such as those of Mexico can be connected. Middle American Indian peoples such as those of the suthwestern 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.

Communities such as Tokyo, Seoul, Mexico City, New York City, Mumbai, Jakarta, Sao Paulo, Delhi, Shanghai, Manila, Karachi, Cairo, Beijing, Osaka, Canton, Moscow, Los Angeles, Calcutta, Dacca, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Shenzhen, Lagos, Paris, Nagoya, Lima, Chicago, Kinshasa, Tianjin, Chennai, Bengaluru, London, Saigon, Donguan, Hyderabad, Chengdu, Lahore, can be connected. Social structure and change including social change, social types, and social structure can be connected.

Institutions including religion, government, economics, education, and family can be connected. Culture including behavioral culture, conceptual culture, and material culture can be connected.

December 6, 2013 Researchers at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute are published in the journal Cell, describing a link between Parkinsonism (Parkinson's disease) and the agricultural pesticides of paraquat and maneb. (MSN)

December 7, 2013 Health and medicine Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine are published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, describing a link between decreased levels of gut microbe diversity and increased colorectal cancer rates. A possible cause of the link may be that such people's digestive tracts have lower levels of bacteria that ferment dietary fiber into the anti-inflammatory fatty acid butyrate. However, the causative link remains uncertain since there could be other influencing factors, such as genetics, obesity, or the presence of inflammatory types of microbes. (MSN)

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

Created 27 Dec 2013 Last updated 1 Apr 2015