2013 Week 50

This will include events from Sunday, December 8, 2013 through Saturday, December 14, 2013.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

During this week, there are a few events of Western Civilization and various events among Anglic, Latin, and Northeast European peoples. Asiatic peoples have events among South Asian peoples including those of India and Pakistan, Oriental peoples including China, and Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples. There are events among African peoples. None are reported among American Indian peoples.

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. Other periods of the early 2010s including 2011 and 2012 can be connected. Other periods of 2013 including the first quarter 2013, second quarter 2013, third quarter 2013, and othe periods of the fourth quarter 2013 can be connected. 2014 can be connected. The first quarter including January 2014 and February 2014 can be connected.

The future 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 including 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 peoples, Latin peoples, and Northeast European peoples can be connected. Mexico can be connected.

December 12, 2013 -- Business and economy Four former Icelandic bank bosses are jailed over concealing illegal activities within the bank Kaupthing. (BBC)

December 14, 2013 -- The Social Democratic Party of Germany agrees to join a coalition government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel. (France 24)

Anglic peoples including the United States can be connected.

December 9, 2013-- Arts and culture British singer Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger syndrome. (BBC)

December 9, 2013 -- Business and economy American Airlines Group is formed from the merger of AMR Corporation and US Airways Group and begins trading on the NASDAQ. (Los Angeles Times)

December 9, 2013-- Sports The Florida State Seminoles and Auburn Tigers are scheduled to play the 2014 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on January 6th, 2014. (ESPN)

December 10, 2013 -- Barack Obama and Raul Castro exchange handshakes despite a United States embargo against Cuba. (ABC News)

December 10, 2013 -- Dilma Rousseff and Barack Obama greet each other in spite of revelations of spying on the Brazilian leader in the Global surveillance disclosures. (ABC News)

December 10, 2013 -- Business and economy Mary Barra of General Motors becomes the first female CEO of an automotive company. (Businessweek)

December 10, 2013 -- International relations The United States National Security Agency played World of Warcraft, Second Life, and games on the Xbox 360 to spy on gamers. (CNN)

December 11, 2013 -- Business and economy General Motors announces that it will be closing its Australian Holden manufacturing subsidiary by the end of 2017. (News Limited)

December 11, 2013 -- Arts and culture Time magazine names Pope Francis its Person of the Year. (Sky News)

December 11, 2013 -- Sources indicate that Stanley Fischer, former head of the central bank of Israel, is the front runner to become the new Vice Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve as Janet Yellen ascends to the Chair. (Reuters)

December 11, 2013 -- International relations The U.S. National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable internet advertisers to track consumers, such tools are known as cookies; specifically, Google cookies are being tracked in order to determine targets for hacking. (The Washington Post)

December 11, 2013 -- A revenge porn website is shutdown in San Diego after the owner, Kevin Christopher Bollaert, is accused of extorting money from one of its victims. (Los Angeles Times)

December 12, 2013 -- Arts and culture The nominees for the 71st Golden Globe Awards are announced. (NPR)

December 12, 2013 -- Paul Walker's private funeral is to be held on the weekend. (People)

December 12, 2013 -- Disasters and accidents An ammonia cooling pump on the International Space Station malfunctions, requiring suspension of some non-critical systems. (CNN)

December 12, 2013 -- International relations The United States announces that it will enforce sanctions on more than two dozen companies who assisted Iran with its nuclear program. (AP via ABC News America)

December 12, 2013 -- Australia's High Court rules same-sex marriages held in the country are invalid. (Businessweek)

December 12, 2013 -- The United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the federal bus safety regulator, shuts down 52 busline companies in a major nationwide crackdown on unsafe outfits. (Associated Press via Daily Finance)

December 12, 2013 -- Republican Speaker John Boehner forcibly responds to attacks by previously-supportive conservative groups, due to their opposition to a bipartisan budget. (Los Angeles Times)

December 13, 2013 -- In the 2013 Wichita bomb plot a man inspired by terrorists is arrested for plotting to attack Wichita Mid-Continent Airport with an inert car bomb provided by authorities. (Reuters)

December 13, 2013 -- A gunman critically wounds a student in a shooting at Arapahoe High School, Centennial, Colorado, United States. (CNN)

December 13, 2013 -- Arts and culture Prince Harry of Wales and his "Walking with the Wounded" team reach the South Pole after three weeks trekking in the Antarctic. (BBC)

December 13, 2013 -- Business and economy Google removes a privacy feature from its Android mobile software, despite objections from groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation. (Reuters)

December 14, 2013 -- Arts and culture British actor Peter O'Toole, best known for his role in Lawrence of Arabia, dies at the age of 81 after a long illness. (AP via Yahoo! News)

Latin peoples including those of Brazil can be connected.

December 9, 2013 -- Gustavo Petro, mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, is removed from office and banned from re-taking it for fifteen years, due to a failing city cleaning policy promoted by him. (The Wall Street Journal) (El Espectador)

December 10, 2013 -- Law and crime Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of Poly Implant Prothèse is sentenced in a French court to four years in prison for fraud for selling faulty breast implants. (France 24)

December 10, 2013 -- Looters in Argentina kill at least five people as mobs take advantage of strikes by police demanding pay raises. (USA Today)

December 10, 2013 -- Politics and elections Uruguay becomes the first country to legalize the growth, sale, and use of marijuana. (Reuters)

December 12, 2013 -- Mexico's Congress passes a bill that will allow foreign investment in its state-run oil company, Pemex. The measure still requires the approval of a majority of the country's federal entities.[citation needed]

December 12, 2013 -- The United Nations says that the legalization of marijuana in Uruguay is a violation of international law. (The Huffington Post)

December 12, 2013 -- Catalan self-determination referendum: The government of Spain announces that it will block the holding of a referendum in Catalonia. (BBC)

December 14, 2013 -- A mass protest is held in Bogotá, Colombia, in protest against the unseating of Mayor Gustavo Petro. (BBC News)

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

December 8, 2013 -- Euromaidan: During the third Sunday of mass protests, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians in Kiev seek the resignation of the government for refusing a deal on closer ties with the European Union. BBC News Anti-government protesters topple the last surviving statue of Communist leader Vladimir Lenin in central Kiev. (CNN)

December 9, 2013 -- Euromaidan: Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko sends a letter of support to Ukrainian protesters after they topple a statue of Lenin. (CNN)

December 9, 2013- - President of Russia Vladimir Putin announces that RIA Novosti, Voice of Russia, and the State Fund of Television and Radio Programs will immediately be shut down. Newly created Rossia Segodnya (Russia Today) will take RIA Novosti's place as the government news agency. (BBC) (Reuters) (The New York Times)

December 11, 2013 -- Politics and elections President of Russia Vladimir Putin announces a policy mandate that increases military focus in the Arctic. (Reuters)

December 11, 2013 -- Euromaidan: Police in Kiev abandon their posts after a sweep of the protesters ended in violence. (The New York Times)

December 12, 2013 -- Euromaidan: Sanctions are being considered by the United States against Ukraine after the recent violent dispersal of protests. (BBC)

Asiatic peoples

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

December 8, 2013 -- Armed conflicts and attacks Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): At least 30 people are killed as a result of car bombings in Iraq. (Reuters via IOL)

December 9, 2013 -- Armed conflicts and attacks Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Attacks around Iraq kill at least 18 people, including a car bombing at a cafe in the town of Buhriz which killed 12 people. (AP via Miami Herald)

December 9, 2013 -- Law and crime Iraqi Jewish artifacts that were rescued from Saddam Hussein's palace by a Jewish-American scholar and brought to the United States are scheduled to be returned to Iraq by the end of the summer in 2014, despite objections from American Jews citing instability in Iraq. (Los Angeles Times)

December 10, 2013 -- Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen: The Philippines bans its workers from Yemen after the deaths of seven Filipinos there. (Huffington Post)

December 11, 2013 -- Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian Civil War: Salim Idris, top commander of the Free Syrian Army, flees Syria. Islamist fighters take over his headquarters and key warehouses. (The Wall Street Journal)

December 12, 2013 -- Armed conflicts and attacks An air strike intended to target an al Qaeda convoy in Al-Bayda province in central Yemen mistakenly attacks a wedding procession, killing 15 civilians. (Reuters)

December 13, 2013 -- Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian Civil War: The European Union is criticized by Amnesty International for meager assistance of Syrian refugees. (Los Angeles Times)

December 13, 2013 -- Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): 15 Iranians and 3 Iraqis were killed in a pipeline attack in the north-east of Baghdad. (BBC)

December 13, 2013 -- Disasters and accidents 2013 Middle East cold snap: The storm spreads to Egypt with some Cairo suburbs seeing snowfall. Local news reports claimed it was the capital's first snowfall in 112 years. Night temperatures are expected to drop as low as 2°C / 36°F. (The Daily Star) (Huffington Post) (Al-Ahram)

December 14, 2013 -- 2013 Tunisian protests: Tunisian politicians select Mehdi Jomaa as the acting Prime Minister of Tunisia until new elections are called. (BBC)

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

December 12, 2013 -- Bangladesh hangs Abdul Kader Mullah, a leader of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, for committing atrocities in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. (BBC)


December 8, 2013 -- Politics and elections 2013 elections in India: The Indian National Congress lose the Delhi and Rajasthan assembly elections and the Bharatiya Janata Party retain the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh legislative assemblies, while gaining a majority in the Rajasthan assembly. (Yahoo! News)

December 11, 2013 -- Law and crime LGBT rights in India: The Supreme Court of India upholds the primacy of Section 377 of the Indian penal code banning homosexual activities. (BBC)


December 12, 2013 -- Politics and elections Tassaduq Hussain Jillani takes the oath as the new chief justice of Pakistan. (The Express Tribune)

Oriental peoples

Oriental peoples such as those of China can be connected. Japan can be connected.

December 8, 2013 -- International relations South Korea announces that it will expand its air defense zone in response to a recent move by the People's Republic of China. (Fox News)

December 12, 2013 -- Law and crime Jang Sung-thaek, the uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is executed. (Reuters)


December 13, 2013 -- Territorial disputes in the South China Sea: Warships of the United States and China confront each other in international waters within the South China Sea. (CNN)

December 13, 2013 -- International relations A three-day summit is held in Tokyo between the leaders of Japan and ASEAN that will likely discuss the recent encroachment of China. (BBC)

December 13, 2013 -- Science and technology Chang'e-3: China's mission begins the descent phase to the moon that will likely make it one of only three countries to reach it. The landing is estimated to occur at 8:40 a.m. EST, December 14. (CNN) (Universe Today)

December 14, 2013 -- Science and technology Chang'e 3: China's mission carrying Yutu, China's first lunar rover, lands on the Moon. It is the first "soft" landing on the Moon since 1976 and the third ever robotic rover. (Reuters)

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

December 8, 2013 -- Law and crime Riots break out in Singapore after a fatal accident in Little India. This is the second riot in post-independence Singapore, and the first in over forty years. (BBC) (Channel NewsAsia)

December 8, 2013 -- 2013 Thai protests: The Thailand Opposition vows to resign en masse after weeks of protest. (BBC)

December 9, 2013 -- Disasters and accidents At least seven are dead following a train accident near Bintaro, Indonesia. (The Jakarta Globe)

December 9, 2013 -- International relations The Philippines and the Bangsamoro sign a power-sharing agreement, paving the way for the peace process. (Bloomberg)

December 9, 2013 -- Politics and elections 2013 Thai protests: Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra announces that she plans to hold elections. (The Guardian) (Businessweek)

December 10, 2013 -- Maguindanao massacre: The Supreme Court of the Philippines issues guidelines in order to hasten a resolution for the trial. (Channel News Asia)

December 10, 2013 -- 2013 Thai political crisis: In Thailand, there are thousands of protesters in Bangkok. The opposition Democrat Party resigns en masse. (BBC)

December 11, 2013 -- Human rights in the Philippines: Three journalists are killed and one wounded in the Philippines within the span of two weeks raising concerns regarding the security situation in the country. (Al Jazeera)

December 11, 2013 -- Disasters and accidents Bubonic plague kills 20 people in a Madagascar village. (The Independent)

December 12, 2013 -- Extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances in the Philippines: Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists criticize the administration of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III for his failure to protect journalists after the deaths of at least 12 in 2013. (Time) (CPJ)

December 12, 2013 -- 2013 Thai political crisis: Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is charged with murder for his role in the 2010 Thai political protests. (BBC)

December 13, 2013 -- Typhoon Haiyan: The death toll passes 6,000, officially making it the deadliest recorded typhoon in the Philippines. (Fox News)

December 14, 2013 -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III downplays the significance of the recent surge of violence against journalists in the country after three deaths. (Inquirer)

African peoples such as those of Nigeria can be connected.

December 10, 2013 -- Armed conflicts and attacks Central African Republic conflict under the Djotodia administration: Two French soldiers die in overnight fighting in the capital Bangui. (BBC)

December 10, 2013 -- Arts and culture Death and state funeral of Nelson Mandela: The life of Nelson Mandela is celebrated in a memorial service in Johannesburg. (BBC)

December 12, 2013 -- Death and state funeral of Nelson Mandela: The body of Nelson Mandela is lain-in-state in the federal government district of Pretoria. (The Washington Post)

December 13, 2013 -- Politics and elections Death and state funeral of Nelson Mandela: The body of Nelson Mandela is to be flown to Qunu in the Eastern Cape where he is to be laid to rest. (CNN)

December 14, 2013 -- Armed conflicts and attacks A car bombing in the Malian town of Kidal kills two United Nations peacekeepers. (BBC)

December 14, 2013 -- A grenade is thrown onto a bus in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least four people and injuring 15 others. (BBC)

December 14, 2013 -- Politics and elections Death and state funeral of Nelson Mandela The remains of Nelson Mandela are flown to the province of Eastern Cape, a day before his state funeral is held in Qunu. (BBC)

American Indian peoples such as those of Mexico can be connected. Middle American Indian peoples such as those of the southwestern 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 government, economics, education, and family can be connected. Religion including particular religions, religious organization, religious practice, and religious belief can be connected.

Culture including behavioral culture, conceptual culture, and material culture can be connected.

December 14, 2013 -- Sports American football: Jameis Winston, quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles, wins the 79th Heisman Trophy for the most outstanding player in college football. (USA Today)

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

Created 27 Dec 2013 Last updated 1 Apr 2015