2013 Week 51

This will include events from Sunday, December 15, 2013 through Saturday, December 21, 2013.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wendeday, December 18, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Events from December 15 through December 21 include events in Western civilization, particularly among Anglic peoples, Latin peoples, and Northeast European peoples. There were numerous events among Asiatic peoples, including events among South Asian peoples, including India and Pakistan, Oriental peoples including China, and Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples including Southeast Asian island peoples. There were also events among African peoples. I have none reported for American Indian peoples.

Other History

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 late 2010s including 2011 and 2012 can be connected. Other periods of 2013 including the first quarter 2013, second quarter 2013, and third quarter 2013 can be connected.

Other periods of the fourth quarter 2013 including October 2013 and November 2013 can be connected. Other periods of December 2013 can be connected. 2014 can be connected. The first quarter 2014 including January 2014 can be connected. February 2014 including 2014 week 5 and 2014 week 6 can be connected. The future can be connected.


Peoples of the world

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 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 16, 2013 -- 27-year-old Sebastian Kurz becomes Austria's youngest foreign minister. (BBC)]

December 17, 2013 -- Politics and elections Angela Merkel is elected for a third term as Chancellor of Germany. (CNN)

December 19, 2013 -- Pelsender Didier, a 75-year-old Belgium national, who has been internationally wanted by Interpol since 2006 for sexually abusing two of his adopted daughters, is arrested in Vietnam’s Nha Trang beachside city. (Tuoi Tre News)

December 19, 2013 -- Berlin city-state officials says that a police investigation has traced vehicles stolen in recent years in Germany to Tajikistan, some 3,500 miles away. German authorities alleged that relatives and other people close to Tajikistan's president are driving stolen luxury cars from Germany, as a long-running criminal probe escalated into a diplomatic spat between two countries. (The Wall Street Journal)

December 21, 2013 Despite an anti-flammable liquid coating, the yearly giant Yule goat in Gävle, Sweden, is again destroyed in an arson attack. (Expressen)

Anglic peoples including those of the United States can be connected.

December 15, 2013 -- (BBC) Law and crime A carjacking resulted in the death of a Hoboken lawyer who was murdered in front of his wife while returning to his vehicle after shopping. (NBC New York)

December 15, 2013 -- Arts and culture British and American actress Joan Fontaine, best known for her two roles under Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca, Suspicion), and the sister of Olivia de Havilland, dies at the age of 96. (Hollywood Reporter)

December 16, 2013 -- Arts and culture The 'stars' of the reality show Sister Wives win a landmark ruling that struck out a portion of a polygamy law in Utah. (CNN)

December 16, 2013 -- Business and economy For an undisclosed price, Google acquires the robot-making company Boston Dynamics which had previously been contracted by the U.S. military. (CNN Money)

December 16, 2013 -- Law and crime Four buildings are evacuated on the Harvard University campus after unconfirmed claims that bombs were planted in them. (Fox News)

December 16, 2013 -- American judge Richard J. Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia rules that the National Security Agency collecting domestic phone records was unconstitutional in Klayman vs Obama. A stay has been placed on the ruling pending an appeal by the US Government. (CNN)

December 16, 2013 -- International relations An amnesty deal is being floated by the National Security Agency for the leaker Edward Snowden. (Time magazine)

December 17, 2013 -- Jamaican reggae singer Tessanne Chin wins Season 5 of the American singing competition The Voice. (Los Angeles Times)

December 17, 2013 -- Business and economy Target refuses to sell the album Beyoncé after it was flash released by the artist. (USA Today)

December 17, 2013 -- American businessman Jacob Ostreicher escapes Bolivia two years after being imprisoned without charge. (BBC)

December 17, 2013 -- Disasters and accidents Six American troops die after their helicopter crashes in Afghanistan. (Fox News)

December 17, 2013 -- Law and crime Two British women, called the Peru Two, are sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment in Lima, Peru, for drug smuggling.(Sky News)

December 17, 2013 -- A gunman is dead after shooting and killing one person and wounding two others at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, United States. (Washington Post)

December 17, 2013 -- British singer Harry Styles, with the boy band One Direction, wins a limited ban on stalking in a London court case against paparazzi regarding the privacy rights of celebrities. (The Guardian)

December 17, 2013 -- Edward Snowden offers Brazil information over the NSA spying of its citizens. (ABC News)

December 17, 2013 -- A report by the American nonprofit investigative news organization The Center for Public Integrity details that the U. S. Federal Election Commission was hacked by China during the October 2013 federal government shutdown. (CNN)

December 17, 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry intends to give the Philippines $40 million in order to boost its maritime security regarding territorial disputes with China. (The New York Times)

December 18, 2013 -- Mega Millions lottery: At least two winners in the US$636 million jackpot are thought to have won, with one in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and another in San Jose, California. (Houston Chronicle)

December 18, 2013 -- British criminal Ronnie Biggs, best known for his role in the Great Train Robbery and escape from Wandsworth Prison, dies in the North London suburb of East Barnet. (BBC) (The Washington Post)

December 18, 2013 -- British singer Ian Watkins (Lostprophets) is sentenced to 29 years imprisonment and 6 years on licence at Cardiff Crown Court for a range of child sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby. (BBC)

December 18, 2013 -- A United States EPA employee who committed fraud regarding his vacation pay is sentenced to 32 months in prison. John Beale had perpetrated a scam whereby he disappeared from work for years at a time saying he was a covert CIA agent. (FOX News)

December 19, 2013 -- Arts and culture Phil Robertson, featured on the reality show Duck Dynasty, is suspended by A&E in response to controversial statements about homosexuality made during an interview with GQ magazine. (BBC)

December 19, 2013 -- R v Grillo and Grillo: British food writer Nigella Lawson's alleged drug use can be included in the lawsuit, the high court says. (E!)

December 19, 2013 -- Phone hacking scandal: A prosecutor alleges in a London court that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's phones were hacked by the now-defunct News of the World. (CNN)

December 19, 2013 -- Business and economy Target Corporation and the United States Secret Service say that more than 40 million credit and debit cards used in Target stores may have been compromised due to a data breach. (CNN)

December 19, 2013 -- Disasters and accidents Part of the ornate ceiling of the Apollo Theatre in London collapses during a performance, injuring at least 81 people in the audience. (CNN)

December 19, 2013 -- Law and crime Same-sex marriage is legalized in the U.S. state of New Mexico. (San Francisco Chronicle)

December 19, 2013 -- A recommendation against practices by the National Security Agency is presented to United States President Barack Obama. (The New York Times)

December 19, 2013 -- Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are convicted of the murder of British Army soldier Lee Rigby. (BBC)

December 19, 2013 -- Media Reporters Without Borders releases their annual report regarding press freedom around the world with 71 journalists killed in 2013 so far. The deadliest countries are Syria, India, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Somalia while the worst jailers are China, Turkey, Eritrea, Iran, and Syria. (Deutsche Welle)

December 19, 2013 -- Politics and elections In an interview with Barbara Walters, Hillary Clinton says she is "unsure" if she is going to run in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (ABC News)

December 20, 2013 -- United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is hospitalized after falling ill. (The New York Times)

December 20, 2013 -- The Supreme Court of Canada strikes down anti-prostitution laws in the country. (CP24)

December 20, 2013 -- Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the U.S. state of Utah, and gay couples begin receiving marriage licenses, after a federal judge strikes down a provision of the Utah Constitution. (Deseret News)

December 20, 2013 -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 hit record highs after the United States ecomomy grew more than expected in the fiscal year. (CNN)

December 20, 2013 -- At least five dead as part of a 35 state storm system causes heavy snow along with air and road traffic congestion in the United States.(NBC)(Fox News)(Fox News)

December 21, 2013 Canadian-American billionaire Edgar M. Bronfman, who ran Seagram until 1994, dies in Manhattan at age 84. (New York Times)

December 21, 2013 Two NASA astronauts at the International Space Station begin a series of spacewalks to replace a faulty ammonia coolant pump. (FOX News) (NASA)

Latin peoples such as those of Brazil can be connected.

December 15, 2013 -- Voters in Chile go to the polls for the second round of a presidential election with former President Michelle Bachelet elected again. (BBC), (Sky News Australia)

December 16, 2013 -- Politics and elections The center-left candidate Michelle Bachelet is elected as president of Chile for the second time. She is the first leader in Chile to be elected to serve two terms since military rule ended in 1990. (BBC)

December 18, 2013 -- Mexican Drug War: High-ranking Sinaloa Cartel leader Gonzalo Inzunza Inzunza is killed in a shootout with the Mexican Navy in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. (El Debate)

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

December 15, 2013 -- Euromaidan: U.S. Senator John McCain joins protesters in Kiev and accuses Moscow of intervening in the internal politics of the country. (CNN)

December 17, 2013 -- Euromaidan: President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow amid mass protests against the relationship between the two. (Bloomberg)

December 17, 2013 -- Russia agrees to reduce prices on gas exports to Ukraine and purchase 11 billion Euros worth of Ukrainian government bonds. (Reuters)

December 18, 2013 -- 2014 Winter Olympics: LGBT sportspeople, such as tennis player Billie Jean King and ice hockey player Caitlin Cahow, are to represent the United States in Sochi as a protest against the treatment of LGBT people in Russia. (BBC)

December 18, 2013 -- Law and crime Bolotnaya square case prisoners, Pussy Riot and Greenpeace activists are likely to be freed after the Duma votes in favor of a law giving them amnesty. (CNN)

December 19, 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky after more than a decade in prison. (Washington Post)

Asiatic peoples

Asiatic peoples incuding South Asian, Oriental, and Southast Asian and Oceanic peoples can be connected. Vietnam can be connected.

December 15, 2013 -- War in Afghanistan (2001-present): The last Australian combat troops leave Afghanistan. (BBC)

December 15, 2013 -- Sixteen people die in a clash near the city of Kashgar in China's restive Xinjiang province.

December 16, 2013 -- Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that barrel bomb airstrikes by the Syrian government on the city of Aleppo kill at least 76 people. (Haaretz)

December 16, 2013 -- The Israeli Army exchanges fire with the Lebanese Army after a suspected sniper attack occurs in the border killing an Israeli soldier. (The New York Times)

December 16, 2013 -- Science and technology Arctic sea ice rebounds in extent and in volume after years of recession. (BBC News)

December 17, 2013 -- Several prominent Turkish businessmen and the sons of three cabinet ministers are arrested as part of an investigation into alleged bribery and corruption. (BBC) (Reuters)

December 17, 2013 -- International relations India orders diplomatic repercussions against the United States over the arrest and alleged maltreatment of the consul Devyani Khobragade in New York City. (BBC)

December 17, 2013 -- Japan intends to increase spending for the Japan Self-Defense Forces and transform it into a modern military. (BBC)

December 17, 2013 -- Science and technology Snow falls in Sa Pa, Vietnam. (The Strait Times)

December 19, 2013 -- Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): A series of attacks across Iraq kills 22 Shiite pilgrims. (The Daily Star)

December 20, 2013 -- Sinai insurgency: Two Egyptian soldiers are killed and eight wounded in an operation targeting Sinai militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula. (FOX News)

December 20, 2013 -- Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Israeli forces kill a Palestinian and wound four others in three separate incidents of cross-border violence in the Gaza Strip (Haaretz)

December 20, 2013 -- Syrian Civil War: Britain agrees to help destroy Syria's chemical weapons (Los Angeles Times)

December 20, 2013 -- Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Two roadside bombings in Iraq kill 11 people (Daily Star) Bombings and shootings across northern Iraq kill 14 people. (Reuters)

December 20, 2013 -- International Relations The Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran threatens countermeasures to the U.S. Senate's proposed new sanctions. (Los Angeles Times)

December 21, 2013 Syrian Civil War: Battle of Aleppo: Rebel forces capture the Al-Kindi hospital after a huge suicide truck bombing destroys part of the building. (BBC)

December 21, 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Eighteen Iraqi military officers and soldiers are killed and more than 30 others injured after an attack in Rutbah, in Iraq's western Anbar province. Among those killed is the commander of the elite Iraqi 7th Division Major General Mohammed al-Karawi, as well as 4 other officers. (Reuters) (BBC)

South Asian peoples

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


December 19, 2013 -- Seats at a football stadium in India collapse, injuring at least 100 people. (Business Insider)

Pakistan can be connected.

Oriental peoples

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

December 19, 2013 -- Governor of Tokyo Naoki Inose submits his resignation after intense questioning amid a political funds scandal. (CNN)


December 18, 2013 -- Arts and culture Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi settles out of court a U.S. sex scandal libel lawsuit against the U.S.-based overseas alternative news source website Boxun. (BBC)

December 18, 2013 -- Business and economy China launches a crackdown against the internet currency BitCoin, plunging its value by 35%. (Bloomberg)

December 20, 2013 -- China successfully launches the Bolivian Túpac Katari from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. (BNamericas)

Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples

Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples including Southeast Asian island peoples can be connected. The Philippines can be connected.

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

December 16, 2013 -- Disasters and accidents A bus falls from an elevated highway in the Philippines capital Manila killing at least 21 people with 20 injured. (The Telegraph)

December 18, 2013 -- 2013 Little India riot: Singapore announces that it will deport 53 foreign workers for their December 8 involvement in the country's worst riot in more than 40 years. (BBC)

December 20, 2013 -- A gunman opens fire outside a terminal at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, killing four people, including the mayor of Labangan, Ukol Talumpa. (CNN)

African peoples such as those of Nigeria can be connected.

December 15, 2013 -- Politics and elections Death and state funeral of Nelson Mandela: The body of Nelson Mandela is buried after a state funeral is held in his ancestral home of Qunu. (BBC)

December 16, 2013 -- 2013 South Sudanese political crisis: Heavy gunfire and explosions are reported in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The government says it has quelled an attempted coup. (The Washington Post) (AFP via Zia News)

December 18, 2013 -- 2013 South Sudanese political crisis: The United Nations says that 400 to 500 people may have been killed and up to 800 wounded in recent attacks in the country. (Reuters)

December 19, 2013 -- 2013 South Sudanese political crisis: At least 500 people have been killed in fighting since 14 December 2013, according to the United Nations. (USA Today)

December 20, 2013 -- Uganda passes law banning homosexuality. (BBC)

December 21, 2013 -- 2013 South Sudanese political crisis: Four U.S. personnel are wounded after the three CV-22 Osprey aircraft they were on were shot during an evacuation attempt of Americans from Bor, South Sudan. (CNN) (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 including 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, religous practice, and religious belief can be connected.

December 18, 2013 -- International Relations The United Nations condemns Syria, Iran, and North Korea for human rights violations. (The New York Times)

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

December 17, 2013 -- Arts and culture Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, and Nirvana are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Variety)

December 17, 2013 -- Bea Rose Santiago of the Philippines is crowned Miss International 2013. (International Business Times)

December 17, 2013 -- Sport The Ashes: Australia wins the third test at the WACA, taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead over England in the 2013–14 Ashes series played in Australia. (BBC)

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

Created 27 Dec 2013 Last updated 1 Apr 2015