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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Year-End Review Of 2013

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina who became Pope Francis I in March after Pope Benedict XVI resigned, the first pope to resign in hundred years time.

Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton joyfully show their first baby to the public moments after it was born

Gabriela Isler of Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow, Russia

Megan Young of the Philippines was crowned Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia

Bea Rose Santiago of the Philippines was crowned Miss International 2013 in Tokyo, Japan 

Typhoon Yolanda wreck havoc in central Philippines claiming thousands of lives, injured others, affecting thousands of families and lost billions of dollars of properties and houses. It is the most destructive and strongest typhoon in recorded history.

Let us take a look at the noisemakers of 2013

Argo, Les Miserables, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Homeland among the big winners of 70th Golden Globe Awards - January 13

Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won their respective matches to win the 2013 Australian Open - January 27

Argo, Daniel Day-Lewis, Emmanuelle Riva, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck among the big winners of the 66th British Academy Film Awards - February 10

Gotye, Mumford and Sons and We Are Young among the big winners of the 55th Grammy Awards - February 10

Argo, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway and Ang Lee among the big winners of the 85th Academy Awards at Dolby Theater, Los Angeles, California - February 24

World renowned pianist, Van Cliburn dies in Fort Worth, Texas of bone cancer. He was 78. - February 27

President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez dies of massive heart attack due to complications of cancer. He was 58. - March 5

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is elected the 266th pope where he takes the name of Francis becoming the first Jesuit pope, first pope from Americas and first from the Southern Hemisphere - March 13

The Iron Lady and United Kingdom's first woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher dies of stroke. She was 87 - April 8

Two Chechen Islamist brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev explode two bombs at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States, killing 3 and injuring 264 others. - April 15

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia (men) and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya (women) won 2013 Boston Marathon marred by bombings - April 15

Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia (men) and Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya (women) won 2013 London Marathon - April 21

An eight-story commercial building collapses in Savar Upazila near the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, leaving 1,129 dead and 2,500 injured. - April 24

Chelsea FC won the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final - May 15

Bayern Munich FC won 2013 UEFA Champions League Final - May 25

Blue Is The Warmest Color took the Palme D'or and Ilo ilo won Camera D'or at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in France - May 26

American Edward Snowden discloses operations engaged by a US government mass surveillance program to news publications and flees the country, later being granted temporary asylum in Russia. - June 6

Rafael Nadal of Spain and Serena Williams of United States won 2013 French Open - June 9

Flash floods and landslides in the Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh kill more than 5,700 people and trap more than 20,000. - June 14 - 30

Erin Brady of Connecticut won the 62nd Miss USA held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino is Las Vegas, Nevada giving her state the first Miss USA title - June 16

Amid mass protests across Egypt, President Mohamed Morsi is deposed in a military coup d'├ętat, leading to widespread violence. - July 3

Asian Athletics Championship 2013 was held in India - July 3 - 7

Andy Murray of United Kingdom and Marion Bartoli of France won the 2013 Wimbledon Championships in London. Andy Muray is the first British tennis player in several years to win the prestigious competition. - July 7

Canadian and GLEE (tv musical drama series) actor Cory Monteith dies of drug overdose. He was 31. - July 13

France won the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Turkey - July 13

Miami Heats made a back-to-back win at NBA Finals 2013 against San Antonio Spurs after winning the title again it last won the previous year against Oklahoma City Thunder.  Most Valuable Player is Lebron James and gave Erik Spoelstra, the first Asian NBA champion coach his second championship trophy. - July 20

Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton welcome their first baby Prince George of Cambridge to the world - July 22

Chicago Blackhawks won the 2013 Stanley Cup finals - July 24

World Aquatics Championship 2013 was held in Spain - July 28- August 4

The 2013 FIBA Asia Championship was held in Manila, Philippines where Iran (first place) and Philippines (second place) secured berths for the FIBA World Basketball Championships in Spain in 2014 - August 1 - 11

The World Athletics Championship 2013 the fourteenth edition of the games was held in Moscow, Russia - August 10 - 18

Syrian Civil War: Syrian president Bashar al-Assad allegedly gasses several neighborhoods surrounding Damascus in the Ghouta chemical attack, leaving hundreds dead and sickening thousands of others. - August 21

British journalist and broadcaster, David Frost dies of a heart attack while onboard MS Queen Elizabeth on which he had been engaged as a speaker. He was 74. - August 31

al-Shabaab Islamic militants attack the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, killing at least 62 civilians and wounding over 170. - September 21

Megan Young of the Philippines defeated 126 other lovely women to win the 63rd Miss World competition in Bali, Indonesia - September 28

American author and novelist, Tom Clancy dies of undisclosed illness at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 66. - October 1

Typhoon Haiyan "Yolanda" (Philippines typhoon name), one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record, hits the Philippines and Vietnam, causing devastation with at least 6,149 dead in the Visayas region in the Philippines. - November 8

Gabriela Isler of Venezuela won the 62nd Miss Universe in Moscow, Russia beating 85 other contestants - November 9 / 10

Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and One Direction among the big winners of American Music Awards - November 24

American actor, Paul Walker dies of a car accident on the way from a charity fund raising event for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. He was 40 - November 30

President of South Africa and anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela dies of a prolonged respiratory infection. He was 95. - December 5

Kenyans Joshpat Kiptanui Chobei and Margaret Njuguna won Manila's Milo Marathon 2013 - December 8

Bea Rose Santiago of the Philippines won the 53rd Miss International in Tokyo, Japan beating 66 other lovely contestants. For the first time in history of the pageant, the reigning Miss International 2012 Ikumi Yoshimatsu of Japan is barred from attending the event and crown her successor due to her involvement in a scandal. - December 17

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