January 2013: A Month of Calendars, Events and Tragedies
January 2013 was the first month of a common year that began on a Tuesday and ended on a Thursday after 31 days. It was a month that witnessed various calendars, events and tragedies around the world. Here are some of the highlights:
The month started with the celebration of New Year's Day on January 1, which was also a federal holiday in the United States. Many people welcomed the new year with fireworks, parties and resolutions.
On January 4, Venezuelan President Hugo ChÃvez missed his scheduled inauguration for a new term due to his battle with cancer. He died two months later on March 5.
On January 10, several bombings took place in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, killing a total of 130 people and injuring at least 270. The attacks targeted the Hazara Shia Muslim community and were claimed by Sunni militant groups Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.
On January 11, France launched a military intervention in Mali to help the Malian government fight against Islamist rebels who had seized control of the northern part of the country. The operation, named Operation Serval, lasted until July 2014 and involved about 4,000 French troops and several African allies.
On January 20, Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term as the President of the United States in a private ceremony at the White House. The public inauguration took place the next day on January 21, which was also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday. Obama delivered his inaugural address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, calling for unity and action on issues such as climate change, immigration reform and gun control.
On January 24, people around the world celebrated Belly Laugh Day, a day to appreciate the benefits of laughter and humor. The day was created in 2005 by Elaine Helle, a laughter yoga teacher from Oregon.
On January 27, Rafael Nadal won his third consecutive Australian Open title by defeating Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller that lasted almost six hours. It was Nadal's 11th Grand Slam title and his seventh victory over Djokovic in a major final.
On January 31, an asteroid named 2012 DA14 passed within about 27,700 km (17,200 mi) of Earth's surface, making it the closest known approach by an object of its size. The asteroid was about 45 meters (150 ft) in diameter and posed no threat to Earth.
These were some of the notable events that happened in January 2013. It was a month that showcased the diversity and complexity of human life on Earth.
February 2013: A Month of Storms, Sports and Celebrations
February 2013 was the second month of a common year that began on a Friday and ended on a Thursday after 28 days. It was a month that experienced storms, sports and celebrations across the globe. Here are some of the highlights:
The month began with the celebration of Groundhog Day on February 2, a tradition that originated in Pennsylvania and spread to other parts of North America. According to folklore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow and sees its shadow, it means six more weeks of winter; if not, it means an early spring. In 2013, most groundhogs predicted an early spring, but they were proven wrong by the weather.
On February 8-9, a massive blizzard hit the northeastern United States and parts of Canada, causing heavy snowfall and hurricane-force winds. The storm, named Winter Storm Nemo by The Weather Channel, was the result of two low-pressure systems merging over the Atlantic Ocean. The blizzard killed 15 people, canceled over 5,300 flights, and left about 900,000 people without power.
On February 10, BeyoncÃ Knowles performed at the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Louisiana. The show featured a reunion with her former Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, as well as a spectacular display of lights and pyrotechnics. The show was watched by an estimated 104 million viewers in the United States.
On February 11, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy due to his advanced age and declining health. He became the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415 and the first to do so voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294. His resignation took effect on February 28 at 20:00 CET (19:00 UTC).
On February 14, people around the world celebrated Valentine's Day, a day to express love and affection to their romantic partners, friends and family. The day is also associated with symbols such as hearts, roses and chocolates.
On February 15, a meteor exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring over 1,500 people and damaging over 7,000 buildings. The meteor was estimated to be about 20 meters (66 ft) in diameter and had a mass of about 12,000 metric tons. It was the largest known natural object to enter Earth's atmosphere since the Tunguska event in 1908.
On February 18, Presidents' Day was observed in the United States as a federal holiday honoring the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The day is also known as Washington's Birthday or Lincoln's Birthday in some states.
On February 24, The Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, were held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. The awards ceremony honored the best films of 2012 and was hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The film Argo won the award for Best Picture, while Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for Lincoln and Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook.
On February 28, Benedict XVI officially left the papacy at 20:00 CET (19:00 UTC), becoming pope emeritus. He was succeeded by Pope Francis on March 13.
These were some of the notable events that happened in February 2013. It was a month that showcased the diversity and complexity of human life on Earth. ec8f644aee