Flashback 2013

Published Dec 29, 2013, 6:53 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 3:26 am IST
2013 was truly India’s ‘Year of Upheaval’
Newsmakers (Clockwise from left): Arvind Kejriwal, Tarun Tejpal, Justice A.K. Ganguly, Devyani Khobragade, Nelson Mandela, and Narayana Murthy
 Newsmakers (Clockwise from left): Arvind Kejriwal, Tarun Tejpal, Justice A.K. Ganguly, Devyani Khobragade, Nelson Mandela, and Narayana Murthy

Jan 1: After Delhi gangrape, debate and protests

Jan 7: Argentine footballer Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the third consecutive year


Jan 19: Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all seven of his
Tour de France victories

Jan 21: Indian Navy Commissions largest shore patrol vessel INS Saryu near Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Feb 9: Terrorist Afzal Guru was hanged at Tihar Jail after his mercy plea was rejected by the President

Feb 28: Benedict XVI resigns as pope, becoming the first to do so since Gregory XII in 1415

March 8: North Korea terminates all peace pacts with South including phone lines, breaching the 1953 armistice

March 13: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected pope, taking the papal name Francis


March 21: Actor Sanjay Dutt’s five year sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court, in connection with the Mumbai serial bombinG in 1993

March 25: Golfer Tiger Woods returns to world number one ranking

April 8: Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady of Britain, dies after a stroke

April 28: The UK reopens its embassy in Somalia after 22 years

May 2: Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh died at Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital after he was brutally attacked in Kot Lakhpat Jail, Pakistan, by fellow inmates.

May 17: 90 people are killed and 200 are injured after a series of bombings across Iraq


May 26: The Mumbai Indians defeat the Chennai Super Kings to win the Indian 20/20 Premier League

June 3: Actress Jiah Khan committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in Mumbai

June 5: Nawaz Sharif assumes office as Prime Minister of Pakistan for a record third term, having won national elections campaigning for peace with India.

June 6: American Edward Snowden spills the beans on the US government’s mass surveillance programme to news publications, flees the country, and takes temporary asylum in Russia.

June 15: The Uttarakhand floods claimed over 10,000 lives


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

July 7: Andy Murray became the first British man to win a Wimbledon title since 1936

July 22: A son is born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duchess' pregnancy injected an estimated $347 billion into an otherwise sluggish economy

Aug 14: Egypt declares state of emergency after 95 killed in protests

Aug 30: India’s first military gsat-7 satellite launched successfully

Sept 6: Russian Prez Putin walks past US?President Obama without acknowledging him


October 8: Cyclone Phailin, hits Odisha.  1,154,725 people were evacuated following floods

October 13: Godman dreams of 10000 tonnes of gold under abandoned uttar pradesh palace

November 8: PM Manmohan Singh decides to skip the Commonwealth summit (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, as pressure mounted for a boycott of the event over alleged war crimes in Colombo

Nov 8: Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines and Vietnam leaving 6,149 dead

Nov 14: The giant who retired - Sachin Tendulkar

Nov 16: Abdulla Yameen wins presidential elections in Maldives with 51.3% of the vote


Nov 25: Talwars convicted of murdering their daughter Aarushi and man servant Hemraj. They are sentenced to life in prison

Nov 30: Fast and Furious star Paul Walker dies in car crash in Valencia, California

December 6: Hrithik Roshan and his wife of 13 years, Suzanne, call it quits

Through 2013: Chinese troops repeatedly violated the line of actual control, the undeclared border with India