Horse meat, meteor strike and Mandela’s death: What happened in 2013 | World News


The world said goodbye to two of its most influential leaders during 2013, and welcomed a future king of the UK.

Here’s what happened during the year (and in 2010, 2011, 2012)…

Horse meat found in burgers – January

Horse meat was found in beef burgers

The Food Standards Agency tested beefburgers and ready meals from supermarkets and found horse meat.

Some products were found to be 100% horse. The source was traced to French manufacturer Comigel.

Jimmy Savile report published – 11 January

Jimmy Savile, pictured in 2000
The Jimmy Savile report was published

The report into the allegations made by victims of Jimmy Savile, called Giving Victims a Voice, was published by the Met Police and the NSPCC.

The report found his offences covered a period of 54 years, and spread across 28 police force areas. The reported victims were as young as eight, and ranged up to the age of 47.

HMV goes into administration – 15 January

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15:  People walk past the HMV music and video shop in Piccadilly on January 15, 2013 in London, England. Management have announced that administrators have been called in which may put the 4350 staff at risk. HMV was founded in 1921  has 239 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland and has struggled to compete against online retailers.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
HMV went into administration

Despite attempts by groups like Universal to keep the record store afloat, HMV announced it would have to call in administrators.

Helicopter crash in Vauxhall – 16 January

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 16:  Emergency services at the scene after a helicopter reportedly collided with a crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, on January 16, 2013 in London, England. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Emergency services deal with the crash at Vauxhall

Two people were killed and 12 injured after a helicopter crashed into a crane at the top of The Tower, One St George Wharf, in south London.

The pilot was one of those killed. He had asked to be diverted to a nearby heliport because of bad weather but the time of the crash meant nighttime warning lights had been turned off the crane.

Oscar Pistorius kills his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp – 14 February

A picture taken on January 26, 2013 shows Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius posing next to his girlfriend  Reeva Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. South Africa's Olympic sprinter Oscar "Blade Runner" Pistorius was taken into police custody on February 14, 2013, after allegedly shooting dead his model girlfriend having mistaken her for an intruder at his upscale home. AFP PHOTO / WALDO SWIEGERS        (Photo credit should read WALDO SWIEGERS/AFP via Getty Images)
Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

The former paralympic athlete fired four shots through his bathroom door on Valentine’s Day 2013, saying he mistook his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder.

She died and Pistorius was charged with murder later in the year. His trial began in 2014 and he remains in jail following his conviction for murder.

Chelyabinsk meteor – 15 February

A view of  the wall of a local zinc plant which was damaged by a shockwave from a meteor in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, on February 15, 2013. A meteor strike in central Russia that left today hundreds of people injured is the biggest known human toll from a space rock, a British expert said. AFP PHOTO / 74.RU/ OLEG KARGOPOLOV
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The aftermath of the Chelyabinsk meteor

Hundreds of people were injured in central Russia after a meteor hit the Chelyabinsk region of the country.

According to the region’s health department, 985 sought medical attention, including 204 children. No deaths were reported.

Bedroom tax introduced – 1 April

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 30:  A protestor holds a sign while demonstrating against the proposed "bedroom tax" gather in Trafalgar Square before marching to Downing Street on March 30, 2013 in London, England. Welfare groups are protesting the government's plans to cut benefits where families have surpassed the number of rooms they require. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)
Protesters marched against the bedroom tax

The spare room subsidy, which became known as the bedroom tax, was introduced by the coalition government, meaning tenants in social housing faced a drop in their benefits if they had a spare bedroom

Margaret Thatcher died – 8 April

(Original Caption) 1978-London, England- Margaret Thatcher, leader of the British Conservative Party, is on the threshold of becoming Britain's first woman Prime Minister. Mrs. Thatcher wears dark blue dress with white collar, background is dark.
Margaret Thatcher died in 2013

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher died of a stroke at the age of 87.

She was the first female prime minister in UK history and led Tory governments between 1979 and 1990.

Boston Marathon bombing – 15 April

BOSTON - APRIL 16:  Investigators in white jumpsuits work the crime scene on Boylston Street following yesterday's bomb attack at the Boston Marathon April 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Security is tight in the City of Boston following yesterday's two bomb explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, that killed three people and wounding hundreds more.  (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
The crime scene at the Boston Marathon end

Two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.

The bombs were contained in pressure cookers inside backpacks, according to the FBI.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was eventually found guilty of 30 charges, many of which carried the death sentence in Massachusetts.

Rana Plaza collapses – 24 April

(FILES) In this photograph taken on May 3, 2013, Bangladeshi rescuers use diggers to move debris as Bangladeshi Army personel continue the second phase after the Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka.
A Bangladesh court July 18 formally charged 38 people with murder over the 2013 collapse of a garment factory that killed more than 1,100 people, one of the world's worst industrial disasters. The 38 defendants are the first to go on trial for the disaster at the Rana Plaza compound, which highlighted appalling safety standards in Bangladesh's $28 billion garment export industry, the world's second largest after China. / AFP / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN        (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
The garment factory collapsed killing hundreds

An eight-story garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed, killing 1,129 people and injuring another 2,515.

The factory produced clothes for companies like Primark and Walmart. The incident raised more questions about supply chains and discount brands.

UKIP surge in local election – 2 May

SOUTH SHIELDS, ENGLAND - APRIL 30:  UK Independence Party (UKIP) Leader Nigel Farage enjoys a pint of beer after canvassing with the party’s local candidate for South Shields on April 30, 2013 in South Shields, England.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
UKIP leader Nigel Farage enjoyed a boost in the local elections

The UK Independence Party performed unexpectedly well in local elections for 34 English councils, gaining 139 seats.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage claimed the results signified a “sea-change in British politics”.

Ariel Castro kidnappings discovered – 6 May

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 7:  In this handout provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Amanda Berry poses for an undated photo.  Berry was one of three women who believed to have been held captive for almost a decade in a home in Cleveland, Ohio. Amanda Berry, who went missing in 2003, Gina DeJesus, who went missing in 2004, and Michelle Knight, who went missing in 2002, managed to escape their captors on May 6, 2013. Three suspects, all brothers, were taken into custody.  (Photo by FBI via Getty Images)
Amanda Berry escaped from her kidnappers home

Amanda Berry escaped from a house in Cleveland, Ohio, with her six-year-old daughter and managed to get in touch with police. She and two other women had been held hostage by Castro for several years after he abducted them in his car and restrained them in his basement.

Alex Ferguson retired – May

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12:  Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Sir Alex Ferguson retired after 26 years in charge at Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as Manchester United manager after 26 years at the helm.

He left the club having helped them to 13 league titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups.

Angelina Jolie revealed double mastectomy – 14 May

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  Angelina Jolie attends the G8 summit at Lancaster House on April 11, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
Angelina Jolie revealed she’d had a double mastectomy

The actress said she had a double mastectomy after a BRCA1 gene test revealed that she had an 87% chance of breast cancer.

She said: “I decided to be proactive and to minimise the risk as much I could.”

Lee Rigby killed – 22 May

Lee Rigby
Lee Rigby was killed in Woolwich

Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered in the street near his barracks in Woolwich, southeast London. He was knocked down with a car and his attackers attempted to decapitate him. Police shot at the attackers before arresting them.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were both found guilty of murder.

President Mohamed Morsi deposed in Egyptian coup – 3 July

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 30:  Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi arrives at the Chancellery to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on January 30, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Mursi has come to Berlin despite the ongoing violent protests in recent days in cities across Egypt that have left at least 50 people dead. Mursi is in Berlin to seek both political and financial support from Germany.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Mohamed Morsi was ousted

The head of Egypt’s armed forces, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, announced Mohamed Morsi’s fall on national television.

Supporters of ousted President Morsi were massacred by the security services. The Egyptian health ministry figures put the death toll of the attacks at 638; others counted the dead in thousands.

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon – 7 July

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy following his victory in the Gentlemen's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title

Scottish tennis player Andy Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936. He defeated Novak Djokovic to claim the title.

Same sex marriage law passed – 17 July

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03:  A proponent of same sex marriage protest outside the Houses of Parliament on June 3, 2013 in London, England.  A government bill allowing same sex marriage in England and Wales was passed in the House of Commons last month, despite the opposition of 133 Conservative MP's. The bill will be debated later today in the House of Lords.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Same sex marriage became law in England and Wales

Couples of the same sex were given the right to marry in the UK for the first time. It was 2014 when the law came into force.

Prince George is born – 22 July

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
William and Catherine welcomed their first son into the world

William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed their firstborn into the world. Prince George was born at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, and became third in line to the throne.

Chelsea Manning sentenced – 21 August

FORT MEADE, MD - JULY 30: U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted by military police as he leaves his military trial after he was found guilty of 20 out of 21 charges, July 30, 2013 Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Manning, was found not guilty of aiding the enemy, was convicted of wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet, is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and more than 250,000 diplomatic cables to the website WikiLeaks while he was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2009 and 2010.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Chelsea Manning was sentenced over leaking government documents

Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment for handing confidential government information to the WikiLeaks site.

Manning leaked more than 700,000 documents, the biggest military leak in US history.

Damascus chemical attacks – 21 August

A man, affected by what activists say is nerve gas, breathes through an oxygen mask in the Damascus suburbs of Jesreen August 21, 2013. Syrian activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of launching a gas attack that killed nearly 500 people on Wednesday, in what would, if confirmed, be by far the worst reported use of chemical arms in the two-year-old civil war. The Syrian armed forces strongly denied using chemical weapons. Syrian state television said the accusations were fabricated to distract a team of U.N. chemical weapons experts which arrived three days ago. REUTERS/Ammar Dar (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
An alleged sarin gas attack in Damascus

About 1,429 people (according to US estimates), including many children, were killed in chemical attacks in the suburbs of Damascus, apparently involving sarin gas.

Opposition groups blamed the Assad regime. In the week that followed, as more details emerged, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, condemned the attacks as a “moral obscenity” and President Obama threatened limited military strikes.

David Cameron pledged British support but was defeated in parliament.

Westgate shopping centre attack – 21 September

Kenyan soldiers move in formation, clearing the top floor balcony and interior of Westgate Mall on September 24, 2013 in Nairobi. Kenyan Defence troops remain inside the Westgate mall, in a standoff with Somali militants after they laid siege to the shopping centre shooting and throwing grenades as they entered. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza / AFP / CARL DE SOUZA        (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)
Soldiers try to claim back the Westgate shopping centre

Al-Shabaab militants attacked the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya, and killed 62 people, with 170 wounded.

The militants threw grenades and fired at random before conducting what became an 80-hour siege of the centre.

Lampedusa shipwreck – 3 October

LAMPEDUSA, ITALY - OCTOBER 05:  Coffins of some of the African migrants killed in a shipwreck off the Italian coast sit in a hangar at the Lampedusa airport on October 5, 2013 in Lampedusa, Italy. The search for bodies continues off the coast of Southern Italy as the death toll of African migrants who drowned as they tried to reach the island of Lampedusa is expected to reach over 300 people. The tragedy has brought fresh questions over the thousands of asylum seekers that arrive into Europe by boat each year.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
Coffins for the African migrants who died after their ship sunk off Lampedusa

At least 359 people died when a boat carrying migrants from Libya sunk off the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Typhoon Haiyan kills 6,000 in the Philippines – November

LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 17:  A man sifts through debris in what was a river running through central Tacloban on November 17, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through Philippines on November 9, has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon, however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
One of the worst typhoons ever hits the Philippines

Haiyan was one of the most powerful storms of all time. It affected more than 14 million people across 44 provinces, displacing about 4.1 million and killing 6,000.

Glasgow helicopter crash – 29 November

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Rescue workers attend the scene at a pub on Stockwell Street where a police helicopter crashed on the banks of the River Clyde November 30, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Police Scotland have confirmed the crash at The Clutha bar which happened at 22:25 on Friday night, in which they have confirmed one death as a result so far.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Ten people died after a helicopter crashed into a pub

Ten people were killed and more were injured after a police helicopter crashed into a bar called the Clutha in Glasgow.

It later emerged the pilot did not follow emergency protocol and flew on a low fuel warning.

Nelson Mandela died – 5 December

South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela waves to the press as he arrives at the Elysee Palace, 07 June 1990, in Paris, to have talks with French president Francois Mitterrand. Nelson Mandela, who was released from jail on 11 February 1990, is in Paris for a two-day official visit.        (Photo credit should read MICHEL CLEMENT,DANIEL JANIN/AFP via Getty Images)
Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95

Anti-apartheid figurehead and former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, died at the age of 95.

He spent decades in prison trying to overcome the racial segregation in the nation and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Fellow campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu said: “He made us walk tall. God be praised.”

Ian Watkins sentenced over child sex charges – 18 December

Ian Watkins of Lostprophets performs at Shepherds Bush Empire on August 25, 2010 in London, England.
Ian Watkins of Lostprophets admitted child sex charges

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was sentenced to 35 years in prison for child sex charges after pleading guilty to 13 offences at Cardiff Crown Court.

Apollo theatre ceiling collapse – 19 December

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Members of the emergency services work at the scene of a roof collapse at The Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'.  (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
The ceiling of the Apollo Theatre collapsed

The ceiling of the Apollo Theatre in London collapsed during a packed performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.

Although 58 people were taken to hospital none of the injuries were reported to be serious.


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