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The year that was – 2013

The year that was  Who ever thought they would live to see two popes together? Common knowledge has been the election of a new Pope following the death of another.

These were some of the many key international highlights; happy and sad moments.

February 28 – Pope Benedict XVI resigns as Pope becoming the first to do so since Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294.

March 3 – A 2 year old US girl becomes the first child born with HIV to be cured.

March 13 – Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is elected the 266th pope, whereupon he takes the name of a humble Saint Francis and becomes the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas, and the first pope from the Southern Hemisphere.  The People’s Pope – Named Person of the year 2013 by TIME magazine.

April 8 – Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died at the age of 87. She was commonly known as the “Iron Lady”.

May 8th – Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United’s manager at the end of the season.

May 16 – Bill Gates becomes the world’s richest man with $72.7 Billion again after losing the position in 2008.

July 5th – Pope John Paul II is canonized as a saint

July 22 – Prince George of Cambridge, son of William and Catherine the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. George is third in line to the British throne after his grandfather Prince Charles and his father, Prince William.

August 1 – Robert Mugabe continues to maintain power after winning 142 out of 210 seats in the Zimbabwean election.

September 21 – The Somali terror group Al-Shabaab, an affiliate of al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for a bloody four-day siege at the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi killing at least 67 civilians and wounding over 170.

November 8 – Typhoon Haiyan “Yolanda”, one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record, hits the Philippines and Vietnam, causing devastation with at least 6,149 dead.

November 27 – Tiger Woods is named PGA Tour’s player of the year for the 11th time.

December 5 – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela commonly known as Madiba by his country men died at age 95.  He was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as the first black President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

December 14 – Chinese spacecraft Chang’e 3, becomes the first spacecraft to “soft”- land on the Moon since 1976 and the third ever robotic rover to do so.

2013 – Australia experienced its hottest year on record in 2013, officials have said. Temperatures were 1.2C above the long term average, the warmest since records began in 1910. Global warming…

2013 – Causalities of war; Massive deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, The Central African Republic and South Sudan.

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