A brief recapture of the World and Malaysia in 2013.

As year 2013 has just ended an hour or two ago, it’s now the best time to re-capture and highlight back on major events or happenings that occurred within the year. I have done this kind of compilation in my blog here for several years already. For 2013, after a bit of research and flashback as usual, there are 5 major world events of the year worth mentioned, and then narrowed down to another list of 5 major events occurred in my country (Malaysia) alone. I will keep this short and direct.

The World in 2013.

February 15 – A meteor explodes over a Russian city, injuring almost 1500 people and damaging few thousand buildings. It is the most powerful meteor to strike Earth’s atmosphere in over a century. It was the largest known natural object to have entered Earth’s atmosphere since 1908.

Russia Meteorite 2013 8

April 24 – An eight-storey commercial building collapses near Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is the deadliest non-terrorist structural collapse in modern times, killing 1129 people and injuring over 2500 people.

Eight-story building collapses in Dhaka, Bangladesh

End of 2012 till August 2013 – Extensive mass protest in Egypt, with huge-scale demonstrations and widespread violence against the Egyptian government led by President Morsi, whom is finally deposed in a military coup d’etat. No exact figure of deaths and injuries could be confirmed, but predicted to be at least a thousand of people.


July 22 – Birth of Prince George Alexander Louis, the first child of Prince William and Catherine (Duke and Duchess of Cambridge). He is third in line to succeed his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II as the British monarch after his grandfather and father. The arrival of this royal baby certainly made it to universal popularity.


Early November – Typhoon Haiyan struck East Asia. Countries affected are Micronesia, Southern China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the worst hit is Philippines. Over 4000 fatalities confirmed, over 1500 missing, over 20 000 injured, and damage totalling up to over a billion dollar. The typhoon is the fourth most intense tropical cyclone ever observed.



Extra: Famous Deaths in 2013

March 28 – Richard Griffiths (English actor, famous for his portrayal as Harry Potter’s uncle)

April 8 – Margaret Thatcher (former UK Prime Minister, known as the Iron Lady)

November 30 – Paul Walker (American actor, famous in Fast and Furious film franchise as one of the main leads)

December 5 – Nelson Mandela (1st South Africa’s President, Nobel Prize Laureate)


Malaysia in 2013.

March – Lahad Datu standoff. Arrival of Sulu intruders with objective of territorial claims at Sabah had caused shootouts between them with local army. Over 80 killed of whom 68 are the Sulu intruders. This so-called ‘war’ had led to curfew in Lahad Datu town and the death of 9 heroic Malaysian army and 7 innocent civilian lives.


5 May – The country held its General Election. Barisan Nasional (National Front) retained the federal government but with decreased majority, while the opposition pact, Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance) won more popular votes but still lost surprisingly. Their loss is due to the imbalance of division (malapportionment) of areas. Indelible ink is also used in this election.


June – Air pollution over Peninsular Malaysia, with the worst affected being the southern region, together with Singapore. This is due to the extreme haze from forest fire at our neighbouring Indonesia. There was a point when API (air pollution index) reading reached 750, the highest ever recorded in decades, which caused declaration of emergency in several areas.


21 August – A bus carrying 53 passengers down from Genting Highlands plunged into ravine. Killing 37 people and injuring 16 others, it is the worst road disaster in the country’s history.


November – Official completion and opening of the Penang Second Bridge. Construction started in November 2008 and it spans over 24 km with 16.9km over water, thus making it the longest bridge in South East Asia. The construction faced tough challenges including design revision, several delays, and also a collapse incident of a ramp leading to the bridge that killed a person mid of this year.


Mostly, major events that happened in 2013 were not of something positive or joyous. Unfortunately, they are mostly filled with destructions and disasters. The year is over and let’s hope that there are more happenings next year that we are to be happy for. 2014 would be a year mostly for sports as there would be at least four major international sporting events going to take place; Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup, Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Is there any major global happenings that took place last year that I have left out and of which you thought worth to be included here? Feel free to comment.

(All images and information in this post are from various solid sources throughout the world wide web.)


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