2013 in Review


With 2013 closing out just as fast as every year before it, as we age another 12 months and as the Earth reaches a debatably warmer climate with conflicts and struggles being breathed into by moments of hope and happiness; WordswithMeaning.org sums up 2013 with this end-of-year piece.

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A Selection of Deaths:

  • RSS Pioneer Aaron Swartz committed suicide.
  • Legendary film critic Roger Ebert
  • Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez
  • Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
  • Graphic Designer Storm Thorgerson died of cancer. Known for his work with Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Dream Theater, The Cranberries, Muse and Biffy Clyro.
  • Jeff Hanneman of Slayer
  • Douglas Engelbart, the computer scientist and inventor who’s work eventually led to the creation of the computer mouse.
  • David Frost, One of the greatest British journalists and broadcaster.
  • Ray Dolby, American engineer and inventor who founded Dolby Laboratories (Dolby Digital, Dolby Surround Sound etc.)
  • Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi
  • American historian and writer Tom Clancy (The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and several more)
  • Lou Reed: Revered for Velvet Underground, not so much for Metallica collaboration.
  • Paul Walker, American actor perhaps best known for Fast and The Furious franchise.
  • Nelson Mandela, 1st President of South Africa.
  • Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of several popular weapons such as the AK-47
  • Doomsday Preacher Harold Camping
  • And our very own Niko Sidney 



Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories, causing shock and anger to sports fans and people inspired by his efforts alike.

South Korea successfully launched its satellite-carrying rocket into orbit.

John Kerry succeeded Hillary Clinton as the United States Secretary of State.

Tropical cyclone Oswald turned up to a party in Queensland, Australia and caused severe flooding.


Benedict XVI resigned as pope.

A meteor exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring 1,491 people and raising concerns over Earths vulnerability to being struck by foreign objects from space.

The brains of two rats were successfully connected in a way that they would share information.


Pope Francis takes the throne of the Catholics.

The European Union agreed to a €10 billion economic bailout for Cyprus.


The Boston Bombing incident took place where two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon in the United States, bringing the names of brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to attention.

An eight-story commercial building collapsed near the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka – the third-worst industrialized-building disaster in history.


Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi received a four year prison sentence for fraud

The Church of Scotland voted to allow openly gay men and women to be ministers.

Microsoft officially announced the release of Xbox One.

Rafael Correa was sworn into a third term as President of Ecuador


The world learned the name Edward Snowden after he discloses operations engaged by a US government mass surveillance program (NSA Prism) to news publications and flees America, seeking asylum in Russia.


Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union.

During mass protests across Egypt, President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown from power.


An alleged chemical weapons attack on Syria was claimed by Syrian rebels in the city of Damascus.


Tony Abbott became Prime Minister of Australia; pushing Labor out.


The United States federal government shuts down due to political disagreements over operational spending.

Typhoon Haiyan came to town as one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record, hitting the Philippines and Vietnam.

Peter Higgs and François Englert win the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on the origin of the mass of subatomic particles.

49 people are killed after Lao Airlines Flight 301 crashes in the Mekong River, Laos


China launched the Chang’e 3 lunar probe.

The 2013 Glasgow helicopter crash

Alan Turing is posthumously pardoned


About Author



As founder and editor-in-chief, Cask J. Thomson has exhausted his life as a graphics designer, political activist, freedom of speech advocate, anti-censorship promoter and a published author of several computer science books and a graphic novel. As well as running the publishing company linked to WordMean, Cask has several aspirations as a musician, producer and journalist. Thomson was born in the United Kingdom and currently resides between Sydney, Australia and Alicante, Spain.