2013 timeline

"2013 timeline" Continued...

Issue: "2013 News of the Year," Jan. 11, 2014

Queen Beatrix and Willem-Alexander
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Queen Beatrix and Willem-Alexander
April 10: Uruguay approves a bill allowing same-sex marriage.

April 15: Two pressure-cooker bombs explode near the finish line during the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 170. A massive manhunt over the following four days ends with one bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, dying in a police shootout and his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, captured after a city-wide lockdown.

April 16: A letter mailed to U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker tests positive for ricin. Other suspicious letters are found in the following days.

April 17: An explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, kills 14, injures 150, and destroys a school and dozens of homes.

April 17: A proposal for increased gun control fails in the U.S. Senate. 

April 19: Heavy downpours swell rivers, streams, and creeks, causing flooding across the Midwest. 

April 24: An eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh collapses, killing more than 1,000.

April 25: The White House issues a letter concluding that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons at least twice during the nation's civil war.

April 29: ESPN sports analyst Chris Broussard draws the ire of liberals over comments he makes regarding Jason Collins' announcement that he's a gay Christian.

April 30: After 33 years on the throne in the Netherlands, Queen Beatrix abdicates, passing the crown to her 46-year-old son, Willem-Alexander.


Boy Scouts
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Boy Scouts
May 2: North Korea sentences American missionary Kenneth Bae to 15 years of hard labor. 

May 2: Rhode Island legalizes same-sex marriage. 

May 5: Terrorists in Tanzania set off an explosion in a church, killing two people and injuring 60.

May 6: Amanda Berry, Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and a child born in captivity escape from a Cleveland house where Ariel Castro had imprisoned them for 10 years. 

May 7: Delaware legalizes same-sex marriage.

May 8: Whistleblower Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, tells a House committee there was never any doubt that the 2012 Benghazi attack was a terrorist act, and that all available military resources were not sent to assist the besieged consulate.

May 12: Lawmakers call for an investigation into the IRS after learning the agency flagged groups with "tea party" or "patriot" in their names for special review. The scandal extends to include other conservative groups.

May 13: After 10 days of deliberation, a jury finds Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell guilty of murder. His sentence: life in prison.

May 13: The Associated Press reveals that the Department of Justice secretly obtained two months' worth of AP reporters' and editors' telephone records. 

May 14: The Romeikes, a German homeschooling family, lose their appeal for asylum in the United States. 

May 14: Minnesota legalizes same-sex marriage. 

May 15: In a study published in Nature, Oregon Health and Science University researchers describe the first creation of human embryonic stem cells by cloning.

May 20: A tornado nearly levels Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.

May 23: Delegates at the Boy Scouts of America's national meeting pass a resolution to allow homosexual boys to participate, although homosexual adults are banned from leadership.

May 25-26: Terrorists burn three Nigerian churches and vandalize a clinic in Borno state. 

May 30: Nigeria passes a law outlawing same-sex marriage.


Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat
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Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat
June 4: Protests in Turkey grow amid police brutality and creeping governmental authoritarianism.

June 6: The Obama administration acknowledges an NSA program that tracks the telephone records of Americans.

June 11: The Black Forest fire ignites in Colorado, destroying 500 structures and killing two people.

June 17: The Supreme Court strikes down an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship when registering to vote in federal elections.

June 19: Exodus International announces it will close after nearly 40 years of operation.  

June 20: The Miami Heat wins a second consecutive NBA Championship.

June 21: The United States charges Edward Snowden with espionage.

June 24: The U.S. Supreme Court declines to undo affirmative action.

June 25: Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson, reporting record sales for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year, says it can't meet demand.

June 26: The Supreme Court rules part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. 

June 28: A lightning strike near Yarnell, Ariz., starts a fire that kills 19 firefighters and destroys 200 homes.

June 30: Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs into law a bill eliminating state funding for Planned Parenthood and requiring abortion providers to perform ultrasounds on women seeking abortions.

June 30: Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a law banning the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations." 


July 2: The Obama administration says it will postpone until January 2015 the requirement that companies with more than 50 employees provide health insurance to workers.


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