2013 is Coming to an End, and now we check back on the events that made the year so crazy...yet messed up...yet unusual...Review It!!!! (From December to January)
Slideshow in Memoriam
Remembering a Hero of Courage and Pride: Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, a man who became the First Black President of South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and a Anti-Apartheid Activist, died on December 5th in his home in Johannesburg. He was released from the hospital in September, but his health was even more concerning as before. People cried over him for his legacy and hopes of him being alive, and others cheered...cheered on the achievements he made when he was alive. His Memorial was held on December 10, and then a day later, he was properly laid to rest. Nelson Mandela, may you rest in peace.
Typhoon Haiyan, Worst Storm in Filipino History
November 8, 2013 will be marked as the Worst Day in Filipino History as Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall in the Central Philippines. Haiyan made landfall as an equivalent of a Category 5 Super Typhoon with Winds over 195 mph. Tacloban is the hardest hit by the Typhoon. The Fatalities and Damages are Devastated with numerous fatalities and horrible damage. Every country in the World will send Aid, Food, and Water to The Philippines. Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Filipino Community.
Sorry, We're Closed!
The Midnight Hour of October 1st marks the start of the Government Shutdown after the Republicans threaten Congress and Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. After the whole deal failed, the Government is Shutdown. Obamacare is in effect, and some Government Property had to be closed. 16 Days of Hell Later, a Deal has been made, and the Government Re-Opens even though Obamacare is still in effect.
Nairobi Mall Shooting
On a Saturday afternoon in Nairobi, Kenya, a normal shopping day turned into a day of tragedy and horror. An unidentified gunman starts shooting in the mall floor that lasted for 3 days. This event killed at least 72 people and injured 175 people. The gunman later surrendered. It been revealed that it's been the work of al-Shabaab, an Islamic terrorist group from Somalia. The group also been around in series of attack, as of their wake of "Operation Linda Nchi."
Terror in Navy Yard
On September 16, lone gunman Aaron Alexis fatality starts shooting in Washington's Navy Yard at 8:20am, killing at least 13 people, including the shooter himself, and injured 8 people, 3 from gunshot wounds. After the shooting happened in Washington, the investigation just got started, found out that the shooter has some mental issues, and the gun control debate is back on the table since the Newtown shootings back in December 2012. The Navy Yard is back open on September 19, and a memorial was held two days before the reopening of the Navy Yard.
In Early September, Colorado received numerous amounts of rainfall, which caused major flooding. Following the Alberta, Canada Flood, this flood (the Colorado flood) already caused damage in Colorado. The flood caused 8 deaths and 6 missing. The cost of the damage is over a billion dollars. And Governor Hickenlooper declared State of Emergency in 14 counties affected by the floods. According to Wikipedia, the flooding caused by moisture mixed with Pacific and Gulf air, all thanks to Tropical Storms Ingrid and Manuel, a stalled front, and upsloping conditions (i.e. Colorado's Mountain Terrain). The floods lasted into the present day. It caused Economic, Hazardous, and Ecological Impacts.
War Watch 2013: Syria Edition
2 Years since the Syrian Civil War happens, the Syrian Government, led by President al-Assad, are accused of Chemical Weapons against the Syrian people. The UN took action, and the US wants to help by sending troops into Syria, but Russia don't think so. Russia is a ally to Syria, and if the US enters that world dispute, they're going to face some serious doo-doo. Later that year in August, Obama declared that the US will enter the war. Russia had to tell Syria to give their weapons, so that the US won't get in the war. The UN also agree to Russia's proposal on Syria giving up their weapons.
Zimmerman Not Guilty; Racial Dispute and Lots of Controversy
The Night of July 13, 2013 marks one of the Messed Up Moment in History. George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin in Self-Defense, found Not Guilty by the Florida Court. People were angry at him, even the NAACP talked about it, and not happy about it.
Egypt in Turmoil
Egypt is still in turmoil, nearing into a Civil War. Even after Morsi became president, the Egyptian people hated him, and want him out. On the night of July 3, Morsi is out of power, the anti-Morsi movement are happy, the pro-Morsi are not, which leads to a bigger problem. Even since Morsi is out of power, the military is under control of the government, and ordered Morsi under house arrest. Last time we see a bigger upset is back in 2011 when Mubarak is out of power, then hospitalized, then arrest, then died, back alive, it was a hoax, this is confusing. Violence continues across the country and there's no end of it. So, let's hope decide.
Wendy Davis: Filibuster Star
Following the overturned ruling of Same-Sex Marriage, Texas congresswoman Wendy Davis stand on the floor for twelve hours straight talking and talking and talking on why Abortion can be legal. Texas is the only state with a strict Abortion law, aka No Abortion. Wendy Davis supports Abortion and Women's Rights, she's like the Susan B. Anthony of this Century, even though Women already got suffrage in the 1920s. Later this year, Wendy Davis announced that she'll be running for governor in 2014
DOMA and Prop 8 Ousted
This Summer has been historic with the Supreme Court overruled both DOMA and Prop 8 Unconstitutional. The entire LGBTQ community cheered over the proposal the Supreme Court allowing Same-Sex Marriage. That marks the biggest court decision in history...or some parts. 16 States including DC pass Same-Sex Marriage laws, with Illinois, New Mexico, and Utah recently pass the law.
NSA Snooping: They Can Here You Now
Following both the Espionage and Sedition Acts in the 1910s in the midst of World War I, and the aftermaths of both 9/11 and the Boston Bombings, the NSA is spying on people across the world. On June 6, news broke out that Edward Snowden has found out that the NSA has been spying on Americans and the World, which angers a lot of people. Americans wants to rule the NSA spying "Unconstitutional," breaking either the 1st or 4th Amendment, mostly 4th. Not only America were angry at this, but the world, including Germany's Chancellor and other World Delicates. After the NSA found out about this, Snowden ran away, and granted asylum in Russia (which is an Airport). Most people in the Internet considered Snowden as a "hero." And they join forces with them to end the NSA spying.
Oklahoma Tornado Tragedy
Oklahoma is known as The Sooner State, but has its history with Tornadoes. On Monday May 20, a Tornado touched down west of Newcastle as a EF-0, minutes later, it becomes an EF-5 monster storm, damaging property along its path. The hardest hit by the EF-5 storm is in Moore, Oklahoma, once got hit by an F-5 tornado in 1999 and 2003, damaging most of the city including an Elementary School, killing 24 people, 377+ injured, and winds over 210 mph. 11 days later, another scenario happens, this time in El Reno, just west of Oklahoma City. This Storm is a monster, even though its a EF-3, the diameter of the storm is 2.6 miles wide. The storm caused major damage, kills 8 people (including Storm Chasers Tim Samarus, Paul Samarus, and Carl Young), and injured over 150 people
3 Victims Found after 10 Years
May 6, 2013 is the day, or night that 3 victims: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, were rescued from Ariel Castro's home in Cleveland, Ohio. The Three Victims were rescued by Charles Ramsey, who was driving along eating McDonald's when he heard the screams of Amanda Berry in Castro's basement. Charles Ramsey becomes a National Hero and McDonald's gave him free food from the restaurant for a year. As for Ariel Castro, he was arrested on the same day as the rescue.
Texas Plant Explosion
2 days after the Boston Bombings happened, another tragedy happens when a Fertilizer plant in a small town of West, Texas exploded on April 17. 150 buildings around the plant were destroyed or damaged, 15 were killed, 160+ people injured, people told to stay inside due to possible deadly Ammonium Nitrate outbreak around the area. Schools reopen on April 22, and an investigation is underway. Later in June, the city and state asked FEMA for a declaration for funds to rebuild the town, FEMA denied until they make up their minds in August.
Terror in Boston
April 15, 2013: Tragedy happens at the Finish Line at the Boston Marathon at 2:50pm Eastern Time. 2 Bombs exploded between and at the Finish Line which injured 168 people and killed 3, including an 8 year old boy. The Nation is in Mourning after that horrific event. But after that, Camera surveillance captured the two suspects. That leads into a statewide manhunt on the two suspects on the night of the 18th in Massachusetts. The suspects were identified as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, two brothers from Chechnya. Police firing shots on the two brothers, Dzhokhar escaped, but Tamerlan died on the scene. On the morning of April 19, Watertown police called residents for stay inside, police scattered across the town, as well as Boston, Alston-Brighton, Belmont, Brookline, Cambridge, Newton, and Waltham. It lasted for hours until the evening hours when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured when he was hiding on a boat, he was taken to the hospital, then charged for terrorism and misuse of firearm. After Tsarnaev got captured, the city of Boston celebrated on the capture. Though the person who is responsible for the bombing has been captured and imprisoned, we will never forget those who died from this tragic day that we'll never forget.
Korean Armistice Broken
The Korean Armistice is noid and void. The Armistice, that ended the Korean War in 1953 is broken as North Korea is possibly ready for war. That when both South Korea and the United States up and arms with this ordeal. North Korea already launched a Test Missile back in February, which means that the UN took into action. North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un, following his father, Kim Jong-Il's, footsteps to point Nuclear Missiles on Neighboring South Korea, Japan, and it's main enemy, the United States, which seeked both Uproar and Fear. North Korea did try to long range US targets which includes Washington, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and...Austin, Texas? Yeah, Austin is a target zone...#WhyAustin? Speaking of North Korea, they tried to reopen a Nuclear Plant. The feud between two countries in the peninsula, this cycle of tension has to end someday. During the feud, NBA star Dennis Rodman was invited to North Korea, with his team for an exhibition basketball game and befriended North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, becoming BFFs.
Benedict Out, Francis In
In Late February 2013, Pope Benedict announced that he is resigning as Pope of the Catholic Church. Meaning that the Church needs a New Pope. The Last Time the Pope ever resigned is in the 1416 when Pope Gregory left the Church. After numerous votes from the Cardinals, on March 13th, we have a New Pope, Pope Francis I, a Cardinal turned Pope from Argentina. Right now, Pope Francis is really doing a good job with the world and with the Catholic Church. Being equal, helping the sick and the poor, the new pope on his first year is doing a fantastic job with the world.
Meteor over Russia...it's Not the End of the World
There's something you don't see everyday, imagined you enjoying the day when a meteor begins to strike down the Earth breaking the sound barrier. That happened to Russia on February 15 when a meteor, apparently hurdling towards Russia. The sound and pressure of the meteor breaks windows from buildings and some people actually got injured due to the event. Scientists and researchers found the meteor in a lake minutes later. Wow...last time I checked, it's not 2012 anymore
Conflict in Mali
Trouble brew over the West African Nation of Mali since 2012. A coup d'etat just happened between country and rebel group. The conflict in Mali is part of the Arab Spring that just took part in 2011 (same thing with Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Egypt). In January 2013, the French military comes in, and try to end the conflict. But, later that week, the war turned into a hostage crisis as AQIM militants took control of a gas facility in Algeria. At least 39 people were killed (along with an Algerian guard, and 29 militants). A total of 685 Algerian workers, along with 107 foreigners were freed. But the conflict in Mali continues without an end.