- Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms in recorded history, caused massive destruction and claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people. What country was hit the hardest?
- Of all newly born babies in 2013, George Alexander Louis was probably the most eagerly anticipated. Why did he receive a lot of mediaattention?
- Thousands of new English words are coined every year. The prestigious Oxford Dictionary picked “selfie” as the word of the year 2013. What does it mean?
- What British football club and its fans bid farewell to Sir Alex Ferguson who retired as its manager after 26 years?
- Like a scene out of a sci-fi movie, the skies over Chelyabinsk in Central Russia were set ablaze by a massive explosion on a chilly February morning. What was it?
- Thousands of people gathered in the small village of Qunu in December 2013 to pay their last respects to a famous politician and civil rights fighter who was laid to rest there. What’s his name?
- Andy Murray won the men’s final at Wimbledon becoming the first British tennis player to win the trophy in 77 years. Who did he play against in the final?
- After five successful seasons, a ground-breaking TV drama about a terminally ill school teacher who turns to manufacturing drugs to provide a nest egg for his family drew to a close in September 2013. What is it called?
- Former British PM Margaret Thatcher passed away in April 2013 after a long struggle with poor health. How many terms did she serve as Prime Minister after taking office in 1979?
- Who are the Tsarnaev brothers and why did they make headlines in 2013?
- Pope Benedict XVI became the first Pope in almost 600 years to resign of his own will. What country does his successor Pope Francis come from?
- In order to save the country from economic collapse, the government of Cyprus came up with a controversial plan which caused a backlash among the local population and numerous expats living on the island. What was the decision?
- Film star Paul Walker met his death in a tragic car crash in November 2013. What’s the name of the film series in which he played an undercover cop turned street racer?
- Why were thousands of meat products withdrawn from sale across Europe in January 2013?
- How long did the American computer specialist and whistleblower Edward Snowden spend in a Moscow airport before being granted asylum in Russia?
- Former child star Myley Cyrus caused controversy with her outrageous performance at the MTV Video Music Awards 2013. What’s the name of the character she played in a children’s TV series in her more innocent years?
Happy New Year!