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2013 was the 142nd year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.


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Marty Eagle (1941-2013)
Hardrock Gunter (1925-2013)
Virgil Trucks (1917-2013)
Maxine Parker (1944-2013)
See also List of Birmingham homicides in 2013 and List of homicides in 2013


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In 2013, a meteor exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring 1,491 people and damaging over 4,300 buildings. Benedict XVI resigned as pope. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the 266th pope, whereupon he took the name Francis. Two Chechen Islamist brothers exploded two bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring 264 others. An eight-story commercial building collapsed in Savar Upazila near the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, leaving 1,129 dead and 2,500 injured. Edward Snowden disclosed operations engaged by a U.S. government mass surveillance program to news publications and fled the country, later being granted temporary asylum in Russia.

Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union. Amid mass protests across Egypt, President Mohamed Morsi was deposed in a military coup d'état. Islamic militants attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, killing at least 62 civilians and wounding over 170. Typhoon Haiyan "Yolanda", one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record, hit the Philippines and Vietnam, causing devastation with at least 6,149 dead. Chinese spacecraft Chang'e 3, carrying the Yutu rover, became the first spacecraft to "soft"-land on the Moon since 1976.

The top-grossing films of 2013 were The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 3, Despicable Me 2, Frozen, and Man of Steel.

Television series that ended in 2013 included 30 Rock, Hoarders, CSI: NY, The Office, Futurama (again), Burn Notice, Dexter, Breaking Bad, and What Not to Wear.

Top pop music hits in 2013 included "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, "Royals" by Lorde, "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, "Harlem Shake" by Baauer, and "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton. Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" featuring Pharrell Williams took Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, while their album Random Access Memories took Album of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Song of the Year went to "Royals" by Lorde. Best New Artist was a tie, going to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Notable births in 2013 included Prince George of Cambridge. Notable deaths included singer Patti Page, former New York mayor Ed Koch, physicist Donald A. Glaser, President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez, film critic Roger Ebert, former U.K. prime minister Margaret Thatcher, comedian Jonathan Winters, country music singer George Jones, singer and actress Deanna Durbin, actress Jean Stapleton, swimmer and actress Esther Williams, author Richard Matheson, media personality David Frost, writer Frederik Pohl, engineer Ray Dolby, author Tom Clancy, astronaut Scott Carpenter, actress Marcia Wallace, musician Lou Reed, actor Paul Walker, actor Peter O'Toole, and actor James Avery.

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