New Year’s arrival ends another busy year in 2013

It’s easy to forget some of the big events that happened in the past year. People often get so caught up in the trials and tribulations of their own lives to spend more than a few moments marking world-wide events.

With the new year about to crash down on the calendar when most of us have just only gotten used to writing 2013 on checks, let’s take a minute to reflect on some of the big events that happened in the past 365 days.

Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. The South African leader who spent 27 years in prison and led his nation to democracy passed away in December.

Super Typhoon Haiyan crashed into the Philippines. Over 6,000 people were killed and over 1,700 were injured or missing as of Nov. 8. The storm left 4.4 million people homeless and was pegged one of the deadliest natural disasters in Philippine history.

Detroit filed for bankruptcy. The largest city in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy was approved for Chapter 9 bankruptcy after a judge declared it met the criteria to be protected from its creditors. Detroit was able to slash almost $18 billion in debt that hampered the city financially.

Oklahoma was leveled by a huge tornado. The tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma in May was the widest ever. The EF5 tornado killed 23 people in its 39 minutes of havoc and flattened 1,000 homes.

The Boston Marathon is rocked by bomb blasts. A pair of brothers set off pipe bombs near the finish line of the nationally-acclaimed event, killing three people and injuring 264.

Pope Benedict XVI resigned. The head of the catholic church said that God told him to resign in February. He was the first Pope to resign in nearly 600 years.

The U.S. government shut down non-essential federal services. When the fiscal year came to an end without a budget agreement between the House of Representatives and the Senate, the government closed its doors for 16 days.

Before we all head out to celebrate the coming of 2014, lets take a moment to remember the things that happened in 2013.