2013 at a glance
While this issue of the magazine revisits some of the highs and lows of the last 12 months, we thought we’d add some of the more bizarre and unusual happenings from 2013
January 4, Mark Cahill, a 51-year-old former pub landlord from Halifax, West Yorkshire, became the first person in the UK to receive a hand transplant.
February 15, the most powerful meteor to strike Earth in a century exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russia, injuring 1,491 people and damaging more than 4,300 buildings.
March 18, the final BBC news bulletin was transmitted from Television Centre, from where it was broadcast for 43 years. It has now moved to Broadcasting House.
April 15, two bombs explode at the finishing line of the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts, USA, killing three and injuring 264 others.
May 8, Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years. Everton boss David Moyes was named as his replacement.
June 5, Prince Philip, 92, was admitted to hospital in London for an exploratory operation. He left 11 days later and returned to his duties in August.
July 17, same sex marriages became legal in England and Wales after the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 received Royal Assent.
August 6, sewage workers from Thames Water removed a 15-ton ‘fatberg’ from a sewer beneath London after it caused a 95 per cent blockage.
September 21, 62 people were killed and more than 170 wounded when terrorists attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.
October 28, southern Britain was hit by hurricane-strength winds during a storm when gusts of 99mph were recorded on the Isle of Wight. Four people were killed, a teenage boy was swept out to sea, 625,000 homes were left without power and dozens of rail and air services were cancelled.