There were the deaths of two of the biggest political figures of our time and the birth of a future king. Bowie made a comeback. Kimye made a baby. This was the year of the selfie, the new supermodel and a scandalous dance move (have you twerked it out?). Here’s our round-up of 2013...
2013 Review Of The Year: From Shameless Twerking To The Birth Of A Future King
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4 JANUARY: THE FASHION WORLD MOURNED
He made zigzags mainstream and counted Kates Moss and Middleton as fans, and the fashion world was left bereft when Vittorio Missoni (below with his son) was killed in a plane crash. Despite a frantic search, his remains weren’t found for nine months.
4 FEBRUARY: A KING IS FOUND... IN A CAR PARK
Bones found buried under a Leicester car park were revealed to belong to Richard III. The find came following seven years’ study by playwright and Richard III-obsessive Philippa Langley. Following in his footsteps to where he was thought to have died, she felt drawn to the car park. ‘It was hot but I had goosebumps and was freezing cold. I knew with utter conviction I was standing on his grave.’
12 FEBRUARY: POPE BENEDICT RESIGNED
Pope Benedict XVI announced his surprise resignation – the first pontiff to step down in nearly 600 years. Just hours later, the top of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome was struck by lightning, twice. A freak of nature? A sign from God? A great photo opportunity, anyway. Pope Francis succeeded as his replacement in March.
14 FEBRUARY: OSCAR PISTORIUS SHOOTS AND KILLS HIS GIRLFRIEND
South African model Reeva Steenkamp was a young woman in love, tweeting about her excitement ahead as Valentine's day approached. But the night turned to tragedy when her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius – the face of the 2012 London Paralympics – shot and killed her at his home.
18 FEBRUARY: CARA GOT THE PARTY STARTED
...and it never finished. Cara established herself as THE model of the moment after making five catwalk appearances in just three days at London Fashion Week. And when she wasn’t on the runway, she was partying with Rihanna and fellow model Jourdan Dunn. Basically, she hasn’t stopped since – and we’re totally exhausted just watching her.
25 FEBRUARY: THE BEST ACTRESS TOOK A TUMBLE
Jennifer Lawrence actually fell up the stairs when she went to collect her Academy Award, which reassured us that we are not the only humans in the world capable of totally defying gravity. And what better way to get Hugh Jackman AND Bradley Cooper to swoop to your rescue? 'What do you mean what happened, look at my dress!' the star laughed when asked how she tripped. 'I tried to walk up stairs in this dress, that's what happened. I think I just stepped on the fabric and they waxed the stairs...' God, we love her.
8 APRIL: MARGARET THATCHER DIES
She polarised public opinion in life... and attitudes towards Britain's first and only female Prime Minister were just as divided when she died, aged 87.
2 MAY: SPACE BECAME COOL
‘Ground control to Major Tom...’ Nowhere have those David Bowie lyrics been more significant than in actual outer space. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield became a household name after a video of him singing Space Oddity aboard the International Space Station went viral.
6 MAY: OHIO'S HOUSE OF HORRORS IS REVEALED
Their story shocked the world: on 6 May, three women escaped from an Ohio house where they’d been held captive, raped and abused for 10 years by the owner, Ariel Castro.
22 MAY: LEE RIGBY WAS BRUTALLY MURDERED
The nation was appalled when off-duty soldier Lee Rigby, 25, was hacked to death on a busy London street just yards from his barracks. Three women – Gemma Donnelly-Martin, her mum Amanda Donnelly and Ingrid Loyau-Kennett – were dubbed the Angels of Woolwich for confronting his attackers and tending to Rigby in his last moments. His two assailants, Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, both from London, are currently on trial.
28 MAY: MOSSY CELEBRATED 25 YEARS IN FASHION
We reminisced about the world’s coolest supermodel and our favourite Mossy moments – her first shoot for The Face, the sexy Calvin Klein campaign with Mark Wahlberg and that champagne bath with then-boyfriend Johnny Depp...
28 MAY: THE ‘LADY IN RED’ BECAME A SYMBOL OF PROTEST
Turkish anti-government protesters found a reluctant heronie when Ceyda Sungur was sprayed with tear gas by riot police. An academic, Ceyda had gone to a park to protect it from redevelopment. The brutal reaction to a peaceful protest went viral and caused fresh outrage.
15 JUNE: KIMYE SAY HEY TO NORI
Kim Kardashian gave birth to daughter North West, five weeks early. At just 4lb 15oz, Nori had to spend time in an incubator.
7 JULY: ANDY MURRAY WON WIMBLEDON!
The nation had waited 77 years to see a Brit win the men’s singles. And it was pandemonium on Murray Mound when the Scot aced it. Centre Court held 15,000 spectators including his girlfriend Kim and mum Judy, who said it was the ‘best feeling ever’. And we all shed a tear.
13 JULY: GLEE STAR OVERDOSED
Sadly, Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson, lost his battle with drugs after an accidental heroin and alcohol overdose in a Canadian hotel room. His girlfriend, co-star Lea Michele, is said to have had his last words to her, ‘If you say so’, tattooed on her ribcage. The show’s tribute episode drew 7.4m US viewers. Season six will be its last.
23 JULY: A FUTURE KING IS BORN
Never has a set of doors attracted such unblinking, focused attention from us for so long (2,263 minutes, to be exact). But when the doors of the Lindo Wing finally opened at 7.13pm on 23 July, it was the moment we – and the rest of the world – had been waiting for. That first glimpse of the totally gorgeous Prince George, the baby who will one day be king. So while we bask in baby fever all over again, here’s everything you need to know about Kate and Wills’ first son...
28 JULY: TROLLING OFFICIALLY BECAME ‘A THING’
Trolling was placed firmly on the nation’s agenda when MP Stella Creasy found herself at the centre of a Twitter storm. After speaking up in support of feminist Caroline Criado-Perez – who campaigned to have Jane Austen’s image on £10 banknotes from 2017, then received ‘up to 50 rape threats an hour’ on Twitter – the MP was targeted herself. Twitter has since introduced a ‘report’ button.
6 AUGUST: THE PERU TWO WERE ARRESTED
Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid, both 20, allegedly tried to smuggle £1.5m of drugs out of Peru. The pair faced up to 15 years in jail, but have pleaded guilty apparently in the hope it will lead to shorter sentences. The trial starts next year.
26 AUGUST: THE TWERK TO END ALL TWERKS
When Miley Cyrus appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards wearing nothing but a flesh-coloured latex bikini, flanked by crazed-looking teddy-bear dancers, it was clear that the former Disney gee-shucks pop princess was no more. Add in controversial Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, a huge foam finger and that tongue to the mix and it had all the makings of a perfect Twitter storm.
8 SEPTEMBER: DADDY'S GIRL
Harper Beckham – the face that launched a thousand broody sighs this year. Among the most ‘awww’ pictures have been the Beckham tot attempting a game of football, being held by big brother Brooklyn and stealing the show during New York Fashion Week from under Anna Wintour’s nose.
21 SEPTEMBER: TERRORISTS ATTACKED NAIROBI
The world watched in horror as at least 67 people were killed in a four-day siege at a Nairobi shopping mall. Britain’s most-wanted woman, ‘White Widow’ Samantha Lewthwaite, is believed to be behind the attack.
23 SEPTEMBER: JUSTINE MILIBAND STEPPED INTO THE LIMELIGHT
Justine Miliband told the Labour Party conference in Brighton she wouldn’t stand silently next to Ed during the run-up to the 2015 election, declaring she was ‘more than just a dress’. Justine, we welcome you!
29 SEPTEMBER: BREAKING BAD FEVER REIGNED
The UK was gripped by Breaking Bad fever as Walt’s closing scenes were aired. Verdicts on the finale were resolutely positive, but it might not be over just yet: rumours have been circulating about a spin-off series...
10 OCTOBER: MARK DARCY DIED!
Gasp... In the third Bridget Jones novel, Mark Darcy is dead! Bridget is dating a toy boy! It caused a storm of controversy before it was even published – and the next film looks unlikely to happen. Sorry, Bridge!
14 OCTOBER: NEW MADELEINE MCCANN APPEAL LAUNCHED
Six years after Madeleine, three, disappeared from her hotel room in Portugal, The BBC’s Crimewatch appeal delivered fresh hope, as more than 1,000 people called detectives with information.
18 OCTOBER: MALALA NAMED RUNNER-UP IN NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
At just 14 years old, Malala Yousafzai became a figurehead for free speech and women’s rights when she was shot in the head by the Taliban, simply for speaking out about girls’ rights to education. The Pakistani teenager’s eloquent and passionate campaigning, despite constant threats to her life, won her a deserved nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
22 OCTOBER: BAKE OFF TEMPERATURES RISE
It was the most controversial series of The Great British Bake Off yet, with claims that Ruby Tandoh flirted and sobbed her way to the final. But after all the bitching, Frances Quinn was the surprise winner.
7 NOVEMBER: KILLER TYPHOON
The world could only watch in horror as, on 7 November, Typhoon Haiyan obliterated entire towns and villages in the Philippines. More than 5,000 died and three million have been displaced. To donate to the appeal, visit dec.org.uk.
1 DECEMBER: LOUISE WOODWARD PREGNANT
Former nanny Louise Woodward, who was found guilty of killing a baby in her care before her conviction was reduced to involuntary manslaughter, revealed she’s expecting. Louise, now 35, was initially sentenced to 15 years in 1997 after being convicted of the second-degree murder of eight-month-old Matthew Eappen.
2 DECEMBER: TOM DALEY CAME OUT
When the Olympic diver took to YouTube to announce he was in a relationship with a man, Twitter went into overdrive with praise for the 19-year-old’s honesty, and speculation on who the lucky guy could be. As for us, our Tom-love cranked up a few more notches.
2 DECEMBER: HARRY’S IN STYLES
Global superstar, purveyor of perfectly coiffed hair, most lusted after man on the planet... Harry Styles added fashion icon to the list when he accepted the British Style Award at the British Fashion Awards while wearing Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane. Seems like all those Burberry and House of Holland FROW outings have paid off.
5 DECEMBER: NELSON MANDELA DIES
The world went into mourning when Nelson Mandela died. In the coming days and weeks, countless words were written and spoken about South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid hero, who has died peacefully at the age of 95. His immense influence cannot be overstated. He fought against white-minority rule with the African National Congress, a fight for which he sacrificed his personal freedom, spending 27 years imprisoned. A huge part of Mandela’s success and popularity as a statesman was his charisma, wisdom and his way with words.