Important world events that occurred in 2013 include the Boston Marathon bombing and the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Additionally, the world mourned the loss of former South African president and civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of 95.
On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three bystanders died, and the blasts wounded another 260 people. A manhunt for the suspects lasted four days and ended with the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the death of his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev following a shootout with law enforcement.
Pope Benedict XVI resigned on Feb. 28, 2013, due to advanced age. The pope claimed he could no longer continue the duties but denied any health concerns. Born Joseph Ratzinger, he turned 86 in 2013 and had served from 2005 following the death of Pope John Paul II. As the first resignation of a pope since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, the event made headlines around the world.
On Dec. 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela passed away at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2011, Mandela suffered a lung infection that continued to plague him until his death. His birthday remains a South African holiday, celebrating his legacy.