We have survived the first 8 days of 2014 and with only another 51 weeks, 357 days or 8,592 hours until the new-year, I thought I’d review the highs and lows of 2013.
The first month of the year means school holidays and summer! Luckily enough the average temperature was the highest on Australian record, so students were treated to a month of sunshine. Unfortunately other parts of the world weren’t in such good spirit, with over 60,000 people dying in Syria’s civil war. In the entertainment world Lindsay Lohan once again faced court and jail-time and was refused hotel rooms on her trip to Los Angeles. In sporting news Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka took out the men’s and women’s singles final at the Australian Open and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were at the top of the music charts with their hit single ‘Thrift Shop.’
My personal favourite month of the year – the weather is still great, school goes back, my birthday and for me, dancing returns. Macklemore was still dominating the charts, but this time with new single ‘Same Love.’ However the latter half of the month showed the ‘Harlem Shake’ craze take over, but not for long. In the world of sport there were unfortunately more lows then highs as a year-long investigation showed that some of our sporting heroes are using drugs to improve their performance. Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on February 11 of 2013, the first Pope to do so since 1415. In entertainment, the One Direction boys headed to Ghana to film their video clip for single ‘One Way or Another’ and to raise money for Comic Relief.
In the month of March, Kate Middleton denied knowing the gender of her unborn baby at an appearance in the UK. In sports news, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and athlete Jessica Ennis were awarded the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards. The number 1 spot on the music charts was finally taken from Macklemore, this time by Pink and Nate Ruess with hit song ‘Just Give Me a Reason.’
On the 15th of April the world was left in shock after multiple bombs explode at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed, including an eight year-old boy and at least another 170 were injured. President Obama said “We still do not know who did this or why, and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts, but make no mistake: We will get to the bottom of this.” Passenger took over the charts for the entire month with ever so popular song ‘Let Her Go’ and sprinter Black Caviar finished her racing career at Royal Randwick with an amazing 25 wins from 25 starts.
The debate about racism in sport was kicked off again in May, this time after Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes singled out a 13 year-old Collingwood supporter who called him an ‘ape.’ On a better note Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota legalize same-sex marriage and couples were able to get married as of August 2013. Miley Cyrus was the most talked about celebrity in the entertainment world after her raunchy photos, new sound and new haircut. Her relationship with Liam Hemsworth was also on the rocks due to their busy schedules and not having time for each other. Daft Punk’s new song ‘Get Lucky’ stole number 1 on the charts for the month of May.
In Australian news, our first female Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard resigned after being outed in a party vote. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd replaced Julia as party leader, and then prime minister the following day. Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal took out the men’s and women’s singles title at the French Open, this being Nadal’s eighth French Open win and exactly 11 years since Williams bet her sister and acquired her first win. This month Robin Thicke was on top of the music industry with hit song ‘Blurred Lines.’ In the entertainment world, Kim Kardashian finally finalized her divorce with former NBA player Kris Humphries.
The month of July marked the awaited arrival of the royal baby! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their son George Alexander Louis to the world, who is automatically third in line to the throne. In Australian sport the Queensland Maroons won their eighth consecutive State of Origin series. Although a streaker robbed the Maroons of a try, it didn’t stop their run at the top of the Origin legacies. This month it was ‘Wake Me Up’ by Avicii that proved to be the most popular song and rock legend Jon Bon Jovi donated $1 million to the Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund.
Jason Derulo dominated the charts with his song ‘Talk Dirty’ which featured 2 Chainz. The sudden death of Glee star Cory Monteith struck the people of the world, including fellow Gleeks. After months of speculation, the investigation of the ‘supplements’ program being run at the Essendon Football Club came to a head. The club was banned from being a part of the 2013 AFL finals, coach James Hird was given a one-year ban and a number of other suspensions and fines were handed down. In big world news, 25 year old Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in jail after leaking 700 000 US government files to WikiLeaks.
The Hawthorn Hawks were victorious in the 2013 AFL Grand Final, beating the Fremantle Dockers by 15 points at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In the ninth month of the year the number 1 spot on the music charts was shared by Katy Perry and Redfoo with their singles ‘Roar’ and ‘Let’s Get Ridiculous.’ Miley Cyrus’ controversial film clip to song ‘Wrecking Ball’ broke the record for the most number of views in 24 hours, with 19.3 million views after just a day. In world news, Apple unveiled the brand new iPhone 5c and 5s, and the rain continued to pour in American state Colorado as more than 1200 people remain unaccounted for in the current floods.
In October we sadly saw the death of two students and a maths teacher at Sparks Middle School in Nevada. The three were shot by a middle-school student who later shot himself in front of other students. ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry remained in the number 1 spot for this month, which led the hit single to be the longest-running number 1 song of 2013. The Boston Red Sox had an exceptional run of success, this continued by winning the 2013 World Series. A team in shock after the Boston Marathon Bombings pulled together and claimed an inspiring win.
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones recorded in history struck the Philippines and resulted in over 5000 lives being lost. In the sporting world it was a month of retirement and we were left to send off some all-time sporting greats. Mark Webber said goodbye to his Formula One career after a podium finish and cricket star Sachin Tendulkar said farewell on his home ground in Mumbai after scoring 74 runs. Australian X-Factor stars Dami Im and Taylor Henderson released singles and both songs reached number 1 for a short time this month but it was ‘The Monster’ by Eminem and Rihanna that remained on top for the most part of November. Fast & Furious star Paul Walker sadly passed away in a car accident in Los Angeles, leaving movie fans in shock and wondering what will happen next for the Fast & Furious series.
It’s finally Christmas time and there was a cheerful spirit all over the country after the Australian Cricket Team’s long awaited success at the Ashes Series. Aussie surfer Mick Fanning took out the Hawaiian Pipe Masters to claim his third world title after pulling out an amazing last-minute ride. It was John Legend’s song ‘All Of Me’ in the number 1 position over the Christmas period. Apple reported that $1 billion was spent by their customers at the App store during the month, taking their total yearly earnings to $10 billion.
All in all 2013 had its fair share of lows, but for me it was an amazing year full of fun, friends, family and fantastic achievements. May everyone have a good 2014 year and I look forward to writing another of these posts at the beginning of 2015.