- 15th February: a meteor exploded in Russia, injuring 1,491 people. It was the most powerful meteor to strike Earth in over a century.
- 26th February: French diplomat and writer, Stéphane Hessel died.
- 28th February: Pope Benedict XVI resigned as pope.
- 5th March: Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela died.
- 13th March: Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the 266th pope and took the name Francis.
- 24th March: Central African Republic conflict.
- 2nd April: The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty.
- 14th-30th June: There were floods and landslides in India.
- 22nd June: Presient Mursi was ousted in Egypt.
- 1st July: Croatia became the 28th member country of the European Union.
- 4th July: Margaret Thatcher died at 87.
- 18th July: The city of Detroit (US) went bankrupt.
- 22nd July: Prince George of Cambridge was born in the UK.
- 24th July. Train crash in Santiago de Compostela.
- 7th September: the 2020 Olympics were won by Japan.
10th October: 140 countries signed the UNEP Minamata Treaty to protect human health and the environment from emissions and releases of mercury
- 8th November: Typoon Haiyan, the strongest cyclon ever, hit the Philippines. 6,149 people died.
- 17th November: British writer, Doris Lessing died. She had been awarded the Nobel prize.
- 4th December: Nelson Mandela died at 95.