Fast Facts: What was the world like in the 2013?

  • A meteor explodes over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring 1,491 people and damaging over 4,300 buildings. It is the most powerful meteor to strike Earth’s atmosphere in over a century.
  • Benedict XVI resigns as pope, becoming the first to do so since Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294.
  • Two bombs explode at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States, killing 3 and injuring 264 others.

What was NIBA like?

  • The Belt Line Newsletter becomes an electronic only publication.  This allows the publication to become full color and also allows for wider distribution. Non-members are permitted to subscribe for the first time.  A high-resolution version for those wishing to print a hard copy is still available.
  • Lightweight Basics becomes NIBA’s second online training.  The course includes video from the Lightweight Basics Technical Seminar.
  • An app is offered for the first time at the NIBA Annual Convention for smart phones and tablets.  This first foray into apps contains up to date schedules and other important details.
  • NIBA History Site launched

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