1981 (1 Water Year / 7 Metal 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

February 23- Failed coup d'état in Spain.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

February 24- A 6.7 earthquake hits Athens, Corinth and the nearby towns of Loutraki, Kiato and Xylokastro.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

March 30- U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady are also wounded.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

April 12- Space Shuttle Columbia (John Young, Robert Crippen) launches on the first shuttle mission.
[notable observation]

May 13- Pope John Paul II is shot and nearly killed.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

May 30- Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman is assassinated.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

June 5- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 5 homosexual men in Los Angeles, California have a rare form of pneumonia. The first sign of the bloodborne pathogen, AIDS.
[water signs]

June 6- Seven coaches of an overcrowded passenger train fall off the tracks into the River Kosi in Bihar, India.
[caution around water & all liquids]

June 12- Major League Baseball goes on strike.
[emphasis on athletics]

August 7- The Washington Star newspaper closes after 128 years of publication.
[dissipation, collapse]

August 12- The first IBM PC with a 4.77 MHz Intel processor is released.
[notable observation]

September 10- Picasso's painting "Guernica" is moved from New York to Madrid.
[water signs]

September 20- Belize, the United Kingdom's last colony on the American mainland, becomes independent.
[dissipation, collapse- see additional fragmentation of the British Empire, and other nations, in 1 Water years.]

October 6- Anwar Sadat is assassinated during a parade.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

October 27- A Soviet submarine runs aground oustide the Karlskrona, Sweden military base.
[caution around water & all liquids]

November 1- Antigua and Barbuda gain independence from the United Kingdom.
[dissipation, collapse]

November 23- Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17, giving the CIA the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

December 20- The Penlee lifeboat disaster occurs off the coast of South-West Cornwall, England.
[caution around water & all liquids]

December 31 - Coup d'état in Ghana.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

January 13 (1982, prior to Feb. 4th)- Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90 crashes into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River.
[caution around water & all liquids]

January 17- On "Cold Sunday", unprecedentedly cold air swept down from Canada and plunged temperatures across much of the United States far below existing all-time record lows.
[north, midnight, winter]