1990 (1 Water Year / 6 Metal 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

February 7- Collapse of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly of power.
[dissipation, collapse]

February 11- James "Buster" Douglas wins the World Heavyweight Boxing crown.
[emphasis on athletics]

February 11- After 27 years in prison, 1 Water Nelson Mandela is released.
[notable observation- In a 1 Water year, 1 Water people occupy the 5 Soil position of 'karma'. In general, positive repercussions of past actions & decisions appear between February 4th and July. The more negative aspects arising in August through January of the following year.]

February 15- The United Kingdom and Argentina restore diplomatic relations after 8 years. The UK had severed ties in response to Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands.
[seeking unity]

February 27- Exxon and its shipping company are indicted on 5 criminal counts, stemming from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
[caution around water & all liquids]
[dissipation, collapse]

March 1- The Royal New Zealand Navy discontinues its daily rum ration.
[water signs]

March 28- President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.
[emphasis on athletics]

April 1- The largest prison riot in Britain's history begins at Strangeways Prison in Manchester.
[dissipation, collapse]

April 8- Scandinavian Star, a Bahamas-registered ferry, catches fire en route to Denmark, killing 158.
[caution around water & all liquids]

April 24- The Space Shuttle Discovery puts the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit.
[notable observation- Several important space-related events took place in 1 Water. Normally, we interpret Water's association with 'the depths' as being an issue of hidden or inner strength, but this also applies to the depths of space. With the Hubble scope, we also note the association with 'clarity'. Also, Water years often give rise to record-breaking events, not unlike the emphasis on athletics.]

May 15- Portrait of Doctor Gachet by Vincent van Gogh is sold for a record $82.5 million, to Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito.
[water signs- paint is combined water, earth & metal.]

May 22 - The Yemen Arab Republic and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen unify as one nation, the Republic of Yemen.
[seeking unity]

June 1- George H. W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty to end chemical weapon production and begin destroying their stockpiles.
[seeking unity]
[caution around water & all liquids]

June 2 - The 'Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak' spawns 88 confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. Thirtyseven tornadoes occurred in Indiana alone, a new record by far.
[caution around water & all liquids]
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

June 22- Underwater volcano Mount Didicas erupts in the Philippines.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

June 26- President George H. W. Bush breaks his 1988 'no new taxes' campaign pledge. This is widely believed to be the primary cause for his loss to Bill clinton, in 1992.
[serious mistakes]

July 15- Tamil Tigers kill 168 Muslims in Sri Lanka.
[dissipation, collapse]

July 16- A 7.7 earthquake kills over 1,600 in the Philippines.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

July 27- Government buildings in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago are stormed by the Jamaat al Muslimeen in a coup d'état attempt which lasts 5 days.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

August 2- Iraq invades Kuwait.
[dissipation, collapse]

August 19- 1 Water Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert.
[notable observation- In a 1 Water year, 1 Water people occupy the 5 Soil position of 'karma'. In general, positive repercussions of past actions & decisions appear between February 4th and July. The more negative aspects arising in August through January of the following year.]

August 28- Plainfield Tornado. The strongest tornado on record to strike the Chicago Metropolitan Area.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

September 9- Liberian president Samuel Doe is captured and killed in a filmed execution.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

September 19- The former Governor of Gibraltar, Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Terry, survives an assassination attempt.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

October 3- East Germany and West Germany reunify into a single nation.
[seeking unity]

October 5- After over 150 years in publication, The Herald broadsheet newspaper in Melbourne is published for the last time as a separate entity.
[dissipation, collapse]

October 13- Syrian military forces invade and occupy Mount Lebanon, consolidating their hold on Lebanon.
[dissipation, collapse]

October 25- Evander Holyfield wins the world Heavyweight Boxing crown.
[emphasis on athletics]

November 13- The first known World Wide Web page is written.
[notable observation- Besides the collapse of a few large newspapers, several well known magazines were first issued in 1 Water years. Also, some breakthroughs in television and cinema occur in Water. Here, we see the quiet and unheralded birth of the www, in a singular web page.]

November 15- Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched on a secret military mission.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

December 1- Establishing the first ground connection between the United Kingdom and the mainland of Europe, Channel Tunnel workers from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the English Channel seabed.
[water signs]

January 16 (1991 prior to Feb. 4th)- Operation Desert Storm begins with air strikes against Iraq.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]
[seeking unity and dissipation, collapse]