I looked at important events that occurred just before a few months after Solar eclipses in 1917, 1936, 1955, 1974 and Lunar eclipses in 1991 and 2010 that fell within a 30’ orb of Betelgeuse.(28º 45’ Gemini in year 2000.) Click here for the Betelgeuse feature.
Solar Partial Eclipse (02’) June 19 1917
Jul 16 – 20 ~ Serious clashes between workers and soldiers against the Russian Government. Lenin escapes. Trotsky arrested.
July 17 ~ British Royal family assume the surname Windsor to disguise original Germanic roots (Saxe-Coburg & Gotha) due to WWI.
Jul 28 ~ The silent parade in New York protesting the Louis riot. Lynchings in Texas and Tennessee.
August ~ Green Corn rebellion. Hundreds of farmers protest WWI draft.
Aug 10 ~ General strike in Spain. 70 dead, hundreds wounded.
Aug 18 ~ Great Thessaloniki Fire in Greece ravages a third of the city. 70K are left homeless.
Sep 14 ~ Russia is declared a republic.
Solar Total Eclipse (08’) June 19 1936
Jun 26 ~ First Helicopter flight.
Jul 13-14 ~ Peak of North American heatwave lasting 2 months in which thousands died.
Jul 17 ~ Start of Spanish Civil War.
Aug 1 ~ 1st live sports TV broadcast. (Summer Olympics)
Aug 14 ~ Last public execution in the USA
Sep 7 ~ Extinction of Tasmania Tiger. Benjamin dies in Hobart Zoo.
Solar Total Eclipse (03’) June 20 1955
Jul 13 ~ Ruth Ellis hanged. Last woman executed in Britain.
Jul 18 ~ Disneyland opens.
Jul 18 ~ First nuclear-generated power station sold.
Jul 27 ~ El Al flight shot down over Bulgaria. 58 killed.
Aug 19 ~ Hurricane Diane in USA kills 200 and causes $1billion damage.
Aug 20 ~ Anti French rioting in Africa kills hundreds.
Aug 22 ~ 11 children killed in school bush by freight train in Tennessee
Sep 2 ~ Supervised filming of a man ingesting Mescaline (A psychedelic) for BBC’s Panorama. Never broadcasted.
Sep 19 ~ Juan Peron of Argentina ousted.
Sep 19 ~ Hurricane Hilda kills 200 in Mexico.
Solar Total Eclipse (06’) June 20th 1974
Jun 26 ~ First barcode used on a product.
Jun 29 ~ Isabel Peron becomes first female president of Argentina, replacing husband Juan Peron.
Jul 15 ~ News Anchor Christine Chubbick commits suicide live on TV.
Jul 20 ~ Turkey invades Cyprus
Aug 4 ~ Italian terrorist blow up Italicus Extress train. 12 killed, 48 wounded.
Aug 8 ~ Watergate Scandal. Nixon resigns.
Aug 14 ~ Turkey invades Cyprus for 2nd time.
Aug 30 ~ German express train derails killing 150.
Sep 8 ~ TWA flight from Athens explodes from bomb in cargo hold. Kills 88.
Sep 12 ~ Emperor Haile Selassie deposed.
Sep 13 ~ Red army take over French Embassy at the Hague, Netherlands.
Sep 20 ~ Native American tribe the Kootenai declare war on the US government.
Partial Lunar Eclipse (23’) December 21st 1991
Dec 25 ~ Dissolution of the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev resigns.
Dec 26 ~ Cold War ends
Dec 31 ~ All Soviet institutions shut down
Jan 8 1992 ~ George H W Bush falls ill at Japanese state dinner vomiting in the lap of PM Kiichi Miyazawa.
Jan 9 ~ Bosnian Serbs declare their own republic.
Jan 11 ~ Paul Simon first artist to tour South Africa after apartheid boycott.
Jan 11 ~ Shanda Sharer burned and tortured by 4 teenage girls.
Jan 12 ~ Algerian general elections cancelled.
Jan 13 ~ Japan apologizes to Korea for forcing women into sexual slavery in WWII.
Jan 15 ~ Socialist Yugoslavia breaks up to become Slovenia and Croatia.
Jan 16 ~ The 12 year Salvadorian civil war ends. It claimed over 75K lives.
Jan 18 ~ 100,000 people protest in Nairobi against one party rule.
Total Lunar Eclipse (25’) December 21 2010
Dec 17 ~ Beginning of the Arab Spring. A revolutionary wave of protests, riots and civil wars in the Arab world. Ongoing.
Dec 21 ~ First total lunar eclipse on Winter/Summer solstice since 1638.
Jan 1 2011 ~ Estonia adopts Euro.
Jan 4 ~ Tunisian street vendor dies after setting himself on fire igniting further Arab spring protests.
Jan 9 – 15 ~ Referendum for South Sudan independence.
Jan 11 ~ Rio De Janeiro floods kill 903.
Jan 14 ~ Tunisian government falls.
Jan 24 ~ Moscow Airport Bombing kills 37. 180 wounded.
Feb 11 ~ Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak resigns after protests.
Mar 11 ~ 9.0 Mag Earthquake and Tsunami hits Japan. 15.840 killed, 3926 missing.
Mar 12 ~ Fukushima Nuclear power plant reactor explodes. The largest nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986