|2014 Apr 15: Total Lunar Eclipse|
|2014 Apr 29: Annular Solar Eclipse|
|2014 Oct 08: Total Lunar Eclipse|
|2014 Oct 23: Partial Solar Eclipse|
The Boston Marathon will be held on Patriot's Day, April 21. There could be as many as 40,000 participants. You need a qualifying time based on your age:
- 34 and under: 3 hrs 05 min for men and 3 hrs 35 min for women
- 50-54: 3 hrs 30 min for men and 4 hrs for women
- 75-79: 4 hrs 40 mn for men and 5 hrs 10 min for women
June 4 is the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square. But where in China will the date be commemorated? Try Hong Kong.
OCTOBER: October 1 is World Vegetarian Day.
Berlin Wall fell, the beginning of the end of the Cold War, which officially occurred in 1991. So this is the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall.
DECEMBER: All American combat troops will leave Afghanistan. However, up to 20,000 military "representatives" will remain to train, etc. The long term? Who knows.
At the end of the year, or maybe sometime in 2015, China's carbon emissions will be double that of the USA. The suggested solution (not by me) is fracking.
Dow Jones Industrial Average drop would qualify. What caused the fall in 2008 to the brink of a depression in early 2009? Lehman Brothers? Banks? Nope. In July of 2008 oil reached an all time high of $147/barrel, which catalyzed the decline. Both energy crises, in 1973 and 1979, caused similar problems. Each petroleum predicament was different. The next one could be anything from Israel bombing Iran to the Fall of the House Saud to something totally unexpected, the more likely prospect. Watch the price of oil and be ready to enter the market a few months after the next major leap (but make sure to invest at or near the bottom of the Dow):
Tropical Cyclone Bejisa is at 120 MPH and will strengthen a bit. However, latest projections show the eye moving slightly westward to now mostly affect the western coast of Reunion: