2013: The Year of the Snake

Written November 13th, 2012 – Edited November 17th, 2012


By Eliseo Santos

What awaits the world and America in 2013? With just several weeks left in 2012, the world is faced with increasing tensions that are building up day by day. These tensions include the economic tensions of the EU debt crisis and the drowning western economies gasping for air, as well as the geopolitical tensions between world super powers the United States, Russia, and China as the pugnacious U.S. and its gang of nations are preparing for another war with quarrelsome Iran and its gang of nations by imposing sanctions on Iran and maintaining their occupation of foreign lands.

Furthermore in America there are increasing political tensions as the 2012 U.S. Presidential election ended with the Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama winning a second term in office. A record amount of campaign money was amassed and  spent throughout the year by both campaigns trying to convince the bewildered American public to vote for a political leader that will continue to lead America away from the certainty of the Constitution and Bill of Rights to the uncertainty of the brave new world. As a result of the direction in which the U.S. is heading, many states have started the process of petitioning for secession  from the Federal government of the United States.

There are also increasing social tensions between the rich owners of capital and the relatively poor laborers; between the increasingly intrusive government and the increasingly aware citizens; between the unseen elite and the many commoners under hidden surveillance. How long before the current global economy reaches its melting point and the nations of the world and its people reach their boiling point that will culminate in another world war, mass civil unrest, and widespread martial law?

On September 11th, 2001 America and the whole world were forever changed by the heinous attacks that occurred on that eventful day. On that day the American economy took a hit that has reverberated to today’s bleak economic situation due impart to the expansion of the U.S. Government and the U.S. national debt. Ever since 9/11, the skyrocketing U.S. national debt has gone hand in hand with a government that has grown and spent without restriction for the sake of the War on Terrorism fought at home through increased surveillance and security measures and fought abroad via the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan , and  the extensive United States global military presence.

To many 9/11 is comparable to the Pearl Harbor attacks of December 7th, 1941 which caused the United States to enter World War II. Besides these two events being major transformational events in the modern history of America and the world, these two events share an unlikely uncanny link of being events that occur during the Year of the Snake of the Chinese calendar.

The Chinese calendar, which is the lunar and solar calendar that divides the years amongst the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac (Rat, Ox Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig), has been used by astrologers to give horoscopes or predictions based on an individual’s birth in relation to the current year. Instead, the methodology that will be used for the analysis and predictions in this article is to observe the events that occurred during the Snake years during the past century and then identify certain trends within these events in order to project what will occur in 2013.

The  current Year of the Dragon will be succeeded by the Year of the Snake. The dragon is a considered to be a symbol of transformation due  to the dragon being an entity associated with destruction and renewal. The snake, also a symbol of transformation, is also associated with monumental change due to the way in which a snake sheds the outer layer of skin and  because it was the snake who influenced the great fall of man in the Garden of Eden as told in the Book of Genesis of  the Bible.

By viewing recent history through the Chinese zodiac calendar we see a pattern of the Snake year being the year of major change and transformation in society due to the release of new ground-breaking technology to the public and also key political  events that influence future political policy. Therefore the events that have occurred during the Snake years have become historically significant. In the 20th century, the Year of the Snake has been a year that has had marked significant scientific / technological advancements, as well as epic historical events that have had a profound impact on our society. The recent political historical evidence seems to suggest the Dragon and Snake years  are years associated with major death and destruction which falls in line with the Judeo-Christian Bible portrayal of  the Snake and Dragon as symbols of Satan, the evil destroyer (Rev. 12:9).  The recent historical evidence of science and technology also suggests the  Dragon and Snake years are also associated with wisdom and knowledge, a view that is also held by some ancient occult / gnostic societies such as Free Masonry.

Below you will find highlighted the major scientific, political, and religious events that have occurred during the Snake Year in the 20th and 21st century. The following events were found on www.wikipedia.org and  www.historyorb.com . After the list of events, you will find an analysis of the presented list of events.

Events highlighted in:

blue are overall major events in science/technology

red are overall major political events

purple are  major religious events
1905 –
Major Advancements in Science / Technology –
Jan 31st – 1st auto to exceed 100 mph (161 kph) was A G MacDonald, Daytona Beach
Apr 12th – French Dufaux brothers test helicopter
Apr 18th – Nikolai Tesla receives patent for the “Art of Transmitting Electrical Energy through /the Natural Mediums. This is the early break through into wireless technology.  
Jun 11th – Penns Railroad debuts fastest train in the world (NY-Chicago in 18 hrs)
Sep 27th – The physics journal Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein’s Paper “Does the
Inertia of a Body Depend Upon its Energy Content?”  Introducing the equation E=MC2.
Sep 27th – Nettie Stevens and Edmund Beecher Wilson independently describe the XY- sex determination system
Oct 5th – Orville/ Wilbur Wright’s “Flyer III” flight 38.5 km in 38.3”
Pathe Freres colors black – white films by machine
Major Historical Events –
Jan 9th – Jan 22th – Bloody Sunday-demonstrators fired on by tsarist troops in Russia
Aug 25th – Ancient Order of Druids initiate neo-druidic rituals at Stone Henge in England
Sep 5th – Treaty of Portsmouth USA, ends Russo-Japanese War
Oct 30th – “October Manifesto” Russian Tsar Nicholas II grants Civil liberties
Oct 31th – Great revolutionary demonstration for amnesty in St. Petersburg
Civil service examination ended in China

1917 –
Major Advancements in Science/Technology –
1. Albert Einstein introduces the idea of stimulated radiation emission.
2. Charls Glover Barla wins Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on X-ray spectroscopy and related areas in the field of X-ray
Major Historical Events –
Feb 3rd – US liner Housatonic sunk by German sub & diplomatic relations severed
Mar 3rd – Mar 17th Nicholas II, last Russian Tsar, abdicates throne
Mar 4th – 1st woman elected to House of Representatives of Congress, Jeanette Rankin, Montana
Mar 8th – Beginning of Russian Revolution
Apr 2nd – Apr 6th President Woodrow Wilson asks congress to declare war against Germany; U.S. declares war on Germany and enters World War I
Apr 16th – Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik revolution
May 13th – The 1st apparition of Mary  to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal
Jun 4th – Beginning of the Pulitzer Prize
Jun 15th – United States enacts the espionage act
Jun 17th – King George V of the U.K. proclaims that henceforth the male line of the British Royal family will bear the surname Windsor, vice of the Germanic bloodline of House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, which is a branch of the historic (800+ years) House of Wettin
Jul 13th – Vision of Virgin Mary appeared to children of Fatima, Portugal
Sep 15th – Russia proclaimed a republic by Alexander Kerensky
Oct 25th – In Russia, Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin seizes power; Pan-Russian congress opens in Petrograd
Oct 26th – Petrograd soviet accepts establishment of Military
Nov 6th – Bolshevik revolution begins with capture of winter palace
Nov 7th – Nov. 8th Lenin seizes power; People’s commissars gives authority to Lenin, Trotsky,& Stalin

1929 –
Major Advancements in Science/ Technology –
Jan. 20th – 1st feature talking motion picture filmed outdoors, “In Old Arizona”
Apr. 24th – 26th – 1st non-stop flight from England to India
May 11th – 1st regular scheduled TV broadcasts  ( 3 nights per week)
May 21st – Automatic electric stock quotation board installed in NYC
May 28th – 1st all color talking picture “On With the Show” exhibited (NYC)
Jun 4th – George Eastman demonstrates 1st Technicolor movie (Rochester NY)
Jun 27th – 1st color TV demo (NYC) by H.E. Ives and colleagues at Bell Telephone Laboratories. The 1st images were a bouquet of roses and an American flag.
Jun. 29th – 1st high-speed jet wind tunnel completed in Langley Field CA
Aug. 8th – 1st airship flight around Earth flying eastward begins and ends Aug. 20th
Sep. 30th – 1st manned rocket plane flight( BY Automaker Fritz Von Opel)
Major Historical Events –
Jan 31st – Leon Trotsky expelled from Russia to Turkey
Feb. 11th – Vatican City World’s smallest country made an enclave of Rome
Feb. 18th – The first Academy Awards are announced; held May 16th
Jun. 7th – Vatican City becomes a sovereign state
Jun. 14th – Prussia & Vatican sign Concord
Jun. 29th – Mexico & Vatican sign Concord
Jul. 7th – Romania & Vatican sign Concord
Oct. 24th – “Black Thursday,” start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%
Oct. 28th – Dow Jones Plummets 38.33 (13%) to 260.64.
Oct. 29th – Black Tuesday, Stock Market crashes triggers the Great Depression

1941 –
Major Advancements in Science/ Technology –
Feb. 23rd – Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg
Mar. 1st – 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tennessee
May 2nd – FCC approves regular scheduled TV broadcasts to begin July 1st
May 12th – Konrad Zuse presents Z3, the World’s first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin
July 1st – 1st Commercial  TV licenses granted – W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) & WCBW (CBS) and begin broadcasting
July 1st – Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial
Aug 1st – 1st JEEP produced
Sep. 3rd – 1st use of Zyclon-B gas in Auschiwitz (Russian Prisoners of War)
Major Historical Events –
Jan. 16th – US vice admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor
Jan. 17th – Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-Shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II
Jan. 21st – 1st anti- Jewish measures in Bulgaria
Jan. 22nd – 1st mass killing of Jews in Romania
Jan. 23rd – Ground breaking for NACA (now NASA) Lewis Research Center
Jan. 27th – Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor
May 6th – Joseph Stalin becomes Premier of Russia
Jun 22nd – Germany attacks and declares war against Russia and Soviet Union along with Romania
Sep 11th – Charles Lindbergh, charges, “British, Jewish, & Roosevelt Administration” are trying to get US in WW II
Sep 11th – Construction on the Pentagon begins (Completed Jan. 15 1943)
Sep 23rd – 1st Gas murder experiments are conducted at Auschwitz
Oct 31st – Mount Rushmore is completed
Dec 7th – Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, the day that will live infamy.
Dec 8th – US and Great Britain declare war on Japan  US enters into WWII
Dec. 9th- China declares war on Germany, Italy, Japan
Dec. 11th – Germany and Italy declare war on US
Dec. 19th – US Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WWII

1953 –
Major Advancements in Science/Technology –
Jan 7th – Pres Truman announces development of hydrogen bomb
Jan 20th – 1st US telecast transmitted to Canada from Buffalo
Jan 20th – 1st live coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower Address)
Feb 18th – “Bwana Devil,” the 1st 3-D movie, opened in New York
Feb 21st – Francis Crick & James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule
Mar 26th – Dr Jonas Salk announces vaccine to polio [myelitis]
Mar 30th – Einstein announces revised unified field theory
Apr 7th – 1st west-to-east jet transatlantic nonstop flight
Apr 9th – Warner Brothers premieres the first 3-D film entitled “House of Wax”
Apr 29th – The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on
Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV
May 25th – 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
Jun 25th – 1st passenger to fly commercially around the world < 100 hours
Jul 9th – 1st helicopter passenger service (NYC)
Jul 27th – 1st insulin isolated by F Banting & C Best in Toronto
Oct 1st- UNIVAC 1103 becomes 1st commercial computer to use random access memory
Nov. 3rd – 1st live color coast-to-coast telecast NYC
Nov. 5th – Nobel Prize for physics awarded/ appended on Frederik Zernicke made it possible to study the internal cellular organs via the invention of the phase contrast microscope.
Nov. 20th – Scott crossfield in Douglas Skyrocket, 1st to break Mach 2 (1,300 MPH)
Nov. 29th – American  Airlines begins 1 st regular coml. NY-LA service
Dec. 17th – FCC approves RCA’s black & white compatible color tv
Dec. 30th – The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about $1,175 from RCA
Major Historical Events –
Feb 13th – Christine Jorgensen, transexual, becomes 1st person to have sexual reassignment surgery in Denmark
Feb 19th – Georgia approves US 1st literature censorship board
Mar 1st – Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and collapses. He dies four days later.
Mar 6th – Malenkov becomes chairman of the USSR
Mar 14th – Nikita Khrushchev succeeds Malenkov as Secretary Comm Party
Mar 24th – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Apr 14th – Viet-Minh offensive in Laos
May 2nd – Hussein I installed as King of Jordan
May 19th – Nuclear explosion in Neveda (Fall-Out in St. George, Utah)
May 22nd – President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill
May 24th – Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
May 28th – Premier of 1st animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor – “Melody”
May 29th – Edmund P Hillary & Tensing Norkay are 1st to reach summit of Everest
Jun 2nd – Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey
Jun 7th – 1st color network telecast in compatible color, (Boston, Mass)
Jun 9th – C.I.A tech services head Sidney Gottlieb approves the use of LSD in MKUltra subproject
Jun 17th – Riots in East Germany for reunification
Jul 7th – Che Guevara sets out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.
Jul 9th – Internal Revenue Service formally announced by U.S. Treasury
Jul 20th – The United Nations Economic and Social Council votes to make UNICEF a permanent agency.
Jul 26th – Fidel Castro begins rebellion, the “26th of July Movement,” against Fulgenico Batista’s Regime
Jul 27th – The official end of the Korean War
Jul 31st – Department of Health, Education & Welfare created
Aug 1st – Fidel Castro arrested in Cuba
Aug 5th – Operation “Big Switch” Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom
Aug 8th – Russia’s Georgi Malenkov reports possession of hydrogen bomb
Aug 8th – US & South Korea initial a mutual security pact
Aug 12th – Soviet Union conducts secret test of its 1st hydrogen bomb
Aug 13th – Pres Eisenhower establishes Government Contract Compliance
Aug 17th – Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics anonymous in Southern California
Aug 20th – Russia publicly acknowledges hydrogen bomb test detonation
Aug 23th – USSR performs nuclear test
Aug 29th – USSR explodes its 1st hydrogen bomb
Sep 5th – 1st privately operated atomic reactor- Raleigh NC
Sep 8th – Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fulgeno Corona
Sep 14th – Nikita Khrushchev appointed First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Oct 5th – The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous
Oct 16th – Fidel Castro sentenced to 15 years (Havana)
Oct 26th – Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field Australia  Oct 30th – Eisenhower formally approves U.S. National Security Council directive USC 162/2, which states the U.S. arsenal of nuclear weapons must be maintained and expanded to counter the Communist threat. (Start of Cold War)
Nov 21st – Authorities at the British Natural History Museum “Pitdown Man,” discovered in 1912 proved to be a hoax
Dec. 16th – 1st White House press conference (Pres Eisenhower and 162 reporters)

1965 –
Major Advancements in Science /Technology-
Jan 12th – 10:58am pst burn up of a nuclear rocket in Nevada
Jan 16th – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsnk USSR
Jan. 22nd – US launches TIROS 9 weather satellite
Jan.27th – 1st  ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via  satellite
Feb 4th – US performs nuclear test at Nevada test site
Feb 12th – Nuclear test at pacific ocean
Feb 16th – Pegasus 1 launched to detect micro-meteors
Feb 17th – US Ranger 8 launched, will transmit 7,137 lunar pictures lands on the moon on Feb. 20th
Mar 6th – 1st nonstop helicopter crossing of North America, JR Willford
Mar 18th – USSR launches Voshkod 2; Alexei Leonov makes 1st Spacewalk ( 20 mins) Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voshhold  for 12minutes becomes the first person to talk in space.
Mar 21st – US ranger 9 launched; takes 5,814 pictures before lunar impact
Mar 23rd – Gemini 3 launched, 1st US 2-man space flight (Grissom & Young)
Apr 1st – Syncom 3, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, passes from civilian to military control
Apr 3rd – 1st atomic powered spacecraft (snap) launched
Apr 6th – Intelsat 1 (“Early Bird”) 1st coml. geosynchronous comm. Satellite goes into commercial service on May 2nd
Apr 23rd – Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite
May 3rd – 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on Early Bird Satellite
Jun 7th – Sony Corp introduced its home video tape recorder, priced at $995
Jun 17th – 1st bombing by B-52 (50 km north of Saigon )
Jul 14th -15th – US Mariner IV, 1st Mars probe, passes at 6,100 miles (9,800 km)
Jul 15th – “Mariner IV” sends back 1st pictures of Mars
Sep 13th – Today Show’s 1st totally color broadcast
Nov. 16th – Venera 3 launched, 1st to land on another planet (crashes into Venus)
Nov 27th – 1st French satellite launched, France becomes 3rd nation in space 92 lbs A-1 capsule
Major Historical Events –
Jan.2nd – Martin Luther King Jr. begins a drive to register Black voters
Jan. 30th – State funeral of Winston Churchill
Feb. 1st – Martin Luther King Jr & 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma, Alabama
Feb. 7th – US begins regular bombing & strafing of North Vietnam
Mar 3rd – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Mar 3rd – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/ Semipalitimisk USSR
Mar 8th – 1st US combat forces arrive in Vietnam (3500 Marines)
Mar 22nd – US confirms its troops used chemical warfare against Vietcong
Mar 31st – US ordered the 1st combat troops to Vietnam
Apr 29th – Australian government announces it would send troops to Vietnam
May 5th – 1st large-scale US Army Ground units arrive in South Vietnam
Jun 28th – 1st US ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by Pres Johnson
Jul 28th – LBJ sends 50,000 more soldiers to Vietnam (total of 125,000)
Jul 30th – LBJ signs Medicare bill, which goes into effect in 1966
Aug 6th – LBJ signs Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing voting rights for African Americans
Aug 15th – The Beatles perform the 1st stadium concert in Rock n’ Roll history at Shea Stadium
Aug 19th – At the Auschwitz trial in Frankfurt, 66 ex Nazi SS personnel receive life sentences , 15 others smaller ones
Sep 9th – Tibet is made an autonomous region of China
Sep.11th – Beatles’ “Help!” album goes #1 and stays#1 for 9 weeks
Sep.11th – The 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army arrives in Vietnam
Oct 1st – France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
Oct 4th – Pope Paul VI becomes 1st pope to visit Western Hemisphere
Oct 28th – Pope Paul VI proclaims Jews not collectively guilty for crucifixion
Oct 29th – US performs underground nuclear test at Amchitka Island Aleitians
Nov 14th – US government sends 90,000 soldiers to Vietnam
Dec 8th – Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council into effect

1977 –
Major Advancements in Science / Technology –
Jan – The world’s first personal all-in-one- computer (Keyboard / screen / tape storage ) the Commodore PET , demonstrated at Consumer Electronics show in Chicago.
Jan 3rd – Apple Computers incorporates
Feb 2nd – Radio shack officially begins creating TRS-80 Computer
Feb 26th – 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
Mar 10th – Rings of Uranus discovered during occulation of SAO
Jun 4th – Apple II, the 1st personal computer goes on sale shipped on Jun. 10th
Jun 6th – Washington post reports US has developed neutron bomb
Jun. 16th – Oracle corporation incorporated
Aug 3rd – Radio Shack issues a press release introducing TRS-80 computer 25 existed, within weeks thousands were ordered
Sep 1st – 1st TRS-80 Model I computer sold
Sep 3rd – The Commodore PET computer is first sold
Sep.13th – General Motors introduces 1st US diesel auto (Oldsmobile 88)
Sep 18th – US Voyager I takes 1st space photograph of Earth & Moon together
Sep. 20th – Voyager 2 launched for fly-by of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune
Nov 22nd – First three nodes of the ARPAnet are connected, in what would eventually become the internet.
Major Historical Events
Jan 1st – 1st woman formally ordained an Episcopal priest (Jacqueline Means)
Feb 24th – Pres Carter announces U.S. foreign aid will consider human rights
Mar 1st – Bank of America adopts the name VISA for their credit cards
Mar 18th – Vietnam hands over M.I.A to U.S.
Jul 20th – The Central Intelligence Agency releases documents under the Freedom of Information Act revealing it had engaged in mind control experiments.
Jul 28th – 1st oil through the TransAlaska Pipeline System reaches Valdez, Alaska
Aug 3rd – United States Senate Hearing on MKULTRA
Aug 4th – Pres Carter establishes Dept of Energy established Oct. 1st
Aug 12th – Space Shuttle enterprise makes 1st atmospheric flight
Sep 13th – 1st TV viewer discretion warning-soap
Sep 30th – Due to US Budget cuts, the Apollo program’s ALSEP experiment packages left on the Moon are shut down.

1989 –
Major Advancements in Science / Technology –
Feb. 14th – World’s 1st satellite Skyphone opens
Feb. 14th – The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System are placed into orbit.
Mar 23rd – 2 scientists from the University of Utah (Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann) announce they have produced fusion at room temperature, (cold fusion)
Mar 29th – 1st US Private Commercial rocket makes suborbital test flight (NM)
Apr 5th – David Letterman becomes 1st network series to use dolby stereo
Apr 25th – Motorola introduces the Motorola Micro TAC personal cellular phone, which was the World’s Smallest Mobile Phone at that time
Jul 17th – 1 test flight of US stealth-bomber
Jul 28th – NASA’s Lewis Research Center, Cleve, announce new high-temperature superconductors able to operate at 33 to 37 Gigahertz
Aug 22nd – 1st complete ring around Neptune discovered
Aug 25th – After 12-year, 4-billion-mile journey, Voyager 2 files over cloudtops of Neptune & its moon Triton, sending back photographs of  swamps

Major Historical Events –
Jan 4th – VP Bush is 1st since VP Van Buren to declare himself president
Jan 7th – Akihito becomes emperor of Japan
Jan 8th – Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons
Jan 8th – Beginning of Japanese Heisei era
Jan 11th – 140 nations agree to ban chemical weapons (poison gas, etc)
Jan. 29th – Episcopal church appoints 1st female bishop
Feb 2nd – Soviet War in Afghanistan ends 9-years of military occupation of  Soviet Union
Feb 10th – Ron Brown  becomes 1st African American elected to Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and 1st to lead a major U.S. Political Party.
Feb 11th – Barbara Clementine Harris consecrated first female bishop (Episcopalian) in the U.S. and  1st female bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion
Mar 1st – The Berne Convention, an international treaty on copyrights, is ratified by the United States
Mar 24th – Worst Oil spill Exxon’s Valdez spills 11.3 million gallons off Alaska
Mar 26th – 1st free elections in USSR; 190 MM votes cast; Boris Yeltsin wins
Apr 21st – Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing’s Tiananmen square cheering students demanding greater political freedrom.
Apr 23rd- Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts
Apr 24th – 10s of thousands of students strikes in Beijing China
May 13th – Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen square, China
May 15th – Soviet Pres Gorbachev in Beijing for 1st Sino-Soviet in 30 years
May 16th – Soviet president Mikhail S Gorbachev & Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ended a 30-year right when they formally met in Beijing
May 20th – China declares martial law in Beijing
May 25th – Mikhail Gorbachev elected Executive President in the Soviet Union
May 29th – Student protesters in China construct a replica of the State of Liberty
Jun 2nd – 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing
Jun 3rd – Chinese troops kill hundred of pro-democracy students in Tiananmen square, Beijing
Jul 6th – The Tel Aviv Jerusalem bus 405 suicide attack, the first Palestinian suicide attack on Israel
Sep 26th – Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze calls for total destruction of Soviet & US chemical weapons
Sep 30th – Foreign Minister of West Germany Hans-Dietrich Genscher’s speech from the balcony of the German embassy in Prague.
Oct 1st – Thousands of East Germans flee to West Germany
Oct 3rd – Panamanian Defense Force attempted coup of Manuel Noreiga fails
Dec 1st – East Germany drops communist monopoly from it’s constitution
Dec 1st – USSR Pres Mikhail S Gorbachev meets Pope John Paul II at the Vatican
Dec 20th – US troops invade Panama & oust Manuel Noreiga, but don’t catch him
Dec 24th – Panama’s dictator, Manual Noreiga seeks asylum at Vatican embassy

2001 –
Major Advancements in Science / Technology –
Jan 9th – Apple announced itunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos. Now widely used by Windows and Mac users.
Feb 12th – NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the “saddle” region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
Feb. 15th – First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature.
Oct. 23rd – Apple releases the iPod.
Nov. 27th – A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extra solar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extra solar planet.
Major Historical Events  –
Jan 23rd – The Chinese communist party stages a self-immolation in Tiananmen Square to frame Falun Gong and escalate the persecution.
Mar 19th – The Bank of Japan issued a monetary policy known a quantitative easing, which stimulated the Japanese economy after the burst of the dot-com bubble
Apr 28th – Millionaire Dennis Tito become the world’s first space tourist.
May 3rd – The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
May 6th – During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque
Aug 9th – US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.
Sep 9th – Ahmed Shah Massoud,  leader of the Northern Alliance, is assassinated in Afghanistan
Sep 11th – Terrorists hijack two passenger planes crashing them into New York’s World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both & death of 2,752 people.
Sep 11th – Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the death of 125 people
Sep 11th – Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people onboard
Sep 12th  Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for only the second time (the other being in Bosnia) in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America.
Sep 14th – Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation’s capital.
Sep. 18th – First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks
Sep. 20th – In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a “war on Terror.”
Oct 2nd – The NATO backs US military strikes following 9/11
Oct 5th – Robert Stevens becomes the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks
Oct 5th – Tom Ridge resigns as Governor of Pennsylvania to become President’s Bush’s Homeland Security Advisor.
Oct 7th – The US invasion of Afghanistan starts with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.
Oct 8th – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
Oct 9th – Second mailing of anthrax letter from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attack.
Oct 26th – The United States passes the USA Patriot Act into law.
Nov 12th – 2001 Attack on Afghanistan: Taliban forces abandon Kabul, Afghanistan ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops.
Nov 13th – War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States
Nov 14th – War in Afghanistan: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters takeover the capital Kabul.
Nov 23rd – Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary
Dec 11th – The People’s Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization
Dec  22nd – Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
Dec 27th – The People’s Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States


As you can see above the major historical events that changed the lives of millions of Americans and people from all of over the world occurred during the Snake Year of the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. In terms of war, the Snake year has been a year when a major conflict has either started or ended in the United States; The entry of the United States into WWI and WWII, the end of the Korean War,  the start of the Cold War and the Vietnam War,  the end of Cold War, and  the  start of the War on terrorism, and the War in Afghanistan all occurred during the Snake year. Based on the current pattern of events that have occured during a Snake year, it is quite probable that in 2013 the United States will be involved in another major conflict, and from the news reports of the past several years it seems that a new World War is brewing ,especially now with the recent trade of rocket attacks between Israel and Hamas. Another pattern within the pattern of war is the pattern of significant catastrophic events that have occured during the Snake Year which are used as a justification to garner support for war. There has to be a catastrophic event in order to spark a conflagration  of armed forces such as  the Sinking of the US liner Housatonic, Pearl Harbor,   and 9/11 attacks all occurred during the Snake Year. The Gulf of Tonkin incident which was the motivation behind the Vietnam War occurred during the Dragon Year of (1964).

Along side these patterns there is also a pattern of social revolutions, and social upheaval of governments that have also occurred during a Snake Year such as the Russian revolution 1905, the Bolshevik revolution, Stock market crash of 1929( the beginning of the Great Depression), the beginning of the Cuba revolution, Tiananmen Square, The Fall of the Berlin Wall, all occurred during the Snake year. Based on the past historical events that occurred during a Snake Year, it is highly probable that in 2013 we see a social revolution that will pale in comparison to the Arab Spring and the occupy movement, which were two significant social revolutions of the past couple of years. It is possible that the recent outcome of the 2012 US Presidential election can spark this said revolution and thus causing a series of events in which the American people and the people of the world have never seen before. As mentioned earlier on in this article, there has been a recent call for secession by  20 states to leave the United States Federal government.

Also in terms of the economy, due to the excessive printing of money out of thin air by the Federal Reserve for the last few years in order to keep the US economy and the global economy afloat, it is quite possible in 2013 we can start seeing the ramifications of the quantitative easing policy by seeing a significant decline in the value of the dollar, and thus widespread inflation. It is also interesting that in 2013 the Federal Reserve has proposed that it will reclassify Gold as a zero-risk tier-1 asset. Combine the Fed’s proposed reclassification with the new international banking regulation Basel III, which requires banks around the world to have more tier-1 assets on hand,then it causes analysts to predict that gold prices will soar. Another sky-rocket increase in the price of gold will go hand-in-hand with a colossal collapse in the value of the US dollar. This can spark another a depression  that will pale in comparison to the Great Depression in the 1930’s.  The Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, an Academic expert on the economic period of the Great Depression, has already announced that he will step down from his position in 2013. Also, the infamous universal healthcare law “Obamacare” will go into effect in 2013 and as a result many companies are starting to prepare for their increased healthcare costs by announcing an increase in the prices of products and services , hiring freezes and reduction of work hours for employees.

Another important pattern seen is that not only does a Snake Year coincide with major political and social events, but it also coincides with major science/ technological innovations. The announcement of the  discovery of E=MC2, the early discovery of wireless technology, the introduction of color TV and color movies, the discovery of plutonium, DNA, the launch of the PC and GPS, are all tied to the Year of the Snake. All of the mentioned scientific and technological innovations have had profound impacts on the daily lives of the billions of people on this planet and on the way in which governments interact with their citizens and with other governments. In the next snake year 2013, a major technological innovation already slated for release is Google’s augmented-reality glasses codenamed “Project Glass.” Another major advancement in transportation is already slated for a 2013 launch date and that’s Virgin Galactic’s 1st private-commercial  space flight service. Also it is highly probable that in 2013 there will be a ground-breaking scientific discovery about our reality that we have never known before. This scientific discovery will have profound implications on how society will view the state of affairs in the world.

Another  pattern of note is the important religious events that occur during the Snake Year, especially in the Roman Catholic Church. In the last 100 years, the two important events that have shaped the Roman Catholic Church were the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal and the Vatican Council II, which started October 11th ,1962 and ended December 8th, 1965. These two events are important because the apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima started to bring the Catholic Church to the forefront in the public on a global stage.  Vatican Council II addresses the increased exposure of the Catholic Church to the masses by changing the language of the Catholic mass from Latin to the language of the locality in which the Catholic mass takes place, thus causing the Catholic Church to be more accessible to the people of the world. Other important events in the last 100 years that are of significance to the Roman Catholic Church occurred during the Snake year such as when the Roman Catholic Church became a sovereign political state(1929) ;  Pope Paul VI became the first Pope to travel to the Western Hemisphere (1965) ; and Pope John Paul II became the 1st Pope to enter a Mosque(2001) . It is interesting to note that the Roman Catholic Church is currently in the middle of a new evangelization event entitled “Year of Faith” which began recently on  October 11th, 2012, and ends November 24th, 2013. (Note:10/11/2012 was the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Vatican Council II).  It is highly probable that during the next Snake year in 2013, we could see another major apparition of a religious entity, which will bring the Roman Catholic Church to forefront in the media and in the minds of the public. It is also highly probable that there will be another major change within the Roman Catholic Church; due to globalization and the ecumenical movement (movement for the unification of the world’s religions) , it is possible that we see Roman Catholic Church publicly announce the merger of the Roman Catholic Church with other major denominations. As a result, it is possible Pope Benedict XVI will become the first pope to change his name and  become the leader of the first truly global/ universal religion.

With all the information I have presented, there is still an important question left unanswered and that is why these events of historical magnitude occur during the Snake Year? One answer is that there is an unseen hand-guiding the events through out history. This invisible-hand that guides the events throughout history points to existence of a God, or an invisible entity, which is in control of all events that occur on earth. No matter how random or spontaneous human historical events seem to be to mankind, there is always a reason why things happen the way they happen and when they happen; The  life of a human being is the sum of all the events that occurred in his or her life up until the present and in the same way history is the sum parts of all the events that have occurred up until the present. The previous statement seems trite and obvious to many people, but we  as human beings have become so consumed with the present  that we fail to consider or focus on the events of the past, which guide us to make accurate predictions about the future. The aforementioned concept has been illustrated in this article; by viewing the previous events that occurred during the Snake years in the 20th and early 21st century, we can view certain reoccurring historical patterns during the Snake years and based on these historical patterns, we can make a highly-educated guess of what awaits us in 2013 the Year of the Snake.

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Posted on November 18, 2012, in Commentary, Politics, Religion / Faith, Science / Technology and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Correlation does not imply causation.

    • I know correlation does not imply causation. I imply there is a strong correlation between the snake years with historically significant events through out the 20th century. At the end, I try to explain why the correlation exists, and why are these significant historical events are not as random as one would think. So to make things clear, I am not saying the Snake years cause these events to occur, but I am saying there is something in the universe that is causing this correlation.

      • “It is also highly probable that there will be another major change within the Roman Catholic Church”

        Pope Francis was clearly that ‘major change’. But as you’re probably aware, if anything ‘catastrophic’ were to take place, it would be sometime during these last 4 months.

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