Cusp of Virgo Libra
Pluto station R 2 Jan
1971 29°Vi42' R
February 5 - Apollo 14 lands on the
February 11-February 12 – Palestinian and Jordanian fighters clash in
February 13 - Vietnam War: Backed by American air and artillery
support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
April 1 - The United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership.
May 5 - The US dollar floods the European currency markets and
threatens especially the Deutsche Mark; the central banks of Austria,
Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland stop the currency trading.
Pluto station D 8 Jun
1971 26°Vi59' D
June 13 Vietnam War: The New York Times
begins to publish the Pentagon Papers.
August 15 President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will
no longer convert dollars to gold at a fixed value, effectively ending
the Bretton Woods system. He also imposes a 90-day freeze on wages,
prices and rents.
August 18 Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw
their troops from Vietnam.
Libra 5 Oct 1971
October 25 - The United Nations General
Assembly admits the People's Republic of China and expels the Republic
of China (on Taiwan).
November 23 - The People's Republic of China takes the Republic of
China's seat on the United Nations Security Council
December 3 - The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 begins as Pakistan attacks
9 Indian airbases. The next day India launches a massive invasion of
December 18 The U.S. dollar is devalued for the second time in history.
Pluto station R 5 Jan
1972 02°Li03' R
January 11 - East Pakistan wins
independence with the name Bangladesh.
February 21-February 28 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon makes an
unprecedented 8-day visit to the People's Republic of China and meets
with Mao Zedong.
April 10 The U.S. and the Soviet Union join some 70 nations in
signing an agreement to ban biological warfare.
enters Virgo 17 Apr 1972
May 28 - Watergate first break-in.
June - Iraq nationalizes the Iraq Petroleum Company.
Pluto station D 9 Jun
1972 29°Vi19' D
June 17 Watergate scandal: Five
White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the
Democratic National Committee.
Chilean president Salvador Allende forms a new government.
July - U.S. actress Jane Fonda tours North Vietnam, during which she is
photographed sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun.
Libra 30 Jul 1972
August 4 Huge Solar Flare knocks out
cable lines in U.S. One of the largest flares ever recorded. Event
begins with appearance of sunspot on Aug 2, Aug 4 flare kicks off high
levels of activity until Aug 10, 1972.
September 5-September 6 - Munich Massacre: Eleven Israeli athletes at
the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich are murdered after 8 members of the
Arab terrorist group Black September invade the Olympic Village; 5
guerillas and 1 policeman are also killed in a failed hostage rescue
October 1 - The first publication reporting the production of a
recombinant DNA molecule, marks the birth of modern molecular biology
November 7 - U.S. presidential election, 1972: Republican incumbent
Richard Nixon defeats Democratic Senator George McGovern in a landslide
(the election had the lowest voter turnout since 1948, with only 55
percent of the electorate voting).
December 2 - Edward Gough Whitlam becomes the first Labor Party Prime
Minister of Australia for 23 years. He is famously sworn in on the
election night and his first action using executive power is to
withdraw all Australian personnel from the Vietnam War.
December 15 - The Commonwealth of Australia ordains equal pay for women.