Thirty-one year-old comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to his chair during a taping of The Tonight Show. Although host Jay Leno is furious with him for the stunt, he is not banned from appearing on the show, and is soon inviting back as a guest. However, he is tried and convicted for premeditated arson, for which he has to record PSAs for the fire marshal.
Transiting Saturn is conjunct Goldthwait’s natal Jupiter in Pisces, indicating strict repercussions for an error in judgment. Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Neptune in Scorpio, square natal Saturn with the SouthNode in Aquarius, signifying a stunt falling amiss of an artist’s exaggerated reach.
Thirty-two year-old actor/screenplay writer Jack Nicholson attends the premiere of Easy Rider at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was shot fourteen months earlier, with Nicholson assuming the role of George Hanson at the last minute, after actor Rip Torn left the set following a scuffle with director/co-star Dennis Hopper. At the premiere, when Nicholson’s face comes on screen, the audience instantly recognizes that he has just become a star.
Transiting Saturn is conjunct Nicholson’s natal Sun in Taurus, signifying his character Hanson’s murder in the movie, a sacrifice made on the road to its Mardi Gras climax. Transiting Mars is retrograde in Sagittarius, resonating with natal Mars retrograde in Sagittarius, reflecting the emergence of a new Hollywood iconoclast.
Fifty-five year-old Prussian Prime Minister Otto Von Bismarck is shot from behind on a street in Berlin, by a 22 year-old gunman named Ferdinand Cohen-Blind. Slightly wounded, he manages to wrestle the gun out of his assailant’s hands. Cohen-Blind will slash his own throat in prison tonight. Bismarck’s plan to provoke Austria into declaring war against Prussia is five weeks from fruition.
Transiting South Node and Neptune are conjunct Bismarck’s natal Sun in Aries, square the natal SouthNode and Moon conjunction in Capricorn, reflecting weak and ineffectual enemies. Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Mars in Aquarius, signifying determination to increase one’s sphere of influence.
Thirty-two year-old singer James Brown records a new song, I Got You (I Feel Good), in Miami. He is re-recording the single, because the existing version was withdrawn due to a legal dispute with King Records. It will become his highest charting hit, reaching number three on the Billboard 100. His previous single, Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag, is presently number one on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart.
The transiting Sun and Venus are conjunct in Taurus, resonating with Brown’s natal Sun–Venus conjunction in Taurus, while transiting Mars is post-retrograde in Virgo, resonating with natal Mars post-retrograde in Virgo, reflecting an energetic performance by an extraordinary entertainer. Transiting Pluto is conjunct natal Jupiter in Virgo, signifying a rise in fortune.
Seventy-two year-old US President Ronald Reagan honors the dead at Bitburg Cemetery during a state visit to Germany. Intended as a healing gesture on the 40th anniversary of German surrender in World War II, the visit is controversial for the fact that 49 former SS officers are among the buried. The president acknowledges the event has “opened old wounds”.
Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Reagan’s natal Sun in Aquarius, indicating a spirit of inclusivity and optimism. Transiting Jupiter in Aquarius is also square the transiting Sun in Taurus, resonating with the natal Sun–Jupiter square in Scorpio–Aquarius, signifying unintentional conflict over rigid ideological certainty.
Forty-five year-old US Democratic Senator Joe Biden undergoes his second brain surgery in less than four months. The first surgery was to correct a larger aneurysm on the left side of his cranium, while this one is done to correct a smaller one on his right side. The Senator withdrew from the presidential race last September, after it was revealed that he had plagiarized a journal article during his first year in law school.
Transiting Pluto is conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio, opposite transiting Jupiter and the Sun in Taurus, indicating the purging or correction of a corrupted system. Transiting Mercury in Taurus is opposite the natal Sun and Venus in Scorpio, signifying a life-saving rescue by a specially skilled individual.
Twenty-nine year-old actress and sex symbol Jayne Mansfield files to divorce her unsuspecting second husband, Hungarian bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, who thinks she is out running errands. Hargitay only learns of the suit when newsmen phone to interview him. Mansfield will soon begin an affair with Italian film producer Enrico Bomba.
Transiting Saturn and the SouthNode are conjunct Mansfield’s natal Saturn in Aquarius, indicating the outgrowing of past attachments. Transiting Uranus is stationing direct in Leo, opposite the natal Moon in Aquarius, signifying unpredictable emotional swings. Transiting Pluto is conjunct the natal SouthNode and Neptune in Virgo, opposite transiting Jupiter in Pisces, reflecting a yearning to explore the unknown.
Twenty-five year-old activist and recent founder of the nascent Black Panther Party, Huey Newton, organizes a march of thirty armed Black Panthers, led by co-founder Bobby Seale, to the California State Capitol in Sacramento. The BPP is protesting a new bill that would rescind a law allowing loaded firearms to be carried in public, and their dramatic entrance into the Legislature is also an introduction to public exposure.
Transiting Pluto and Uranus in Virgo are opposite Newton’s natal Moon in Pisces, square transiting Venus in Gemini, signifying a new revolutionary voice introduced to a mounting volatility in US racial tensions. Transiting Neptune in Scorpio is opposite natal Saturn in Taurus, indicating the powerful but fragile movement’s targeting for infiltration and destruction by government authority.
Sixty-one year-old King Edward VII of Great Britain arrives in Paris for a state visit. The British Empire is unpopular due to atrocities committed during the Boer War in South Africa, and the King is poorly received by the French public. However, he wins their hearts overnight, when he is heard speaking fluent French to a renowned actress. A treaty of alliance is soon signed between the two nations.
Transiting Mars retrograde is stationing direct conjunct Edward’s natal Moon in Virgo, reflecting a shift in reception, from hostile to friendly. Transiting Uranus is conjunct the natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, signifying a swift image makeover. Transiting Neptune in Cancer is opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn, introducing a warm, familiar charm to stiff diplomacy.
Thirty-two year-old comedic actor Jim Carrey begins filming his role as Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber. To play the role, he had a cap removed from his front tooth, which had been accidentally chipped when he was a child. His first hit movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a recent surprise success, and his next, The Mask, will soon be released.
Transiting Uranus is stationing retrograde conjunct Carrey’s natal Sun in Capricorn, indicating rapidly rising star status, following years of struggling in obscurity. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Venus in Capricorn, indicating the revealing of a well-concealed physical disfigurement.
Fifty-seven year-old US President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney testify privately, and not under oath, before the 9/11 Commission. After the nearly four-hour meeting is over, the President explains to the press that he and Cheney testified together so that the commission could “see our body language…how we work together.”
Transiting Venus pre-retrograde is conjunct Bush’s natal Uranus and NorthNode in Gemini, opposite transiting Pluto in Sagittarius, signifying a symbiotic power dynamic with a close associate in presenting a united front. Transiting Jupiter is stationing direct conjunct natal Mars in Virgo, reflecting the strutting assertion of untouchable confidence.
Twenty-six year-old French pilot Louis Paulhan, holding flight license number ten, wins the first long-distance aviation race. He lands in Manchester less than twelve hours after leaving London, with an overnight stop in Lichfield, earning a £10,000 prize from the Daily Mail. To ensure victory, the last stretch was flown in the dark, marking the first night-time take-off in flight history.
Transiting Uranus in Capricorn is opposite Paulhan’s natal Sun in Cancer, square transiting Saturn in Aries, reflecting high stakes competition that inspires an unprecedented achievement in the world of aviation. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Mercury and Jupiter in Cancer, signifying successful navigation in the dark.
Twenty-four year-old singer Jeff Buckley sings a few songs at a tribute concert to his estranged father, singer/songwriter Tim Buckley, who died of a drug overdose when Jeff was seven. He opens with I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain, a song his dad wrote to his mother when Jeff was an infant, about leaving them to pursue a music career.
Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Jupiter in Leo, opposite transiting Saturn and natal Moon in Aquarius, square the transiting Sun in Taurus, reflecting a conjuring of childhood trauma over the breakup between a carefree father and abandoned mother.
Thirty-three year-old journalist Hunter S. Thompson drives a rented white Cadillac convertible to Las Vegas from San Francisco, with his travel and drug binge companion, activist lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta. Arriving hungry later that day, the pair pulls up to a taco stand. After placing their order, Acosta asks the cashier for directions to the American Dream, and a journey begins.
Transiting Mars in Capricorn is opposite Thompson’s natal Sun and Pluto in Cancer, square transiting Mercury retrograde in Aries, representing an aggressive and demanding associate. Transiting Saturn in Taurus is opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Scorpio, indicating regret and longing for lost vitality and purpose.
Fifty-five year-old US President Jimmy Carter announces the failure of a mission to rescue 53 embassy hostages in Iran, taking full personal responsibility. Eight men were killed, and others badly burned, when a series of military aircraft crashed on an airstrip south of Tehran. There is now little hope of the hostages being released anytime soon.
Transiting North Node and Mars is post-retrograde conjunct the natal North Node, Neptune and Venus in Leo, opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Aquarius, square transiting Uranus in Scorpio, signifying the impulse to take decisive action. Transiting Saturn is conjunct natal Mercury in Virgo, opposite natal Uranus in Pisces, square transiting Neptune in Sagittarius and Venus in Gemini, indicating scrutiny and criticism on grounds of accountability.