- March 24: BAE Systems and the Japan Aerospace Corporation introduce their joint development project: Ghost, a suborbital plane capable of crossing the Atlantic Ocean in 76 minutes. Corporate orders generate a wait list several years long.
- May 13: Originally bred to detect water pollutants, GloFish are publicly marketed as aquarium pets.
- July 8: The USA government dissolves Washington, D.C.'s municipal government, assuming direct control. 
- November 19: The worst flash flood in recorded history hits Germany's North Sea's coast, thousands dying during the flood itself as well as during the following few weeks from chemical poisoning. The German government orders nuclear power plants be shut down to prevent further catastrophe.
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