Nunavut, the Inuit territory in northern Canada, is dissolved in accordance with the Nepean Act.
January 20: The US federal government seizes all Native American lands. 
February 10: A new virus is discovered in India; symptoms of infection include severe allergic reactions that eventually kill by asphyxiation. The disease is called Kali's Harvest in India where it killed 450 million people; the rest of the world will come to know it as Virally-Induced Toxic Allergy Syndrome (VITAS). VITAS will kill a quarter of the worlds population over the next two years, including Pope John Paul III. 
Maria Kapatelis, daughter of Greek shipping magnate Stavros Kapatelis, is kidnapped. Her father pays the ransom of ten million American dollars, but she is never returned; the only kidnapper the authorities could locate is killed in a firefight.
The Yakuza of Seattle is given official recognition as the Dungeness Crabs of the 87th Prefecture by the oyabun of the Watada-rengo in Chiba, Japan. This approval of and support for their activities allows the Seattle Yakuza to grow rapidly and expand its operations.