In the Final months of World War One, as American forces were fighting to a stalemate in the Battle of Belleau Wood, and the Spanish Flu had begun to rage across the country, a total solar eclipse marks the beginning of the American century, which would come to an end 99 years later with a mirrored eclipse on August 21 2017. Saros cycle 126, which reappears in Spanish judgment on August 12 2026
On John F. Kennedy's second birthday (he was born 5-29-1917), Einstein's theory of Relativity is finally proved by observation of the total solar eclipse. Two teams, one in Brazil and one in Africa take the measurements that prove it correct. The longest eclipse duration (at nearly 7 minutes) since 1416 AD. Saros Cycle 136, one of the stars of the Judgment series--reappearing notably in MIdeast valley of the kings eclipse on August 2nd 2027
177 days later, on 11-22-1919, exactly 44 years before JFK assassination, thereby making the dates of JFK's birth and death commemorated in successive eclipses. Ring of Fire Eclipse. Texas, the state where JFK would be murdered 44 years later is the place where the eclipse begins. Including total annularity in Stonewall Texas, home to a then 10 year old Lyndon Baines Johnson, who would replace JFK as president. Total annularity in the capital of Austin and in Houston.--path crosses almost entire island of Cuba, including Havana, with which his destiny would become so intertwined , then across Haiti, St. Georges's , Kingston, Port of Spain--then across the Atlantic to Africa, where the path reached the countries of Senegal and Mali, both of whose presidents visited Kennedy's White House. Eclipse ended after totality in ancient city of Timbuktu. Saros Cycle 141, which reappears in Austalia Day Spanish Judgment of 1-26-2028
The total solar eclipse began in the islands of northern Japan 9 days after the worst natural disaster to ever hit Japan, the great earthquake of Sept 1, 1923, which killed nearly 150,000 people and essentially destroyed Tokyo and Yokohama. Two empires are linked by the path, which would be at war with each other 19 years later.
The dates of 9-10 and 9-11 are emphasized by the Metonic cycle with several eclipses throughout the 120 year period. one of the most profound occured on Sept. 10 1923. As the century progresses, 9-10 soon becomes 9-11 (perhaps resounding most profoundly in the 9-11-1988 Mogadushu eclipse), with eclipses tending to happen on that date, before gradually shifting to 9-12. Above picture from Southern California. Path of Totality scraped Los Angeles before bisecting Mexico. Belongs to saros cycle 143, which returns in JFK Boston eclipse of 10-2-1959
12-3-1918 Ring of Fire --Pacific Ocean to Chile and Argentina. Total annularity in Santiago, Montevideo and Buenos Aires, ends in Angola, Africa.
No total or annular solar eclipses in 2020
4-8-21 Ring of Fire. North Scotland, Far north. Metonic same date as Easter 2024 USA
10-1-1921 Antarctica Ring of fire
3-28-1922 South America, across Africa (including Egypt) to Arabia. Total Annularity over Sinai Peninsula---Saros 128, which reappears in Athens judgment of 6-1-2030
9-21-1922 Total Equinox/ Horn of Africa to Gold Coast Australia...3rd Australian in 6 years
3-17-1923 Ring of Fire --Chile/Argentina --Annularity over Falkland islands, almost exactly 59 years before beginning of Falkland Islands war. ( April 2nd 1982)
No total or annular solar eclipses in 1924
One of the only total solar eclipses to cross Liverpool in hundreds of years broke through heavy cloud banks to give an immortal show to thousands of Brits.
In the 1920's the British Empire covered nearly a quarter of the Earth's surface.
Within the same time frame as the span between the Hibbing eclipse and Dylan's birth ( 16 years) all members of the Beatles are born in the eclipse path in Liverpool. Within the same time frame of 40 years from time of eclipse, their music achieves maximum popularity. June 1967 is the release of Seargeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band
Clearly the path travels over virtually no other populated regions besides Scandanavia and the UK, but nevertheless connects Britain and America- beginning just to the west of the British Isles before traveling a great eliptic path across the northern latitudes ending just after crossing the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.
Beatles songs about the cosmos include: Good Day Sunshine, Here Comes the Sun, Across the Universe, I'll Follow the Sun, The Sun King
Saros Cycle 145. This was to be the last total solar eclipse visible from the United Kingdom until the great Judgment Eclipse of Aug 11 1999. Incidentally , that happened to also be Saros Cycle 145, which then reappears on the August 21 2017 USA Total Solar Eclipse.
"The sense of exaltation produced by such stupendous beauty was so great that when the first pencil of light from the reappearing sun robbed the corona from our eyes, one seemed to fall back to earth through an untold distance, back to the common reality of ourselves, our fellow beings, and the wet sand on which we stood, Totality was ended. "
S. Seeley—The Total Eclipse of June 29, 1927, Liverpool England— writing for The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
Elvis Presley had an enormous impact on The Beatles and Dylan and three are usually considered together when discussing the most popular performers of the rock era. His very first billed show occurred on July 30, 1954, exactly a month after a total solar eclipse in the USA (June 30 1954) which featured 97% coverage of the sun in Hibbing Minnesota, 75 % in Liverpool and 67% in Elvis's birthplace of Tupelo Mississippi. He sang "Blue Moon of Kentucky". at that show. Other than that, it's difficult to establish any reasonable links between Elvis and eclipses.
One of the most famous eclipses in US History travels along the northern boundary of the United States, where it is viewed by hundreds of thousands in New York City, the last total solar eclipse in that city. 16 years and four months before the birth of perhaps our nation's greatest cultural figure, Bob Dylan. The path begins in Upper Minnesota, with both Dylan's hometown Hibbing and birthplace Duluth, and adopted home of Woodstock ( Bethel New York) in the eclipse totality.
see the path traveling from upper Minnesota to New York City, Woodstock is to the Northwest of NYC
On January 24th 1961 19 year old Bob Dylan arrives in a snowy New York, with friend Fred Underhill. He goes to the Cafe Wha. It is a hootenanny night, and he performs a couple of songs. The Wha’s owner, Manny Roth, asks the audience to provide them with a place to stay for the night.
Dylan tells the crowd:
“I been travelin’ around the country, followin’ in
Woody Guthrie’s footsteps”.
Why Bob Dylan? Born Robert Zimmerman on May 24 1941 to Jewish parents descended from Lithuanian and Russian stock. Probably the most influential and controversial poet/musician since King David. The most significant popularly known entertainment figure in history to consistently incorporate Biblical themes and apocalyptic prophecy in his work. The most fully realized and recognized songwriter of the popular era, and also a musical and world historian. The most famous Jewish Christian since the Apostle Paul. One of the best gospel songwriters of the 20th century. A master of riddles and story, whose techniques resembles the storytelling techniques of eclipses, living outside of and through time. Along with Elvis, perhaps the most simultaneously mocked and imitated performer of all time.An example of maximum expression, which does not imply righteousness, but rather the existence of example in story.
The eclipse distinctly marked the midpoint of the 1920's.
The eclipse path leaves New York City and travels across the Atlantic, ending just after crossing the extreme northern sections of the United Kingdom, thus linking the Dylan Eclipse with the 20th century's other greatest example of maximum musical expression, The Beatles.
All the Beatles became friends with Dylan and their musical expressions helped feed each other's art.
86% coverage in Liverpool
Obviously the January eclipse was about more than Dylan, but it is a great example of personality mixed with cosmic timekeeping.
"I got my back to the sun 'cause the light is too intense
I can see what everybody in the world is up against
You can't turn back- you can't come back, sometimes we push too far
One day you'll open up your eyes and you'll see where we are ....
Just as sure as we're living, just as sure as you're born
Look up, look up-- seek your Maker 'fore Gabriel blows his horn "
Sugar Baby...Bob Dylan
from Love and Theft released September 11, 2001