| This Year In|
- President Ronald Reagan signs the Nuclear Waste Policy Act.
- A nuclear sub sinks in the northern seas of Russia near Novaya Zemlya. Black Spiral Dancers eventually found the Hive of the Glowing Sea nearby to be near the sub, which they magically sealed to make the air breathable and turned into a shrine. 
- Klaus Hortemone, at age 40, is selected to become an apprentice of the Order of Hermes, largely because of the wealth and influence he can bring to Doissetep.
- Lester Giles joins the Lightning Seven.
- The spring issue of Paradigma includes an article from Doctor Lemniscate, bemoaning his participation in a ritual with the Verbena.
- Guided by the Progenitors, Desmond Collingsworth graduates Harvard.
- The last time anyone sees House Fortunae Founder Hassam al-Jadidi ibnu Faridi. Despite this, he is not believed to be dead.
- By this time, Ernesto C. Amanguale has a degree in engineering and has begun working as a designer for a major car manufacturer. As his designs are too radical (the company has them destroyed), he seeks out the Sons of Ether, apparently somehow having been aware of them for some time.