March 24: BAE Systems and the Japanese Aerospace Corporation introduce their joint development, the Ghost suborbital plane. The plane is capable of crossing the Atlantic in seventy-six minutes and corporate orders generate a waitlist several years long.
May 13: Originally bred to detect water pollutants, GloFish are marketed to the public as aquarium pets.
July 8: The United States government dissolves the municipal government of Washington, D.C. and takes direct control.
November 19: The worst flash flood in recorded history strikes the North Sea coast of Germany. Thousands die in the flood and from chemical poisoning in the weeks to follow. Nuclear power plants are ordered to shut down their reactors to prevent catastrophe.