By observing sunspots, we can make several deductions both physical and paraphysical.
First of all, it is a cyclic phenomenon. Sunspot activity peaks every 11 years, on the average, with the calmest periods at an interval of 5 years, 6 months.
During this solar activity, Aurourae Polaris (Aurora Borealis) and magnetic storms are produced, with serious interference in radio transmi¬ssion, especially in the short-wave, high frequency bands. Radar apparatus is completely jammed by fogging during sunspots. Recent statistics also report an enormous increase in myocardial infarction during these periods
But in addition to their measurable physical effects, sunspots have a definite influence on human behavior. The Russian scientist Orloff demonstrated it in his theory connecting revolutions and sunspots, which incidentally got him sent to prison and his works banned.
Although the average length of the sunspot cycle is 11 years, the individual periods vary a lot. As you can see on the graph (Fig. 2), the peaks do not conform exactly to the rule, and there are some that fall quite wide of the mark, e.g. the interval between the 1787/88 maximum and that of 1803/04 is practically 16 years.
But these are the points that mark major events.
DATES OF MAXIMUM SOLAR ACTIVITY WITH CORRESPONDING REVOLTS, DEPRESSIONS, FAMINES, ETC.
1702: Protestant revolts in France, General wars in Europe. Louis XIV in the West, Peter the Great in the North.
1715: Scottish rebellion, depression and famine on the continent. Death of Louis XIV and big political changes.
1725: Fiscal revolt in Scotland. Peter the Great dies. Russia enters upon 50 years of strife.
1738: Workers’ revolts in England. Wesley founds the first Methodist Society.
1749: Tax revolt in France.
1760: Founding of Freemasonry. Condemnation of the Encyclopedists in France.
1767: New tariffs imposed on the British colonies in America. Revolts and boycott against these measures.
1766-77: Declaration of Independence; American War of Independence.
1787-88: True beginning of the French Revolution. Rioting in Paris, serious economic crisis and bankruptcy of the French State.
1803: French economic crisis. Violation of the Treaty of Amiens. Napoleon renews the war with England.
1814-15: Liberal rebellions in Spain and various other European countries. Uprising in France in favor of Napoleon upon his return from Elba. War; Waterloo.
1827: Serious depression in Europe¬.
1836: Another European depression. Riots in France.
1848: Spontaneous popular revolution throughout Europe, including England and Ireland Enormous depression.
1860-61: Revolutions in Italy. South Carolina secedes; the Civil war begins in the USA.
1870-71: Franco-Prussian War. The Paris Commune. Apparition of Pontmain.
1882-84: Major depression.
1892-93: European tariff war. Stock market crash in US.
1905-06: Russo-Japanese War: first defeat of the white man. Important revolts in Russia. Einstein.
1917-18: Revolution and total change in Russia. Rebellion in French and Italian armies, mutiny in the German fleet. Apparitions at Fatima. Sun Yat-Sen’s revolution in China¬.
1928-29: The Great Depression begins. Peasant revolts in USSR against collectivization of land. Famine, bloody purges, Revolts in Serbia, Yugoslavia.
1936-37: Franco's rebellion in Spain civil war. General strikes in France. Start of the ideological wars, Fascism vs. Communism¬.
1947-48: Revolts in the Eastern satellite nations, revolts in Indo-China, Indonesia etc. Revolt of the Chinese Communists against Chiang Kai-Shek. Berlin wall crisis, etc.
1957-58: First uprising of French colonists in Algeria. Castro’s revolution in Cuba.
¬1968-69: World youth revolt. The Prague Spring, then the occupation of that land. Height of the Vietnam War, World monetary crisis. Gold crisis.
1979-80? New economic crisis? Numerous localized wars? First sign of the new religion in the USSR.
1990-91: Triumph of the new religion in Russia? After a revolt? An important fact is that the last three peaks of solar activity will surely coincide with the last three pivotal cyclic dates of our century; the final one, 1990-91 probably marking the end of the present USSR. In any case, these critical periods will have a strong effect on the type of human activity usually influenced by sunspots.