Historical Event You Wish You Could Have Seen
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One of my favorite questions to ask people is what historical event they would have liked to have been present at and why. Recently I read that when Hegel gazed upon Napoleon after his victory at Jena he declared that he had seen world history ride passed him. We rarely get to say that, but it does happen.

For this list I'll just start it all off with mine and then everyone else can add what they please.
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76. Board Game: Breakthrough: Cambrai [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:3389]
Big Sean
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To be on the Western Front at 11am on November 11th 1918 to appreciate the silence.

Having read so many books and eye witness accounts, Rememberance day carries more gravitas with me now, and one question Why?

1 other point in history...

The sinking of the Hood to see what really happened....



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77. Board Game: Mid-East Peace [Average Rating:5.05 Overall Rank:10443]
Roy Hasson
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What a great idea for a list. For a history buff the choice is indeed hard, but I think I would like to see Sadat visit Israel in 1977. I was 3 at the time and don't remember it, but that single visit profoundly changed what people thought about him and about Egypt. My parents remember that day and that they believed until the last moment that it would not be him emerging from the airplane but a commando unit that would spray all the waiting Israeli dignitaries with bullets.

Other things I would love to see:
- Ancient Jerusalem during the first temple period (say around 750 BC)
- The same at the height of Herod's reign, circa 0 AD.
- Rome at the time of Augustus
- Traveling with Marco Polo.
- Imperial Japan at the time of the Shoguns.
- World war I - August 1914 or the battle of the Somme
- World war II - September 1939, May 1940, June 22 1941, D-day, Berlin
1945...
- Israel's independence, 1948
- The cuban missile crisis
- The Apollo 11 Landing
- The six-day war, 1967

And these are just off the top of my head.
Historical events I have actually witnessed and remember:

- The Falklands war 1982 (I lived in the UK at the time)
- The first Palestinian Intifada 1987
- The Berlin wall coming down
- The revolution in Romania
- The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait 1991 - I remember I was on vacation in the use when it happened and we were wondering whether it was safe to go back to Israel or whether it would be next.
- The Oslo accords, 1994
- The assassination of Prime Minister Rabin, 1995
- The second intifada, 2000
- The second Lebanon war, 2006



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78. Board Game: Xanadu [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Cate
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Mequon
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Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

From Wikipedia:
"Coleridge claimed that the poem was inspired by an opium-induced dream (implicit in the poem's subtitle A Vision in a Dream) but that the composition was interrupted by a person from Porlock."

I would have liked to be there and stopped the "person from Porlock" from interrupting him. angrycry

I want to read the complete version! cool
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79. Board Game: Independence Day The Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Bill Gallagher
United States
Torrance
California
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July 4, 1776

The date on which the United States of America was born. Granted, this doesn't have all the excitement of man landing on the moon, the New York Jets winning the Super Bowl,or the many great battles mentioned in this list...
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80. Board Game: Betsy Ross and the Flag [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Bill Gallagher
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Torrance
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September 12, 1814 - Baltimore MD

The Battle of Fort McHenry. Two days earlier, the British had destroyed much of Washington. They moved north 40 miles (64.4 km) to Baltimore, only to be denied. THe USA's national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key while watching the battle from a ship in the Baltimore harbor area.
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81. Board Game: Pizza Box Baseball [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:3448]
Erik Tietz
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Bloomington
Minnesota
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I want to see Abbott and Costello perform their Who's on First routine. It's still funny all these decades later.
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82. Board Game: The War of the Worlds [Average Rating:6.30 Unranked]
Bonaparte
United States
DesMoines
Washington
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Many items have been listed that I would choose over this. But I would have liked to have heard H.G. Wells rendition of this over the airways and seen the panic in peoples eyes as they believed it was true. Then later to ask, Really? You thought Martians were attacking?"
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83. Board Game: The Telephone Game [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
David Heldt
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Harper Woods
Michigan
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United States Patent Office, February 14, 1876

The day that Elisha Gray brought in his design for the device that we now know as the telephone only to find that, a few hours earlier, Alexander Graham Bell had brought in his telephone design and was consequently awarded the patent--
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84. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:211]
Mark Beyak
United States
Santa Rosa
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I would have not only liked to see Caesar cross the Rubicon but to have witnessed his murder would have been chilling.
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85. Board Game: Founding Fathers [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:703]
Joe Geerkin
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Eden
New York
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The debate over the Declaration of Independance or the Constitutional Convention in Virginia. (I wrote a long paper about the latter in college.)

Second place would be Led Zeppelin in concert.laugh
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86. Board Game: French Revolution [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Wendell
United States
temporarily Arlington VA
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I'll throw out another. Would have loved to see the early, more idealistic days of the French Revolution. The storming of the Bastille, abolishing feudalism, the Declaration of the Rights of Man, that sort of thing.

The beheadings, the Terror, etc - not so much.
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87. Board Game: White Collar Blues [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
Bob Hansen
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Menomonee Falls
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November 23, 1936 at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio when Robert Johnson recorded his first songs. It was one of only a handful of recordings he would ever do. Very little is known about the recording sessions or about the man who's life was so tragically cut short. Some say that he made a deal with the devil to play the guitar so well.

Robert Johnson has had an influence on so many blues musicians and many rock musicians, including Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones.
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88. Board Game: For the People [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:493]
Tom Volpe
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I would love to have heard Lincoln give his Gettysburg Address. The speech was so short that there isn't even a good picture of Lincoln giving it (only one blurry shot of him stepping down from the stage).

That speech still sends shivers up my spine when I hear it or read it.

Here it is:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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89. Board Game: The Alamo [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:7714]
Luis Martinez
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San Francisco
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I think it would be interesting to witness first-hand the days before and during this battle. I would like to see how the actual events compare to all the myths. Of course I wouldn't want to share the fate of the defenders.
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90. Board Game: Gustav Adolf the Great: With God and Victorious Arms [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:1805]
Luis Martinez
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I think this is one of the major turning-points in European history. I would try to alter the outcome so "Capt.GARS" survives. Along this same line I would also like to have been at Ford's Theater on April 14, 1865.
 
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91. Board Game: RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940 [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:755]
Steve Bryce
United Kingdom
Reading
Berkshire
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It would have been astonishing to witness true dogfights with scores of aircraft taking part.

I love seeing warbirds being flown at airshows, but it can never give a real sense of what it must really have been like.

And how many such pivotal moments in world history were entrusted to such a small number of people? Just 2,353 British pilots and 574 volunteers from other nationalities defending Britain when we stood alone after the defeat of the rest of Europe.

Nobody knows if Hitler would actually have invaded if the RAF had been defeated, but if Britain had fallen in 1940, the world we live in today would probably be extraordinarily different.
 
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92. Board Game: The Dinosaur Game: Survival or Extinction [Average Rating:4.96 Overall Rank:9863]
Chris Buhl
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Pittsfield
Massachusetts
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This is such a great topic. My brother and I talk a lot about what / who would we be if we could travel back in time and live another life. He picks a plains Indian before the European invasion (very good choice). I pick one of the "Great White Hunter" types, like Robert Redford's character in Out of Africa.

As to this question, without a doubt, I would choose being able to walk among the dinosaurs, and especially to KNOW why they became extinct.

PS - Just Friday, I was wondering when I would see another fascinating geeklist from Gittes. This is a good one.
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