Question of the Week

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If you could witness any historical event, which one would it be?

[Image: Jacques-Louis David, "Coronation of Napoleon"']

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  1. I'd want to watch Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. I was too little to realize it was happening!

  2. Would want to be with Columbus when he first spotted land

  3. The signing of the Magna Carta

  4. The beheading of Anne Boleyn. The sword was so sharp that her mouth continued forming words, and who wouldn't want to see that famous "B" necklace.

  5. That's pretty gruesome. Would be able to watch it, really?

  6. The March on Washington DC and the "I have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.

    Heard him in Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Ca the Sunday before the Selma March.

    Amazing human being.

  7. Another great speech: anything by Lincoln

  8. Boston Tea Party without a doubt.

  9. This is a tough question! I would say Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, or if that doesn't count as history, I think I'd pick the Gettysburg Address.

  10. Tough question, there are a lot of different things I would loved to have witnessed. Perhaps witnessing the Laura Secord telling the British the American's plans for invading Upper Canada during the War of 1812, the 2nd capture of Napoleon, or the coronation of Elizabeth 1.

  11. Here are some more for you...all from fellow W&M readers

    Here are a few answers readers have already offered up...

    There are so many things I'd like to see. I would love to see one of Harvey Cushing's brain surgeries, or Schliemann's discovery of Troy.

    The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth...

    1905 presidential inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt.

    Since high schol my answer to this question has been "The Gettysburg Address." 11-19-1863

    I'd love to listen to any of Joseph Priestley's sermons refuting the divinity of Christ and the Trinity.

    I'd love to see the fall of the Berlin Wall in person.

    I want to see Leonardo and Michelangelo's showdown at the Florence Town Hall Frescoes... It must have been quite the sight.

    Krakatoa ... but from a safe distance. :-)

    I would have loved to have waved Amelia Earhart off on her last journey -- Florida, 1937. @BrendaCopeland

    Choosing is too hard.

    General George Washington's speech the day before the crossing of Delaware.

    I'd want to go out with Galileo one night and try to make sense out of the rings of Saturn with him! @history_geek

    I'd love to see a party at Versailles. I'm sure Louis XIV knew how to do it right!

    Two come to mind immediately ... the War of the Mantuan Succession, with King Louis leading his army across the Alps in winter, to the battle of the Pas de Suse ... or the next year, the Day of Dupes.

  12. The musically-minded giant leading Caesar across the Rubicon.

  13. The Visigoths pouring through Rome's Salarian Gate just after midnight on August 24, 410.


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