If You Could Change One Historical Event, What Would It Be?

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Emperor Norton I, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Emperor Norton I Calbear's Love Child

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    Say you had one shot to go back in time and alter one event. What would it be?
     
  2. RogueBeaver Globalist

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    ISOT myself to Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 with a Colt .45, in the Archduke's car. When we pass Princip, a hollow-point slug will have a one-way ticket to that terrorist's skull.
     
  3. NoOneFamous Well-Known Member

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    I go back to Dallas to prevent the murder of JFK
     
  4. ManchesterLad Well-Known Member

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    that wouldn't stop WW1
     
  5. John Fredrick Parker Donor

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    Revent the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and/or a more succesful Reconstruction -- te greatest American statesman of his time, Lincoln could, I believe, accomplish the latter; the aftermath of the American Civil War OTL was, in so many ways, a story of lost opportunity.
     
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    go to germany in 1935 and give them a nuclear physics textbook that deals with making bombs and the such :D (just kidding people).

    the one event i would change? go back two weeks and buy a ticket with the winning numbers for the 50 million lottery :D
     
  7. Axeman Insufferable Contrarian

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    Travel back in time and give Hannibal a punic-translated historical book on the 2nd and third punic wars.

    There goes any symbolance to our history!
     
  8. Guarnasco Well-Known Member

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    Oddly no one mentioned it, yet...

    On the Ides of March of 44 BC, Caesar will be given a kninve proof kevlar jaket, or just follows the advices about having armed guards around...
     
  9. Francisco Cojuanco Majority Leader Frank Juarez (R-CA-45)

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    In 1871, kill the Count of Chambord.
     
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    December 8, 1980- Stop John Lennon's assassination.
     
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    Go back in 1984 and kill Osama Bin Laden.
     
  12. Emperor Norton I Calbear's Love Child

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    Yeah, I'd probably do that to. I'm too attached to how the world is now in that I'm used to it being my world that I wouldn't wanna change it too much except to remove the cynicism and remove some of the elements I don't like. A surviving JFK would do that more or less.
     
  13. wietze Figment of my own Imagination

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    can you just change small things?

    If its really ASB, and you can stop big things.

    How about stopping the Toba super eruption from happening.
    The one that caused mankind to shrink down to 3000-10000 pop.
     
  14. Emperor Norton I Calbear's Love Child

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    I'd prefer it were things that could be physically affect only.
     
  15. Fenrir_Angerboda Guitar Dad Dads you

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  16. Sigma7 Foe of The Fates

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    Wait outside the rear entrance of Ford's theater with a 12 gauge and give Booth both barrels the minute he steps into the light.

    Then I'd plant a list of known conspirators in his pocket.

    I sincerely believe that this country, in so many ways, would be a far better place had Lincoln's reconstruction plan had been the one to be implemented and that Lincoln, had he lived, could have squashed the Radicals by building a stronger national party with his relative leniency in the south.
     
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    Serious-September 11th, 2001. Tell the Pentagon exactly when and where the planes are, and who was involved.
     
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