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If you could go back in a time machine to observe any three events in history, which three would you choose?

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God creating heaven and Earth would be number one for sure. The birth of Jesus Christ would be number two and the asteroid hitting the Earth and killing off the dinosaurs would be three. No surviving that last one though, huh?

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1) Woodstock

2) The liberation of Auschwitz

3) The building of The Pyramids of Giza.

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Since this involve time travel, go back in time and purchase, the 3 biggest lottery ticket drawing in America

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30 July 1966, Wembley. 8 December 2005, Akihabara. 1 January 1980, climb out, fill out a football pools coupon and re-live the 80s and 90s instead of the covid-ridden woke horror show that is the 21st century.
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There are no events in history I would like to observe.

If I had a time travel machine, I would go back to collect the photos I lost during my last move, to go back to my mother who died when I was not there and to relive one day with my parents at the sea.

That is my history.

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@RonriUrufu, nicely said.

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Any festival during the height of the Roman empire

The D-Day invasion in Normandy, France

Any day in Tokyo, Japan during the Bubble Era

Extra: any day in Japan during the Edo period

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The first alien visit to the planet ;).

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What a bodacious question! Most excellent!

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I think the question refers to actual history, not religious phantasy stories.

But if I could go back in time, I agree with Ronrii, I would chose any moment when my parents and grandparents were alive. Maybe at Christmas time, or any of the many trips, or fishing with my dad.

I do agree though it would be nice to see some of the great civilizations, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Maya, etc. and a short trip through jurrasic times

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If we can only observe, then the ones I’d be most interested in seeing are those where, owing to limited surviving evidence, there remains some mystery about what actually happened.

Like how did prehistoric humans first figure out how to use fire?

What really happened to Jimmy Hoffa?

What was the fate of the colonists of the lost Roanoke colony?

Stuff like that.

If we could do more than just observing, like actually interacting with stuff, It’d be mostly just me trying to profiteer off my knowledge of the future.

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The question asks, “…in history”, not time. So, no going to a point that is prehistoric AKA prehistory. Personally, Trial of Socrates, Fall of Constantinople, and Krakatoa.

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Go back to when my parents were in their 20's and interact with them for one day. Kinda like Michael J. Fox did in "Back to the Future."

I would like to have been in Paris on VE Day on or around May 8th 1945.

Any bar in the United States on December 5th, 1933.
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Tough one. Of course there are plenty of individual moments from my own life I would love to go back and witness as a third-party observer (keeping in mind it might drastically affect my memory of it, and destroy space and time if I saw myself as an old man!), but if we're talking major historical events:

1) Pompeii

2) Angkor Wat and area in its heyday

3) Ancient Egypt in its heyday

basically, long gone empires and civilizations when they thrived, and some mass casualty events (not to see the horror of it, but to witness the awesome power of nature). I automatically also thought of some historic battles, but honestly the horror of the brutality of our race is probably something I really don't want to see at all.

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Nov. 22, 1963.

June 6, 1968.

Sept. 13, 1996.

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Just one day, when I decided to move to Japan after college. I would slap my old self and say don't do it.

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Normandy invasion

astroid that killed the dinosaurs is a good one

Columbus setting foot in the Americas

I can't believe someone actually said Woodstock when its largely on video and is remembered by most that were present as a rain-soaked, muddy mess that they couldn't wait to escape. (barely anyone waited around to see Hendrix, for god's sake.)

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