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Big or small, culturally relevant or minimally impactful, there's always a first for everything. Sometimes, that first can be an event so ground-breaking we'll be talking about it in history books for the next few centuries. Others, while less talked about, still have the significant title of being the first. History is full of these moments, and whether you think they'd be cool to see or not with the power of an imaginary time machine, some individuals wished to go back and see them.


Reddit user, u/Buldrux1 , wanted to hear that one flash in the pan moment when they asked:

If you could witness one moment in history, what would it be?

Starting BIG

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The creation of the universe

CandidMasterpiece

...For What Purpose...?

I mean if I had to time to set up some cameras, JFK

number1booty

Set up cameras so you can SHOOT HIM?!?!

BlockHead824

Witnessing How Far We've Come

I would want to go to a World's Fair in the late 19th century. It would be cool to see people getting amazed over the lightbulb and other technologies invented at the time.

MindlessPromise3

You'll Lose Your Hearing, But WORTH IT

Eruption of Krakatoa.

brotherjonathan

Fun fact: The eruption of Krakatoa erupted the ear drums of people 40 miles away, was clearly heard up to 3,000 miles away, and the sound traveled around the world 4 times.

Silvoan

See The 7 Before They Become The 1

I would love to see the ancient wonders of the world. Colossus of Rhodes, Temple of Artemis, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Lighthouse at Alexandria, the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Celic88

The Timeline's Biggest Troll

Watching Neil Armstrong step on the moon (I'd have to be on the moon too though)

geekyspacegirl420

You'd wait for the moment juuust before his foot lands and say, "Boop! I touched first. Nanner nanner." And geekyspacegirl420 would be the name in the history books.

Kuli24

Important To Some People

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June the twenty eighth, Nineteen Hundred and Ninety Eight.

Mankind tumbling sixteen feet off of Hell in a Cell.

Mail_Order_Lutefisk

Words Misinterpreted Right Out Of Time

Cesar getting stabbed by Brutus

Fellafrom95

Fun fact: In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Marc Antony says Brutus' cut was the "unkindest of all". By this he means that it was an emotional cut as well as physical, due to the deep betrayal. But in actuality Brutus stabbed him in the crotch. So it was physically the unkindest as well.

PhreedomPhighter

There Was A Time When It Wasn't So Well Known

the first people getting twins.

just [imagine] it:

you order one, but you get two. they must have been so confused

RadiantYT

Parts Of History May Not Be What You Think

Soldiers storming Normandy on D-Day.

To witness the courage of kids slowly approaching a situation where most of them knew they were going to die, I couldn't imagine.

cricket9818

Yeah this would probably be like when you decide to watch a graphic video of a shooting or something, and then immediately regret it. We glorify D-Day because of the heroic stories we hear in hindsight.

But in the moment, on that beach, witnessing the scenery of D-Day was probably revolting and would scar you forever in a very bad way. I imagine anyone who did witness it probably envies all of us who didn't have to.

ApolloRocketOfLove

The Looks On Their Faces

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Seeing dinosaurs before the asteroid hits

Juybryth

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