Post by Ahasuerus Post by Thomas Koenig
There are many SF stories about time travellers changing important
events in the past. So, looking back at our history / timeline,
where were they? Are there periods or events in our history
which are unlikely enough so time travellers at least appear to
I have often wondered about Tsuda Sanzō, the policeman who tried to
assassinate the Russian crown prince (the future Nicholas II) when
the latter visited Japan in 1891.
To the best of my knowledge, Tsuda had had a clean record during his
military career and had no reason to attack Nicholas whom he was
supposed to be protecting. The reasons that he gave during his trial
-- that the crown prince's visit was a Russian plot against Japan
etc -- were bizarre.
On the other hand, if Tsuda was a time traveler from the future, it
may make sense. The assassination attempt was botched even though
Tsuda was very well trained and experienced: Nicholas was wounded,
but the wound was not life-threatening. Still, he cut his visit short
and left the country. Years later, when he was emperor and Russia's
relationship with Japan deteriorated, Nicholas's opinion of Japan was
an important factor during the maneuvering that preceded the
Russo-Japanese war. If Tsuda's plan was to make a future war more
likely and put the whole sequence of events that ultimately led to
the Communist takeover in 1917 into motion, it may have been a great
success. Kind of makes you wonder what kind of future he was trying
Boy King Tutankhamun reigned from the age of 9 until he died at the age
of 19. His grandfather-in-law Ay advised Tut and later became Pharaoh
for a few years after Tut passed.
Tut and Ay together restored Amun monotheism to prominence, which
diminished the secular Aten quasi-monotheism that Tut's father
introduced. After Ay passed, Horemheb, the commander-in-chief of the
army, usurped the throne. Horemheb removed Amun monotheism and restored
secular Aten quasi-monotheism. Horemheb also instigated a campaign to
send Tut, Ay, and their ideas down the old Orwellian memory hole before
it had a name.
King Tut walked with a cane due to leg injuries that included a
congenital clubfoot. He also contracted multiple malaria infections from
several strains of the oldest known parasites. His malaria aggravated
his poor health and kept his left leg from properly healing, which
contributed to his death.
It's plausible that a traveler took modern malarial parasites back
in time to quietly assassinate Tut under non-suspicious circumstances.
This in turn prevented the rise of Egyptian monotheism and as a result,
although Egypt hosted the chosen, Egyptians did not become chosen.
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