All About History: What If…

Historical past is an eternally attention-grabbing subject, yet one element of it that actually grabs me is substitute historical past, that small query with unending probabilities: What if? rather a lot of the realm might be completely replaced if pivotal occasions had long past a unique method – the following you could take pleasure in ten histories we haven’t lived, yet might simply have performed so…

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Johnson was a master of the Senate. He understood how it worked in a way that the Kennedys just didn’t” ● USA responds to Gulf of Tonkin incident The war in Vietnam escalates rapidly as President Johnson uses the authority given to him by Congress to send in ground troops, starting with 3,500 US marines who land in South Vietnam. 8 March 1965 ● Race riots across the US The promise of a Civil Rights Act to end discrimination in the US, which never materialises, proves too much for America’s black and ethnic communities.

One thing we almost certainly would never have seen was a man walk on the Moon, as that was driven by Cold War rivalry” l Khrushchev’s proposal Soviet Chairman Khrushchev sends a letter to President Kennedy proposing that Soviet missiles will be removed from Cuba if the US agrees never to invade the island. 26 October 1962 l Invasion of Cuba The US decides on a militaristic approach. On this day they attempt another invasion of Cuba in order to seize the weapons on the island. The US military alertness is raised to DEFCON 1.

Front line. Europe. 1 July 1916 25 June 1917 April 1918 September 1915 l Russian peace Russia enters into a negotiated peace with Germany before the war with Britain escalates further. June 1915 l D-day After resisting a German invasion, Britain decides to launch a ground assault on western Europe. March 1916 l No US help With its resources floundering Britain makes another failed attempt to bring America into the war on their side. 1917 l Treaty of Versailles The Treaty of Versailles is signed, imposing strict limitations on Germany following their defeat in the war.

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