On this day in 1922 archaeologist Howard Carter stumbles upon the entrance to King Tut's tomb. Although unaccounted for, the tomb was thought to be long ago looted of its contents, but Carter had tried to find it none the less. Back by English rich guy Lord Carnarvon, Carter successfully located the tomb amongst debris from the tomb of Ramses VI. Soon after the curse of the mummy would be released!
On this day in 1990 Avatar: the prequel was released under the title Dances with Wolves. Directed by Kevin Costner, the success of this film can be directly blamed for Waterworld and The Postman. But it was this film that Costner captured a side of the American west that had not been portrayed often in film with the United States army being the bad guys and the Native Americans being the good guys. Oh yeah, he eats a giant chunk of meat from a buffalo he killed moments before. Ewwww!
On this day in 1979 Iranian students storm the US embassy in Tehran and captured 90 hostages. The students were angered that the deposed Shah had been granted entrance into the United States for medical treatment. Jimmy Carter sent in a rescue mission in which 8 servicemen were killed and zero hostages were rescued. Dumbass. The conflict was solved on the day that Ronald Reagan was inaugurated when a deal was struck that gave the Iranian government $8 billion. Who says money is the root of all evil?