TODAY IN HISTORY: The Tomb of Tutankhamun (Nov. 4, 1922) and…
Tutankhamun was an Egyptian Pharaoh ruling from approximately 1341 BC to 1323 BC. The boy-king was only eight years old when he became Pharaoh. Howard Carter, a British Egyptologist had found clues to the existence of the Pharaoh, but the location of his tomb was unknown and there were very few records of any type on Tutankhamun. Carter searched in vain for many months for the tomb, known to be located somewhere in the Valley of the Kings. Carter’s financing was all but gone, and he was given only one more season to find the boy-king’s burial place.
On November 4, 1922 Carter found the steps leading to Tutankhamun‘s tomb. He notified his financier to hurry to the site and on November 26th they breached the tomb’s doorway. Inside laid one of the most complete, intact resting places of a Pharaoh, largely undisturbed since its sealing in 1323 BC. Carter and “King Tut” became instant celebrities the world over.
By the end of November, an antechamber, a treasury, and the door to the tomb itself were uncovered. After making a tiny breach in the door, Carter saw a room filled with gold treasures on November 26. But it wasn’t until much later that the sarcophagus containing Tutankhamen’s mummy was revealed.
Also on this day… On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama became the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.