- historical event: On the day of the opening of the tomb, a cobra entered Carter’s house. The media interpreted this as a sign that the Pharaoh’s curse had come into Carter’s home.
Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt in the Valley of the Kings was opened on this day. The first to enter inside were archaeologist Howard Carter, who discovered it, and his financier Lord Carnarvon. That same day there was a strange incident at Carter’s house – a cobra entered and ate Carter’s canary in its birdcage. The media interpreted this as a sign that the Pharaoh’s curse had come into Carter’s home (in ancient Egypt the cobra was a symbol of the pharaohs). Lord Carnarvon was the first among the people who died soon after entering the tomb.
He died after four months and seven days later, from blood poisoning. George Jay Gould, Prince Ali Kamel Fahmi Bey, Carnarvon’s half-brother Colonel Aubrey Herbert, and South African millionaire Woolf Joel all died on that very same year. All of them were present when the tomb was entered, and died from accidents or under unexplained circumstances. Two more people died over the next year. All these deaths led the media to spread the story of the curse of the pharaohs.