The Curse of Tutankhamun
Most people scoff (0) at the idea of curses coming true, but the events that followed the opening (1)__of_ Tutankhamun’s tomb (2)_by__ Howard Carter (3)__in_ 1922 may make them think twice (4)__before__ laughing.
The story (5)_of__ the curse began when the last man climbed out (6)_of_ the tomb. It is said that a sudden sandstorm blew (7)_up__ and that the men (8)_in__ the party saw a hawk, the ancient royal symbol (9)_of_ Egypt, fly overhead.
Local Egyptians took this to mean that the spirit (10)_of__the dead king had left his tomb, cursing those who had opened it. Five months later, the man who financed the expedition, Lord Carnarvon, was bitten (11)__on__ the cheek (12)__by__ a mosquito. Normally nothing too serious! But the bite became infected and Carnarvon caught pneumonia and died (13)__in__ an Egyptian hospital.
(14) __At__ the precise moment (15)_of___ his death all the lights (16)_in___ Cairo went (17)__out___ and thousands (18)__of___ miles away (19) __at / in___ the Carnarvon mansion (20)__in__ Hampshire, England, his dog began to howl – and died (21)__during / in___ the night. Doctors who examined the mummified body (22)_of__ Tutankhamun reported that he had a small depression (23)__on__ his cheek, just like a mosquito bite, (24)__in__ exactly the same spot where Carnarvon had been bitten.
Many people who visited the tomb also died (25)_in / under__ strange circumstances. Lord Carnarvon’s half-brother died (26)__of__ a burst appendix. An Egyptian prince whose family claimed descent (27)__from__ the pharaohs was murdered (28)__in__ London and his brother commited suicide. An American railway tycoon caught a cold while (29)___at / in_ the tomb and died (30)__of__ pneumonia.
The man who helped Howard Carter to catalogue the items found (31)__in / inside__ the tomb commited suicide, and a few months later his father jumped (32)__to__ his death (33)__from__ the balcony (34)__of__ his London flat. There was an alabaster vase (35)__from___ the tomb (36) __in__the room that he jumped (37)__from__
(38)__In__ 1966 the governement (39)__of__ Egypt agreed to lend the treasures (40)__to___France (41)_for___ an important exhibition. The Director (42)_of__ Antiquities fought (43)__against (or no preposition)__the decision, because he had dreamed that he would die if he allowed the treasures to go (44)__out of___ (two words) Egypt. When he left the last meeting, still trying to make the authorities change their minds, he was knocked down (45)__by__ a car and died two days later.
And Howard Carter who was the first man (46)__into / out of___ the tomb? He died -(47)___of__ natural causes – (48) _in__ 1939.