Saturday, November 8, 2008

Bizarre coincidences

Some sources have been comparing President-elect Obama to John F. Kennedy, citing his youth and the Illinois connection, and suggesting a new 'Camelot' in Washington with his two children and a wife who certainly does remind one of Jacqueline.

For a most bizarre set of coincidences, have a gander at those below. I was aware of some of them, but nowhere near all.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both men were particularly concerned about civil rights.
Both of their wives lost children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.

Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by all three of their names.
Both names are composed of a total of fifteen letters.

Lincoln was shot in a theater named 'Ford'.
Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln made by Ford.

Lincoln was shot in a theater. His assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse. His assassin ran and hid in a theater.

Both Booth and Oswald were shot before their trials.

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.
A week before Kennedy was shot, he visited Marilyn Monroe.


Tammy said...

This is fascinating.....I read it to Emily yesterday and she enjoyed it as much as I did!

Goldenrod said...

It's definitely a goosebump raiser!