Top 10 FREAKY COINCIDENCES in History!
Of course, coincidences happen all the time: we were just thinking of someone when they call us on the phone, or we have this song in mind when it suddenly plays on the radio. Most of the time they don’t mean much, but every once in awhile there is a coincidence that’s outright spooky, or one that has a major impact on world events. When these coincidences are positive in nature, we call them synchronicity or even serendipity; when they are not, however, we call them catastrophes. So here is my list of the ten most astonishing, remarkable, or just plain eerie coincidences in history and how they impacted the world—or, at very least, left people wondering.
10. Two Finnish Brothers
This one is strange no matter what way one looks at it. In 2002 a pair of 70-year-old identical twin brothers from Raahe, Finland were hit and killed by trucks while riding their bicycles in a snowstorm. The catch? They were killed in separate accidents on the same day along the same stretch of road only about a mile apart. Additionally, as the second accident occurred just two hours after the first, the second brother hadn’t even learned that his brother had been killed earlier (thereby eliminating suicide as a possible explanation) and making this truly one for the record books. Of course, unusual coincidences between identical twins are not unheard of; there are dozens of cases on record of twins separated at birth reuniting years later to discover they possess similar mannerisms, food preferences, work at similar jobs, etc. and, in one case, even married and divorced spouses with the same name, and then remarried another person also with the same name! So why not die the same way, on the same day, on the same road? Makes sense to me.
9. The Kennedy-Lincoln Link
This one is an old story, but worth recounting because it is so unusual. It revolves around an unusual number of coincidences that occurred between Presidents Kennedy and Lincoln in regards to their assassination. For example, both men were elected 100 years apart (Lincoln in 1860, Kennedy in 1960); they were both succeeded by Southerners named Johnson, and the two Johnsons were born 100 years apart (Andrew in 1808, Lyndon in 1908). Both assassins were born 100 years apart (Booth in 1839 and Oswald in 1939) and both died before they could be brought to trial. Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin was cornered in a warehouse, while Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin was captured in a theater. Finally, Lincoln was shot in Ford’s theater, while Kennedy was shot while riding in a Ford Lincoln, and to top it all off, Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln (Evelyn Lincoln) while Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy. The list goes on from there and has been the source of considerable debate ever since. Of course, mathematicians have been quick to spoil all the fun by trying to show how all these things were bound to happen despite the long odds, which is why most people consider mathematicians poor party conversationalists.
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10. Two Finnish Brothers
9. The Kennedy-Lincoln Link
8. Gavriol Princip and the Archduke
7. Double Homicide -- 157 Years Apart
6. Booth and Lincoln
5. The Saga of the Mark Chapmans
4. The Deaths of Presidents Jefferson and Adams
3. Crossword Puzzle Gives Away D-Day Invasion Codewords
2. Titanic vs. the Titan
1. Lee Harvey Oswald Employed at the Texas School Book Depository
When Jefferson and Adams were President and Vice President, Vice President’s Boss was not President. Back then there were no two people one presidential ticket. The winner of the presidential election became the president and the runner up became the Vice President. In other words they had always been rivals.
The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 2nd and printed on July 4th. A very common mistake, so much so, nearly our entire nation celebrates the Forth of July. But, it's not like we had the internet, or even a phone line back then. I thought they'd at least get that right for the movie Independence Day or it's follow up, oh well.
Regarding #4, I heard that Adams and Jefferson actually became close friends and kept regular correspondence until shortly before their deaths. Adams' final words were something to the effect of "At least Jefferson is still alive." He'd had no way of knowing that Jefferson had actually died just a few hours prior.
Leonard Dawes still kept in touch with the school, he asked the boys to suggest words for the crosswords, and to help him compile them, the boys also chatted to the soldiers at the nearby camps who were passing rumours about when they might attack Normandy, and asking why the generals kept on using words like "juno" "sword" and "Omaha", this was what persuaded the military police that it was an accident.
According to Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and the most recently released papers on Kennedy's death, Lyndon B. Johnson killed or rather arranged to have Kennedy murdered. The evidence is stacking up more and faster all the time.
And for the record, Oswald could barely qualify as a marksman, he was certainly NOT a sniper or anything close to it.
Is it possible that Oswald getting a job in that building wasn't a coincidence? Could he have been tipped off or hired by someone who had knowledge of the President's plans to visit Dallas and the likely route his motorcade would follow?...
The Lincoln kennedy coincidences are BULL Lincolns assassin was caught in a tobacco shed not a warehouse for starters and their secretaries names are not true and if one thing is 100 years apart than most likely all of them will be
Oswald was NOT a "marine sniper"
He was a Marine, but barely qualified on his firearms
And in 1963 and prior there was no job called "sniper" in the Marines. That came about later in the Vietnam war thank to Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock.
Number 10 is hardly as extraordinary as you make it seem. Two people living in the same area, who both go cycling, who both use the exact same likely very dangerous road... This sort of things likely happens or has happened all the time, the fact that it was two brothers one time is to be perfectly expected. Heck, if theres like 10,000 people in a certain local area, then the odds of two brothers randomly being picked for a random event are only 1 in 5,000. Do you think there have ever been more than 5,000 cycling accidents that happened within the same day of each other in the same area? Then you would absolutely expect something like a pair of brothers being killed for every 5,000 of those events or so.
Oswald was no sniper he was a poor shot at best this myth comes from the marines inflated sence of importance and as a b4 qualified infantryman i studied real snipers the shots they took and remember there is way more to being a sniper then shooting. Sources at the time that served and trained with oswald said he was a terrible shot. I think calling him a sniper is a bit much
The coincidence with the D-Day crossword has been discovered to be not quite the coincidence that it once was. The man who published the crosswords used some of the crossword clues & answers that he had his students put together. One of the boys in his class happened to spend a lot of time on the nearby military base & overheard the words there.
Titanic, Brittanic, and Olympic were sister ships. One young nurse worked for White Star Lines, and survived the Titanic, a year later she was on the Brittanic when it sunk, and later she was on the Olympic when it was hit by a war vessel. She died an old lady, on dry land. Jessop, I think her name was.
One of the leaders of Germany's 1rst revolution, Robert Blum, was executed November 9th, 1848. On Nov. 9th, 1918, the Weimar Republic was called out. On Nov. 9th, 1923, Hitler's "Beer House Putsch" failed in Munich. November 9th, 1938, was the "Night of the Broken Glasses". On November 9th, 1989, the Berlin Wall was taken down. "November 9th" in German is written "9-11", "9.11." or "9/11".
Lee Harvey Oswald was hired by the government to kill Kennedy because Kennedy was trying to do things that were going to disrupt what they wanted to do. The ambition of greedy people is what controls this world.
I know I'm a bit late to the party ... OK, 3 years late, but whatever. My great great grandfather wrote a short story called "The White Ghost of Disaster" (published in The Popular Magazine, under his pseudonym Mayn Clew Garnett) in which an ocean liner strikes an iceburg in the Atlantic and sinks. It was already on the newsstands when the RMS Titanic sank. Fun fact delivered, my job here is done.
Here's an intriguing coincidence that happened a few years ago in my hometown in north-east England, similar to the story of the Finnish twin brothers. A woman had her car stolen by a man who proceeded to drive recklessly to the other side of the town where he hit and killed another woman who was walking along the pavement. The woman he killed was the sister of the lady who's car he had stolen. My town has a population of about 100,000 people so we're not talking about a small village, the odds against something like this happening are pretty high I would say.
Juno was also a landing beach but for the Canadians who did quite well against the Nazis despite heavy casualties. [Almost 1000] You don''t hear much about their success 'cause they are less boastful than others involve in Operation OverLord. BONUS FACT. Canada sent 1,1 million combat troops to fight in WW2 despite having a population of only 11 million.
Actually the Declaration of Independence was signed on August 2nd 1776. The final draft of the text of the written document was approved by Congress on July 4th 1776, but it wasn't actually signed till August 2nd. (and I am a Canadian who knows a few world history facts - not an American - and yes I had to google the exact dates, but i knew that the declaration was NOT signed on July 4th - which in my opinion means the Americans should be celebrating their holiday in August)
Are there any favorite topics or types that you enjoy doing more? If you could work in more horror and spooky related lists I would be very thankful due to the morbid and macabre mind I find myself with.
How are you able to a new one of these every single day? I would have thought that the research alone would take quite some time. Are you afraid that you may run out of subjects at some point? I highly respect people whom still go about their lives as independent scholars and who still care enough to research the facts in the capacity that you do. I know that you probably have a team of knowledge seekers that help you, how else could you produce these in such quantities while keeping up the quality. My only complaint would be that because I'm a glutton for knowledge that along with my own independent research of the random, I lose so much time binge watching your channel in a fevered thirst for all things knowledge and bizarre and some days get very little else done. I applaud you for your work ethic and passion in what you do.
Uhm, John Wilkes Booth was killed in a barn--not a warehouse. It was on Richard Garrett's Farm. Federal troops torched the barn to flush him out but he was shot while still in the barn. He'd broken his leg after jumping from the balcony after shooting Lincoln at point blank range. There's a difference between a barn and a warehouse, namely, you don't have stables for horses in a warehouse. Richard Garrett had his son lock the barn up so that Booth couldn't steal the horses while John was allowed to sleep in the barn after bein attended to by Dr. Samuel Mudd.
#4 - what most people don't know, is that the Vice Presidency used to be given to the runner up of the Presidential election. This practice was stopped however as this meant the President's right hand was usually a bitter rival which doesn't bode well for an efficiently functioning government and as the Vice President is the 1st in the line of succession, having a rival in such a position is potentially quite hazardous to the President's health.
It's sad how people perpetuate lies because they never bother to do some simple checking. President Lincoln did NOT have a secretary named Kennedy. We know who Lincoln's secretaries were (he had two secretaries: John Hay and John Nicolay) because it is a matter of record and BOTH of his secretaries went on to serve the US in distinguish careers. No one named Kennedy worked for Lincoln as a secretary. In fact, there was no one name Kennedy in Lincoln's cabinet or White House staff.
The Titan wasn't THAT similar to Titanic. The similarities were vague at best, and it's only a small portion of a drawn out melodramatic novella. It was subsequently rewritten AFTER the Titanic disaster to make the fictional Titan more similar to the real Titanic, with the added subtitle "The Wreck of the Titan," to sell more copies and cash in on the real life news hype.
The weirdest coincidence in history is that when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the first Indian they encountered knew how to speak English. True story. He had been acquainted with the English settlers in Virginia and was travelling through Massachusetts when the Pilgrims landed. Makes you think of those Flash Gordon movies where earthmen land on another planet and the natives of that planet speak the earthmen's language. Hey, it could happen!
The crosswords at number 3. This was solved years later. For some reason I cannot put a lnk here, but google Ronald French crosswords. Kids got hold of the code words from silly talking army officers and gave them to the crossword compiler.
Just one correction, it's GavriLO Princip and he was a Bosnian Serb. Generally the tinderbox of Europe is either people of Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian or Macedonian decent; Bosnians are mainly ethnically 3 groups Croatians and Serbians and what are called Bosniaks which tend to me a mix or singularly one of those 2 mixed with Ottoman blood lines and general being followers of Islam. Great videos though, keep up the good work!
"One of the most heinous crimes in history" isn't that, err, a little much? I don't think a President's life is inherently more valuable than anyone else's, and when you consider all of the mass murderers and torturers of their murder victims, shooting someone isn't AS bad.
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