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The Lincoln / Kennedy Coincidences

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Circulating virally, a list of carefully selected facts (and non-facts) purporting to demonstrate 'eerie' similarities between the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and that of John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Description: Urban legend
Circulating since: 1960s
Status: Partly true / Overblown


Example:
Email contributed by Jennifer C., Sep. 18, 2001:

This is very interesting:

Have a history teacher explain this ---- If he or she can...

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.

The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

Both wives lost a child 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 their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford.'
Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln.'

Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse.
Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And here's the kicker:

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

Creepy, huh? Send this to as many people as you can, cos' hey, this is one history lesson people don't mind listening to!

Resources:

A Compendium of Curious Coincidences
Time, 21 August 1964

Coincidences: Remarkable or Random?
Skeptical Inquirer, September 1998

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