Following the hype from Spielberg’s movie, Lincoln, I was reading up on Abraham Lincoln the other day, when I came across something strange but noteworthy involving him and another revered American president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Namely, in 1964, a year after the assassination of president Kennedy, a strange set of coincidences between him and president Lincoln made their appearance. The list claimed to reveal something eerily morbid about the two men, focusing on similarities in their political careers, various parallels behind their deaths, and the letter numbers in their names, among other things.
Despite the numerous exaggerations, not everything about the list was horseshit
The list was intriguing, catching everyone’s attention. But it was, truth be told, misleading. Whatever facts it contained were presented loosely and with sensationalism, laying claim to meaning they didn’t possess. Comparing the letter numbers of their assassins’ names, for example, was silly, as was stating that both presidents were interested in civil rights — a lame generalization.
In other words, much of the information was either blown out of proportion or simply made up.
Yet, despite the exaggerations, not everything about the list was horseshit. Some of its points, although meaningless in themselves, were interesting and fun.
Here they are, adjusted for facts, without fluff.
Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
Lincoln was shot inside Ford’s theater, Washington D.C.
Kennedy was shot in a Ford Lincoln Continental.
Both presidents were succeeded by men 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 1838.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
Both assassins were killed before going to trial.
Wow! Right? Symmetrical coincidence of this caliber doesn’t happen very often.
It’s what one calls ‘noteworthy.’
Note made. Story, end of.