25 Historical Coincidences That Are Almost Hard To Believe

We deal with coincidences everyday. From wearing the same shirt as your best friend (without prior planning) to running into someone you know at some random place. These coincidence may seem a bit trivial. Yet the coincidences that you are about witness transcend time and place to become anything but common. From uncanny predictions to extremely lucky military commanders these are 25 historical coincidences that are almost hard to believe!

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The start of World War I

Historical coincidencesSource: wikipedia

We all know that the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand started the war, but did you know that the actual assassination attempt failed? The bomb blew up the car behind his. When his car took a different route, however, they ended up driving right by one of the assassins who had stopped to buy a sandwich.


Failed Mongol Invasion of Japan

Historical coincidencesSource: wikipedia

Although they could have invaded twice, they were turned back by a typhoon both times.


Lewis and Clark get their horses

Historical coincidencesSource: Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

Their guide, Sacagawea, was interpreting for them in order for them to procure horses. The local Indians, however, didn’t trust them. In the middle of the talks though, she realized that the chief was her long lost brother (she had been kidnapped by a neighboring tribe as a child) and broke down crying. Lewis and Clark got their horses.


Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy

Historical coincidencesSource: snopes.com

Although the original Lincoln/Kennedy email that you found in your spam folder contained numerous false facts there were a few that are still true and indisputably interesting. Lincoln was elected to congress in 1846, Kennedy in 1946. Lincoln became president in 1860, Kennedy in 1960 (though sworn in 1961). And both were eventually shot in the head on a Friday.


Andrew Jackson's luck

Historical coincidencesSource: politico.com

Unlike Lincoln and Kennedy, Andrew Jackson was a bit luckier. When an unemployed painter named Richard Lawrence tried to shoot Jackson, his gun wouldn’t fire. The 67 year old president began to beat his would-be assassin with a cane during which the assassin pulled out another gun. This gun also misfired and the disgruntled painter was dragged away.

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