Historical Coincidences That Are Almost Too Strange to Believe
We all experience coincidences sometimes, whether in the form of lucky breaks or unfortunate incidents. But sometimes the universe has a way of taking things to the next level with massive coincidences that are almost too eerie to believe. Here you'll find a collection of actual strange and bizarre events from throughout history that lined up so perfectly it's almost a little scary. From well-known historical happenings to those involving everyday people, discover some of the weirdest coincidences ever recorded.
Mark Twain and Halley's Comet
Samuel Clemens, the author who wrote under the name Mark Twain, was born in 1835 on the same day that Halley's Comet passed by Earth. This might not be so strange, except that he died in 1910, the same year that Halley's Comet made another trip past Earth.
The Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam may now be a famous American landmark, but it wasn't built without a cost. While there were 96 official deaths reported during construction, some estimate that the number of workers killed is really over 100. One of the first casualties was a man named J.G. Tierney, who drowned while working on the dam on December 20, 1921.
Stephen Hawking, Galileo and Einstein's Strange Connection
Stephen Hawking not only defied the life expectancy of Lou Gehrig's disease by about five decades, but he also shared an interesting connection with both Galileo Galilei and Albert Einstein. Hawking, a brilliant physicist and cosmologist, was born exactly 300 years to the day that Galileo died.
A Meteor and the Comettes
While our planet may be suspended in the middle of a vast universe with meteors flying all over the place, the odds of getting struck by one are incredibly slim. Though over 50,000 meteors have been discovered on Earth, National Geographic once put the odds of getting killed by one at 1 in 1,600,000.
An Author’s Titanic Prediction
In 1912, much of the world considered famous ocean liner the Titanic "unsinkable." It was only after the great ship's disastrous sinking that the world discovered its strange connection to an American writer named Morgan Robertson.
Thomas Jefferson’s and John Adams’ Coordinated Deaths
The friendship between U.S. presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams was legendarily complicated. Though they started out as close friends and allies, their relationship got rockier over the years due to their contrasting political opinions.
John Wilkes Booth's Brother and Abraham Lincoln's Son
Long before John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, Booth's brother, Edwin, saved the life of Lincoln's son. Edwin Booth was a stage actor who had adamantly supported the cause of the Union during the Civil War.
The Wizard of Coincidences
Remember Professor Marvel, the fortuneteller Dorothy came across before the tornado in The Wizard of Oz? While the costume designers were out searching for the character's costume, they came across a cool, tattered jacket in a thrift store.
A Video Game's Accidental 9/11 Prediction
On June 23, 2000, a role-playing action game called Deus Ex was first released by a company called Eidos Interactive. While programming a game setting that was supposed to show the New York City skyline in the background, the creators accidentally forgot to include the twin towers.
James Dean’s Cursed Car
Before James Dean's tragic car crash in 1955, fellow actor Alec Guinness warned Dean about the "sinister-looking" Porsche 550 Spyder. Guinness later recalled that he told Dean, "If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week."
History Repeats Itself
As the old saying goes, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." This turned out to be oddly true in the case of two men who were both named Jean Marie Dubarry. The first was convicted of murdering his father and beheaded on February 14, 1746.
Richard Parker’s Gruesome Fate
In 1838, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a novel called The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. To no one's surprise, the book was just as macabre as many of Poe's other tales. In one scene, a crew of shipwrecked sailors kill cabin boy Richard Parker and eat him to stay alive.
The Civil War’s Interesting Locations
In 1861, the first battle of the Civil War was named after Bull Run, a stream that ran through the land of 46-year-old grocer Wilmer McLean. After seeing the wreckage of the battle firsthand, McLean decided to pack up his wife and head for safer ground.
We've all heard rumors that twins have some sort of mysterious connection, but the case of the Jim twins is next-level crazy. Twins Jim Lewis and Jim Springer were separated at birth and weren't reunited until they were 39 years old.
The Simpsons and Psychic Predictions
When a show has been on the air for over 25 years, it's inevitable that it's likely to be in tune with the pulse of society. But The Simpsons has predicted so many events so far in advance that things have started to get a little creepy.
The Husband-homing Dollar
One day when a guy named Paul Grachan was paying for lunch, he noticed that the dollar he was about to pay with had his girlfriend Esther's name on it. Thinking it a strange coincidence, he kept the dollar, framed it and presented it to Esther as a lighthearted gift.
The License Plate Prediction
Many people know that the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand proved to be the trigger that launched the globe into World War I. What few may have noticed, however, was a strange coincidence about the car that the archduke was riding in when he was killed.
The First and Last Casualties of WW1
In a strange twist of fate, both the first and last British casualties of the First World War ended up being buried just 15 feet apart in Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery. Though this may sound like an orchestrated honor, it actually happened without any planning at all.
The Woman With the Best or Worst Luck in Naval History
Violet Jessop, who was a stewardess and nurse, managed to survive three major sea disasters of the 20th century. The first came when she found herself above the HMS Olympic, the Titanic's sister ship, the day it collided with the HMS Hawke in 1911.
A Bullet’s Delayed Strike
A man named Harry Ziegland once broke a woman's heart to the point that she committed suicide over their failed romance. In order to exact revenge, the woman's brother came after Ziegland with a gun, took a shot at him and, believing Ziegland dead, killed himself.
The Dueler Who Never Fired a Shot
There once was a man named Henri Trange who lived in Marseille, France, who proved that what goes around truly can come around. Trange racked up the strangest dueling history ever from 1861 to 1878. During that time he was said to have participated in five duels without ever firing a single shot.
The World's Unluckiest Taxi
A creepy coincidence began playing out in Bermuda on the night of July 30, 1974. A 17-year-old boy named Neville Ebbin was out riding his moped when he was struck and killed by a taxi driver. The next year, on July 30th, his 17-year-old brother Erskine was also killed.
JFK and Lincoln's Strange String of Coincidences
If you've ever seen a Lincoln/Kennedy penny, then you may already be familiar with some of the strange coincidences surrounding the deaths of the two U.S. leaders. Both were killed on a Friday from gunshot wounds to the back of the head — Lincoln while he was at Ford's theater, and Kennedy while he was riding in a Ford Lincoln.
World's Worst Ship Disguise
During World War I, the Germans had what seemed like a brilliant idea to help get one of their ships through a British blockade. They dressed up their ship, the SMS Cap Trafalgar, to look like a famed British warship named the HMS Carmania.
The Baby-catching Street Sweeper
Though becoming a street sweeper in the 1930s might've sounded like a fairly safe job, a man named Joseph Figlock proved that it was fraught with unexpected dangers. One day while he was out for a routine sweep, he was suddenly struck from above by a baby who had fallen from a fourth-story apartment.
A Dog by Any Other Name
While very few people are familiar with the Mbabaram language today, it was once used by a tribe of Aborigines in Australia. When linguists were attempting to study the old tribal language, they came across a surprising discovery. It turned out that the Mbabaram word for "dog" was..."dog."
Message in a Bottle
In a more recent coincidence, a couple named Melody Kloska and Matt Behrs decided to seal their wedding vows in a bottle and toss it into the water as part of their beach wedding. Little did they know that it would eventually be discovered by a couple named Fred and Lynette Dubendorf as they strolled down a beach nearby.
Love at Second Sight
Another couple named Aimee Maiden and Nick Wheeler made an incredible discovery when they were going through old family photos. Though the two were raised hundreds of miles apart, an old vacation photo revealed that they had actually crossed paths before.
Hitler and Napoleon's Strange 129-Year Gaps
What do Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler have in common? More than you might think. When their lives are compared, the number 129 keeps popping up with incredible regularity. Napoleon was born in 1760, while Hilter was born in 1889, making a 129-year gap in their birthdays.
Lighting Strikes the Same Family Twice
While some historical coincidences are funny or creepy, this one just seems wrong on so many levels. Out of the 300+ million people who live in the United States, only an average of about 49 people per year are struck and killed by lightning.