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The Most Tragic and Weird Coincidences in American History: Lincoln and Kennedy

Updated: Apr 17, 2021

Two of the most tragic and dramatic deaths in American history, the assassinations of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and , involve the following astonishing parallels:

A hand sewn teardrop expresses the grief felt after Lincoln was murdered in 1865. Like most presidents, he was fatalistic about the possibility of assassination.

The above dollar bill, issued in Dallas only two weeks before JFK was killed there, is now known as the Kennedy assassination bill. Since Dallas is the location of the 11th of the 12 Federal Reserve Bank districts, the bill bears the letter K, the 11th letter of the alphabet, and the number 11 appears in each corner. The serial number begins with K and ends with A, standing for Kennedy Assassination. Eleven also stands for November, the 11th month of the year; two 11s equal 22, the date of the tragedy. And the series number is 1963, the year the assassination occurred.

1 - ) Lincoln was elected president in 1860. Exactly one hundred years later, in 1960, Kennedy was elected president.

2 - ) Both men were deeply involved in civil rights for Afro-Americans.

3 - ) Both men were assassinated on a Friday, in the presence of their wives.

4 - ) Each wife had lost a son while living at the White House.

5 - ) Both men were killed by a bullet that entered the head from behind.

6 - ) Lincoln was killed in Ford’s Theater. Kennedy met his death while riding in a Lincoln convertible made by the Ford Motor Company.

7 - ) Both men were succeeded by vice-presidents named Johnson who were southern Democrats and former senators.

8 - ) Andrew Johnson was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson was born in 1908, exactly one hundred years later.

9 - ) The first name of Lincolns private secretary was John, the last name of Kennedy’s private secretary was Lincoln.

10 - ) John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839 [according to some sources]. Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939, one hundred years later.

11 - ) Both assassins were Southerners who held extremist views.

12 - ) Both assassins were murdered before they could be brought to trial.

13 - ) Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and fled to a barn. Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and fled to a theater.

14 - ) Lincoln and Kennedy each has seven letters.

15 - ) Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson each has 13 letters.

16 - ) JOHN WILKES BOOTH and LEE HARVEY OSWALD each has 15 letters.

In addition, the first public proposal that Lincoln be the Republican candidate for president (in a letter to the Cincinnati Gazette, November 6, 1858) also endorsed a John Kennedy for vice president


(John P. Kennedy, formerly secretary of the navy). (Martin Gardner, The Incredible Dr. Matrix, pp.42-45)

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