1. A MAN NAMED HUGH WILLIAMS
On December 5, 1664, the first in the greatest series of coincidences in
history took place. On this date, a ship carrying 81 passengers sank in
the Menai strait, off North Wales. There was one survivor - a man by the
name of Hugh Williams. On the same date in 1785, a ship sank with 60
passengers aboard. There was again one survivor - a man named Hugh
Williams. Again on the very same date in 1860, a ship sank with 25
passengers and again there was a lone survivor - it was a man named Hugh
Williams. This incredible coincidence is listed as one of the 15 Favorite
Oddities of All Time in Irving and David Wallance's "The People
2. THE LINCOLN-KENNEDY
The life and death of U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John Fitzgerald
Kennedy have a very uncanny parallelism:
*** Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860, exactly 14 years after
he was elected to the U.S. Congress. John F. Kennedy was elected president
in 1960, exactly 14 years after his first election to Congress. Kennedy
became president 100 years after Lincoln.
*** Both presidents were deeply involved in civil right for the Negroes.
*** Both had radical views and had attempted to establish a new American
*** Both attracted wide publicities and possessed incredible public
*** Lincoln worked to attain American peace and tried to prevent a civil
war. He first rejected a compromise with the Confederacy but later
appealed for new talks. Kennedy worked
to attain world peace and to prevent a world war. He also earlier rejected
a compromise with Khrushchev about the missiles in Cuba but later modified
*** Both during these intense times each pleaded for patience among their
countrymen saying almost identical statements which goes more or less like
"...beyond what may be necessary for our objectives, there will be no
invasion - no using of force against or among the people anywhere."
*** Both presidents were assassinated on a Friday, in the presence of
their wives. Prior to the assassination, they both had premonitions of the
*** Both their wives had lost a son while living in the White House.
*** Both were killed by a bullet that entered the head from behind and
died with their wives sitting at their sides.
*** Lincoln was killed in Ford's theater. Kennedy met his fate while
riding a Lincoln continental made by the Ford Motor Company.
*** John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin has 15 letters on his name while
Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy's assassin also has 15 letters on his name.
*** John Booth was born in 1839 and Oswald was born in 1939. One hundred
*** Both assassins were Southerners who held extremist views.
*** Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and fled to a barn, while Oswald shot
Kennedy from a warehouse and fled to a theater.
*** Both assassins were murdered before they could be brought to trial.
*** Both Lincoln and Kennedy were succeeded by vice presidents named
*** Both vice presidents were Southern Democrats and former senators.
*** Andrew Johnson was born in 1808 and Lyndon Johnson was born in 1908.
*** The names Andrew and Lyndon both have 6 letters.
*** President Lincoln's personal secretary was someone named John who
reportedly belong to the Kennedy's ancestral family tree, while president
Kennedy's personal secretary was named Evelyn Lincoln. Both secretary
warned them about something dangerous if they would went to the places
they were assassinated.
*** Both U.S. presidents were greatly admired, beloved and remembered by
the American people more than any other presidents long after their
3. HENRY ZIEGLAND: A CASE OF RETRIBUTION?
The case of Henry Ziegland of HoneyGrove, Texas is an ultimate puzzler. He
jilted his sweetheart who then committed suicide. Her brother tried to
avenge her by shooting Ziegland but the bullet only grazed his face and
buried itself in a tree. The brother, believing he had killed Ziegland
then took his own life. In 1913 (30 years after the incident), Ziegland
was cutting down the same tree. It was quite a difficult job, so he used
dynamites. The explosion sent the old bullet through Zieglands' head
entering in the grazed mark in his face in the spot where it failed to
kill him before. This time the bullet killed him.
4. FRATERNAL DISASTER
Two brothers in Bermuda were victims of incredibly similar disaster.
Erskine Lawrence Ebbin and his brother Neville were both killed by the
same taxi and driver, carrying the same passengers, while they were riding
the same moped on the same street. But the events occurred exactly a year
apart. Curiously, however, they were both 17 years old when they died.
5. NOSTRADAMUS' SECRET PLAQUE
Michel de Notredame or better known in his Latin name Nostradamus foretold
many events in history including the lives and deaths of famous world
personalities hundreds of years before his time. When Nostradamus died in
1566, he secretly had a metal plaque to be buried with him. When his grave
was opened in 1700, the metal plaque was found lying in his skeleton. It
6. MEETING OF THE IDENTICAL
James Lews and James Springer of Lima and Dayton, Ohio, respectively are
identical twins who were separated shortly after birth. Their adoptive
parents - who had no knowledge of each other - named each of them James.
Each James married and divorced a woman named Linda. Each named his first
son James Alan (Allan). Each likes to vacation on the same Florida Beach.
Both are 6 feet tall, weigh 180 lbs., have the same hobbies, and have had
police training. They met for the first time in 1979, when they were 39
7. TALES OF FALLING BABIES
In the spring of 1975, Joseph Figlock was walking down a street in Detroit
when a baby feel on him from a high window. By a struck of coincidence, it
happened again exactly a year after. Mr. Figlock and both babies survived.
It is either an incredible case of coincidence or Figlock must have a very
strong magnet for falling babies.
8. THE 13TH COINCIDENCE
It is said that 13 is an unlucky number. Some people morbidly fear the
number 13, the fear is known as "Triskaidekaphobia". Austrian
composer Arnold Schonberg's lifelong fascination with numerology led to
his morbid obsession with the number 13. Born on September 13, 1784, he
believed that 13 would play an important role in his death. Because the
number 7 and 6 add up to 13, he was convinced that his 76th year would be
the decisive one. Even worse, checking the calendar for 1951 he saw to his
horror that July 13 fell on a Friday, a traditional harbinger of bad luck.
That day Schonberg remained in bed, firmly believing that his end would
come soon. The day passed uneventfully, however, late that night his wife
visited his bedroom to reassure him he was wrong. When she entered the
room, Schonberg uttered the word "harmony" and expired at about
11:47 p.m., 13 minutes before midnight on Friday, July 13, on his 76th
9. THE ENDURING WITNESS
Do you believe in jinx? Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of President
Abraham Lincoln, was present immediately after his father was assassinated
in 1865, also after President Garfield's assassination in 1881 and also
when President McKinley was shot in 1901. Robert Lincoln would have
probably wished that he was not there, but then it would not have been a
10. THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC
The sinking of the Titanic was predicted 14 years before it happened.
Novelist Morgan Robertson vividly wrote the incident with incredible
precision in his book entitled "The Wreck of the Titan:. He did not
know during that time that he was making one of the greatest predictions
of all time. Comparing Robertson fictional story of the "Titan"
and the actual news stories of the tragedy of the Titanic in 1912 reveals
startling similarities: *** Both the fictional "Titan" and the
real-life Titanic were ontheir maiden voyage.
*** Both were British-made luxury liners.
*** Both were regarded as the largest ship ever built.
*** Both were supposedly unsinkable and safest ship afloat.
*** Both collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic.
*** Both disasters happened in the month of April.
*** The Titan hit the iceberg at 25 knots while the Titanic were at 23
*** The displacement tonnage of the Titan and the Titanic were 75,000 and
66,000 tons respectively.
*** The length of the Titan was 800 feet while the Titanic was
*** Titan had 19 watertight compartments compared to 16 of the Titanic.
*** Both had three propellers.
*** Titan had 24 lifeboats while the Titanic had 22.
*** Both ships had some VIPS on board.
*** There were 3,000 persons aboard the Titan while the Titanic had a
total of 2,224 passengers.
*** Both disaster, fictional and real, incurred an enormous loss of life
and personal wealth.
Coincidentally, one of the fatalities of the Titanic disaster was William
Stead, an English author and editor. Nine months before the incident,
British Clairvoyant Louis Hamon warned him not to travel by water.
11. THE DREAM THAT HAPPENED
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magazine sometime ago.
David Booth, a man from Cincinnati, Ohio, dreamt of an airplane crash ten
times from May 15-24, 1979. On May 19, he called the local Federal
Aviation Agency (FAA) to warn them of a possible impending disaster. But
he had no date of flight time, so there was nothing the FAA could do. On
May 25, 1979 when Booth arrived home from work, he turned on the TV to
hear the broadcast that an American Airlines Flight 191, bound for Los
Angeles from Chicago's O'Hara Airport crashed shortly after takeoff
killing all its 271 passengers. The DC-10 crash was the worst domestic air
disaster in U.S. Flight history. Later when asked what action they would
take if told of an impending plane crash, a public relations man from one
of the major U.S. airlines replied, "Absolutely nothing. I'd ignore
it. We discount the occult here. It goes against everything scientific and
logical to even discuss such a damn thing".