5 Freakiest Coincidences in History Ever
Sometimes, fact is weirder than fiction. Throughout history, there have been absolutely crazy stories that may have you questioning whether they were creepy coincidences, or the work of a higher power…
1. Curse of the Mongol Warlord
The founder of the Timurid dynasty and Mongol warlord Emir Timur’s burial site was found by the Soviet Union in 1941. In his tomb, it was stated that “Who ever opens my tomb, shall unleash an invader more terrible than I.” What happened that exact day? Adolf Hitler declared war on the Soviet Union. This coincidence terrified the Soviets so much that they ended up reburying him and in accordance to Islamic tradition even (remember: the Soviet Union back then was strictly atheist by law). Soon later, the tide had turned and the Soviet Union was winning battles against Nazi Germany and won the war.
When a Nebraska church exploded in 1950, not one of the fifteen people who were supposed to be there for choir practice was injured because every member of the choir was late arriving for practice that evening.
- Choir Practice usually began at 7:20pm. At 7:25pm, the church exploded. Here’s what happened to the people:
- The Reverend lit the church furnace sometime in the afternoon and went home to dinner. At 7:10 he was getting ready to go back with this wife and daughter but his daughter had a soiled dress. They were delayed while the mother ironed another dress.
- Ladona Vandergrift, a high school sophomore, was having trouble with a geometry problem. She knew practice began promptly and always came early. But she stayed to finish the problem.
- Royena Estes was ready, but the car would not start. So she and her sister called Ladona Vandergrift, and asked her to pick them up. But Ladona was the girl with the geometry problem, and the Estes sisters had to wait..
- Sadie Estes’ story was the same as Royena’s. All day they had been having trouble with the car; it just refused to start.
- Mrs. Leonard Schuster would ordinarily have arrived at 7:20 with her small daughter Susan. But on this particular evening Mrs. Schuster had to go to her mother’s house to help her get ready for a missionary meeting.
- Herbert Kipf, lathe operator, would have been ahead of time but had put off an important letter. “I can’t think why,” he said. He lingered over it and was late.
- It was a cold evening. Stenographer Joyce Black, feeling “just plain lazy,” stayed in her warm house until the last possible moment. She was almost ready to leave when it happened.
- Because his wife was away, Machinist Harvey Ahl was taking care of his two boys. He was going to take them to practice with him but somehow he got wound up talking. When he looked at his watch, he saw he was already late.
- Marilyn Paul, the pianist, had planned to arrive half an hour early. However she fell asleep after dinner, and when her mother awakened her at 7:15 she had time only to tidy up and start out.
- Mrs. F.E. Paul, choir director and mother of the pianist, was late simply because her daughter was. She had tried unsuccessfully to awaken the girl earlier.
- High school girls Lucille Jones and Dorothy Wood are neighbors and customarily go to practice together. Lucille was listening to a 7-to-7:30 radio program and broke her habit of promptness because she wanted to hear the end. Dorothy waited for her.
3. Kings’ Dire Fate
In Monza, Italy, King Umberto I, went to a small restaurant for dinner, accompanied by his aide-de-camp, General Emilio Ponzia-Vaglia. When the owner took King Umberto’s order, the King noticed that he and the restaurant owner were virtual doubles, in face and in build. Both men began discussing the striking resemblances between each other and found many more similarities.
- Both men were born on the same day, of the same year, (March 14th, 1844).
- Both men had been born in the same town.
- Both men married a woman with same name, Margherita.
- The restauranteur opened his restaurant on the same day that King Umberto was crowned King of Italy.
- On the 29th July 1900, King Umberto was informed that the restauranteur had died that day in a mysterious shooting accident, and as he expressed his regret, he was then assassinated by an anarchist in the crowd.
Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln, was with his father when he was assassinated. Coincidentally enough, he was also an eyewitness to the assassination of President James. A Garfield in 1881, as Garfield’s Secretary of War. 20 years later, in 1901, Robert Todd Lincoln was at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, at the invitation of then President William McKinley. And guess what? William McKinley was assassinated that day. After this event, Robert Todd Lincoln turned down any future invitations by Presidents to events, fearing that his association lead to their deaths.
When another president invited him to an event, he’s said to have commented: “No, I’m not going, and they’d better not ask me, because there is a certain fatality about presidential functions when I am present.”
5. Halley’s Comet
Mark Twain was born when Halley’s comet came past, and died when it came by again. Said Twain, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet.” Looks like he got his wish.