HOW FATE LINKED DESTINIES OF THE TWO GREAT PRESIDENTS
You probably might have guessed which two US presidents I’m talking about. The infamous assassinations of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John Fitzgerald Kennedy were linked by an amazing series of coincidences.
Abraham Lincoln was first elected to the Congress in 1846. John Kennedy followed exactly hundred years later. Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of the United States on November 6, 1860. Kennedy was elected to be the Republic’s 35th President on November 8, 1960. After their deaths, both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson. Lincoln’s successor, Andrew Johnson was born in 1808, while Lyndon Johnson, who replaced Kennedy, was born in 1908.
John Wilkes Booth, the man whom history remembers as Lincoln’s killer, was born in 1838, while Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was born in 1939. Both men were southerners, and both were themselves shot before they could come to trial.
Booth committed his crime in a theatre and then ran to a barn. Oswald pulled the trigger on Kennedy from the window of a warehouse-and ran to a theatre!
On the day he was assassinated Lincoln told a guard, William H. Crook, “I believe there are men who want to take my life…And I have no doubt they will do it…If it is to be done, it is impossible to prevent it.”
Kennedy’s fatalistic view
And Kennedy unsuspectingly told his wife, Jackie, and his personal advisor Ken O’Donnell, “If somebody wants to shoot me from a window with a rifle, nobody can stop it. So, why worry about it?”
“Some day” proved to be that day. He was unfortunately shot a few hours later.
Lincoln and Kennedy were both historic civil rights campaigners, and both were shot on a Friday, in the back of the head. Their wives were with them when they were killed.
The Ford coincidence
Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theatre. Kennedy was shot in an automobile made by the Ford Motor Company-a Lincoln!
One final, unhappy coincidence is that Kennedy had a secretary named Evelyn Lincoln, who is said to have strongly advised him against going to Dallas, the place where he died.