Weird History The Eeriest Coincidences Throughout History  

Christopher Shultz
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Many coincidences are just that and nothing more. This is true almost across the board, and while the coincidence at hand might be amusing, it isn't significant in anyway and certainly not the portent of a curse. However, there are some creepy coincidences out there that are just plain weird - simultaneous or predicative events that seem far too similar to be the product of mere chance. Is it just happenstance, or is there something more at play?

This list details such eerie coincidences and some will seriously freak you out.
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Tamerlane's Prescient Words


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Photo: German Federal Archive/Wikimedia Commons
Military leader Tamerlane's body was exhumed in 1941 by a Soviet scientist. Inside his tomb, a message read, "When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble," and, "Whomsoever opens my tomb shall unleash an invader more terrible than I."  

Two days later, despite having signed the German-Soviet non-aggression pact, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi troops invaded the Soviet Union.
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Man Survives Atomic Blasts at Both Hiroshima and Nagasaki


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Photo: Enola Gay Tail Gunner S/Sgt. George R. (Bob) Caron/Wikimedia Commons
Tsutomu Yamaguchi happened to be on a business trip to Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the day US bombers dropped an atomic bomb on the city. He suffered severe burns, but was otherwise okay. He returned to his home in Nagasaki, where the US dropped a second atomic bomb just days later, and managed to survive that attack as well.
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Twins Killed by the Same Taxi with Almost Too Many Similarities


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This incident occurred in 1975 in Bermuda. One of the twins died when a taxi cab struck his moped scooter. One year later, the other twin, riding the exact same scooter, was struck and killed by the exact same taxi, driven by the exact same driver, who was driving the exact same passenger as in the death of the first twin.

The odds of this happening might seem astronomical, leading you to believe the story was made up, but apparently this really happened.
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The Lincoln and Kennedy's Assasinations


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There have only been four United States presidents to be assassinated while in office, the first being Abraham Lincoln, and the last John F. Kennedy. The similarities surrounding the men both in life and in death are rather surprising. Focusing on the assassinations alone, the coincidences are uncanny. Writes Valerie Klein of History News Network:  

"Both Presidents were shot in the back of the head, on the Friday before a major holiday, while seated beside their wives, neither of whom were injured. 

"Both were in the presence of another couple, and in each case that man was also wounded by the assassin.

"After both assassinations there were loud and insistent claims that the fatal shot must have come from a different direction...  

"Both were succeeded by vice-presidents named Johnson: Andrew born in 1808 and Lyndon in 1908, both of whom had 13 letters in their names and two daughters.

"Both assassins have fifteen letters in their names. 

"Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and fled to a warehouse. Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and fled to a theatre. 

"Both assassins were in their turn assassinated by shooters who used a Colt revolver and fired only one, fatal shot."