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Eerily Accurate Premonitions About Famous Events That Actually Came True  

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Although parapsychology and clairvoyance aren't recognized by the scientific community at large, there are compelling anecdotes that suggest some people may be able to predict the future. There are, for example, many people throughout history who foresaw their own deaths and some who have seen small glimpses of the future through their dreams. There may not be much in the way of scientific evidence, but there are certainly plenty of stories from all over the world about people who sense impending tragedy.

No matter the method of prediction, there are bizarre records of accurate premonitions throughout history and many are truly uncanny. From literature to television to children who seem to know too much, these prophetic declarations make you wonder if the existence of a sixth sense isn't so far fetched after all.

September 11 attacks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Eerily Accurate Premonitions About Famous Events That Actually Came True
Photo: The Lone Gunmen/Amazon

An episode of The Lone Gunmen, a spinoff of the popular series, The X-Files, predicted 9/11 just months before it happened in March of 2011. The plot of the show's pilot episode revolves around a hijacking in which a commercial airliner, through remote control of the plane's computer systems, flies toward the World Trade Center. In The Lone Gunmen, however, the show's heroes divert the plane at the last minute. 

In the episode, the attack is carried out by an American arms manufacturer who plans to increase sales by compelling America to war against an extremist dictator. Similar conspiracy theories surround 9/11.

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Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Eerily Accurate Premonitions About Famous Events That Actually Came True
Photo: Thomas Hawk/flickr/CC-BY-NC 2.0

Diana, Princess of Wales, was loved and adored during her lifetime. She famously died from injuries sustained in a car crash on August 31, 1997. The world was beset with grief and shock over her passing. Months before the crash, Princess Diana gave a prophetic letter to her butler Paul Burrell. The note reads:

“This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous. My husband is planning "an accident" in my car, brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry Camilla.”

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Edgar Allan Poe Foresaw The Cannibalistic Death Of A Sailor 45 Years Prior
Edgar Allan Poe Foresaw The Ca... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Eerily Accurate Premonitions About Famous Events That Actually Came True
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Edgar Allan Poe was without a doubt the master of telling macabre tales. In 1838, he published a novel titled The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket in which a group of four sailors are shipwrecked and must find a way to survive so they can be rescued. The group captures and eats a tortoise, but it's not enough to sustain them. They decide to draw straws, and the person who draws the shortest must give their life so the others can live. The man who draws the short straw is a sailor by the name of Richard Parker.

The events of the novel were replicated nearly 45 years later in an incident with the ship Mignonette. Like in Poe’s novel, the Mignonette broke apart and sank, leaving four sailors shipwrecked. They too found a tortoise and ate it, but it wasn’t enough for all of them. The cabin boy eventually fell into a coma from malnutrition. The other three boys killed and ate him to survive. Spookily enough, the cabin boy’s name was Richard Parker.

Eryl Mai Jones Dreamed A Black Substance Wiped Out Her School And Killed Her
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In October of 1966, in the mining town of Aberfan, Wales, Eryl Mai Jones said to her mother, “I dreamed I went to school and there was no school there. Something black had come down all over it!” In the days prior, Eryl told her mother, “I’m not afraid to die,” and “I shall be with Peter and June,” two friends from school. The mother shrugged off her daughter’s comments.

Aberfan was positioned in a valley below a large pile of coal waste, which was perched atop a nearby mountain. On October 21, 1966, 110,000 cubic meters of coal slurry — a mixture of coal waste, water, and shale — slid down the mountain and engulfed a portion of the town. The slurry consumed and crushed Eryl’s school, Pantglas Junior School, and killed 144 people in total. Eryl was buried in a mass grave next to her classmates Peter and June.