Lincoln & Kennedy BLOG 2018

55 years ago on November 22, 1963 at 12:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time) President John F Kennedy was assassinated by a sniper at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas, U.S.

This story has been around years but I find it so fascinating proving that  fact is often stranger than fiction. After the event a listwas put together describing a number of amazing coincidences that can be foundbetween the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.


Not long after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the a list of seemingly amazing coincidences between the two men’s lives appeared, and it has been widely and continuously reprinted and circulated ever since:

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.

John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.

John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.

Both were shot in the head.

Lincoln’s secretary, Kennedy, warned him not to go to the theatre.

Kennedy’s secretary, Lincoln, warned him not to go to Dallas.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.

Both were succeeded by Southerners.

Both successors were named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.

Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839.

Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.

Both names are comprised of fifteen letters.

Both presidents fathered four children, and had a son die during his presidency.

Booth ran from the theatre and was caught in a warehouse.

Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theatre.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

Both while in their 30’s married 24 year old women, who spoke fluent French.

Both were born as second children.

Both presidents were purportedly smiling immediately before the assassination began.

Both presidents had body guards named William, William H. Crook told Lincoln not to go to the assassination point, William Greer drove JFK to the assassination point.

Both bodyguards named William died within 48 hours of being aged 75 years, 5 months.

Lincoln sat in box number 7 at Ford’s Theater; Kennedy sat in car number 7 in the motorcade.

The doctors who primarily attended to each president were both named Charles. Dr. Charles Leale treated Lincoln. Dr. Charles Crenshaw treated Kennedy.

During the assassination, they were sitting in an alphabetical pattern. Their spouses first name and both president’s last name. J,K,L,M- Jackie, Kennedy, Lincoln, Mary. Jackie was seated to the left of Kennedy and Mary to the right of Lincoln.

Coincidence (not part of the above list) – Both Lincoln and Kennedy were carried in coffins with no pallbearer’s handles. Lincoln’s body was placed in a plain pine box with no handles. It was carried out of the Petersen house with hands underneath the bottom of the box. Kennedy was placed in a bronze coffin, which wouldn’t fit through the Eastern Airlines aircraft door; the pallbearer’s handles were forcibly removed to board the plane (Lyndon Johnson boarded Air Force One as the newly sworn President).

Musical legacy

Buddy Starcher wrote a song recounting many of these coincidences and parallels between the two presidents’ careers and deaths entitled “History Repeats Itself.” It became a U.S. Top 40 hit for him during the spring of 1966, and reached number two on the Country chart. Cab Calloway also scored a minor chart hit with the song that same year.


The sky is not the limit your mindset is


Happiness is…writing 1,700 words a day


Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?


Love is… Debatable


Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley

Highest Chart Position: No.1 25th January 1958

No.27 19th February 1983


Tuesday 27th November 2018

Pins & Needles Day

Giving Tuesday

Bavarian Cream Pie Day

©2018 Phil M Robinson &