February 12, 2018

President Lincoln's Birthday: Similarities between President Lincoln and President Kennedy

President Abraham Lincoln
photo credit:  whitehouse.gov
Today is President Abraham Lincoln's birthday, which is recognized as a legal holiday by some municipalities in the United States.  President Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809.  He was assassinated and died on April 15, 1965.

Over the years, an urban legend has grown about similarities ... or alleged similarities ... between the lives of President Lincoln and President Kennedy, who was also assassinated.  Here are just a few of the Lincoln/Kennedy urban legend similarities from Wikipedia:
  • Both presidents were elected to the House of Representatives in '46.
  • Both were losing candidates for their party's vice-presidential nomination in '56.
  • Both presidents were elected to the presidency in '60
  • Both presidents were shot in the head on a Friday seated beside their wives.  Both Fridays preceded a major holiday observed within the week.
  • 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.
  • Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre; Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in a Lincoln automobile, made by Ford.
  • Both presidents' last names have 7 letters.
  • Both assassins' full names have 15 letters.
  • Each assassin committed his crime in the building where he was employed.
  • Both presidents were purportedly smiling immediately before the assassination began.
  • After shooting Lincoln, Booth ran from a theatre to a warehouse; after shooting Kennedy, Oswald ran from a warehouse to a theatre.
President John F. Kennedy
photo credit: whitehouse.vog
So, what do these similarities mean?  That's up for you to decide!  Mr. Martin Gardener, who has examined pattern trends/coincidences and has written about numerous events, believes 'it is relatively easy to find seemingly meaningful patterns relating any two people or events, but that such patterns often do not stand up to rigorous scrutiny. '  There are many more similarities between Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy; read the entire Wikipedia article covering this topic here.

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