“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.”
– Abraham Lincoln, letter to H.L. Pierce, April 6, 1859. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
Abraham Lincoln & JFK
DJmindjob: Some of these claims are wrong. E.g., Lincoln didn’t have a secretary named Kennedy; his secretaries were John Nicolay and John Hay.
> A month before Lincoln was assassinated he was in Monroe, Maryland. A month before Kennedy was assassinated he was in Marilyn Monroe.
Nice try, but she died in 1962, a year before Kennedy.
Otherwise, this is what you can do when you cherry pick coincidences from a list of thousands of known facts about two people’s lives.
[Snopes](https://www.snopes.com/history/american/lincoln-kennedy.asp) has a great rebuttal. My favorite part:
> We’re also supposed to be amazed at minor happenstances such as the two men’s being elected exactly one hundred years apart, but we’re supposed to think nothing of the numerous non-coincidences: Lincoln was born in 1809; Kennedy was born in 1917. Lincoln died in 1865; Kennedy died in 1963. Lincoln was 56 years old at the time of his death; Kennedy was 46 years old when he died. Lincoln was shot in April; Kennedy was assassinated in November. Lincoln was killed on the 14th day of the month, Kennedy on the 22nd. Also unmentioned is the fact that Lincoln was re-elected to a second term as President, but Kennedy was killed before the completion of his first term. No striking coincidences or convenient hundred-year spans in any of those facts.
65STDs: Fixed- A week before Kennedy was shot, he was in Marilyn Monroe.
comedygene: That last line….
I dont think Kennedy ran anywhere. I mean his wife was wearing most of his most important parts.
joeybongsmoker95: How true is this because I’ve seen it once and I was like no way but if this is all true it’s just one of those things where reality is stranger than fiction
abababbb: There’s a whole vsauce video about this and tldr it’s just a coincidence, and an extremely likely one.
victorcaulfield: Is it punny that this is a great illustration of the sharp shooter fallacy?