A TITANIC DEJA VU
On a cold April evening the biggest and grandest luxury liner ever built struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank leaving a great many of its passengers dead. The year was 1898, the ship was named the Titan, and it was a fictional novel titled ‘Futility’ by Morgan Robertson.
Fourteen years later on April 14th 1912 the Titanic was torn open by an Iceberg, and suffered a great loss of life because of the lack of lifeboats.
Month of wreck
TITAN: North Atlantic
TITANIC: North Atlantic
TITAN: Iceberg collision, Excessive speed, Too few lifeboats, As few as the law allowed.
TITANIC: Iceberg collision, Excessive speed, Too few lifeboats, As few as Board of Trade regulations permitted
Passengers and Crew
TITAN: 800 ft
Propellers: 3 3
Speed at impact
TITAN: 25 knots
TITANIC: 23 knots
_______________________________________________________________________________________ “REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR”
It was a chilly December morning in 1939 when townsfolk discovered what was believed to be senseless vandalism scrawled in bold letters on the sidewalk leading to the entrance of an elementary school in Indiana. The words spelled out “REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR.”
Locals wrote it off as graffiti and soon forgot about the public defacement. That is until the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor two years later, to the day.
WHEN BOOTH SAVED LINCOLN
In 1863, as the Civil War was raging throughout the country Robert Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was on holiday from Harvard University traveling from New York to Washington D.C. As he stood waiting his turn to purchase his ticket on the wooden train platform he was mobbed by hurried travelers and lost his footing being pressed against the train and falling into the narrow gap between the elevated platform as the steaming train jerked forward. His body was pinned and it looked as though he would be torn limb from limb by the motion of the train when a hand reached down and grabbed him by his jacket collar and roughly tugged him to safety. Startled Robert looked up to thank his rescuer when he recognized the face of Edwin Booth, elder brother to John Wilkes Booth. Edwin was traveling with his close friend John T Ford (owner of Fords Theater) to Richmond Virginia.
Two years later John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln in the balcony of Fords Theater.
LINCOLN AND KENNEDY, A STRANGE PAIR
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 wives lost children while living in the White House.
Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. Both Presidents were shot in the head.
Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy. Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln.
John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839. Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
Both assassins were known by their three names. Both names are comprised of fifteen letters.
Lincoln was shot at the theater named “Ford’s”. Kennedy was shot in a car called “Lincoln – made by Ford Motor Co”.
Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse. Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.
Both John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald were assassinated before their trials
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.
STRANGE BUT TRUE…
Strange Stories Amazing Facts, Readers Digest 1977
Strange World by Frank Edwards 1979
Good Brother, Bad Brother: The story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth by James Cross Giblin 2005