Now that the hustle and bustle and the tax free TV programs that interrupted our favorite programs or ball games or newscasts or parties for candidates or whatever, are over, we can sit down and celebrate the end of two years of intensive politics.
The following is not new — it’s so old no one remembers the persons who did the research in the first place, which has given us some very interesting coincidences that have happened to presidents past and still with us:
What has happened to presidents elected in years ending in zero (which happens at twenty-year intervals — 2020 next time):
1840 William Henry Harrison died in office
1860 Abraham Lincoln assassinated
1880 James Garfield assassinated
1900 William McKinley assassinated
1920 Warren G. Harding died in office
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office
1960 John F. Kennedy assassinated
1980 Ronald Reagan survived attempted assassination (Remember the two candidates fighting it out in the courts to be elected that year?) Are these really just coincidences?
Abraham Lincoln elected to Congress in 1846
John F. Kennedy elected to Congress in 1946
Abraham Lincoln elected President in 1860 (had children die while living in the White House)
John F. Kennedy elected President in 1960 (had children die while living in the White House)
Abraham Lincoln shot in the head on a Friday
John F. Kennedy shot in the head on a Friday
Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy
Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln
Both men were assassinated by southerners and succeeded by southerners, and named Johnson
Andrew Johnson, successor to Lincoln, was born in 1808
Lyndon Johnson, successor to Kennedy, was born in 1908
John Wilkes Booth, born in 1839, assassinated Lincoln
One week before Kennedy was shot he was with Marilyn Monroe.
Makes one wonder why anyone wants the job.