Strange Coincidences Throughout History
Everyone has experienced coincidences, but there are some really interesting (and freaky) coincidences throughout history. Here are a few that I found online. However, know that several of these are hearsay, so their validity is not always verified.
- In 1965, Alice Blaise saved a 4-yr-old named Roger Lausier from drowning at a beach. 9 years later, the boy saved a man at the same beach. It was Alice’s husband.
- On July 28, 1900, King Umberto I of Italy went to a small restaurant in Monza and discovered that the owner looked just like him. When they talked, they found other similarities:
- They were both named Umberto
- They were both married to a woman named Margherita, and they both were married on April 22, 1868.
- Both had a son named Vittorio
- They were both born in Turin on March 14, 1844.
- The restaurant opened the same day King Umberto was crowned King of Italy.
- The day after they talked, King Umberto found out that the restaurant owner got shot and killed earlier in the day. As the king expressed his regret, an anarchist in the crowd assassinated him.
- In 1973, Anthony Hopkins got the starring role in George Feifer’s The Girl from Petrovka. To research his role, he tried to find the book of the same name. After searching through several bookstores throughout London, he couldn’t find one.He gave up and headed home. On his way, he saw an abandoned book sitting on a park bench. It was The Girl from Petrovka. Two years later when he was filming, the director, George Feifer, told Hopkins that he didn’t have a copy of the book because he had loaned his copy to a friend in London, who lost it. The book had all of Feifer’s annotations in it. Hopkins pulled out his copy and said “This one?”. It was Feifer’s book.
- Napoleon and Hitler were born 129 years apart. They both came to power 129 years apart. They both declared war on Russia 129 years apart. And they were both defeated 129 years apart.
- On June 20, 1940, Soviet archaeologists uncovered the tomb of Tamerlane, who was a descendant of Genghis Khan. They found a warning inscription that read “Whoever opens my tomb will unleash an invader more terrible than I”. They opened it anyway. Germany invaded the Soviet Union two days later.
- One man vowed revenge against Henry Ziegland, the man who’d broken his sister’s heart. His sister committed suicide as a result. The man shot at Ziegland but missed, and the bullet lodged in a nearby tree. Years later, Henry was clearing that same land and used dynamite to remove the tree. The bullet was dislodged with considerable force, struck Ziegland, and killed him.
- Edgar Allen Poe’s novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, tells of an ill-fated Antarctic voyage. In the book, four shipwrecked survivors are drifting on a raft when they decide to eat the cabin boy, Richard Parker, to survive. In 1884, a ship called the Mignonette sank, leaving four survivors. They, too, decided to cannibalize the cabin boy to survive. The cabin boy’s name? Richard Parker.
Why Do Coincidences Happen?
There are several prominent theories about why coincidences happen and what their significances are.
In a broad sense, there are two groups of people. One group says coincidences are just bound to happen based on statistics and probability, and that they mean nothing.
The other group tends to think there is more to life than what we normally think of. For example, there may be a higher power or energy that we don’t yet understand fully, and this power intersects with our lives and may be responsible for coincidences. These people may or may not believe that there are meaning and significance to coincidences.
Famous people from the first group include:
- Austrian Biologist Paul Kammerer wrote a book detailing over 100 coincidences. He came up with the “Law of Seriality” and said that coincidences are just the visible parts of larger moving entities of organized information. In other words, they are just expected occurrences of natural law.
- Mathematician Joseph Mazur: Wrote a book called Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence where he examines the statistical probability of coincidences.
People from the second group include:
- Carl Jung. He wrote a book called Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle. He believed that there was meaning in coincidences and that they serve as a bridge between the conscious and subconscious. He said that universal forces align with people’s life experiences. You can read his book here.
- The group of leaders showcased in the movie “The Secret” talks extensively about how your thoughts send out vibrations of energy that bring experiences to you. They talk about a higher energy that intervenes in your life. You can get that movie here.
- Deepak Chopra. In his own words,
“I do not believe in meaningless coincidences. I believe every coincidence is a message, a clue about a particular facet of our lives that requires our attention”.