We like to think we know our presidential history pretty well. The assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, for instance, are well-known, possibly because they’re so tragic. But we bet you didn’t know they’re so closely connected.

If you’ve never examined the coincidences side by side, get ready to be shocked. Here’s a jaw-dropping look at the similarities between the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln.

1. Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

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2. Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

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3. Both men were killed by a shot to the head.

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4. John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839. Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939.

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5. Both assassins were known by three names.

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6. Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse. Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.

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7. Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

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8. Both Lincoln and JFK’s successors were named Johnson, and were born exactly 100 years apart.

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9. Kennedy had a secretary named Mrs. Lincoln and Lincoln had a secretary named John Kennedy.

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10. Both men were elected to the presidency in the year ’60.

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11. After both assassinations, witnesses claimed the shots were fired from a different location than where the shooters were stationed.

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12. Each had been elected to Congress in the year ’47 and were vice-presidential runners-up in the year ’56.

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13. Both Kennedy and Lincoln were with another couple at the time of the shooting, and in each case that man was also wounded by the assassin.

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14. Both men married 24-year-old women who spoke French fluently.

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15. Both men were shot on the Friday before a major holiday. 

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These coincidences don’t point to any particular conspiracy, but they do make you wonder. Who knows what other similarities might be revealed as time goes on?

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