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Historical Coincidences that will blow your mind

You know how sometimes something out of the ordinary happens and you think “Wow! What a coincidence!”. And then we move on from that incident. However, such coincidences happen very often and history bear witness to this randomness of the universe.

Here are some historical coincidences that will blow your mind.

#1. An identity crisis

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During World War I, the British passenger ship RMS Carmania was converted into a battleship by the army. To escape enemy fire, it was disguised to look like SMS Trafalgar, a German ship. However, the Carmania sank a German ship in 1914 off the Brazilian coast. This sunken ship was the Trafalgar which had been disguised to look like the Carmania, the British ship.

#2. Chelyabinsk Meteor and 2012 DA14

Here’s how two very rare events occurred one after the other. On February 15, 2013, an asteroid known as Chelyabinsk Meteor entered the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded in Ural region of Russia. This event became the largest known airburst since 1908 that caused a light brighter than the sun and sent a shockwave that was experienced by the entire region. It caused a large scale destruction to property and human lives. This was in fact the first time an asteroid had caused human loss.

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Just 16 hours after the incident, another asteroid named 2012 DA14 came within the range of 27,700 Km of the earth’s surface. This was another rare occurrence. What’s interesting is that both these asteroids have completely different orbits and yet came so close to earth within a day.

#3. Lucky or unlucky?

Violet Jessop seems to have survived it all. Let us tell you why. She was aboard the HMS Olympic as a nurse and stewardess when it had a collision with the HMS Hawke. She was also on the HMS Britannic when it struck a mine. And she was also aboard the unsinkable RMS Titanic when it hit an iceberg and sank. What’s more interesting is that these three ships were sister ships and Jessop survived all there that earned her the nickname “Miss Unsinkable”. Now you decide whether she was lucky or otherwise!

#4. Instant death strikes

Once South African astronomer Danie du Toit was giving a lecture on how death can strike anyone at any point of time. When he had finished, he popped a mint in his mouth. But maybe the universe took his words too seriously as the mint slid into the back of his throat causing him to choke and die.

#5. The case of 129 years

So there is some connection between Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler. Both of them were born 129 years apart. Hitler rose to power exactly 129 years after Napoleon. He even invaded Russia 129 years after Napoleon had done. Moreover, Hitler was defeated 129 years after the defeat of Napoleon.  If that isn’t one weird coincident, we don’t know what is!

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