Historical Notes: A Compendium of Curious Coincidences

Wherever collectors of odd facts congregate these days, the conversation almost invariably turns to the uncanny parallels in the lives—and deaths—of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. How ever it started, it has added up to a compendium of curious coincidences. Last week even the G.O.P. Congressional Committee Newsletter, with a circulation among 15,000 Republicans, joined in the game with its own list. There were no political motives, explained Newsletter Editor Edward Neff. "We just thought of them as interesting." Among the fascinating facts:

Lincoln was elected in 1860, Kennedy in 1960. Both were deeply involved in the civil rights...

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