But are they really coincidences?
Life is full of tiny coincidences. But needless to say, some are much, much bigger than others.
Do you believe in coincidence? Or are you more fatalistic? Sometimes, looking back through the past, we can see that history becomes even more rich and even theatrical when events both small and large are intertwined in a way no one can explain.
From happy coincidences that made an event more memorable to devastating, unlikely situations that ended in a way nobody could have predicted, these wild historical coincidences are simply too amazing.
To be late is to be alive
When a Nebraska church exploded in 1950, not one of the fifteen people who were supposed to be there for choir practice was injured because
every member of the choir was late arriving for practice that evening.
Choir Practice usually began at 7:20pm. At 7:25pm, the church exploded. Here’s what happened to the people: The Reverend lit the church furnace sometime in the afternoon and went home for dinner. At 7:10 he was getting ready to go back with this wife and daughter, but his daughter had a soiled dress. They were delayed while the mother ironed another dress.
Ladona Vandergrift, a high school sophomore, was having trouble with a geometry problem. She knew practice began promptly and always came early. But she stayed to finish the problem. Royena Estes was ready, but the car would not start. So she and her sister called Ladona Vandergrift, and asked her to pick them up. But Ladona was the girl with the geometry problem, and the Estes sisters had to wait.. Sadie Estes’ story was the same as Royena’s. All day they had been having trouble with the car; it just refused to start.
Mrs. Leonard Schuster would ordinarily have arrived at 7:20 with her small daughter Susan. But on this particular evening, Mrs. Schuster had to go to her mother’s house to help her get ready for a missionary meeting. Herbert Kipf, lathe operator, would have been ahead of time but had put off an important letter. “I can’t think why,” he said. He lingered over it and was late.
It was a cold evening. Stenographer Joyce Black, feeling “just plain lazy,” stayed in her warm house until the last possible moment. She was almost ready to leave when it happened.
Because his wife was away, Machinist Harvey Ahl was taking care of his two boys. He was going to take them to practice with him, but somehow he got wound up talking. When he looked at his watch, he saw he was already late. Marilyn Paul, the pianist, had planned to arrive half an hour early. However, she fell asleep after dinner, and when her mother awakened her at 7:15, she had time only to tidy up and start out.
Mrs. F.E. Paul, choir director and mother of the pianist, was late simply because her daughter was. She had tried unsuccessfully to awaken the girl earlier.
High school girls Lucille Jones and Dorothy Wood are neighbors and customarily go to practice together. Lucille was listening to a 7-to-7:30 radio program and broke her habit of promptness because she wanted to hear the end. Dorothy waited for her. [deleted user]
Burn Baby Burn
The patent for the fire [hydrant] was unfortunately destroyed in a fire (watermouse01)
The Unsinkable Sailor
The three Olympic-class ocean liners were each involved in accidents: RMS Olympic was damaged in a collision with HMS Hawke, RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, and HMHS Britannic struck an underwater mine during World War I and sank. [Violet Jessop] survived all three accidents. (PopeInnocentXIV)
Crazy quote from the wiki article: “She had also made sure to grab her toothbrush before leaving her cabin on the Britannic, saying later that it was the one thing she missed most immediately following the sinking of the Titanic.” Good thinking! (aabowman)
‘Not this sh*t again! Well, at least this time I’m gonna save my toothbrush.’ (green_mekiar)