But are they really coincidences?
What’s the weather look like?
Twice in seven years, the Mongols would have almost certainly conquered Japan, but each time the invading fleet was turned back by a typhoon. (relapsed_teletubby)
Also, during world war II, plans were drawn up for an invasion of japan if the nukes didn’t work to make them surrender. On the day that the invasion would have happened, there was a massive typhoon that decimated the landing areas. (mashington14)
It’s like raiiiiiiiinnnnn
On your invasion day (ExileOnMeanStreet)
A Family Affair
112 people died during a construction of Hoover Dam. The first was J. G. Tierney, a surveyor who drowned on December 20, 1922, while looking for an ideal spot for the dam. His son, Patrick W. Tierney, was the last man to die working on the dam, 13 years to the day later, in 1935. (ColoradoSheriff)
I read about this one in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not book when I was in elementary school and thought it was pretty neat. I guess it happened a little too recently to be considered part of history, but it’s interesting nonetheless so I thought I’d share it.
“The stories of identical twins’ nearly identical lives are often astonishing, but perhaps none more so than those of these identical twins born in Ohio. The twin boys were separated at birth, being adopted by different families. Unknown to each other, both families named the boys Jim. And here the coincidences just begun. Both James grew up not even knowing of the other, yet both sought law-enforcement training, both had abilities in mechanical drawing and carpentry, and each had married women named Linda. They both had sons whom one named James Alan and the other named James Allan. The twin brothers also divorced their wives and married other women – both named Betty. And they both owned dogs which they named Toy. Jim Lewis and Jim Springer finally met on February 9, 1979 after 39 years of being separated.” (importrandom)