25 Historical Coincidences That Are So Weird, They’ll Make Your Head Spin

Do you believe in coincidences?

Or do you believe there’s some larger, possibly nefarious mechanism at work making weird things happen the way they do? Whether you believe in fate or in random occurrences, here are 25 of the strangest coincidences to have happened throughout history.

1. He wasn’t kidding.

On June 20, 1940, Soviet archaeologists uncovered the tomb of Tamerlane, a descendent of Genghis Khan. A warning inscription read “Whoever opens my tomb will unleash an invader more terrible than I.” They opened it anyway. Germany invaded the Soviet Union two days later.

2. Musical neighbors

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If not for the 200-year difference, Jimi Hendrix and George Handel would have been neighbors. They lived at 23 and 25 Brook Street, respectively, in London.

3. We wonder what their insurance was like.

There were only two cars in the state of Ohio in 1895. They ran into each other. Then there were no cars.

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4. Maybe there’s something in the water.

Stalin, Hitler, and Franz Josef, who are collectively responsible for about 80 million deaths, all lived in Vienna at the same time.

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5. These twins separated at birth led weirdly similar lives.

Man, twins are weird! Separated at birth, a set of twins from Ohio each grew up knowing nothing of the other’s existence. They were both named James on their adoptions (which might be a weirder coincidence of their respective families), both grew up to be police officers and marry women named Linda. They each had a son, one named James Alan and one named James Allan. They also each had a dog named Toy. They both got divorced, but later each remarried women named Betty.