Four Crazy Coincidences From History

What are the chances?

Jacob Wilkins
Lessons from History


A painting of William Shakespeare by John Taylor, 1610 (Wikimedia Commons)

We all experience coincidences in our day-to-day lives, and most of the time, we dismiss them without much thought.

But some coincidences have been so bizarre that they’ve earned a place in the history books.

From unsettling predictions to cursed plays, here are four crazy coincidences from history.

1. The Man Who Predicted the Sinking of the Titanic

A photograph of the Titanic by Francis Godolphin Osbourne Stuart, 1912 (Wikimedia Commons)

The sinking of the Titanic is one of the most famous events of the twentieth century. We’re all familiar with this tragic tale, but you probably don’t know about Morgan Robertson’s The Wreck of the Titan (1898).

Published fourteen years before the sinking of the Titanic, Robertson’s novella — which was originally called Futility — features a British ship called the Titan that sinks into the ocean after crashing into an iceberg.

And the comparisons don’t stop there.

In Robertson’s story, the Titan is made of steel and has three propellers and two masts — just like the Titanic. Robertson’s fictional vessel is also described…