It was on this day in 1963 that Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was shot by Jack Ruby at the Dallas Police Station in front of the flash of media cameras. While the Warren Commission claimed that Oswald acted alone, conspiracy theories later appeared suggesting that others could have been involved like the Mafia or the CIA (see my post titled "Welcome to Dallas, Mr. Kennedy" dated November 22, 2011). Others have suggested that Lincoln's assassination might have also been a conspiracy. Here are several similarities between the two Presidents.
|Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846||Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946|
|He was elected President in 1860||He was elected President in 1960|
|His wife lost a child while living in the White House||His wife lost a child while living in the White House|
|He was directly concerned with Civil Rights||He was directly concerned with Civil Rights|
|Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy who told him not to go to the theater *1||Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln who told him not to go to Dallas *2|
|Lincoln was shot in the back of the head in the presence of his wife||Kennedy was shot in the back of the head in the presence of his wife|
|Lincoln shot in the Ford Theatre||Kennedy shot in a Lincoln, made by Ford|
|He was shot on a Friday||He was shot on a Friday|
|The assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was known by three names, comprised of fifteen letters||The assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was known by three names, comprised of fifteen letters|
|Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and fled to a warehouse *3||Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and fled to a theater|
|Booth was killed before being brought to trial||Oswald was killed before being brought to trial|
|There were theories that Booth was part of a greater conspiracy||There were theories that Oswald was part of a greater conspiracy|
|Lincoln's successor was Andrew Johnson, born in 1808||Kennedy's successor was Lyndon Johnson, born in 1908|
Furthermore, both were assassinated by Southerners. The male companion of the couple that accompanied them was wounded by the assassin. Both presidents married a 24 year old woman with dark hair. Both stood over 6 feet tall. Both presidents had a lazy eye. Both men suffered from genetic diseases (Lincoln had Marfan's Disease while Kennedy had Addison's Disease). Both served in the military (Lincoln in the Black Hawk War, Kennedy in World War II). Both men held jobs as boat captains (Lincoln on a Mississippi Riverboat, Kennedy on the PT-109).
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