10 Strange and Timely Deaths
1Mark Twain was Born and Died on the Same Day that Halley's Comet Appeared in the Sky
2As Peanuts Ends Charles Shultz Dies
3Founding Father Thomas Jefferson Passed Away on the 4th of July
The third President of the United States and the principal author of the document, Thomas Jefferson, died on the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration's signing. His last words were, "Is it the 4th?" When he was told it was, he passed peacefully.
4John Adams Dies on the Same Day as Thomas Jefferson
From his deathbed on July 4, 1826, fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a frail John Adams' last words were, "Thomas Jefferson still survives." He was mistaken; Jefferson had died five hours earlier.
5Man Whose Birth was Featured in the First Issue of Life Dies when the Magazine Ceases Publication
By March 2000, Life magazine announced that it was printing its last issue. George Story died of heart failure a mere month after Life magazine's demise. The last issue was aptly titled "A Life Ends."
6Composer's Fear of the Number 13 Kills Him on the 13th of July
During his 76th year, Shoenberg was reminded by an astrologer that the numbers 7+6 added up to 13. Fraught with anxiety on July 13, 1951, he stayed in bed all day crippled by fear and depression. As the clock approached midnight his wife entered the room to scold him for wasting the day. She said, "About a quarter to midnight I looked at the clock and said to myself: another quarter of an hour and then the worst is over. Then the doctor called me. Arnold's throat rattled twice, his heart gave a powerful beat and that was the end." His superstitious nature likely caused his death, which was reportedly of unknown causes.
7Baritone Opera Star Dies on Stage While Singing about Death
8General Who was Killed by Sniper Fire while Mocking Sharpshooters
9Widow Dies 56 Years After Her Husband on the Same Day
Margarete and Renate made the trip annually to leave flowers on his grave, but on July 29, 2013, they were struck by another car. Renate suffered only minor injuries, but her mother was not so lucky. Margarete was killed 56 years to the day after Emil passed.
No charges were filed against the other driver, as Renate explained, "Dad was killed in an accident and, for mum to be taken in an accident, it was clearly God's plan....it's such a 'God moment', and why I know He did that, because there's no other explanation."
10Identical Twins Die on the Same Road, on the Same Day, a Mile Apart from Each Other
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