It has often been noted that the past events of history are often repeated many years later. But this old saying has never been more dramatically borne out than in the striking similarities found in the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.
Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860, John Kennedy was elected just a century later, in 1960.
Lincoln was warned not to attend Ford’s Theater on the night he was shot; Kennedy was warned not to visit Dallas.
Both men were shot on a Friday, in public view, while sitting happily and at ease beside their wives. Both were shot from behind, the fatal bullet in each case entering the back of the head.
The men who succeeded Lincoln and Kennedy to the presidency were both named Johnson. Andrew Johnson was born in 1808, Lyndon Baines Johnson was born in 1908. Lyndon Johnson was a Democrat, a Southerner, and a former Senator, and so was Andrew Johnson.
John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and was later found in a tobacco storage barn (warehouse); Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a book storage warehouse and was found in a movie theater.
Both assassins were shot down before they could be brought to trial.
The four panels of a door in your home have in relief the sign of the Cross. This is no accident. The Woodcraftsmen’s Guild in England in the Middle Ages took as their motto the words of Christ, “I am the Door.” Then they wrought in each door the sign of the Cross. It is a beautiful pattern, suiting both the hand and the eye.
Until about the year 1100, most people in Europe had only one name. With population increasing it became difficult to distinguish among people, so surnames were added. These came from four primary sources: a man’s occupation, such as John Cook, or Miller; location, such as John Overhill or Brook; patronymical, such as John’s son (Johnson); and characteristics, such as John Small, Short, Longfellow, and so forth.
In addition to the need for identification, one occupation had to go a step further: the fighting men. In the Middle Ages combatants wore heavy suits of armor which made them unrecognizable. To prevent friend from fighting friend, each knight identified himself by painting a colorful design on his armor. In this manner was born the family coat of arms.