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  1. #1 Election coincidences 
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    Nov 2009
    Thought these were some odd coincidences:

    -Every President of the 20th century first elected in a year ending in 8 either lost re-election, declined to run, or served less than two elected terms.

    1908: William H. Taft elected--Defeated in 1912
    1928: Herbert Hoover elected--defeated in 1932
    1948: Harry S. Truman elected, lost in the primaries and declined to run in 1952. He served nearly 4 years of FDR's term, but wasn't elected President in 1944; Thus, he did not complete two full elected terms.
    1968: Richard M Nixon -- re-elected in 1972, but resigned in 1974, thus he did not complete two full elected terms.
    1988: George H.W. Bush elected; he loses in 1992

    Now in every year ending in 4 in the 20th and 21st century, the incumbent President won, and half of those incumbents were in office only due to the death of the President before them:

    1904: Teddy Roosevelt elected; incumbent due to assassination of McKinley
    1924: Calvin Coolige elected; incumbent due to death of President Harding
    1944: FDR re-elected
    1964: Lyndon Johnson elected; Incumbent due to the assassination of JFK.
    1984: Ronald Reagan re-elected
    2004: George W. Bush re-elected

    Two years ending in 6 were won by narrow margins; two other years ending in 6 were landslides:

    1916: Woodrow Wilson--Barely re-elected, getting only 49.2% of the popular vote
    1936: Franklin Roosevelt re-elected in a landslide, winning 60.8% of the popular vote.
    1956: Dwight D. Eisenhower re-elected in a landslide, winning 57.4% of the popular vote
    1976: Jimmy Carter barely elected, warning 50.1% of the popular vote
    1996: Bill Clinton barely re-elected, winning only 49.2% of the popular vote

    Every President elected or re-elected in a year ending in 0 has either died in office, nearly died in office, or had a national catastrophe or embarrassment happen under their watch:

    1900: McKinley re-elected; killed in the fall of 1901
    1920: William G. Harding elected, dies in the Summer of 1923.
    1940: FDR re-elected; Pearl Harbor occurs in the Winter of 1941; Dies Spring 1945
    1960: JFK elected; Bay of Pigs fiasco in Spring 1961, killed in the Fall 1963
    1980: Reagan elected; nearly killed in 1980; Beirut bombing in 1983.
    2000: Bush elected, 9/11 occurs in the fall of 2001; Is nearly assassinated in Spring 2005.

    Every President elected in a year ending in 2 in the 20th century won re-election:

    1912: Woodrow Wilson elected; re-elected in 1916.
    1932: FDR elected; re-elected in 1936
    1952: Dwight Eisenhower elected; re-elected in 1956.
    1972: Richard Nixon re-elected in 1972.
    1992: Bill Clinton elected; wins re-election in 1996.
    Last edited by CaughtintheMiddle1990; 05-09-2011 at 04:23 AM.
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