Here are three ruling figures who passed on in bathroom-related incidents:
1. Uesugi Kenshin, a powerful Japanese warlord of the 16th century, was purportedly killed by a ninja assassin laying in wait in the cesspool beneath his latrine.
2. Catherine the Great, the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, died in 1796, after suffering a stroke and collapsing while on the toilet.
3. Elvis Presley (the King of Rock and Roll,) one of the most influential singers of the 20th century, was discovered unresponsive near the toilet on his bathroom floor on August 16th, 1977.
I thought RegularJOE would be interested to know that the historical figure he played in Lincoln can be connected to three presidential assassinations.
*In 1865, Robert Todd Lincoln was near Ford's Theatre when Abraham Lincoln was shot and rushed to his father's side to say his goodbyes.
*In 1881, he was an eyewitness to the assassination of James Garfield at the Sixth Street Station in Washington, DC. Lincoln was Garfield's Secretary of War at the time.
*In 1901, Lincoln was present at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, when William McKinley was assassinated.
Lincoln turned down a subsequent invitation to attend a presidential event, saying, "No, I'm not going, and they'd better not ask me, because there is a certain fatality about presidential functions when I am present."
In another strange turn of events, the brother of the man who killed Abraham Lincoln saved Robert Todd Lincoln's life. Around 1864-65, Robert nearly fell off a train platform when Edwin Booth reached out his hand and pulled him up to safety.
I learned these and other strange facts about the presidential assassinations from Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. The book gives a humorous history lesson on an otherwise somber subject.
WRITERS: Write examples of History Repeating Itself for each of THESE THEMES.