Beginning in 1840 and continuing through 1960 before the assassination of John F. Kennedy, presidents elected in every consecutive 20-year
administration had died in office.
After narrowly escaping death following an assassination attempt in 1981, Ronald Reagan -- who lived to become the oldest U.S. president -- was the
first to defy that disturbing trend.
He did have an attempt on his life, though.
As legend goes, this so-called '20-year curse' was supposedly cast by an unknown Indian chief. Others have attributed the phenomenon to astrology,
But this coincidence spanning the course of a century was difficult to dismiss.
It started with the death of former president William Henry Harrison, who died of pneumonia after being elected in 1840. Next, it was the
assassination of Abraham Lincoln after his 1860 election, followed by the assassination of James Garfield who took office in 1880.
The 'jinx' carried well into the 20th century with the assassination of William McKinley, who was elected in 1900. Then there were Presidents Warren
Harding and Franklin Roosevelt who died in office, elected in 1920 and 1940, respectively.
Finally, there was Kennedy -- the youngest president -- murdered on Nov. 22, 1963.
That makes seven of the eight presidents who died in office being elected in the 20-year cycle.
President George W. Bush was also elected in that cycle when he became the 43rd commander in chief.
Lets pray he the curse works this time!!
[edit on 11-6-2004 by fortean]