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Mark Twain, Born and Died with Halley’s Comet

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One of the greatest authors who has ever lived, Mark Twain, was born and died during Halley’s comet years. This is a pretty freakish coincidence, but it’s not the kind of thing that hasn’t happened before. Furthermore, Mark Twain predicted his own passing while the comet was once again passing Earth. Now that itself is worth mentioning.

When you think about the chances of something so rare happening it kind of makes people stand up and pay attention. Just think about it for a moment. Halley’s comet passes Earth about once every 76 years. Mark Twain was born in the same year that it went by us, 1835, entering this world shortly after it had passed. That in itself isn’t such remarkable coincidence, he would have been but one of millions of babies born that year. Fast forward almost 76 years to 1910.  Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens, departed this life by way of a heart attack, just one day after the comet appeared as its brightest.

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