BUFFALO (WKBW) President John F. Kennedy was one of four US Presidents to be assassinated. And Kennedy's presidency and death draw stunning parallels to another popular president, Abraham Lincoln.
Some call them chance, others a conspiracy theory, but the connections between the presidencies and assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy are historically ironic.
From their election years, exactly one hundred years apart, to the fact that both presidents had a child die while in the White House.
To the oddities of their assassinations; both on a Friday, both by men who went by three names, John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Even the locations draw attention. Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and fled to a warehouse, and Oswald shot Kennedy in a warehouse and fled to a theater. So we took the question to the streets, asking what Western New Yorkers make of all this.
"When you have two great men like that you can't help but look at all of the details. So I think if you were to take other events and pay attention to them to the same level, because JFK, Lincoln, huge people, I think you might be able to see similar things like that," graduate student Henry Garcia said.
"It makes you pause. A lot of people say oh it's just conspiracy theorists, all this sort of stuff. But whether it be that, it be astrological aligning of the planets, just a historical fluke, in and of itself, it's a fascinating conversation to have," history professor Dr. Shiela Aird added.
Everyone that we spoke to called this anniversary a day of remembrance, not putting the focus on the coincidence or conspiracy, but on the life of the President who was lost that day.