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I guess it's safe to assume that more than 365 bad things have happened in history, so some of them are bound to have fallen on the same day of the year.
Amazing coincidence.
Pick a date - any date!
yes Jim
and whilst you were doing advanced quantum mechanics ( suitable for 5 y olds) at primary school

the rest of us were doing the old question of how many people do you need in a room before two have the same birthdays
and isnt the answer 6 with a chance of 1 in 2 ?

the first is one - the second is 364/365 different - the third with all three different is 364x363 / 365x 365
and the fraction generated goes down to 1/2 after five or six iterations

FF will know - he teaches A level maff
I asked on another thread
if the first of notre dame had been predicted in the Book of Apocalypse.
Clearly the answer for some is - -- 'yes'
23, not six, but whatever.
my fundamental arith was never very good
23 seems high - it used to be a victorian party trick ....
// Continues To Live In Infamy.//

if anyone thinks: hey I heard dat before
you did - FDR's speech on the Japanese attack on Pearl harbour. 1941

(yeah even I thought - good god - - what?)
and of course the carry on film - julius cheezer
( even more good god - what)
I think it's human to look for patterns, in our family the bogeyman date is April 5th, because several things have happened on that date and some of them have negative connotations ( some have positive ones too - it just crops up a lot) but I think we now search for it and notice it more.
People will find what they wish to seek.

The law of attraction. If you look for the number (or date) 15/4 then you will find it.
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Peter Pedant

FDR's speech on the Japanese attack on Pearl harbour. 1941
I remember it well.

The other one was from Carry on Cleo.

"Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!"

Do they mean you, Peter?
Pearl Harbor of course was Dec 7.
If you think Apr 15 is bad just look at some of the stuff Apr 16 has brought:
2014: S Korean ferry disaster kills 304
2013: Baga massacre by Boko
Haram militants
2007: the Virginia Tech shooting: 32 fatally shot by lone gunman
1947: 600 die in the port of Texas City which catches fire after a freighter goes up in flame
1945: 7000 German refugees die when their vessel is torpedoes by a Soviet submarine
According to Wikipedia
// The other one was from Carry on Cleo. "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!" Do they mean you, Peter? //

they certainly think I have it in for them - but I dont, I DON'T
I will mercilessly ridicule stupidity wherever I find it - not only them.

I agree with the poster who says that it is natural for the brain to look for patterns. and there is trouble when it identifies a pattern which is in fact random.

in terms of the fire
what would have happened if St pauls had gone up in flames in 1940? Nothing?
when Under den Linden was flattened ( keine linden etc) they Berliners didnt say - mein gott we haff lost the war
and the frauen kirke in Dresden 1945

My father as a POW doctor attended a burnt German child and the mother ( mutter I suppose ) had a look of resigned acceptance but of course even then Jan 1945 no one knew the war was about to end

Unter den Linden is a boulevard not a building so it was (and still is ) flat .
Under den linden was the main drag where all the ministries were.
The ministries were flattened in the bombing of Berlin. [sort of like whitehall - there is no point in saying whitehall wasnt bombed cozzitsa street in central london - they must have bombed something else)

The Dolmetsch guide who were guiding the POWs around berlin ( in their allied uniforms, every one was in uniform and they werent lynched) - pointed to the navy ministry and mused
"The archives ended up in London in 1918 - i wonder where they will end up this time."
and the answer is .... mid west america - I saw them referenced a few years ago
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Peter Padant
/// what would have happened if St pauls had gone up in flames in 1940? Nothing? ///

Exactly and I can't remember the French or anyone else if it comes to that, giving us any money when York Minister was ravaged by fire, why all this sympathy over their Notre Dame, when the French hate us?

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