Why she’s unlucky: The only person ever to be hit by a meteorite.
You know you’re really unlucky when you’re the only person in history to get hit by a meteorite. While taking a nap on her couch November 30, 1954, a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house and injured her on the hip. It was the size of a grapefruit. While she was getting public offers of up to $5,000 for the meteorite, the U.S. Airforce immediately came and took the fallen object. However, her husband sued the government and eventually won it back after another fight with the landlord, who wanted it to help pay for the damages caused by the crash landing. After winning the “lucky” rock, no one cared about it anymore and the meteorite was donated to the Alabama Museum of Natural History.
2.) Henry Ziegland
Why he’s unlucky: Killed by a bullet that was lodged in tree for 20 years.
Okay, so meteorites are not your thing and it’s just a crazy coincidence with Ann Hodges, right? Well, try this story. In 1883, Henry Ziegland broke up with his girlfriend. She was so upset about it that she committed suicide. Her brother, enraged about her death and blaming Ziegland for it, did the most reasonable and rational thing he could – he went to kill Ziegland. The brother shot Ziegland and then took his own life. Unfortunately for the brother, the bullet went past Ziegland and ended up lodged in a tree. Lucky, right? Not for Henry. 20 years later, Henry wanted to remove the tree, and since he wasn’t able to do it himself, he used some dynamite. You see where this is going. The explosion caused the bullet in the tree to fly right to Ziegland’s head, killing him instantly.
3.) Violet Jessop
Why she’s unlucky: On board three sinking ships.
Violet Jessop was on board when three ships sank. Not just any ships though. Her first ship was theOlympic in 1911. The ship crashed into a British warship. Jessop’s next stop was a ship you may have heard of – the Titanic. She managed to survive the fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic and moved on to its sister ship, the Britanic. That ship hit a mine and sank off the coast of Greece. Violet Jessop survived all three without a scratch.
4.) Roy Sullivan
Why he’s unlucky: Struck by lightning 7 times.
Roy Sullivan was a park ranger in Virginia that was struck by lightning 7 times between 1942 and 1977. He survived each strike. After a few strikes, Sullivan started carrying a bucket of water around with him to prevent the lightning from following him. Ironically enough, his wife also was struck one time. The chances of being struck by lightning seven times? 22,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (septillion) to one.
5.) Robert Todd Lincoln
Why he’s unlucky: Present/Nearby for three presidential assassinations.
Robert Todd Lincoln was the son of President Abraham Lincoln. When Robert was 21, his father was infamously assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in 1865. While Robert was not at Ford’s Theatre, he was staying at the White House nearby. 16 years later, while serving as President Garfield’s Secretary of War, he was witness to Garfield being gunned down before they were able to get on a train to New Jersey together. Now, you would think Lincoln would become a hermit at this point and avoid anything presidential. But in 1901, President McKinley invited Lincoln to the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Lincoln was not an eyewitness to this assassination, but he certainly was close enough to hear the bullets. Lincoln never attended a presidential function again, except for the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922.
6.) Jason and Jenny Cairns-Lawrence
Why they are unlucky: Tourists during three terrorist attacks.
If this couple is coming to a city near you, it might be wise to leave. The couple was in New York during the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Okay, a lot of people were in New York that day, so what? Well, the couple then was visiting London in 2005 when the underground bombings took place on July 7, the worst terrorist attack in their history. Their vacationing wasn’t done. In 2008, they visited Mumbai. There, they witnessed the worst terrorist attack in India’s history.
7.) Tsutomu Yamaguchi
Why he’s unlucky: He was in Hiroshima AND Nagaski during each bombing.
This may be the worst luck of all (or best luck, depending on your point of view). In history, there has been only two cities that have been destroyed by an atomic bomb. Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in both of those cities and lived to tell about it. He was on business in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 when Hiroshima was attacked. Yamaguchi was blinded temporarily and his eardrums were ruptured. Obviously, Hiroshima was not the place to conduct business so Yamaguchi went back home – to Nagasaki. After just three days, Yamaguchi went back to work.While he was in the process of describing the explosion of Hiroshima to his boss, Nagasaki was attacked. Each time, he was 3 km away from ground zero. Yamaguchi survived both attacks and lived to be 93 years old and died of stomach cancer in 2010. Worst luck of all, or luckiest man alive?