C.S. Lewis Died One Hour Before JFK

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November 22, 1963 is a day that many people remember. The assassination of US President John F. Kennedy overshadowed everything else that happened that day, including the deaths of two famous authors — C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley. In fact, Lewis’ obituary was not published in The New York Times until November 25th. Lewis died of renal failure in his home in Oxford an hour before Kennedy was shot in Dallas, TX.

Although at the time very few people knew these three men died the same day, the strange coincidence eventually became known. In 1982, author Peter Kreeft wrote Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley. The book explores the idea of Kennedy, Lewis, and Huxley meeting after death and discussing philosophy.

10 Responses

  1. Katie Hart says:

    I also find it intriguing that the day after Lewis’ passing, the very first episode of Doctor Who aired. Narnia and Doctor Who have shaped my fantastical worldview so much, and there are quite a few similarities – bigger on the inside, ordinary people caught up in otherworldly conflicts, messing with time. I watched the old BBC Narnia movies many years before I started watching Doctor Who, so it was a while before I realized another connection – Puddleglum was played by none other than the legendary 4th Doctor portrayer, Tom Baker!

    • coracle says:

      There is a lighthearted theory which suggests that Lewis was actually the Doctor, and regenerated into the man known as the “first Doctor”.
      As for Puddleglum, we loved having a Doctor play him; we also wished that nice thin Matt Smith or David Tennant could play him in the (cancelled) movie.
      Perhaps Netflix?

  2. Cleander says:

    Wow! I was aware they died the same day but had no idea it was only an hour apart- nor that Aldous Huxley also passed that day.
    Thanks for sharing! These fact posts are always interesting.

  3. Andy Harrelson says:

    Crazy how life works. Shame they had to die so soon, but I’m glad they all at least lived a fulfilling life, and that they’re in a better place.

  4. A sequel to Charles Swickard’s 1916 film The Three Musketeers.

    Orrin Johnson – D’Artagnan.
    Alfred Hollingsworth – Athos.
    Claude N. Mortensen – Aramis.
    Edward Kenny – Porthos.
    Jennifer Tilly – Oliver Cromwell.
    Emma Watson – Charles 1.
    Brittany Daniel – Duke de Beaufort.
    Juliette Marshall – Cardinal Mazarin.
    Dorothy Dalton – Anne of Austria.
    Arthur Maude – Comte de Rochefort.
    Faustina Kowalska – King Louis XIV a female version.
    Bernadette Soubirous – Mordaunt.
    Therese of Lisieux – Raoul.

    • 104 Years Ago the very first movie came out in history so I wanted to create the fan casting for the sequel that would be so cool for you guys would see why I made up a fan casting because I did that for the memory for those who are dead god rest their soles.

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