Obit of the Day: Dead Together
November 22, 1963
Aldous Huxley - The British author died on November 22, 1963 at the age of 69. Huxley was best known for his dystopian novel Brave New World published in 1932. The novel has been ranked as the one of the top 100 English language novels of all-time (the highest ranking was #5 by Modern Library). Huxley was also a teacher at Eton where his pupil included Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell.
C.S. Lewis - Christian apologist and novelist C.S. Lewis also passed away on November 22, 1963. He was one week shy of his 65th birthday. A professor at both Cambridge and Oxford, where he developed a legendary friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis’ best known novels are the seven-book Chronicles of Narnia (1949-1954) and The Screwtape Letters (1942). His non-fiction works of note include Mere Christianity (1952), The Great Divorce (1945) and his memoir Surprised by Joy (1955). On November 22, 2013 he will be honored with a memorial in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey.
John F. Kennedy - The youngest President of the United States elected to office, Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. He was 46 years old. Kennedy was the first U.S. president born in the 20th century and the only one to win a Pulitzer Prize, for his work Profiles in Courage (1957). Although the basis of innumerable conspiracy theories and research, most historians agree that Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed Kennedy. Kennedy is fourth and last president of the United States to be assassinated. Presidents Lincoln (1865), Garfield (1881), and McKinley (1901) are the others.
The three men died within 1:40 of each other: Huxley, approximately 5:20 pm GMT/11:20 am CST; Lewis, a little after 5:30 pm GMT/11:30 am CST; and Kennedy at 1:00 pm CST/7:00 pm GMT.
In 1982, Peter Kreeft published a novel that proposed a discussion between the three men about Christianity. The book, Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, & Aldous Huxley, was born from the coincidence of all three men dying on the same day.
(Images: top, President John F. Kennedy courtesy of vincentisms.blogspot.com; bottom left, C.S. Lews, courtesy of wikimedia.com; bottom right, Aldous Huxley, courtesy of crikey.com.au)