Bin Laden News Comes on Anniversary After ‘Mission Accomplished” and Other Odd Timing

May 2, 2011 12:53am

ABC’s Sara Just and Dan Arnall report: Timing is everything. But what about coincidences of timing?

May 1, 2011 will be noted in the history books as the date President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden was killed.

It is eight years to the day from another significant date in the U.S.’ so-called war on terror.  It was on this date in 2003, that former President George W. Bush delivered a speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, with a large banner announcing “Mission Accomplished” hung over the aircraft carrier.

Bush was announcing what he then called the end of combat operations in Iraq. But the speech was soon followed by an increase in violence from the Iraqi insurgency and many thousands more casualties followed the speech, which was quickly considered a major political misstep.

But the coincidences of timing do not end there. History notes that Adolf Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945, but the news was not announced until May 1 and newspaper headlines did not report his death until May 2nd. 66 years ago to this day.

And finally, today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, where in Israel it is also a federal holiday to commemorate the memories of the six million Jews and six million others killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust. That date was selected to honor the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, where Jews unsuccessfully fought against their Nazi oppressors in Poland.

As Israel follows the Hebrew, or lunar, calendar, the holiday falls on a different date every year. This year Holocaust Remembrance Day is today: May 2.

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