Mark Twain’s Unusual Connection To Halley’s Comet

In today's society we celebrate the anniversary of births rather than deaths, but that’s not the case when it comes to prolific writer Mark Twain. In 1909, Twain said in an interview: “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It’s coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.” Sure enough, Mark Twain died on April 21, 1910, the day the comet once again reached its closest approach to the earth. On April 12, Twain was on vacation in Bermuda when he suffered an attack of angina pectoris — an inadequate blood supply to the heart. He returned on a steamer accompanied by his butler. He was carried off the steamer by wheelchair and escorted to the Hudson Rail Line, which took him to his home in Redding, Conn. He remained in bed until April 21, when at 6:15 that evening he died. It turns out that Mark Twain had accurately predicted his own death.