The Zero Year Curse by Sherri D., Contributing Guest Writer

Note: We are not sure what year Sherri submitted this, but we thought it was an interesting enough read, to repost on the new Mystical Universe site.

‘The Zero Year Curse’

Just when you thought you could peek out from behind the “dangling chads” after the most contested Presidential election of all time, another aspect of the election appears. It’s known to some as the “Zero Year Curse” and others as “Tecumseh’s Curse.”
In a nutshell, the curse proclaims that every President elected in a year ending in zero, will die before leaving office. Up until Reagan, it has rung eerily true.

The “curse,” placed by either Tecumseh or his brother The Prophet (Tenskwatama), was against then Governor of the Indiana Territory, William Henry Harrison, sometime following the Battle of Tippecanoe, in 1811.

The Battle of Tippecanoe was instigated by The Prophet, while Tecumseh was on a trip to the South recruiting Indian tribes to join the Indian Confederation he hoped to develop. This was strictly against Tecumseh’s orders to his brother. Numerous Indians and US Army soldiers were killed.

Tecumseh died in Michigan in the Battle of the Thames in 1813, fighting on the side of the British. The Prophet, exiled, but for a few supporters, died in Kansas in 1834.

Tecumseh was born on a night when a shooting star blazed across the heavens. His father, Puckeshinwau, knew that this son was to be special. Another little known fact about Tecumseh was his ability to not only predict, but to prophesy. He is said, that during his recruitment trips to the various tribes, to have proclaimed, to the day, the coming of a shooting star that would assure the tribes, as a sign, that he was being guided by the Great Spirit.

He also went on to state that the waiting period for all tribes would be over when the earth moved and made a great sound. This, as it happened, was the New Madrid earthquake — a place where no seismic activity had ever been recorded before. True to his predictions, a shooting star graced the sky on November 16, 1811 and the New Madrid quake began on December 16, 1811 with severe aftershocks lasting for several months.

Therefore, it is not unexpected that “Tecumseh’s Curse” on Gen. William Henry Harrison would be on the mark. Harrison was elected President in 1840.Thus the curse began.

Chronology as follows:

Elected in 1840, William Henry Harrison
Died April 6, 1841, of pneumonia.

Elected in 1860, Abraham Lincoln
Assassinated April 14, 1865

Elected in 1880, James Abram Garfield
Assassinated July 2, 1881

Elected in 1900, William McKinley
Assassinated September 6, 1901

Elected in 1920, Warren Gamaliel Harding
Died August 2, 1923 from food poisoning

Elected in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Died April 12, 1945 stroke, medical records missing

Elected in 1960, John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Assassinated November 22, 1963

Elected in 1980, Ronald Wilson Reagan
Assassination attempt on March 30, 1981

Apparently, Ronald Reagan wasn’t known as the “Teflon President” for nothing! Reagan, it appears, has broken the curse. While he was the target of an assassination attempt, he did not succumb, as did his predecessors. Therefore, do we need to worry about our new President, George W. Bush? Maybe from the standpoint that his election is still the subject of scrutiny, but not, perhaps the ‘Zero Year Curse – Tecumseh Curse’ … Yet, only time will tell.