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Date Coincidences: Rap Music and the First World War

Mathew L

The following occurred Sunday, April 21, 2024, while I was browsing Wikipedia and YouTube. Earlier that morning, I had listened to some songs I liked, including “Right Thurr” by Howard “Chingy” Bailey and “Runnin’” by Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (“Notorious B.I.G.”). This latter song is a posthumous tribute to the two rap singers, both of whose lives ended violently.

Later that day, I watched a film called The Red Baron with Matthias Schweighöfer as the title character, who was formally known as Manfred von Richthofen. The film also includes Volker Bruch, who portrayed the title character’s brother Lothar von Richthofen. (The previous Sunday, April 14, I had watched the film series Generation War, which stars Bruch.) The Red Baron also features Joseph Fiennes portraying Arthur Roy Brown, the aviator who was long credited with shooting down Manfred von Richthofen.

With this information, I later browsed Wikipedia and discovered several coincidences relating both to the film and the two songs, and the above film itself also included some information.

  • Sunday, April 21, 1918: death of Manfred von Richthofen
  • Thursday, March 9, 1944: death of Arthur Roy Brown
  • Sunday, March 9, 1980: birth of Howard “Chingy” Bailey
  • Sunday, March 9, 1980: birth of Volker Bruch
  • Sunday, March 9, 1997: death of Christopher Wallace, “Notorious B.I.G.”

I am at a loss to interpret these coincidences, especially regarding rap music and a film about Germany in the First World War. I am also at a loss to interpret the significance of the calendar day March 9 in relation to April 21.

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