Mark Twain was born during one of the sightings of Haley's Comet - an event which occurs once every seventy-five years - in 1835.
In 1909, he made his legendary quote:
""I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together."
He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut, one day after the comet's closest approach to Earth.