Synonyms of happen in English:
1 she could not explain how the accident happened this is what happens when the mechanism goes wrong
ensue, result, transpire, materialize, arise, be, crop up, come up, fall out, pan out, turn out, follow, develop, emerge, surface, present itself, supervene
North American informalgo down
2 I wonder what happened to Susie?
become of, be the fate of, be the lot of, overtake, be visited on
3 they happened to be in London when the news was received
chance, have the good/bad/ill fortune, have the good/bad/ill luck, be someone's fortune/misfortune
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