The World Will NOT End On Dec. 21, 2012, as Mayan calendar predicts. Below you will find seven other dates when the world was supposed to end, but didn’t …
Christian authorities believed the new millennium would be the Second Coming of Jesus.
In anticipation of his return, many people disposed of their belongings, left their jobs, and abandoned their homes.
When the date came and went with no apocalypse, folks who thought the end was near realized they had miscalculated Jesus’ age and decided the world would actually end in 1033 A.D.
This, as we know, also turned out be a vast miscalculation
In 1780, a heavy gloom fell over New England prompting a religious group known as the Shakers to believe Judgment Day was coming.
Though the unusual blackened sky, later called the “Dark Day,” was most likely caused by a mix of smoke from forest fires and heavy fog, it sent the religious sect on a mission to spread their message of celibacy as the path to redemption.
We assume this caused a particularly large amount of grief when humanity was not extinguished.
March 21, 1843 — March 21, 1844
William Miller confused thousands of followers, or Millerites, when he declared that the world would end between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844.
When the year rolled over and nothing happened, the date was moved to October 22, 1844.
After Jesus failed to arrive for the second time (known as the “Great Disappointment”), some members went on to form the Seventh Day Adventists
In 1876, Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses (originally known as Zion’s Watch Tower Society), predicted that Christ would return in 1914.
Since that prophecy failed, the society has promised at least seven other dates when Armageddon would occur.
The world still hasn’t ended and the group is now best known for distributing religious pamphlets door-to-door and refusing blood transfusions.
March 10, 1982
In 1974, astrophysicists John Gribbin and Stephen Plagemann published The Jupiter Effect, which claimed that on March 10, 1982, the planets would align on the same side of the Sun creating gravitational effects that would lead to catastrophic earthquakes.
It goes without saying, the book was eventually followed by The Jupiter Effect Reconsidered.
Y2K (January 1, 2000)
Nobody was really sure what would happen on January 1, 2000, except that it necessitated stockpiling bottled water, D batteries, and guns.
The fear was that computers would not understand the year “00,” reading it as 1900 instead of 2000. Presumably, this would cause the technological universe to collapse.
The millennium came. Everyone was fine. A few people were disappointed about spending their life-savings on a doomsday bunker.
May 21, 2011
Harold Camping, president of the Family Radio Network, created a lot of hoopla last spring when he predicted that world would end in a series of rolling earthquakes known as “The Rapture.”
After May 21 came and went sans any signs of hell-fire and brimstone, Camping pushed The End back to October 21.
No word yet on why we’re all still here, although the 90-year-old preacher has decided to stop making predictions, resigning from his post shortly after the second failed doomsday forecast.