Business Insider UK
It’s October 7, 2015.
This is the day the world will come to an end, according to a Christiangroup based in Philadelphia.
It looks like we’re all still here, though it’s probably not the lasttime we’ll be warned about Earth’s annihilation.
Doomsday theorists and religious sects have been predicting The End forthousands of years.
Fortunately, all of these dates have come and gone uneventfully.
To maintain your faith that you’ll live to see October 8, we’ve compiled11 other dates when the world was supposed to end and didn’t.
Christian authorities believed the new millennium would be the secondcoming 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 theend was near realized they had miscalculated Jesus’ age and decided the worldwould actually end in A.D. 1033.
This, as we know, also turned out be a vast miscalculation.
February 1, 1524
London astrologers freaked everybody out when they interpreted thealignment of planets in the constellation Pisces (a fish) to mean the worldwould be wiped out in a massive flood.
Tens of thousands of people sought refuge on higher ground and somepeople built arks.
The Great Flood never came.
May 19, 1780
On May 19, 1780, a heavy gloom fell over New England, prompting areligious group known as the Shakers to believe Judgment Day had come.
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, itsent the religious sect on a mission to spread their message of celibacy as thepath to redemption.
March 21, 1843 — March 21, 1844
William Miller tricked thousands of followers, or Millerites, when hedeclared 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 toOctober 22, 1844.
After Jesus failed to arrive for the second time (known as the”Great Disappointment”), some Millerites left Miller’s religionand went on to form the Seventh-day Adventists.
May 19, 1910
During the early 20th century, astronomers learned that comet tailscontained a poisonous gas called cyanogen. The discovery sparked widespreadpanic in 1910 when people learned that Earth would pass through the long tailof Halley’s Comet.
Although scientists agreed that earthlings were not in danger,newspapers played up superstitions, convincing the public that the end wasnear.
Of course, there was nothing to worry about. The tail’s noxious gaswould never be able to get through Earth’s atmosphere, and there was not enoughgas to cause harm in the first place.
In 1876, Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses,predicted that Christ would return in 1914.
Since that prophecy failed, the society has predicted at least sevenother dates when Armageddon would occur.
The world still hasn’t ended and the group is now best known fordistributing religious pamphlets door-to-door and refusing blood transfusions.
1936, 1943, 1972, and 1975
The founder of the Worldwide Church ofGod, Herbert W. Armstrong, told members of his church that the rapturewould take place in 1936, and that only they would saved. After the prophecyfailed, he changed the date three more times.
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, creatinggravitational effects that would lead to catastrophic earthquakes.
As goes without saying, the book was eventually followed by “TheJupiter Effect Reconsidered.”
Y2K (January 1, 2000)
Nobody was really sure what would happen on January 1, 2000, except thatit 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 wouldcause the technological universe to collapse.
The millennium came. Everyone was fine.
May 21, 2011
Harold Camping, president of the Family Radio Network, created a lot ofhoopla four years ago when he predicted that world would end in a seriesof rolling earthquakes known as “The Rapture.”
After May 21 came and went sans any signs of hellfire and brimstone,Camping pushed The End back to October 21.
The preacher, who died in 2013 at the age of 92, decided to stop makingpredictions after that and resigned from his post shortly after the secondfailed doomsday forecast.
December 7, 2012
The world was supposed to end on December 7, 2012, according to ancientpredictions based on the Mayan calendar.
Earth survived, perhaps because Mayans never actually predicted anapocalypse. This is just when they got lazy with their record keeping andstopped updating the long-form version of their 5,172-year calendar.
Just as our calendar starts the year fresh by repeating all 12 monthsstarting January 1, the Mayan calendar now begins another long cycle.
ICSA News Desk shares articles of interest or importance with ICSA members who have signed up for News Desk. Selection of an article for the News Desk mailing does not mean that ICSA, its directors, staff, volunteers, or members agree with the content. ICSA provides information from many points of view in order to promote dialogue among interested parties.