Y2K And Other Times People Thought The World Was Ending

The Jan. 18, 1999, cover of TIME via Time.com

After the earth tremor here in Ghana and the coronavirus still confidently roaming our streets, people are so sure we are in the end times and soon, a trumpet will blow and the world will come to an end.

This wouldn’t be the first time people have felt like this.

These are all the failed doomsday prophecies over the years.


New Year's Eve 15 Years Ago: How We Prepped for Y2K | Time
The Jan. 18, 1999, cover of TIME via Time.com

Y2K basically meant the Year 2000. In 1999, there was a widespread fear that there was going to be apocalyptic chaos as the year changed from 1999 to 2000. Why? because computers had been programmed to record dates using only the last two digits of the year which means, the year 2000 would have looked like a reset. They swore every computer was going to crash and everyone thought this was it…people secured underground bunkers, emergency kits were being sold, hundreds of people were preparing for the worst.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, about $300 billion was spent upgrading computer systems to withstand the supposed millennium bug. While it didn’t prove necessary, it did result in better computer systems.

Mayan Calendar – End Of The World 2012

The end is nigh... or is it? As the Mayan calendar predicts ...
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People thought the world would end when the Mayan calendar “ended” on December 21, 2012.

The popular theory stemmed from the fact that the Mayan calendar supposedly ended on that date after 5,125 years. “The whole thing was a misconception from the very beginning,” Dr. John Carlson, director of NASA’s Center for Archaeoastronomy, said according to an article posted on NASA Science. “The Maya calendar did not end on December 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date.”

Halley’s Comet “Explosion” 1910

Fantastically Wrong: That Time People Thought a Comet Would Gas Us ...
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French astronomer Camille Flammarion thought that Halley’s Comet would “snuff out” all life in 1910.

Mass hysteria branded Halley’s Comet “the evil eye of the sky” in 1910, prompting the sales of anti-comet pills and gas masks in the event that it hit the planet and triggered an apocalyptic explosion. It harmlessly passed between Earth and the sun in May of that year.

Turns out it’s a periodic comet that appears about every 75 years. It passed by again in 1986 and is slated to return in 2061.

Judgement Day Prophecy 2011

Harold Camping, radio evangelist who predicted 2011 doomsday, dies ...
Harold Camping//photo credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

An American radio and television preacher Harold Camping predicted that the world would end on May 21, 2011. Millions were spent disseminating his message. He said that only three per cent of the population will survive by way of God bringing them into heaven, according to The Washington Post.

When the world didn’t end, Camping said that the Rapture had been an “invisible judgment day.”

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