Dates When the World Was Supposed to End

Predicting the end of the world is a popular human pastime. Listed below are all the dates when the world was supposed to end, based on recorded predictions. To the best of my knowledge, all of these predictions have been wrong.

April 6, 793 • January 1, 1000 • February 1, 1524 • February 20, 1524 • May 27, 1528 • October 19, 1533 • April 5, 1534 • February 1, 1624 • April 5, 1719 • October 16, 1736 • May 19, 1780 • November 19, 1795 • October 19, 1814 • April 28, 1843 • December 31, 1843 • March 21, 1844 • October 22, 1844 • August 7, 1847 • April 23, 1908 • February 13, 1925 • December 21, 1954 • April 22, 1959 • February 4, 1962 • August 20, 1967 • August 9, 1969 • February 17, 1979 • March 10, 1982 • June 21, 1982 • April 29, 1986 • August 17, 1987 • October 3, 1988 • September 30, 1989 • April 23, 1990 • September 9, 1991 • September 28, 1992 • October 28, 1992 • May 2, 1994 • September 6, 1994 • September 29, 1994 • October 2, 1994 • March 31, 1995 • December 17, 1996 • March 26, 1997 • August 10, 1997 • October 23, 1997 • March 31, 1998 • August 18, 1999 • September 11, 1999 • January 1, 2000 • April 6, 2000 • May 5, 2000 • May 27, 2003 • September 12, 2006 • April 29, 2007 • May 21, 2011 • September 29, 2011 • October 21, 2011 • May 27, 2012 • June 30, 2012 • December 21, 2012 • August 23, 2013 • April 23, 2018

Notes

  • Date data comes from “List of dates predicted for apocalyptic events”
  • The next date predicted to be the end of the world is June 9, 2019
  • The list above counts predictions of specific dates and not years or date ranges
  • April appears the most of any month at 11 times while no one has predicted the world will end on any specific July date
  • 50 of 365 calendar days have been predicted to be the end of the world
  • Two calendar days appear three times: May 27 (1528, 2003, 2012), April 23 (1908, 1990, 2018)
  • Eight calendar days appear twice: February 1 (1524, 1624), March 31 (1995, 1998), April 5 (1534, 1719), April 6 (793, 2000), April 29 (1986, 2007), September 29 (1994, 2011), October 19 (1533, 1814), December 21 (1954, 2012)
  • Bonus: R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” was released on November 16, 1987

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