But if you are a little worried, you're not alone. People have been predicting the End of Days for as long as time and it has yet to come. So before you sacrifice any family members to the gods, you may want to check out some predictions that came and went with little to no results.
1.) Date the world was supposed to end: January 1, 2000
What was supposed to happen: THE END OF ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING DIGITAL! YOUR CASIO CALCULATOR WATCH WAS GOING TO EXPLODE AND TAKE DOWN ALL PLANES AROUND YOU! MISSILES WOULD BE LAUNCHED AUTOMATICALLY! YOU WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO ACCESS YOUR AOL ACCOUNT… EVER. AGAIN.
What really happened: Pretty much nothing. A cult in the Philippines that named itself the Tunnels of Salvation went deep into the earth and stockpiled enough supplies for 700 people for about a year.
2.) Date the world was supposed to end: July 1999, then August 1999, or maybe September 1999, definitely by October 1999
What was supposed to happen: Nostradamus predicted things would fall from the sky, ending the world in the seventh month of 1999. (The definition of “seventh month” changed over the years because prophecy is not an exact science.) How was the world supposed to end? Either the return of the King of the Mongols or possibly the more apocalyptic-sounding King of Terror, but it depends on how you translated the French.
What really happened: Nothing. Well, we *did* lose JFK Jr. in a tragic plane accident, but that had more to do with bad weather than a prediction from a French alchemist. Of course, true fans of Nostradamus are saying he meant a comet was supposed to hit… in 2012!
3.) Date the world was supposed to end: October 29, 1992
What was supposed to happen: According to the Dami Mission of South Korean and about 20,000 other believers, the faithful were to be lifted into heaven at midnight on that Wednesday. Many quit their jobs, had abortions performed and left their families to properly prepare for the Rapture.
What really happened: With such a large following, South Korean police took many measures to prevent mass suicides at midnight, including calling in riot officers and blocking off stairwells to prevent jumpers. Approximately four followers took their lives in anticipation of the event, though this occurred before the actual date. Lee Jang Rim, the pastor who had spread the word of the Rapture was arrested on charges of fraud (though that happened a month before the predicted event). 54 people dressed in white burned their furniture at the mission's Wonju branch and about 1,000 people showed up to the Dami Mission in Seoul as part of a pilgrimage.
4.) Date the world was supposed to end: June 28, 1981
What was supposed to happen: Reverend Bill Maupin of the Lighthouse Gospel Tract Foundation predicted the rapture would happen on a Sunday. Seven years of tribulation would follow, with the Anti-Christ making an appearance around 1984. After this, God would appear back on Earth and bring a millennium of peace.
What really happened: About 40-50 of Maupin's followers sold their homes, gave away their cars, quit their jobs and met at his house (conveniently not put on the market) to be lifted off the face of the Earth. But, alas, they were not taken away. Maupin later predicted the rapture was actually scheduled for August 7th of the same year. Again, nothing.
5.) Date the world was supposed to end: December 17, 1919
What was supposed to happen: Highly-respected meteorologist Albert Porta predicted that a planetary conjunction (essentially the planets appearing near each other in the sky) would create an intense magnetic force that would pierce the Sun, cause it to explode and swallow up the Earth. (Fun fact: four planets — Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Mercury — are doing this right now! And it's really pretty!)
What really happened: Some riots broke out and a few people committed suicide fearing the end. The Sun did not, in fact, explode, and Porta became significantly less respected. (He was demoted to writing about the daily weather for a local newspaper.)
6.) Date the world was supposed to end: February 15, 1891 or so
What was supposed to happen: According to Joseph Smith, founding father of the Mormon Church, Jesus was supposed to appear by mid-February of 1891. Smith knew this because God had told him way back in 1835. (He also "predicted" a massive war between the Northern and Southern states… but so did every major newspaper of that time.)
What really happened: Well the Civil War did take place, but Jesus was a no-show.
7.) Date the world was supposed to end: October 22, 1844 or 1843-1844
What was supposed to happen: In 1822, a Baptist preacher named William Miller predicted Jesus Christ would return between 1843 and 1844 using information he had gathered from the Book of Daniel. He made his beliefs known in a sermon given in August of 1833. Though Miller actually predicted the second coming would occur within a year's time (hence the 1843 to 1844 timeframe), a follower of his named Samuel Snow threw down the October 22nd date. What started as an obscure movement quickly gained national recognition. Followers of William Miller called themselves Millerites and began publishing a newspaper (Signs of the Times) to spread their beliefs. (Fun fact: the Seventh-day Adventist Church still publishes under the title.) Up until the predicted date, Millerites had produced 48 different periodicals.
What really happened: Thousands of Millerites, many of whom had sold their possessions, saw the day come and go without much fanfare. The event became known as the Great Disappointment. Many continued to predict Jesus' return and others formed the Advent Christian Church.
8.) Date the world was supposed to end: 1794
What was supposed to happen: The Shakers as well as Charles Wesley, one of the founders of the Methodist Church, were convinced the world would end. There were some mentions of a great beast coming forth to mark the end.
What really happened: Not much. No beast. The University of Tennessee was established that year, though that's probably just a coincidence.