In 1968 there was an organization formed by high-level politicians and business leaders with an interest in predicting the future for economic growth. It was called the “Club of Rome”. When they commissioned a team from MIT to create a computer simulation of the future, that model predicted the end of world in 2040.
Nostradamus’ predictions were based on past events; he simply believed history would repeat itself. He would pick historical events at random, then use astrological calculations to figure out when they’d happen again. Also, he wrote a cookbook.
Self-proclaimed earthquake expert Ibn Browning predicted a massive earthquake would strike New Madrid, Missouri on December 3rd, 1990. Schools in multiple states closed, and media organizations flooded the town. Browning had no seismology background, and nothing happened.
In 1888, Edward Bellamy predicted the credit card. He wrote a book called “looking backwards” in which everyone uses a mechanical device to monitor and use their money/credit. The device he describes is almost identical to the credit card we are today.
Isaac Newton studied the occult and predicted the end of the world as we know it to happen around the year 2060. He believed humanity would then progress into an era of divinely inspired peace.
In 2012 a Russian-American scientist predicted that 2020 would be a peak of violence in America based on historical data.
A roman scholar predicted microbiology over 2000 years ago, writing “there are bred certain minute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, but which float in the air and enter the body through the mouth and nose and cause serious diseases.”
In 1898, Morgan Robertson wrote a novel about an ocean liner sinking in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg. That is 14 years before the Titanic sunk in the same place and in the same way. And if this was not enough, the novel was titled: “The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility”. The ship in the novel, just like in real life, was touted as “unsinkable” and therefore did not have enough lifeboats aboard to accommodate all the passengers.