Oct 3 1533 – Michael Stifel, a German associate of Martin Luther, urged his small band of followers to sell all their property after becoming convinced by his mathematical study of the Bible that the end of the world was approaching. On the appointed day he led his followers to the top of a hill so they could be delivered to heaven. A few hours later, with the world very much intact, he hurried down the hill and had to be locked in a local prison for his own protection.
Oct 22 1844 – Millerites, followers of the American Baptist preacher William Miller, became convinced that the end of the world had been predicted in Daniel 8:14. After a few false dawns, the date was set as Oct 22 1844. That day is now known, for obvious reasons, as the Great Disappointment. Most Millerites subsequently rejected their faith.
1891 or before: On 1835-FEB-14, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon church, attended a meeting of church leaders. He said that the meeting had been called because God had commanded it. He announced that Jesus would return within 56 years — i.e. before 1891-FEB-15. (History of the Church 2:182)
1914 – Jehovah’s Witnesses have now stopped predicting exact dates for the end of the world after a string of high-profile failures. Charles Taze Russell, who founded the Watch Tower magazine, calculated that Jesus Christ would impose his rule on earth in 1914. The outbreak of the First World War seemed to lend support to his Armageddon prediction, but there was no Second Coming.
1969 – Charles Manson believed that simmering racial tensions in the US would erupt into an Apocalyptic race war, after which his band of criminals – the “Manson Family” – would rule the world. When no race war erupted, his gang began a killing spree to “show the blacks how to do it”. Manson is currently serving life for murder.
1980s – The US evangelist Hal Lindsey believed that Armageddon would follow the expansion of the EU into a 10 country United States of Europe ruled by the Antichrist. He never set a date for the end of the world but hinted that a final battle between good and evil was imminent. He still broadcasts his biblical prophecies on evangelist networks.
2011. Harold Camping, Camping, president of the Family Radio Christian network, claimed the Bible as his source and said May 21 would be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment “beyond the shadow of a doubt”. Camping suggested that it would occur at 6 p.m. local time, with the rapture sweeping the globe time zone by time zone,while some of his supporters claimed that around 200 million people (approximately 3% of the world’s population) would be raptured.