This Day in the History of Hoaxes: August 18
August 18, 1999: Criswell Predicts the End of the World
In his book Criswell Predicts From Now to the Year 2000
(published 1968), the American psychic Criswell predicted that the end of the world would occur on August 18, 1999. The end would come by means of a "black rainbow" that would remove the oxygen from the earth's atmosphere "through some mysterious force beyond our comprehension." The only survivors would be the handful of colonists living in space stations. Criswell was known for his "wildly inaccurate predictions" (as wikipedia
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