May 21

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Family Radio President, Harold Camping predicted the world would end in 2011.

Three years on and we’re still here….

On this day in 2011, the world was supposed to end according to the words of Harold Camping, noted Christian broadcaster in the US.

Camping’s predictions originally aired on ‘Family Radio’ a station which Camping was President of, based in California, but spread across 150 radio markets in the US.

Camping referenced Jeremiah 25:32 when he suggested the world was going to ‘end’ on May 21st, 2011. The idea being God’s rapture would begin that day, with the ‘physical annihilation’ of the Earth and the remaining people happening exactly 5 months later, on October 21st, 2011.

Evidently, Camping’s prediction turned out to be fictitious, despite re-working his prediction on May 23rd to suggest the ‘true date’ was 21st October.

Unfortunately, Camping suffered a stroke shortly after 21st October, but continued broadcasting up until shortly before his death in December 2013.

Other historical events on this day include:

  • The Manchester Ship Canal was officially opened by Queen Victoria. (1894)
  • The body of Bobby Franks was found, having been kidnapped and murdered by ‘Leopold & Loeb’, two well-to-do Havardians who were trying to commit the ‘perfect crime’. (1924)
  • Charles Lindbergh touched down in Paris following the world’s first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. (1927)
  • The Republic of Montenegro votes on independence from Serbia, with the public voting by a majority of 55%. (2006)
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