10 Historical Predictions That Came True

Number 10 Existence of Atoms
The existence of atoms was mathematically proven by Albert Einstein in 1905, but the
fundamental theory itself traces its roots to Antiquity. At the time, however, it was more in the realm
of philosophy since scientists lacked the knowledge and technology necessary for observation. In the 5th century BC, a Greek philosopher
named Leucippus proposed that the visible universe was made of minuscule, indivisible
particles. They were referred to as “atoms” and the
belief was that different atoms created different materials. Leucippus’ student, Democritus, is also
credited as a major contributor to the theory. Those who followed this school of thought
would be known as Atomists. The theory that everything in existence was
made up of tiny particles was also reported in India, during the 6th century BC. The religions in the area, such as Buddhism
and Hinduism, had various doctrines on how these particles interacted. The concept gradually faded into obscurity
and re-emerged in the early 20th century as scientific fact. Understanding atoms has been a linchpin of
humanity’s scientific progress ever since. It’s quite incredible to think that their
existence was actually predicted millennia ago. Number 9 Arnold Schoenberg and the Number
13 Arnold Schoenberg is often cited as one of
the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. He also suffered from triskaidekaphobia, which
is an irrational fear of the number 13. According to those who knew the celebrated
composer, he feared dying in a year that was a multiple of 13. In 1939, at the time of his 65th birthday,
a terrified Schoenberg asked an astrologer to prepare his horoscope. He was told that, although the year was dangerous,
he’d survive it. However, on his 67th birthday, the composer
received a note from an astrologer warning him of impending doom since the digits of
his age totaled his dreaded number. Schoenberg became depressed as he’d only
avoided multiples of 13 and hadn’t considered adding his age. On Friday 13, in July, 1951, the composer
remained in bed all day, anxious and depressed. According to his wife, Gertrude, she was looking
at the clock at about a quarter to midnight, believing that the worst would soon be over. Gertrude, in a telegram to her sister, detailed
what happened next. As she waited for midnight, the doctor called
her. Schoenberg died before her eyes, a little
before midnight. The astrologer’s warning to him had proven
true. Those who disregard the composer’s death
as the result of prediction claim the man had actually been consumed by his superstitious
nature. Number 8 Heraclitus, Fire and Flux
Heraclitus, born in the 6th century BC, was a philosopher who threaded the line between
science and mysticism. He’s also believed to have made some truly
fascinating predictions, which science would understand a few thousand years later. Heraclitus only wrote a single work, called
“On Nature”, of which only a few fragments have survived. He had a fondness for word-play, which is
why his writings are often described as cryptic and paradoxical. Understating them is further complicated by
the fact that much of his work was lost. Various interpretations have labelled Heraclitus
a rationalist, a religious thinker, the first genuine philosopher or a mystic. Regardless, Heraclitus believed that the cosmos
was ultimately made of fire. While untrue in a basic sense of the matter,
thermodynamics is what keeps the universe going. Change and transformation is fueled, quite
literally, by fire and heat. Heraclitus also believed that everything is
in a constant state of flux, or change, and that “No man steps in the same river twice”. Heraclitus predicted that “everything flows”
millennia ago and, in recent times, research in quantum mechanics has begun to prove him
right. Number 7 Simpsons Predictions
There are a number of predictions made by the writers of “The Simpsons” animated
show, which have come true. One of the most often-cited predictions is
the one made in the year 2000 about President Trump, which came to fruition 17 years later. Simon Singh, who wrote a book called “The
Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets”, claims that the show presented an equation
predicting the mass of the Higgs boson particle. The elementary particle was theoretically
predicted in 1964 by physicist Peter Higgs. In a 1998 episode of “The Simpsons”, Homer,
one of the show’s main characters, becomes an inventor. He’s presented in front of a blackboard
with a complicated equation on it. The existence of the Higgs boson would be
proven in 2012, in a $13 billion experiment. In a separate 1998 episode, the Simpsons predicted
that Disney would acquire 20th Century Fox, which did actually happen in 2017. The long list of Simpsons predictions that
came true also include technological devices, a Nobel Prize laureate, political scandals
and many other global events. Number 6 Scientific Predictions of Nikola
Tesla Nikola Tesla was, by all accounts, a genius
who surpassed the limitations of his era and envisioned technologies that would be of mainstream
use nearly a century later. History best remembers Tesla for his contribution
in designing the modern alternating current energy supply system. Nevertheless, the inventor was fascinated
by the prospect of wireless technology. He believed that it would become widely implemented
in domestic management and that numerous transmitters would operate independently, without interference. He compared what we now know as a global Wi-Fi
network to a huge brain in which all particles are part of a rhythmic whole. Aside from predicting Wi-Fi, Tesla also imagined
that everyone in the world would have a device eerily similar to today’s smart phone. The inventor claimed that it would fit into
a vest pocket and enable people, who are thousands of miles apart, to see and speak to each other. Nikola Tesla also wrote about self-driving
cars. Long after his passing, one of the car companies
most prominent in the autonomous field was actually named in his honor. Number 5 Predictions of Nostradamus
Conversations on historical predictions typically include the work of 16th century French physician
and astrologer Michel de Nostredame. Better known by his Latinized name, Nostradamus,
he published a book in 1555 called “The Prophecies”. The series of quatrains has been credited
as accurate foresight but also criticized as a result of misinterpretation or mistranslation. That being said, some of Nostradamus’ writings
seem to have come to fruition. One of the most often-cited examples is the
Great Fire of London. The three-day blaze consumed the city, in
1666. Nostradamus had accurately predicted both
the year and the location, more than a century earlier. Another eerie historical prediction is the
death of King Henry II of France. Nostradamus describes a fight between two
lions, with the younger prevailing and inflicting mortal wounds to the elder’s eyes. The king was injured in a friendly jousting
match, four years after Nostradamus’ prediction. A younger nobleman splintered his lance and
shards broke through the king’s visor. He was struck in the eye and succumbed to
sepsis several days later. Nostradamus also wrote about a child born
of poor parents in West Europe who would “seduce a great troop” and whose fame would increase
towards the east. In a separate quatrain he wrote that the battle
would be against “Hister” while also mentioning a child of Germany. This is quite similar to the rise of Hitler
and the circumstances of World War II. The name “Hister”, although similar to
the dictator’s name, is actually another name for the lower Danube River. Still, some have claimed that it’s still
a subtle reference to Hitler, since he was born only a few miles from the river. Whether or not Nostradamus truly had the gift
of foresight is still debated. The argument from skeptics is that he wrote
his alleged prophecies in a manner so vague that their meaning is open to any interpretation. While a number of his prophecies didn’t
come true, Nostradamus supporters maintain that several have. These include the assassination of JFK, the
rise of Napoleon or the atomic bombs dropped in World War II. Number 4 Titanic
In 1898, writer Morgan Robertson published a novella called “Futility”, later known
as “Wreck of the Titan”. It was about a fictional ocean liner called
Titan which crashed into the North Atlantic after it struck an iceberg. The plot of the book and even the name of
the vessel are eerily similar to the real-life sinking of the RMS Titanic. However, at the time Robertson wrote his novella,
the Titanic hadn’t even been conceptualized. The size, speed and life-saving equipment
of the two liners bear some uncanny resemblances. The Titan was 800 feet long while the Titanic
was 882 feet long. Additionally, both vessels sank in April,
in the same region and under the same circumstances. In both cases there weren’t enough lifeboats
for all the passengers. In the aftermath of the Titanic sinking, in
1912, some credited Morgan Robertson as being clairvoyant and capable of precognition. However, the author denied the claims and
experts have credited the similarities to his knowledge of maritime trends and shipbuilding. Number 3 Predictions of Jules Verne
French writer Jules Verne has been called the “Father of Science Fiction” and he’s
one of the most-translated authors in the world. His knack for technological prediction has
actually inspired a society of true believers, known as Vernians. They regard Verne’s works as scientific
manuals rather than mere fictional writings. For example, in “Twenty Thousand Leagues
Under the Sea”, which is perhaps the author’s most famous novel, Captain Nemo travels the
world’s oceans in an electric submarine called the Nautilus. The novel was first published in 1870, while
the first electric submarine was launched more than a decade and a half later. In the same book, Verne also imagined a weapon
capable of delivering electronic jolts, which is quite similar to a present-day Taser. He also envisioned a trip to the moon a full
century before NASA accomplished it. In “From Earth to the Moon” Verne also
wrote about light-propelled aircraft, technology now known as solar sails. Other aspects in the science fiction classic
are also somewhat accurate. Verne wrote about “projectile” capable
of taking people to the Moon. He believed that a giant gun would be used
in order for them to break through gravity. The return mission involved capsules that
landed in the ocean and floated, similar to the capsules actually used by NASA. Today’s video was requested by Christian Reed. If you have any other topics you’d like to
learn about subscriber and let us know in the comments section below. Number 2 Swift, Voltaire and Martian Moons
Jonathan Swift is one of the most celebrated satirists in the English language but it seems
that the author also made a fascinating prediction. In Gulliver’s Travels, the titular character
goes through several extraordinary adventures. In one of his travels, Gulliver visits the
flying land of Laputa. It’s there that Swift’s fictional scientists
have discovered that Mars has two moons. In real life, this wouldn’t be observed
until 1877, by American astronomer Asaph Hall. He discovered Phobos and Deimos, the two Martian
satellites. Not only had Swift predicted their existence
a century and a half earlier but he’d also gotten their orbit and proximity fairly accurate. In honor of the writer, Hall named a crater
on Deimos after him. The only other named feature on Deimos is
“Voltaire’s Crater”. French satirist Voltaire had also predicted
that Mars had two moons in a short story from 1752. Number 1 People Who Predicted Their Own Deaths
One common feature of stories involving prediction is a person’s ability to foresee their own
death. Historically, this seems to have happened
in several cases. President Abraham Lincoln reportedly dreamed
that he’d been assassinated just a few days before it actually happened. American writer Mark Twain was born on November
30, 1835, when Halley’s Comet was visible from Earth. Twain said in 1909, that he expected to die
when the comet would be once again visible, in 1910. He felt a connection to the celestial object,
describing it and himself as “two unaccountable freaks”. Twain believed that they’d come in the world
together and had to go out together. Halley’s Comet made its appearance on April
20, 1910. The very next day, Mark Twain died of a heart
attack. Basketball legend “Pistol Pete” Maravich
once claimed in an interview that he didn’t want to play in the NBA for ten years and
then die of heart attack at age 40. His words would prove prophetic. He would only play professional basketball
for 10 years. Then, during a pickup game he suffered a fatal
heart attack. Maravich had been suffering from an undetected
heart defect and was 40 years old at the time of his death. Thanks for watching! Would you go on the newly built replica of
the Titanic that is scheduled to first set sail in 2020 or would you be too afraid that
the ship is doomed? Let us know in the comments section below!

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