Top 10 Historical Predictions That Actually Came True



these predictions may have sounded ridiculous at the time but they turned out to be right on the money welcome to watchmojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for the top ten historical predictions that came true before we begin we publish new videos every day so be sure to subscribe for more great content for this list we'll be looking at predictions from the incredible thinkers that actually became a reality his books when our taking him away from the scientific romance towards straight social realism but then one day at the beach he saw something extraordinary number 10 the atomic bomb HG Wells by the end of his life well as his warnings about the abuse of science had come true literature is full of wonderful predictions especially when it comes to science fiction while many sci-fi stories deal with potential apocalyptic destruction one story had the method down to a tee that would be the world set free a novel written by HG Wells which was released in 1913 in the story Welles describes an atomic bomb which made a thunderous noise in the sky and released radioactive vapor that stayed dangerous long after the bomb exploded insuring an even greater number of deaths of course 32 years later the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with scarily similar results number nine television John Alfred Watkins jr. secret lover at the turn of the 20th century a man named John Alfred Watkins jr. submitted an article to The Ladies Home Journal titled what may happen in the next hundred years Oh check the TV what the list included everything from the height of the average American – ready cooked meals but his most impressive prediction without a doubt was the invention of the television watkins wrote quote men will see around the world persons and things of all kinds will be brought within focus of cameras connected electrically with screens at opposite ends of sir it's thousands of miles at a span today more than half of the homes in the United States have at least three television sets number 8 the periodic table Dmitri Mendeleev in 1863 scientists had discovered 56 known elements several people at the time hoped to organize these elements by creating a table of periodic elements but none did so quite like Dmitri Mendeleev a Russian chemist Mendeleev published his periodic table in 1869 but left gaps in it for future elements he then claimed that he had a dream where he saw a table with places for including 10 then unknown elements by arranging the elements in a periodic way he was able to predict characteristics of the elements that would fill in the missing gaps remarkably seven of his 10 predicted elements were eventually discovered and added to the table number 7 debit cards Edward Bellamy sci-fi writer Edward Bellamy released a utopian novel entitled Looking Backward 2002 1887 in the late 19th century in it one character explains to another that in the new world everyone will have a credit card issued him with which he procures at the public storehouses whatever he desires Bellamy was spot on although his credit cards function more like current debit cards but it was still an incredible prediction considering that today just about every person with a bank account has a debit card number six organ transplants Robert Boyle considered today to be the first modern chemist and one of the founders of modern chemistry Robert Boyle is perhaps best known for Boyle's law an experimental gas law concerning the pressure and volume of gas he's also known however for predicting that organ transplants would someday be real writing in the mid 17th century Boyle described quote the cure of diseases at a distance or at least by transplantation in 1954 the first successful organ transplant was completed at Brigham Hospital in Boston which means that Boyle amazingly predicted the first organ transplant three hundred years early number five Mark Twain's own death Mark Twain one of the greatest writers in the history of English literature Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn considered by many to be the great American novel she was born on November 30th 1835 just after a visit by Halley's Comet sometime later Twain wrote quote I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835 it is coming again next year and I expect to go out with it they came in together they must go out together remarkably on April 21st 1910 the day after the Comet returned Twain died of a heart attack in Redding Connecticut number 4 Wi-Fi and wireless devices Nikola Tesla one of the most enigmatic men in history Nikola Tesla is best known for his role in the War of the currents with Thomas Edison and his contributions to the AC electricity supply system Tesla also had several strong ideas about the future and how the world would change in the coming years in 1909 he told the New York Times that quote it will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages all over the world so simply that any individual can own and operate his own apparatus several decades later the first wireless devices were created and in 2007 the first iPhone was released proving Tesla right number three the Great Fire of London Nostradamus the name Nostradamus is synonymous with predictions a reputed seer he's best known for his book the prophecy containing a number of prophecies concerning future events one of these predictions went as follows quote the blood of the just will be lacking in London burned up in the fire of 66 the ancient lady will topple from her high place many of the same sect will be killed of course London was engulfed by fire from September 2nd to September 5th 1666 it decimated the city destroying more than 13,000 houses as well as landmarks like st. Paul's Cathedral number two the Titanic disaster Morgan Robertson in 1898 Morgan Robertson wrote a novella called the wreck of the Titan or futility the plot revolved around the Titan a British luxury liner that hit an iceberg and sank while crossing the northern Atlantic the ship was considered unsinkable but hit an iceberg some 400 miles up the coast of Newfoundland in the month of April of course in 1912 the Titanic sank in similar fashion hitting an iceberg some 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland in April strangely both ships were between 800 and 900 feet long and in both accidents the lack of life jackets and lifeboats resulted in a significant loss of life among passengers and crew before we unveil our number one pick here are some honorable mentions number one the moon landing jules verne in 1865 legendary sci-fi author Jules Verne wrote a short story entitled from the earth to the moon fern did more than just predict that we would eventually go to the moon however he included some rough calculations that were remarkably similar to the real figures he placed the rocket launch in Florida the same site as the Apollo 11 launch and he also predicted the feeling of weightlessness the astronauts would experience despite not knowing there would be no gravity in space to top it off the story was released a century before the actual launch do you agree with our pics check out these other great clips from WatchMojo and subscribe for new videos every day

21 comments

  1. On the topic of debit versus credit cards. Debit cards actually operate off of credit and credit cards off of debit. So the guy was right, we just call them the opposite of their function.

  2. Please write the narration with greater care in the use of terms like "English literature," used to describe Mark Twain. While Twain wrote in English, he was an American writer. American literature vs. English literature, you see? It may seem like splitting hairs, but it's the kind of thing that lends credibility to the video.

  3. Tesla basically invented the earliest AC circuit. His ideas were eventually realized when cell phone towers came about since they are an extension of his ideas, as well as radio signals.

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