In 1555, Nostradamus published “Les Prophéties,2 in which he foretold the future of world events, or had others interpret his prophecies in retrospect as divinations of actual future events after they occur.
Referred to as the “prophet of doom,” Nostradamus was a 16th-Century French astrologer, doctor, apothecary and soothsayer who has been credited with foretelling the Great Fire of London, Hitler’s rise to power, the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Covid-19 pandemic and the Ford Pinto, to name a few successes.
Generally, the Frenchman seemed to beam up prophecies of conflagration and catastrophe and must have been a fun guy to have around at a beer party. This is why none of his quotes ever got on greeting cards: “Happy Birthday! But next month the Earth will be swallowed up by the sun.” -- Nos.
One of his 2023 prophecies has already come true. He predicted that the U.K. would have a new king. He was spot on. He was especially happy to note that the king would still be wearing clothing styles from the 1550s.