History Stories
CATEGORY: End of the World
The End of Civilization?: 7 Moments in the History of the Doomsday Clock
June 19, 2012

On the 65th anniversary of the creation of the Doomsday Clock, discover seven moments when the clock's minute hand conveyed potential global destruction—or world peace. Read More

Oldest Known Mayan Calendar Debunks December 2012 Myth
May 10, 2012

Archaeologists at Xultún, a Maya site in Guatemala, have discovered walls with paintings and writing, including calculations related to the Maya calendar. Read More

Mayans Never Predicted December 2012 Apocalypse, Researchers Say
December 2, 2011

One of history’s most famous doomsday predictions might rely on a faulty translation of an ancient Mayan tablet. Read More

Apocalypses That Weren’t
May 17, 2011

The prediction that the world will end on May 21, 2011, is the latest chapter in a long history of apocalyptic beliefs. Read More