Nostradamus Predictions: Did Any of His Forecasts Come True?

Nostradamus Predictions: Did Any of His Forecasts Come True?

Les Prophecies is a 500-year-old book written by the famous astrologer Nostradamus, and there aren’t a few people who have faith that the man correctly predicted some of the major events that would have happened hundreds of years later. Of course, there will always be those people who prefer to remain skeptical or realistic and say that the predictions of Michel de Nostradame (aka Nostradamus) could be interpreted in numerous ways, meaning that they don’t necessarily express objective truths.

Now for the million-dollar question: Did any of Nostradamus’ predictions really come true? Let’s try to find out, thanks to!

The assassination of John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was the politician who served as the 35th President of the United States between 1961 to 1963. He was assassinated by a sniper in Dallas in 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald, one of the former US Marines, was thought to be the assassin of Kennedy, and he was arrested. Two days later, Jack Ruby shot and killed him.

A piece of Nostradamus’ work says, “From on high evil will fall on the great man.” This possibly refers to the fact that the former US President John F. Kennedy was shot by a sniper from a significant distance.

The Great Fire of London

The alleged Great Fire of London quatrain sounds like this:

The blood of the just will commit a fault at London,

Burnt through lightning of twenty threes the six:

The ancient lady will fall from her high place,

Several of the same sect will be killed.

This quatrain is believed to describe the Great Fire of London that took place back in 1666. ‘Twenty three the six’ is interpreted as 66 (meaning 20 x 3 + 6). Furthermore, the references to London and deaths add up to the possibility that Nostradamus might have really predicted the future.

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

During the Second World War, the USA unleashed truly unprecedented devastation on the two Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki through atomic bombings. Hundreds of thousands of people died as a result of the explosions themselves and the aftermath resulting in deadly radiation.

In one of his predictions, Nostradamus wrote, ‘Within two cities there will be scourges like of which was never seen.’

The same quatrain also forecasts ‘famine within plague’, as well as ‘people put out by steel,’ which may be a reference to the planes that dropped the two atomic bombs. While a lot of people believe that the famous astrologer predicted the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there are also skeptics or realists who claim that Nostradamus could as well be talking about something else, such as a literal plague or that his alleged predictions were only adapted to real-life events as they started to happen.

The rise to power of Hitler

Some people credit Nostradamus for accurately predicting the rise of Adolf Hitler to power, which took place about a century ago. Perhaps we all know what happened next during the atrocities of the Nazi regime and its involvement in the Second World War. ‘From the depths of the West of Europe,’ the astrologer wrote, ‘A young child will be born of poor people.’ Nostradamus also adds that ‘by his tongue… seduce a great troop’ and that his fame will spread far beyond the European continent.

What do you think about the prophecies of Nostradamus? Do you consider him a prophet or just a passionate astrologer and philosopher? Feel free to tell us in the comments section!



Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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