Rev Charles Long of Pasadena, CA predicted that the world would end on Sep 21, 1945 in an enormous explosion "like an atomic bomb". When that failed to happen he said it was actually going to end on Sep 29. When, once again, nothing happened, he said the end would occur in the Fall of 1946. Then he revised the date to Oct 1947. And finally he just said the end would come soon.
Some details from the Encyclopedia of Prophecy by Geoffrey Ashe:
In 1938, the Reverend Charles Long woke up in the night and saw a blackboard on which a ghostly hand wrote "1945." After some reflection, which narrowed down the date to September 21, he predicted that the world would be vaporized and human beings would be turned into ectoplasm. He and his son held meetings at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, recruiting a fair-sized following who, under their leadership, prepared during the final week by giving up food, drink, and sleep. However, they were not turned into ectoplasm. The group disbanded.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Sep 19, 1945
Roseville Press-Tribune - Oct 3, 1945
The Vancouver Province - Oct 1, 1945
San Bernardino County Sun - Oct 3, 1947
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses | 1940s