December 14th 1503: Nostradamus born

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Nostradamus (1503 – 1566)

On this day in 1503, Michel de Nostredame or ‘Nostradamus’ was born in Provence in the south of France. Nostradamus is most known for his work as an apothecary and seer, and for his famous ‘prophecies’. Many people look to Nostradamus’s ‘prophecies’ and see them as predicting many major world events. However, it is largely believed that the supposed prophecies were really just the result of misunderstanding, mistranslation or are just very tenuous. That being said, it is interesting to see some of these ‘prophecies’ and how they seem to have come true.

“Beasts ferocious from hunger will swim across rivers:
Greater part of the army will be against Hister
The greater one will cause it to be dragged in an iron cage
When the Germany child will observe nothing.

This supposedly predicts World War Two, with its mention of “Hister” instead of Hitler, and “iron cage” could refer to the communist ‘iron curtain’.

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Plaque commemorating the site of his birth

“Before the war comes, the great wall will fall,
The King will be executed, his death coming too soon will be lamented.
(The guards) will swim in blood,
Near the River Seine the soil will be bloodied.”
– This is meant to predict the French Revolution of 1789, when King Louis XVI was executed.

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1672 copy of Nostradamus’s ‘Prophecies’

“The ancient work will be accomplished,
and from the roof evil ruin will fall on to the great man.
Dead, they will accuse an innocent of the deed,
The guilty one hidden in the misty copse.”
– This is supposedly about the assassination of President Kennedy, with him being the “great man”, and suggesting that there was a wider conspiracy involved
if the “misty copse” is considered the ‘grassy knoll’.

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