November 24, 1993

On November 24, 1993, the citizens of the Ukraine proved that the United States did not have a monopoly on crazy religious people. The White Brotherhood, a cult led by Maria Devi Khrystos and her husband Yuriy Kryvonohoy, proclaimed that the world was going to end on November 24, 1993 and that they would have a mass suicide event by their followers, which some believed numbered over 100,000 people. The authorities stepped in days before November 24 and arrested both Maria and her husband Yuriy and the mass suicide didn’t happen. To the disappointment of their followers, November 25 rolled around like nothing was happening and the world didn’t end. You’d think the White Brotherhood would have taken lessons from the Millerites in the 1840s and not have been so confident in their prediction.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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