In 1982, The Jupiter Effect did not destroy the Earth as promised
On this day in 1982, a poorly predicted set of catastrophes failed to materialize — but only after eight years of book sales funding two young authors. The Wikipedia entry for The Jupiter Effect is rather brutal:
The Jupiter Effect is a 1974 book by John Gribbin and Stephen Plagemann, in which the authors predicted that an alignment of the planets of the Solar System would create a number of catastrophes, including a great earthquake on the San Andreas Fault, on March 10, 1982.
Especially this part: