Global Events That Have Moved the “Doomsday Clock” Closer to Midnight

If you are not familiar with the Doomsday Clock, it is a (figurative) clock that was put into place in 1947 to closely monitor man’s likelihood of a major global disaster. And though you may not find any comfort in this, the Doomsday Clock is the closest it has ever been to midnight since the atomic age. We are at two minutes to midnight, sadly, with midnight being our potential end as a result of a myriad of variables.

But outside of natural disasters and and many wars, what other events have caused this infamous clock to tick closer and closer to our potential doom, and what key moments have made it move backwards as well, reassuring a false sense of security into us for short periods of time?

Here are ten moments in history that moved the Doomsday Clock forward (and in some cases, backwards):

On the plus side, at least we are close to not having to pay any more bills.

That’ll be nice.


Remy Carreiro


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