I'm old enough to remember them saying that the worlds rainforests would be gone by 2010. That the water would be so polluted by 2000 that we wouldn't have anything to drink. That north america would be a desert by 2012, and southern canada would be semi-tropical by 2015. Fear mongering is the way money grubbers make money.
Oh, and those predictions? They came out while I was in grade school...in the 1980's, still got the pamphlets and handouts somewhere for them.
You also forgot about civilization ending on 9/9/1999, 12/31/1999, and then again on 2/29/2000.