Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, is well known for his series of prophecies based on his own interpretation of astrology. Collected in his book "The Prophecies," published in 1555, Nostradamus presents a vaguely-worded historic-ish roadmap that leads to the end of days.
Those who buy into these "prophecies" allege the fulfillment of predictions made within Nostradamus' writings indicate his approach to history is correct. The Great Fire of London in 1666, the scientific undertakings of Louis Pasteur, and the rise of Napoleon and Hitler were all predicted by Nostradamus, according to those who adhere to and interpret his writings.
There are three major pitfalls of relying on Nostradamus to predict the future. For starters, those who most carefully adhere to his interpretations tend to predict the end of the world every decade or so. If there's one thing everyone can agree on when it comes to doomsday, it's that the apocalypse is final. Second, his texts are mainly used to contort historical events to fit his texts. And finally, all anyone needs to do to realize how much Nostradamus' own words have been twisted to prove him correct is to read his work.
This passage, for example, predicts the atomic bomb:
Near the gates and within the cities,
there will be two scourges the like of which was never seen.
Famine within plague, people put out by steel,
crying to the great immortal God for relief.
Given that outbreaks of plague were sporadic and widely feared during Nostradamus' era, this text likely refers to the spread of disease. How this relates to nuclear weapon takes a serious stretch of the imagination.