Hal Lindsey, in his book The Late Great Planet Earth, which was the best-selling non-fiction book of the 1970s, predicted that the world would end sometime before Dec 31 1988. He cited various events - a nuclear was, the communist threat, and the restoration of Israel - as reasons for the fact that the end of times were upon man-kind. After 1989, he continued to make several similar claims with new dates. Arguably, Lindsey did more than just wrongly predict the end of the world, because he also popularized the genre of prophecy books.
Hal Lindsey, The Late Great Planet Earth. Zondervan, 1970