Abraham de Moivre, a French mathematician, successfully predicted the date of his own death in 1754.
Abraham de Moivre was born 26 May 1667 in Champagne, France. He was a famous French mathematician best known for Moivre’s formula, which you may be familiar with if you’ve taken the right college classes. He is also well known for his work on normal distribution and probability theory. He later wrote a book on the latter called The Doctrine of Chances.
De Moivre was also the first to discover Binet’s formula. As you might expect given his age and location, he was a friend of Isaac Newton (whom it is likely he befriended due to a very similar taste in wigs). During the later years of his life, he studied further into probability and mathematics. His work was so extensive that several papers were published posthumously. As he aged, he became more and more lethargic, and started sleeping longer hours.
He noted that he was sleeping 15 minutes extra every night, and calculated that he would die on the day that the extra 15 minutes a night accumulated to 24 hours. That day was November 27, 1754, the actual day of his death. He died in London and was buried at St. Martin-in-the-Fields.