7. Michael Jackson's Death

One of the most shocking moments in pop culture history occurred in June 25, 2009. That afternoon, the nation was rocked by breaking news that the King of Pop had been pronounced dead at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. It took months for the coroner to rule his untimely death a homicide (and yet another two years for his personal physician Conrad Murray to be convicted of involuntary manslaughter), but a certain French apothecary proclaimed over 500 years ago that "the great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt, an evil deed foretold by the bearer of a petition. According to the prediction, another falls at night time." 

Though a great deal of Nostradamus followers believe that this was a reference to the death of JFK and his brother, Robert Kennedy, the dismal prediction is also reflective of the music icon's passing; he wasn't the only one to "fall" that day. Charlie's Angels star Farrah Fawcett, too, was mourned nationwide after she lost a long battle with cancer.