On not signing The Beatles
Decca Recording Company expressed their opinion on signing the Beatles on the Fab Four in 1962–and it wasn't positive. But according to cbsnews.com, the Beatles have sold 1.6 billion singles in the U.S. and 177 million albums. So much for guitar music being "on the way out."
On the popularity of Harry Potter
The publishing executive sounded pretty positive that Harry Potter would be a flop when they wrote this to J.K. Rowling in 1996. They probably wish they could use an "obliviate" spell right about now. (This photo can predict if you're a cat lover or a dog lover.)
On the risks of smoking
W.C. Heuper, the director of the National Cancer Institute's Environmental Cancer Section, only ruled smoking as a "minor" contribution to lung cancer when he said this in 1954. Whoops.
On drafting Michael Jordan
Rod Thorn, the Chicago Bulls general manager, didn't have much hope for Michael Jordan when he said this in 1984. (Here's how you can predict when you'll get a migraine, according to science.)
On Elvis's musical future
Eddie Bond, a radio host, didn't think Elvis would make it as a singer when he said this in 1954. Yet somehow, Elvis still managed to make money after he died, according to forbes.com–which is strange for someone who apparently wasn't singer potential.
On the future of the telephone
According to a Western Union internal memo in 1876, telephones had "inherently no value to us." Now, more people have more cellphones than toilets, according to time.com. (Want to put your psychic skills to the test? Here are some clever ways to predict the weather without an app.)
On Ronald Reagan as an actor
The United Artists executive rejected Reagan as the lead for The Best Man, and claimed he didn't have "that presidential look." He ended up being the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
On electing a female prime minister
In 1969, Margaret Thatcher didn't believe that a woman would become prime minister in her lifetime. Ten years later, she became the first female prime minister of Britain from 1979 to 1990, according to biography.com. (This is what 2018 has in store for you, according to your zodiac sign.)
On the longevity of the television
In 1946, Darryl Zanuck, a 20th Century Fox movie producer, didn't foresee a bright future for the world of television. According to a story published by The New York Times 70 years later, "On average, American adults are watching five hours and four minutes of television per day."
On women's suffrage
If you're female and you've ever voted, Grover Cleveland wouldn't have considered you a "sensible and responsible" woman in 1905. (By the way, it's true–your first name can secretly predict your next vacation.)