Top 10 Most Terrible Events In History


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The Holocaust
I have ancestors who were Belgian resistance some were horrifically tortured and put in camps my grandad fought to stop it as well but some didn't survive I offer my condolences to the victims
What I hate so much about it is that all those people who died were innocent. What did they ever do to Hitler? To top it all, teachers keep telling you and making you read books about it... -. -
We need to learn this stuff. This is history, we learn history. Whether you like it or not. Life's unfair, and your gonna have to deal with that.
I can't say that a moment in the history was worse than other, but many jews that day. And what is the worst? Some Jews are discriminated in our times! (I'm saying this and I ain't Jewish)


[Newest]The fact that there are other things on this list is heartbreaking
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2World War ll
These are some Allied countries that have lost soldiers and civilians
Soviet Union - over 8 million Civilians - over 18 millions
Uk - 423,467 Civilians - 67,122
USA - 405,399 Civilians - 1,737
Poland - 242,254 Civilians - over 5 million
France - 219,345 Civilians - 350,566
Australia - 74,915 Civilians - 13,781
Canada - 45,408
Denmark - 2,166 Civilians - 1,189
India - 87,621 Civilians - over 2 million
Philippine - 58,421 Civilians - over 2 million
New Zealand - 11,988
South Africa - 11,919
Netherlands - 17,588 civilians - 245,716
Belgium - 12,258 Civilians - 75,814
Greece - 35,566 Civilians - 305,098
Norway - 3,444 Civilians - 6,586
Shows how crazy humanity is and how far one man would go to gain power even if it means killing millions of innocent people.
it's so terrible they keep little quilts with them in battle
[Newest]It goes to show how a world war can really change the face of humanity... let's hope there isn't another

39/11 World Trade Center Attacks
I was in kindergarten when it happened. I didn't understand then, but every time they show the footage of everything on September 11th each year, I break out crying. I don't know how someone could hurt a country like that. They'd have to be just... Depressed and evil. Its pathetic.


I was in school in 5th grade when it happened. I wasn't even in the USA. I was in the Dominican Republic. The principal of the school did let us all out early, and no one knew why. Then when I got home at 11:00am I realized something was wrong. In the Dominican Republic every street was empty... I WAS SO scared! I did not know why. Then I got home and I thought the world was going to end... I just hope God does not allow something like that to happen again... :(
I remember this when I was 7, even though I live in Australia I still think its the worst thing that's happened in history.


[Newest]9/11 was bad, but is NOTHING compared to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

4Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
How this event was ranked below 9/11 is beyond me... I guess perhaps because the attacks on the trade center and the others were so recent. But a terrible 3000 casualties, as opposed to an instantaneous erradication of an unthinkable 200, 000 plus countless people and animals left irratiated, seems an unrealistic comparison.
Don't hate me for this but, unlike many others I believe this should be under 9/11... America dropped the bombs to end a war that was killing a lot more than the ones who died from the bombs, they had to or many more would have died. Japan was not giving up and this was the last step for it to end... Besides after the war America actually made Japan what it is today! They re built everything and introduced industry and technology to Japan
The lesson learned in this awful event is that innocent people die because of the corruption started by their leaders. Nuclear bombs should never be used again.
[Newest]I'm agreeing with other comments on how this is somehow ranked below 9/11.. ? I don't understand.

5World War I
The war to end all wars didn't stop World War 2 and the genocide committed.
I think this list is better then the real list
Armenian Genocide Greek Genocide and Assyrian Genocide. Plus a huge war to ice the cake.
[Newest]This is not dumb but really stupid

6The Black Plague
This List is out of wack. Most of these Top Tens are just what Americans care about the most (and I am an American). This event killed one third of the world population and deserves to be higher on the list. The other Top Tens, although tragic, are not as bad as The Black Plague. I understand that it didn't affect the Western Hemisphere much (if at all), but it devastated the Eastern Hemisphere.
the blackplage killed one 3rd
of the known poppulation
I wouldn't say the Black Plague was too bad. Yes many people died but it led to the end of tyrants who relied on peasants. Since there were less peasants, there was more reason for peasants to get paid more. If not, they would attack their ruler. If the ruler killed them, he would have no power.

7Sinking of the Titanic
There were over 2000 people on that ship only 710 survived
Not heard of the others!
I love titanic. This is very sad because so many people lost there lives and how the titanic sank... It broke into 2 pieces SO SAD
[Newest]You are right this is really sad next to jesus christ

8The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
This is the #1 most heartbreaking event in history. But what fries me are the people who blame the Jews. The Jews aren't the only ones guilty for Christ's death. We all are due to sin. No one is innocent. Christ took our sins to the cross so we could be saved. That is the truth.
This was definitely one of the most tragic. look at how he died! He was hammered to a cross HAMMERED! WITH NAILS to a cross, blood pouring out of the hands and hanging from it with only the support of you nailed hands. waiting for slow breath to turn to nothing.
This is the number 1 saddest terrible events in History, this should be in number 1. Jesus is God, He died for our sins, so STOP SINNING, REPENT BE BAPTIZED IN WATER IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, FOR THE Remission of Sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues
[Newest]Those people back then were so dumb for doing what they did to jesus.

9Pearl Harbor Attack
This to me is the saddest moment in history for me. It just brings me almost to my knees to hear the stories and back story's in this tragic day!
The Americans did something worse to the Japanese.
Pearl Harbor was one of a very sad moment. One minute you are walking the next thing you know your city is being bombed

10The Slave Trade
Can you even imagine being torn away from your family and brought to an alien country and treated like merchandize? Drowning in your sorrows you gaze at the skies and wonder what has become of your family thousands of miles away? I watched ROOTS and it was heart breaking.
How the hell the slave trade isn't number 1 is beyond me. a wicked evil act for over 400 years because of ones skin colour...
America has a lot to ask forgiveness for. Slavery was beyond most peoples grasp. It was far worst than film is able to reveal.
[Newest]Knowing that children are young innocent and highly accident prone and putting them in harms way to make a few extra dollars is disgusting.

The Contenders

11Sandy Hook Shooting
This event tore me up inside as a parent! This event should at least be in the top ten if not the top 5!
This is the most tragic in 2012 so see those children had to lose there lives
God, I just wish we could go back in time and stop this event. So many parents lives have been ruined.
[Newest]I was in third grade.

12Columbine Massacre
Some of the last words they heard were "Do you believe in God? " After they said yes the trigger was pulled...

13The Great Depression
The Great Depression was a depressing moment in history the stock market crashed and almost every one in America was por
well it was... great depresing! so sad! they were so poor! :( SAD= THE GREAT DEPRSION
I that your mum was a great person. the end

14Rwanda Genocide
Almost 1 million people murdered in such a small amount of time... How is this not on the top ten list. Women, children, all murdered. Pregnant mothers having their stomachs sliced open and their unborn children butchered. And the world just watched...
I believe Clinton said it was the worse decision of his career not to help, and as the T.V. News people said, people would find it sad, then look the other way, which is just what they did. No one called it genocide at the time because then they would have to help... But we're willing to admit the truth now that the horrible reality has passed for the most part.
For those who were voting 9/11 or the birth of Justin Bieber, read a history book. 9/11, the Holocaust, and Nagasaki were nothing when compared to Rwanda. Up to 1 million died in 1994 because of the genocide (a far cry from 250,000 of the Nagasaki bombings), and this was truly a moment nobody would forget.

15Haiti Earthquake
well I'm from haiti and a lot of my family members died
This was so tragic and so sad 2 many people lost their lives in this horiible event I just want 2 say thanx 2 all the volluntears who helped find survivers=[
This was a sad event, but I don't think that nature is evil

16Hurricane Katrina
It caused SO much destruction!

17Justin Bieber was born
It was a terrible time for the whole of earth, it will continue to be remembered as a sad time for men and women combined.
That day led to millions of people to die...
And he sucks at singing it is all autotune! I can't even describe how stupid and untalented he is!
[Newest]I got AIDS because of this

18The Nanking Massacre
This is just plain awful. Beheading men. Having contest fighting for who ever gets 100 kills first. Raping thousands of women and girl then just stabbing their V. What an awful merciless act on the Chinese.

19Boston Marathon Bombings

20Queensland 2011 Floods
This catastrophe costed the government a lot of money, but the most traumatising event is obviously the deaths and lost homes.
I live in Queensland and my house got flooded and 38 people died but I would not say that it's one of the saddest times in history

21The Vietnam War
What happened with Agent Orange (likely the most toxic chemical produced) and other chemical mixtures cannot be forgotten. It's affected children in Vietnam, not just people here in the United States.
No one ever talks about the ecological effects to that region either. Any Crocodiles in Vietnam? Not any more
Matthew 24:7 Nations will fight against other nations.

22Mongol Conquests

23The Crusades
I understand that they fought over religion, but is that really what they're meant to do? Christians and Jews are told not to kill anyone and to love one another as God has lived them, no matter who the person is and what the person thinks. This shows that the Catholic Church was forcing people to follow their religion instead of letting people be. This is exactly what happened with Jews and the Nazis, and that didn't turn out well either.


Absolutely pointless. The Crusades were multiple mass murders (a better word for war), between two religions who believed in the same God pretty much. After all both of their holy books told them to love their enemies.
Europe was being INVADED by Muslims for 400 years until finally they responded. Read your history.

241918 Influenza Pandemic
Killed more people than the just-concluded WW1.

25The Japan Earthquake
The Japan earthquake and tsunami was indescribable. I was age 10 when it happened, seeing so many buildings, house, boats, cars being swept away. I never had seen anything so terrifying. Then after the tsunami nuclear power plants exploded. It was very frightening. I don't see why this is so low under the top 10 list.

26The Trail of Tears
I think this was so hypocritical and unfair!
Oh my gosh! This brought tears to my eyes. How could somebody be so mean and horrible.

2726/11 Attack On India
Worst Dates Of All Time - 26/11 & 9/11


28Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Kennedy would done lots of good things if he wasn't shot. Every good politician gets shot: Robert Kennedy (His brother), JFK, and Abraham Lincoln.
If jfk wasn't killed lots of stuff may have been prevented such as Vietnam and possibly even 9/11

29The Chernobyl Disaster
WHAT! Why isn't this in the top 10 the contaminated area won't be inhabitable for at least 300 years, come on people. The radiation fallout affected the whole of Europe. There's a reason it is called the 'Worst nuclear disaster in history'.


This killed many people and left radiation to kill even more creatures, plus its super creepy

30Bloody Sunday 1971
Sucks to be them, to say the very least.

31Syrian Civil War
18 march 2011 protests started against the government
100,000+ civilians Killed : This is a United Nations estimate. The UN believes the actual toll may be much higher as many deaths are not reported.
1.8 Million refugees;
Chemical weapons used against civilians
Air force destroyed cities
Tanks destroyed villages


Bashar al-Assad has brutally cracked down on anti-government protesters, resulting in the deaths on 90,000+. The situation is still going on.

32Oklahoma City Bombing

33Virginia Tech Massacre

34Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami
I was in Thailand when the tsunami happened I was 15 years old I lost my 2 younger brothers there names were Simon who was 9 and the other brother was could casey he was 6, I was in hospital for 4 mouth because I lost my leg and had and cuts on my face and back and stomach and I saw lots of dead people so I no how devastating it was so it would be in the top 10
Boxing day tsunami should be number 2 it took 250 000 life's and the titanic took 1500 life's
The destruction of this event is still seen in the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

35Middle East War
9/11 2,996 died
Middle Eastern hundreds of thousands died

36Khmer Rouge Regime

37Cultural Revolution (China)

38The Armenian Genocide
This event was basically the reason why all other genocides, including Holocaust, even started.
This was the Holocaust before the Holocaust and worse than the Holocaust.
Muslims killing all the christians, disgrace!
[Newest]This was the first genocide. Hitler was inspired by it.

39Death of Robin Williams
How is this even remotely important I loved him but id hardly call this a national tragedy

40Ukraine Crisis 2014
This is terrible, every country didn't do hardly anything and they are doing a lot for Iraq which we have help once before and it didn't work. And country against country is worse then civil war and it is Russia one the supper powers

419/11 Pentagon Attack

42Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Revelation 16:3 The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea. Then the sea
became blood like. Every living thing in the sea died.
thousands of fish and other sea critters dieing

43The Stolen Generation
Thousands of Australian Aboriginal children stolen from the government, some could not you there family's for years and some never seen there family again
This last for 55 years 1909 - 1964, took thousands of Australian aboriginal children taking there culture away and there family, sum didn't see there family for years and some never saw there family again.
Horrible, racism to Australian Aboriginal have been bad and they took there childhood and can not live there peoples WAIS

9/11 World Trade Center Attacks = 2,996 deaths = third place.

Holodomor = 2.4 - 7.5 million deaths = not even in the list.

It's crazy how many people don't know about this
More people should Google this... Russia's Stalin starved millions of Ukrainians for a decade between WWI and WWII in the Soviet Union.

451900s British Attack On India

46Chile Earthquake

47Spanish Inquisition
... seriously? I mean this may have occured centuries ago but we're talking about extermination of entire civilizations here. The holocaust was terrible but the Jewish population is still around today. If this isn't one of mankind's most barbaric events, I don't know what is.

48The 7/7 Attacks on London

491984 anti-Sikh riots
Yes, thousands of innocent Sikhs were killed for no fault of theirs. Police simply watched & political parties instigated for killings. Very strange but true.

50Colorado Movie Theater Shooting
Its is very sad while I know that it isn't the worst I live there and every body was sad and I couldn't believe I lived here when it happened (pray for them souls)

51Slavery of the Jews in Egypt

52Ghouta Chemical Attack

53Salem Witch Trials
Thousands of innocent people hanged, tortured, burned, drowned, beheaded or torn to pieces over a mere superstition... How the hell is this not on here?
Actually, only about 39 people died, but that is STILL pretty bad.

54Guimaras Oil Spill

551921 Destruction of Black Wall Street
Far worse than OKC bombing

56Darwin Bombing
It was one of the weirst bombings in WW2
13,781 Australian civilians died in WW2
Darwin was the most destructive killing lots and lots of others towns got bombed
Darwin - 6,901
Cape York - 2,539
Townsville - 1,253
Cairns - 1,065
Wyndham - 955
Broome - 942
Sydney boat attacks - 929
Karratha - 791
Port headland - 769
Just to name some

57Kenya Mall Shooting

58Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
This is worse than JK because is was thought to be the best president of the United States and freed the black race.

59Execution of Christians in the Middle East
Hundred of thousands have died because of religion
Hundreds are dying even today for their beliefs

60Boston Molasses Disaster

61End of the Last Ice Age
Around 12,000 years ago, all of that water that had been trapped as ice was freed up, raising sea levels hundreds of feet and drowning all coastal settlements and even those not that close.
Probably responsible for the many various ancient "flood" mythologies.
This was a good thing

62Sinking of Britannic

63Government Shutdown of 2013
Scared the hell out of me I was only 13 when this happened.

64Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

65The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan

66Winnipeg General Strike

67Famine In Ethiopia

682008 Sichuan Earthquake

69Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse

701985 Mexico City Earthquake

71Battle of Gettysburg

722012 Aurora Theater Shooting
This event actually made me really emotional. And I don't even live in Colorado.

73Nelson Mandela's Death
He was a great man change history

74Black Saturday Bushfires
In Victoria, Australia one of the worst fires in record killed 173 people and destroyed 2,029 houses killed lots of bush land and animals

75Waco Texas
Wow! This was so sad. It actually made me really scared for the people in Waco. I saw that video too on YouTube.
This should've been top 20

762002 Bali Bombings
202 people died in affected Indonesia & Australia a lot

77American Japanese Holocaust
Japanese weren't deliberately killed, but they were imprisoned in terrible conditions so it's still pretty bad.
Germany wasn't the only ones. We killed thousands. But you won't see it in your government mandated textbooks.

78Japanese, Danish and Norwegian whaling
No living been should suffer of science and for fun

79Massacres in Volhynia

80Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

81Kent State Shootings
The slaughter of innocent students by their own government and neighbors.

82Santa Maria Tragedy in Brazil

83St. Francis Dam Disaster
Los Angeles flooding killed around 2,000 people 100 years ago.

84Munich Massacre
It was a sad time during the most popular sports thing in the world and we were all afraid
Fail rescue mission
Nine people died
And it was the first time Germany held the Olympics without Nazis


86MH17 Malaysia Airline Plane Shot down
298 people killed including over 80 children

87Catholic Child Sex Abuse

88Dungan Revolt

89Rape of Belgium

90Death of Tim Samaras

91Execution of Anne Boleyn

92Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79

93Jonestown Suicides

94Death of Heath Ledger

95Battle of Okinawa
Mass suicide! Very brutal

96La Violencia

97Permian Extinction

98England War of 1912

99Death of Sharon Tate

100Sid Vicious Murdering his Girlfriend

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