Top 10 Worst Events in World History

The Top Ten
1 The Holocaust

We can not ignore this. The Holocaust was Hitler's plan to take over the Jewish and Communist people when they hadn't done anything wrong to him or his nation. This, sadly, resulted in the deaths of 17 million people.

This is DEFINITELY one of the worst events in history, along with 9/11 and both World Wars and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I HATE that we (the U.S.) bombed Japan. I know they bombed Hawaii, but we murdered many innocent people! There was a video that I watched with my family about what Japan looked like the day of the bombing right before the bombing in both cities. In both cities, children and their mothers were sitting laughing, chatting, and doing school, and then BOOM! BOOM! --everything dissolved in smoke. Everything blew up. I was so sad and angry at President Truman for commanding us to do that and at us for obeying him. I know we were furious, and I also know that Japan shouldn't have bombed us (I am NOT pointing fingers at Japan, by the way, I am MADDER at the U.S. than Japan). But that doesn't warrant us bombing two cities that did NOTHING to us. Just because Japan bombed us doesn't mean every single person who is Japanese is bad. People can do bad things and good things, but that doesn't make the person good or bad. All of us have done good and bad things to each other and to ourselves. Peace is not the only way to work things out because sometimes fighting does help, but fighting also brings great devastation upon those who are involved and also those who aren't.
I am sorry,
a U.S. citizen

2 World War II

Those that don't know there history place this anywhere but the number one spot, count up all the mini events that took place within this global war and the lives lost during and even after are uncountable. Please if you. Sleep during history stay awake for ww2. And people, pay attention, we're on the cusp of ww3.

This pointlessly stupid conflict killed hundreds of people for know reason other than racism. Unlike the First World War where ended making more sense, WW2 ruined the worlds borders especially in Europe, historical lands taken away and cleansed because of a pointless war.

People should study history and understand that the Holocaust mostly took place during this war. 6 million people died in the holocaust. 50 to 85 were killed during the whole war. It changed the world forever. The cost was far too great.

3 Black Death

By killing 1/3 of Europe it put an end to Fuedalism (the system used in the middle ages where poor farmers worked for lords and knights), and led to the Renaissance, with the greatest scientific discoveries and exploration since the Roman Empire.

This isn't #1, but it should be #2. This was a horrible disease with over half of the population in Europe dying. For God sakes, humanity almost went extinct thanks to this. This must be higher.

The Black Death had a higher death toll (75-200m) than any other event on this list. The only reason the Holocaust got #1 is the disproportionately high amount of media attention it gets.

4 Nanjing Massacre

I can't even fathom how Japanese people were able to do such an atrocity considering they are so polite and have a cute culture, maybe that's what lead to them being like now.

Finally! A list that doesn't only care about the American events! The rest of the world has suffered much more than America in the grand scheme of things

If Japan thinks it's alright to deny the Nanjing Massacre than I'm denying the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

5 World War I

WW1 was such a sad time in history and may people died I wish there was no vilence in the world WW3 is already starting.

By far the most ugly war

Same here feel bad

6 African Slave Trade

Was awful, purely awful, but cannot be placed too high on the list as the slave trade was orchestrated by native Africans. However, what is one of the worst events in history was the way slaves were treated, an informal genocide for over 200 years.

In no way do I support slavery, however for those of you who don't know, whitey isn't to blame for slavery. Black Africans sold their own countrymen to the other countries. O and by the way there is still slavery going on in the world today. Its called the sex trade. So if tonight you planned on going and picking up someone for a good time just remember these words, she's a slave, and for an hour or whatever you are helping her stay stuck in a world of violence and abuse. You are no better than that a-hole with a whip. No pun intended

Terrorist attacks and shootings, as terrible as they are, don't compare to hundreds of years of the forced labour and suffering of thousands of the African people.

7 9/11

I think its recency is of upmost importance, in the 21st Century to some extent people felt shielded from the horrors of earlier centuries, yet 9/11 tragically reminded society the harsh and unrelenting nature of evil that pervades all of history.

In my opinion this has to be the saddest most tragic event in world history. My family knew Leroy Homer JR (flight 93) he was a long time friend of both my Aunts. I was 5 years old at the time and still remember briefly watching my parents faces in horror and tears and knowing my Aunt worked across from the WTC and could possibly be hurt or even killed. I was a bit young so I didn't know how to react other than crying but all I remember was watching the T.V. and it all seeming like a movie except it was for real, I don't know how evil a person or people could be to do such a thing as to attack a building in which people go to work innocently not knowing what could happen. Those who were on all 4 planes knowing as it was hijacked will be the last few minutes of their lives. I don't live in the US but I can imagine all of the people seeing smoke and fire arising from the two buildings and the ash and papers flying from the sky above. Watching clips online and seeing the blood and tears on every person running for their live s..s igh..I'm not great at writing things but I can only imagine how frightening it was for everyone. Justice is somewhat served seeing Bin Laden is killed but ISIS is still active and out there and along with daily terrorism all over the world. I've visited the Memorial site for 9/11 twice and will be going back this year. My hearts go out to the victims living with the painful and disturbing memories of that tragic day along with all the other whom are now affected from it as well (cancer and other illnesses/diseases) and to those who lost their family. May all those innocent angels taken that day rest in sweet peace in heaven above. -Rin.

8 The Crusades

A forum for heinous war crimes in the name of religion, was truly appalling. Murder of innocent women and children, and perhaps the worst was Richard I's beheading of 2000 prisoners of war at the Siege of Acre during the 3rd Crusade.

Religion is a scourge on this planet and absolutely DOES NOT deserve one iota of respect. A good many of the worst crimes in history were killing for religion. Where was your god during these times? Yeah, that's what I thought!

And a good reason to avoid labels and pledge blind, undying faith to specific organizations of man.

9 Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Blame the Japanese government. They refused to surrender to the Americans and also refused to evacuate the civilians from their cities when they were warned.

Imperial Japan was a fascist dictatorship that killed millions of people and they would anything not to surrender. Nuking them twice was the only way to make them surrender and it was more safer than a land invasion.

It killed more than one hundred thousand people, and that was in one explosion. It was one of the most cruel and affected innocent people for miles. More than half of two cities that took years to built destroyed. It shows how terrifying people can be. Even though the Americans did this for revenge, it is still the most inhumane event in history (besides the Holocaust). Robert Oppenheimer even quoted a line from the Bhagavad Gita, saying "I have become death, destroyer of worlds".

10 Native American Genocide

How can we ignore this?

The Contenders
11 Coronavirus Outbreak

This should be somewhere at 1 or 2 this event killed a lot more Americans then 9/11 did and killed a lot of others in other country's.

This is by far the worst event in world history. The holocaust and the black death were nothing compared to this.

I thought this would be in the top 10 by now.

12 Chernobyl Disaster

I added this because of the horrible effects it had.

Me mum's ukrainian

13 The Great Depression
14 China's Great Leap Forward

Are you kidding me? The Great Leap Forward at 14, nobody knows about this and that's just shameful. 56 million people died!

This needs to be higher.

I don't know what to say.

15 Ebola Outbreak
16 The Holodomor

It is interesting that this famine is promoted beyond all measure, then no one never remembers other famines in the history of Russia (the famines in the Russian Empire were almost continuous, following each other with an interval of several years, and only with the advent of Soviet power in Russia did this succeed stop, although not immediately). I tried to find on this list the Russian famines of 1891, 1897, 1901, 1906, 1911, 1916-17, but I failed, while the 1933 famine is in 11th place in the list of the worst events in human history. It probably has nothing to do with the fact that it is so convenient to use it to demonize the damned communists.
Just an interesting observation.

Holodomor (which means "murder by starvation") never happened. There definitely was a famine, but there is no evidence that it was intentional. What's sick is that the West isn't concerned about the people who suffered from the famines of 1932, they're just worried about bashing Communism.

17 Spanish Influenza Outbreak

The deadliest natural event in the history of mankind, more people died in this natural event than anything else.

18 Permian-Triassic Extinction

I remember this like it was yesterday... I still have flashbacks

When Ann the Allosaur died after hiding in the attic with her family. #RespectTheBible

19 Armenian Genocide

Very sad and inhuman deed, it was implemented primarily through the mass murder of around one million Armenians during death marches to the Syrian Desert and the forced Islamization of others, primarily women and children,This genocide put an end to more than two thousand years of Armenian civilization in eastern Anatolia. Together with the mass murder and expulsion of Assyrian/Syriac and Greek Orthodox Christians, it enabled the creation of an ethnonationalist Turkish state, the Republic of Turkey.

I wrote a research paper about this event and I read about the terrible ways Armenians were tortured by the Ottomans. This event was definitely one of the most horrible of all time. The worst part is that Turkey denies that the genocide happened

Just as bad as the Holocaust and almost no one's heard of it.

20 Rwandan Genocide

The thing that frightens me the most about this is the fact it happened so recently, in 2008 or something like that. It killed so many different peoples and tribes that now, Rwanda is one single culture. It really was a bad Genocide.

One of the worst genocides ever, as far I know it all started because of the vaccinations they have done to people of the coutry, and in this vaccines there was certain technology or ingredients that made the people go crazy and slaugther the other people who were not vaccinated who most of them were christians, UN did nothing because this will "breach their monitoring mandate" the goverment wanted to see what the vaccines will do and the consenquenses were terrible, also the president of Rwanda I think was killed .

Should be at least in the top 5. 800000 people died needlessly. UN offered little to no help!

21 Dallas Shooting

The shooting was intense

This event was horrible

Our officers poor them

22 Rise of Communism

I hate Communism and, don't hate me for this, but I am an Imperialist, so I would have supported the Russian Empire and their government. After all, they abolished Serfdom in 1861, which was great and gave people a lot of freedom.

The principal idea of communism itself is not bad. It's an absolute equality in its essence, the thing is that people are always craving for power, and in the end, they will succeed, and ignore their own ideals and ideology.

That's wonderfully portrayed in "Animal Farm" for example. The principal idea was that everyone is equal... until "but some are more equal" was added.

There are two big issues why communism is so poorly executed: the leaders stop carrying about the population and want to gain more and more control and power, and communist countries try to see other countries and systems as bad. It is essential to stay open for other countries for your own economy and to not control the population or else your basic idea is dead, else the result is as disastrous as in every communist country. East Germany had a way better equality of women and even homosexuals than in West Germany, and everyone had only a moderate income but wasn't piss poor. But what's that worth when you have to be scared the neighbors spy on every move you make and can take away everything your life is built on with just one word to the wring person?
"The Lives of Others" is horribly accurate in its portrayal of spying in East Germany. Only the main character has a better personality than actual Stasi officers.

Watching Billy Wilder's "One Two Three" I figured half of Buchholz's character's lines were dangerous brainwashed propaganda, but every third line was intelligent and thought out. That's my general conclusion for communism: its basic and principal idea is good. But the execution is terrifying and often violent.

23 The Salem Witch Trials
24 Columbine High School Shooting

It all started with this most brutal thing is how they were kids

25 Cultural Revolution in China

Over 65 MILLION civilians killed 1966-1976, nearly the worldwide total of World War 2.

A grave mistake of Mao's.

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