Top 10 Most Terrible Events In History

The Top Ten

The Holocaust

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 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

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)

If you need an explanation as to why this is one of the worst events in modern history, what the hell are you doing?

World War ll

I'm vistor here and I can't make my list so heres my list of the top 20 most worst events in history by the way world war 2 is worst than the holocaust lets start 1. World war 1 2. World war 2 3. The black plague 4. The Chernobyl accident 5. The slave trade 6. The holocaust 7. Rwanda genocide 8. Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 9. Pearl harbor attack 10. 2011 Japan ocean earthquake and tsunami 11. 2004 Indian ocean earthquake and tsunami 12. September 11 attacks 13. Sinking of the titanic 14. 1998 us embassy bombing 15. Beslan school seige 16. Oklahoma city bombing 17. November 2015 Paris attacks 18. 2016 nice attack 19. 2011 Norway attacks 20. 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting 21. Bath school disaster 22. Port Arthur massacre 23. Virginia tech shooting 2013 boston marathon bombing and 2012 sandy hook elementary school shooting shouldn't be in the top 10 not even in the top 20 or even top 30 why I tell you 2013 boston marathon bombing and only killed 3 people that's it in my list ...more

World War II is the most destructive and tragic war of all time were human rights did not exist. What is even worse is that the casualties of the war is actually not the real number because many of the reports of people who died did never arrive to be read by officials.

World war Ii was also the rise of the atomic bomb and the nuclear arms race.

Also many forget how many that died in the soviet union, 27 million as the current number of them were 11 Soldiers and 16 million civilians who died of starvation and forced labour.

But the world war 2 conflict is actually longer then we think. The real start were the second Sino-Japanese. The war that is also forgotten into history. In school we read about D-day, the invasion of Poland, the invasion of western and the Nordic countries, the battle of Britain and a little of operation Barbarossa (invasion of the soviet union). The only battle on the European Eastern front is battle of Stalingrad which is symbol for the ...more

In my opinion, WWII is one of the most interesting events in history. There are dozens of different perspectives left mostly untold and it impacted millions upon millions across the world. That said, it was also was caused by and led to some of the most tragic events in the last 150 years.

Many people died, families were lost, it was just a dark time in human history

9/11 World Trade Center Attacks

I was four years old when this happened, and man, let me tell you, I was crying like the world was going to end. Everyone thought I was smart for a four year old, and that I acted like a six year old, but I still cried like crazy. My parents were on the couch watching television, while I, was running back and forth in the living room. My parents told me what had happened, but I didn't understand what a terrorist was, or what an accidental mishap was, either. I just understood their tones of voice was very serious, and I was a cheerful child. Just knowing that they were very serious made me upset, and when they started crying, I lost it. I don't understand how anyone in the right mind could fly themselves into a tower, killing lots and lots of people. Don't tell me they weren't in their right minds, because I know they were. How could someone insane fly an airplane, pass security, and hit directly into the tower. I know they weren't being right with their right mind, but they were in ...more

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... :(

This was bad due to innocent casualties, and deaths of loved ones.

The 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.

Too many devastating things happened. If you've seen pictures of the symptoms, you would know how horrific it is.

Who In Mind?! would think 9/11! is worse then The black Plague?! (Death) This has to be the worst cause Europeans thought the world was gonna end, Over 130 million Europeans died!, and that is much worse than the holocaust!, We shall never forget tis.

The Black Death has the highest death toll of any single event. The only reason the Holocaust, 9/11, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Pearl Harbor are on the list is because of disproportionately high media attention and too many American voters. The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ being on this list is absolutely ridiculous. The death of one man we don't even know existed doesn't outweigh the deaths of millions.

The holocaust is voted by people not American too. The holocaust killed 6 million. Grow up.

Atomic 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.

That's because people are still whiny about the fact that America actually is vulnerable.

Dropping the atomic bombs on Japan has been one of the most controversial decisions ever. I believe after the bombings of Pearl Harbor, it was the right decision. But not just Pearl Harbor was avenged. Freedom was avenged not just for Americans but for the Japanese citizens too. Yes, thousands of lives were lost in these attacks but what followed? A thriving country with a great economy and a balanced government with NO emperors. Before the bombs Japan was a place from hell run by a lazy leader who didn't care at all for his people. If the United States had chosen to not drop the bombs, a great suffering would have likely still continued all the way till today. But instead they made the right decision in dropping the bombs to finally obtain that great peace that was in delay for years, no longer. There has never been peace without first a great suffering. The greater the suffering the greater the peace. And before you ask, yes. Americans suffered greatly in our revolutionary and civil ...more

I am Japanese and I have seen photos of victims from this event. My mum told me countless times about how much damage the bombs caused and how war was pointless. In Japan I saw countless books, movies and documentaries about this and it is sad that people can do things like this to each other. Little kids, men, women, moms, dads, grandparents, all killed without mercy. Imagine how the people slowly died from burns, radiation poisoning and the like. I know it was done to stop the war and I don't hate any American people for this, but I don't want this to ever happen again. And why is this lower than Justin Bieber?! Would you rather stop this event that killed thousands of innocent people or the birth of one lousy human being? If only this was taught in school in detail. Students should see the people with severe burns, melting skin and people that look like a black lump in the shape of a human. It wasn't a quick death. We need to look at these tragedies in detail so as to never forget ...more

For all you butthurt people, we WARNED Japan that this would happen if they didn't surrender. We told them to surrender or "complete and utter destruction will follow". Japan ignored our warning, thinking we were bluffing. We weren't.

Pearl Harbor Attack

The Americans did something worse to the Japanese.

Another historic event now going through "revision" to align it with current lib-think. A shame not many of the survivors are left any more to tell the revisionists to take a flying leap.

This was barely an attack, it was a political move, it was the Japanese trying to protect themselves by sinking the American fleet (stationed at pearl harbour). 2500 soldiers (men willing to give their lives for war) died, later on in WWII 40,000 American soldiers died in an American assault on a small Japanese island. More than 10 times the amount of people died on that assault but still something as small as pearl harbour is considered more tragic than that?

How is this below Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Granted, the death toll was higher, there were innocent people, but Japan's intention was to make America useless so that it couldn't defend itself. America wanted to end the war. Japan is technically responsible for Hiroshima and Nagasaki anyways; if they hadn't bombed Pearl Harbor, America wouldn't have taken revenge. The Pearl Harbor attack isn't just tragic in itself, but also that it caused other attacks.

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

This should not be on the list simply because no one knows if Jesus is even real. I'm not saying I'm against Christianity, but in most of the events on this list, tons of people died. An event where just ONE (fictional? ) person died should not be on this list, or at least not in the top 10.

Jesus was real, not a fictional person. I'm not just saying that because I'm Christian. It is accepted fact that he was a person, and Jesus is involved in other religions as well. Whether or not he was the savior of our world is debatable.

As Christians, we should NOT believe it was the worst event! We should believe it was one of the greatest events, although it is sad Jesus had to go through all that! We Christians believe that if this didn't happen, we'd die as punishment for our sins! So Jesus did this, and the world was being saved! He was literally winning with every whip, with every wound! Also, if you're not Christian, it's okay. No need to believe this. - SoongeBill

The God of the Universe, the perfectly holy being who is infinitely good, completely without sin, sacrificed himself to save those dead in their sin. To save those who mock his name, who deny him daily, who spit and turn away from his face, who are completely deserving of eternal DEATH. Through his good grace, he paid the ultimate price. I beseech anyone who sees this: turn from the path of destruction, the path of temporary, worldly lusts and wants, and follow the narrow path, for no cost on this earth is worth the infinite value of eternal communion and fellowship with Christ. Read "Hard to Believe" by John MacArthur for better understanding. It certainly changed my life. It could help change yours.

You know what's worse than this? When god decided to commit genocide (aka flooding a whole town) because he felt the people that he created became "corrupted".

as sad as this was Jesus did this for a reason. By doing this he forgave all our sins. This is not a time to feel sad it is a time of great joy and purity. I sound like a pope saying that. Written by Natalie portman

The Slave Trade

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...

I personally think the holocaust is at least equally as horrible. Both are super awful though.

What makes this worse is that black African great history from Egypt, India and Moors were erased to keep blacks below. Now what can those blacks even look up to.

Because so many people were discriminated alienated and a lot of people died

I just can't believe that these people were treated as if they weren't even human, just because of the colour of their skin. It should be higher on the list. I'm not sure on the numbers, but I believe that more died in the Holocaust, so that should be number one, and this number 2.

Birth of Donald Trump

What the hell is wrong with you guys? This shouldn't be on the list

Sad to say, much of the stuff on this list shouldn't be here. But this is easily the most pointless item to add in the entire top 20.

I know this is no where near as bad as some of the awful genocides that have been committed throughout history, but it is funny that someone put it on here. And he is an actual idiot. Like, why the hell is he trying to build a wall?! We knocked down the Berlin wall because we realised it was stupid, and here he is, trying to stop Mexicans entering his country, when his wife is am immigrant! I have nothing against immigrants, in fact I believe that they are 100% within their rights to enter another country, but he can't stop Mexicans from coming into his country, and have a foreign wife. It's like we've taken 10 steps back.

This word I can not say on the internet deserves to be on this list. He's ruined so many people lives.

People hating on this, I think it's hilarious someone put this here

Sinking of the Titanic

Most of the first class passengers survived. About half of the second class passengers did. Not many of the third class ones did though. None of the engineers or musicians. Not the captain either. I am just happy to live in a more peaceful time. Only one first class and one second class child died. The rest: third class. I find this awful.

So many people died and the boat (which was a beautiful piece of art) was destroyed.

There were over 2000 people on that ship only 710 survived

This was quite sad for people that didn't make it off the titanic

The Newcomers

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The Contenders

Sandy Hook Shooting

I can't believe this happened. Like, so many innocent children were murdered that day. It's so sad. I am still in school and I wish I never heard about it. But literally, it doesn't matter if this only had 27 deaths. Everything that leaves a scar in history can't be undone. I know it's selfish but me and my friends sometimes worry. Because the school we got to, last year some kid brought a gun to school. Imagine being one of those kids? Oh and the Colombine Massacre was absolutely horrific. I've heard about all that happened. Eric and Dylan should be locked up in hell with people slicing their throats the whole time and they should feel it.

While this was a terrible event, this was far from being the worst event in history. People, including kids, had lost their lives in shootings before this event had happened. It seems kind of dumb that people would over blow shootings that happen in places that aren't known for it. Numerous shootings caused by drug runners are much worse.

This should be higher than Trump's birth; at least he didn't kill anyone.

What? This needs to be lower. There are much worse tragedies below than the Sandy Hook shooting. This was only 27 deaths. And the Las Vegas shooting, the Oklahoma City bombing and Armenian Genocide suffered far more deaths than this. Also, why do people only know about very famous tragedies like the Holocaust and 9/11.

World War I

The first World War is often overshadowed by the second, which is believe to have created catastrophic devices, turned countries around, and killed millions.
What isn't understood however is that the first World War started it all. King Wilhelm united Germany under Prussia,creating what was thought to be a great country. However his son, Wilhelm the second, shoved off his advisor and all his fathers hard work, power unable to quench his thirst, thus beginning a foolish domination of the European countries. True, the amount of lives lost is incomparable to that of the events of world war 2, but it was the lost presented by this foolish ruler and the greed of the countries involved that tore people to ruins, electing to power Hitler under the democracy, desperate for any salvation.
In other words, it was the foolish decisions of the second king, the catastrophic scale, damage, and backlash of this true war that ignited the flames in many hearts to follow a path leading to even ...more

This war was what made people experience the horrors of war. People were drafted out of choice and propaganda was everywhere

Compared to ww2 it has a significantly lower death toll (but still a massive 17 million), however in my opinion it's a far sadder war. People were fighting and dying in their millions for what exactly? Not for peace, ww2 starting just 21 years later. Not for freedom, there was still oppression and mistreatment in the colonies of the victors. In the end, they fought and bled for nothing.

Should be higher up on this list, WWI was the first true global war, and with it brought unprecedented destruction and misery. It truly shook the world, completely changing our attitudes towards combat and war. It basically wiped out a generation of young men with the potential to change the world for the better, and basically only because of wounded the belligerent's wounded pride and nationalistic values. It of course lead to the even bloodier, but much more justifiable conflict of WW2 (allies basically had to save the world from the fascists). WWI was so tragic in this sense that it was such a meaningless war that killed and maimed and brought pain to so many people.

1918 Influenza Pandemic

So many people died, this is 30 times more deadly than a regular flu. This COVID-19 pandemic is nothing compared to this. Be grateful.

It filled their throats with liquid. IT DROWNED THEM. If that's not depressing then what is?! This was the rhyme children sung:

Once I had a bird, her name was mess
I opened up the window and in-flu-enza.

Terrible,but..

Killed more in 1 year than the bubonic plague did in 100 years.

Approximately 5% of the worlds population at the time died. The life expectancy dropped 12 years. Terrible stuff, probably one of the worst 'disasters' in human history.

Rwanda Genocide

Children. Parents. Seniors. People of all ages died during this awful genocide.

1,000,000 murdered, distinctly murdered not casualties of war or extrajudicially executed, or bombed in an instant, but personally and brutally hunted down in their own villages by their fellow countrymen and murdered, men, women, and children. Children's skulls were smashed open against the wall and pregnant women eviscerated with machetes. The radio would read out the addresses of Tutsis and command the Hutus within the village to work with the genocidairs and hunt them down. And it all happened in just 100 days making it the most efficient genocide in history five times as efficient as the holocaust.. That's 10,000 human beings murdered per DAY(To put that in perspective that's about as many people who are murdered every YEAR in the American United States, and more than three times the death toll of 9/11) that's 417 murders per hour or 7 MURDERS EVERY MINUTE. Not only did it effect Rwanda, but its' effects carried over into the following Congo Wars in which millions more innocent ...more

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...

Most traumatic event ever. Should be right under the Holocaust. How can one genocide be on top and the other under the birth of Donald Trump? Has his birth killed 10,000 people each day?
Some things shouldn't be joked about. I am a Rwandan, born and raised. 24 years after the genocide, and people still scream and shout during commemoration events. Nothing can erase it from people's lives. This genocide is a living proof of the inefficiency of the UN. Hope nothing as such ever happens again in this world. Waiting for the moment when FRANCE will gather courage to admit their involvement in the preparation...

Holodomor

People don't take Holodomor as a serious tragedy, but as a Ukrainian for me It is a very painful memory.
My grandmother's survived in that time, but they still cannot forget it, how their children died in their arms.
And in Holodomor died more people than in the Holocaust, which is truly horrific, Ukrainian traditions and people were starved to death because of filthy reasons. Kids, Mothers, Pregnant, people were shot If they were trying to save or reach food. In the notes of some journalists, they were telling how newborns and kids were dumped in the pile of bodies, looking more like bags of skin and bones, and then burn to ashes. It wasn't kept as a secret, people just didn't to accept the fact that this was happening.

The holocaust is top of this list (and rightly in my opinion) but this needs to be higher. Millions of people systematically starved, soldiers murdering with impunity and the saddest thing of all, barely nobody knows that it happened

Not only wheat, any food was taken away from peasants. Soldiers were shooting for the attempts to leave the village at some stage of this genocide.

This horrific time was kept a secret for too long and must be remembered.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

This should be in at least the top 20...

Top 3... I don’t know what planet and reality the rest of you live in

Conditions on board sucked

Mongol Conquests

Do you people just ignore the events in ancient and medieval history and just focus on modern history? That can imply why this list is so biased. Sandy Hook above the Mongol Conquests, the Crusades, and slavery? Why do you people care more about the deaths of 26 innocent people rather than the deaths of millions?

They killed insane amounts of people, raping, pillaging, and torturing villages from Baghdad to Beijing. If a city didn't surrender to the Mongols, the Mongols starved and burned the city, killing the citizens in droves.

The cause of this, Genghis Khan, was brutal. He basically poured molten silver into victim's eyes and ears. He even killed his half brother as a child. Killed more people than Hitler, etc.

Well, the new world didn't exist so I guess the Old World War
Edit: I know it existed back then, but not discovered yet.

During Mongol conquest of Baghdad 1.3 Million was butchered in just 3 days.

Boston Marathon Bombings

My friend's mom was a couple of miles ahead of the bombs when they went off.

I actually remember that day, going home from a friends, and news about a bombing at the marathon. I thought the guys were so stupid, to blow up people that were running for a charity. I also remember some towns had to go under lockdown and the news wouldn't shut up about it.

Another inside job.

Oh my gosh not a bomb

Second Congo War

British person : I got diamond I create diamond sword. ( gets shot by bow ) British guy : ouch got half heart left. ( gets shot again by Congo guy) dies. Congo guy : yes I have jungle planks and diamonds create base. ( creates luxury Minecraft house
Congo guy gets enough for enchantment table ) Congo guy : yes me have enough for fire bow. ( kills all evil British guys with sword and fire bow) Congo guy: haha

I recreated this in minecraft

Wait I was thinking about another Congo event act like I did not make that lol

5.4 million people killed in this horrific war. Deserves to be higher.

Donald Trump Was Elected President

Why him? that is all I ask myself everyday when I see his face on the news

This is actually really funny that someone added this, but it shouldn't have been in the top 20. But, if someone calls Obama stupid again...I swear

The fact that this, a presidential elect, no matter who he is, is above such events as the crusades, the Syrian civil war, and the Haiti earthquake really says something about our society

Everyone died inside

The Great Depression

This should really be in the top ten people think Trump is bad this is worse than that!

How the HELL is a birth of a decent president worse than this? , kids who know nothing about politics should not be allowed to be on thetoptens

There isn't a birth of a president higher than this. Although, there is the birth of a traitor who currently occupies the White House.

The Great Depression was a depressing moment in history the stock market crashed and almost every one in America was por

How is this so low on the list? Maybe it’s not the worst thing that’s ever happened in history, but it was pretty damn horrible.

Columbine Massacre

It was impactful in all the wrong ways and influenced many copycats and the culture of america for the worse.

My mother was at that school during this tragedy. People take it for granted and think that Donald Trump is worse than this. Literally, Donald Trump shouldn't even be on this list. it's a joke.

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold wanted to leave their mark on the world, and not in a good way. Eric was a physcopath who fantasised about killing people and both of the boys wrote about blowing to the school up and killing 2,000 people in their journals. They were racists- they killed students for the mere fact that they were black and they killed a girl because they asked her if she believed in God and she replied 'yes'. When they killed people they laughed and enjoyed themselves and left a teacher to bleed to death. The massacre, in my opinion, deserves to be somewhere in the top 10. It is one of the most recent tragedies and even though 15 people were killed (including themselves) their intentions were so much worse and their actions will leave a lasting impact on their families and the families and friends of the victims, not to mention the survivors.

There are a lot of idiots on this comment section, first there's no proof of eric being a psychopath, he's just a very very bitter person, only one black person was murdered they didn't just "kill black people because they were black" they did not ask a girl if she believed in god then shot her, that's been disproven already, one of the shooters shot a girl named Valeen Schurr THEN asked her if she believed in god, she said yes then they left her alone, she survived but was injured. Columbine sucked but there were a lot worse tragedies, it should maybe be on a top 20 or 30, actually to be honest maybe top 50 look up every tragedy that has ever happened and there are MANY MANY worse tragedies. including Virginia Tech Sandy Hook Bath school disaster 9/11 Oklahoma city bombing charles Whitman dumblane Michael ryan the bombings of Japan holocaust slave trade joseph stalin mao ze dung or whatever his name is, and those are just man made tragedies not including natural disasters and ...more

Gay Marriage being Legalized in America

I find it so funny how homophobic people feel threatened, intimidated or are scared of gay people, or any LGBT person in general. They're not even doing anything wrong and homophobic people feel that way. Saying you don't like someone because of their sexuality is almost the same as racism or sexism. Some people just need to grow up and accept the fact that we're all different in many ways, but that doesn't mean we should hate one another for it. (We're also all the same, but that's only because we're all human and we all have the same human rights, in my opinion.)

You can get married but having children shouldn't be allowed

I find it laughable that the homophobic fundamentalists who voted for this, even cared enough to do so. Gay marriage doesn't affect you, so get over yourselves and let other people live the way they want to.

You piece of crap. You know that some people would rather die than be themselves. Your also basically saying" happiness bieng legalized in America" oh what next peoples rights? You homophobic trash

The Crusades

Mainstream media is somehow still treating this as a good event. Stupid westerns

Why this is so far down the list I have no idea. This was truly a horrible time in history. People killing one another for simply the fact that it "glorifies god" is atrocious. How is that okay? The crusades defied god's purpose for even creating humanity and all the doings of the crusades has everything he hates about humanity. I myself am not religious, but I know god would never be okay with killing one another because it is "glorious and honorable". Plus, people now are still doing the crusades. Terrorists attacks basically. A lot of them are for religious reasons.

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.

You have to wonder why Israel is so important that everyone has had to fight over it for the past 3 thousand years. It's just a desert...But apparently it is the holy ground for the two largest and probably most belligerent religions in the world - Christianity and Islam, as well as the Jews.

The Japan Earthquake

I remember hearing about this it quite sad and also crazy that it caused a tsunami

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.

It's so sad, I was so mad when this happened because I was still in a Chinese elementary and some classmates were actually happy about why? Cause they're racists.

Do you mean the tsunami that hit Japan triggered by the Indonesian earthquake

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