Saddest Events In United States History

The Top Ten Saddest Events In United States History

1 9/11

It killed may people and Impacted people’s life in such a way you could never imagine

Whoever makes jokes about this event are cruel bastards who want to become psychopaths.

Well, Yeah. 3,000 lives were lost because of terrorists destroying the Twin Towers. - JoeBoi

A tragic event that happened for no reason and innocent people died when they shouldn't have

2 Assassination of John F. Kennedy

The best USA president,actually,is the only good one.

JFK was a great President. If he wasn’t assassinated, many terrible events would have been prevented. - JoeBoi

3 Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

He was just watching a play at a theater and then someone killed him because the Confederacy surrendered? - JoeBoi

4 Slave Trade

It ruined the lives of countless Africans, gave us gruesome stories about the cruelty of the slave-masters, started a war that killed hundreds of thousands of people, made racism a staple of American culture even after it officially ended.

By far the saddest series of events in American history. - ThePenguin227

Very sad when compared to 9/11 or JFK assassination.

5 Pearl Harbour Bombing
6 The Vietnam War
7 Oklahoma City Bombing

This was sadder than sandy hook sandy hook should not be in the top 10

8 The Iraq War
9 Sandy Hook Shooting

When I found out about this I was so furious that I destroyed the whole entire house and then burned it down out of anger and then I was grounded for an entire year. So if that shooting didn't even happen, I would have never been grounded for a year. (That story is made up) - DrayTopTens

20 children and 6 adults died all because of some psycho. - JoeBoi

Saddest day

Angry Grandpa's reaction to it... :( - GehennaTheSecond

10 The Great Depression

The roaring 20s is the reason this happened. - JoeBoi

The Newcomers

? Kobe Bryant’s Death (2020)

The Contenders

11 American Civil War

This was a sad day

Over 600,000 dead; more than were lost during WW2.

12 Challenger Disaster (1986)
13 Hurricane Katrina

Okay that's it sandy hook is so damn overrated seriously how it worst than hurricane Katrina Orlando night club shooting and Virginia tech columbine is worst than sandy hook why you know what they say the original is always the best in this case the original is always the deadliest

Worst than sandy hook and killed more people so yea

14 Assassination of Martin Luther King
15 The War of 1812
16 2017 Las Vegas Strip Shooting

Should be higher than Sandy Hook. This was the deadliest shooting in US history. - Vancedapurpleguy

Worst than sandy hook


58 died. - JoeBoi

17 Stock Market Crash - 1929

This lead to the start of the Great Depression. - JoeBoi

18 The Acquisition of Native American Lands

How can the “Trail of Tears” not be in the top 5? And why on earth are assassinations considered sadder moments than the enslavement of an entire race of people and the death of a half million Americans in the Civil War?

19 Bay of Pigs Invasion (1961)
20 The Day the Music Died
21 Death of Michael Jackson

I miss Michael Jackson!

Even his children are all sad about his death, especially his daughter. 😢

22 Virginia Tech Massacre

So sad I feel bad

The saddest thing to ever happend 2007

32 died. - JoeBoi

23 Columbine Massacre

This is when two bullied teenagers chose to go on a rampage in their school and kill 13 people but also set bombs in the cafeteria to kill everyone inside the school. - JoeBoi

25 WWI
26 Kurt Cobain's Death
27 Hurricane Andrew

$26 billion in damages and 65 deaths caused by this storm. - LedgerDraven

28 San Bernardino Shooting
29 Orlando Massacre

50 people killed just recently.

30 Boston Marathon Bombing
31 Aurora Movie Theater Shooting
32 Ohio State Fair Accident
33 Death of Paul Walker
34 2017 Sutherland Springs Church Shooting
35 Suicide of Chester Bennington
36 Death of Cameron Boyce
37 Peter Scully's Birth
38 2019 El Paso Shooting

I live in Texas... this was a depressing thing...

39 November 2018 California Wildfires
40 Death of Heath Ledger


41 Charles Manson Gang Members Released from Prison

Pretty shocking; several of them have been paroled, and are now loose on the streets.
Even Charlie himself has parole hearings every so often, but he probably will not be let out.

42 Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse
43 Hurricane Harvey
44 Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

Yep. 17 people died because of some jerk who got expelled from this school because of his behavioral issues. - JoeBoi

45 Hurricane Sandy
46 Columbia Disaster (2003)
47 Elvis Presley’s Death
48 Obergefell v. Hodges
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