Top Ten Saddest Years In History

Was there a time that you thought was very sad. Maybe there were some years that were the most upsetting to you.

The Top Ten

1 1939

Not much can be said about 1939. Should be first, as I think the beginning of a conflict that cost over 50 million lives is more significant than a bunch of stuff being destroyed in the US. The Holocaust, the Battle of Stalingrad, the atomic bomb explosion... this year started the conflict where all these took place. With nearly the whole world taking part in war, every last penny spent to kill. Good thing people realised the conflict needed to end. Sad that it took over six years for them to come to this conclusion. By that time, the damage done was incalculable. This is where it all started, when Hitler's invasion of Poland caused the Brisih and French to declare war. That's why, 1939 can be considered the worst year in human history, and 1 September 1939 can be said to be the worst day.

The beginning of the most deadliest conflict of humanity yet, after 123 years of occupation, the poles were free but then 21 years later they have to host the mass murders of their own people and then if it wasn't enough one of those who came to invade them then "liberated" them and installed a government that would led the poles to starvation until 1991...

I am sorry but 2001 before 1939? A terrorist attack (which is still a terrible thing) compared to the start of WWII? The holocaust, the first use of the nuclear bomb in warfare, countless deaths, conscription...

A very sad year because WW2 started which would lead to millions of death.

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2 2001

This is why 9/11 happened:

In the 1980's, the USSR invaded Afghanistan. Knowing the USA, we didn't tolerate Communism and we saw every Non-Communist country as an "ally". We funded the Taliban and trained Bin Laden to keep the Soviets out. However, due to attacking other Muslim countries (Gulf War) and the USSR falling, Afghanistan saw US as the biggest threat. Because we GAVE Bin Laden the weapons and the wealth he needed, 9/11 ended up happening.

It was a tragedy, I can't deny that, but some people here say it was the worst attack in history just because it was recent and it was on American soil, which hadn't happened since WWII. It's kinda overrated in my opinion... - Turkeyasylum

Stupid ignorant Americans thinking that they only matter. But really, they cussed a lot worse than 9/11 and they illegally invaded other countries for their own benefit. Now, the middle-east is a lot worse of a place than it already was and it just comes to show how evil of a country the US is.

Exactly, now there is Civil war in Libya, ISIS in Iraq, Chaos in Afghanistan, all because of illegal intervention by the America. Millions are dying because of the war which war started by Americans. - yatharthb

Seriously? I mean I know 9/11 was bad but people need to get over it. america isn't the only country. some idiots think that 9/11 was worse than the holocaust. sometimes we only think about our selves. we need to grow up, quit expecting people to bow and kiss our feet, and move on. bush only made worse with his bull to avenge his father that's still alive. what the hell

It's the saddest year because I lost at mario kart this year :((((((

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3 2016 2016 (MMXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.

Not the worst but mostly the same repetitiveness over and over again time in and time out. The year Donald Trump happened, ISIS, Zika, Constant World is ending theories, and by the end of this year, 2016 is no doubt going to go down as one of the biggest years for terrorism and mass shootings in world history. Seriously, over 350 mass shootings so far and it's not even October yet. Sadly, I think 2017 might be even bigger. 2016 is EXTREMELY FAR from being one of the worst years ever as I have good memories and most people are still alive but in the news, it just seems like a year for much sadness and repeating disappointness.

Hi I'm from future on Halloween 2017 there will be the worst Muslim terror attack since 9/11 - IHSCOUTII1973

I was 35 and to me 2016 will go down as the most remembered year of the 2010's. So much happened this year including Trump getting elected as president to the on going celebrity deaths such as Prince,Bowie,Ali and so many more. And who could forget the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in over a century. And the Cleveland Cavs coming back for a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA championship. And also Peyton Manning retiring after winning his second Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. And after years of being nominated Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar for his role in The Revenant. The Pulse nightclub shooting became the worst mass shooting in U.S. history at that time. Former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick started a trend that is still happening in the NFL. There were also reports of creepy clowns trying to lure children into the woods. - Bab2781

Everyone's dying, shootings are rampant, Louisiana is getting destroyed, end-of-the-world predictions are constant, and there's a pointless Peanuts cartoon on Boomerang. Please let it be 2017 already...

And there have been more high-profile deaths, AND another school shooting in 2018 so far. So it doesn't look like anything is getting better. At least it isn't as bad as WWII or the Bubonic Plague, though. - allamassal

I lost interest to logos.

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4 2009

No offense, but I don't think Michael Jackson dying in 2009 coins the year the third saddest in history. There have been points where millions have died (WWI, WWII, almost any time of totalitarian rule, Armenian genocide, Genghis Khan's rule (currently, 0.1% of the world's related to him... That says something, etc.). - Turkeyasylum

Michael Jackson's death was horrible. I don't really think there is a such things as which death is better or worse. Death is bad no matter how anyone dies or how many people died. Besides just because he put this before other deaths doesn't mean anything. It's not like there was a rule that says while list making you have to think which death is worse. - TopTensFan

Michael Jackson's death was just one guy. I'm not saying no other awful things happened in 2009, but one musician's death does not warrant #3 on the list of worst years in history. Save 2009 for something like #47.

This should be #2 or #3 at then most. This year started the ruckus that we are in now.

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5 2011

That year was disaster. They had a Japan Tsunami and earthquake in March 11th, and many people died more than the terrorist attack in 9/11 because in 9/11 terrorist attack, they've got killed only about 2,000 people, but in Japan Tsunami, 15,891 people died. come on Americans, why are you guys only care about 9/11, Michael Jackson's death, MLK assassination, and other sad events only in the United States? Stop being so selfish and you should also care and support Japan too. Many Japanese people are having a tears and praying for their people who died in Tsunami disaster. Plus, I also had a sad things happened in that year, so this should be at least in top 5.

The Japan tsunami was sad but what got to me on this year was the 2011 Norway attacks

Poor Japan! They had so many disasters that year. And the Norway attacks. US isn't the only country you know.

Where do I begin? Japan tsunami and earthquake, my grandfather died, Norway attacks, and more!

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6 1941

Hitler has tortured so many people, so many innocent people died and were in severe pain for being Jewish. How does this rank under Michael Jackson's death? No offense but that is one guy. - ToptenPizza

The Holocaust years. I can tell Hitler was so evil. - TopTenJackson

The year that Pearl Harbor attack occurred and the Holocaust was at the worst. - anonygirl

This should be at least #2

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7 2015

Well 2015 is my favorite year because I had some good things happened, but I had one thing that it was extremely sad. I was a sophomore in this year, my one classmate was always sad and lonely because that student was not feeling good all the time, then that student passed away from the illness. But yet, still I had a good time in this year. I also know that Satoru Iwata and the wrestlers, Dusty Rhodes and Roddy Piper passed away, and there was a Paris attack. 2015 was a sad year, but not a worst year in my opinion. It's really disappointing how most people hated this year and claiming that this year was a garbage.

Constant depressing news from terrorist attack after terrorist attack. Not a great year for anyone.

Don't be excited. 2016 is worse than any other year

Wow looks like a lot of people hated that year...

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8 2012

What was worse was the day the bravest ordinary man of all time, Neil Armstrong, died of heart problems at 82, He was the first person ever to set foot on another world besides ours, his death ended our golden age.

This was the most gruesome year in history, as it marked the end of human civilization as we know it. The Chinese had to build an ark to save humanity and John Cusack only just managed to get on board. - JustAnAccount

Saddest year ever of my life. It was just the most boring year I've ever lived but it was the saddest because my cat and my grandmother both died on that year. :'-(

I actually think 2017 was the worst year, even though my great grandfather died in 2012.. My depression got worse in 2017 and my family members were hitting and fighting during Christmastime.

I'm glad this $#! TTY year is OVER! 2018 does seem to be a little better, we'll see...

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9 1994

1994, the year more than 800,000 people were killed needlessly in Rwanda. France, UN and Belgium gave little or no help! You're voting this just because Justin Bieber was born! COME ON! - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

1994 had a massacre, and Cobain died.. That little abomination Bieber was born too.

The genocide in Rwanda. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

I don't give two damns about Justin Bieber being born this year, he's a dead horse beaten to bits. But the Rwandan genocide happening the same year...dear lord... - isaaonrtdmtr

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10 1980

The year the hostage crisis happened in Iran

The year John Lennon was killed. The most famous Beatle, killed, so sad. - TopTenJackson

My great grandfather died

The Newcomers

? 1986

Chernobyl. - InfinateSuperstorm

The Contenders

11 2014

I hope the 2020s bring back all of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s nostalgic things, but I am not sure this would happen or not, because I probably think everything started to suck around mid-2013, the last good year for me was 2012, early-2013 was okay but everything went downhill in mid-2013 because I had braces then and my school teachers turned to crap.

Syrian civil war gotten worse. Use of chemical weapons banned in the Geneva conventions, ISIS has gained power and is making the Middle East worse than it already is, Robin Williams died. - SirSkeletorThe3rd

2014 was very bad, though 2017 sucked more! Strangely enough, 2017 reminds me a lot of 2014 because they were both terrible. A lot of man made and natural disasters happened in 2014 as well, and I had been in the hospital a lot in 2014 as well.

2014 was hell for sure :'(

2014 was very, very, very, very, very, very, very bad, though 2017 sucked more. Strangely enough, 2017 reminded me a lot of 2014, because they were both terrible. A lot of man made and natural disasters happened in 2014 as well. I was stuck in the hospital in 2014 as well, 2014 was hell for sure.

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12 2005

7/7 bombings in London. More than 700 people were injured, 52 died, even though 9/11 was worse, this was a really sad year for britain. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

Hurricane Katrina took place. It killed more than 1500 people and caused so much damage in New Orleans.

The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season happened and much more. Enough said.

Hey I was born this year!

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13 1929

Start of the biggest economic collapse in all of modern history. That's pretty sad. Sucks to be alive in the 30's.

This should be on #1, because of the Great Depression

The years in which the great depression took place. It was a very bad time for everyone back in the 1930s. - TopTenJackson

14 2017 2017 (MMXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2017th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 17th year of the 3rd millennium, the 17th year of the 21st century, and the 8th year of the 2010s decade.

Vegas shooting (yet another worst shooting in modern US history), Sutherland Springs shooting, Trump becoming president, more terrorist attacks, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma (which actually hit relatively close to where I live) and Maria, etc. - allamassal

2017 was the worst year of my life.

Here's why...

1. My dog died in December (Worst part of 2017)

2. I had to switch buses

3. My family members got into a fight during Christmas time

4. There were too many shootings

5. So many good celebrities died (like Don Rickles)

6. Hurricane Harvey

7. The Emoji Movie

8. My sister sprain her knee and ankle

9. My cat had surgery

10. Paramount Pictures' dumb decisions about he box office

11. My mom got lyme decease

12. It was raining during our vacation in Florida the year

I'm so glad 2017 is over. I never want a year like this again, 2018 (so far) is much better.

This needs to be #1!

Where do I begin? I switched buses, my dog died, Hurricane Harvey, shootings in Texas and Nevada (God? Why would they do such a thing? ), My sister sprain her knee and ankle, my cat had surgery, my mom got lyme decease and so much more!

This needs to be #1!

Where do I begin?

I switched buses, my dog died, Hurricane Harvey, shootings in Texas and Nevada (God, Why would they do such a thing? ), My sister sprain her knee, my cat had surgery, my mom got lyme decase and so much more.

I can barely think of anything good besides being with the bigger guys and my baby cousin born.

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15 2004

What about the Indian ocean 9.3 earthquake and tsunami? Killed more people than 9/11 in several different countries. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

Shoot, I just realized there really wasn't anything sad about this year. - TopTenJackson

Hey I was born this year! - Danguy10

This year was sad because I was born.

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16 2007

Who ever putted this on the list must hate me! (I was not in 2007)

17 2018 2018 (MMXVIII) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2018th year of the Common Era (CE), the 9th year of the 2010s decade, the 18th year of the 21st century, and the 18th year of the 3rd millennium.

This year sucks already! Just 2 more years left until the 2010s is over! I hope the 2020s have a 1980s/1990s comeback.

I wish 2016 came before 2018, because 2017 was the year of man-made and natural disasters. Also, don't come to me saying "Disasters happen every year" because I already know that.

So far we've had the shooting at Parkland which left 17 dead and as many injured, the deaths of Stephen Hawking and Avicii among many others yet again, and a terrorist attack in Toronto which left 10 dead. This is turning out to be barely better than 2016 and 2017 for news. - allamassal

We’ve had a shooting in Parkland on Valentine’s Day.
We lost Stephen Hawking, Avicii, XXXTentacion, Alan Bean, Aretha Franklin, John McCain and Mac Miller.
Yet we had Hurricane Florence and Michael as well as Typhoon Mangkhut and Yutu.
And we’re having the worst wildfires in California, destroying the homes of many famous celebrities and killing people.
And the creator of Marvel, Stan Lee, is dead.
Yet Roy Clark, from the GRAMMYs, CMAs and co-host of the television series Hee Haw died of complications from pneumonia at 85.
This has been quite a horrible year so far and not better than the previous horrible years(except 2001 and you all know why). - Gregory

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18 1066

The Battle of Hastings, where who we now call the French invaded England and took over, and are still in power to tis day.

Norman Conquest - JustAnAccount

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20 2002

Whats so sad about 2002? I was born that year! - TopTenJackson

This year was excellent. Not just because of my birthday, it was phenomenal for music. Excellent for everything else. - AlphaQ

What happened n 2002? - 906389

2002 bail bombing dc sniper attacks

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21 2008

Pretty mediocre year, but it is not as bad as 2009. I was 8 years old in 2008.

22 1966

Start of the "Cultural Revolution" in China, and ran from 1966-1976.
Mao Zedong declaring war on the entire civilian population that represented anything traditional.
It became the worst slaughter of civilians in world history, with an estimated 65 million civilian dead, it made even Hitler seem like an amateur.

I'll always have a soft spot for '66, since two of my favourite albums were released, but I believe it belongs in the top ten. - PetSounds

The year my dad was born. Walt Disney's death was sad, though. - anonygirl

The year were Walt Disney died

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23 476

The year the Roman Empire fell. It took another 1,000 hears, give or take, for western Europe to recover. - Turkeyasylum

24 2013

Get this MUCH higher. - Frodomar49

25 2010

It's a truly sad year for music. Music started to decline since Justin Bieber's rise to popularity, and songs have started to be made effortlessly in the mainstream.

Maybe it did have bad music, but Shakira released Waka Waka (This time for Africa) in 2010, so it at least had some bright spots. Think about the good stuff. Think about Shakira - Lanturnizer6

2010 was awesome. Why is it here? - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

2010 was an good year for me.

26 1914

The very year, which marked the beginning of the downfall of Europe's great empire. The effects of the Great War haunt the continent even to this day. This year should be on top.

Start of the first world war. - RegularGuy

Start of World War I - BorisRule


27 1912

It should have been number 1 because so many good people died and I would never have planned to die on the unsinkable

Yes, the Titanic sank. - anonygirl

This should be #1

28 65 million B.C.E.

Poor dinosaurs. ;(

Dinosaurs die :(

29 1861

Bugles are calling from prairie to shore
Sign up and fall in and march off to war
Drums beating loudly, hearts beating proudly
March blue and gray and smile as you go

Smoke hides the valleys and fire paints the plains
Loud roar the cannons till ruin remains
Blue grass and cotton burnt and forgotten
All hope seems gone so, soldier, march on to die

Count all the crosses and count all the tears
These are the losses and sad souvenirs
This devastation once was a nation
So fall the dice, how high is the price

There in the distance a flag I can see
Scorched and in ribbons but whose can it be
How ends the story, whose is the glory
Ask if we dare our comrades out there who sleep - JustAnAccount

30 1963

Year the best and most honest president was killed by his own country for being honest RIP JFK

JFK died. how would society be like if Oswald never pulled the trigger

John F. Kennedy assassinated.

31 2006

The year I was born on this hellhole earth.

Me too

32 1948

What happened in 1948 that was so awful? What warrants its position as #20?

33 1933

This is the year an awful genocide began.

Hitler gains power in Germany. - RegularGuy

Number 1 now bro

Number 1 now bro!

34 1979

7 people die in the worst train accident in the happiest place on earth (Luna Park). Ghost Train catches fire and no one knows what caused the fire. Jenny Poivedin lost her whole family and and a boy lost his friends.

Come on, come on! Lets start supporting Australia too!

Ghost train fire

My grandfather died when his ship sank. - TeamRocket747

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35 1997

The worst year of the 90s (see my other comments on this year on my account) - Maddox121

Your birth was so much worse than something like 1795 (see below).

Year I was born on this awful planet called Earth.

Yeah, I agree with what I said a painfully long time ago, it's was sad because a lot of great people died. like Biggie Smalls, Mother Teresa, and the worst is, LADY DIANA! RIP 1961-1997. - Maddox121

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36 1977

Elvis Died, pretty horrible year

Elvis died and the Tenerife Airport Disaster happened. - InfinateSuperstorm

He deid in a toliet. the most embarrasing way to die. - Andyman1234

37 1945

Very brutal air raids by the Allies in Germany and Japan followed by artillery shelling of major cities, over 10 million civilians died because of this. - yatharthb

Never forget Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

USA Harry S. Truman So Dumb - Andyman1234

2 atomic bombs dropped, over 250,000 people died as a result, a truly awful year.

38 1536

Anne Boleyn was executed on trumped charges by her husband so he could marry another woman

39 1991

Freddie Mercury died

But Nevermind charted

Nirvana was awesome but don't be mean rip freddie and kurt

40 1999

Columbine y'all

41 1865

Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

42 1993

I think this deserves a spot on this list. In 1993, 2-year-old James Bulger and 4-year-old Derrick Robie were defenselessly murdered by troublemakers younger than 15 years old. - anonygirl

Don't forget the WTC bombing. - reed99

43 1918

More people died that year, from the Spanish Flu, than the Holocaust and Black Death Combined.

The year that the Spanish flu occurred. - anonygirl

44 1915

Armenian genocide. - RegularGuy

Turkish Muslims commit genocide on more than a million Armenians. The word "genocide" was actually coined as a result of this slaughter.

Ww1 rages on, as a genocide happens in Turkey

World war 1

45 1968
46 1989

1989 was a brilliant year in comparison to many others here. The end of Communism for most of the world! Yay! The fall of the Berlin Wall! Yay! The beginning of so-called peace and the age of leisure! Yay!

47 1996

The only sad thing I can think of that happened this year is JonBenet's murder.

Murder of Tupak

Port Arthur masscare dunbalne school masscare

48 2000

The year the Concorde plane crashed for the first time, putting an end to such a safe and lovely bird. - nelsonerica

My brother was born

49 1795

The poles were wiped out for 123 years and the franchise revolution was raging

50 1916

Year of the Battle of the Somme. Enough said. It should be at least somewhere high on this list.

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