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

Germany was not the only one that invaded Poland, it was Germany and The Soviet Union.

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.

Hitler invaded Poland and caused one of the deadliest wars in history. - JoeBoi

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

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2 2001

Sorry 'Merica, you ain't the centre of the world. - gaali121

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

9/11: Terrorists hijacked a plane and crashed it into the World Trade Center causing 3,000 deaths. - JoeBoi

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

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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.

Honestly 2016 was just a really depressing year for everyone I think. Everyone was going through so many issues and there was just so many awful things that happened that year.

My nanny died and I went in a car crash

Worst year of my life here's why:
Zika Virus
My parent's divorced
Killer clowns
Donald trump
Paris, Brussels and Netherlands attack
Boy eaten by an alligator
Celebrities death
Call of duty Infinite warfare
Had to leave my Holland and move to England
Someone broke into my House
Italian Earthquake
A lot of buildings got burnt down also in Holland before I moved out
Egypt Air crashed a lot
My neighbour died

The year human intelligence started to go down.

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4 2011

My thought of the 2010s
2010: Pretty bad 3/10
2011: Worst Year Ever -1/10
2012: decent 5/10
2013: best year 10/10
2014: great 9/10
2015: things stopped picking up but still good 6/10
2016: good 8/10
2017: sucks 1/10
2018: great 9/10
2019: meh 5/10

The Japan tsunami and Norway attacks were pretty much the only bad things that happened. Plus, this was the Golden year for Minecraft (probably 2013 I don't know)

The Japan earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku was the saddest event that happened in 2011. Not only this killed tons of people but the overall damage costed trillions of yen. Besides Japan, a lot of other devastating things happened in 2011. Such as the Norway attacks that left people mostly injured, and nearly a hundred people were killed.

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.

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5 2009

Michael Jackson died. I was broken that day

Michael Jackson died yes, but this was also the last good year for music. There wasn't a lot of good songs, but at least there were some. - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

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

Michael Jackson died. Fort hood shooting. - JoeBoi

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6 1941

HITLER - Maddox121

Worst, Entire, Year of the Second World War (WW2, WWII, World war 2), Attacks on Pearl Harbor (7 December 1941) Holocaust has so many deaths concluded. Operation Barbarossa, German Invasion of the Communist USSR (Soviet Union, 1922 - 1991), and the fighting in Russia evolved from 1941 - 1945. - Kambochia12

This should be at least #2

Holocaust, Operation Barbarossa, Pearl Harbor attack, other WWII events. - JoeBoi

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7 1994

The year Justin Bieber was born, and also the Rwandan Genocide. - JoeBoi

Death of Former President Richard Milhous Nixon (April 22, 1994) - Kambochia12

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...

Oh great. Even more JB hate. The amount of JB hate is probably the reason aliens don't visit us. - B1ueNew

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8 65 million B.C.E.

Rest in peace. Dinosaurs.

RIP Dinosaurs 200 million B.C.E - 65 million B.C.E - Kambochia12

Dinosaurs ):

This should be #1 even it’s a non-human history

Poor dinosaurs. ;(

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9 2015

Eh, things stopped picking up.
My thought of the 2010s
2010: Pretty bad 3/10
2011: Worst Year Ever -1/10
2012: decent 5/10
2013: best year 10/10
2014: great 9/10
2015: things stopped picking up but still good 6/10
2016: good 8/10
2017: sucks 1/10
2018: great 9/10
2019: meh 5/10

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.

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

I don’t really know what happened in the world that year other than the Paris attack, but for me personally, it was the best year of my life. - PhoenixAura81

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10 2014

2014 is my favorite year of all time. I also loved all of the other years of the 2010's to be honest. (I was younger so I had no ideas of what went wrong.)

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.

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 :'(

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

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The Contenders

11 2012

My thought of the 2010s
2010: Pretty bad 3/10
2011: Worst Year Ever -1/10
2012: decent 5/10
2013: best year 10/10
2014: great 9/10
2015: things stopped picking up but still good 6/10
2016: good 8/10
2017: sucks 1/10
2018: great 9/10
2019: meh 5/10

The year people thought the world would end, which resulted in lots of suicides

The only decent years in this decade were probably 2010, 2011, and 2012, but everything else sucks!

The only decent years in this decade were probably 2010, 2011, and 2012, but everything else sucks!

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12 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 was so sad but 2019 is way more sadder

Stephen Hawking, Stan Lee, Stephen Hillenburg, Avicii. Need I go on? - Ar0nT0pTeNz05

Florida High School and Pittsburgh synagogue shootings, hurricanes, Stephen Hawking died, glad 2019 is coming soon. - JoeBoi

It would be In top tens because we lost the likes of Stephen hawking, Stephen hillenburg, burt Reynolds, and Stan Lee.

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13 2007

The year I was born. A lot of bad things happened to me so 8f I wasn't born then mean things wouldn't happen to me.

Virginia Tech shooting occurred. - JoeBoi

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

14 1945

Why? Read a history book not written by revisionists, its nothing complicated at all.

This year was good because world wr 2 ended

Why did the US have to end the war in Japan in a horrible way by killing innocent civilians with a nuclear bomb on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Why? - JoeBoi

If the bombs weren't dropped, more deaths could occur. Think about that. - TeamRocket747

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

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15 1929

The Great Depression, one of the worst economic recessions in history, starts. - JoeBoi

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

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

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

16 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.

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

Manchester bombing - HeyItzGrace

This year was so bad and the following year, 2018, which I can't find on this list. I had so many problems and there were so much drama and hurricane Maria hitting Puerto rico and so many shootings.

Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria, shootings at a Las Vegas concert and a Texas church, Bombing in Manchester. - JoeBoi

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17 2005

My brother's birth on that year got me truly depressed.

Hurricane Katrina, July London Bombings. - JoeBoi

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

I was born in this year, but Inget the hate.

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18 1912

1,500 passengers and crew died on the Titanic while it sank into the ground. - JoeBoi

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

19 1933

Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany and the Great Depression was still going. - JoeBoi

Only good thing is that FDR (Franklin D. Roosevelt) Was Inaugurated, He Won 1932 Elections - Kambochia12

Number 1 now bro!

Number 1 now bro

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20 1066

Anglo-Saxon Rule in England Ended, Death of Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson, Battle of Hastings, Death of Edward the Confessor, Battle of Stamford Bridge.

Worst Year for England - Kambochia12

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

21 1497

Thus begun the great European conquests, colonizations, enslavements and ascriptions-of-identity...

22 2002

My parents got married and it ended up as one of the worst marriages ever.

DC Sniper Attacks. - JoeBoi

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

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

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23 2019

The tragic death of Cameron Boyce is the one that made me feel the saddest and the most heart broken so far in 2019. Even though I don't watch Jesse at all, but I've seen the first Descendants movie, Cameron Boyce is very talented, smart and BEAUTIFUL. I wish that he was still alive! Why did he have to go way too soon at a very young age?! Why?! Cameron had a whole milestone ahead of him! I miss him!

This year is slowly dying our world

Cameron Boyce died of a seizure in his sleep on July 6th, 2019, at 20 years old. Rip, Cameron.-Nerd 2019

2019 is the worst year of my life. I miss 2011 so much!

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24 1980

John Lennon murdered.
He could've had an episode in the Simpsons. (Be-Sharps - George, Marge painting portraits of Ringo he appears, Paul in Lisa becomes a vegetarian)
A reunion.
If only there was a way to find a way to time travel and stop it. Like bullet proof vests or I could be a screaming fan girl and take him somewhere away.

John Lennon was assassinated. - JoeBoi

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

The year the hostage crisis happened in Iran

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25 2008

The great recession and Obama election both sucked.

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

26 1966

Blame Mao Zedong for the cultural revolution
70 million dead is too much

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

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27 1968

Also assassination of Robert Kennedy and the Tet Offensive - westofohio

Assasinations of two people:
Robert Francis Kennedy
Martin Luther King Jr.

Tet Offensive - Kambochia12

Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. - JoeBoi

28 2004

DIMEBAG DARRELL WAS SHOT ON THIS YEAR AND IT HURTS TO KNOW! Plus I was born 8 days after he was killed, and that stings the most to me - Metallicaforever22

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.

Hey I was born this year! - Danguy10

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29 476

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

30 1914

It caused world war 1, which caused Versailles, which caused WWII, which caused Cold War.
Wow. - TeamRocket747

The killing of franz ferdinand started a chain of events that lead to now. - CoolKidsClub

The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand which marked the start of a World War. - JoeBoi

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and His Wife Sophie Ferdinand - Led to The Great War (WWI) - Kambochia12

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31 2010

It was sad because it was the year music died, having been killed by Justin Bieber's Baby. Since this horrible song, there have been literally no good songs in the mainstream, they all sucked. - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

2010 was awesome. Why is it here? - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

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 an good year for me.

32 1350

How is the BLACK PLAGUE not on the list? - B1ueNew

33 2006


I was born on that year.

Me too

The year I was born on this hellhole earth.

34 1991

The collapse of the once mighty Soviet Union, the saddest day of humanity. I always cry when thinking about this year :'(

Soviet Union fell

Well, Iraq invades Kuwait under the leadership of Saddam Hussein in August. that's bad right?

Freddie Mercury died

But Nevermind charted

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35 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

The American Civil War began. - JoeBoi

36 1963

JFK got assassinated while riding in a motorcade. - JoeBoi

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.

37 1948

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

38 2013

Paul Walker died and My Chemical Romance broke up that year

I got transferred to Fairview south and the police came to my other school (PVMS! ) and I got a stern talking to

Get this MUCH higher. - Frodomar49

39 1979

The Islamic Revolution in Iran. - JoeBoi

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

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40 1997

Princess Diana dies in Paris. - JoeBoi

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

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).

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41 1536

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

42 1977

Inauguration of the most HORRIBLE DICK EVER! JIMMY CARTER

anyway he was born in the same year as a good person - george hw bush

I mean Bush was not supposed to pull the trigger with Oswald for JFK to die - Kambochia12

Elvis died and the Tenerife Airport Disaster happened. - InfinateSuperstorm

Elvis Died, pretty horrible year

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

43 1999

Fall of Soviet Union

The Columbine High School Shooting happened this year in which two teenagers killed 13 people then committed suicide. - JoeBoi

Columbine y'all

44 1865

April 14, Worst Day for America.
Assassination for their Best President. Abraham Lincoln - Kambochia12

Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

45 1993

World Trade Center Bombing. 6 people died and many injured. Don’t forget about Waco either. - JoeBoi

Don't forget the WTC bombing. - reed99

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

46 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

47 1986

Cliff burton's death and chernobyl
but also good because slayers debut album - peepsmith

Chernobyl. - InfinateSuperstorm

48 1931

My country, China, losing 20 million civilians. - SnowWang

49 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

50 1989

Inauguration of the other person I was talking about - george hw bush - on the 1977 thingy

he - george hw bush - was inaugurated - Kambochia12

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!

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