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 Saddest Years In History

1 1939

World war 2 starts this year! This is terrible and though 2016 was tragic,a world war for 6 years is worse!

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.

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

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...

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

That's not true. You just don't get any news from communist countries. It was probably as bad then. Even now, you can see news headlines like "there has been a flood in Sichuan province in China and the whole city is submerged underwater for the past 6 months"; which shows how effective communist governments are at portraying their country in a good light - styLIShT

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

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

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.

In India, what I remember is that our currency basically died one random night - styLIShT

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.

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

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

4 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

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

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

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

5 2011

1:A widespread drought across Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti over the summer laid waste to food and water supplies across the region, sparking the worst famine in decades. Somalia, already a failed state at the best of times, was the hardest hit. An armed conflict with Al Shabaab, the local offshoot of Al Qaeda, only exacerbated the problem. The famine worsened in September as the United Nations reported that half the country was in need of emergency aid. It now estimates that as many as 30,000 children have died as a result.
2: A mass shooting occurred on October 12, 2011, at the Salon Meritage hair salon in Seal Beach, California. Eight people inside the salon and one person in the parking lot were shot, and only one victim survived. It was the deadliest mass killing in Orange County history.
3: On January 9, 2011, Iran Air Flight 277, a Boeing 727 on a scheduled domestic service from Tehran to Urmia, Iran, crashed after aborting its approach into Urmia Airport ...more - StumpyFox-09

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)

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.

6 2009

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

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 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.

7 1929

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

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.

8 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.

WE are letting them win,

We have given these sick minded people (ISIL, Boko Haram, the KKK, all xenophobes, homophobes, murderers, rapists, etc.) exactly what they want. Fear. The NATO countries fear another Paris or San Bernardino every month. Minorities feel fear that they will be gunned down for their religions or skin color every week. A woman walking in the dark fears of being kidnapped every day. A closeted young LGBTQ+ kid feels fear of being exposed every hour. A little kid is terrified of a bully at school every half hour. A person with an anxiety disorder fears an attack every minute. Every second of your life is filled with some kind of fear. Which is what a monster wants. They will manipulate our fears to being controlled by them. Like they are gods.

I'm afraid of them. I'm not going to lie. And you are too. We, as citizens of America, Britain, France, Spain, Canada, Russia, China, Iran, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Mexico, Iraq, Syria, and all the ...more

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

9 2012

My favorite years in the past were (2008-2015) except 2012.

The best year of my life so far is 2020 and that is because the leap day is on a Saturday in 2020. - EpicFace57012

Many famous stars died, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Carson Daly, Neil Armstrong.
Syria had a war and conflict.
Hurricane Sandy hit New York, killing 233.
Many of the best shows ended, including iCarly.
Many video games ended too.
Sandy Hook got terrorized with a shooting killing 26 people.

And I wonder why people thought the world was going to end.

It's 2019 get your heads right.

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

10 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 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.)

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 :'(

The Contenders

11 1914

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Virginia Tech shooting occurred. - JoeBoi

14 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

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

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

The genocide in Rwanda. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

15 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.

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.

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

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

16 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.

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

17 1915

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

Armenian genocide. - RegularGuy

Ww1 rages on, as a genocide happens in Turkey

World war 1

18 2020

Coronavirus is infecting the world and keeping us inside our homes.

Now coronavirus stop the world working thanks to china

Kobe :((((
Iranian threats

19 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

20 1916

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

21 65 million B.C.E.

Rest in peace. Dinosaurs.

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

Dinosaurs ):

Poor dinosaurs. ;(

Dinosaurs die :(

22 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.

Bad things that happened this year:
John Lennon is murdered.
Mount St. Helens erupted.
MV Derbyshire sinks.
And the notoriously idiotic organization known as PETA is founded.
If you know of more, let me know by a reply. - InfinateSuperstorm

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

The year the hostage crisis happened in Iran

23 1497

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

24 2008

Heath Ledger died in January before The Dark Knight was released that year.

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

The great recession and Obama election both sucked.

25 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

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

27 1917
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

Hey I was born this year! - Danguy10

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

29 476

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

30 1912

This should be in number 1 I am crying and still crying about this tragedy

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

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

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

2010 was awesome. Why is it here? - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

2010 was an good year for me.

32 1350

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

33 1923
34 1991

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

"Anyone who doesn't regret the passing of the Soviet Union has no heart, and anyone who wants it back has no brain" - Vladimir Putin - styLIShT

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

Freddie Mercury died

But Nevermind charted

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

35 2006

The year I was born on this hellhole earth.

I was born on that year.


Me too

36 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

37 1963

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

JFK got assassinated while riding in a motorcade. - JoeBoi

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

John F. Kennedy assassinated.

38 1945

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

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

Never forget Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

39 1997

the year Hong Kong was given to China
(also the year the sun set on the British Empire)

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.

You aren't going to get another planet with 15 - 25 degrees celsius average temperature, breathable atmosphere, moderate gravity, plentiful resources and oceans of water mate - styLIShT

40 1948

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

41 2019

Because 2019 is the deadliest in human history, it is worse than 536 AD. Due to its thing, this year may seem the universe is extraordinarily simple again. The Earth orbiting dropping into the black hole. 2019 is the unluckiest number in the universe. Worse than unlucky 13. - maxwellli269

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 is how my 2019 is going because I figured out my stepdad cheated on my mom cameron boyce died of a seizure and my great uncle who was the first person close to me I had lost it sucks and my girlfriend is moving away so it sucks

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

42 2013

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

Paul Walker died and My Chemical Romance broke up that year

Get this MUCH higher. - Frodomar49

43 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

This is the year an awful genocide began.

Hitler gains power in Germany. - RegularGuy

44 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

45 1986

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

Cliff Burton died today 33 years ago 1986 27th september

Chernobyl. - InfinateSuperstorm

46 1536

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

47 2002

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

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

What happened n 2002? - 906389

48 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, pretty horrible year

Elvis died and the Tenerife Airport Disaster happened. - InfinateSuperstorm

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

49 1999

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

Fall of Soviet Union

Columbine y'all

50 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

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