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.

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

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...

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

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...

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

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.

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

I feel bad for the people who lost theirs love ones I know how it feels); I wasn't even born):. I'm so sorry that the people died. It was one of my sad days.

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.

All these amazing people are dying, the election is annoying and we eventually couldn't say anything about either side without ridicule, and also my school year sucked so much. For me anyways, this year was awful!

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

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

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.

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

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

Oh heck, I can see why 1941 is #7. Things like Michael Jackson's death and 9/11 were a lot worse than the year of the extent of Hitler's power and the beginning of mechanised, organised genocide of the Jews. I mean, the Holocaust was pretty bad, but nothing in comparison to the death of the King of Pop.

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

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.

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)

6 1929

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

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

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.

7 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.).

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.

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.

8 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.

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

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 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.

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 :'(

My two neighbor's died this year, my great uncle died, and Robin Williams died! this year was the worst for me, at least when it came to deaths...

10 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.

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.

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.

The Contenders

11 1914

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

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.

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

How is the start of a World War only at 26?

12 2020

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

I thought 2020 was gonna be good, but first kobe Bryant dies, wildfires in Australia, still recovering from floods in England, THE C word/Covid 19 (I can't even say it it's that bad!) and Donald trump being an idiot with disinfectant, it's only May and 2020 already is a hellhole of a year

Now coronavirus stop the world working thanks to china

One word: Coronavirus

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.

14 1933

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

This is the year an awful genocide began.

Hitler gains power in Germany.

Number 1 now bro

15 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!

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

The genocide in Rwanda.

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

16 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?

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.

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

17 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.

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.

18 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.

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.

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.

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.

19 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.

Ww1 rages on, as a genocide happens in Turkey

World war 1

20 65 million B.C.E.

Rest in peace. Dinosaurs.

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

Dinosaurs ):

Rip the dinos

Dinosaurs die :(

21 1916

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

22 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.

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

Norman Conquest

23 1945

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

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.

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?

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

Never forget Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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.

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.

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

The year the hostage crisis happened in Iran

25 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.

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