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...

Honestly, why do people think that an attack in a bunch of places in the US is sadder than the start of the worst conflict in human history? GET THIS TO NUMBER 1!

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...

An awful tragedy occurred yes, but

1. This tragedy started the current crisis in the Middle East. When the Americans heavily weakened Al-Qaeda and the Taliban after 9/11. Members of al Qaeda banded together to form ISIL. Almost like a Hydra, terrorists restored their tactics of fear into the hearts of every breathing soul.

2. Do not listen to that moron Rubio, Islamaphobia is one of the biggest discrimination issues facing the US right now. 1,000 hate crimes against Muslims occurred in 2001,

3. WE trained the men who would train the psychopaths drove the planes into the WTC

America is not the only country in the world. 9/11 was just one incident - yes, a terrible, atrocious, tragic, horrific incident, but just one. There have been years in history where dozens of horrific things have happened. Take any of the years between 1914 and 1918, the years of WW1, and you could easily beat 2001. Most of the years through WW2, 1939 and 1945, could also beat 2001 hands-down. 1945 saw the droppings of two atomic bombs, for goodness' sake, and still Americans think 9/11 is worse than that.

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.

3 1941

the year the Axis powers made their biggest mistake, letting the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. into this war, and my Great Grandfather almost died in Pearl Harbor.

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.

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.

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.

4 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.

This may be nothing compared to 1939 or 1941, but I think it was a very sad year. There were so many terrorist attacks (Night Club shooting in Orlando, truck plowing in Nice, France, bombing of Brussels, etc.), so many celebrity deaths (Prince, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Christina Grimmie, Gene Wilder, Patty Duke, Alan Rickman, Doris Roberts, etc.), so many innocent police officers killed in the line of duty, girls and young women being murdered and man slaughtered by men for no reason (it seems like there are more of that this year than years past), a toddler that got attacked to death by an alligator, and much more.

While some of this stuff may happen every year, I do not think it was to the extent of this 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.

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.

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!

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.

2011 was not the bad year in America, BUT the worst year on worldwide (except America) and also the worst year in the 21st century. Here’s why:

1. Japan Tsunami, more deaths than 9/11 Terrorist Attack.

2. Syrian War began and still continuing right now. One million people were killed so far (in 2018).

3. Norway Attack; way deadlier than Las Vegas Shooting in 2017 which is the deadliest shooting in the U.S.
(Norway Attack: 77 killed
Las Vegas Shooting: 58 killed)

4. In that year, there was a lot of riots and incidents in the different countries besides America. Statistically, the riots in different countries were deadlier than the riots in America.

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

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.

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

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

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

7 2009

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.

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 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.

''Michael Jackson death was just one guy'' Yes one guy who inspire millions and saved millions of lives... I'm not saying he was the only one... Year that Martin Luther King Jr died... The year of Abraham Lincoln assasination, etc... could be there too.

8 2020 2020 (MMXX) was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 20th year of the third millennium, the 20th year of the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2020s.

Let's see what happened so far: It has Corona and all that came with it (We in Germany have actually our second lockdown...), the Hurricane season for you over there in America (especially poor Louisiana), the historic wildfires in Australia and California (yes, wildfires happen every year in that areas, but they were never that catastrophic), another celebrity mass extinction (starting with Kobe Bryant), that freak show that is actually the US elections, the actual wave of terrorist attacks here in mid-Europe...
Oh, and for me and my family personally, it is like the worst year ever. Unlucky and bad things happening to our family members like every other day, literally no time to take a breath in between, and that goes on since February.
But all that still doesn't make 2020 worse than the WWI/WWII years In my opinion.

It's sad to see a year at first look promising but it's now going down the drain. You've seen the comments mentioned here, I'm the only individual that keeps America going from sinking.
It's Joeysworld

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

Hopefully 2021 will be as great as 2000. Trust me, 2020 is awful. Coronavirus, BLM/George Floyd, Kobe Bryant, Cardi B, Biden/Harris, Trump/Pence, and lots of other things have happened.

9 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.

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

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

The year 2015 RUINED my whole entire life! Satoru Iwata from Nintendo passed out. So many things. I have a list, 'Top 10 Reasons to hate 2015' even there are more ruined stuff. 2015 is going to be the #1 on this list.

10 2012

Well, everything stated to suck in 2013, but it got worse 2 years later in 2015, so I would probably say everything started to really suck since 2015. 2012 was definitely the last good year for my personal life, music, movies, T.V. shows, movie studios, video games, my school, etc. Although I was born in 1999, The 1970s, 1980s. 1990s, & the 2000s were awesome! (Although a lot of people hated (2005-2009), especially 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, I wasn't even a teenager back then, so I just thought the mid to late 2000s wasn't that bad, except for 2009).

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.)

12 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.

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

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

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

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.

Good choice guy who ruled Germany before Hitler, Make Hitler Leader and destory your country.

This is the year an awful genocide began.

Hitler gains power in Germany.

15 1994

Oh because Justin Bieber was born? Guess what go on wikipedia for birth years and well Justin Basson South African rugby union player was also born in 1994, Kai, a South Korean singer South Korean music is popular right? Booboo Stewart was born in 1994, Harry Styles was born 1994, Dakota Fanning born 1994, Jordan Pickford born 1994 English footballer, Alex Bregman born 1994 baseball player, Risako Sugaya born 1994 Japanese singer, Jake T Austin born 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!

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...

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

17 2005

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.

The London thing happened.

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.

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, 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 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.

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.

19 1915

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

Armenian genocide.

20 65 million B.C.E.

Dinos died. What beatiful beasts they were.

Rip the dinos

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

Poor dinosaurs. ;(

21 1916

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

22 1945

I respect Trumans choice on nuking Japan, It was that or Thousands of Americans and British Die. He choice it for the tired soilders.

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?

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

23 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

24 1918

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

The year that the Spanish flu occurred.

WW1 ends. YAY! Spanish flu begins. MY GOD WHY!

25 1980

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.

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.

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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