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 2001

This is why 9/11 happened:

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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2 1939

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...

The holocaust is much worser than 9/11

'Muricans really need to get their head out of their arse.

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3 1941

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

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

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.

Should be higher

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4 2009

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

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

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

''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. - MikeGriffiths23

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5 2011

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

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

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

The year that Capcom killed Mega Man. - PerfectImpulseX

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6 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.

Everything was crap after 2014 - GriffinDoge

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

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

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7 1994

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

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

The genocide in Rwanda. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ


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8 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. more.

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

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

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. - Bab2781

After 4 months, 2017 is about as bad as 2016. One word, TRUMP

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9 1980

The year the hostage crisis happened in Iran

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

My great grandfather died

10 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. - TopTenJackson

The Contenders

11 2004

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

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

Hey I was born this year! - Danguy10

This year was sad because I was born.

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12 2005

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

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

The London thing happened. - JaysTop10List

Hey I was born this year!

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13 2014

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

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...

Peshawar school massacre in Pakistan, where Taliban killers gunned down 132 children as young as 8 years old, plus 13 adults.

Terrorism came into full flex and now Europe has a mass wave of terrorist attacks. Who to blame? Tony Blair and George W. Bush. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

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14 2012

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

The year shooting happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it was so very sad for parents. - TopTenJackson

Sandy Hook shootings, Neil Armstrong, and Whitney Houston

The world ended this year on the 21st of December

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15 1066

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

Norman Conquest - JustAnAccount

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17 2002

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

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

What happened n 2002? - 906389

2002 bail bombing dc sniper attacks

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18 1966

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

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

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

The year were Walt Disney died

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19 476

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

20 1914

Start of World War I - BorisRule

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