Top 10 Worst Events in World History

The Top Ten
1 The Holocaust

Although not the most bloody event in terms of the number of victims ( 6 million Jews against 20 million victims of the civilian population of the USSR, destroyed according to the plan "Ost", or 18 million Chinese, destroyed by the Japanese), but undoubtedly much more tragic.
RIP all victims of the Holocaust. All those 6 million lives forever in our hearts.

The only list that on this site in which the actual worst events in history, like the holucast or 9/11, were never below anything bieber or Trump related. Phew...

This is DEFINITELY one of the worst events in history, along with 9/11 and both World Wars and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I HATE that we (the U.S.) bombed Japan. I know they bombed Hawaii, but we murdered many innocent people! There was a video that I watched with my family about what Japan looked like the day of the bombing right before the bombing in both cities. In both cities, children and their mothers were sitting laughing, chatting, and doing school, and then BOOM! BOOM! --everything dissolved in smoke. Everything blew up. I was so sad and angry at President Truman for commanding us to do that and at us for obeying him. I know we were furious, and I also know that Japan shouldn't have bombed us (I am NOT pointing fingers at Japan, by the way, I am MADDER at the U.S. than Japan). But that doesn't warrant us bombing two cities that did NOTHING to us. Just because Japan bombed us doesn't mean every single person who is Japanese is bad. People can do bad things and good ...more

The only reason 9/11 is second is because it was recent. In time, it will be a historical and terrible event that will probably be less of an issue to the people who weren't around to watch it being reported, and compared to events thousands of years ago, it is not as big. Of course it still is devastating and all my hope goes to those who were affected, and all my respect goes to those who fought against it or sadly passed away.

2 World War II

This pointlessly stupid conflict killed hundreds of people for know reason other than racism. Unlike the First World War where ended making more sense, WW2 ruined the worlds borders especially in Europe, historical lands taken away and cleansed because of a pointless war.

Those that don't know there history place this anywhere but the number one spot, count up all the mini events that took place within this global war and the lives lost during and even after are uncountable. Please if you. Sleep during history stay awake for ww2. And people, pay attention, we're on the cusp of ww3.

People should study history and understand that the Holocaust mostly took place during this war. 6 million people died in the holocaust. 50 to 85 were killed during the whole war. It changed the world forever. The cost was far too great.

This includes the top 2, plus an unmentioned killing of many soldiers from all countries. This should be #1

3 World War I

WW1 was such a sad time in history and may people died I wish there was no vilence in the world WW3 is already starting.

4 Rape of Nanking

I can't even fathom how Japanese people were able to do such an atrocity considering they are so polite and have a cute culture, maybe that's what lead to them being like now.

Finally! A list that doesn't only care about the American events! The rest of the world has suffered much more than America in the grand scheme of things

Japanese school children are not taught about this atrocity. They are not taught about any other atrocity they committed during WW2 either.

Actually, worse than what happened to the Jews. Many more deaths and more brutal.

5 African Slave Trade

In no way do I support slavery, however for those of you who don't know, whitey isn't to blame for slavery. Black Africans sold their own countrymen to the other countries. O and by the way there is still slavery going on in the world today. Its called the sex trade. So if tonight you planned on going and picking up someone for a good time just remember these words, she's a slave, and for an hour or whatever you are helping her stay stuck in a world of violence and abuse. You are no better than that a-hole with a whip. No pun intended

Africans experienced the worst genocide known to man. 200 years of torture unlike the Holocaust that was less than 3 years.

That should have never happened and I hate falling asleep at night knowing that people did that to other people.

Slaves were forced from there homes in Africa and taken to the New World as Slaves

6 Black Death

It was so deadly that it was simply known as "plague" or "pestilence" and it has had the biggest impact on history of any disease.

By killing 1/3 of Europe it put an end to Fuedalism (the system used in the middle ages where poor farmers worked for lords and knights), and led to the Renaissance, with the greatest scientific discoveries and exploration since the Roman Empire.

This isn't #1, but it should be #2. This was a horrible disease with over half of the population in Europe dying. For God sakes, humanity almost went extinct thanks to this. This must be higher.

The Black Death had a higher death toll (75-200m) than any other event on this list. The only reason the Holocaust got #1 is the disproportionately high amount of media attention it gets.

7 9/11

In my opinion this has to be the saddest most tragic event in world history. My family knew Leroy Homer JR (flight 93) he was a long time friend of both my Aunts. I was 5 years old at the time and still remember briefly watching my parents faces in horror and tears and knowing my Aunt worked across from the WTC and could possibly be hurt or even killed. I was a bit young so I didn't know how to react other than crying but all I remember was watching the T.V. and it all seeming like a movie except it was for real, I don't know how evil a person or people could be to do such a thing as to attack a building in which people go to work innocently not knowing what could happen. Those who were on all 4 planes knowing as it was hijacked will be the last few minutes of their lives. I don't live in the US but I can imagine all of the people seeing smoke and fire arising from the two buildings and the ash and papers flying from the sky above. Watching clips online and seeing the blood and tears ...more

I would build a time machine, and go back to the day before the attacks. then I would go to the lobby and tell everybody that at 8;47 the next day, the towers would be attacked and show them videos of the attacks and tell them to close the building the next day. there would be a lot of damage, but at least everybody is alive!

The worst day on earth I Can't believe this type of attack would even happen this is very sad over 2,996 people died and I can't believe they let suicide bombers hijack a airplane to the World Trade Center this is too sad George W. Bush was a bad president during this time no military was involved on this day what the NYPD involved this worse as the black plague the Holocaust in World War II top one is the black plague actually met the Holocaust talk to is the black plague top three is World War II one top force 911 top-five Pearl Harbor top six atomic bombings in Japan.

Shouldn't be as high on the list. This is nothing compared to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

8 The Crusades

Religion is a scourge on this planet and absolutely DOES NOT deserve one iota of respect. A good many of the worst crimes in history were killing for religion. Where was your god during these times? Yeah, that's what I thought!

And a good reason to avoid labels and pledge blind, undying faith to specific organizations of man.

Although we don't have as many accounts of the Crusades, it probably was the worst.

9 The Holomodor

It is interesting that this famine is promoted beyond all measure, then no one never remembers other famines in the history of Russia (the famines in the Russian Empire were almost continuous, following each other with an interval of several years, and only with the advent of Soviet power in Russia did this succeed stop, although not immediately). I tried to find on this list the Russian famines of 1891, 1897, 1901, 1906, 1911, 1916-17, but I failed, while the 1933 famine is in 11th place in the list of the worst events in human history. It probably has nothing to do with the fact that it is so convenient to use it to demonize the damned communists.
Just an interesting observation.

Holodomor (which means "murder by starvation") never happened. There definitely was a famine, but there is no evidence that it was intentional. What's sick is that the West isn't concerned about the people who suffered from the famines of 1932, they're just worried about bashing Communism.

I'm not a communist.

10 Native American Genocide

How can we ignore this?

The Contenders
11 The Great Deppression
12 Coronavirus Outbreak

This should be somewhere at 1 or 2 this event killed a lot more Americans then 9/11 did and killed a lot of others in other country's.

This is by far the worst event in world history. The holocaust and the black death were nothing compared to this.

I thought this would be in the top 10 by now.

13 Dallas Shooting

The shooting was intense

This event was horrible

Our officers poor them

This event is just sad

14 Ebola Outbreak
15 Chernobyl Disaster

I added this because of the horrible effects it had.

Me mum's ukrainian

16 Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

It killed more than one hundred thousand people, and that was in one explosion. It was one of the most cruel and affected innocent people for miles. More than half of two cities that took years to built destroyed. It shows how terrifying people can be. Even though the Americans did this for revenge, it is still the most inhumane event in history (besides the Holocaust). Robert Oppenheimer even quoted a line from the Bhagavad Gita, saying "I have become death, destroyer of worlds".

Instantly obliterated 150,000 people in response to pearl harbor which only killed around 3,000 people. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people died. Destroyed the landscape for thousands of miles for many years. In my opinion the worst most inhumane event throughout human history.

Hey, would you rather have millions more die because of US invading Japan? Nuking Japan was the best choice we had, and although it killed many, it saved many more, as if the war continued, more people on both sides would have died.

9/11 more or less is just propaganda. Are people crazy to put it on the number 2 spot. Yes people died in the 9/11 but Americans used it as an excuse to kill many more billions of people around the world especially Muslims

17 Rise of Communism

Lol, I was born in the Soviet Union and I can tell you that Soviet government was by far the least corrupted in our history. I think that is one of the main reasons people here miss that good old times. Stalin, Khrushchev or Brezhnev were no more than just a beggars compared to Putin or Nicholas the Bloody.
The same applies to China and some other communist or former communist countries, thought not all of them (communist Romania or "our beloved" North Korea as bad examples).

The principal idea of communism itself is not bad. It's an absolute equality in its essence, the thing is that people are always craving for power, and in the end, they will succeed, and ignore their own ideals and ideology.

That's wonderfully portrayed in "Animal Farm" for example. The principal idea was that everyone is equal... until "but some are more equal" was added.

There are two big issues why communism is so poorly executed: the leaders stop carrying about the population and want to gain more and more control and power, and communist countries try to see other countries and systems as bad. It is essential to stay open for other countries for your own economy and to not control the population or else your basic idea is dead, else the result is as disastrous as in every communist country. East Germany had a way better equality of women and even homosexuals than in West Germany, and everyone had only a moderate income but wasn't piss poor. But what's that worth ...more

Only reason communism sucks is the corruption of those in power.

Why don't they just go to a communist country?

18 Permian-Triassic Extinction

I remember this like it was yesterday... I still have flashbacks

When Ann the Allosaur died after hiding in the attic with her family. #RespectTheBible

19 Hitler Ascends to In Power
20 China's Great Leap Forward

Are you kidding me? The Great Leap Forward at 14, nobody knows about this and that's just shameful. 56 million people died!

This needs to be higher.

21 Armenian Genocide

I wrote a research paper about this event and I read about the terrible ways Armenians were tortured by the Ottomans. This event was definitely one of the most horrible of all time. The worst part is that Turkey denies that the genocide happened

Just as bad as the Holocaust and almost no one's heard of it.

And Turkey still denies it ever happened.

Only a big lie

22 Rwandan Genocide

Should be at least in the top 5. 800000 people died needlessly. UN offered little to no help!

23 Spanish Influenza Outbreak

The deadliest natural event in the history of mankind, more people died in this natural event than anything else.

24 Las Vegas Shooting

Deadliest shooting in modern U.S. History

A crazy shooting

Really sad man

25 The Salem Witch Trials
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