I know the cool savvy hip thing to say is “lol, 2021 will be worse,” but I mean, Donald will be gone after Jan. 20, and eventually we’ll be able to dine in a restaurant safely. That ain’t nothing.
— Starfish Who Just Wants To Grill (@IRHotTakes) December 31, 2020
Was 2020 the worst year ever? Historians weigh in. https://t.co/ggX5Hnl9XG
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 1, 2021
… In a clever bit of marketing, the self-therapy app Bloom recently asked 28 historians from Yale, Oxford, Stanford and other major universities to choose the worst year in history — or, as they put it, the most stressful. British historian Philip Parker led the effort. Following a depressing dive down the rabbit hole of historical misery, Parker compiled a list of the top worst/most stressful years in world, British and U.S. history. Then the historians made their picks.
The worst year in world history wasn’t even a close contest.
It was 1348, the height of the Black Death, during which as many as 200 million people died. That would be like wiping out about 65 percent of the U.S. population. The Holocaust in 1944 ranked second, followed by 1816, when a volcano eruption in Indonesia blocked out the sun, starving millions. 2020 ranked sixth.
In U.S. history, 2020 was well down the list at No. 8, just behind the 2001 terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, the tumult of 1968’s riots and assassinations, the 1918 flu pandemic, the Trail of Tears of 1838, the 1929 stock market crash marking the beginning of the Great Depression, and at the very, very top, 1862.
That was, most historians say, the grimmest year of the Civil War, when the country’s total collapse seemed imminent…
I've come to believe this is the most important thing in studying history. https://t.co/5RPZRLC3x4
— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) January 1, 2021