The years of the Holocaust have been deemed by many to be one of the darkest periods in human history.
Some may even say 2020, the year the COVID-19 pandemic began, should join the ranks of the worst years in human history. The pandemic has since killed over three million people worldwide.
However researchers say human civilization went through a year much worse than any of these events, a year they say was the worst-ever to be alive.
Meteorological experts, however, would beg to differ.
At the time, a mysterious fog began to cloud the skies of Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia, a fog so dense and dark that it blocked sunlight for a year-and-a-half.
“And it came about during this year that a most dread portent took place,” wrote Byzantine historian Procopius , “For the sun gave forth its light without brightness, like the moon, during this whole year, and it seemed exceedingly like the sun in eclipse, for the beams it shed were not clear nor such as it is accustomed to shed.”
In turn, the diminished sunlight set off a series of cataclysmic events that took human civilization at least 100 years to recover from, until 640 CE, researchers found in a study published in 2018.
The Black Death
During the 1340s, an outbreak of bubonic plague spread like wildfire throughout Europe and Asia. It was called the Black Death. If affected, the person affected went through several phases of torment and pain, including severe body aches, post-trauma, fever, and vomiting before eventually dying.
It was called the black plague because the lymph nodes became blackened and swollen after the entry of bacteria through the skin. Unfortunately, there was no sure cure for it, and it just continued to spread. In Eurasia, it killed around 75 to 200 million people, and about 25 million people in Europe. It was recorded as the most fatal plague in the whole history.
The Partition of India
Partition and Independence may sound like the ideal and easy goal to achieve, but not in the case of India’s Partition. The road to partition started with the end of the East India Company, i.e., the British rule in the Indian subcontinent. Muslims wanted a separate nation from the Hindus, and hence, Britain decided to make the land with Muslim majority “Pakistan”, and the Hindu majorities would be called Hindustan. Over 1 million people died overnight in riots and the fight for Independence, and during the same riots, a train full of dead bodies reached Pakistan. It all happened due to the mismanaged distribution rules by the East India Company, and many people died during the mass migration.
World War I
When it comes to wars, who can forget the two great world wars of history. There were unprecedented destructions and unrestricted use of weapons, which left irreparable damage behind. The two main rivals in the war were Great Britain and Germany, and both were extremely powerful. When it comes to such conflicts, the outcomes are always horrific. Global wars not only affect the countries involved directly in the war but also have a worldwide impact as well. The war lasted for four years and ended with twenty-one million injured and twenty million casualties from both sides.