What is the Worst Day in History?

February 15, 2024

There are days where nothing seems to go right. Maybe you overslept, the car won't start, or you can't get to work on time. You think, "Is this the worst day ever?" But it probably won't be. Just check out these photos from people who have had much worse days than yours. From exploding printers to keys locked inside armored cars, these people will make you realize that your day is not as bad as it could be.

The worst day in history probably was not the Black Death destroying a third of Europe or the 1918 flu that killed 50 million to 100 million people. Instead, historian Michael McCormick says it may have been the year that began on April 15, 1776.

That's when George Washington's army was running out of supplies on its desperate battle to reclaim New Jersey from the British. His men's enlistments were up, and he had to win the war or die trying.

Before that scariest day, most Americans were confident that two wide oceans and a mighty military would keep them safe from attack or invasion. That confidence was shattered on September 11, 2001. The terrorists were twisted, deranged monsters who murdered thousands of innocent people for no good reason.

The horror of the attacks shifted America's focus away from the isolationism that had dominated it for centuries and toward becoming a global power. It helped spur the Civil Rights Movement, accelerated a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union and led to an end to segregation in America.


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