Source: Saamir Ansari
Published: July 2020
The worst year in history
Circulated: August 6, 2020
2020 is one of the bleakest years in a generation. However, when speaking of the worst year recorded in human history, scholars and researchers agree on 536 AD.
- That year, a massive volcanic eruption choked the atmosphere with ash.
- Darkness loomed 24 hours a day, for two years.
- Global temperatures plummeted, spawning the coldest decade in 2,000 years.
- Crops failed worldwide, and famine was rampant, ushering Europe into five centuries of economic, cultural, and demographic decline, a period historians call the “Dark Ages.”