Does it ever seem like things are worse than they've ever been? There's certainly a lot of bad news these days, but believe us — things have been worse. In 1918, an influenza pandemic killed more than 50 million people. In 1349, the Black Plague wiped out half of the population of Europe. But even those banner years for death and destruction were nothing compared to the very worst year on record.
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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year
Written by Reuben Westmaas January 18, 2019
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