Why 536 CE was the worst year in history to be alive

Historians have finally found a reason for the mysterious darkness that descended that year

Stars Insider

15/09/22 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Mystery

The Black Death ravaged Europe in 1349, killing half of its population, but even still, historian Michael McCormick of Harvard University argues that 536 was the worst year in human history to be alive. Records from that year describe multiple continents being plunged into constant darkness by some kind of black fog, which had devastating effects on crops and the world’s food supply. The knock-on effects of this climatic disaster were countless.

Experts from a variety of fields are now working together to uncover the source of the mysterious fog and the role it may have played in major world events at the time.

Click on to find out what actually happened in 536 and the disastrous years that followed.

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