With 2020 winding down, many have been anxious to put to bed COVID-19, wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, “murder hornets,” riots, attacks on police officers, unemployment and other natural and man-made disasters.
Will history however, show 2020’s catastrophic events to be just a blip on the radar screen of time’s infinite continuum? Or could 2020 perhaps stack up to 536 A.D., which one expert believes may have been the worst year on record.
“It was the beginning of one of the worst periods to be alive, if not the worst year,” Harvard University historian Michael McCormick told Science Magazine in 2018, referring to the year 536 in Europe.
A chain reaction of natural disasters was part of the year’s events. (And that doesn’t even taken into account the “Justinian” plague that wiped out between a third and half of the Eastern