Can anyone think of a worse year than 2020? I mean, there have been bad events in other years, including 9/11 (in case you can’t remember, that was in 2001). Or Hurricane Sandy (2012), although the Galveston hurricane of 1900 was the deadliest natural disaster to strike the US, ever.
Way (way) back in May of 2020, The Atlantic published an article comparing the still quite young 2020 against 1968, the year that previously was considered the worst year in most of our lifetimes. 1968 featured the Vietnam war, including the My Lai massacre, assassinations of MLK and RFK, domestic race riots and bloodshed, the rise of Richard Nixon (with his racist Southern Strategy) and George Wallace, and even the H3N2 pandemic.
Now, at the end of this year, we see that 2020 has left 1968 in the dust of history for the most horrible year.
May the pendulum swing the other way in 2021, and lead to reforms and revival.