How Does Yesterday’s Stock Market Crash Compare to the Worst Crashes in History?

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In case you have been living under a rock, or in a cave, or somewhere else without internet or TV, yesterday the Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE:DIA) fell right through the floor in one of the worst crashes in recent history. The market closed down 512 points (4.1%) as stocks across the board got shelled. The S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) and Nasdaq (NASDAQ:QQQ) were down even steeper percentage-wise. 29 of thirty companies on the Dow closed below (mostly far below) their opening prices. Decliners led advancers by nearly 20:1 on the NYSE Thursday. It was a bloodbath.

Below we take a look at the worst crashes in stock market history to see how the crash on Aug. 4th, 2011 compares (Ordered by percentage decline):

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1) Oct. 19, 1987: 22.6 percent, or 508 points

2) Oct. 28, 1929: 12.8 percent, or 38 points

3) Oct. 29, 1929: 11.7 percent, or 31 points

4) Nov. 6, 1929: 9.9 percent, or 26 points

5) Dec. 18, 1899: 8.7 percent, or 6 points

6) Aug. 12, 1932: 8.4 percent, or 6 points

7) March 14, 1907: 8.3 percent, or 7 points

8) Oct. 26, 1987: 8 percent, or 157 points

9) Oct. 15, 2008: 7.9 percent, or 733 points*

10) July 21, 1933: 7.8 percent, or 8 points

11) Dec. 1, 2008: 680 points, or 7.7 percent*

12)  Oct. 9, 2008: 679 points, or 7.3 percent*

13) Oct. 27, 1997: 554 points, or 7.2 percent

14) Sept. 17, 2001: 685 points, or 7.1 percent*

15) Sept. 29, 2008: 778 points, or 7 percent*

16) Aug. 31, 1998: 513 points, or 6.4 percent

17) Oct. 22, 2008: 514 points, or 5.7 percent*

18) April 14, 2000: 618 points, or 5.7 percent

19) Aug. 4, 2011: 513 points, or 4.3 percent

* indicates recent event.

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