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30 times history has tanked the stock market

Stacker Logo By Madison Troyer of Stacker | Slide 1 of 31: The stock market is a volatile system not for the faint of heart. Even with extensive, independent research, informed financial consultants, and gobs of dumb luck, jumping in with the bulls and bears is a move that's riddled with risks standing well outside of anyone's control. 

Throughout history, major events—including the Civil War, Pearl Harbor attack, and dot-com bubble burst—have been responsible for dropping the NASDAQ and Dow indexes and causing runs on the banks. Stacker has rounded up 30 such instances of history tanking the stock market, reminding everyone that what goes up, must come down. The slideshow is chock-full of stats and numbers that will tickle the fancy of investing aficionados and educate the market. So hold onto your hats (and stocks), and prepare for a walk down Wall Street memory lane.

ALSO: Here's what the stock market returned the year you were born

Stacker looks at 30 times history has tanked the stock market

The stock market is a volatile system not for the faint of heart. Even with extensive, independent research, informed financial consultants and gobs of dumb luck, jumping in with the bulls and bears is a move that's riddled with risks standing well outside of anyone's control. 

Throughout history, major events — including the Civil War, Pearl Harbor attack and dot-com bubble burst — have been responsible for dropping the Nasdaq and Dow indexes and causing runs on banks. Stacker has rounded up 30 such instances of history tanking the stock market, reminding everyone that what goes up, must come down. The slideshow is chock-full of stats and numbers that will tickle the fancy of investing aficionados and educate the market. So hold onto your hats (and stocks), and prepare for a walk down Wall Street memory lane. Click ahead to get started.

ALSO: Here's what the stock market returned the year you were born

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