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Top 20 Largest Daily DJIA Losses

When we look at stock market crashes, September has had the most on the Dow Jones Industrial Average since being founded by Charles Dow on May 26, 1896. October on the other hand has had the biggest crashes with 9 of them on a daily percentage basis.

History’s most storied crashes on the Dow, on a percentage basis can be seen in the list below. In fact, the panic in 1987 and the crash of 1929 still hold all of the top four spots.

TheĀ Largest Ever One-Day Percentage Drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average Occurred on December 12, 1914 after it reopened in November of 1914 after being shut down due to the start of World War I earlier that year.

Here is a breakdown of the darkest days in the 115-year history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Rank Date Close Net Change % Change
1 1987-10-19 1,738.74 -508.00 -22.61
2 1929-10-28 260.64 -38.33 -12.82
3 1929-10-29 230.07 -30.57 -11.73
4 1929-11-06 232.13 -25.55 -9.92
5 1899-12-18 58.27 -5.57 -8.72
6 1932-08-12 63.11 -5.79 -8.40
7 1907-03-14 76.23 -6.89 -8.29
8 1987-10-26 1,793.93 -156.83 -8.04
9 2008-10-15 8,577.91 -733.08 -7.87
10 1933-07-21 88.71 -7.55 -7.84
11 1937-10-18 125.73 -10.57 -7.75
12 2008-12-01 8,149.09 -679.95 -7.70
13 2008-10-09 8,579.19 -678.91 -7.33
14 1917-02-01 88.52 -6.91 -7.24
15 1997-10-27 7,161.15 -554.26 -7.18
16 1932-10-05 66.07 -5.09 -7.15
17 2001-09-17 8,920.70 -684.81 -7.13
18 1931-09-24 107.79 -8.20 -7.07
19 1933-07-20 96.26 -7.32 -7.07
20 2008-09-29 10,365.45 -777.68 -6.98
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