Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on February 6, 2018 in New York City. Following Monday's over 1000 point drop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up over 500 points.
While the point-decline was the worst in history, Monday’s numbers were nowhere near the worst stock market crashes in American history by percentage.
“Because the Dow, S&P 500 index and Nasdaq composite have run up so much in the long bull market, comparing today's point losses to earlier eras isn't relevant,” Investors.com noted. “Percentage changes offer a better comparison.”
The 1,175-point Dow drop on Monday amounted to 4.6 percent, the worst since August 2011. But it was just the 25th worst loss since 1960.
Here are five of the worst stock market crashes in U.S. history, based on daily percentage losses:
Oct. 19, 1987
Percentage change: -22.61 percent
About: Known as “Black Monday,” this devastating crash began in Hong Kong, spread to Europe and then hit the U.S. hard.
About the crash: The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as the Great Crash or the Stock Market Crash of 1929 started on Oct. 24 and signaled the beginning of the 12-year Great Depression. Black Monday, the fourth and worst day of the crash, saw a drop of 12.82 percent.
Dec. 18, 1899
Percentage change: -11.99 percent
About the crash: During the Panic of 1896, the U.S. experienced an acute economic depression caused by a drop in silver reserves and deflation.
Oct. 29, 1929
Percentage change: -11.73
About the crash: Black Tuesday was the fifth day of the the Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as the Great Crash or the Stock Market Crash of 1929 that started on Oct. 24 and signaled the beginning of the 12-year Great Depression.