Next Year might be 1919. The badly misnamed Spanish Flu (it seems that Spain reported its cases honestly, where the US and others lied about how serious it was) came mildly to our country in the spring of 1918. Returning WWI soldiers spread the disease to every community. Then in the fall & winter of 1919, this novel flu virus came on us with a vengeance. It hit the poor and Native Americans the hardest. US deaths topped a half a million (.5% of population), more than four times the number of WW1 combat deaths. Not only was President Wilson sickened and nearly killed by the disease, but the leaders of Spain, France, and Britain were ill. At least the stock market did okay, for about a decade.