Black Monday refers to specific Mondays when undesirable or turbulent events have occurred. It has been used to designate massacres, military battles and stock market crashes.

Historic events

Recurring events

  • The day following the final Sunday of the National Football League regular season (Week 17) on which numerous coaches and general managers of underperforming teams are fired or resign their positions.[6] First use of the phrase was attributed by a pair of writers in the New York Times to a 1998 Associated Press story, "Black Monday for NFL Coaches".[6] The term is also sometimes used in reference to the day following the annual NFL Draft where players' contracts may be terminated once new players are added to a roster.[7]
  • An old schoolboys' name for the first Monday after the holidays.[8]


  1. ^ Sir James Ware (13 January 2010). The antiquities and history of Ireland. 
  2. ^ Brand, John (1725, R&T edition 1905). Brand's Popular Antiquities of Great Britain. I. London: Reeves and Turner. p. 53.  Check date values in: date= (help)
  3. ^ "Brown vs. Board of Education at Fifty exhibit". The Library of Congress. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Berlin commuters face S-Bahn chaos". The Local. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Business Day on Twitter: "'Black Monday': Xinhua calls it before trading even finishes @philipwen11 http://t.co/jZs8cUNIUs #ASX #ausbiz http://t.co/pzHql626so"". Twitter.com. 22 February 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2015.  External link in title= (help)
  6. ^ a b Ken Belson with Alain Delaqueriere, "Black Monday: Now a Ritual Whose Meaning is Clear," New York Times, 28 December 2013.
  7. ^ "ProFootballTalk". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Webster 1913

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