Black Monday

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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.

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Recurring events[edit]

  • The day following the final Sunday of the National Football League 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 #ASX #ausbiz"". 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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