From 535-536 CE, crops around the globe refused to produce. People from many cultures wrote of that year having droughts and strange weather. It was the year the Sun was darkened by volcanic dust.
At least that is the conclusion most scientists are only beginning to find. What happened to humanity during this time period is very well documented however. Historians have ample evidence from around the globe showing that these events did, in fact, occur.
China witnessed drought across the nation, which caused some regions to lose 70% of its population. The blue-tinted ash in the skies brought with it a drop in temperature, which, in turn, brought snow and frost in the summer months. Ash was so thick in the night-sky that the second brightest star, Canopus, could not be seen by Chinese astronomers. Canopus was known in China as the Old Man of the South Pole, a symbol of longevity and happiness.
The Gaelic Irish Annals have records showing famine as well. “A failure of bread in the year 536 AD” is reported in the Annals of Ulster and the Annals of Inisfallen report “A failure of bread from the years 536–539 AD”. Interestingly, Inisfallen was not the only place to have longer-lasting issues. Peru had larger problems as well.
Ice-core samples from glaciers in the Andes show that, beginning in the year 536, the Moche culture of Peru would have dealt with 30 years of severe rain. Yet after 30 years of rain, it just stopped, leaving a drought for another 30 years. Stable weather had been promised by the Moche religion through sacrifice, but the rain and drought brought a falter. Some have claimed that the weather brought unrest which eventually ended the Moche civilization entirely. And this wouldn’t be the only culture destroyed by the strange weather.
In the Basin of Mexico, the city of Teotihuacán was heavily affected by drought and famine. Juvenile skeletons from their era of decline show signs of malnutrition, which shows the people had begun to starve. Signs of localized fires have been found in Teotihuacán, fires which seem to have been intentionally set. A lot of evidence like this has revealed that there was civil unrest and rebellion against a government that could not feed its people.
An event had hit the entire earth. Ice-cores from Antarctica and Greenland have deposits of sulfates in that period. Even tree-rings in California, Finland, and Sweden show little growth during that year. All of these stories combine to show that for at least one year, the population of the earth was joined under a single struggle. Who knows if it means anything, but the course of history was drastically changed that year.