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The 20th Century Quiz

Based on the clues, guess these notable facts from 20th century history.
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Year
Description
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1999
Atmospheric levels of this greenhouse gas reach 365ppm,
an increase of over 25% since 1900
1945-1991
The U.S. and Soviet Union fight this "war"
1979
Protestors seize power in this country and establish a theocracy
1969
This man becomes the first to walk on the moon
1962
The U.S. and Soviet Union have a tense stand-off over missiles in this country
1958-1961
This ruler's "Great Leap Forward" causes 30 million people to starve to death
1955
Jonas Salk announces a vaccine for this disease
1946
The ENIAC is hailed as the world's first example of this common modern device
1941
Japanese forces launch a surprise attack on this naval base
1936
This British king abdicates
1933
This political figure says "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"
1930
This leader marches to the sea to get salt and defy British rule
1927
This pilot becomes the first to make a non-stop solo flight from New York to Paris
1908-1927
This car model, nicknamed the "Tin Lizzie", sells over 16.5 million units
1922
This "ism" rises to prominence as Benito Mussolini becomes leader of Italy
1918-1920
This pandemic kills over 3% of the world's population
Spanish Flu
1916
Margaret Sanger opens the first U.S. clinic to provide information about this practice
1915
This empire systematically kills an estimated 1.5 million Armenians
1914
This archduke is assassinated, sparking WWI
1912
This famous ocean liner hits an iceberg and sinks
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(66)
I didn't know it was Spanish flu. I almost answered that, then I thought I was getting it confused with Spanish fly. 19/20. sigh.
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Mar 31, 2014
(55)
LOL
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Jun 1, 2014
(61)
+3
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Feb 19, 2015
(57)
Ford T should be accepted
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Apr 4, 2014
(49)
+1
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Apr 9, 2014
(52)
+2
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Apr 9, 2014
(49)
What's a Ford T? It's always been a Model T....Model A, etc
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Apr 9, 2014
(36)
it's a MODEL T not a Ford T
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Apr 11, 2014
(43)
[Company]-[Model]
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Dec 11, 2014
"Ford T" sounds painfully wrong to me. Is that what it was called overseas or something?
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Apr 10, 2014
(67)
It's sometimes called T-Ford over here.
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Apr 13, 2014
(56)
Yes, in France at school, always heard about "Ford T" (in French)...
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Aug 2, 2014
Added some accepted type-ins for the non-native English speakers.
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Aug 31, 2016
(65)
My variation of this complaint is that it would not accept "Ford Model T".
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Feb 12, 2017
(63)
You should accept contraception for birth control.
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Apr 9, 2014
(50)
I also guessed contraception. The term birth control is not used often where I live in the UK.
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Apr 9, 2014
(70)
I could only think of contraception, had to check on wikipedia to find "birth control" but I knew what the question was about anyway ;).
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Apr 9, 2014
(27)
I had put in "contraception" too. It didn't cross my mind to try a synonym. It should be accepted.
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Apr 9, 2014
Contraception will work now. Thanks!
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Apr 10, 2014
(40)
Here we go again. Sanger did not open "Contraception" clinics, she opened Birth Control clinics. Maybe if she had called them "Contraception" clinics she might not have been jailed because the morons who jailed her would not have known what Contraception meant.
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Nov 25, 2016
(70)
Taking it again three years after, I typed contraception and got it, thanks Quizmaster ;). And sorry Divantilya if i'm one of "those who refuse to admit that they don't know something"... that question is a bit... American, and I think it's already good to know what concept it is about. We've seen much worse leniency on Jetpunk anyways.
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Feb 12, 2017
(42)
I put in safe sex which is the same thing so that should work too
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Feb 13, 2017
(66)
100% with 2:23 left, love history this was pretty easy!
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Apr 9, 2014
(54)
3:27 left, but I lived through 44% of the century.
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Jul 11, 2014
(66)
Upon completing quiz, getting an error instead of my score. In IE.
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Apr 9, 2014
(72)
IE? There's your problem. Use your ENIAC to jump on Lycos and search for an answer :D j/k
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Apr 9, 2014
(60)
+1, these comments need upvote buttons.
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Apr 9, 2014
(64)
Lycos! Darn; I was trying to use Alta Vista. :-D
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Feb 28, 2016
(66)
Netscape will work as well
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Sep 6, 2016
But, seriously, if anyone else has this problem, let me know!
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Apr 10, 2014
(48)
Turkish should be an acceptable alternative to Ottoman.
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Apr 9, 2014
(62)
No, because it was not in place yet. It was specifically the Ottoman Empire at the time.
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Apr 9, 2014
(48)
The Ottoman Empire is also known as the Turkish Empire. Don't believe me? Look it up.
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Apr 9, 2014
Turkish will work now.
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Apr 10, 2014
(40)
Why are we rewriting history to appease those who refuse to admit that they don't know something? I hate that! - At the time it was the OTTOMAN empire, NOT the Turkish empire!!!
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Oct 20, 2016
(60)
The Ottoman Empire was also known as the Turkish Empire. Founded in the end of the 13th Century in Anatolia by the Oghuz Turkish tribal leader Osman.
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Dec 12, 2016
(70)
The subtelty here is to accept Turkish and not Turkey.
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Feb 12, 2017
(53)
At the time it was called lots of things, because having one official name for a country is a very recent invention. Contemporary people would absolutely have known what you were talking about if you said "Turkey" or "the Turkish Empire."
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Feb 13, 2017
(61)
As in many other quizzes, this one is very much US-centered. From 20 questions, 9 are mainly or only relevant for the USA. The USSR is mentioned twice, and only in relation with America; Africa, South America or Australia simply do not exist. I do not mean to contend the major part played by America in the history of the 20th century, but a bit more interest for other parts of the world would be welcome.
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Apr 9, 2014
(61)
btw I scored 90%, so it's not about not knowing the answers.
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Apr 9, 2014
(65)
I don't know. I would say only Margaret Sanger question was US-centric. The rest were really global.
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Apr 10, 2014
I don't know, Dorkmeister. Do they use computers in other countries, or is that just an American thing. ;)
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Aug 31, 2016
(75)
Maybe you should start your own globally-friendlier version of Jetpunk. This one is American. Some friendliness to a global audience is icing on the cake, but the cake is most assuredly American.
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Apr 9, 2014
(50)
Yes. Cheesecake. New York cheesecake. And chocolate frosting.... Now I've gone and made myself hungry.
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Sep 14, 2014
(26)
This is why the world hates you.
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Feb 13, 2017
There's a reason that the 20th century is often called "The American Century". Much of what was new and important came from America. Don't worry though, I can guarantee other centuries will be less America-centric.
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Apr 10, 2014
(68)
what Quizmaster said. If the 17th century quiz is also very Amero-centric then you'd actually have cause to complain. Whining about there being too many questions regarding the US on a 20th century quiz is like going to a car show and complaining that there are not enough motorcycles.
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Apr 12, 2014
(45)
Maybe you could add "There is a reason that the 20th century is often called 'The American Century' - in America" (: No offence intended, obviously, I do like your quizzes, despite their occasional (and mostly adequate, given that this iis an American website) American bias.
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Sep 11, 2014
(55)
I can honestly say I have never heard it referred to as "The American Century" until now
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Feb 12, 2017
(21)
I've never heard that term either.
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Feb 12, 2017
(55)
Yeah, never heard it called the "Amrican century" either.
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Feb 13, 2017
(68)
There are 3 questions at best out of 20 that pertain mainly or only to the US. The rest involve important international politics, important discoveries, pioneering achievements that took place outside of the US even if they were done by Americans, all with significant global implications.
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Apr 14, 2014
(44)
only 34% got lindburgh??
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Apr 13, 2014
(67)
I think Franz Ferdinand also had a last name, so imho von Habsburg-Lothringen (or just (von) Habsburg) should be accepted
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Apr 13, 2014
(45)
Taking in account everything that has been said here about US having an undeniably prominent role in the history of the 20th century, I am still convinced it is inappropriate to characterise the Cold war as a conflict between the USA and the USSR. While they were the chief agents, the Cold war took place between the Western World and the socialist block, mostly in the East (barring exceptions like Cuba and Nicaragua). Reducing this to a conflict between two countries is like saying that WWII was fought between Germany and Britain, for example.
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Sep 11, 2014
(53)
Can "Zedong" be acceptable for Mao Zedong? I noticed "Mao" is. But I think they put family names before given names so I would agree that if only one should be acceptable, it would be the family name.
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Sep 14, 2014
(68)
I think you just answered your own question.
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Feb 12, 2017
(14)
15000 person!!!!
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Dec 6, 2014
(71)
20/20 with 3:42 remaining. If I can get them all, so can you!
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Feb 19, 2015
(67)
How about family planning for birth control
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Feb 19, 2015
Okay
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Aug 31, 2016
(42)
There were a lot of British inventions in the 20th century too - CT scans, MRI scans, hip replacements, vertical take off aircraft, discovering DNA (three British men and one American) to name but a few. Please don't forget us!
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Apr 13, 2015
(74)
What's with type-ins for the Ford? Ford T, T Ford, Model T Ford, Ford Model T, Ford T Model .. I think I tried every conceivable combination of those three and FINALLY one caught. Please add some?
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Oct 18, 2015
(42)
Is it me or was this the worst century ever?
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Apr 22, 2016
Many people would agree with you, but I don't, and probably most historians wouldn't either. 20th century warfare may seem particularly brutal, but it was positively benign compared to the crises of earlier eras. Think about the countries worst affected by the World Wars such as Russia, Poland, Germany, and Japan. Now compare their populations and standards of living in 1900 vs 2000. Despite their awful ordeals, all the affected countries emerged much stronger than they started. The 20th century was, in fact, the best century of all-time (excepting the 21st, of course).
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Aug 31, 2016
(55)
Is anybody else tired of hearing about Franz Ferdinand?
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Nov 24, 2016
(60)
Nobody ever mentions that his lovely wife Sophie was also assassinated on that day.
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Dec 12, 2016
(60)
Colossus was the world's first electronic digital programmable computer. It used a large number of valves (vacuum tubes). It had paper-tape input and was capable of being configured to perform a variety of boolean logical operations on its data, but it was not Turing-complete. Nine Mk II Colossi were built (The Mk I was converted to a Mk II making ten machines in total). Colossus Mark I contained 1500 thermionic valves (tubes), but Mark II with 2400 valves, was both 5 times faster and simpler to operate than Mark 1, greatly speeding the decoding process. ENIAC was the first USA Computer and although later than Colossus was faster and more flexible.
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Dec 12, 2016
(47)
Zuse's Z3 came 5 years earlier than ENIAC. It "was the world's first programmable computer; the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3 became operational in May 1941", says Wikipedia.
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Feb 12, 2017
(20)
I kept thinking that Armenians was Americans, but eventually realized it was Armenians
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Dec 12, 2016
(23)
Failllll, Why can only 97 percent of us get Cold War? Come on guys, needs to be 100
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Dec 14, 2016
(50)
Does it seem crazy to anyone else that there were only 4 decades between the first transatlantic flight and Neil Armstrong walking on the moon? That's a lot of change in 40 years!
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Feb 12, 2017
(59)
Absolutely. Just think, in 1902 no man had ever flown period. 67 years later we are on the moon. The 20th century was an amazing 100 years!
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Feb 16, 2017
(52)
There's a very funny 'Drunk History' episode on Edward VIII.
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Feb 13, 2017
(31)
Accept 'pc' for computer?
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Feb 20, 2017
(12)
20/20 with 3:32 remaining.
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Feb 25, 2017
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