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19th Century Dates Quiz

For each highlighted event, guess the year.
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First submittedFebruary 1, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 9, 2015
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Event
Year
Start of California Gold rush
1848
Start of the Civil War
1861
Abraham Lincoln assassinated
1865
Custer defeated
1876
Louisiana Purchase
1803
Napoleon defeated at Waterloo
1815
Slavery abolished in British Empire
1833
Year of Revolutions in Europe
1848
Start of Queen Victoria's reign
1837
First modern Olympic Games
1896
Spanish-American War
1898
Eiffel Tower constructed
1889
Event
Year
Battle of the Alamo
1836
Edison tests first light bulb
1879
British sack Washington D.C.
1814
Mormon pioneers reach Salt Lake
1847
Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species
1859
Potato Famine begins in Ireland
1845
End of U.S. Reconstruction
1877
Basketball is invented
1892
U.S. annexes Hawaii
1898
Transcontinental railroad completed
1869
Emancipation Proclamation
1863
Napoleon captures Moscow
1812
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level 36
Feb 1, 2012
Am I the first comment on this quiz? It's a good quiz.
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level 28
Feb 1, 2012
91%!
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level 43
Feb 3, 2012
About the Emancipation Proclamation: It came into effect on January 1st, 1863, BUT it was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22nd, 1862.
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level 53
Oct 3, 2012
Did really badly on this- oops. Got hung up on the goldrush, thought they were 49er's like in the song.
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level 51
Nov 23, 2013
Gold was discovered near Sacramento in January 1848. The discovery was virtually unknown in the United States (California was not yet part of the USA) until the New York Herald reported about it in August. Few people were able to pick up stakes and travel across the continent, think foot and horseback (no transcontinental railroad), until 1849 when they began showing up en masse... hence the term 49ers. So many showed up that they petitioned for, and received, statehood in 1850. California was the first state on the West Coast and was almost 500 miles (800 km) from Texas, the next nearest state.
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level 68
Apr 5, 2014
Got all of them with 1:02 left... though Eiffel, Mormons, and Potato Famine were complete guesses.
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level 75
May 28, 2014
Only got 14 - definitely to brush up on my history. Good quiz.
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level 65
Aug 5, 2018
should have less time, I randomly typed my way through half of the answers.
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level 35
Feb 26, 2019
Yes! Got them all with 0:29 remaining at 7:26:38 PM on February 26, 2019. I knew most of them. The ones that gave me trouble were the start of Queen Victoria's reign, when Mormon pioneers reached the Great Salt Lake, when Darwin published On the Origin of Species, and when the Transcontinental railroad was completed. The rest I either knew the correct year or knew the decade and thus only had a few guesses to make.