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20th Century Dates Quiz

For each highlighted event, guess the year.
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Last updated: September 9, 2015
First submittedDecember 6, 2011
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Event
Year
Man lands on the Moon
1969
Assassination of John F. Kennedy
1963
Attack on Pearl Harbor
1941
End of World War II
1945
Start of World War I
1914
Start of the Great Depression
1929
Rodney King riots
1992
Sinking of the Titanic
1912
First airplane flight
1903
Thatcher elected Prime Minister
1979
Tiananmen Square massacre
1989
Bolshevik Revolution
1917
India achieves independence
1947
Brown v. Board of Education
1954
Cuban missile crisis
1962
Woodstock
1969
Chernobyl nuclear disaster
1986
Event
Year
End of apartheid in South Africa
1994
O.J. Simpson trial
1995
Introduction of the Euro
1999
Fall of the Berlin Wall
1989
Richard Nixon resigns
1974
Falklands War
1982
D-Day
1944
Spanish flu outbreak
1918
Challenger space shuttle disaster
1986
Iranian revolution
1979
First Super Bowl
1967
Iraq invades Kuwait
1990
Martin Luther King assassinated
1968
Beatles play Shea Stadium
1965
First World Cup
1930
Lindbergh flies from New York to Paris
1927
First Model T produced
1908
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level 33
Dec 7, 2011
33/34, ran out of time, but that was nice and challenging
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level 73
Jul 8, 2018
I'm guessing all the 33/34 are like me and didn't know the World Cup?
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level 56
Jul 9, 2018
32/34. No clue about Super Bowl OR World Cup. Figured Super Bowl was post-1945, but as late as '67? Surprised.
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level 61
Sep 18, 2019
well if you look at the stats super bowl is least guessed, not world cup.
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level 60
Oct 7, 2019
33/34 missed spanish flu
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level 71
Dec 8, 2011
33 as well :)
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level 68
Jul 19, 2014
Only missed three.... nice quiz.
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level 77
Jul 19, 2014
I was in high school. I think I was sitting in Spanish class. When the OJ acquittal was announced. Where were you?
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level 58
Jul 19, 2014
On the day of the white bronco chase, I was in Florida, and I was sitting in a cold bath, attempting to recover from a terrible case of sunstroke/burn. My companions were watching the live feed and shouting through to me "You'll never believe what's happening!"
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level 77
Jul 20, 2014
I can't actually remember where I was during the Bronco chase... I think I was just at home. Don't recall. But I do remember the verdict.
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level 66
Jul 21, 2014
I was in high school too. Sophomore year. They had TVs set up in the cafeteria airing the coverage so you could watch at lunch or during study hall. My American Government class took "field trips" every day to watch to coverage too. That was where I was when they read the verdict.
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level 65
Oct 31, 2016
I wasn't born yet!
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level 54
Jul 19, 2014
Good
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level 66
Jul 21, 2014
If you really want to mess with some heads, put something that happened in 2000 on this quiz. That's technically still the 20th century, though most don't consider it to be. :D
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level 18
Dec 17, 2014
no, its the 21st century.
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level 69
Mar 2, 2016
No it's not. The initial date of the calendar is January 1st, 1. So if you want the first century to last 100 years, the second century needs to start on January 1st, 101. And so on.
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level 38
Jun 30, 2017
It is NOT. There was no year "0", remember? - Therefore the year 2000 ended the 20th Century. January 1, 2001 began the 21st Century.
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level 69
Oct 28, 2017
Wow, you just embarrassed yourself there, 19kellyr.
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level 72
Jul 23, 2014
the end of apartheid is kind of a grey area. it was in 1991 when they actually announced all the apartheid laws were abolished. there wasnt any racial segregation after that. 1994 was when south africa had its first democratic elections and the government changed to ANC. i live in south africa
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level 68
May 21, 2015
Agree. Great quiz, but the end of apartheid clue could be improved. e.g. Mandela inaugurated, still = 1994
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level 39
Sep 26, 2015
World cup could mean a few different sport, I answered the Rugby World Cup date :) I take it its the football world cup??
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level 82
May 19, 2016
Brown vs. board of education and first super bowl - NO idea (those might not be globally significant like other events here - ehm.. yeah OJS, that's not global either, but..). The rest was guessable within the time because had some sense of the decade at least if not exact year. Nice quiz though.
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level 77
Sep 13, 2018
I got the first World Cup and missed the first Superbowl but I see them as equally (in)significant.
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level 61
Sep 18, 2019
They are /might be equally insignificant, but one involves the world and the other one country.
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level 43
Dec 29, 2016
Great quiz, nice mixture of things
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level 49
Mar 19, 2018
Which world cup? Football, rugby?
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level 61
Sep 18, 2019
The euro wasnt a valid (physical) currency untill 2002, before that it didnt exist, it was not in circulation. The years before it was already used in accountancy/stock exchange as an abstract term, because at that point they had decided the value the currency would become. But it was just a word and not introduced to the public. (or else you could say 1995, because that was when they finally decided on the name euro)

What happened in 1999 was simply the replacement of the term Ecu (european currency unit) in the "books" for Euro. The ecu wasnt real currency and neither was the euro in 1999. It didnt truly exist until 2002.

It has been a long process which you could say started in 1975 (when the "European unit of account" was created, which got replaced by the term European currency unit in 1979). But for the general public 2002 was the year it got introduced.

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level 61
Sep 18, 2019
I hope I managed to explain it. Rather difficult in another language ( and text instead of speech). Even if your vocabulary is big enough, describing things get tricky.

I guess you could say in short: if it is the concept, it is 1975 same thing as in 1999 just a different name. If it is the name, it would be 1995. If it is the actual legal currency people can pay with it is 2002.

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level 38
Sep 20, 2019
Only just realized that the Chernobyl and Challenger disasters occurred in the same year (1986). What a coincidence!