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Countries by Independence Day Quiz

For each selected date, name the country that became independent.
Independence either real or declared
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First submittedJuly 2, 2012
Last updatedJuly 4, 2019
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Date
Independence From
Country
Jul 4, 1776
Great Britain
United States
Jul 9, 2011
Sudan
South Sudan
Jul 5, 1962
France
Algeria
Sep 7, 1822
Portugal
Brazil
Jun 30, 1960
Belgium
D.R. Congo
Oct 8, 1991
Yugoslavia
Croatia
May 20, 1902
United States
Cuba
May 24, 1993
Ethiopia
Eritrea
Dec 6, 1917
Russia
Finland
Mar 25, 1821
Ottoman Empire
Greece
Jan 1, 1804
France
Haiti
Date
Independence From
Country
Dec 1, 1918
Denmark
Iceland
Aug 15, 1947
United Kingdom
India
April 24, 1916
United Kingdom
Ireland
Dec 24, 1951
Italy
Libya
Sep 16, 1810
Spain
Mexico
Aug 9, 1965
Malaysia
Singapore
Sep 2, 1945
Japan and France
Vietnam
Jul 1, 1867
United Kingdom
Canada
Mar 26, 1971
Pakistan
Bangladesh
Jul 21, 1831
Netherlands
Belgium
Aug 1, 1291
Holy Roman Empire
Switzerland
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level 32
Jul 2, 2012
That was interesting. And as a Swiss I can smile about this date... 1st of August in 1291 is a myth that only hillbillys and idiots still believe ;)
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level 54
Apr 17, 2015
Yeah, that date seems rather ridiculous even to a non-Swiss like me.
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level 84
Jul 3, 2012
What's defined as independence? I would argue that Canada didn't become independent until 11 December 1931. Some would even go as far as to say 29 March 1982.
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level 22
Jul 11, 2012
Same with Ireland, I would argue that it was actually 1922...
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level 26
Dec 30, 2012
No, Easter Rising of 1916 gave Ireland independence.
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level 49
Oct 8, 2013
The Irish Easter Rising of 1916 was only supported by a small number of people within Ireland and cannot be considered the date from which it became independent. It would be more sensible to use the date of the founding of the Irish Free State on 6th December 1922 as this took place by formal and internationally recognised agreement. It might even be more sensible to use 18 April 1949 as this is the date when the Republic of Ireland Act 1948 came into force, which removed the remaining constitutional role of the British monarch.
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level 72
Jul 4, 2019
The Easter Rising and the start of the British draft for World War 1 were both in 1916. Over the next 2½ years they sure drafted a lot of men from "independent" Ireland.
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level 70
Aug 2, 2019
They didn't draft anyone. Ireland was exempt from conscription. That doesn't change the main point though. The Easter Rising didn't create Irish independence.
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level ∞
Jul 12, 2012
Haha. In some ways, they're still technically ruled by the Queen. Not that she has any real power of course.
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level 46
Aug 12, 2012
ireland is not ruled by any queen
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level ∞
Aug 13, 2012
Canada, not Ireland
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level 46
Dec 1, 2017
You should change Ireland to 1922. The 1916 Easter rising was a failed uprising, but an important moment in Irish history. Ireland did not gain the ability to govern itself until the passage of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 31 March 1922, fully implemented by 6 December 1922.
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level ∞
Dec 2, 2017
Caveats: independence real or declared
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level 70
Feb 27, 2018
That's ridiculous. Anyone can declare independence for anything from anyone. In Ireland's case you could just as validly say 1798. What do you think Wolfe Tone was declaring, Groundhog Day? It only happens when it happens - either de facto or de jure. Ireland became independent in 1922, Canada in 1931.
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level ∞
Jan 22, 2019
Agree that it's somewhat ridiculous, but most of these countries celebrate the declaration more than the reality. For example, here in the U.S. everyone knows July 4th, 1776 but few remember the date of the Treaty of Paris, or Cornwallis's surrender at Yorktown. What would be ridiculous is to NOT use the date that everyone knows and remembers for some sense of technical accuracy.
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level 70
May 29, 2019
Of course. Why bother with "accuracy" if some people believe something different? It's going to be interesting to see how that pans out on all the other quizzes.
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level 77
Feb 3, 2013
I was wondering about this, too. How can you be independent when officially your head of state is still the queen of England? That's like saying you're moving out of your parents house and going to live on your own but really you just move all your stuff to the room over the garage.
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level 71
Jun 19, 2014
No it's not. It's like moving out of home, but still allowing your mother to think she's the boss of you, when in fact you can do whatever you like and there's not a damn thing she can do about it.
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level 77
Mar 21, 2015
Right. They said I couldn't hang up my Iron Maiden posters in the garage but let's just see them try to stop me! Oh crap she's coming!! move something in front of that poster!
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level 76
Mar 24, 2015
She's the Queen of Canada. She happens to be the Queen of the UK and other places too. Canadian lawmaking is completely separate from UK lawmaking.
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level ∞
Jan 22, 2019
Canadian law, like British law, is subject to royal assent. The Queen never withholds her assent, but she could in theory.
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level 77
Jul 4, 2019
so more like your mom letting you think you can do whatever you like, when really she's still the boss of you.
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level 72
Jul 4, 2019
The "queen of Canada" (actually the queen of England) hasn't been in Canada in 9 years. She has been there 22 times, which means at least she has been nowhere near Canada for 44 of the 66 years she has been queen of England. And the times she has been there were very brief, traveling around.
She lives in London, the eternal capital of England, not London the capital of suburban prairie beyond Hamilton and Kitchener, Ontario.
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level 69
Jul 4, 2019
foxpenguin is correct. Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State of many fully independent countries (e.g Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Jamaica, UK). This does not mean that any of these countries are in any way dependent on the UK any more than my residents' association and a golf society made up of friends and colleagues from various places over the years are dependent on each other just because I happen to be president of both. True, Canada still uses the Royal Assent in lawmaking (unlike Australia and New Zealand, for example, which have abandoned it but retain the Queen as Head of State) but in that capacity the Queen is acting as Queen of Canada, not Queen of the UK
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level 67
Jul 4, 2019
And I suppose I could argue that anyone with the IMF ensconced in their Ministry of Finance isn't really independent either.
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level 69
Jul 5, 2019
The Head of the Bank of England is Canadian. Does that make the UK a province of Canada?
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level 77
Feb 3, 2013
tough when most of these countries have had so many different colonies/territories. The dates help. I managed to score 93rd percentile. With another 90 seconds I probably could have gotten them all.
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level 77
Apr 16, 2013
couple months later managed to get all but one... still missed Haiti.
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level 73
Mar 21, 2015
how do you miss haiti? was first carib/latin american country to gain it's independence
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level 77
Mar 21, 2015
dunno. Got Haiti this time, but missed one that seems even more obvious. India.
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level 65
Apr 6, 2013
Iceland became independent in 1944
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level 66
Oct 31, 2014
The 1918 Danish–Icelandic Act of Union granted Iceland independence, but maintained the two countries in a union. It was 1944 was when Iceland became a republic with no ties to the Danish monarchy.
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level 77
Mar 16, 2014
1945 for Vietnam is a bit disputable. It was still considered a french colony until 1954 (Geneva conference).
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level 48
Sep 23, 2014
And actually Greece didn't become independent until 1830. 1821 was the year of the uprising against the Turks.
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level 25
Jul 4, 2019
The national holiday is celebrated and based on 1821. All Greeks claim that day as their independence day. :)
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level 70
Feb 11, 2015
belgium actually became independent in 1830, not 1831.
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level 76
Mar 21, 2015
1830: Declared independence. 1831: Installation of king Leopold I and Treaty of the Eighteen Articles, i.e. more or less recognised by the UK as an independent country (ensuring independence). 1839: Treaty of London: universal recognition of the independence of Belgium. One could make a case for all three. No need to change the quiz.
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level 59
Mar 21, 2015
All the countries from Algeria to Vietnam are in alphabetical order (D.R. Congo is listed here as Congo). Is this intended?
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level 67
Jul 4, 2019
That was a weird element.
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level 35
Mar 24, 2015
Mexico was not independent until September 27, 1821. The Cry of Dolores in 1810 was the "unofficial" beginning of the rebellion, which can still be traced back to 1809.
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level 67
Apr 3, 2015
Can't believe everyone is quibbling about dates and no one has pointed out the US is wrong. Should be September 3, 1783.
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level ∞
Jan 22, 2019
Which is why we have wonderful fireworks displays on September 3rd every year.
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level 52
Oct 18, 2016
One request... can you please organize the dates in chronological order? It's a bit confusing otherwise.
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level 79
Oct 14, 2018
The "from" country (and to some extent the year) was far more helpful than the month and day.
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level 61
Apr 7, 2019
DRC should count for D.R. Congo
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level 56
Jul 4, 2019
Add DRC, I tried DRC and Zaire
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level ∞
Jul 4, 2019
DRC will work now
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level 35
Jul 4, 2019
Britain and France colonized everywhere so since I didn't know much about the dates (other than like the US and India) it was quite challenging. Also, surprised that Australia isn't on this list
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level 69
Jul 4, 2019
On the basis of the definition of independence in this quiz, please add my living room. I just declared it independent from the UK and I will seek to have it remain in the EU as a member state post Brexit. And while I am here, happy anniversary of the surrender of Fort Necessary.
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level 74
Jul 4, 2019
The Easter Rising may well be celebrated in the Republic but I very much doubt if any history textbook printed in Ireland or elsewhere dates the country's independence from then.
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level 65
Jul 4, 2019
Quite correct. The Easter Rising is regarded as an important event but we don't regard ourselves as independent until the Irish Free State came into being in 1922. We subsequently cut all ties with the Commonwealth on becoming a republic in 1949.
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level 48
Jul 17, 2019
The Easter Rising was the beginning of mass republican support, not independence. Our southern brothers had to wait another 6 years and suffered a civil war in the meantime.