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Current Events by Year, 1930–1949

Based on the clues, guess these things that happened in each year.
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First submittedAugust 27, 2013
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1949
Province which joined Canada
Newfoundland
1948
Indian leader assassinated by a Hindu extremist
Mahatma Gandhi
1947
"Barrier" broken by pilot Chuck Yeager
The Sound Barrier
1946
City where trials against Third Reich leaders were held
Nuremberg
1945
Weapon tested by the United States in New Mexico
Atomic Bomb
1944
French region where Allied forces landed on D-Day
Normandy
1943
Leader deposed as Prime Minister of Italy
Benito Mussolini
1942
Battle where the U.S. Navy destroys four Japanese aircraft carriers
Battle of Midway
1941
U.S. naval base attacked by Japan on a "day which will live in infamy"
Pearl Harbor
1940
Leader who becomes Prime Minister of the U.K.
Winston Churchill
1939
Country invaded by Germany (and the Soviet Union) which marked the
official start of WWII
Poland
1938
Country annexed by Germany in the "Anschluss"
Austria
1937
City in China which became infamous for the Japanese atrocities committed there
Nanjing
1936
British king who abdicated to marry an American divorcée
Edward VIII
1935
Environmental disaster which devastated the Great Plains of the U.S.
The Dust Bowl
1934
Scottish creature allegedly photographed by a surgeon named R. K. Wilson
Loch Ness Monster
1933
Era of U.S. history which came to an end following the repeal of the
18th amendment to the Constitution
Prohibition
1932
U.S. President who promised a "New Deal" for the American people
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1931
Building which topped out at 380 meters, becoming the tallest in the world
Empire State Building
1930
Country which won the first FIFA World Cup
Uruguay
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Level 82
Jan 21, 2014
Got 100% without even any guessing. Must have watched the news a lot in my past life.
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Level 49
Jan 21, 2014
Nice quiz!
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Level 66
Dec 24, 2016
Does anyone else find it odd that this quiz is called current events... Great quiz
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Level 82
Dec 24, 2016
Wolf: no. These were current events in the years given.
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Level 82
Dec 24, 2016
If you did well on this, might want to take a crack on my FDR Presidency quiz.
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Level 44
Jan 21, 2014
Fun quiz, it's definitely a great test of what should be common knowledge!
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Level 55
Jan 21, 2014
19/20 Missed the one about Edward VIII.
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Level 85
Jun 28, 2016
same here
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Level 78
Dec 24, 2016
I thought it was either "Edward" or "George" but I couldn't remember which, so I tried both. I couldn't remember the number either, so I just held down "I" for a couple seconds, and when that didn't work, I went back and entered a "V" before the Is.
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Level 66
Apr 14, 2020
You're lucky it wasn't an IV or X+, though I suppose you'd've figured it out.
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Level 44
Jan 21, 2014
19/20 - missed Uruguay. Darn.
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Level 37
Mar 9, 2019
^Same here.
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Level 65
Feb 6, 2024
19/20 - missed Uruguay. Oh well.
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Level 30
Jan 22, 2014
70% of this is about World War 2
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Level 81
Apr 14, 2020
It was kind of a big deal
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Level 65
Feb 6, 2024
LOL
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Level 42
Apr 5, 2024
wdym only like 80 million people died, much bigger events, like Iceland gaining independence :O
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Level 50
Feb 20, 2014
Do we really have to write "Loch Ness Monster". I tried "Loch Ness" and it did not accept it.
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Level 84
May 4, 2014
And was1934 so dull this is the best news item?
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Level 77
Apr 14, 2020
I reckon there was more interesting stuff than this.
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Level 58
Aug 3, 2014
Nessie works!
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Level 83
Oct 15, 2015
Loch Ness is not a creature. It's a lake.
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Level 34
Jun 14, 2022
for the atomic bomb one, i put in "nuke" but it didn't accept, then i typed in "nuclear bomb" and it was correct...
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Level 68
Feb 23, 2014
100%. This one was kind of easy for me, except for Uruguay.
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Level 48
Jun 2, 2014
Nobody remembers Nanjing. :(
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Level 65
Aug 22, 2015
Nobody remembers that Japan even invaded China at all.
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Level 68
Dec 24, 2016
least of all the Japanese ... but it happened
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Level 71
Dec 25, 2016
To say 'Nobody Remembers' anything is a little pompous on your part, just because you don't remember you can't presume everyone is like you.
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Level 59
Jan 27, 2020
They're saying that based off of the statistics, you know the ones given on almost every quiz. I personally only got Nanjing because I remembered it was the capital then.
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Level 65
Feb 6, 2024
I think the Chinese remember it
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Level 59
Apr 13, 2020
They do remember it, or at least those with a modicum of interest in world history do.
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Level 65
Aug 22, 2015
I would argue that the end of the Battle of Stalingrad or the Battle of Kursk was more important than Mussolini's capture/rescue but more scholars than I can list with this character limit have already done that for me.
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Level 23
May 3, 2016
the moment when you type empire st building and it doesn't count and your 1 away from 100%. T_T.
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Level 50
Jul 27, 2022
Why would you type “empire st building”? It’s obviously not a saint building
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Level 63
Dec 24, 2016
Geez, you sure you have enough questions about the US here?
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Level 82
Dec 24, 2016
In all seriousness, probably not. There's certainly not too many.
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Level 59
Jan 27, 2020
A lot of the worlds major news was related to the Us because it was at it's peak in this time period from all the money it got from supplying the Allies at the beginning of WWII.
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Level 78
Apr 14, 2020
@wiifly I agree, althought the "Dust Bowl" question is the one I think that could be changed because it's something that didn't really have much impact outside the affected zone. More interesting things happened elsewhere in that year that could add more geographical diversity tot the test, such as the inauguration of the Moscow metro or the passing of the Nuremberg laws.
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Level 47
Dec 24, 2016
It told me that King Edward VIII was wrong. How can Edward VIII be right, and King Edward VIII be wrong?
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Level 71
Dec 25, 2016
Because it wasn't given doesn't mean your answer was wrong, it is that the quiz setter did not give 'KING Edward VIII' as an accepted answer.
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Level 63
Dec 26, 2016
Please accept Loch Ness for Loch NEss monster.
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Level 82
Dec 27, 2016
Loch Ness is just a lake.
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Level 68
Jul 7, 2017
One of the easier quizzes I've taken. And one of the best!
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Level 37
Jun 8, 2019
Again, missed Uruguay (not a sports fan). It's amazing how well I do on quizzes concerning decades long before I was born, not as well on those which are contemporary.
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Level 50
Apr 13, 2020
Loch Ness was not ehough....
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Level 59
Apr 13, 2020
Please accept "monster of loch ness"
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Level 86
Apr 13, 2020
And while you're at it, could you accept, that thing that's in that lake in Scotland?
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Level 79
Apr 13, 2020
Yes please. That thing that's in that lake in Scotland.
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Level 59
Apr 13, 2020
Exactly, I missed it because of that!
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Level 79
Mar 1, 2021
I am very happy that you accept Nürnberg.
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Level 69
Apr 2, 2024
Taking this quiz while currently in one of the answer cities.

Also, no need to put the Soviet Union in brackets. They devastated Poland just as much.

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Level 55
Apr 2, 2024
Wouldn't current events mean events that are current? The early 1900's isn't exactly recent.
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Level 48
Apr 2, 2024
Bit unfortune that this is mostly U.S./Europe centric :(