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Current Events by Year, 1990-present

Based on the clues, guess these things that happened in each year.
Last updated: December 22, 2018
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Year
Hint
Answer
2018
Scientist announce the presence of liquid water here
Mars
2017
The Parliament of this region declares independence from Spain
Catalonia
2016
This person is elected President of the U.S.
Donald Trump
2015
Islamic terrorists kill 130 people in this city, attacking targets such
as the Bataclan Theatre
Paris
2014
An epidemic of this disease strikes West Africa
Ebola
2013
This new Pope, the first from the Americas, is elected
Francis
2012
This Middle East country is granted observer status by the UN,
moving it closer to independence
Palestine
2011
This series of protests rocks the Middle East
The Arab Spring
2010
Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, opens in this city
Dubai
2009
This singer dies from prescription drugs issued by his personal physician
Michael Jackson
2008
Pirates hijack 42 ships off the coast of this country
Somalia
2007
This British P.M. leaves office after 10 years
Tony Blair
2006
This celestial body is demoted to "dwarf" planet
Pluto
2005
French surgeons become the first to transplant this body part
Face
2004
200,000 people along the Indian ocean are killed by this
Tsunami
2003
The U.S. invades this country
Iraq
2002
This country wins its fifth World Cup
Brazil
2001
Terrorists crash planes into the World Trade Center and this other building
The Pentagon
2000
By 537 votes, this candidate loses his bid to become U.S. president
Al Gore
1999
This major new currency is introduced
Euro
1998
The Good Friday Agreement helps bring peace to this island
Ireland
1997
This celebrity dies in Paris after being chased by paparazzi
Princess Diana
1996
The EU bans imports of British beef because of this disease
Mad Cow
1995
The Aum Shinrikyo cult attacks Tokyo subways with this nerve gas
Sarin
1994
This system of racial segregation comes to an end in South Africa
Apartheid
1993
This basketball star announces his retirement in order to play baseball
Michael Jordan
1992
Following a police brutality incident, riots erupt in this city
Los Angeles
1991
This major world power ceases to exist
Soviet Union
1990
Iraq invades this country
Kuwait
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level 41
Oct 20, 2013
Not bad, should be harder though
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level 75
Oct 20, 2013
Got 1990-2012 and missed 2013. For some reason totally blanked on the new Pope's name...
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level 75
Jan 9, 2015
but... got it this go 'round. 100%
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level 51
Oct 20, 2013
Got all but Michael Jordan. I had no idea he played baseball.
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level 79
Oct 20, 2013
Neither did he.
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level 59
Oct 20, 2013
LOL
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level 75
Jan 9, 2015
If only those space aliens hadn't blackmailed him into returning to basketball I'm sure his baseball career would have eventually taken off.
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level 63
Mar 14, 2017
He was supposed to have been a very good baseball player...
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level 70
Sep 3, 2017
...and then came time to try to hit a curve ball.
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level 68
May 16, 2018
It didn't last long. He retired from basketball after the Bulls won their 3rd championship and his father was murdered. Then he joined the Chicago White Sox in their minor leagues, and ended up going back to basketball a couple years later.
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level 70
Dec 23, 2018
Luckily baseball went on strike and gave him an excuse to go back to the hoops and win 3 more rings. I was at the game when they won #5. Go Bulls.
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level 67
Oct 20, 2013
I couldn't think of the new Pope's name either - also missed the nerve gas question.
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level 81
Oct 20, 2013
Got all except the Tokyo subway, because I thought Sarin was spelled Serin. Oh well.
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level 35
Jan 9, 2015
I know the feeling.
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level 75
Dec 29, 2015
I was trying to spell it r-i-c-i-n. :(
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level 67
Dec 22, 2018
That was Albuquerque.
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level 51
Oct 20, 2013
Only got the answer for 1993 because I was guessing the answer for 1990.
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level 55
Apr 22, 2014
You win the internet.
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level 56
Jun 3, 2015
same haha
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level 65
Mar 1, 2016
thats funny
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level 68
May 16, 2018
I'm guessing the questions were changed somewhere in the last 5 years. Otherwise... you got Michael Jordan because you thought Iraq invaded him in 1990?
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level 55
Jun 2, 2018
They were typing Jordan to try to guess the country, but in the process they accidentally answered Michael Jordan.
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level 47
Jan 21, 2014
I've never thought I would get 100%!
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level 71
Mar 17, 2014
OMG, this is the first time I get 100% on a test on the first go! I guess this proves I have lived the past 24 years ;).
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level 55
Apr 22, 2014
I'M AMERICAN. I DON'T WATCH SOCCER OR PAY ATTENTION TO WORLD LEADERS. It's kind of disturbing that apartheid ended so recently.
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level 75
Jan 9, 2015
Human slavery was still officially legal in parts of the world through the early 80s.
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level 37
Jan 9, 2015
And still actively practised in many countries to this day, shamefully.
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level 47
Dec 23, 2016
And was never officially abolished in Alabama(methinks) until 2012 when an error in the movie "Lincoln" provoked a look into the abolition processes of every state.
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level 47
Dec 23, 2016
UPDATE: Alabama ratified the 13th amendment on Feb. 18, 2013... after 148 years.
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level 63
Dec 23, 2018
I think you mean Mississippi. Alabama ratifed the 13th Amendment on 12/2/1865, putting it among the original 27 states, or 3/4ths, necessary to pass it.. Mississippi failed to ratify it until 2013.
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level 66
Nov 2, 2014
Maybe more spellings for apartheid. I knew it, but couldn't spell it.
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level 79
Jan 9, 2015
Gore didn't lose by 537 votes. He lost by one vote. In the Supreme Court.
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level 75
Jan 9, 2015
That's debatable. More accurate would be to say he lost by one state, and the electoral votes that it represented (25, putting Gore behind by 5 electoral votes). He still won the popular vote by over half a million votes. Maybe the clue could be rewritten "this candidate loses his bid to become US president by only getting 543,985 more votes than his opponent (at last tally)."
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level 75
Jan 9, 2015
If we were a pure democracy and voting was required of every citizen by law rather than a democratic republic where voting is optional and the electoral college actually elects our president, one has to wonder how the course of our US history might have changed.
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level 75
Jan 10, 2015
the two political parties would probably look different than they do. Republicans can only win elections at a national level by relying on higher voter turnout amongst scared/retired conservatives than apathetic liberals, or by suppressing the vote of young people/minorities/women/inner city residents. If everyone had to vote they couldn't rely on this strategy and would have to adjust their strategy.
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level 69
Jan 9, 2015
Weren't thousands of people excluded from the elections by the Republican government of Florida (more or less) to secure a Bush win that would turn out to be crucial because of the crappy American electoral system?
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level 75
Jan 10, 2015
eh.... kinda. there were 1000s of lawyers representing both parties in Florida during and especially after the election. All were trying to gain any advantage they could for their candidate. Republican lawyers aggressively sought to discount some ballots in districts where they were recounting because in those voting districts, Gore was thought to be favored and had they done a comprehensive recount it probably would have meant more votes for Gore. So... they (mostly through legal means) sought to throw out certain ballots that were allegedly not clearly marked.. the ones with the famous "hanging chads" or "dimpled" chads meaning that the little paper square had not been neatly punched out of the card. There was also the famous butterfly ballot in one district where confused seniors had obviously *meant* to vote for Gore but ended up voting for Buchanan. And ultimately efforts to continue recounting were halted by the Supreme Court. Bush was still ahead at that point, so he "won."
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level 75
Jan 10, 2015
and the electoral college works the way that it does by design. It's not supposed to be a direct democracy. So, it's not like the system failed or didn't work as it was supposed to. I think nonsensical, archaic, or unrepresentative would be better adjectives here than "crappy."
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level 69
Apr 19, 2015
Crappy was harsh, but I really meant something like "unrepresentative".
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level 37
Jan 9, 2015
Palestine is not a country. I'm not taking a side in a debate here either, it just isn't an independent country. By no definition can Palestine be considered an independent country (, regardless of whether you think it should be or not). Please consider rewording the question, or picking an entirely new (maybe less loaded) question.
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level 75
Jan 10, 2015
It doesn't say it's an independent country. The wording of the hint actually implies that it is not an independent country.
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level 61
Jan 8, 2019
I know it's semantics, but the word "country" is interpreted by most people to mean a sovereign nation. If palestine counts as a country, then it should be a valid answer in the countries of the world quiz. I agree that the Palestine clue should probably be removed.
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level 35
Jan 9, 2015
I spent the last 30 seconds retyping serin gas. I'm stupid.
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level 60
Jun 24, 2016
Me too! tried every possible variation, except the right one.
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level 49
Mar 14, 2017
Same here, getting it on the 5th try.
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level 25
Jan 9, 2015
palestine isnt a country though..
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level 75
Jan 10, 2015
It's not a sovereign nation and therefore doesn't fit the definition of country sometimes used. But then again, neither is Wales...
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level 48
Dec 28, 2015
Got all but the riot city. Not an incident I've heard about and I wasn't alive at the time.
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level 75
Dec 29, 2015
I feel really old. You probably can't picture a world without computers, remote controls, or Cocoa Puffs, either.
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level 70
Sep 3, 2017
Just wanted to take this opportunity to mention that I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.
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level 49
Mar 14, 2017
Wow, a riot I lived through and here's someone who never heard of it. I make assumptions every day about what I've experienced.
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level 77
Dec 26, 2018
The events that we more "senior" citizens have lived through really help to put our current events into a broader perspective. I was a senior in college in Miami for both the Liberty City riots and the Mariel boatlift. The boatlift resulted in about 125.000 Cuban immigrants coming to Florida. It included many former inmates from Cuban prisons and mental health facilities. The fact that we survived it kinda puts the 10,000 immigrants coming from Mexico and Central America with only a suspicion of some sort of criminal activity seem a little less scary.
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level 55
Dec 29, 2015
The only way that I know the tokyo one was because of this season of Homeland. :/
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level 57
Dec 29, 2015
Aaaaaaaawe didn't start the fire...lalalalalala lalalalalala....
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level 59
Dec 29, 2015
Excellent quiz, a (sad, for the most part) stroll through recent events. I'm ashamed to say I'd forgotten how many people died in the tsunami. As a Brit who remembers 'Mad Cow', any chance you could also accept CJD, (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) as this is the correct name for the awful condition. 'Mad Cow' was a name invented by the press.
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level 46
Dec 29, 2015
I tried Creutzfeldt-Jakob before I typed Mad Cow. I would assign bonus points to the first answer :D
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level 67
Dec 29, 2015
CJD is not the correct name of the disease in cows. It is called BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) or Mad Cow Disease. While the Mad Cow name was pretty much invented by the press, it is still a correct name. The disease that humans can get from eating infected meat is called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD).
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level 68
Dec 26, 2018
I agree that it should be an accepted answer, however, because it was the vCJD scare that prompted the bans, regardless of the evidence linking the two diseases.
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level 60
Dec 29, 2015
100%. Very easy if you've lived through the years and listened.
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level 57
Dec 29, 2015
Great idea for a quiz!
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level 30
Jan 1, 2016
Managed all of them except Al Gore. The name escaped me.
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level 51
Jan 4, 2016
Blanked on pope; kept guessing John Paul and Benedict; only knew LA Riots from GTA San Andreas, and couldn't guess face for the life of me. Glad i Knew the sarin gas one tho
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level 64
Jan 23, 2016
The euro started circulating on January 1st 2002, not 1999.
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level ∞
Jan 25, 2016
For physical currency you are correct.
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level 43
Mar 22, 2018
Can you add ones for 2016 and 2017? It really needs an update!
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level 47
Mar 22, 2018
Too world-centric...
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level 38
Nov 18, 2018
Also got 100%, but am concerned that one of the few times I score that high is on a quiz about world-wide calamities!
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level 73
Dec 22, 2018
CJD could be an acceptable type in for mad cow disease? In Britain it was often referred to by it's medical name (which I can't spell)
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level 72
Dec 22, 2018
No, as explained in a comment above, this is the human disease. In cows it's either BSE or "mad cow" disease.
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level 67
Dec 22, 2018
28/28, 97%, is better than only 50%. I guess this is an easy one.
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level 75
Dec 22, 2018
"Scientist announce the presence of liquid water here"

Which one? Is it Neil deGrasse Tyson? I love him.
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level 71
Dec 23, 2018
I‘m not a big fan of astronomy, but I could listen for hours to Neil. He makes astronomy great again, what a legend!
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level 70
Dec 23, 2018
Hopefully the big news of 2019 will be the Trump resignation, followed by several Trump incarcerations.
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level 59
Dec 31, 2018
Doubtful regarding the incarcerations -- unfortunately. They'll make a deal with him if he resigns... peacefully!
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level 56
Dec 31, 2018
Typed MJ for 2009, got 1993 instead.
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level 59
Dec 31, 2018
28/29. Ran out of time remembering the name the Tokyo attack substance. It was too late to say Sarin
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level 63
Jan 2, 2019
My life (most of it).