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Current Events by Year, 1990-present

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Year
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2015
Islamic terrorists kill 130 people in this European city
2014
An epidemic of this disease strikes West Africa
2013
This new Pope, the first from the Americas, is elected
2012
This Middle East country is granted observer status by the UN,
moving it closer to independence
2011
This series of protests rocks the Middle East
The Arab Spring
2010
Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, opens in this city
2009
This singer dies from prescription drugs issued by his personal physician
2008
Pirates hijack 42 ships off the coast of this country
2007
This British P.M. leaves office after 10 years
2006
This celestial body is demoted to "dwarf" planet
2005
French surgeons become the first to transplant this body part
2004
200,000 people along the Indian ocean are killed by this
2003
The U.S. invades this country
2002
This country wins its fifth World Cup
2001
Terrorists crash planes into the World Trade Center and this other building
2000
By 537 votes, this candidate loses his bid to become U.S. president
1999
This major new currency is introduced
1998
The Good Friday Agreement helps bring peace to this island
1997
This celebrity dies in Paris after being chased by paparazzi
1996
The EU bans imports of British beef because of this disease
1995
The Aum Shinrikyo cult attacks Tokyo subways with this nerve gas
1994
This system of racial segregation comes to an end in South Africa
1993
This basketball star announces his retirement in order to play baseball
1992
Following a police brutality incident, riots erupt in this city
1991
This major world power ceases to exist
1990
Iraq invades this country
Answer Stats
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level 43
Oct 20, 2013
Not bad, should be harder though
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level 71
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 71
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 75
Oct 20, 2013
Neither did he.
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level 61
Oct 20, 2013
LOL
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level 71
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 59
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 65
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 78
Oct 20, 2013
Got all except the Tokyo subway, because I thought Sarin was spelled Serin. Oh well.
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level 34
Jan 9, 2015
I know the feeling.
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level 72
Dec 29, 2015
I was trying to spell it r-i-c-i-n. :(
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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 54
Jun 3, 2015
same haha
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level 64
Mar 1, 2016
thats funny
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level 44
Oct 21, 2013
Should Anthrax be acceptable for Mad Cow disease?
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level 4
Oct 21, 2013
No, because they're entirely different things?
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level 38
Oct 5, 2014
As long as "heroin" can be accepted for "confectioner's sugar."
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level 70
Sep 3, 2017
So THAT'S why our last office party went so off the rails!
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level 32
Oct 21, 2013
Northern Ireland, not Ireland. That's an appalling mistake.
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level 55
Oct 21, 2013
It says the name of the island, not the country. The island itself is called Ireland. Northern Ireland is on the northern part of the island, hence its very clever name.
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level 71
Jan 9, 2015
That's a pretty appalling mistake.
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level 38
Jan 13, 2015
The whole country needed to have peace. The conflict was between North and South with regards to English sovereignty. It isn't wrong.
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level 34
Oct 25, 2013
"Mad Cow Disease" is actually more properly called "creutzfeldt-jakob disease" (CJD) in its human variant or "bovine spongiform encephalopathy" (BSE) in its bovine form. Surely these correct terms should be accepted?
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level 53
Jan 10, 2015
After typing in "Spongiform bovine encephalitis" and "Creutzfeldt Jakob disease" I took a punt on mad cow as well!
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level 30
Dec 29, 2015
agreed, Creutzfeldt-Jakob should be accepted.
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level 25
Dec 31, 2015
I'd argue that everyone who knows the correct terms also knows the common terms, so this is just pedantry for the sake of it.
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level 57
Jan 18, 2017
I concur I also tried CJD first.
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level 34
Dec 21, 2013
Can you accept L.A. for Los Angeles? Most people call them the L.A. Riots, not the Los Angeles Riots.
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level 57
Jan 18, 2017
Agreed LA should work.
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level 44
Jan 21, 2014
I've never thought I would get 100%!
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level 23
Feb 9, 2014
Palestine isn't a country.
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level 55
Apr 22, 2014
I'm glad someone else thinks so.
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level 71
Jan 9, 2015
Depends on your definition of a country. It's not recognised by the UN as an independent country, because for that to happen would require the US to not exercise its veto in the Security Council, which the US will always do. However, Palestine is recognised as a country by nearly three quarters of UN countries, and it's a member in its own right of loads of international bodies.
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level 45
Jan 10, 2015
Whether or not Palestine is a country, I think it is doubtful to say that the UN observer status pushed it any nearer to its independence. I think that most observers agree that it was chiefly a PR move (admittedly an important one) and an attention-catcher, but that a true independence cannot arise otherwise than from bilateral Palestinian-Israeli negotiations which have yet to take place (barring a war resulting in a Palestinian victory and annihilation of Israel).
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level 38
Dec 29, 2015
Anyone incorrectly asserting that Palestine is a country is obviously pushing a political agenda.
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level 71
Jun 24, 2016
Why? The majority of the world recognises Palestine as a country. Far fewer countries recognise Taiwan's sovereignty than recognise Palestine's, but there's much less controversy over including it as one on these quizzes. I'd say the political agenda was firmly on the part of those who deny Palestine's independence.
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level 68
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 71
Jan 9, 2015
Human slavery was still officially legal in parts of the world through the early 80s.
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level 38
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 65
Nov 2, 2014
Maybe more spellings for apartheid. I knew it, but couldn't spell it.
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level 75
Jan 9, 2015
Gore didn't lose by 537 votes. He lost by one vote. In the Supreme Court.
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level 71
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 72
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 71
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 66
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 71
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 71
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 66
Apr 19, 2015
Crappy was harsh, but I really meant something like "unrepresentative".
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level 38
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 71
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 34
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 47
Mar 14, 2017
Same here, getting it on the 5th try.
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level 27
Jan 9, 2015
palestine isnt a country though..
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level 71
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 41
Jan 16, 2015
Why crazy cow doesn't work?
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level 47
Dec 23, 2016
Or Chris Christie
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level 49
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 72
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 47
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 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 52
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 48
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 63
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 56
Dec 29, 2015
100%. Very easy if you've lived through the years and listened.
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level 58
Dec 29, 2015
Great idea for a quiz!
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level 33
Jan 1, 2016
Managed all of them except Al Gore. The name escaped me.
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level 52
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 65
Jan 23, 2016
The euro started circulating on January 1st 2002, not 1999.
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Jan 25, 2016
For physical currency you are correct.
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level 48
Jun 2, 2016
Nice quiz. Remembered all of it!
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level 60
Nov 30, 2016
This is a really good mix of subjects. No shortage of choices for the 2016 questions.
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