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Events in History #1

We give you the date. You tell us what happened. (Fill in the blanks).
This one's a lot of doom and gloom - sorry!
Last updated: September 17, 2018
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Date
Year
Event
May 2
2011
Osama Bin Laden killed
by Navy SEALs
Dec 26
2004
230,000 people killed by
a tsunami
Nov 9
1989
Fall of the Berlin Wall
Jun 4
1989
Tiananmen Square massacre
Jul 20
1969
Man lands on the moon
Nov 22
1963
Assassination of
John F. Kennedy
Dec 7
1941
Japanese attack Pearl Harbor
Sep 1
1939
Germany invades Poland
Jun 28
1919
Treaty of Versailles
Apr 15
1912
Sinking of the Titanic
Dec 10
1903
Marie Curie becomes the first
woman to win a Nobel Prize
Jun 18
1815
Battle of Waterloo
Date
Year
Event
Jan 1
1804
Haiti declares independence
from France
Sep 1
1715
Louis XIV dies after ruling
France for 72 years
May 23
1618
The Thirty Years War is started by
the Second Defenestration of Prague
May 20
1498
Vasco da Gama reaches India
by sailing around Africa
May 29
1453
Turks capture the city of
Constantinople
?
1439
Johannes Gutenberg invents the
printing press
Oct 14
1066
Battle of Hastings
Mar 15
44 B.C.
Julius Caesar assassinated
?
79
Pompeii destroyed by the eruption
of Mt. Vesuvius
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level 59
Aug 25, 2013
This isn't a nitpicking comment. It's just to say that November 22, 1963 was also the day C.S. Lewis died. This year he gets a memorial in Westminster Abbey!
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level 66
Aug 25, 2013
I'm pretty sure that in the historical and political perspectives JFK's assassination might be slightly more important.
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level 39
Sep 1, 2013
i beg to disagree
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level 26
Jan 10, 2016
Depends whether or not you are talking to an American. ;). But probably you are right
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level 60
Jun 17, 2016
n either case CS Lewis was not assassinated.
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level 75
Oct 10, 2017
I loved Lewis as a child, but he died in his 60s. His work had been done. Kennedy, overrated as a politician or not, was cut down in his prime and we will never know if he would have managed to do more good had he not been.
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level 67
Jun 28, 2018
Carl Lewis?
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level 77
Jul 17, 2018
helen790, your comment breaks my heart on several levels. Before you make a comment like that, please do a little more study of the subject. As an American.I defend your right to make that kind of statement, but I also regret the lack of historical knowledge and perspective that would lead you to make it. Regardless of your political or personal beliefs, murder is never a good answer. The killings of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King may have ended untold possibilities for our country and that makes me very sad.
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level 72
Jul 18, 2018
If literature is forever, what changes when the author dies years after its creation?
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level 70
Sep 10, 2018
Geez, helen790, how about exhibiting a little more class and compassion and a little less snarky callousness? I don't care if JFK was a White House janitor whose family you didn't approve of, the man was MURDERED barely into middle age. His death was a profound emotional loss to not only to his friends and family, but to hundreds of millions of Americans, who, regardless of whether they voted for him or not, really don't like people going around assassinating our heads of state. It's an event that touches our national consciousness still. I would suggest that you could have made your point about C.S. Lewis' importance to literature without implying that President Kennedy had getting shot in the head coming to him, just because he had the bad manners to be born into wealth.
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level 67
Dec 3, 2018
I have studied the Zapruder film of Lewis's collapse and it's confirmed that Tolkien had him killed so he could be the leader of fantasy fiction.
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level 47
Aug 26, 2013
What about Aldous Huxley while you are at it.
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level 38
Jul 3, 2017
But he wasn't assassinated!
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level 28
Feb 11, 2018
He wasn't assassinated though.
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level 72
Jun 13, 2018
Assassinated, however, he was not.!
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level 26
Jan 10, 2016
I totally expected to see 9/11 on here... I guess that is too easy.
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level 67
Dec 3, 2018
Younger people don't know what date 9/11 happened so.....
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level 21
Jan 11, 2016
Uncle BS, where were you on (this date)......
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level 55
Feb 10, 2017
please accept Konstantinopel
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level 47
Apr 10, 2017
Always find it odd that the battle of hastings is a historically important event as both battle and hastings are just down the road from where i live (yes the place where the actual fighting took place is now called battle)
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level 60
Jul 17, 2018
Louis XIV died Sep 1 not Mar 1.
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level ∞
Jul 17, 2018
Fixed
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level 49
Jul 17, 2018
How exactly does one kill a city (twice?!?!?) by pushing this city out of a window?
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level 72
Jul 18, 2018
And how do you battle a city?
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level 77
Dec 21, 2018
Defenestration is a fun word!
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level 42
Oct 5, 2018
I put in Louis and got nothing also Battle of Waterloo feels a little cheeky because i'm not good with dates. I ended up putting in battle of New Orleans instead of Waterloo but that's probably because i'm American.
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level 58
Dec 3, 2018
"Louis" is the name of 18 different French kings, just putting that isn't really getting it right. And Waterloo is one of the definitive moments in world history, there's nothing "cheeky" about including it.
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level 33
Dec 10, 2018
*Actually just 17 french kings. :P (The 17th one wasn't king, and actually no one even knows if he existed.)
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level 59
Dec 3, 2018
Throw me out of a window once, shame on me. Throw me out of a window twice... we'll have to stop meeting above the ground the floor.
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level 41
Dec 3, 2018
Looked deceptively easy at first, then got progressively harder as I scrolled down the page! Good quiz :)
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level 33
Dec 10, 2018
I think the first question should have an indication of place. At the very least a continent. This is just vague.
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level 33
Dec 10, 2018
Wow, I had no idea Haiti's declaration of independance happened at the same time Napoleon took power. Why did no one teach me that in school ? Really, why ?
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level 44
Jan 10, 2019
If you live in France or Haiti, then that is really sad. If you live anywhere else then it might be because it isn't really that important.
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level 38
Mar 3, 2019
It's important because it was the first instance (in the "New World") of a slave revolt being successful and leading to the creation of a new nation. It is pitiful that today, some 216 years later, the vast majority of the people on the island still live in abject poverty.
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