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Events in History #3

We give you the date. You tell us what happened. (Fill in the blanks).
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First submittedAugust 1, 2013
Last updatedSeptember 21, 2018
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Date
Year
Event
Aug 29
2005
Hurricane Katrina strikes
New Orleans
May 10
1994
Mandela becomes President
of South Africa
Oct 3
1990
Germany is reunified
Jul 30
1966
England wins the World Cup
Oct 4
1957
Sputnik becomes the first
manmade object to orbit Earth
Aug 6
1945
Hiroshima destroyed by an
atomic bomb
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1937
Rape of Nanking
Aug 15
1914
Panama Canal opens
Jun 28
1914
Franz Ferdinand assassinated
Jun 22
1897
Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee
Nov 10
1871
Stanley finds Livingstone in Africa
Date
Year
Event
Mar 3
1861
Serfdom abolished in Russia
May 24
1844
Samuel Morse demonstrates
the telegraph
Apr 30
1803
France sells Louisiana Territory
to the United States
Sep 2
1666
Start of the Great Fire of London
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1281
The Mongols launch a
naval invasion of Japan
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828
Venetians steal the remains
of Saint Mark from Alexandria
Dec 25
800
Charlemagne is crowned as
Holy Roman Emperor
Jun 8
632
Mohammad dies in the
city of Medina
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48 BC
Cleopatra seduces Julius Caesar
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level 68
Oct 27, 2013
Good quiz - missed 3.
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level 35
Nov 25, 2013
Same here
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level 72
Apr 7, 2019
same for me
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level 76
Oct 27, 2013
100% with 2:09 left! I love history!
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level 27
Oct 27, 2013
Great Quiz!! Though technically Charlemagne crowned himself as Holy Roman Emperor. Did not know that he did so on Christmas Day!
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level ∞
Nov 7, 2015
Wikipedia says he was crowned by Pope Leo III. Sure you're not thinking of Napoleon?
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level 57
May 5, 2016
Please also accept "Charles the Great" :)
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level 71
May 5, 2016
And Carolus Magnus.
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level 39
Feb 5, 2019
You're wrong, the crown of the HRE (wich didn't technically exist at that time) was a reward from the Pope to Charlemagne because he helped defend Papal States against their southern neighborgs. At the samme time, there was no Emperor at Constantinople. Irene of Athens was on the throne and wasn't recognized by the pope, because she was a woman, but also because blinded her own son to keep the power. They needed an emperor for christianity, and he chose to give the title to Charlemagne as a reward. He crowned Charlemagne and the HRE was born (or, at least, an early version of it).
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level 59
Oct 29, 2013
Sad only 22% are aware of one of the worst atrocities ever committed.
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level 61
Oct 31, 2013
It wasn't taught in school when I was a kid. Until I read the wikipedia article after taking this quiz, I had never heard of it.
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level 76
Nov 11, 2013
The Japanese did things there that make Josef Mengele look like Patch Adams.
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level 67
Jun 1, 2016
kalbahamut........ Josef Mengele will never look like Patch Adams.
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level 76
Mar 10, 2018
Mal, do you not understand how the sentence I wrote works? I wasn't saying that Josef Mengele looks like Patch Adams. It's a common literary device to show that something is extremely ____ by comparing it with something that is known to be similarly ____ and then saying the first thing makes the 2nd thing look like a 3rd thing that exemplifies the opposite. There's probably a term for it but I don't know what. In this case everyone knows Mengele did abominable horrifying things. A smaller number of people know that what the Japanese did to the Chinese was actually much worse than anything the infamous Nazi doctor did. Patch Adams is known for his wonderful bedside manner and humanitarian nature. By comparing Mengele to Adams I'm showing that the Japanese actions in China were extremely bad. Sometimes I feel like I'm not on an English-language website.
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level 76
Feb 3, 2019
Other examples:
Justice League made Batman vs Superman look like Citizen Kane.
Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X.
Malbaby makes Donald Trump look like William Shakespeare.
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level 55
Feb 3, 2019
Those 'examples' make no sense to me
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level 74
Feb 3, 2019
You can make yourself wrong by being horrible about being right.
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level 68
Feb 3, 2019
I thought Batman vs. Superman was way more horrendous than Justice League
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level 76
Feb 3, 2019
Achilles: I disagree strongly with your taste in film but at least you could comprehend what I was saying.
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level 75
May 26, 2014
Thank you for accepting Boulder Dam for Hoover. That's what my parents always called it and the name stuck with me, even though the official name changed in 1947.
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level 48
Jul 19, 2014
Always thought it was Livingston...aargh....
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level 66
May 5, 2016
Considering this site's general policy regarding minor misspellings, it would seem "Livingston" should be accepted for "Livingstone".
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level 49
Mar 10, 2018
I usually don't agree but this one seems reasonable.
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level 64
May 5, 2016
What's so special about England winning the World Cup in 1966?
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level 79
May 5, 2016
It was the last one to be broadcast in black and white?
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level 67
Dec 24, 2016
I assume the Quiz master is English
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level 70
Aug 22, 2017
Unique events that have never occurred before, and will never occur again are generally viewed as special.

Relaaaax! Just kidding! Besides, I'm sure there are plenty of cynical Englishmen who feel that way.
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level 67
Jul 17, 2018
As a cynical Englishman this comment is both very true and very sad to me. Regarding why '66 is so special, England is historically one of the most important footballing nations (where the modern game originated, and where arguably the most famous domestic league is), so the fact that we have only won the WC once (and over 50 years ago) is very significant.
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level 76
Mar 10, 2018
I have no idea and don't really care to find out why some would perceive this as special but England was my first guess just because I expected them to make a big deal out of it.
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level 75
Feb 3, 2019
I guessed that QM was feeling tricksy and figured those of us who didn't know the answer would spend all our time typing in every country we could think of, forgetting that the UK countries are separate when it comes to soccer. Same with Livingstone. I wonder how many gave up without adding the e at the end. Fun quiz.
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level 79
Jul 17, 2018
England did invent soccer--meaning they standardized the rules of the modern game.
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level 32
Feb 5, 2019
*Three Lions by The Lightning Seeds intensifies*
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level 33
May 5, 2016
Great Quiz
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level 61
May 6, 2016
The only time I ever saw my Chinese friend go into a furious tirade was at the mention of the Japanese. I remember him getting louder and eventually shouting "It's because the Japanese NEVER apologize for ANYTHING" while slamming his fist onto the table twice. And you know what? He was right. The Nanjing Massacre and other atrocities in the Second Sino-Japanese War along with their victims and perpetrators have not been properly addressed like the Holocaust and various other Nazi war crimes have been. It's a shame the recognition is so low even here.
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level 67
Jun 1, 2016
Tibet.
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level 43
Dec 29, 2016
You could add Taiwan to that list. I feel like this could be a Bob Dylan song but when you look just a little way back in almost ANY culture's history, you're going to find blood and violence. Nanjing especially is an illustration of the power of the propoganda machine. If you don't want your soldiers to empathise with the 'enemy', you've got to dehumanise them. That's how you end up with babies on bayonets. Brutal but essentially the same business as Nazi Germany or the US in Vietnam. Or the world and slavery. Or just women full stop. But then if you want to get really appalled there's the millions of women, especially of eastern background, sold as sex slaves en mass in the nineteenth century (and still continues today). EVERYONE'S ancestors are war criminals.
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level 57
May 14, 2019
You can add the treatment of the Uighurs to the list
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level 67
Dec 24, 2016
Few more variations on the spelling of Charlemagne would be nice. Ie, whatever spelling it was I tried that wasn't right lol. Good quiz though. Could I remember the blinking Mayflower gggrrrrr.
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level 23
Mar 10, 2018
Great quiz, thank you.
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level 53
May 7, 2018
Missed Panama Canal cuz I didn't see it on the quiz until time was up.
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level 73
Jul 17, 2018
England sure has an interesting fascination with years ending in '66. Between the Norman Conquest, the London Fire, and England's World Cup win, if the year ends in '66, just assume it had something to do with England.
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level 82
Jul 19, 2018
Who or what is Stanley finding L************??? I am looking it up now... Never heard of this event. Funny isn't it that every now and again something comes up that you have never been taught or have never come across before..
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level 72
Jul 19, 2018
2 explorers, Stanley went looking for Livngston in Africa (Congo?), found him, famously said 'Doctor Livingston I presume?' or words to that effect
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level 72
Jul 19, 2018
Apparently it was actually Tanzania where he found him
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level 64
Feb 3, 2019
Oh man, I tried Marc, Marcus, and Marco, but not Mark.
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level 72
Feb 3, 2019
and they should all be accepted imo
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level 49
Feb 4, 2019
Cool Quiz - Missed two
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level 50
Jul 2, 2019
Saint Marco should be accepted since it is litteraly called San Marco everywhere in the world except English language..