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Date
Year
Clue
Answer
Jan 1
2002
This currency enters circulation for the first time
Jan 2
1492
Christians capture Granada, completing the reconquest of this country
Jan 3
1959
This state becomes part of the U.S.
Jan 4
2010
Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, opens in this city
Jan 5
1914
This manufacturing company doubles pay to $5 a day
Jan 6
1994
This figure skater is clubbed on the knee
Jan 7
1610
This scientist discovers the four largest moons of Jupiter
Jan 8
1964
Lyndon B. Johnson declares "war" on this
Jan 9
1349
Jewish residents in Basel, Switzerland are slaughtered after being
blamed for this pandemic
Jan 10
49 BC
This general crosses the Rubicon
Jan 11
1964
The American surgeon general warns that this activity may be
hazardous to one's health
Jan 12
2010
100,000 people are killed by an earthquake in this country
Jan 13
1968
This singer performs at Folsom State Prison
Jan 14
1967
Hippies stage a "Be-In" in this American city
Jan 15
1892
James Naismith publishes the rules to this game
Jan 16
27 BC
This man becomes the first Roman emperor
Jan 17
1929
This spinach-guzzling cartoon character appears for the first time
Jan 18
1778
This British sea captain discovers Hawaii
Jan 19
1981
The US secures the release of hostages held by this country
Jan 20
2009
This man becomes the first black President of the US
Jan 21
1793
This device is used to execute Louis XVI of France
Jan 22
1901
This queen dies after reigning for 63 years
Jan 23
2015
This Saudi king dies
Jan 24
41
This depraved Roman emperor is assassinated
Jan 25
1533
This woman becomes the second wife of Henry VIII
Jan 26
1924
This city is renamed Leningrad
Jan 27
1984
This pop singer's hair catches fire while filming a Pepsi commercial
Jan 28
1986
This space shuttle explodes
Jan 29
1820
This "mad king" dies
Jan 30
1969
This band performs for the last time, on the roof of Apple Records
Jan 31
2010
This film becomes the first to gross $2 billion worldwide
Answer Stats
Date
Year
Clue
Answer
% Correct
Your %
+1
level 28
Sep 29, 2012
add another min please
+4
level 65
Jan 1, 2018
How slow can you be man
+1
level 11
Oct 16, 2012
Australia Day????? Why isnt it there on the 26th of Jan
+1
level 18
May 28, 2013
Apparently my birthdays on Australia day.
+1
level 60
Jun 29, 2014
Is Australia Day on the 26th July down under??
+1
level 79
Aug 14, 2013
Kings, Queens, and emperors have been very busy in January, haven't they?
+1
level 20
Feb 10, 2014
By dying, yes
+1
level 47
Jan 2, 2018
It's all these Presidents who do stuff in January. Anyone would think they had nothing to do the rest of the year!
+2
level 66
May 8, 2014
Love the quiz. The date thing isn't that critical; it's really just a general knowledge quiz. But a darn good one.
+1
level 60
Jun 29, 2014
Only 90% get the first black president... a little sad, even for the non-US residents
+2
level 73
Feb 25, 2017
Maybe the other 10% couldn't believe that it took you that long to elect the first black president.
+1
level 60
Feb 27, 2017
Only half black, if you want to get technical.
+2
level 56
Jan 1, 2018
Why? African-Americans make up between 10% and 15% of the US population. Based on pure numbers, the likelihood of a white person getting elected is six times higher than that of a black person. Second, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Australia, and Russia....all their elected leaders are and have always been white. Every single one. Other than the US, is there a single country outside of Africa that has elected a black leader? I doubt it. In fact, I'm curious to know how many democratically elected leaders the world over have ever come from a demographic other than the racial or ethnic majority of the country over which they ruled (excepting South Africa, which was hardly democratic under apartheid). I'm sure the number is very low. I can only think of Alberto Fujimori, an ethnic Japanese leader of Peru, and Barack Obama. So, in other words, shove it.
+1
level 72
Jan 3, 2018
^ not just not "white" but, son of a single mother atheist and full-blooded non-citizen African, grandson and step-son of Muslims, with a middle name in common with the leader of the last country the nation was at war with... but hey I'm sure if we dig we can come up with some reason for everyone else to still feel smug and superior.
+1
level 46
Jan 15, 2018
+1 for jmellor13 and kalbahamut
+1
level 55
Jan 2, 2018
Not everyone finishes every quiz - people give up before looking at each and every question.
+1
level 48
Jul 10, 2014
For Jan 2, 1492: it should be "Granada" (with all As). Grenada is the Caribbean nation; Granada is the Spanish city.
+1
level 68
Jul 20, 2014
Came here for this ;)
+1
level ∞
Sep 1, 2014
Fixed
+1
level 54
Jan 1, 2015
First European to discover Hawaii I think would be better.
+1
level 73
Nov 28, 2015
Why?
+1
level 69
Aug 24, 2016
Because presumably the people living there had discovered it previously...
+1
level 73
Sep 2, 2016
^ But the clue doesn't currently say "first person to discover Hawai'i".
+1
level 76
Jan 1, 2015
No mention of the birth of the King on Jan. 8?
+1
level 72
Jan 1, 2015
Got 'em all. What about Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday, Epiphany, or Robert Burns Day? (I always wanted to try a haggis.)
+1
level 59
Feb 13, 2017
It's one of my favourite meals. If you ever get the chance, do try it.
+1
level 60
Feb 27, 2017
Don't do it! It's a trap!
+1
level 55
Jan 2, 2018
What about lots of other things that happened in January? You can't have everything to make every needy person happy.
+1
level 49
Jan 1, 2015
This was a fun quiz. A nice idea, well executed. Thank you.
+1
level 78
Jan 1, 2015
The Plague has become synonymous with the Black Death ~ just saying as I still got 100%
+1
level ∞
Jan 1, 2015
Simply "Plague" or "The Plague" will work now.
+1
level 60
Jan 1, 2015
Winston Churchill died 24 January 1965 - 50 years ago this month in fact.
+1
level 20
Jan 3, 2015
In 1924 Petrograd, not St Petersburg, was renamed Leningrad. St Petersburg ceased to exist in 1914, when it was renamed Petrograd as it sounded less German
+1
level 69
Jan 3, 2015
Sorry to be a pedant but it was Petrograd at the time (1924) not St Petersburg.
+1
level ∞
Jan 4, 2015
Fixed
+1
level 40
Jan 7, 2015
Good quiz. Can never remember the first Roman emperor.
+1
level 73
Feb 12, 2017
What was the significance of the 1964 announcement about smoking? Was that the one that properly made people aware? As far as I know, there were studies done long before that that showed it was harmful, but didn't have much of an impact.
+1
level 70
Feb 12, 2017
I don't know the details, but I imagine it's important if the top govt official says/confirms that a certain widespread and popular activity is harmful.
+1
level 67
Feb 16, 2017
This is true. An official change in the government stance will be a big deal when it comes to establishing policy for things like smoking, climate change, etc.
+1
level 72
Feb 13, 2017
I can always remember Tonya Harding, but very rarely her victim.
+1
level 60
Feb 27, 2017
Tonya Harding is innocent until proven guilty! If the iron bar don't fit, you must acquit!
+1
level 73
Jan 1, 2018
Now that there's been a movie about it, you may have an easier time.
+1
level 74
Feb 13, 2017
Too Roman-Emperor-y. :-)
+1
level 70
May 24, 2017
LOL!!
+1
level 68
Feb 14, 2017
easy
+4
level 73
Feb 14, 2017
I'm sure the Canadians aren't happy about only saying the US was responsible for the Iranian hostage release.
+1
level 60
Jan 1, 2018
Obama isn't fully (or by a large genetic/genealogical margin) black, as the question suggests. Obama was born to an English-American mother and Kenyan (Luo to be precise) father. That makes Barack Obama mixed - half-white, half-black.
+1
level 56
Jan 1, 2018
You're right. But racist idiots insist on denigrating him for being black, so I'm all for letting the black community claim him as their own. He will always be remembered as the first black president of the US. Americans (however wrongly) usually assign race by perception -- what someone's name is, the culture that surrounds him, and what he looks like. Obama looks black, has a black family, and has a Nigerian name. So he is definitely black in the American sense, if not in the scientific sense (to the extent one thinks there is a scientific basis for "race"...but you get what I mean).
+2
level 60
Jan 2, 2018
I know the topic of race can divide some people into camps, so whatever your opinion, remember to keep it civil!
+1
level 72
Jan 3, 2018
Race is a lie. "Black" is a social construct. "Black," as socially constructed, is a label that applies to Barack Obama. These labels are all somewhat meaningless when examined closely but there is no reason why being "half 'White'" precludes someone from being "Black."
+1
level 39
Apr 13, 2018
Given the current trend, in a generation or so, it will be impossible to determine anyone's racial/ethnic background without a DNA test.
+1
level 65
Jan 3, 2018
The January 2 question is historical misleading, since Spain didn't exist as a country by the time year Granada was conquered. It was a join effort by the kingdoms of Aragon and Castile that did the conquest.
+1
level 72
Jan 4, 2018
People tend to oversimplify history and just assume that all present-day nation states, races, and ethnicities existed for all time even though they obviously did not. So... "Spain" is just shorthand for any country or kingdom or people that existed in roughly the same area as the contemporary nation-state of Spain.
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