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January Happenings Quiz

Guess these things that happened in the month of January.
Last updated: February 11, 2017
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Date
Year
Clue
Answer
Jan 1
2002
This currency enters circulation for the first time
Euro
Jan 2
1492
Christians capture Granada, completing the reconquest of this country
Spain
Jan 3
1959
This state becomes part of the U.S.
Alaska
Jan 4
2010
Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, opens in this city
Dubai
Jan 5
1914
This manufacturing company doubles pay to $5 a day
Ford
Jan 6
1994
This figure skater is clubbed on the knee
Nancy Kerrigan
Jan 7
1610
This scientist discovers the four largest moons of Jupiter
Galileo Galilei
Jan 8
1964
Lyndon B. Johnson declares "war" on this
Poverty
Jan 9
1349
Jewish residents in Basel, Switzerland are slaughtered after being
blamed for this pandemic
Black Death
Jan 10
49 BC
This general crosses the Rubicon
Julius Caesar 
Jan 11
1964
The American surgeon general warns that this activity may be
hazardous to one's health
Smoking
Jan 12
2010
100,000 people are killed by an earthquake in this country
Haiti
Jan 13
1968
This singer performs at Folsom State Prison
Johnny Cash
Jan 14
1967
Hippies stage a "Be-In" in this American city
San Francisco
Jan 15
1892
James Naismith publishes the rules to this game
Basketball
Jan 16
27 BC
This man becomes the first Roman emperor
Augustus
Jan 17
1929
This spinach-guzzling cartoon character appears for the first time
Popeye
Jan 18
1778
This British sea captain discovers Hawaii
James Cook
Jan 19
1981
The US secures the release of hostages held by this country
Iran
Jan 20
2009
This man becomes the first black President of the US
Barack Obama
Jan 21
1793
This device is used to execute Louis XVI of France
Guillotine
Jan 22
1901
This queen dies after reigning for 63 years
Queen Victoria
Jan 23
2015
This Saudi king dies
Abdullah
Jan 24
41
This depraved Roman emperor is assassinated
Caligula
Jan 25
1533
This woman becomes the second wife of Henry VIII
Anne Boleyn
Jan 26
1924
This city is renamed Leningrad
Petrograd
Jan 27
1984
This pop singer's hair catches fire while filming a Pepsi commercial
Michael Jackson
Jan 28
1986
This space shuttle explodes
Challenger
Jan 29
1820
This "mad king" dies
George III
Jan 30
1969
This band performs for the last time, on the roof of Apple Records
The Beatles
Jan 31
2010
This film becomes the first to gross $2 billion worldwide
Avatar
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level 28
Sep 29, 2012
add another min please
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level 66
Jan 1, 2018
How slow can you be man
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level 11
Oct 16, 2012
Australia Day????? Why isnt it there on the 26th of Jan
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level 18
May 28, 2013
Apparently my birthdays on Australia day.
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level 80
Aug 14, 2013
Kings, Queens, and emperors have been very busy in January, haven't they?
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level 20
Feb 10, 2014
By dying, yes
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level 57
Sep 2, 2018
I guess they didn't get busy trying.
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level 56
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!
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level 68
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.
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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.
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level 68
Jul 20, 2014
Came here for this ;)
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level ∞
Sep 1, 2014
Fixed
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level 54
Jan 1, 2015
First European to discover Hawaii I think would be better.
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level 75
Nov 28, 2015
Why?
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level 70
Aug 24, 2016
Because presumably the people living there had discovered it previously...
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level 75
Sep 2, 2016
^ But the clue doesn't currently say "first person to discover Hawai'i".
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level 78
Jan 1, 2015
No mention of the birth of the King on Jan. 8?
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level 39
Jul 16, 2018
BobSagat: AGREE! How dare they not have the king's b'day (1/8/35) as an answer.
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level 74
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.)
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level 65
Feb 13, 2017
It's one of my favourite meals. If you ever get the chance, do try it.
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level 61
Feb 27, 2017
Don't do it! It's a trap!
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level 57
Sep 2, 2018
Imagine hummus (or even humus) with Crisco.
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level 56
Jan 2, 2018
What about lots of other things that happened in January? You can't have everything to make every needy person happy.
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level 49
Jan 1, 2015
This was a fun quiz. A nice idea, well executed. Thank you.
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level 80
Jan 1, 2015
The Plague has become synonymous with the Black Death ~ just saying as I still got 100%
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level ∞
Jan 1, 2015
Simply "Plague" or "The Plague" will work now.
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level 59
Jan 1, 2015
Winston Churchill died 24 January 1965 - 50 years ago this month in fact.
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level 71
Jan 3, 2015
Sorry to be a pedant but it was Petrograd at the time (1924) not St Petersburg.
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level ∞
Jan 4, 2015
Fixed
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level 39
Jan 7, 2015
Good quiz. Can never remember the first Roman emperor.
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level 72
Feb 13, 2017
I can always remember Tonya Harding, but very rarely her victim.
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level 61
Feb 27, 2017
Tonya Harding is innocent until proven guilty! If the iron bar don't fit, you must acquit!
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level 75
Jan 1, 2018
Now that there's been a movie about it, you may have an easier time.
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level 57
Sep 2, 2018
Tonya had a homemade "movie" that brought her a lot of Google hits.
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level 75
Feb 13, 2017
Too Roman-Emperor-y. :-)
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level 70
May 24, 2017
LOL!!
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level 69
Feb 14, 2017
easy
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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.
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level 39
Jul 16, 2018
So true. Canada not only sheltered (was it 8 or 12) Americans, but was fully involved in the negotiations for the release of the 44 others, as the Khomeini government would not negotiate directly with the US. How quickly we forget! - A belated Thank You, Canada particularly your brave Ambassador, who endangered his own life by doing so!
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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.
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level 57
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).
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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!
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level 73
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."
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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.
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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.
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level 73
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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level 51
Oct 1, 2018
This quiz format is directly copied from mine which I made before this one...not sure how that happened