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March Happenings Quiz

Guess these things that happened in the month of March.
Last updated: February 22, 2017
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Date
Year
Clue
Answer
Mar 1
1998
This film becomes the first to gross $1 billion worldwide
Titanic
Mar 2
1946
Ho Chi Minh is elected President of this country
North Vietnam
Mar 3
1861
Serfdom is abolished in this country
Russia
Mar 4
1918
The first American outbreak of this pandemic
Spanish Flu
Mar 5
1770
British troops massacre five Americans in this city
Boston
Mar 6
1869
Dmitri Mendeleev presents this table to the Russian Chemical Society
Periodic Table
Mar 7
1876
Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for this invention
Telephone
Mar 8
1957
This canal is re-opened following a crisis which had shut it down
Suez Canal
Mar 9
1916
This Mexican general raids New Mexico
Pancho Villa
Mar 10
1969
James Earl Ray pleads guilty to the assassination of this leader
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mar 11
2011
A 9.0 earthquake strikes this country
Japan
Mar 12
1938
The Anschluss. This country is annexed by Germany
Austria
Mar 13
2013
This Pope is elected
Francis
Mar 14
1794
Eli Whitney is granted a patent for this invention
Cotton Gin
Mar 15
44 BC
This leader is assassinated on the floor of the Senate
Julius Caesar
Mar 16
597 BC
Jerusalem is captured by this empire
Babylon
Mar 17
1969
This woman becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir
Mar 18
1992
South Africans pass a referendum to end this practice
Apartheid
Mar 19
1882
Construction begins on the Sagrada Familia cathedral in this city
(It is still under construction today)
Barcelona
Mar 20
2003
The U.S. invades this country
Iraq
Mar 21
1963
This prison, known as "The Rock", closes after 29 years
Alcatraz
Mar 22
1993
Intel ships this computer chip
Pentium
Mar 23
1919
This leader founds the Fascist movement
Benito Mussolini
Mar 24
1603
This Scottish king becomes King of England
James I
Mar 25
1584
Sir Walter Raleigh is given a royal patent to colonize this U.S. state
Virginia
Mar 26
1830
This Latter-Day Saints religious text is published
Book of Mormon
Mar 27
1998
This drug is approved for the treatment of impotence
Viagra
Mar 28
1854
This war heats up as the UK and France declare war on Russia
Crimean War
Mar 29
1961
The 23rd amendment is ratified, allowing citizens of this city
to vote in Presidential elections
Washington D.C.
Mar 30
1959
This religious leader enters India, seeking asylum
Dalai Lama
Mar 31
1889
This tower, constructed for the 1889 World's Fair, is officially opened
Eiffel Tower
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level 29
Mar 12, 2013
It's a bit disappointing that more people don't know about the Dalai Lama.
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level 71
Oct 4, 2013
Is it though? He claimed asylum because the uprising that he and the land-owning elite had started with CIA funding and training had failed. It failed in part because only the lamas and the rich Tibetans joined it; the vast majority of Tibetans had no desire to bring back the repressive and brutal rule of the Tibetan clergy, headed by the Dalai Lama. This was a regime built on slavery, while the religious elite lived in ostentatious opulence. I'm no fan of the Chinese system of government, but it's immeasurably better than the Tibetan theocracy was.
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level 75
May 5, 2014
Uhhh, I think Zivi was just commenting that more people taking the quiz should have answered the Dalai Lama question correctly. It wasn't a comment on the geo-political impact.
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level 73
Mar 1, 2015
Partially true. Tibet was one of the last holdouts for slavery. It was only abolished there after the region was annexed to China.
However, saying the Tibetan theocracy was immeasurably worse than living under Chinese rule I think is a gross overstatement. Maybe living in China today isn't so bad, but, in the 1950s during Mao's "great leap forward?" (which is when Tibet was first annexed)... I'd say it was probably equally bad or worse.
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level 68
May 12, 2014
It's far enough down the quiz that a lot of people probably run out of time before even reading the question.
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level 39
Mar 2, 2015
I knew it, I just couldn't spell it
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level 65
Mar 2, 2015
I always get him confused with the Dalai Llama.
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level 66
Mar 3, 2015
Or Lorenzo's sister, Dolly Lamas. :P
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level 56
May 1, 2015
I probably would have thought of him, but I ran out of time.
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level 58
Jun 4, 2013
Can you accept Phone?
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level ∞
Nov 5, 2014
Okay
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level 55
May 6, 2014
I only missed Titanic. I thought it was older than that.
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level 73
Mar 1, 2015
Got everything, but, re: Titanic, I think Jurassic Park passed the billion dollar mark in 1994. At least I had read that before. Box Office Mojo has its total at 1.029 billion, though that might include 45 million from JP 3D which, if accurate, would mean it made *just* under a billion dollars in its initial run.
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level 59
Mar 1, 2015
Everything on this list is pretty important except for Viagra. Why is that on here?
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level 73
Mar 1, 2015
Viagra had at least as much cultural significance as Titanic.
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level 49
Mar 1, 2015
Why don't you take some and find out?
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level 70
Feb 23, 2017
Important or impotent?
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level 56
Sep 3, 2018
Bob Dole's wife wanted him out of the house more after taking it. It could've had political impact larger than Canada almost being invaded for their surprise attack with Celine Dion crap.
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level 78
Feb 21, 2017
James I in 1989??
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level 81
Feb 21, 2017
Should be 1603 I think!
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level 83
Feb 21, 2017
true, I think Quizmaster read when he was married, 1589, but mistyped it, but good quiz otherwise though!
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level 73
Feb 22, 2017
I was trying to figure out what the heck happened to the Queen Mum.
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level 71
Feb 21, 2017
Elizabeth II won't be happy with this!
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level 79
Feb 22, 2017
That sounded a tad inaccurate indeed.
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level ∞
Feb 22, 2017
Thanks. I changed the quiz to make it less U.S.-centric and I forgot to change the year for that clue.
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level 70
Feb 22, 2017
H1N1 should be accepted for Spanish Flu because that's what it was.
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level 59
Feb 23, 2017
Should add without inflation to the movie question.
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level 66
Mar 1, 2018
The Sagrada Família is a minor basilica, not a cathedral.
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level 32
Mar 1, 2018
Can you add a lot more type ins for alcatraz? like alkatroz and alkatraz and such
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level 57
Mar 1, 2018
Bummer, it's called pentium, not pentum or pentem.
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level 38
Mar 1, 2018
Quizmaster, I appreciate that in your wording of the question you used Latter-Day Saints. It's nice to see people using the actually name for the church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I understand that using Mormon in the question would have given the answer away, but thanks anyway.
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