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October Happenings Quiz

Guess these things that happened in the month of October.
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First submittedOctober 9, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 10, 2018
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Date
Year
Clue
Answer
Oct 1
1971
This theme park opens near Orlando, Florida
Walt Disney World
Oct 2
1950
This Charles Schulz comic strip is published for the first time
Peanuts
Oct 3
1990
This country is reunified
Germany
Oct 4
1957
This satellite becomes the first to orbit Earth
Sputnik 1
Oct 5
2011
This technology pioneer dies of cancer
Steve Jobs
Oct 6
1973
This country is attacked by Egypt and Syria
Israel
Oct 7
1962
Dr. No, the first movie to feature this character, is released
James Bond
Oct 8
1871
Mrs. O'Leary's cow allegedly starts a fire in this city
Chicago
Oct 9
768
This ruler is crowned King of the Franks
Charlemagne
Oct 10
1964
The Summer Olympics open in this city
Tokyo
Oct 11
1975
This late-night comedy program airs for the first time
Saturday Night Live
Oct 12
1810
This Munich festival is held for the first time
Oktoberfest
Oct 13
54
This musical enthusiast becomes emperor of Rome
Nero
Oct 14
1066
William the Conqueror wins this battle
Battle of Hastings
Oct 15
1990
This Russian leader is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Mikhail Gorbachev
Oct 16
1793
This French queen is guillotined
Marie Antoinette
Oct 17
1860
This sporting event is held for the first time, in Prestwick Scotland
The Open Championship
Oct 18
1898
This island becomes a U.S. territory
Puerto Rico
Oct 19
1812
Napoleon retreats from this city. Fewer than 10% of his troops
will survive the long march back to France
Moscow
Oct 20
1944
Douglas MacArthur returns to this country
Philippines
Oct 21
1805
This British admiral defeats the French fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar
Horatio Nelson
Oct 22
1836
Sam Houston becomes the first president of this short-lived country
Texas
Oct 23
1946
The UN General Assembly convenes in this city for the first time
New York City
Oct 24
1901
Annie Taylor becomes the first person to go over this in a barrel
Niagara Falls
Oct 25
1415
This English king defeats the French at Agincourt
Henry V
Oct 26
1881
The gunfight at the O.K. Corral occurs in this Arizona town
Tombstone
Oct 27
1682
William Penn founds this American city
Philadelphia
Oct 28
1962
The USSR agrees to remove its missile bases from this country
Cuba
Oct 29
1618
This English adventurer, who tried to colonize Virginia, is beheaded
Walter Raleigh
Oct 30
1922
Benito Mussolini becomes Prime Minister of this country
Italy
Oct 31
2011
The human population of Earth reaches this number
(according to the UN)
7 billion
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level 34
Oct 6, 2012
If I'm not mistaken, the UN General Assembly convened for the first time in London in January of 1946. Or I guess the clue would be correct, minus the comma.
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level ∞
Oct 6, 2012
Fixed. Thanks.
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level 78
Oct 6, 2012
In the phrase "remove it's missile bases," "its" is a possessive pronoun, not a conjunction for "it is." So it doesn't get an apostrophe. And being extremely picky, there should be a comma after "Prestwick." Nice quiz, though!
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level ∞
Oct 9, 2012
Okay, I removed the '
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level 71
Apr 23, 2014
There always seem to be one question in every single one of those long quiz that my eyes apparently skip over and that I realize I never even read only once the answer are posted. This time it was the Puerto Rico one. It's really frustrating because I usually know the answer.
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level 55
May 7, 2014
Same here.
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level 41
Feb 8, 2015
same here. for me it was the Saturday Night Live one, this time
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level 57
Jul 2, 2015
The "sputnik" one.
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level 61
Feb 9, 2017
Happens to me all the time. I swear questions are added once I move past to subsequent ones.
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level 70
Sep 18, 2017
This!!!!! Wow, glad to see I'm not the only one this happens to.
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level 55
May 7, 2014
I never knew about the beheading.
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level 71
Oct 1, 2015
You could say the Moon has been orbiting the earth since before Sputnik existed, maybe should change to 'artificial satellite'?
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level 68
Oct 1, 2015
True about the fact, but the 1957 date is enough to make the intent obvious.
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level 72
Sep 3, 2018
Actually, the moon wasn't launched until 1958, so the 1957 date still gives it away to the learned quiz takers.
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level 72
Sep 3, 2018
Plus, watch "October Sky", a great movie for nerds and non-nerds aike.
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level 50
Oct 1, 2015
I'm surprised anyone gets Sir Walter Raleigh from that description! In the UK he's most famous for importing the first tobacco. I didn't even remember he'd been executed - he packed a lot into his life before that!
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level 76
Dec 11, 2015
I always thought his beheading was pretty famous.
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level 72
Sep 3, 2018
That super femme collar always comes to mind when I think of him getting beheaded.
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level 85
Oct 3, 2015
Personally I think that a question for Oct. 28 (1940) should be about the Greeks denying the Italians asylum in Greece, thus drastically changing the outcome of WW2 in the allies favour.
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level 72
Oct 10, 2015
as opposed to event in the current question, which dramatically changed the outcome of WW3 in everyone's favour?
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level 61
Jun 8, 2019
outcome of a worldwar in everyones favour... something not right there..
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level 73
Oct 4, 2015
NYC is accepted in almost every other quiz as a substitute for New York. Maybe in this one, too?
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level 75
Apr 3, 2016
Agreed. Please accept NYC. Pity our fingers ;)
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level ∞
Sep 16, 2017
Fixed, thanks.
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level 69
Sep 5, 2016
I was surprised to learn that Sputnik was older than the moon.
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level ∞
Sep 16, 2017
Now you know. The things you can learn from this site!
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level 82
Sep 16, 2017
Maybe it should say you need to know "the number" of the king as well. Usually just the name has been enough in quizzes.
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level 66
Oct 1, 2018
Generally, when a quiz asks for an English king and I don't know the answer, I simply try George, Edward, Henry, Charles, Richard and William with all numbers 1-9. Works almost always.
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level 72
Sep 17, 2017
Also accept 7000000000?
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level 76
Sep 17, 2017
That is accepted.
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level 76
Oct 1, 2018
It was the one I didn't know so I just started typing each number with lots of zeros and finally got it.
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level 61
Jun 8, 2019
I knew it was billion started with 6 then went down then up
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level 82
Sep 18, 2017
Without the normal caveat in the instructions, the country that Douglas Macarthur returned to was the U.S.A.
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level 61
Jun 8, 2019
But.... greenland is not a sovereign country in its own right !! Plus french guiana is not an overseas territory...
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level 61
Jun 8, 2019
We should be a "complete this caveat" quiz :D (Or a most argued about/disputed places..)
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level 70
Sep 18, 2017
Thank you for reminding us that SNL is supposed to be funny.
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level 79
Apr 27, 2018
For a long time it really was. Gilda Radnor was hilarious. I still chuckle every time I think about her song "Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals". And yes, I'm really old.
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level 76
Oct 1, 2018
I'll never forget Chevy Chase's land shark..."Candygram".
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level 77
Oct 1, 2018
Interesting that the Summer Olympics opened in October that year. According to Wikipedia it was scheduled that way to avoid excessive heat and the typhoon season.
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level 55
Oct 1, 2018
October 14, William the Conqueror was not a "conqueror" before the Battle of Hastings, he was the "Bastard". And October 27, grammatical mistake "William Penn FINDS this American city". Nice quiz overall, though!
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level 67
Oct 1, 2018
"Founds" is correct in this context. When someone establishes or starts something (like a city or a company), it is said that that person founded it. It comes from the same source as the word foundation, meaning the basis of something. "Finds" implies that the city already existed and that Penn just managed to locate it. See the second verb definition here.

Regarding the Battle of Hastings, the question isn't about William before the battle. One could say that at the moment he won the battle (as it is phrased in the question), he became The Conqueror.
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level 31
Oct 1, 2018
I think you should accept Henry Fifth ?
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level 62
Oct 5, 2018
Typing just "Niagara" should be accepted.
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