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The 20th Century Quiz

Based on the clues, guess these notable facts from 20th century history.
Last updated: August 31, 2016
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Year
Description
Answer
1999
Atmospheric levels of this greenhouse gas reach 365ppm,
an increase of over 25% since 1900
Carbon Dioxide
1945-1991
The U.S. and Soviet Union fight this "war"
Cold War
1979
Protestors seize power in this country and establish a theocracy
Iran
1969
This man becomes the first to walk on the moon
Neil Armstrong
1962
The U.S. and Soviet Union have a tense stand-off over missiles in this country
Cuba
1958-1961
This ruler's "Great Leap Forward" causes 30 million people to starve to death
Mao Zedong
1955
Jonas Salk announces a vaccine for this disease
Polio
1946
The ENIAC is hailed as the world's first example of this common modern device
Computer
1941
Japanese forces launch a surprise attack on this naval base
Pearl Harbor
1936
This British king abdicates
Edward VIII
1933
This political figure says "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1930
This leader marches to the sea to get salt and defy British rule
Mohandas Gandhi
1927
This pilot becomes the first to make a non-stop solo flight from New York to Paris
Charles Lindbergh
1908-1927
This car model, nicknamed the "Tin Lizzie", sells over 16.5 million units
Model T
1922
This "ism" rises to prominence as Benito Mussolini becomes leader of Italy
Fascism
1918-1920
This pandemic kills over 3% of the world's population
Spanish Flu
1916
Margaret Sanger opens the first U.S. clinic to provide information about this practice
Birth Control
1915
This empire systematically kills an estimated 1.5 million Armenians
Ottoman Empire
1914
This archduke is assassinated, sparking WWI
Franz Ferdinand
1912
This famous ocean liner hits an iceberg and sinks
RMS Titanic
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level 70
Mar 31, 2014
I didn't know it was Spanish flu. I almost answered that, then I thought I was getting it confused with Spanish fly. 19/20. sigh.
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level 55
Jun 1, 2014
LOL
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level 67
Feb 19, 2015
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level 62
Apr 9, 2014
You should accept contraception for birth control.
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level 47
Apr 9, 2014
I also guessed contraception. The term birth control is not used often where I live in the UK.
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level 77
Apr 9, 2014
I could only think of contraception, had to check on wikipedia to find "birth control" but I knew what the question was about anyway ;).
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level ∞
Apr 10, 2014
Contraception will work now. Thanks!
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level 38
Nov 25, 2016
Here we go again. Sanger did not open "Contraception" clinics, she opened Birth Control clinics. Maybe if she had called them "Contraception" clinics she might not have been jailed because the morons who jailed her would not have known what Contraception meant.
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level 77
Feb 12, 2017
Taking it again three years after, I typed contraception and got it, thanks Quizmaster ;). And sorry Divantilya if i'm one of "those who refuse to admit that they don't know something"... that question is a bit... American, and I think it's already good to know what concept it is about. We've seen much worse leniency on Jetpunk anyways.
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level 45
Feb 13, 2017
I put in safe sex which is the same thing so that should work too
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level 68
May 23, 2017
I think you may be doing it wrong
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level 37
Jun 1, 2017
Abortion might work in this scenario... Maybe?
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level 75
Jul 27, 2017
Safe sex is about preventing pregnancy *and*, importantly, disease. Contraception and birth control are both only about preventing pregnancy.
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level 67
Jul 10, 2018
I think ruftytufty called it.
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level 75
Apr 9, 2014
100% with 2:23 left, love history this was pretty easy!
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level 70
Apr 9, 2014
Upon completing quiz, getting an error instead of my score. In IE.
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level 76
Apr 9, 2014
IE? There's your problem. Use your ENIAC to jump on Lycos and search for an answer :D j/k
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level 64
Apr 9, 2014
+1, these comments need upvote buttons.
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level 70
Feb 28, 2016
Lycos! Darn; I was trying to use Alta Vista. :-D
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level ∞
Apr 10, 2014
But, seriously, if anyone else has this problem, let me know!
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level 65
Apr 9, 2014
As in many other quizzes, this one is very much US-centered. From 20 questions, 9 are mainly or only relevant for the USA. The USSR is mentioned twice, and only in relation with America; Africa, South America or Australia simply do not exist. I do not mean to contend the major part played by America in the history of the 20th century, but a bit more interest for other parts of the world would be welcome.
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level 65
Apr 9, 2014
btw I scored 90%, so it's not about not knowing the answers.
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level 67
Apr 10, 2014
I don't know. I would say only Margaret Sanger question was US-centric. The rest were really global.
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level ∞
Aug 31, 2016
I don't know, Dorkmeister. Do they use computers in other countries, or is that just an American thing. ;)
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level 82
Apr 9, 2014
Maybe you should start your own globally-friendlier version of Jetpunk. This one is American. Some friendliness to a global audience is icing on the cake, but the cake is most assuredly American.
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level 50
Sep 14, 2014
Yes. Cheesecake. New York cheesecake. And chocolate frosting.... Now I've gone and made myself hungry.
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level 59
Jul 31, 2018
so?
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level ∞
Apr 10, 2014
There's a reason that the 20th century is often called "The American Century". Much of what was new and important came from America. Don't worry though, I can guarantee other centuries will be less America-centric.
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level 75
Apr 12, 2014
what Quizmaster said. If the 17th century quiz is also very Amero-centric then you'd actually have cause to complain. Whining about there being too many questions regarding the US on a 20th century quiz is like going to a car show and complaining that there are not enough motorcycles.
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level 44
Sep 11, 2014
Maybe you could add "There is a reason that the 20th century is often called 'The American Century' - in America" (: No offence intended, obviously, I do like your quizzes, despite their occasional (and mostly adequate, given that this iis an American website) American bias.
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level 62
Feb 12, 2017
I can honestly say I have never heard it referred to as "The American Century" until now
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level 27
Feb 12, 2017
I've never heard that term either.
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level 67
Feb 13, 2017
Yeah, never heard it called the "Amrican century" either.
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level 75
Apr 14, 2014
There are 3 questions at best out of 20 that pertain mainly or only to the US. The rest involve important international politics, important discoveries, pioneering achievements that took place outside of the US even if they were done by Americans, all with significant global implications.
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level 56
Apr 13, 2014
only 34% got lindburgh??
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level 71
Apr 13, 2014
I think Franz Ferdinand also had a last name, so imho von Habsburg-Lothringen (or just (von) Habsburg) should be accepted
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level 44
Sep 11, 2014
Taking in account everything that has been said here about US having an undeniably prominent role in the history of the 20th century, I am still convinced it is inappropriate to characterise the Cold war as a conflict between the USA and the USSR. While they were the chief agents, the Cold war took place between the Western World and the socialist block, mostly in the East (barring exceptions like Cuba and Nicaragua). Reducing this to a conflict between two countries is like saying that WWII was fought between Germany and Britain, for example.
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level 14
Dec 6, 2014
15000 person!!!!
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level 74
Feb 19, 2015
20/20 with 3:42 remaining. If I can get them all, so can you!
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level 67
Feb 19, 2015
How about family planning for birth control
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level ∞
Aug 31, 2016
Okay
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level 39
Apr 13, 2015
There were a lot of British inventions in the 20th century too - CT scans, MRI scans, hip replacements, vertical take off aircraft, discovering DNA (three British men and one American) to name but a few. Please don't forget us!
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level 80
Oct 18, 2015
What's with type-ins for the Ford? Ford T, T Ford, Model T Ford, Ford Model T, Ford T Model .. I think I tried every conceivable combination of those three and FINALLY one caught. Please add some?
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level 39
Apr 22, 2016
Is it me or was this the worst century ever?
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level ∞
Aug 31, 2016
Many people would agree with you, but I don't, and probably most historians wouldn't either. 20th century warfare may seem particularly brutal, but it was positively benign compared to the crises of earlier eras. Think about the countries worst affected by the World Wars such as Russia, Poland, Germany, and Japan. Now compare their populations and standards of living in 1900 vs 2000. Despite their awful ordeals, all the affected countries emerged much stronger than they started. The 20th century was, in fact, the best century of all-time (excepting the 21st, of course).
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level 55
Nov 24, 2016
Is anybody else tired of hearing about Franz Ferdinand?
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level 67
Dec 12, 2016
Nobody ever mentions that his lovely wife Sophie was also assassinated on that day.
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level 67
Dec 12, 2016
Colossus was the world's first electronic digital programmable computer. It used a large number of valves (vacuum tubes). It had paper-tape input and was capable of being configured to perform a variety of boolean logical operations on its data, but it was not Turing-complete. Nine Mk II Colossi were built (The Mk I was converted to a Mk II making ten machines in total). Colossus Mark I contained 1500 thermionic valves (tubes), but Mark II with 2400 valves, was both 5 times faster and simpler to operate than Mark 1, greatly speeding the decoding process. ENIAC was the first USA Computer and although later than Colossus was faster and more flexible.
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level 62
Feb 12, 2017
Zuse's Z3 came 5 years earlier than ENIAC. It "was the world's first programmable computer; the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3 became operational in May 1941", says Wikipedia.
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level 71
Jul 27, 2017
You're right, the Colossus was the first computer of this type. It was, however, kept secret. So the question is correct, ENIAC was "hailed" as the first, even though it wasn't actually the first.
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level 20
Dec 12, 2016
I kept thinking that Armenians was Americans, but eventually realized it was Armenians
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level 24
Dec 14, 2016
Failllll, Why can only 97 percent of us get Cold War? Come on guys, needs to be 100
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level 59
Feb 12, 2017
Does it seem crazy to anyone else that there were only 4 decades between the first transatlantic flight and Neil Armstrong walking on the moon? That's a lot of change in 40 years!
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level 58
Feb 16, 2017
Absolutely. Just think, in 1902 no man had ever flown period. 67 years later we are on the moon. The 20th century was an amazing 100 years!
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level 57
Feb 13, 2017
There's a very funny 'Drunk History' episode on Edward VIII.
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level 35
Feb 25, 2017
20/20 with 3:32 remaining.
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level 38
Jul 27, 2017
Though I've lived in the USA for much of my adult life, I have also traveled extensively through Northern Europe and the Caribbean. So, while I am comfortable with other cultures, I tend to gravitate toward these, which are made by Americans. A suggestion? Those of you who are offended by the heavy emphasis on Americanism in these quizzes should absolutely boycott them and CREATE YOUR OWN!
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level 47
Jan 24, 2018
Ford Model T should be accepted, i didnt think to try without the ford