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The 20th Century Quiz

Based on the clues, guess these notable facts from 20th century history.
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1999
Atmospheric levels of this greenhouse gas reach 365ppm,
an increase of over 25% since 1900
1945-1991
The U.S. and Soviet Union fight this "war"
1979
Protestors seize power in this country and establish a theocracy
1969
This man becomes the first to walk on the moon
1962
The U.S. and Soviet Union have a tense stand-off over missiles in this country
1958-1961
This ruler's "Great Leap Forward" causes 30 million people to starve to death
1955
Jonas Salk announces a vaccine for this disease
1946
The ENIAC is hailed as the world's first example of this common modern device
1941
Japanese forces launch a surprise attack on this naval base
1936
This British king abdicates
1933
This political figure says "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"
1930
This leader marches to the sea to get salt and defy British rule
1927
This pilot becomes the first to make a non-stop solo flight from New York to Paris
1908-1927
This car model, nicknamed the "Tin Lizzie", sells over 16.5 million units
1922
This "ism" rises to prominence as Benito Mussolini becomes leader of Italy
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
1915
This empire systematically kills an estimated 1.5 million Armenians
1914
This archduke is assassinated, sparking WWI
1912
This famous ocean liner hits an iceberg and sinks
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level 67
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 62
Feb 19, 2015
+3
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level 59
Apr 4, 2014
Ford T should be accepted
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Apr 9, 2014
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level 57
Apr 9, 2014
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level 49
Apr 9, 2014
What's a Ford T? It's always been a Model T....Model A, etc
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level 37
Apr 11, 2014
it's a MODEL T not a Ford T
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Dec 11, 2014
[Company]-[Model]
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Apr 10, 2014
"Ford T" sounds painfully wrong to me. Is that what it was called overseas or something?
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level 68
Apr 13, 2014
It's sometimes called T-Ford over here.
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level 59
Aug 2, 2014
Yes, in France at school, always heard about "Ford T" (in French)...
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Aug 31, 2016
Added some accepted type-ins for the non-native English speakers.
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level 65
Feb 12, 2017
My variation of this complaint is that it would not accept "Ford Model T".
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level 49
Jul 27, 2017
What about a midpoint - Ford Model T? Now someone who has no idea can get it right.
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level 62
Apr 9, 2014
You should accept contraception for birth control.
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level 50
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 72
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 27
Apr 9, 2014
I had put in "contraception" too. It didn't cross my mind to try a synonym. It should be accepted.
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Apr 10, 2014
Contraception will work now. Thanks!
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level 40
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 72
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 42
Feb 13, 2017
I put in safe sex which is the same thing so that should work too
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level 54
May 23, 2017
I think you may be doing it wrong
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level 33
Jun 1, 2017
Abortion might work in this scenario... Maybe?
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level 70
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
Apr 9, 2014
100% with 2:23 left, love history this was pretty easy!
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level 57
Jul 11, 2014
3:27 left, but I lived through 44% of the century.
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level 66
Apr 9, 2014
Upon completing quiz, getting an error instead of my score. In IE.
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level 73
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 60
Apr 9, 2014
+1, these comments need upvote buttons.
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level 65
Feb 28, 2016
Lycos! Darn; I was trying to use Alta Vista. :-D
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Sep 6, 2016
Netscape will work as well
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Apr 10, 2014
But, seriously, if anyone else has this problem, let me know!
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level 48
Apr 9, 2014
Turkish should be an acceptable alternative to Ottoman.
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level 64
Apr 9, 2014
No, because it was not in place yet. It was specifically the Ottoman Empire at the time.
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level 48
Apr 9, 2014
The Ottoman Empire is also known as the Turkish Empire. Don't believe me? Look it up.
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Apr 10, 2014
Turkish will work now.
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level 40
Oct 20, 2016
Why are we rewriting history to appease those who refuse to admit that they don't know something? I hate that! - At the time it was the OTTOMAN empire, NOT the Turkish empire!!!
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level 63
Dec 12, 2016
The Ottoman Empire was also known as the Turkish Empire. Founded in the end of the 13th Century in Anatolia by the Oghuz Turkish tribal leader Osman.
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level 72
Feb 12, 2017
The subtelty here is to accept Turkish and not Turkey.
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level 56
Feb 13, 2017
At the time it was called lots of things, because having one official name for a country is a very recent invention. Contemporary people would absolutely have known what you were talking about if you said "Turkey" or "the Turkish Empire."
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level 63
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 63
Apr 9, 2014
btw I scored 90%, so it's not about not knowing the answers.
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level 66
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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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 77
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 45
Feb 13, 2017
This is why the world hates you.
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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 70
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 45
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 57
Feb 12, 2017
I can honestly say I have never heard it referred to as "The American Century" until now
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Feb 12, 2017
I've never heard that term either.
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level 61
Feb 13, 2017
Yeah, never heard it called the "Amrican century" either.
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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 48
Apr 13, 2014
only 34% got lindburgh??
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level 68
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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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 53
Sep 14, 2014
Can "Zedong" be acceptable for Mao Zedong? I noticed "Mao" is. But I think they put family names before given names so I would agree that if only one should be acceptable, it would be the family name.
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level 71
Feb 12, 2017
I think you just answered your own question.
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Dec 6, 2014
15000 person!!!!
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level 72
Feb 19, 2015
20/20 with 3:42 remaining. If I can get them all, so can you!
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level 68
Feb 19, 2015
How about family planning for birth control
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Aug 31, 2016
Okay
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level 41
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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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 41
Apr 22, 2016
Is it me or was this the worst century ever?
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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 63
Dec 12, 2016
Nobody ever mentions that his lovely wife Sophie was also assassinated on that day.
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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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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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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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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 55
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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Feb 13, 2017
There's a very funny 'Drunk History' episode on Edward VIII.
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level 35
Feb 20, 2017
Accept 'pc' for computer?
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Feb 25, 2017
20/20 with 3:32 remaining.
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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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