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The 21st Century Quiz

Can you name these notable people, places, and things from the 21th century?
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Last updated: December 16, 2019
First submittedNovember 9, 2019
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Year
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Answer
2019
About 67% of the world's population now owns one of these.
(In 2000, it was less than 10%)
Cell Phone
2016
This country votes to leave the European Union.
United Kingdom
2015
195 nations meet in this city and agree to lower carbon emissions.
(But very few are meeting their commitments)
Paris
2014-15
An outbreak of this disease kills more than 10,000 people in West Africa.
Ebola
2013 -
present
Germany accepts over 750,000 refugees from this wartorn nation.
Syria
2012
This leader ascends to power in China, marking an era of increased
state surveillance and abuse of ethnic minorities.
Xi Jinping
2011
This African nation becomes the 193rd member of the U.N..
South Sudan
2011
This international protest movement leads to the overthrow of the governments
of Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, and Libya.
The Arab Spring
2009
This sprinter sets a new record for the 100m dash: 9.58 seconds.
Usain Bolt
2008
This person is elected as the first African-American President of the U.S..
Barack Obama
2008
This swimmer wins 8 gold medals at the Summer Olympics.
Michael Phelps
2008
The world enters a sharp economic downturn which is commonly known as this.
The Great
Recession
2005
This dwarf planet, 27% larger than Pluto, is dicovered and named for
the Greek goddess of discord.
Eris
2005
This person is elected as the first female chancellor of Germany.
Angela Merkel
2004
This website is started in a Harvard dorm room.
Facebook
2004
This type of natural disaster kills over 200,000 people in 14 countries.
Tsunami
2003
The U.S. invades this country, looking for weapons of mass destruction.
Iraq
2003
Scientists announce the completion of a project to sequence this.
The Human
Genome
2001
This terrorist organization launches the 9/11 attacks against the United States.
Al-Qaeda
2001
This country becomes the first in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
Netherlands
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level 70
Nov 12, 2019
Poor Germany and Iraq...
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level 71
Nov 12, 2019
I'd still say that Germany is rather well off if so many people want to go there...
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level 73
Nov 13, 2019
Poor Germany? Do you mean because they took in refugees?

So not a thought for the people who lost their homes in the first place then?

Or was it a dig at Angela Merkel?
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level 71
Nov 17, 2019
I'd say poor UK. The people voted for Brexit but they have learned that they don't live in the democracy they thought they did but in a tyranny. Hopefully Johnson will finally be able to get the UK out of the EU and save them from the political class that has treated the people like a bunch of serfs.
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level 51
Dec 5, 2019
62.53% of the population that were eligible to vote did not vote for Brexit. Only 51.89% of the 72.21% of people that voted wanted it. Therefore there are considerably more people that don't want it, or didn't want it enough to be bothered voting, than actually went out of their way to say they wanted it. It would therefore not be undemocratic to ignore the result. If we had a system like in Australia where voting is compulsory and the vote went 51.89% in favour of Brexit then I would back you up totally. However, it did not
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level 42
Dec 16, 2019
People who didn't vote forfeited their right to be heard in the referendum, it's simple. Referendums are pure democracy at work. Respect the wishes of those who voted.
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level 71
Dec 16, 2019
hirsutebodkin, the same applies to many parliamentary and presidential elections around the world (US presidential elections have turnouts of around 50-60%). Should those results be ignored, too?
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level 58
Dec 16, 2019
And even in this 2019 Election, Anti-Brexit Parties got a higher percentage of the vote. Our FPTP system is what is going to allow Brexit to be forced through again the nations will...
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level 68
Dec 19, 2019
Fresco3, you are absolutely right. Big Bad Boris is back in power because we have FPTP. But why have we got that? Because the people voted 4 to 1 against AV in the referendum. Why? Because the people are stupid. So now they have got what they deserve (and I have left the country!)
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level 73
Dec 22, 2019
^Yeah, it sucks that the vote for keeping FPTP won, but the result may have been different if it had been PR instead of AV that we were voting for
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level 73
Nov 25, 2019
^ The referendum was not legally binding, merely an opinion poll, and no one actually knew what voting for Brexit meant - for every 100 people who voted for it it meant 100 different things
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level 58
Dec 16, 2019
The idea that the UK is a tyranny because Brexit hasn't yet happened is flawed. When the people voted for it, they knew that Brexit was going to take a while. The process is fundamentally different to an election because before Brexit happens a lot of plans have had to be made about how to change the way agreements will work once we are no longer in the EU. The infrastructure already exists to put new MPs into parliament so what the people voted for in an election can be delivered in (for this election) less than 5 days. Some MPs have been trying to stop Brexit from happening at all but there has never been a majority for this in parliament. What has happened has arisen from the fact that MPs cannot agree on how to do Brexit, though if Boris Johnson is to be believed (he isn't usually) this will now have changed. Boris Johnson can't save anybody from "the political class" because he is part of it and his attempts to pretend he isn't shouldn't be very convincing.
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level 58
Dec 16, 2019
The Brexit referendum was democratic, though given the timescales involved in implementing its result it should probably have been set up differently, if at all. The fact that there was a low turnout is irrelevant (the turnout wasn't actually that low compared to other votes) but what is relevant is the number of people who were disqualified from voting because they were considered not to have been alive for long enough. Even if you think that 18 is a suitable voting age (it isn't) there are now 21-year-olds who have never had a direct say on a process that hasn't even properly started. This isn't to say that Brexit should now be cancelled, but rather that it should have been set up differently in the first place. If you count Labour as an anti-Brexit party then yes anti-Brexit parties did get a higher percentage of the vote. But Labour isn't an anti-Brexit party, they just wanted a new deal and another referendum, and some Brexiteers will have voted for them.
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level 58
Dec 16, 2019
The Brexit referendum wasn't legally binding but also wasn't just an opinion poll. Different people voting for it did want different things, but they only voted to leave the European Union. The referendum therefore justified leaving, but it did not justify any specific deal or method of leaving. A solution that might have been in the interests of the country would have been a "soft Brexit" - leaving the EU but staying in the Customs Union and possibly the Single Market. Unfortunately the Conservative Party had only called the referendum in the first place to settle their internal disagreement with the European Research Group and other Eurosceptics who wanted a hard Brexit, so they decided to pursue a hard Brexit instead of working with other parties to pursue a soft one, which would have come at the expense of the ERG's support. As it stands nobody has found a way to solve the problem of the border with Ireland if we have a hard Brexit, but they are doing it anyway.
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level 83
Nov 12, 2019
I kept putting antifa, couldn't understand why I wasn't getting it. face palm
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level 71
Nov 12, 2019
In answer to which question??
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level 83
Nov 12, 2019
The terrorist organization question.
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level 51
Dec 5, 2019
Wow!
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level 42
Dec 16, 2019
What even qualifies as a right-wing extremist ?
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level 23
Dec 16, 2019
Right-wing terrorism is terrorism motivated by a variety of far right ideologies and beliefs, including anti-communism, neo-fascism, neo-Nazism, racism, xenophobia and opposition to immigration. This type of terrorism has been sporadic, with little or no international cooperation.
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level 77
Dec 16, 2019
I thought Antifa killed 10,000 people in West Africa.
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level 67
Dec 17, 2019
My original comment was deleted, but know that left wing extremists kill up up to 12 Americans per year, while right wing extremists and Islamic terrorists have body counts in the hundreds per year (thousands in 2001).
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level 72
Nov 13, 2019
I keep putting the correct answer CIA and it doesn’t accept. Maybe they are looking for Mossad
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level 83
Nov 17, 2019
Also... the Earth is flat, Elvis lives in Jacksonville, and Epstein killed himself.
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level 56
Dec 16, 2019
No, Epstein didn't kill himself. (I'm joking, please don't label me a conspiracy theorist)
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level 77
Dec 16, 2019
You're insinuating that believing Epstein committed suicide is as ridiculous as believing in a flat Earth or that the Mossad planned 9/11? More than a bit of a stretch.
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level 69
Nov 14, 2019
Please accept "DNA", "humangenom" etc....
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level 51
Dec 5, 2019
Please accept my sympathy for your ignorance
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level 73
Dec 16, 2019
Yeah...I think there should be some latitude here. Something akin to DNA, gene, chromosone, etc. should be acceptable here.
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level 67
Dec 16, 2019
chromosomes and genes are parts of DNA, but the human genome is the entire set of all genes expressed in human DNA, this number is in the billions and that's why it was a scientific achievement to sequence it. So gene and chromosome are not really correct answers.
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level 72
Nov 19, 2019
Funniest part of the disease was that a known football/soccer player Dele Adebola had to actually release a brief statement that he did not 'ave it. ;)
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level 67
Dec 16, 2019
why is that funny?
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level 47
Nov 21, 2019
Never heard the Global Financial Crisis referred to as the Great Recession before.
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level 62
Dec 16, 2019
In the US, it's always called that.
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level 57
Dec 16, 2019
Everyone else in the world call it the GFC
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level 56
Dec 16, 2019
The U.S. is a bit stubborn in calling (and doing) things different than the rest of the world. :P (don't get me wrong, i'm not critisizing, just find it hilarious at times).
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level 65
Dec 16, 2019
So, the 2004 was the year of disasters.
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level 62
Dec 16, 2019
9/11 and the development of Facebook are two tragedies the scale and impact of which will not be readily comprehensible for decades.
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level 67
Dec 16, 2019
It'll be so hard to get the full five points on this quiz in 80 years!
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level 42
Dec 16, 2019
I'm sorry but Michael Phelps shouldn't be in this list.
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level 23
Dec 16, 2019
4y
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level 78
Dec 16, 2019
One or two lighter questions don't hurt.
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level 77
Dec 16, 2019
why? His achievements at the Olympics were unprecedented and historic.
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level 73
Dec 16, 2019
Didn't find anything worth mentioning in six of the 19 years since the beginning of the decade? (Loved the quiz. It's just that my OCD brain would have preferred one event for each year...)
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level 24
Dec 17, 2019
Algeria did not have an uprising on 2011, not until this last year, when they overthrew their leader.