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Years in History #1 - Multiple Choice

For each event, guess the year in which it happened.
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Last updated: January 12, 2019
First submittedJanuary 12, 2019
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1. Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to walk on the moon
1969
1973
1977
1983
2. Columbus "discovers" America
1201
1492
1575
1699
3. Fall of the Berlin Wall
1969
1979
1989
1999
4. The Wright Brothers fly the first airplane
1888
1903
1917
1931
5. World War I begins
1813
1873
1893
1914
6. The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor
1929
1939
1941
1945
7. The start of the Great Depression
1893
1907
1919
1929
8. The Spanish Armada sails to invade England but is scattered
1347
1490
1588
1702
9. Edison patents the light bulb
1879
1899
1909
1929
10. The Black Plague reaches Europe
799
1045
1347
1501
11. The U.S. Declaration of Independence is signed
1694
1736
1776
1814
12. The Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes and others try to blow up the English Parliament
1305
1455
1605
1755
13. Napoleon's final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo
1701
1751
1815
1871
14. The Thirty Years War comes to an end with the Peace of Westphalia
998
1448
1648
1848
15. The Protestant Reformation begins
792
1000
1311
1517
16. The U.S. Civil War begins
1831
1861
1791
1891
17. Constantinople falls to Turkish invaders - ending the Byzantine Empire
477
901
1199
1453
18. King John signs the Magna Carta
999
1215
1370
1511
19. Muhammed dies in Medina
332
632
932
1232
20. Alexander the Great dies in Babylon
979 BC
323 BC
11 AD
380 AD
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level 80
Jan 12, 2019
The fall of Constantinople has the worst percentage? I thought it was one of those iconic dates in history.
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level 70
Jan 12, 2019
Because the west does not care about the east. Too shame, because the east is the cradle of modern western world.
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level 67
Jan 13, 2019
Yeah, I had no clue on that one. Pure guess work. Though I did have the same issue with the lightbulb, plague and the last four. I managed to narrow a few down to one of two dates, but needless to say, picked the wrong date each and every time.
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level 76
Mar 7, 2019
I did the same thing, Algernon. I knew the general time, but sometimes chose the wrong one of two that looked likely.
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level 49
Mar 7, 2019
They didn't have baseball, so they were worth a bag of pig slop.
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level 79
Mar 7, 2019
If there hadn't been choices--or if the choices had been grouped more closely together--I probably wouldn't have gotten it. As it is, I thought it was pretty easy.
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level 43
Mar 17, 2019
I was confused with the Battle of Constantinople which happened in the 12th century, Hence why I got the answer wrong.
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level 84
Jan 12, 2019
AD comes before the year number. BC comes after. So, AD 380 but 323 BC.
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level 75
Jan 12, 2019
Are you sure?
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level 71
Jan 13, 2019
I would request, Quizmaster, that you use BCE and CE. You know, since we're so academic around here!
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level 68
Jan 16, 2019
BCE and CE are brain-dead dating systems that ignore their own base years, academic or no
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level 59
Jan 19, 2019
AD and BC are more recognizable. Also the Common Area system is still based around the same event, the birth of Jesus.
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level 62
Mar 7, 2019
Agree, especially since Jesus Christ wasn't actually born in 1 AD.
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level 57
Mar 8, 2019
Either system is fine in my opinion. While AD and BC may be more recognisable if you have never seen CE and BCE or aren't used to them, I think most people would understand the meaning of either. The idea that CE and BCE are "brain-dead" is wrong though, and what they actually stand for is more accurate than "anno Domini" and "before Christ", as when Jesus was actually born (or conceived, depending on which you think constituted the beginning of his life) is unknown. While the base year was intended to be the year of Jesus' birth or possibly conception, it actually is more accurate to call the years since (AD) 1 (CE) the "common era", as the entire world uses it now and not just Christians.
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level 70
Mar 7, 2019
This is correct. Question 20 has incorrect usage of AD after the date.
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level 70
Jan 14, 2019
Just missed on the Guy Fawkes question. You learn something every day!
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level 61
Feb 7, 2019
Tough one.
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level 77
Mar 7, 2019
I only missed two. Can't believe that one of them was the Berlin Wall. ::facepalm::
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level 77
Mar 7, 2019
Also a bit surprised that's only good enough for 75th percentile, currently. Probably because it's shortly after this got to the front page.
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level 59
Mar 7, 2019
I can't believe how many people got the fall of Constantinople in 1453 question wrong.
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level 57
Mar 7, 2019
Great Quiz. Just the Spanish armada's year wrong - others okay - partly with good luck..
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level 76
Mar 7, 2019
I don't usually comment on my successes or failures but I just had to share this. I only knew 12 of the answers on this quiz. The other 8 were total guesses....and I got every one right for 100%. What are the odds?? :-)
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level 67
Mar 7, 2019
Doing well on multiple choice quizzes is a skill. It's entirely possible to get a score that reflects much higher than what you actually know, if you can eliminate one or two answers as unlikely. This is how I got a B in high school physics despite not understanding a damn thing about physics.
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level 58
Mar 7, 2019
Great quiz QM, thanks
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level 80
Mar 7, 2019
Well I feel dumb. I somehow misinterpreted the question about when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor as when the Japanese themselves were bombed.
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level 62
Mar 7, 2019
Pretty much knew all of them except when the American thing of Independence got signed. It's never come up in my life, here in NZ. I only knew the American civil war one from reading "Little Women".
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level 77
Mar 9, 2019
Pretty important event in history. If you knew all of these except for the two about the USA that seems like there's almost a deliberate bias in New Zealand history education against teaching anything about America. Judging from comments left by other non-Americans on the site signaling chagrin that they should be expected to know anything at all about the country or its history, I almost even expect that this is true.
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level 40
Mar 18, 2019
Meh. Good questions, but choices too easy for most of them (I still struggled on a few, but really...)