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General History By Year (1950-2000)

What happened every year, from music, to shootings, to treaties, the late 20th century in 50 questions
Most of these questions were taken by infoplease.com. Visit their site to learn a lot.
Special thanks to user Elan to helping me with the 90s.
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Last updated: May 8, 2015
First submittedMay 1, 2015
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These questions are not what can be considered the most important event of the year. I thought some might be too obvious.
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Year
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1950
The _____ War starts in north eastern asia
Korean
1951
The __ Ammendment is passed, which limits the amount of terms a President can serve
22nd
1952
______ __ __ _____, a movie about two movie stars transitioning out of the silent era, is released
Singin' in the Rain
1953
Joseph _____ leader of the Soviet Union, dies.
Stalin
1954
Brown v. Board of Education of ______(city), a landmark civil right case for the U.S, occurs
Topeka
1955
West ______ becomes a sovereign state
Germany
1956
Elvis Presley tops music charts for the first time, with hit single _______ _______
Heartbreak Hotel
1957
Russia launches the ______ I, the first earth-orbitting satelite
Sputnik
1958
Truman Capote writes this classic.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
1959
Fidel Castro assumes power of ____
Cuba
1960
The man thought to be responsible for the holocaust, Adolf ________, is captured by Israelis. He was executed in 1962
Eichmann
1961
US sponsored ex-Cubans invade Cuba at the ___ __ ____.
Bay of Pigs
1962
_______ _______, wife of Arthur Miller(Death of a Salesman), dies of a drug overdose at age 36.
Marilyn Monroe
1963
This US president was shot in Dallas
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
1964
This future south african president is sentenced to jail for life.
Nelson Mandela
1965
The first US troops arrive in ______
Vietnam
1966
This cartoonist died, or had himself cyrogenically frozen
Walt Disney
1967
The Six Day War comes and goes between Arab forces and ______
Israel
1968
Civil Rights Activist ______ is shot dead in Memphis
Martin Luther King, Jr.
1969
Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, the crew of _____ walk the moon for the first time.
Apollo 11
1970
Janis Joplin and ________ both died at age 27.
Jimi Hendrix
1971
Mao Zedong invites U.S. athletes to play ____ ____
Ping Pong
1972
11 Israeli Athletes are killed at the Olympic Games at ______
Munich
1973
______ _____ wins the Academy Award for best actor, but Sacheen Littlefeather stands in his place to protest U.S. treatment of Native Americans
Marlon Brando
1974
Nixon and which Russian leader meet to discuss nuclear arms limitation agreements.
Leonid Brezhnev
1975
The ___, the first commercial method of watching videos at home, is developed by Sony
VHS
Year
Hint
Answer
1976
_____, probably the most well known and legendary sports movie of all time, is released
Rocky
1977
The South African activist _____ ____ dies at the hands of Afrikaner police
Steve Biko
1978
The _______, the first portable stereo, is introduced yet again by Sony
Walkman
1979
A nuclear accident at ___ ____ _____, in Pennsylvania releases radiation
Three Mile Island
1980
This president is elected.
Ronald Reagan
1981
U.S. hostages from this country are freed.
Iran
1982
Britain is victorious over _______ in the Falklands war
Argentina
1983
The US invades ______
Grenada
1984
Apple introduces the ________, the most user-friendly computer so far.
Macintosh
1985
Soviet leader ______ _______ , the last Soviet leader gains power.
Mikhail Gorbachev
1986
The _______ Disaster, a nuclear accident causing an estimated 3940 deaths from radiation induced cancer, among other things.
Chernobyl
1987
British Prime Minister ______ ______ , known as the Iron Lady, wins a third term.
Margaret Thatcher
1988
The war between Iran and ____ officially ends, with over a million deaths because of it
Iraq
1989
A massive earthquake of a 7.2 magnitude occurs, destroying a hundred thousand buildings in the city of ________
San Francisco
1990
The famous cartoon sitcom _________ debuts on Fox.
The Simpsons
1991
This state dissolves
Soviet Union
1992
This trade is signed between the USA, Mexico, and Canada
NAFTA
1993
This palace becomes open to the public
Buckingham Palace
1994
Olympic ice skater ______ _______ was attacked, allegedly by her competitior Tonya Harding
Nancy Kerrigan
1995
Olympic ice skater ________ is attacked by the ex-husband of her main competitor, Tonya Harding
Nancy Kerrigan
1996
Rapper _____ _______, is shot down in a drive by shooting
Tupac Shakur
1997
JK Rowling's first book in the _______ series is published.
Harry Potter
1998
Europeans agree to have one currency, the ____.
Euro
1999
People anxiously await the ___ apocalyptic bug.
Y2K
2000
Vicente Fox is elected President of Mexico, ending a 71 year reign of this party
Institutional Revolutionary Party(PRI)
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level 74
May 2, 2015
Good quiz, but there's a couple of problems with it. Mandela is the answer to two clues, but only works for one of them. And unless my memory is faulty, OJ was famously found not guilty.
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level 62
May 2, 2015
Hi, Zach. This quiz has some great content but is also very flawed. I'll help you fix it.