250 Years, 250 Events

One event for each year since 1768!
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2017
This North Korean leader threatens to nuke Guam
Kim Jong-un
2016
This controversial businessman is elected U.S. president
Donald Trump
2015
The U.S. restores diplomatic relations with this country
Cuba
2014
The Olympic Winter Games are held here
Sochi
2013
A big meteor passed this Russian city
Chelyabinsk
2012
This ship runs aground off the Tuscan coast
Costa Concordia
2011
Nuclear disaster caused by an earthquake / tsunami
Fukushima
2010
33 miners are found alive after a huge rescue operation in this country
Chile
2009
First Afro-American U.S. president
Barack Obama
2008
Olympic Games location
Beijing
2007
Name a country which joined the EU in 2007
Bulgaria or Romania
2006
Planet which loses its status, now a dwarf planet
Pluto
2005
This well-known video sharing website starts
YouTube
2004
What kills 250,000 people on Boxing Day?
Earthquake / Tsunami
2003
The U.S. arrests this former President
Saddam Hussein
2002
This nation is the first one to become independent in 21st century
East Timor
2001
This encyclopedia goes online
Wikipedia
2000
Russian politician who becomes de-facto leader
Vladimir Putin
1999
This man becomes president of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
1998
This Cambodian politician dies
Pol Pot
1997
The U.K. hands over this territory to China
Hong Kong
1996
Rapper fatally shot in Las Vegas
Tupac Shakur
1995
A terrible massacre is happening in this Bosnian village
Srebrenica
1994
This happens in Rwanda
Genocide
1993
This nation gets its independence from Ethiopia
Eritrea
1992
Racial riots in this U.S. city
Los Angeles
1991
This superpower collapses
Soviet Union
1990
This socialist state dissolves
East Germany
1989
Tim Berners-Lee invents this part of the Internet
World Wide Web
1988
This Soviet statesman is visiting NYC
Mikhail Gorbachev
1987
Zimbabwean who becomes President
Robert Mugabe
1986
Space shuttle which broke up 73 seconds after take-off
Challenger
1985
Brussels stadium disaster
Heysel disaster
1984
This country becomes the last Western European one to allow women's vote
Liechtenstein
1983
Official beginning of this world-wide communication network
Internet
1982
First nation to have more than 1 billion people
China
1981
This Egyptian is killed
Anwar Sadat
1980
Mark David Chapman assassinates this Liverpudlian
John Lennon
1979
Revolution in this Asian country
Iran
1978
This man becomes the first Pole to be Bishop of Rome (Pope)
John Paul II
1977
The deadliest accident in aviation history happens on this island
Tenerife
1976
Founding Father of China dies
Mao Zedong
1975
The fall of this city ends the Vietnam War
Saigon
1974
This U.S. president resigned the presidency
Richard Nixon
1973
The queen opens this world-famous Sydney building
Sydney Opera House
1972
Attack during the Olympics in this city
Munich
1971
This country receives its independence from Pakistan
Bangladesh
1970
Shootings happen at this Ohio university
Kent State
1969
This music festival is held at a New York farm
Woodstock
1968
The Summer Olympics are held in this city
Mexico City
1967
War between Israel and Egypt
Six-Day War
1966
This country wins its first FIFA World Cup
England
1965
Human rights activist assassinated in Manhattan
Malcolm X
1964
This incident leads to the Vietnam War
Gulf of Tonkin incident
1963
This civil rights activist delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech
Martin Luther King Jr.
1962
Most recent ecumenical council of the Catholic Church
Second Vatican Council
1961
First man in space
Yuri Gagarin
1960
This man becomes the youngest to serve as President of the U.S.
John F. Kennedy
1959
The last state to be admitted to the Union so far
Hawaii
1958
This French general founds the Fifth Republic
Charles de Gaulle
1957
This terrorist is born in Riyadh
Osama bin Laden
1956
Revolution in this European country
Hungary
1955
Collective defense treaty among the USSR and its satellite states
Warsaw Pact
1954
Where a soccer miracle happens
Bern
1953
He is sworn in as 34th POTUS
Dwight D. Eisenhower
1952
This English monarch becomes Queen
Elizabeth II.
1951
American couple sentenced to death because of telling secret nuclear plans
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
1950
War between the communist north and the capitalist south
Korean War
1949
This Federal Republic is founded
Germany
1948
David Ben-Gurion declares the independence of his country
Israel
1947
This famous Chicago gangster dies
Al Capone
1946
This war begins in the former French colonies of Southeast Asia
First Indochina War
1945
What V-E-Day means
Victory in Europe Day
1944
On 20 July, Claus von Stauffenberg attempts to assassinate ...
Adolf Hitler
1943
Bloodiest battle in the history of warfare
Battle of Stalingrad
1942
Decisive naval battle in the Pacific Theater of WWII
Battle of Midway
1941
A date which will live in ....
Infamy
1940
He has nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat
Winston Churchill
1939
Nazi Germany attacks this country
Poland
1938
Term used to describe the annexation of Austria
Anschluss
1937
German zeppelin catches fire in Lakehurst, NJ
LZ 129 'Hindenburg'
1936
Guerra Civil Española, in English
Spanish Civil War
1935
Three laws that were set into practice in Germany
Nuremberg Laws
1934
Hitler calls himself now ....
Führer
1933
This German state is dissolved
Weimar Republic
1932
Ibn Saud found this country (the name appears in the country name)
Saudi Arabia
1931
This NYC skyscraper becomes the tallest building in the world
Empire State Building
1930
Uruguay wins the first .....
FIFA World Cup
1929
Great economic crisis that started after the U.S. stock market crash
Great Depression
1928
The Winter Olympics are held in this Swiss village
St. Moritz
1927
First aviator to fly nonstop from New York to Paris
Charles Lindbergh
1926
This Cuban revolutionary is born
Fidel Castro
1925
This autobiographical book by Hitler is published
Mein Kampf
1924
The founder of the Soviet Union dies
Vladimir Lenin
1923
Mustafa Atatürk declares the independence of his country
Turkey
1922
Howard Carter discovers this Egyptian Pharao
Tutankhamun
1921
This republican becomes U.S. president
Warren G. Harding
1920
Term for the ban on the production and sale of alcohol in the U.S.
Prohibition
1919
This Asian country is the only one becoming its independence in 1919
Afghanistan
1918
The Armistice of Compiègne ends this war on 11 November
World War I
1917
The last Emperor of Russia abdicated
Nicholas II
1916
Largest and longest battle of the First World War between France and Germany
Battle of Verdun
1915
German U-Boot U-20 torpedoes this ocean liner
RMS Lusitania
1914
Gavrilo Princip assassinate this Archduke
Franz Ferdinand of Austria
1913
The Australians begin with the construction of their new capital
Canberra
1912
This ocean liner sinks after hitting an iceberg
RMS Titanic
1911
Roald Amundsen becomes the first person to reach this
South Pole
1910
Dom Manuel II is the last king of this country
Portugal
1909
This famous cycling race is organized for the first time
Giro d'Italia
1908
This MLB team will wait 108 years until they'll win the World Series again
Chicago Cubs
1907
This nation joins the 'Entente Cordiale' making it the 'Triple Entente'
Russian Empire
1906
This California city is strucked by an earthquake
San Francisco
1905
This English football team is founded in London
Chelsea F.C.
1904
This is the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree
Helen Keller
1903
The Wright brothers are the first with a successful...
Airplane
1902
Martinican volcano responsible for the worst volcanic disaster in 20th century
Mount Pelée
1901
This English Queen dies
Queen Victoria
1900
What is held in Paris (NOT the Olympic Games)
Exposition Universelle
1899
This war breaks out in South Africa
Second Boer War
1898
This conflict starts due to sinking of the USS Maine
Spanish-American War
1897
This guy becomes 25th President of the United States
William McKinley
1896
First modern Olympic Games are held here
Athens
1895
This German physicist discovers the X-rays
Wilhelm Röntgen
1894
Political scandal in France (antisemitism)
Dreyfus affair
1893
Karl May publishes this novels about Indians
Winnetou
1892
This politican becomes US president for the second time (non-consecutive)
Grover Cleveland
1891
The longest railway in the world is now under construction
Trans-Siberian Railway
1890
This German chancellor is removed
Otto von Bismarck
1889
This Parisian tower becomes the tallest building in the world
Eiffel Tower
1888
Best known unidentified serial killer of London
Jack the Ripper
1887
Most widely spoken constructed language is created
Esperanto
1886
This Bavarian 'Märchenkönig' dies in the Starnberger See
Ludwig II of Bavaria
1885
LaMarcus Adna Thompson obtains a patent for this type of amusement ride
Roller coaster
1884
European colonization and trade in Africa is regulated in this conference
Berlin Conference
1883
This Indonesian volcano erupts (36,000 deaths)
Krakatoa
1882
The longest tunnel in the world opens in the Swiss mountains
Gotthard Tunnel
1881
This president is assassinated
James A. Garfield
1880
This Cologne monument is completed
Cologne Cathedral
1879
This Scottish bridge collapses
Tay Bridge
1878
War on a Pacific island, killing around a third of the population
Nauruan Tribal War
1877
The prestigious tennis tournament is held for the first time
Wimbledon Championships
1876
Battle commonly referred to as "Custer's Last Stand"
Battle of the Little Bighorn
1875
Georges Bizet publishes his most successful work
Carmen
1874
This Italian inventor, known for his radio, is born in Bologna
Guglielmo Marconi
1873
This type of pants is patented
Jeans
1872
The U.S. founds its first national park
Yellowstone National Park
1871
He said "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
Henry Morton Stanley
1870
The first white sees this impressing geyser located in Western U.S.
Old Faithful
1869
This U.S. state becomes the first one to allow women to vote
Wyoming
1868
The Meiji Restoration happens in this country
Japan
1867
Name for the United States' acquisition of Alaska from the Russian Empire
Alaska Purchase
1866
This Welsh surveyor (after whom the highest mountain was named) dies
George Everest
1865
This alpine mountain is climbed for the first time
Matterhorn
1864
Prussia vs. Denmark
Second Schleswig War
1863
The bloodiest battle during the American Civil War is fought near this town
Gettysburg
1862
Bloodiest single-day battle in American history
Battle of Antietam / Sharpsburg
1861
This nation declares its independence from the United States
Confederate States of America
1860
This Great Emancipator becomes the first Republican president
Abraham Lincoln
1859
On the Origin of Species is published by this biologist
Charles Darwin
1858
The Treaty of Tientsin ends this war
Second Opium War
1857
The Queen decides to make this city the capital of Canada
Ottawa
1856
Workers find very old human bones in this German valley
Neandertal
1855
First inexpensive industrial process for the mass production of steel
BessemerProcess
1854
This party is founded in Ripon, Wisconsin
Republican Party
1853
This conflict between Russia and the Ottoman Empire breaks out
Crimean War
1852
"Women and children first" is used for the first time on this ship
HMS Birkenhead
1851
This London palace is built for the first World's Fair
Crystal Palace
1850
This U.S. state becomes the 31st state
California
1849
What happened in 1849 in California?
Gold Rush
1848
Many of these happen in Europe
Revolutions
1847
Brigham Young founds this city
Salt Lake City
1846
Johann Galle becomes the first man to see this astronomical body
Neptune
1845
This event will kill 1 million Irish during the next seven years
Great Famine
1844
This country declares its independence from Haiti
Dominican Republic
1843
This world-famous Copenhagen amusement park opens
Tivoli Gardens
1842
This hall of fame of German history opens
Walhalla
1841
He was the first U.S president to die in office
William Henry Harrison
1840
The Treaty of Waitangi creates this country
New Zealand
1839
Slave revolt on this ship (you might know the 1997 Spielberg film)
La Amistad
1838
This British island territory becomes the first one to allow women's votes
Pitcairn Islands
1837
26th state admitted to the Union
Michigan
1836
Pivotal event in the Texas Revolution
Battle of the Alamo
1835
The "Great Moon Hoax" is published by this newspaper
The Sun
1834
William Lyon Mackenzie becomes the first mayor of this city
Toronto
1833
The British re-establish their rule on these islands, which displeased Argentina
Falkland Islands
1832
Ecuador annexes these islands
Galápagos Islands
1831
The inventor of Coca-Cola is born in Georgia
John Pemberton
1830
This country declares its independence from the Netherlands
Belgium
1829
Raphael Rivera finds this oasis and names it "the meadows"
Las Vegas
1828
B & O becomes the first ... in the United States
Railroad
1827
This animal called Zarafa arrives in Europe (the first since 300 years)
Giraffe
1826
He becomes first president of Argentina
Bernardino Rivadavia
1825
The Stephenson brothers invent this steam vehicle
Locomotive
1824
Ludwig van Beethoven's final complete symphony
Symphony No. 9
1823
U.S. policy of opposing European colonialism in the Americas
Monroe Doctrine
1822
The Grue Church fire disaster is the deadliest in this country
Norway
1821
Napoleon dies on this island
Saint Helena
1820
This ancient Greek statue is discovered on the island of Milos
Venus de Milo
1819
Gran Colombia is founded and reigned by this president
Simón Bolívar
1818
Mary Shelley publishes this horror novel
Frankenstein
1817
Name an element which was discovered in 1817
Cadmium, Selenium or Lithium
1816
This state becomes the 19th to be admitted to the Union
Indiana
1815
Napoleon vs. Wellesley
Battle of Waterloo
1814
This song is written by Francis Scott Key
The Star-Spangled Banner
1813
Jane Austen publishes this romance novel
Pride and Prejudice
1812
Napoleon fails to conquer this city
Moscow
1811
This English king serves as Prince Regent during his father's illness
George IV
1810
The Republic declares its independence but is annexed by the U.S. only a month later
Republic of West Florida
1809
He becomes 4th President of the United States
James Madison
1808
Two whalers can announce the existence of this very remote small Atlantic island
Bouvet Island
1807
This famous Confederate general is born in Virginia
Robert E. Lee
1806
Construction for this Paris monument begins
Arc de Triomphe
1805
These explorers reach the Pacific Ocean
Lewis and Clark
1804
This Latin American country becomes to first to declare its independence
Haiti
1803
The U.S. doubles its area by buying this territory
Louisiana
1802
He becomes French consul for life
Napoleon Bonaparte
1801
He becomes 3rd President of the United States
Thomas Jefferson
1800
He is elected Bishop of Rome
Pius VII
1799
This pivotal event in European history comes to an end
French Revolution
1798
The Helvetic Republic is installed on territory of this present-day country
Switzerland
1797
Ludovico Manin is the last ... of Venice
Doge
1796
Edward Jenner is using vaccine for this disease
Smallpox
1795
On July 14, this song becomes the new French anthem
La Marseillaise
1794
France abolishes this
Slavery
1793
This French Queen is beheaded
Marie Antoinette
1792
The French National Guard storms this Palace
Tuileries Palace
1791
This Austrian composer dies aged 35
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1790
The Residence Act creates this planned capital
Washington, D.C.
1789
The storming of this prison started the French Revolution
Bastille
1788
The First Fleet arrives in this country
Australia
1787
First U.S. state to ratify the Constitution
Delaware
1786
Jacques Balmat and Michel-Gabriel Paccard are the first to climb this mountain
Mont Blanc
1785
This country starts to control the island of Saint-Barthélemy
Sweden
1784
This U.S. state (nowadays northeastern Tennessee) is founded
State of Franklin
1783
This treaty set the boundaries between the British Empire and the United States
Treaty of Paris
1782
Last person to be executed in Europe for witchcraft
Anna Göldi
1781
William Herschel discovers this astronomical body
Uranus
1780
This secret network of routes used by slaves who want their freedom is founded
Underground Railroad
1779
This explorer dies on the Sandwich Islands
James Cook
1778
This famous Milan theater is inaugurated
La Scala
1777
This famous German mathematician is born
Carl Friedrich Gauss
1776
This country declares its independence
United States of America
1775
The Battles of Lexington and Concord are part of this war
American Revolutionary War
1774
This author publishes The Sorrows of Young Werther
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1773
This 'party' happens in Boston
Tea Party
1772
Yves Joseph de Kerguelen de Trémarec discovers this archipelago
Kerguelen Islands
1771
Carl Wilhelm Scheele discovers this very important element
Oxygen
1770
A massacre is happening in this U.S. city
Boston
1769
He becomes pope
Clement XIV
1768
This island falls under French rule
Corsica
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Jun 11, 2020
Great quiz!