Historical Events - AD or BC?

Guess whether these events happened before or after the start of the Common Era in 1 AD.
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Last updated: August 6, 2020
First submittedOctober 5, 2019
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1. Extinction of the Woolly Mammoth
AD
BC
The last mammoth population, located in Russia's Wrangel Island, died off around 2000 B.C.
2. Construction of Stonehenge
AD
BC
c. 3000 BC to 2000 BC
3. Columbus sails to the New World
AD
BC
In 1492 (AD), Columbus sailed the ocean blue
4. Trojan War
AD
BC
c. 1200 BC
5. Start of Islam
AD
BC
According to tradition, Muhammad began receiving divine revelations in 610 AD
6. Invention of gunpowder
AD
BC
The first written evidence of gunpowder comes from China in the year 808 AD
7. Human settlement of New Zealand
AD
BC
c. 1300 AD
8. Birth of the Buddha
AD
BC
Given variously as 563 BC or 480 BC
9. William the Conqueror conquers England
AD
BC
1066 AD
10. Most recent time that Babylon was the largest city in the world
AD
BC
Most recently c.ā€‰320 BC
11. Foundation of the Inca Empire
AD
BC
The Inca Empire had only existed for about a century when the Spanish arrived
12. Invention of chess
AD
BC
The predecessors of chess are thought to have emerged in the Gupta Empire c. 280ā€“550 AD
13. Birth of Alexander the Great
AD
BC
356 BC
14. First known heliocentric model of the solar system
AD
BC
Aristarchus of Samos crafted the heliocentric model in the 200s BC, long before Copernicus
15. First known summit of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps
AD
BC
1786 by Michel-Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat
16. First written mention of the city of Moscow
AD
BC
1147 AD
17. Great Pyramid built in Egypt
AD
BC
c. 2560 BC
18. Assassination of Julius Caesar
AD
BC
44 BC
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Level 57
Aug 1, 2020
Nice quiz
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Level 68
Aug 1, 2020
Uranus and Neptune have been discovered in 1781 in 1846 (AD). I am pretty sure that Samos has not guessed the order of those two correctly. And maybe it is my limited English but shouldn't it be "ascent" instead of "summit" (for me, that question does not for a date but the name of the summit).
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Level 80
Aug 1, 2020
On one hand, Aristarchus (Samos is the city where he was born, not his last name) made a groundbreaking model, placing correctly every known planet (plus the Sun and the Moon). Of course, new planets and celestial bodies were discovery thereafter, but he was the first to say aloud "Hey! The Sun is in the middle of the System, we orbit 'round it".

On the other, "summit" is a viable word to say "they reach the peak of the mountain". "Ascent", however, means that "they climbed the mountain, with or without reaching the summit", so whether it implies that "they reach the peak of the mountain" is up to the reader.

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Level 78
Aug 1, 2020
Yeah, I was thinking trick-question-wise on the planet one, too, haha! :D But, fair enough, it's sorta accurate either way.
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Level āˆž
Aug 1, 2020
Removed the extra information from the Alexander of Samos question.
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Level 90
Aug 2, 2020
summit is a noun meaning the top of a mountain - and summit is a verb meaning to reach the top of a mountain. the wording is correct. ascent is the climb to the summit, so it would also be correct, but there's nothing wrong with using summit.
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Level 71
Aug 2, 2020
And there is me, who is a non-native speaker of English, mixing up AD and BC. Got 2 points. Yay!
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Level 57
Aug 6, 2020
omg me too šŸ˜‚
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Level 64
Aug 9, 2020
in fact AD is not English, is latin for Anno Domimi (Year of the Lord).

I prefer the new BCE/CE notation yet.

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Level 74
Aug 2, 2020
Just missed the chess question, nice quiz.
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Level 81
Aug 2, 2020
Got everything right but wasn't 100% sure about chess. I thought I remembered reading that it was invented in India sometime around the 7th or 8th century?
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Level 73
Aug 6, 2020
From battleofchess.com: Chess was invented in India during the Gupta Empire in 6th century AD (1500 years ago). Chess was known as chaturanga at that time.
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Level 81
Aug 6, 2020
cool. wasn't too far off.
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Level 64
Aug 9, 2020
In fact Jesus was a good chess player. This angered the romans that punished him severely.
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Level 66
Aug 10, 2020
That's an overly simplified version of the events.
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Level 90
Aug 4, 2020
I've always wondered why so few adopted CE and BCE
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Level 69
Aug 6, 2020
Very few people care about it I guess. Using BC and AD is not a confession of faith or anything, so it's just a cosmetic change - and changing something is a hassle.
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Level 66
Aug 6, 2020
I agree. I'm not religious, but the BCE/CE thing just seems like whinging. Everyone understands the distinction between BC and AD just fine, and whether you're religious or not, the line of distinction is the supposed birth of Jesus (although it's off by a few years).
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Level 55
Aug 6, 2020
I always think using CE and BCE is more professional
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Level 81
Aug 7, 2020
CE and BCE is more accurate and inclusive. AD and BC is more traditional and what most people grew up using. I think it is a combination of belligerence, laziness, and common convention. Personally don't have a problem with either one.
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Level 68
Oct 30, 2020
I don't see why that should be more accurate or inclusive. Why exactly did the date of Jesus' birth start a common era? Makes no sense - BC is at least a simple statement. AD is more problematic though.
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Level 64
Aug 9, 2020
I used "minus" or "negative" for BCE years but it was such a mess.. Once a guy replied to me "negative 1200" ? before the Big Bang?
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Level 60
Aug 6, 2020
Muhammad received divine "revelations", not "relevations". Check the spelling.
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Level 81
Aug 6, 2020
I thought it was divine reservations. You wouldn't believe how hard it was to book the Kabaa back then.
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Level āˆž
Aug 6, 2020
Fixed the spelling
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Level 67
Aug 6, 2020
Huh, you learn something new every day; I had never heard of Aristarchus, and I've even been to the isle of Samos! Looks like celebrating Pythagoras is enough for them
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Level 63
Aug 6, 2020
First attempt, 100%. I need to find better things to do in my life. xD
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Level 50
Aug 6, 2020
Nice quiz, but I think that you should do ad/bce and bc/ce since the AD/BC system might offend non-Christians.
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Level 71
Aug 6, 2020
Why does it matter? They both mean the same thing, and in my experience the majority of people use the BC/AD model. Besides, Historical Events - CE or BCE? doesn't have quite the same ring to it.
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Level 49
Aug 7, 2020
I've always found this renaming silly since it still uses the birth of Christ as the starting date.
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Level 72
Aug 15, 2020
Iā€™m not exactly offended by the use of BC/AD, but I did think that JetPunk had already standardized on BC/BCE, as the academic world has. Since it has apparently not, consider this my request that JetPunk does so.
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Level āˆž
Aug 15, 2020
The adoption of a practice in the academic world makes me less likely to want to use it. The humanities have become so incredibly toxic in the last few decades. I don't want any part of it. These language games are part of it.
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Level āˆž
Aug 15, 2020
Why are the humanities so toxic? The best theory I've seen is that there are practically no opportunities for advancement in academia. There are very few tenure-track positions, and many of these are occupied by old people who aren't going anywhere. Thus, academia becomes a zero sum game. With no new positions becoming available, one must create them by dislodging others. Changing norms around language create a political minefield that one can use to dislodge rivals. Serious scholarship becomes rare while in-group signaling becomes imperative. I urge you to actually read what is being published in journals these days. It is shockingly bad.
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Level 69
Dec 18, 2020
"Competition in academia is so vicious because the stakes are so small"
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Level 72
Sep 29, 2020
Saying this as a non-Christian, if you feel offended by AD/BC, you need to sort out your life priorities.
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Level 48
Aug 6, 2020
Dang. I guessed BC for gunpowder and Moscow because I didn't know and they seemed so obviously AD. I bet on the reverse psychology.
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Level 67
Aug 9, 2020
I did that for the mammoth.

Expected some factoid 'There were still mammoths at the time of...'

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Level 47
Dec 21, 2020
"The last mammoth died out just after the American Revolution,"

Thomas Jefferson has been quoted as saying "Dear Marry Todd Jefferson, I hope there is no Wolly Mammoths in Louisiana, just like the ones in Siberia. Dear do those scare me," before he embarked on his adventures to meet Louis, Clark, and Sacajawea in Louisiana.

Or something like that idk