Historical Failures 2

Name even more famous faux pas from throughout history, along with the year in which they occurred.
An asterisk (*) indicates a possibly fictional event
A negative sign (-) indicates a year in B.C.
Some dates are approximate
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Last updated: February 27, 2020
First submittedJanuary 10, 2018
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Year
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Answer
-4000*
Sauron lets this twisted creature free, which eventually leads to his downfall
Gollum
-1446*
The reigning pharaoh of Egypt incites this Hebrew escape from slavery
The Exodus
-330
This Macedonian ruler fails to conquer Italy, which later overruns his fallen land
Alex the Great
565
This Byzantine ruler dies, having grown his empire by using much of its money
Justinian I
1399
This famous tower is finished in Pisa, but quickly begins to tilt
Leaning Tower
1453
A gate left open in this city allows the Turks to destroy the Byzantine empire
Constantinople
1550*
This man says 'Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!' and dies
Vizzini
1776
This colony declares independence, but the reasons for revolution quickly return
United States
1805
This British general struts around on deck during a battle and is easily shot
Horatio Nelson
1812
This famous French general invades Russia in winter, which never, ever works
Napoleon
1815
A battle in this city is fought after the War of 1812 has already ended
New Orleans
1830
Andrew Jackson authorizes the evacuation of Native Americans along this route
Trail of Tears
1867
Russia sells this massive oil-filled territory to the U.S. at two cents an acre
Alaska
1899
The British empire assumes this African war will be easy - and nearly loses
Boer War
1915
Winston Churchill commands several disastrous charges on this hill
Gallipoli
1945
These cities are nuked, despite Japan being just weeks from surrender
Hiroshima
Nagasaki
1965
The United States gets involved in this long and ultimately failed war in East Asia
Vietnam War
1970
An oxygen tank explodes during this aborted lunar landing attempt
Apollo 13
1972
Richard Nixon and his advisers listen in on talks from this democratic HQ
Watergate
1977
Fox turns over Star Wars' sequel and merchandising rights to this director
George Lucas
1981
This company rejects an offer from E.T. to show their candy; Reeses accepts it
Mars
1982
Reagan semi-secretly supplies weapons to this country, his supposed enemy
Iran
1990
Officials accidentally allow this impossible play during a Colorado-Missouri game
Fifth down
1997*
Harry Potter seriously injures Draco Malfoy using this spell, invented by Snape
Sectumsempra
2006
This Norwegian grandmaster blunders into checkmate against Gagunashvili
Magnus Carlsen
2007
Engineers from this Formula One team steal information from their rival Ferrari
Mclaren
2012
Mark Sanchez, quarterback of this team, commits the infamous 'Butt Fumble'
New York Jets
2016
This man's choice to pull troops from Middle Eastern countries leads to infighting
Barack Obama
2017
Donald Trump nearly ruins Korean peace talks by taunting this leader
Kim Jong-un
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Level 54
Jan 10, 2018
In case you're wondering: J. R. R. Tolkien stated at various points throughout his works and writings that he considered Middle-Earth a distant past version of earth; the most concrete time he gave for it was 'about 6000 years ago', also mentioning that we are currently at about the end of the Fifth Age (if the Fourth and Fifth Ages were about as long as the Third). Hence, 4000 B.C. is the approximate time the Lord of the Rings takes place, while the Hobbit would fall around 4060 B.C. It's interesting to note that this is about the same time as the Biblical creation, especially since one of Tolkien's best friends, C. S. Lewis, was a notable Biblical allegorical writer; Tolkien, however, often stated that he detested the suggestion that his books were in any way a kind of allegory, especially one of the events leading up to, during, or directly following World Wars I and/or II. It's quite an interesting rabbit hole if you ask me.
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Level 37
Sep 27, 2018
in 1776, the US did not exist. It was called the American Colonies. Also, Reagan's faux pas was the "Iran-Contra Affair", not Iraq.
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Level 66
May 31, 2019
These are quizzes I am not a fan of, ones without a consistency in continuity. Sure I get the idea, but a large portion of history is missing, events ranging from Trivial to game changing are listed under the same light. I do appreciate some of the sarcasm for a quiz of this subject, though don't lie, just exaggerate.