Historical Failures

Name these truly unbelievable faux pas from throughout history, along with the year in which they occured.
An asterisk (*) indicates a possibly fictional event
A negative sign (-) indicates a year in B.C.
Quiz by Maladroit
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Last updated: January 10, 2018
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-1250*
This Greek ruse is foolishly accepted by the people of Troy
Trojan Horse
1789*
Marie Antoinette allegedly declaims this phrase, starting the French Revolution
'Let them eat cake'
1803
Napoleon sells this 828,000 square mile tract of land for 3 cents an acre
Louisiana Territory
1898
The U.S. blames this ship's sinking on Spain, inciting a controversial war
The Maine
1912
This ship crashes into an iceberg, causing the deaths of over 1500 people
The Titanic
1920
This period, intended to lower crime throughout the United States, begins
Prohibition
1930
Congress raises these taxes to slow the depression - but makes things worse
Tariffs
1941
This German operation, intended to defeat Russia, backfires spectacularly
Barbarossa
1937
This luxury liner, filled with hydrogen, bursts into flames in New Jersey
The Hindenburg
1957
This company creates the Edsel, named for its founder's friend, which bombs
Ford
1978*
Emsley A. Laney High School cuts this future star from their basketball team
Michael Jordan
1986
This NASA space shuttle tragically explodes 72 seconds into its flight
Challenger
1986
This nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine melts down catastrophically
Chernobyl
1998
This president states that he 'did not have sexual relations' with Ms. Lewinsky
Bill Clinton
1998
Bill Gates experiences this infamous error on his PC during a presentation
Blue Screen
1999
A metric/imperial err betwixt NASA and this company causes an orbiter to crash
Lockheed Martin
2003
George W. Bush attacks the whole of Iraq for actions by this sole dictator
Saddam Hussein
2010
This oil rig explodes; six years later, a dramatized movie recounts the events
Deepwater Horizon
2012
Hillary Clinton blunders her way through this attack on U.S. forces in Libya
Benghazi attack
2016
This phone, created by Samsung, begins exploding at random
Note 7
2016
Nearly 63 million Americans vote for this man to be their president
Donald Trump
2016
Apple removes this useful component from its newest iPhone
Headphone jack
2017
Apple removes this useful component from its newest iPhone
Home button
2017
This Southern NFL team blows a 28-3 Super Bowl lead
Atlanta Falcons
2018
This user creates a quiz about failures, thinking the comments won't be political
Aesthus
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Level 54
Jan 10, 2018
I tried to keep this as evenly apolitical as possible. There are two questions disparaging the actions of major liberals (Bill and Hillary Clinton) and three disparaging the actions of major conservatives (Hoover, W. Bush, and Trump). There are also questions about Samsung and the Atlanta Falcons, the phone company and NFL team I like.
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Level 54
Jan 10, 2018
That said, if you feel like any of the questions are overly politically bent, please let me know.
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Level 55
Jan 10, 2018
Maybe make it possible to answer Samsung galaxy note? Galaxy Note? and a couple others. Also AUX port, sound port, and maybe some others for headphone jack.
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Level 30
Jan 14, 2018
I don't think that "Nearly 63 million Americans vote for this man to be their president" is a fallacy because some of those still believe that Trump is a good president
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Level 66
Jan 17, 2018
The ones who voted for Trump didn't fail, but the 3 million more who voted for Hillary did.
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Level 54
Jan 17, 2018
And some people think Benghazi was well-handled, and some people think the Louisiana Territory was worth three cents an acre, and some people still like the '57 Ford Edsel. But it's widely acknowledged by most that those were all faux pas. Same with Trump/Clinton/whoever.
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Level 55
Jan 28, 2018
Spent so long trying to think of "Louisiana Territory". "Louisiana," "Louisiana Purchase," "French Louisiana," "New France," and "French America" all failed. Sometimes I hate myself
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Level 37
Sep 27, 2018
Excellent quiz.