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Top Events of the Millenium

Enter an answer into the box. The following is a list of roughly 100 important events in the last 1000 years. I pillaged the list from FactMonster but freely admit to editorial control. The list is Anglo-American centric and tilts toward the modern era. The clues are mine.
Last updated: December 30, 2013
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1066, Every English student should know this event. The French actually win this battle on English soil or are they really Norse.
Battle of Hastings
1095, Pope Urban II tells the people of Europe to go on the first of many ________________ to save the Holy Land. It results in more raping and pillaging than saving.
1125, the start of construction of the ________________ in Cambodia. A place of pilgrimage for Hindus and then Buddhists and now a side trip for tourists tired of Bangkok.
Angor Wat
1206, He starts to create the world's largest land empire and goes on to become the ancestor of 1 in 200 people today.
Genghis Khan
1215, A bunch of nobles force King John to sign this piece of paper. Apparently this is the start of English democracy despite the lack of input from the peasantry.
Magna Carta
1271, This Venetian finds the Silk Road to China, spends time with the Kublai Khan and returns home in time to be thrown in jail.
Marco Polo
1273, He wrote Summa Theologica, a everything you wanted to know about Catholic theology but were afraid to ask guide.
Thomas Aquinas
1347, Spreading across Europe, it wipes out about half the population causing a labour shortage and helping end feudalism.
Black Death
1387, A classic of English literature whose bawdy tales will titilate undergrads and high school students for a millennium. Name author and title.
Geoffrey Chaucer Canterbury Tales
1398, The start of his last military campaign, this general managed to build an empire from modern Turkey to Delhi, from the Indian Ocean to north of the Aral Sea. His series of wars managed to kill 5% off the world's population at the time. Not bad for a man who couldn't walk.
1438, An empire is created in Andean highlands. Their rope bridges are still operational
Incan Empire
1453, The fall of this city and its subsequent name change prompted a song by "They Might Be Giants".
1455, His invention led to Bibles now worth about $25 million.
Johannes Gutenberg
1492, He sailed the ocean blue bringing small pox to the Americas and returning to Europe with syphilis.
Christopher Columbus
1509, Michelangelo was lying down on the job here. Tourist aren't allowed to do the same. If they do they risk the back hand of a priest or nun while viewing the hand of God.
Sistine Chapel
1513, He wrote a how to book for a tyrant. Unfortunately, his chosen tyrants, the Borgia and Medici families, didn't hire him.
1517, This monk nails a few theses to a church door and starts a series of religous wars lasting at least 400 years.
Martin Luther
1519, The Spanish arrive to pilage this empire at its height.
Aztec Empire
1520, Suleiman the Magnificient rules an empire at its height. It would take almost 400 years for it to become the sick man of Europe. Appropriately it became a place for the other empires to rest their feet.
Ottoman Empire
1522, This Spanish captain finally proved the world was round by going around it except he didn't make it only his ship did.
Ferdinand Magellan
1543, Much to the chargin of the Catholic Church, Copernicus postulates this type of universe
1582, A creation of Pope Gregory XIII leads to people skipping 10 days of their lives.
Gregorian Calendar
1603, An English playwright creates his masterpiece, Hamlet.
William Shakespeare
1605, Windmills will never be the same as Cervantes creates this, the first modern novel.
Don Quixote
1609, This Italian gentleman looked through a telescope for the first time. He was later said to have spent "A Night at the Opera" with Freddie Mercury
1637, He publishes a Discourse on Method and establishes the idea that thinking is proof of existence.
Rene Descartes
1643, A Mughal emperor builds this tomb for his third wife.
Taj Mahal
1664, An apple falling on his head inspires him to write the Principia Mathematica and establish classical physics.
Isaac Newton
1667, John Milton writes of the fall of man with all its Calvinistic damnation in this book.
Paradise Lost
1684, Despite Newton's counterclaims, Leibniz is generally credited with inventing this form of mathematics.
1688, The English invited a Dutchman to take over the throne from the legitimate English James II in this exuberantly titled act.
Glorious Revolution
1690, The English response to equating thought to existence is published in the Essay Concerningn Human Understanding postulating sense perception precedes thought, thus creating the English - Continental rift in philosophy. The same author helped create a rift between the 13 colonies and England by publising On Liberty.
John Locke
1721, The Brandenburg Concertos are completed by this man.
Johanan Sebastian Bach
1755, The English language becomes standardized with the publication of this man's Dictionary of the English Language. Just in time for it to take over the world.
Samuel Johnson
1775, The Industrail Revoluon is off to the races when this invention reaches its more practical form.
Steam Engine
1776, Some rich men some of whom owned slaves got together to whine over taxes and wrote this.
Declaration of Independence
1776, Destined to be misquoted by capitalist everywhere, the Wealth of Nations is published by this author. They should consult his earlier work, Theory of Moral Sentiments.
Adam Smith
1787, Revered in manner similar to the Ten Commandments in the USA, this document is seldom read but frequently cited by American politicians.
U.S. Constitution
1789, The French Revolution begins with the storming of this prison and the freeing of its seven prisoners.
The Bastille
1792, A Vindication of the Rights of Women is published by this women. She would later give birth to the writer of Frankenstein.
Mary Wollstonecraft
1796, 300 years too late for the Americas, Edward Jenner discovers a vaccine for this disease.
1808, The world's most recognized piece of classical music, the Fitfh Symphony (especially the introduction), is composed by this man.
Ludwig van Beethoven
1815, There is no mention of this battle in the French military museum despite a hallway commerating all Napoleon's other battles.
Battle of Waterloo
1819, This Liberator triumphs at the Battle of Boyaca setting the stage for the eventual indpendence of South America.
Simon Bolivar
1833, The British Empire abolishes this practise and enforce it on the high seas.
1839, Louis Daguerre goes public with this invention; its highly unlikely he would imagine the plethora of teen selfies that would emerge from it.
The Photograph
1842, Using this gas, anesthetic is given for the first time. Amputation would never be the same.
1852, Admiral Perry forces this country to open its ports to trade. Previously they would only trade with the Dutch as the Dutch were willing to desecrate a cross.
1859, On the Origin of Species is published for the first time and the American religious right is still upset. Name the author.
Charles Darwin
1862, Louis Pasteur posits this theory. It takes a while for hospital to understand the implications and require surgeons to be clean.
Germ Theory
1867, Japan ends the rule of these warlords. An inspiration for a novel and mini-series.
1876, This invention is patented and teenage girls are forever grateful as they can gossip into the night.
1879, The night skies are ruined forever as Edison perfects this.
Electric Light Bulb
1885, Chicago builts the first of this type of building which now "grace" city skylines everywhere
1893, New Zealand inspires suffragettes everywhere when it gives womenn this.
The Right to Vote
1895,The Lumiere brothers introduce this and Hollywood is never the same.
The Motion Picture
1895, If the Lumiere brothers didn't bring enough entertainment to the masses, Marconi gave us something more.
Radio Signals
1897, Theodor Herzl lauches this movement and a little over 50 years later the state of Isreal is born.
1900, With the Interpretation of Dreams, this author secularizes the soul, sexualizes childhood, and in general sets back psychology back for almost a century.
Sigmud Freud
1903, With this flight, these brothers start a revolution in travel, lost luggage, and bad food,
The Wright Brothers
1905, This Swiss patent clerk upsets Newtonian physics and everything becomes relative.
Albert Einstein
1907, He introduces cubism and women never look the same. Personally I prefer the blue period.
Pablo Picasso
1911, Ernst Rutherford discovers its stucture without actually seeing it. A solar system in minature apparently.
The Atom
1913, The auto assembly line is introduce and workers can actually afford their own product when this man gives them a living wage of $5 a day.
Henry Ford
1914, This Austrian takes a wrong turn and gives an assasin a second change to succeed and Europe goes to war soon after
Franz Ferdinand
1917, First there was the Mensheviks and then Lenin and this group took power in the Russian Revoluition. Palmer and then Hoover saw them everywhere.
1918, This epidemic kills more people than World War One.
The Spanish Flu
1922, To give us one more reason to drink, James Joyce writes a novel recouting one day in Dublin.
1927, To increae our entertainment options and distract the masses, Philo Farnsworth demonstrates a working model of this and the human brain is never the same.
1927, To give the American religious right one more headache, a Belgian priest Joseph Lemaitre proposes an origins theory. True to Hollywood form, its now a TV show
The Big Bang Theory
1928, Alexander Fleming leaves out mold and discovers a wonder drug. Overuse has limited its effectiveness
1929, Ernst Hubble makes a proposal even Albert Einstein initially won't accept. Its now part of the standard model but raises the question when does it stop.
Expanding Universe
1929, Unlike Hubble economists quickly discover when it stops and things goes black. And just like 2008, the working class pay the price.
Stock Market Crash
1936, In the General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money a solution to the depression is proposed; prime the pump and don't worry about the long term. After all in the long term, we are all dead said the economist whose ideas have justly made a comeback.
John Maynard Keynes
1939, World War II begins when Germany invades this country and the West finally responds. Russia joins Germany in yet again partitioning this country.
1945, For debatable reasons, the US dropped an atomic bomb on these two cities.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
1947, A man dressed in a simple cloth goes on a walk to the sea for some salt and the British Empire grants this country independence.
1949, The "Reds" take over China after long march by this leader
Mao Zedong
1953, These two men discover the structure of DNA. They "forget" to credit Rosalind Franklin.
James Watson and Francis Crick
1954, This court case leads to US racial desegregation.
Brown v Board of Education
1957, America actually increases its education budget as this satalite launch creates starts a space race.
1969, Buzz Aldrin lost the coin toss and followed this man on the moon.
Neil Armstrong
1969, Al Gore was nowhere to be found as this technological marvel begins and strange cat tricks become a world-wide phenomenon.
1989, This falls down and this ideology is discredited. Too bad about the former, it was a great place for graffiti.
Berlin Wall and Communism
1991, An intrepid traveller wakes up hungover and notices a change of flags at the Kremlin and Red Square. Apparently this country broke up while he was travelling through it.
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
1991, An other ideology sputters to an end in South Africa.
level 69
Dec 12, 2013
"Amputation would never be the same." I like that sentence.
level 69
Dec 12, 2013
Still, I think 14 minutes is not enough time. And there are a few spelling mistakes and insufficient answer options here and there - please forgive me for being lazy and not seeking them out.
level 73
Dec 30, 2013
I changed the time to 20 minutes and added a few more answer options.
level 26
Jan 12, 2014
52. I officially hold the record.
level 58
Feb 2, 2014
Wow great quiz you must have put a lot of effort in. There is still some questions such as the stock market one that could do with being polished. But I really enjoyed it one of the best and more challenging quizzes I've taken on Jetpunk.
level 73
Feb 3, 2014
level 82
Apr 18, 2014
Wall St Crash isn't permitted?
level 73
Apr 19, 2014
The clue states the author gave birth to the writer of Frankenstein. Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein and Mary Wollstonecraft gave birth to her as well as writing A Vindication of the Rights of Women.
level 73
Apr 19, 2014
oops replied to the wrong comment. As for this comment, I added wall street crash and wall st crash as a type in, market crash, depression, the depression would also work.
level 82
Apr 18, 2014
Mary Shelley was the author of Frankenstein
level 21
Apr 20, 2014
Good choice of events, but your wording is horribly biased and historically misleading. You should engage in less editorializing of past events and simply relay the events as they happened.
level 73
Apr 20, 2014
the events chosen for the most part weren't mine but Fact Monster. The clues and its editorializing I take credit for ..... if I can't engage in a little amusement, cynicism and satire while making a quiz this big, I wouldn't do it.
level 38
Nov 28, 2018
GREAT Quiz! Should stand as is.