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 Questions - Set 118 - 1980's History

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1 What was the name of the NASA Space Shuttle that exploded in 1985 after take off?

2 The Iran Contra affair involved the USA intervening in which country?

3 In 1986, the UK separated it's parliament with which 2 Commonwealth countries?

4 Which political leader took power of the USSR in 1985?

5 Mount St Helens erupted in what year of the Eighties?

6 What was the name of the Egyptian President, assassinated in 1980?

7 In 1984, the IRA attempted to assassinate Margaret Thatcher in which Brighton

8 Ronald Reagan won how many US Presidential elections in the 80s?

9 Which pioneering budget airliner went bust in 1982?

10 The Rose and Globe were rediscovered in 1989. What were they?

11 In 1982, a temperature of -27.2C was recorded in which country of the UK?

12 What was the name of the Argentine cruiser sunk in the Falklands Conflict by
HMS Conqueror?

13 In 1986, which major road project was opened by Margaret Thatcher?

14 Williams, Rodgers, Jenkins and Owen were nicknamed collectively by which phrase, after forming the Social Democratic Party?

15 The London Marathon was first held in which year of the Eighties?

16 What was the name of the Women's peace camp where there were campaigns against nuclear weapons being sited in the UK?

17 A bolt of lightning caused extensive damage in 1984 to which building in Yorkshire?

18 In which year did Margaret Thatcher become the longest running 20th Century Prime Minister?

19 Which Health Minister caused a storm over claims that British eggs were infected with Salmonella?

20 What change of currency was introduced in the United Kingdom in 1983?


1 Challenger
2 Nicaragua
3 Australia and New Zealand
4 Mikhail Gorbachev
5 1980
6 Anwar Sadat
7 The Grand Hotel
8 Two (1980 and 1984)
9 Laker Airways
10 Theatres
11 Scotland (Aberdeenshire)
12 The General Belgrano
13 The M25 (London Orbital Motorway)
14 The Gang of Four
15 1981 (29 March)
16 Greenham Common
17 York Minster
18 1988
19 Edwina Currie
20 The Introduction of the One Pound Coin

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