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 Quiz 71. History

1 What important social registry was begun in 1836? - Registration of births, marriages and deaths
2 What was discovered in Klondike, Canada, in 1896? - Gold.
3 What did the town of Long Beach, California, buy from Britain in 1967? - The liner Queen Mary.
4 What wartime position did General Montgomery assume in 1942? - Commander-in-Chief, Middle East.
5 What began operating at Calder Hall in 1956? - A nuclear power station.
6 What famous painting was stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911? - The Mona Lisa.
7 What status did Hawaii assume in 1959? - It became the 50th state of the United States.
8 What nation-wide event took place in England, starting in 1642? - The Civil War.
9 Hong Kong was taken by the British in which year? - 1839.
10 In which year did the Blitz on London start? - 1940.
11 What happened to the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD79? - They were buried under volcanic ash following the eruption of Vesuvius.
12 What did Matthew Webb, the swimmer, achieve in 1875? - He became the first man to swim the English Channel.
13 A raid on London resulted in eight deaths in 1916. What caused them? - An aerial bombardment by Zeppelins.
14 In 1940, the RAF made the first raid on which city? - Berlin.
15 Which Roman landed in Britain in 55 BC? - Julius Caesar.
16 In which English city was Dick Turpin hanged? - York
17 Which treaty in 1957 led to the creation of the EEC? - Treaty of Rome
18 Name the British Prime Minister at the outbreak of WW1? - Herbert Asquith
19 In which city was Terry Waite taken hostage in 1987? - Beirut
20 In which year was the summit of Mount Everest first reached? - 1953




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