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75 Years of Recent History Quiz

1946 Who made a speech that first spoke of the Iron Curtain’?  

1947 What role did Stafford Cripps take on at the end of the year?   

1948 What new Middle Eastern state was declared in May?   

1949 What body was established to unite a number of nations against the Soviet threat?  

1950 What war broke out in this year?  

1951 Which two British diplomats spying for the USSR fled to Moscow?  

1952 What royal event occurred in February?  

1953 Who conquered Everest and in what month?   

1954 What happened on the Bikini Atoll?

1955 What was launched this year?

1956 What contest was first held in Switzerland this year?

1957 What Pandemic started in Feb of this year?  

1958 What did Bertrand Russell launch in this year?

1959 What central American country went Communist?  

1960 What war broke out this year?

1961 Who became the new US President in January?

1962 Who did Decca Records famously reject in January?

1963 Who became PM in October?

1964 What was the Beatles first US No.1 single in February?

1965 Whose state funeral was conducted in January?

1966 What was televised for the first time in April?

1967 What was first pumped ashore in March?

1968 What famous figure was shot dead on April 4th?

1969 What famous iconic jet is flown for the first time in February?

1970 What country severed itself from the Commonwealth and declared itself a republic?

1971 What now famous educational institution opened in January?

1972 What hand-held scientific instrument was first introduced this year?

1973 What first communication was made in April?

1974 Where did two bombings occur in England in November?

1975 What famous ground-breaking company was established in April?

1976 What first commercial flight occurred in January?

1977 What royal celebration occurred this year?

1978 What famous radio series was first broadcast in March?

1979 Philips demonstrated what publicly for the first time?

1980 What famous hand-held puzzle first made its debut?

1981 What famous race first occurred in March of this year?

1982 What famous early personal computer was launched in January?

1983 What spacecraft was launched on its maiden voyage in April?

1984 What secondary education exam changed to what?

1985 What did Vodaphone first launch in January?

1986 What special child was born in April?

1987 What special envoy was kidnapped in January (& held nearly four years)?

1988 What famous national grouping collapsed in February?

1989 What craft was launched into space in February?

1990 What famous person was released from prison in February?

1991 What invasion provoked what war?

1992 What did Bush & Yeltsin agree in February?

1993 What two US rivers caused major flooding in February on?  

1994 What famous construction opened in May?

1995 What coming together was there in space in June?

1996 What ‘special animal’ was born in July?

1997 Who came famously to power in the May election?

1998 What famous Internet company was founded in September?

1999 What currency was established in January 1st?

2000 What research project was announced in July?

2001 What UK outbreak started in February?

2002 What famous royal funeral occurred in April?

2003 What war began in March?

2004 What was the first ever recorded South Atlantic tropical cyclone?

2005 What Internet entertainment form was launched in February?

2006 What country’s population reached 300 million this year?

2007 What did Steve Jobs introduce in January?

2008 What occurred fuelled by the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis?

2009 What ‘finance system’ first appeared?

2010 What Internet posts were launched in October?

2011 Which terrorist death occurred on May 2nd?

2012 What print edition was discontinued in March?

2013 Who spilled the beans on US intelligence and fled to Russia?

2014 What virus outbreak occurred in West Africa?

2015 With whom did the US re-establish full diplomatic relations in July?

2016 What monumental UK event occurred in June?

2017 Which non-politician obtained high political office?

2018 Who went south for the first time in April?

2019 Who beat England in the Rugby World Cup?  

2020 Why did New South Wales declare a state of emergency?