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Twentieth (20th) Century Quiz


  1. In the early 20th century by what name did we better know the "Militia United in Righteousness"?
  2. What killed anywhere from 20 to 100 million people between 1918 and 1919?
  3. In which American state is Mount St. Helens, which erupted in 1980?
  4. In which Polish city's shipyard was the Solidarity union formed?
  5. In which country did the Mau Mau Uprisings begin in 1952?

  6. In 1967, Harold Holt disappeared while swimming at Cheviot Beach - which office did he hold at the time?
  7. Which year saw The Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War?
  8. Which decade saw the release of the first feature-length animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?
  9. Which year saw the assassination of Mohandas Gandhi and the division of North and South Korea?
  10. Who was British Prime Minister when man first landed on the moon?
  11. Which Egyptian President ordered the nationalization of the Suez Canal, which lead to the Suez crisis?
  12. What was the name of the first artificial Earth satellite which the Soviet Union launched into low Earth orbit in 1957?
  13. Which year saw the Cuban missile crisis, the Beatles' first record and the death of Marilyn Monroe?
  14. In 1953, Mount Everest was climbed for the first time by Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay from Nepal - which country's flag was first raised on Everest?
  15. Which king did Gaddafi overthrow to establish the Libyan Arab Republic?
  16. Which country gained independence from the United States in 1902?
  17. Which ocean liner was sunk on 7 May 1915 by a German U-boat just off the southern coast of Ireland?
  18. In August 1966, the Beatles famously gave their last full public concert at Candlestick Park in which city?
  19. In June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Bosnian Serb nationalist in which European city?
  20. Which year saw both the Challenger and Chernobyl disasters, and the return of Halley's Comet?
  21. In 1924, the death of Vladimir Lenin triggered a power struggle between Joseph Stalin and which other politician?
  22. In 1990, computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web whilst working in which country?
  23. Who became Emperor of Japan in 1926?
  24. In 1927, how many billion did the world population reach: 2, 3, or 4 billion?
  25. During the Spanish Civil War, which city did the Nationalists call "the port of Castile" for its help in receiving military shipments from abroad?


  1. Boxers (Boxer Rebellion in China, 1899 - 1901)
  2. The Spanish Flu
  3. Washington State
  4. Gdansk (under Lech Walesa)
  5. Kenya
  6. Australian Prime Minister
  7. 1975
  8. 1930s (1937)
  9. 1948
  10. Harold Wilson
  11. Nasser (Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein)
  12. Sputnik 1
  13. 1962
  14. The United Kingdom's (because the UK had financed their expedition)
  15. King Idris

  16. Cuba
  17. RMS Lusitania
  18. San Francisco
  19. Sarajevo
  20. 1986
  21. Leon Trotsky
  22. Switzerland (for CERN near Geneva)
  23. Hirohito
  24. 2 billion
  25. Lisbon (Portugal)