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21st Century Quiz

Quiz: People and Events: 2000 to 2023

  1. The solar system was left with how many planets after Pluto was reclassified to a dwarf planet?
  2. In which year were Twitter and Spotify both launched?
  3. As of 2022, which building in the UK is the ninth largest building in the world by usable volume?
  4. Who was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize?
  5. During Holy Week in April 2006, a major fire engulfed what building?
  6. Who almost always went to work wearing a black long-sleeved mock turtleneck and Levi's 501 blue jeans?
  7. Which country became the first in the world to legalise same-sex marriage?
  8. In which year did the UK vote to leave the EU in a summer referendum?
  9. Which event in May 19, 2018, had an estimated global audience of nearly 2 billion?
  10. What name was given to the series of anti-government protests and rebellions in the early 2010s across much of the Arab world?

  11. The LHC sits 100 metres underground on the France-Swiss border. What does the 'C' stand for?
  12. After paying a lot of money, Dennis Tito becomes the first what?
  13. Which region of Europe declared independence on October 27, 2017?
  14. WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested in 2019 after seven years in which country's London embassy?
  15. Which cryptocurrency was launched in January 2009?
  16. George Floyd lost his life in which American city?
  17. Elon Musk's 'Space Exploration Technologies Corp.' is commonly referred to by what name?
  18. Which country hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2010?
  19. In 2008 which motor company launched the first mass production lithium-ion battery electric car?
  20. In which year did Scotland vote to remain part of the UK in an independence referendum?
  21. In July, 2015, the United States opened an embassy in which country, the first after five decades?
  22. Ian Payne of Brentford complained to The Times newspaper blaming their first publication of what on November 12, 2004, for causing him to miss his tube stop?
  23. How old was Michael Jackson when he died in Los Angeles in June, 2009?
  24. Sanna Marin was the world's youngest serving prime minister. She was PM of which country from 2019 to 2023?
  25. What name did Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina take when elected pope?
  26. Which digital optical disc data storage format designed to replace DVD was released worldwide on June 20, 2006?
  27. Thirty-three miners were trapped for 69 days in 2010 inside the San Jose Mine in which country?
  28. Which sporting legend died on December 29, 2022, at the age of 82?
  29. Which company in 2018 becomes the first public company to be worth one trillion dollars?
  30. How old was Queen Elizabeth II when she passed away at Balmoral Castle on the 8 September 2022?
  31. Which country was first to land a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon?
  32. Which developed country became the first to default the International Monetary Fund?


  1. Eight planets
  2. 2006
  3. The O2 (originally the Millennium Dome)
  4. Barack Obama
  5. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris
  6. Steve Jobs
  7. The Netherlands (April 2001)
  8. 2016
  9. The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
  10. The Arab Spring
  11. Collider (Large Hadron Collider)
  12. Space tourist (who went aboard the International Space Station)
  13. Catalonia
  14. Ecuador's
  15. Bitcoin
  16. Minneapolis
  17. SpaceX
  18. South Africa
  19. Tesla Motors
  20. 2014
  21. Cuba
  22. Sudoku puzzle
  23. 50
  24. Finland
  25. Pope Francis
  26. Blu-ray
  27. Chile
  28. Pele
  29. Apple
  30. 96 years
  31. China
  32. Greece