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Ten of the most significant events of the last thousand years of history. It's possible to add many more questions including Marco Polo and his travels to Asia, the Magna Carter, Martin Luther's Reformation and the Battle of Waterloo - the milestone list goes on.

10 Milestones in History

  1. Which explorer is best known for planning and leading the 1519 Spanish expedition to the East Indies across the Pacific, which resulted in the first circumnavigation of the Earth?
  2. Who introduced printing to Europe with his mechanical movable-type printing press which produced the first printed version of the Bible in 1455?
  3. The Black Death, which was the most fatal pandemic recorded in human history, was in which century?
  4. In 793 came Britain's first recorded Viking raid, bringing ruin and slaughter to which island?

  5. The Gunpowder Plot was an attempt by Catholic plotters to assassinate which king?
  6. In which year did Queen Victoria become Queen, hence the start of the Victorian era?
  7. At the start of which century did the world's population reach 1 billion?
  8. In which month of 1945 did the Allies accepted Germany's unconditional surrender?
  9. Which number Apollo mission was the first crewed mission to land on the Moon, on 20 July 1969?
  10. Who proposed a new information management system at CERN in 1989, which became the World Wide Web?


  1. Ferdinand Magellan
  2. Johannes Gutenberg
  3. 14th-century (peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351)
  4. Lindisfarne or Holy Island
  5. James I
  6. 1837
  7. 19th-century (about 1804)
  8. May

  9. 11 - Apollo 11
  10. Tim Berners-Lee

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