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Today in History Quiz Questions

  1. What took place on 19 November 1994 for the first time?
  2. What ended on the 14 June 1982?
  3. On the 9th of October 1967, what did transport Minister, Barbara Castle, introduce?
  4. Britain’s King Edward VIII renounced the throne in a radio broadcast to the nation on 11 December of which year?
  5. What was opened on 5 December 1958 by then Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan? Nearly £3 million was spent on its construction.

  6. On which date in June did Allied forces invade Nazi-Occupied France at Normandy on D-Day?
  7. On the 28 November, 1919, who was elected Member of Parliament for Plymouth, Devon?
  8. What was the big news event of 12 April, 1961?
  9. What was signed on the 15 June, 1215?
  10. What news shocked the world on 8 December, 1980?
  11. On the 23 April, 1616, William Shakespeare died, which novelist and playwright had died just the day before?
  12. On July 30, 2003, the last one came off the production belt in Mexico, over 21 million had been produced after first being introduced in 1938. What was it?
  13. Who was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii?
  14. Destruction of the Berlin Wall began on 9 November of which year?
  15. It was said that "December 7th is a day that will forever live in infamy". Why?
  16. Which ship docked at the Port of Tilbury, near London, on 21 June 1948?
  17. Who was assasinated on the 14 September 1901, in Buffalo, New York?
  18. Who was released on February 11, 1990?
  19. Which company was founded on 31 December 1600? It was the largest and most powerful company the world has ever seen.
  20. Which controversial book was published on 24 November 1859?
  21. On the 6 May, 1954, what was broken?
  22. What was opened on November 17, 1869?
  23. On April 6, of which year, did the American Congress pass a resolution declaring war on Germany?
  24. Which event dominated the news on the 22nd of September, 1963?
  25. What day came after Wednesday 2nd September 1752 - was it Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th, or Thursday 14th?


  1. UK National Lottery (presented by Noel Edmonds)
  2. Falklands War
  3. The breathalyser
  4. 1936
  5. First motorway in UK - the Preston Bypass
  6. 6th of June
  7. Nancy Astor (Britain’s first woman MP to take her seat)
  8. First human being to travel in space - Yuri Gagarin
  9. The Magna Carta (was signed at Runnymede, England)
  10. John Lennon was murdered in New York
  11. Miguel de Cervantes (author of Don Quixote)
  12. The last Volkswagen Beetle
  13. Barack Hussein Obama II
  14. 1989
  15. Attack on Pearl Harbor
  16. HMT Empire Windrush
  17. President William McKinley
  18. Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years

  19. East India Company
  20. The Origin Of Species (by Charles Darwin)
  21. The four-minute mile (by Roger Bannister)
  22. Suez Canal was opened to navigation (chief developer was Ferdinand de Lesseps)
  23. 1917
  24. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated (in Dallas, Texas)
  25. Thursday 14th ('lost' 11 days of September 1752, when Britain changed over from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar)