Can You Answer These Questions About the Year 1995?
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz
The 1990s were truly a blessed decade in world history. The Berlin Wall had fallen in the late 1980s, and with the end of the Cold War, peace came to large swaths of Eastern Europe, and freedom was extended to millions. Huge markets opened up as China, India and other nations of the developing world began to realize their true potential. The threat of Islamist terrorism was still considered a remote one and even the Middle East was - as that region goes - relatively quiet. Thanks to the liberation of millions as well as the inclusion in the formal economy and workplace of vastly more women thanks to feminism starting to realize its potential, the stock market boomed. Times were good and optimism was high. It didn't last long, but it sure felt good while it did.
Still, there were events during the decade that were notable, as relatively peaceful and stable as it was. From notable bombings to the photographing of Jupiter to the end of the Yugoslavian civil war to the founding of companies that shaped the rising internet, seeds were sown and journeys begun that continue to ripple in our lives today. How well do you remember them?
What was the average price of a house in the USA, in thousands of dollars?
The average house cost just over $113,000 in 1995. The house price explosion since then is a main reason it has become exponentially harder to get on the housing ladder.
What treaty did 170 countries agree to extend indefinitely?
Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
170 nations agreed to this in New York at the UN. The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty means they commit not to develop or build further types of nukes if they already have them, or any type at all if they don't.
What Israeli PM was murdered by a right wing extremist?
Rabin had previously been fairly hardcore himself, but had matured and come to see the value of talking to your former enemy and making peace. That's why he was shot, by an extremist who did not like him getting "soft" in that way.
What milestone did the Dow Jones break through for the first time?
The '90s were not all clear sailing, but they mostly were. While naturally the parties in charge claim credit for this, it's possibly just luck due to technological change and the arrival in the global economy of billions of women and a whole lot of countries previously too poor to participate.
DVD or Digital Versatile Disc came along in 1995 hoping to replace the much bigger VHS. It was better because you didn't have to rewind it and took up less space, but in all other respects it was kind of a crappy and fragile technology that peaked quickly before streaming began to eat into its popularity.
Who was the British Prime Minister for the whole of 1995?
Margaret Thatcher was pushed out in 1990, and Major took over after a hard-fought leadership contest in which he was the only contender who wasn't a terrible person. Nobody really liked him but nobody really hated him either, and he's not very memorable. Even in Britain, people think of Thatcher and Blair, either side of him, as being far more significant.
What program came to our computers and transformed the PC experience?
Microsoft was asleep at the switch when it came to the internet, but not when it came to the operating system. They knew everyone wanted better than DOS or the early Windows versions. That's why Windows 1995 was such a revelation.
Which of the below did NOT join the European Union in 1995?
The EU has 27 countries at the moment and was adding them rapidly in the 1990s. These three wealthy nations were considered quite a "get", though in practice since they were already in the trade area, hardly anything changed about daily life.
What very important international trade group was founded?
World Trade Organization
The governing body of international markets, the WTO is essential for keeping world trade functioning. It handles currency, tariffs, intellectual property, and other disputes between nations. The normal way these things were handled, historically, was with a war, so most people were quite excited.
What happened to Burmese dissident Aung Sung Suu Kyi?
She was shot.
She was freed from house arrest.
Aung Sung Suu Kyi was a great figure in Myanmar who won the Nobel prize for her peaceful overturning of the military junta. The tragedy of recent years is that now she is Myanmar's leader, ethnic cleansing is still happening there on her watch, against the Rohingya mintority.
Other than Quebec, what other territory rejected indepedence in a referendum in 1995?
The island of Bermuda is under British rule and has been for hundreds of years. The people of Bermuda are mostly OK with this right now, which makes sense since they have many of the advantages of British government - without the weather!