Do You Know Which of These Historical Events Came First? II

HISTORY

John Miller

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

“We shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…”

When citizens of the Western world heard those words from Winston Churchill during World War II, they knew they were witnesses to history. Do you think you’re a good judge of history’s biggest moments? In our quiz, we’ll see if you really understand the chronology of major events in human history.

Everyone knows that George Washington led his men into battle long before another George -- Patton -- stormed into the Battle of the Bulge. And of course, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki preceded the Tet Offensive by several decades. But do you really know the dates in history’s spates of violence?

You probably know some of humankind’s biggest inventions, from famous drugs to digital innovations, but do you know which ones came first? Was AOL a computer trailblazer before Yahoo? Or was it the other way around?

You know that women’s suffrage preceded the Civil Rights movement … but do know which events really changed the course of the ‘60s? And do you really recall the pivotal moments of the ‘80s and ‘90s?

In our history quiz, we’ll see if you really know the context and dates of humankind’s turning points. Turn back the pages in your mind and take our history quiz now!

Which of the following important events happened first?

America elected Franklin Roosevelt president in 1932. He served in office from 1933 to 1945, guiding the country through the Great Depression and World War II, which ended shortly after his death.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In March 1963, the Beatles released their first album, "Please Please Me." Within months, Beatlemania began sweeping the Earth, and pop culture was never the same again.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright sent their first aircraft into the skies. Their succesful invention sparked more interest in the newfangled machines, which revolutionized transportation in short order.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

Baseball has a long and storied history -- the first World Series happened in 1903, eight years before the first Indy 500. The Boston Americans won the Series over the Pittsburgh Pirates, five games to three.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In 1861, seven southern states seceded from the Union, triggering the start of the American Civil War. It was the bloodiest war in American history, worse even than World War II.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In January 1967, the NFL held its first AFL-NFL World Championship Game (later called the Super Bowl), pitting the Packers versus the Chiefs. The Packers won 35 to 10 and cemented their iconic status in pro football history.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

The Confederacy just wouldn't die. On April 14, 1865, as the Civil War was drawing to a close, a Southern fanatic shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln. The assassin escaped. Two weeks later, he died in a gun battle with Union troops.;

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Which of the following important events happened first?

It was a giant leap for mankind. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin reached the climax of NASA's Apollo 11 mission, landing safely on the moon. The event was broadcast live all over the world.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In 1933, German president Paul von Hindenberg appointed Adolf Hitler as German chancellor. Within two years, Hitler consolidated his power into a virtual dictatorship, and from there, it was all downhill for Germany.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In 1789, the French wondered why Americans were having all of the fun. After witnessing the Americans casting off British rule, the French decided to revolt against their monarchy, and they succeeded, creating their own brand of democracy.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In March 1989, an oil tanker named the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska and spilled nearly 11 million gallons of oil into the water. It was one of the worst environmental disasters of the '80s, impacting wildlife and people all over the coast.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In May 1927, a daring pilot named Charles Linburgh flew solo from New York to Paris in about 34 hours. He was just 25 years old and instantly became a worldwide celebrity.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

An uncontrollable reaction began an incredible series of events in the USSR, and within days, it became clear -- the Chernobyl nuclear disaster would become a turning point in human history. The ruined nuke plant released hundreds of times more radioactive material than the WWII atomic bombings of Japan.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In November 1963, President Kennedy's motorcade crawled through the streets of Dallas. Then, a sniper's bullets zipped through the air. Kennedy's death marked a dark turn in American history and fueled the chaos of the '60s.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In 1917, the Russian Civil War tore the country to shreds and slowly gave rise to the Soviet Union. Untold millions of people died, and most of them were civilians.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In February 1929, scientist Alexander Fleming realized that a bit of mold had killed off many of the staphylococcus bacteria in one of his cultures. His inadvertent discovery led to the development of penicillin, which revolutionized medicine in the 20th century.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

"In 1989, Chinese rebels rose up in support of democracy and were summarily crushed by Communist leaders. The Tiananmen Square Massacre resulted in perhaps 10,000 civilians deaths, but so long as oppressive Communists rule the country, the true numbers will never be known.%0D"

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Which of the following important events happened first?

On December 7, 1941, a masterful Japanese attack smashed U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor. The United States immediately declared war, and the Pacific Theater of WWII became a bloody quagmire of immense proportions.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In 1971, a computer programmer named Ray Tomlinson sent an electronic message from one computer to another machine in the same room. It's often recognized as the first email in history, so if you're having problems with spam, you know who to blame.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In the early 1960s, black voters faced all kinds of discrimination when they tried to cast their votes. In 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which went a long way towards making elections fairer (and safer) for minorities.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In hindsight, maybe filling giant balloons with explosive gases wasn't such a good idea, after all. But before a huge German airship named the Hindenburg went down in flames in 1937, the balloons seemed to be a fantastic form of transportation.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In 1972, Germany held the Summer Olympics in Munich. But the games were ruined by Palestinian terrorists who killed 11 Israeli athletes and a German police officer, creating an international crisis.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In 2011, a powerful earthquake and tsunami ravaged large parts of Japan. Nearly 16,000 people died, and the temblors caused meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

Who cares about the British, anyway? Hitler was exasperated as his military's inability to bring the English to heel during WWII, so he opted to start Operation Barbarossa on June 22, 1941. The operation invaded the USSR, a plan that, in hindsight, probably wasn't such a good idea.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In 2004, Islamic militants burst into a school in a Russian-controlled area of Beslan, North Ossetia. The 34 gunmen held teachers and children hostage for three days, but then Russian forces stormed the the building. A jaw-dropping 334 innocent civilians were killed in the gunfight that followed.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

At the end of May 1940, Nazi forces trapped a huge contingent of British and French troops against the Atlantic coast. Hundreds of tiny boats from Britain crossed the English Channel to save the troops in what is now called the Miracle of Dunkirk. More than 300,000 troops were rescued, and many of them would make a difference later in WWII.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina spiraled its way through the Gulf of Mexico and into New Orleans and Mississippi, devastating communities all along the coast. More than 1,800 people died, and the storm caused upwards of $120 billion in property damage.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In April 1975, two geeks named Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their little software company eventually became a titan of the computer software industry.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In June 1876, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his 700-strong force did battle with an Indian alliance in Montana. Poor intelligence led Custer to underestimate Indian numbers, and he and his men were slaughtered in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

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Which of the following important events happened first?

In 1997, Princess Diana (of Wales) was killed in a terrible high-speed car accident. Her death sparked an outpouring of grief all over the world.

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