How Well Do You Remember the Events of the 2010s?

By: Beth Hendricks

How Well Do You Remember the Events of the 2010s?
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About This Quiz

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ... Wait, somebody beat us to that opener. (Kudos, Charles Dickens.) But it's true. We saw remarkable events and progress dot the past 10 years, as well as heartbreaking moments. 

We cheered when Chicago's beloved baseball franchise broke its 108-year World Series drought to win its third title. We celebrated when we got a new piece of technology we could take with us to stay connected anywhere. We were awed by the first orbit of Mercury and a notable number of female representatives taking office. We cried happy tears when three dozen miners were rescued from certain death. 

But we also experienced devastation. We were heartbroken by mass shootings that became too common, with the faces of kindergarteners and concert-goers plastered on 24-hour news cycles. We were baffled by the disappearance of an entire aircraft, and we kind of still are. We lost ... oh, we lost ... humanitarians, celebrated writers, even popular television shows.

As we bid farewell to the decade known as the 2010s and look ahead to the futuristic-sounding 2020s, we want to test your recall. How much do you remember about these political moments, tech breakthroughs, medical advancements and sports shockers? Time travel with us as we look back over the past 10 years ... just as we look ahead to the next 10. Let's go!

3-Prince-William This famous couple wed at Westminster Abbey in mid-2011. Who are they?
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Nick and Vanessa Lachey
Prince William and Kate Middleton
In 2019, Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrated eight years of wedded bliss after marrying in what many deemed the "Wedding of the Century" at Westminster Abbey. The couple now has three children.

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13-Chicago-Cubs After 108 years, this professional sports franchise finally won its third world title. Which team are we referring to?
Toronto Raptors
Philadelphia Eagles
Chicago Cubs
After celebrating a World Series win in 1908, it only took 108 years for fans of the Chicago Cubs to celebrate another world title, in 2016. This victory put an end to the well-publicized Curse of the Billy Goat.
New York Yankees

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14-Nelson-Mandela This anti-apartheid revolutionary passed away in 2013. What was his name?
Muhammad Ali
Mahatma Gandhi
Mubarak Awad
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for nearly 30 years for fighting apartheid in his home country of South Africa. Following his release in 1990, Mandela was elected president of his country. He passed away in 2013.

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10-Pope-Francis This leader was elected to his new position in 2013, and he has amassed 18 million Twitter followers since. Who is he?
King Salman of Saudi Arabia
Pope Francis
Pope Francis was elected to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned in early 2013. Pope Francis became the 266th Roman Catholic pontiff and the first from the Americas.
Donald Trump
Barack Obama

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12-Trump In a 2016 election, this businessman and reality TV star won in an upset. Who was it?
Narendra Modi
Vladimir Putin
Donald Trump
Republican candidate Donald Trump defeated frontrunner and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election for U.S. president. Trump's election set off what has been nearly four years of contentious relationships between party members on both sides of the aisle.
Justin Trudeau

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15-Oprah It was the end of an era of television when this show went off the air in 2011, after more than 4,500 episodes. What was it called?
"Mad Men"
"The Price Is Right"
"The Oprah Winfrey Show"
It was 2011 when Oprah Winfrey signed off the air from "The Oprah Winfrey Show," after 25 seasons and more than 4,500 episodes. The show's finale was split between two episodes, with more than 13,000 people in attendance.
"Lost"

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32-BlackPanther Wakanda Forever! Which box office hit took over the cinematic universe in 2018?
"The Grinch"
"Incredibles 2"
"Black Panther"
Grossing more than $1.3 billion worldwide, "Black Panther" saw unprecedented success for a movie based on a comic book. It earned seven Academy Award nominations and three wins, marking the first time a superhero film was nominated for Best Picture.
"Jumanji"

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8-Colorado Colorado was one of the first states to legalize this in 2012. What is it?
Gambling
Abortion
Same-sex marriage
Marijuana
In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize the sale and recreational use of marijuana. Since then, it has been legalized in a handful of additional states.

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2-Soldiers SEAL Team Six took out the world's most wanted terrorist in May 2011. Who are we talking about?
Saddam Hussein
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Osama bin Laden
Ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for, U.S. Special Forces raided a compound and killed him. The operation took less than an hour but required years of preparation.
Bashar al-Assad

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5-Oil-Spill The worst oil spill in U.S. history was the result of this rig exploding in April 2010. What was its name?
Borgland Dolphin
Deepwater Horizon
When the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, it set off a chain reaction that resulted in 3.19 million barrels of oil contaminating the water. The explosion itself killed 11 people.
Perdido
Viking Producer

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1-Ipad This piece of portable technology we didn't know we needed debuted in 2010. What was it?
AirPods
iPad
In 2010, the first generation of the Apple iPad made its debut. The portable tablet computer was announced in January and available for purchase in April, with a price starting at $499. Today, we are on our seventh generation of the device.
Apple Watch
iPod

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6-Space-Shuttle Thirty years of history came to an end with the dismantling of this program in 2011. What was it?
The Internal Revenue Service
The Small Business Administration
The Space Shuttle Program
After 30 years of human space flights, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration disabled its Space Shuttle program in 2011. The final space mission, captained by Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson, flew a 13-day mission in July 2011.
The U.S. Postal Service

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7-Protest The acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013 spawned which of these national movements?
#ShareACoke
#MeToo
#BlackLivesMatter
George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin launched a nationwide campaign, #BlackLivesMatter, that is still ongoing today. Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013.
#IceBucketChallenge

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11-Airplane This in from the flight deck: What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March 2014?
Nothing — there was no Flight 370.
It made the longest transatlantic flight.
It vanished.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stumped all of us when it essentially vanished from radar in March of 2014. While nearly 250 passengers and crew members are presumed dead, little information has come to light about the fate of the vanished aircraft.
It crashed.

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16-Tech-Company A very social company updated its status to "publicly traded" in May 2012. What business are we talking about?
Google
Facebook
Facebook went public in May 2012, in one of the world's most highly-anticipated initial public offerings in history. Despite the anticipation, results were not quite what investors expected, but the company is still chugging along.
Twitter
Instagram

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17-signing-bill This federal statute was signed into law in 2010 by then-President Barack Obama. What was it called?
Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was signed into law by then-President Barack Obama in 2010. Over the next four to six years, major provisions of the act were implemented, and more people were able to obtain health coverage.
50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act
Patriot Act
Megan's Law

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18-football The start of the 2015 NFL season was tainted with this controversy surrounding the New England Patriots. What was it called?
PEDSgate
Spygate
Bountygate
Deflategate
There have been lots of -gates in the NFL, so if you're having trouble keeping up, you're not alone. 2015 saw Deflategate taking center stage in NFL news, with the New England Patriots' Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension for supposedly deflated footballs.

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19-Mayan-Calendar Some people thought the Mayan Calendar predicted this cataclysmic event for December 2012. What was it?
Hurricane Harvey
A worldwide flood
Y2K
The end of the world
Well, it's several years later, and we're still here, so that prediction was a little off. People were concerned about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world in December 2012, but it was simply the arbitrary end of that calendar's cycle. Clearly, nothing to worry about.

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20-blue-black-dress We saw it. You saw it. This dress took over social media in 2015. What was the big debate about?
Who wore it best
Who designed it
What size it was
What color it was
The question surrounding this dress on social media in 2015 was, "What color is it, exactly?" Some people saw black and blue, while others saw gold and white. Well, it's four years later ... what do YOU see?

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21-rainbow-flag The U.S. Supreme Court made a splash in 2015 when it ruled this to be unconstitutional. What was it?
Slavery
Abortion
Ban on gay marriage
In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court tackled the issue of gay marriage, declaring state laws banning same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. Members of the Supreme Court said that such bans violated U.S. citizens' 14th Amendment rights.
Burning books

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22-GOT Which 2015 television show had people wondering about Jon Snow's fate?
"Empire"
"Grey's Anatomy"
"Game of Thrones"
"Mother's Mercy" was the "Game of Thrones" season 5 finale that left fans and viewers wondering if Jon Snow was indeed dead. Of course, it IS television, and Snow was miraculously resurrected just in time for the next season.
"The Walking Dead"

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23-Volkswagon Which automaker found itself in the midst of an emissions scandal in September 2015?
Ford
GMC
Volkswagen
German auto manufacturer Volkswagen, or VW, found itself embroiled in controversy in late 2015 when the EPA accused them of violating the Clean Air Act. VW leaders later admitted to circumventing the emissions control system in some of its vehicles.
Mercedes

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24-Miners A mining incident in this country in 2010 made for tense conditions for 69 days. Where did it happen?
Canada
Spain
Chile
The Chilean mining accident occurred in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The world waited and worried while 33 miners were trapped 2,300 feet below ground, following a mine collapse. After 69 days, they were successfully rescued.
Germany

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25-Concert What type of event were attendees enjoying in Las Vegas before a shooter opened fire in 2017?
A government meeting
A football game
A cruise
A concert
The Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas turned into a war zone after a gunman opened fire on concertgoers. Nearly 60 people were killed and more than 400 injured as a result of the incident.

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26-Queen Which of these royals celebrated their Diamond Jubilee in 2012?
Prince Harry
Prince Charles
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Queen Elizabeth II
Long after ascending to the throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II marked her 60th anniversary with a Diamond Jubilee in February 2012. Elizabeth II is the queen of the United Kingdom and its territories.

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27-Kneeling A physical action of some NFL players sparked outrage among some fans in the 2017 season. Which of these was it?
Frowning
Swearing
Tackling
Kneeling
Sparked by San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick, NFL players across the league began kneeling during the National Anthem as a form of protest against perceived police brutality. Initially, Kaepernicks' protest involved sitting on the bench; then it evolved to the more famous kneel.

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28-Hurricane Three of the five most costly hurricanes in U.S. history hit Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017. What were their names?
Katrina, Ike and Nina
Harvey, Irma and Maria
2017 was a busy hurricane season, hitting parts of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Harvey, Irma and Maria were active between August and October of that year. Those names have been retired and replaced with Harold, Idalia and Margot, respectively.
Peter, Paul and Mary
Michael, Andrew and Katrina

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How Good Is Your Medical Vocabulary An outbreak of this virus in West Africa in 2014 made headlines. What was it?
Measles
HIV
Ebola
An outbreak of the Ebola virus hit West Africa in 2014, sparking fears across the globe. Experts at the World Health Organization believe the outbreak started as the result of interaction with wild animals.
Salmonella

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30-Protest In 2018, this hashtag was first used to represent awareness of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Which of these is it?
#YouToo
#StopNow
#NoMeansNo
#MeToo
The #MeToo movement has empowered women who are survivors of sexual harassment or sexual assault. The hashtag started gaining traction after allegations against Hollywood insider Harvey Weinstein surfaced.

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31-handcuffs It took decades, but they finally caught this serial killer in 2018. What was he known as?
Green River Killer
Happy Face Killer
BTK
Golden State Killer
The Golden State Killer had tormented areas of California during his reign of terror, evading authorities since 1974. In 2018, Joseph James DeAngelo, a former police officer, was arrested in the case.

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4-Marathon In 2013, a bombing at this sporting event killed three and injured several hundred people. At what event did it happen?
World Series
New York City Marathon
Boston Marathon
Bombs at the Boston Marathon in April 2013 were detonated near the race's finish line, just before 3 p.m. Brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev orchestrated the plot. Tamerlan was killed during a police shootout; Dzhokhar was found guilty in court and sentenced to the death penalty.
Summer Olympics

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33-Ginger Gingers, rejoice! 2018 saw the addition of these to our smartphone keyboards. What are they?
Redhead faceswaps
Redhead filters
Freckle emojis
Redhead emojis
After years of being slighted, redheads finally got emojis that matched their appearance with the new emoji rollout in 2018. Now gingers can convey their emotions in text, just like the rest of us.

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34-Government-Shutdown This incident went on for more than a month, from December 2018 to January 2019. What was it?
Federal government shutdown
The federal government shutdown started on December 22, 2018, and concluded on January 25, 2019, during which time some offices, including the Internal Revenue Service, were shut down. It was the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history.
A blizzard in the Northeast
A strike by NBA players
Replacement refs in the NFL

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35-Female-Politician In 2019, more than 100 women embarked on this journey together. What was it?
Sworn into the 116th Congress
A quarter of the 116th Congress, which convened in 2019, were women – the highest percentage in U.S. history. Exactly 102 women, comprising 23.4% of the voting body, took office to represent their districts in the House of Representatives.
Attended a rally in Washington, D.C.
Walked from coast to coast for charity
Protested equal pay at the state level

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9-Sandy-Hook It remains the United States' deadliest shooting at a primary or secondary school. Where did this 2012 event take place?
Santana High School
Stoneman Douglas High School
Columbine High School
Sandy Hook Elementary School
Nearly 30 people, including 20 six- and seven-year-old children, were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. It remains the deadliest shooting at a primary or secondary school in the history of the United States and prompted debate about gun control laws in the country.

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