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"A number of events for you to try and remember. The date is provided, but can you remember what happened on that date?"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
March 11th 1990 and a young tennis star emerged to woo the crowds. Historian and chief of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments Ted Tinling stated "This wasn't a debut, this was a premiere". Of whom was he talking?
May 15th 1989 saw two men shake hands after relations had grown bad over many years of tension between the two communist powers. This event took place amidst widespread demonstrations in the Chinese city of Bejing that would lead to the Tienanmen Square massacre. Which two men staged this historic handshake?
Boris Yeltsin and Zhao Ziyang
Boris Yeltsin and Deng Xiaoping
Mikhail Gorbachev and Deng Xiaoping
Mikhail Gorbachev and Mao Zedong
June 21st 1982 saw the birth of a boy destined to be king. Who came into the world weighing 7lb (3.1kg) and with having "sort of blondish hair, though it'll probably turn into something else later on", as his father quipped?
July 9th 1951 saw an American crime writer jailed for contempt of court during the McCarthy crusade against Communism. Who was the writer of the 'Maltese Falcon' that suffered this punishment?
Spencer W. Gore
August 5th 1858 saw what a month later would bring together Queen Victoria and American President Buchanan on a historic occasion, but what was the ground breaking event that caused this to happen?
Agreement of US and UK full trade routes over the Atlantic
The first transatlantic telegraph cable was laid
The complete mapping of the earth was placed on paper in atlas form
The building of the Statue of Liberty was completed
August 25th 1875 saw Englishman Matthew Webb carry out what feat?
Scale the Eiffel Tower with no ropes or protection
Spot the planet Neptune through his homemade telescope
First person to swim the English Channel
Win the Grand National Horse race as a trainer as well as a jockey
October 18th 1977 saw a five day hostage siege end when a Lufthansa jet was stormed by a crack unit of elite troops in Mogadishu, Somalia. But what nationality were the terrorists?
November 8th 1987 saw a Remembrance Day parade destroyed by an IRA bombing that killed eleven marchers. In which Northern Irish town did this tragedy take place?
November 16th 1960 saw the death of "The King of Hollywood". Who was the 59-year-old actor?
December 25th is Christmas Day, but who ordered the complete survey of England in 1085, which later became the "Domesday Book"?
Edward the Confessor
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