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I Built A Time Machine

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I Built A Time Machine game quiz
"... and travelled back in time to take a look at what really happened at certain key moments in history. Unfortunately, I forgot the law of unintended consequences. (Thanks to Terry for the title and inspiration)."

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1. 1066 is a date we all know; the story of Harold the Invincible's victory over William the Bastard as commemorated in the Croydon Tapestry. I thought I'd pop by and take a look at how it all happened but something got the better of me and with an injudicious shout of "charge!" All of a sudden the king got an arrow in the eye and the day was lost!

What event had I changed?
    The Battle of Stamford Bridge
    The Battle of Culloden
    The Battle of Naseby
    The Battle of Hastings


2. The War of the English Succession in 1588 led to the exile of Poor Queen Bess and the brief rule of the House of Spain, beginning with Philip I of England. I was interested to see the mood in the Spanish capital and spoke to a few members of Philip's court with my broken Spanish. Obviously, I said the wrong thing, as the courtiers became frantic and petitioned the king to launch the attack on England immediately. As a consequence, the Spanish fleet suffered an humiliating defeat as the weather acted against their favour.

Of which great naval battle did I change the outcome?
    The Battle of Toulon
    The Battle of Trafalgar
    The Spanish Armada
    The Battle of Blaye


3. Remember, remember the 3rd of October. As we all recall, the killing of the king and his son Prince Henry at Westminster led to bloody reprisals against Catholics throughout England, as the new infant king's ministers secured the monarchy for the Protestant cause. What self-respecting history buff could resist going to see the events? Even though I was feeling a little under the weather, I arrived a few days in advance. I must have passed my illness on, because suddenly everyone around me was dropping like flies and the state opening of Parliament was postponed until November 5th. On the plus side, I've saved the life of the old king, however I appear to have condemned his son, the infant king, to death at the hands of a rebellious parliament some 44 years later.

Who was this future king?
    James I
    Charles II
    James II
    Charles I


4. May 1, 1769: Me and my big mouth strike again. There I was, taking in the atmosphere of late-18th century England and the day that the government repealed the Townshend Acts. I was eager to talk to some of the politicians who were involved in the decision-making, but I guess I went on a bit too long as two of the gentlemen I was entertaining failed to notice the time and missed the crucial vote. In their absence the repeal was defeated, the tea duty remained in force and a new country, called the United States of America, was born.

In what city did this duty lead to a massacre and a tea party of a kind that doesn't go down well in English high society?
    Raleigh
    New York
    Boston
    Philadelphia


5. September 13th, 1862: Just a few days before the date that we remember as the end of the American Civil War, and the Battle of Camp Hill that led to the recognition of the independent Confederate States of America by Britain and France. As I travelled through the Maryland countryside, I came across an envelope. In it were three cigars and what looked like an official document, so I sought out a soldier and handed it over. Unfortunately, I think I handed it to the wrong side as the ensuing battle saw a narrow win for the Union at the battle of Antietam and ultimate victory in the war.

What was the document I found?
    The Constitution of the Confederate States of America
    Special Order no. 191
    The Emancipation Proclamation
    General Lee's Letter to President Davis following the Battle of Gettysburg


6. 1889: The death of the new German leader in a tragic accident at a touring Wild West show sent shock waves throughout Europe. Though it was a violent death, it did not derail the German policy of Realpolitik that was to guide Europe through the next 100 years of peace. Eager to meet the architect of this crucial moment in history, Annie Oakley, I inadvertently changed history again. Desperate to get away from the strange man (moi?) who was bugging her, she cut short the legendary drinking session that led to the tragedy. The next day, sober, her bullet hit the man's cigar, as intended, and not his head. Tragically, though I may have saved one life, I have condemned millions to die as a consequence.

Who was this German leader whose aggressive policies led to so many wasted lives on the battlefields of World War I?
    Kaiser Wilhelm II
    Otto von Bismarck
    Kaiser Frederick III
    Adolf Hitler


7. It was 1917 and, thanks to me, the whole of Europe was at war. I tried my best to keep myself out of history's way by staying in neutral Switzerland. Sitting at a café outside Zurich railway station, I saw a man being accosted by a group of sinister looking men. Being socially conscious, I felt obliged to step in and help the man escape his attackers. Together we fled to the station where he thanked me before boarding what looked like a diplomatic train. Only then did I see through the man's disguise. I had done it again! My actions created a geopolitical divide that helped to define the remainder of the twentieth century. My grateful rescuee embarked upon a journey that led ultimately to the Finland Station, a return to his homeland and to violent revolution.

Who was the returning exile I had helped on to his train?
    Leon Trotsky
    Vladimir Lenin
    Joseph Stalin
    Aleksandr Kerensky


8. The death of anyone before their time is sad but having inadvertently saved his life by shouting "look out!" just as he was hit by a car in New York City, it became apparent that the early demise of this man in 1931 had been particularly tragic. Without him, Prime Minister Halifax signed a peace deal with Hitler in 1940 that preserved the British Empire but at the cost of millions of lives, leading one commentator to lament, "This was our nation's darkest hour".

Whose life did I save?
    Winston Churchill
    Bernard Montgomery
    Clement Attlee
    Anthony Eden


9. An event as important as that of 22nd November 1963 was something I couldn't miss. The day that Kennedy was shot and wounded; the day that changed his approach to government and led to the withdrawal of troops from Vietnam. But not any more. I decided to watch the event from the Texas Book Depository so I could see the gunman. Unfortunately I disturbed him before he was set up and he moved to a higher floor where it seems I gave him a better trajectory.

Who was the gunman I inadvertently turned into an assassin?
    Jack Ruby
    Leon Czolgosz
    Sirhan Sirhan
    Lee Oswald


10. The second half of 1989 is remembered for the brutal suppression by the communist forces of the people's uprisings across central and eastern Europe. Following the overthrow of the Soviet leader by hardliners, the Berlin massacre saw 129 protesters shot dead as they demanded the destruction of the wall. Further crackdowns on agitators in Prague, Bucharest and Sofia followed before the "autumn of discontent" came to an end. An evening drinking with the rebel leaders the night before the Soviet coup appears to have left them too hungover to assume control. With the Soviet leader remaining at the helm, the satellite states are left to manage themselves, the Berlin wall crumbles and the rest is, apparently, now history!

Who was the Soviet leader, whose policy of "glasnost" had originally led to his downfall, but ultimately led to the downfall of the Soviet empire?
    Vladimir Kryuchkov
    Boris Yeltsin
    Mikhail Gorbachev
    Leonid Brezhnev


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Compiled Aug 26 14