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11 2020s History quizzes and 114 2020s History trivia questions.
  The Year 2020 in a Nutshell    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Rough year, am I right? It wasn't all COVID-19, but we would be remiss if we didn't shine a light on international events in the year 2020 without mentioning it. See if you remember what happened in this abnormal year of history.
Average, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Jun 09 24
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  It Happened During COVID   great trivia quiz  
Classification Quiz
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Despite the world coming to a near stand-still in 2020 due to COVID-19, history didn't stop in its tracks. In this quiz, identify which events happened during the pandemic (per WHO's dates for the event) and which fell outside of it. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Jan 22 24
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Jan 22 24
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  World Events in 2023    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A list of world events that occurred in 2023.
Tough, 10 Qns, sw11, Feb 03 24
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Feb 03 24
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Snapshots in Time 2023
  Snapshots in Time: 2023 editor best quiz   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Current Events of 2023
History is made every day, while we live and breathe. What can you recall about the everyday events of the year 2023? (Click the photos to get a closer look!)
Average, 10 Qns, trident, Oct 19 23
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Oct 19 23
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Thats History 2022
  That's History! (2022) editor best quiz   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
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This quiz will test your knowledge of some events that took place in 2022. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, Triviaballer, Feb 15 23
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Feb 15 23
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The Bright Side of 2020
  The Bright Side of 2020   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
The COVID-19 pandemic, among other events, made 2020 a tragic year for families around the world. However, many good things happened this year too, giving hope for a better future and helping to heal from this challenging time. Here are some of them!
Easier, 10 Qns, Lpez, Apr 22 21
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  The Year 2020 in a Nutshell    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Despite 2020 being dominated by headlines featuring COVID-19, there are many other events which occurred. Here are some of them.
Easier, 10 Qns, Tan72, Sep 09 21
Sep 09 21
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  2022 World Events    
Ordering Quiz
 12 Qns
Main events in the world from January to December in 2022.
Average, 12 Qns, sw11, Jan 03 23
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Jan 03 23
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  2020 - The Year We'd Like to Forget!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you remember what happened in 2020 or did you try to sleep your way through it like I did? Here's some questions to jog your memory of world events.
Average, 10 Qns, ramonesrule, Jan 04 21
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Jan 04 21
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  2021 World Events    
Ordering Quiz
 12 Qns
The main event of each month from January to December which occurred in 2021.
Average, 12 Qns, sw11, Jan 06 23
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Jan 06 23
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trivia question Quick Question
Which quadrennial event had to be postponed?

From Quiz "The Year 2020 in a Nutshell"

  World Events in 2020    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Year 2020 was dominated by the COVID-19 pandemics and the "Black Lives Matter" protests around the world.
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2020s History Trivia Questions

1. In February 2023, which African country with a Muslim majority normalized diplomatic relations with Israel?

From Quiz
World Events in 2023

Answer: Sudan

In 1958, Sudan implemented laws to sanction trade and business relationships with Israeli citizens and companies. Imports of Israeli products were not allowed. In October 2020, both countries announced that they would establish diplomatic relations. The trade sanction was lifted on April 20, 2021. The establishment of official diplomatic relations was signed in February 2, 2023. In the same month on the 23rd, Oman opened its airspace to Israeli airlines for the first time to improve their bilateral relations.

2. Which natural disaster occurred in Australia in January?

From Quiz The Year 2020 in a Nutshell

Answer: Bushfires

The bushfire season covering the 2019-2020 Australian summer was particularly widespread and destructive. Over 18 million hectares (46 million acres) were destroyed and 34 people died (it is estimated that another 445 people died due to the effects of smoke inhalation.) Pictures of beachside evacuations showed the seriousness of these fires. Later in the year, both Europe and America were also impacted by widespread fires.

3. Which province in China was the first to be locked down, on 23 January 2020, to prevent the out spread of COVID-19?

From Quiz World Events in 2020

Answer: Hubei

The central government of China in Beijing ordered a lock down in Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province -- 13 million people were quarantined in Wuhan and 57 million people in other cities in Hubei. The lock down was lifted on 6 April 2020.

4. This Royal couple shocked the world in January 2020 when they decided to quit! Who are they?

From Quiz 2020 - The Year We'd Like to Forget!

Answer: Harry and Meghan

In January 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they were taking a step back from their duties as senior U.K. royals and would work on becoming financially independent. The couple were quite vocal about the pressures of being a royal and being in public life and the toll it takes emotionally. The couple planned to spend their time between the UK and North America.

5. Two senior members of the English Royal Family announced that they wished to become financially independent and step back from life in 'The Firm'. Who were they?

From Quiz The Year 2020 in a Nutshell

Answer: Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their intention to step back from public life in January 2020. There was much speculation in the media about what led to their decision. Originally they proposed to continue to do work on behalf of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, however it was decided that this would not be appropriate. The couple relocated with their son, Archie, initially to Canada and then the US. The other choices all featured in the news, supporting NHS workers and charities. Princess Eugenie announced she was pregnant, and Princess Beatrice married in a small, private ceremony.

6. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial began on 16 January 2020 and ended when he was acquitted on 5 February 2020. He was number what U.S. president to be impeached?

From Quiz World Events in 2020

Answer: Third

He was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on 18 December 2019. He was the third president after Andrew Johnson (17th president) and Bill Clinton (42nd president) to be impeached.

7. This NBA superstar lost his life in a helicopter crash in January 2020. What number Lakers jersey did he wear?

From Quiz 2020 - The Year We'd Like to Forget!

Answer: 24

On January 26, 2020 Kobe Bryant got into a helicopter with his daughter, the helicopter pilot and six family friends, to attend a basketball game. There was an accident, the helicopter went down and everyone on board died. Tributes poured in for the man considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, with five NBA championships, he was a named an All-Star eighteen times, the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player, and a two-time NBA Finals MVP. He also led the NBA in scoring twice.

8. In April 2023, which country became the 31st member of the NATO?

From Quiz World Events in 2023

Answer: Finland

On April 4th, Finland became the 31st member of NATO after the Finnish foreign minister handed the accession document to the US secretary of state. The inclusion of Finland increased NATO security alliance, doubling the length of the members' states which bordered Russia.

9. The UK finalised its 'divorce' from which organisation?

From Quiz The Year 2020 in a Nutshell

Answer: European Union

David Cameron promised the British people the right to vote on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union if his party won the 2015 election. The referendum took place in 2016 after a close fought campaign with 51.88% of the population agreeing to the withdrawal. The subsequent negotiations governing rules such as trade and freedom of movement stretched out over several years. The 'divorce' was finalised on 31st January 2020.

10. George Floyd lost his life when he was arrested by the police on 25 May 2020 in which city?

From Quiz World Events in 2020

Answer: Minneapolis

46-year old black man George Floyd was caught by the police, alleged for using a 20 dollar counterfeit note. A white policeman, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes while he was handcuffed lying face down on the street. His death sparked off mass protests of "Black Lives Matter" in many American cities and internationally.

11. The death of this American black man by police in May 2020 set off protests throughout the world. Who was this man?

From Quiz 2020 - The Year We'd Like to Forget!

Answer: George Floyd

In May 2020 in Minneapolis, George Floyd was stopped by police for allegedly trying to use a counterfeit twenty dollar bill. During the arrest, a police officer knelt on the back of his neck to subdue him, for more than eight minutes. Tragically, George Floyd died during this interaction and his death set off a series of protests in the USA and internationally. After his death there were memorial services, scholarships at universities announced in his name, street art depicting his likeness and a petition signed by one million people from Amnesty International demanding justice.

12. In May 2023, which country was the host of the G7 summit?

From Quiz World Events in 2023

Answer: Japan

The 49th G7 summit was held in Hiroshima from 19 to 23 May. The two main issues discussed were the invasion of Ukraine and the growing influence of China. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was invited as a guest to attend the summit to discuss the 15-month invasion of Ukraine by Russia, to bolster international support. U.S. President Joe Biden announced his support for training Ukrainian pilots in F-016 fighter jets, and eventually transferred those aircraft to Ukraine. The members of the G7 also discussed a unified plan against the growing Chinese influence, to deter a possible invasion of Taiwan. Australia, India, Comoros, Cook Islands, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and South Korea were invited to attend the summit.

13. Which quadrennial event had to be postponed?

From Quiz The Year 2020 in a Nutshell

Answer: Summer Olympic Games

The Tokyo Olympics were due to be held 24 July to 9 August 2020. However, due to COVID 19 were postponed for 12 months. Tokyo had previously been a host nation in 1964. This was the first time the modern Olympics had been postponed. The 1916, 1940 and 1944 Olympics were not held at all due to World Wars I and II.

14. On 5 May 2020, soldiers from which two Asian countries started border skirmishes in the Himalayan region?

From Quiz World Events in 2020

Answer: China, India

The Sino-Indian border conflicts have been an ongoing issue since the McMahon Line created by the 1914 Simla Convention was signed between British India and Tibet. China has always considered Tibet as part of the country and never accepted that border. In 1962, the Sino-Indian War was fought in the disputed areas in Ladakh. The skirmishes between both armies on 5 May 2020 was also in these areas and the Tibet Autonomous Region near the border of Sikkim.

15. As if the world didn't have enough to deal with in 2020, this insect that thankfully didn't live up to its reputation found its way to North America - what is it known as?

From Quiz 2020 - The Year We'd Like to Forget!

Answer: Murder hornet

The Asian giant hornet is the world's largest hornet and is native to Asia. In late 2019 and early 2020 it made its way to the Pacific northwest of North America where there were concerns it would become an invasive species. This hornet is very large, has a large stinger and is very predatory - going after bees, other hornets and praying mantises. Despite the obvious pain a sting would bring and the risk for people who are allergic to stings, unless you are stung multiple times, the hornet is not deadly to humans, just terrifying!

16. In June 2023, what American city was declared to have the worst air quality in world due to wildfires in Canada?

From Quiz World Events in 2023

Answer: New York

New York recorded the worst air pollution in the world on June 7th reaching an AQI of 342. The wildfire smoke from Canada drifted over creating orange haze in the city. The Federal Aircraft Administration halted some flights bound for New York's LaGuardia Airport due to the smoke. Visibility was also causing delays at Newark Liberty International Airport.

17. He inspired us all with his fundraising efforts walking 'laps' of his garden. Who was this modest man?

From Quiz The Year 2020 in a Nutshell

Answer: Captain Sir Tom Moore

Captain Tom Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in May of 2020. A World War II veteran of the Burma campaign, he decided to mark his 100th birthday by walking laps of his garden to raise funds for the National Health Service. His original aim was to raise £1000, however, he achieved £35 million. He was immortalised in the New Year fireworks display in London on 31st December 2020.

18. On 4 August 2020, what city in the Middle East suffered an explosion caused by a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the port?

From Quiz World Events in 2020

Answer: Beirut

The explosion took place at Beirut resulting in 204 deaths and 6500 injuries, with an estimated worth of $15 billion property damaged and 300,000 people homeless.

19. Between December 2019 and March 2020 this country suffered from devastating bush fires - what country are we talking about?

From Quiz 2020 - The Year We'd Like to Forget!

Answer: Australia

Between September 2019 and March 2020 devastatingly destructive bushfires raged throughout the state of New South Wales. By the beginning of March, fires had burnt an estimated 18.6 million hectares. destroyed over 5,900 buildings and killed at least 34 people. Reinforcements were brought in from all over Australia and around the world to help put out the fires which also had a devastating environmental impact. On New Year's Day a blanket of smoke had drifted across the Tasman Sea and covered the entire South Island of New Zealand; and the smoke then travelled as far as South America.

20. In July 2023, what currency did some Indian refiners pay for imported Russian oil?

From Quiz World Events in 2023

Answer: Chinese yuan

Trade sanctions were imposed by the West against Russia to punish the Russians over their invasion of Ukraine. Indian refiners started to pay the oil exporters from Russia with Chinese yuan. India emerged as the largest buyer of seaborne Russian crude oil.

21. Funded by Elon Musk, which vehicle became the first private rocket to dock with the International Space Station?

From Quiz The Year 2020 in a Nutshell

Answer: Crew Dragon Demo-2

Space X was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to try and reduce transportation costs with the aim of one day enabling the planet Mars to be colonised. The crew on this mission, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, were former NASA astronauts who spent several weeks on the ISS. They named their craft 'Endeavour' after the Space Shuttle of the same name on which they had both been crew members.

22. Which Arab nation normalized an agreement with Israel on 15 September 2020? It was the third Arab nation to do so.

From Quiz World Events in 2020

Answer: United Arab Emirates

UAE became the third Arab nation after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. The Abraham Accords Peace Agreement was officially signed on 15 September 2020 at the White House. Israel agreed to suspend the plans to annex parts of the West Bank.

23. This iconic Canadian quiz master lost his battle with cancer in November 2020. Answer in the form of a question please.

From Quiz 2020 - The Year We'd Like to Forget!

Answer: Who is Alex Trebek?

Sudbury, Ontario born Alex Trebek is the extremely popular host of the television game show "Jeopardy!" who announced in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He continued on as host of the TV show until his death in November 2020. In addition to being a TV personality he was a long-time philanthropist, supporting World Vision and United Service Organizations for years. He was also the host of the National Geographic Bee for twenty-five years. In an interview with CTV host Lisa Laflamme in 2019 Trebek told her "I'm not afraid of dying" and "I've lived a good life." And that is very true.

24. On August 20th, which country won its first title at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup?

From Quiz World Events in 2023

Answer: Spain

The 9th edition of the tournament was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from July 20th to August 20th. Spain defeated England 1-0 in the final to win their first world's title. Sweden beat Australia to finish third. 32 teams qualified for the tournament. Brazil was eliminated in the group stage. U.S.A was eliminated by Sweden in the round of 16 by penalty kicks (5-4), with the match scoreless after extra-time.

25. The death of George Floyd focused attention on police brutality, leading to protests around the world. Which slogan summed up the protests?

From Quiz The Year 2020 in a Nutshell

Answer: Black Lives Matter

George Floyd was asphyxiated after a police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes. Footage of this incident led to widespread condemnation of the police actions and protests were held around the world. These protests featured the powerful slogan 'Black Lives Matter' which itself started as a Twitter hashtag in 2013. The police officer was subsequently found guilty of murder.

26. Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by how many electoral votes, to win the US presidential election in November 2020?

From Quiz World Events in 2020

Answer: 74

Joe Biden won 306 electoral votes against Donald Trump's 232. The 59th presidential election saw the largest turnout in U.S. history with Biden winning 81.3 million votes and Trump winning 74.2 million votes.

27. This foreign language film by a South Korean director swept the Oscars -- what's the name of this fantastic film?

From Quiz 2020 - The Year We'd Like to Forget!

Answer: Parasite

The 2019 South Korean film "Parasite", directed by Bong-Joon-ho, is a black comedy/thriller that highlights class differences and attitudes. It won four main awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film. It was the first film non-English language film to win Best Picture and the first South Korean film to be nominated for any Academy Awards.

28. In September 2023, which two neighboring countries were involved in a military conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region?

From Quiz World Events in 2023

Answer: Azerbaijan and Armenia

Most of the region (4400 sq km) is under the breakaway Republic of Artsakh, governed by ethnic Armenians, but the region is internationally a part of Azerbaijan. About 120,000 ethnic Armenians who are Christians form the majority of the population living in this region. Historically, the people in this region (then part of the province of Artsakh) were confirmed by ancient Greek and Roman sources "long before our era" to be Armenian. The Azerbaijanis are mostly Turkic Muslims with deep historical ties with this region for many centuries. For more than a century, there were many bloody conflicts between the two peoples. Before the conflict in 2023, there were two major conflicts fought over the region: the first war from 1988 to 1994 and the second conflict in 2020 from September 27th to November 10th. The 1994 Bishkek Protocol ended the first war, in which the Armenians made considerable territorial gains in addition to this region and also surrounding Azerbaijan districts. On September 19th, Azerbaijan launched a military offensive against the Republic of Artsakh backed by the Armenians. Azerbaijan claimed a swift victory and the local government was dissolved. More than 100,000 Armenians fled the region.

29. 'Parasite' became the first non-English language film to win a Best Picture Oscar. In which language was it filmed?

From Quiz The Year 2020 in a Nutshell

Answer: Korean

The screenplay for 'Parasite' was written by Bong Joon-ho, with Han Jin-won. Boon Joon-ho was also the director. Winning a total of four Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film) 'Parasite' tells the story of the Kim family who are struggling to make ends meet when their son is offered a role in the wealthy Park household. The rest of the family then find ways to work for the Parks.

30. Which country became the first to begin a mass inoculation campaign against COVID-19 on 8 December 2020?

From Quiz World Events in 2020

Answer: UK

Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination. In the same month, UK hit a record high of more than 50,000 cases in one day.

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