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Quiz about Corresponding Births and Deaths
Quiz about Corresponding Births and Deaths

Corresponding Births and Deaths Quiz


For those who believe in reincarnation, the following quiz where prominent people were born or died on the same day will show in most cases a very varied degree of activity in their respective lives.

A multiple-choice quiz by muffin1708. Estimated time: 11 mins.
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Author
muffin1708
Time
11 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
367,019
Updated
Dec 03 21
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10
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Last 3 plays: Guest 136 (5/10), Guest 2 (4/10), Zeebers (2/10).
Question 1 of 10
1. The 29th February 1960 proved to be a very tragic day around the world with the most destructive and deadliest earthquake in Moroccan history causing the deaths of 12,000 people in the coastal city of Agadir. It also saw the passing of Melvin Purvis who was the chief investigator for the Chicago FBI during the prohibition-driven gangster period of the early 1930s. Purvis also led manhunts to track down dangerous outlaws Babyface Nelson, Prettyboy Floyd and, most famously, John Dillinger. He died by his own hand with a gunshot wound thought to be accidental. On the other side of the ledger, this "leap day" produced one of America's most brutal killers who orchestrated a reign of terror on the west coast of the US in the mid 1980s and was responsible for 13 murders, 5 attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries. He was finally apprehended in August 1985 by a group of citizens in Los Angeles who identified him and handed him over to the law in a not-too-perfect condition. At the conclusion of his trial he was handed the death sentence. As these vigilant citizens did, can you also identify this man? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. On January 16th 1935 automobile racing legend Anthony Joseph "AJ" Foyt was born in Houston Texas. AJ's achievements over the years are far too many to list here, but suffice to say that he was inducted into the Halls of Fame for International Motor Sports, National Sprint Cars, Motorsport of America and the National Midget Auto Racing. Added to this was his induction to NASCAR'S 50 greatest drivers. This day also saw the demise of one of America's most notorious female gangsters who led a gang of criminals in a crime spree across the US mid-west during the country's "golden" era of criminal activity during the 1930s with bank robberies, kidnapping and murder commited by them. Although there has been some doubt about her actual participation in the gang, the director of the FBI at the time, J Edgar Hoover, described her as "the most vicious,dangerous and resourceful criminal brain of the last decade". She was eventually gunned down with other members of the gang by the FBI who were tipped off about the property they were renting. Can you name this woman who was immortalised in song by a record released in 1977 that reached number 1 in ten countries, and number 2 in six others even though the group got the title slightly wrong? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. One of professional basketball's most successful, yet controversial, player of any era came into the world on the 13th May 1961 when Dennis Keith Rodman made his first appearance in Trenton New Jersey. With his renowned defensive pressure and great rebounding ability and aged in his mid-thirties he was able to perform admirably in the all-conquering Chicago Bulls team alongside Michael Jordan and Scotty Pippen in the 1990s. However the day in question saw the passing of one of Hollywood's greatest actors who succumbed to prostate cancer only six days after his 60th birthday. This superstar received five academy award nominations for Best Actor and won twice. He was ranked at number eleven on the AFI's list of greatest screen legends. Baseball fans will remember his portrayal and famous speech for the great Lou Gehrig in the movie "Pride of the Yankees". Who was this actor that was mentioned in an Irving Berlin immortal classic as "super duper"? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Emma Watson was born in Paris, France on the 15th April 1990 to British parents and lived in France only until aged five before moving to England. She was cast as Hermione Granger in what turned out to be a hugely successful series of Harry Potter movies. Amazingly she was only nine years old but casting agents had been alerted to her ability by the theatre teacher from the Dragon School in Oxford, which she attended. During the decade from 2001-2011 she starred in eight Harry Potter movies and several other unrelated films, including a voice-over. Over forty nominations for fifteen wins in various categories followed to 2014 with many coming from MTV and Teen Choice. So if reincarnation was ever relevant, then Emma Watson could well have inherited much of her acting expertise from a Hollywood legend who passed away on the day Emma was born. This lady was born in Europe and after starring in silent movies in her native country for a few years, was noticed by MGM Chief Louis B Mayer who persuaded her to go to Hollywood. She was nominated three times for a best actress Oscar for no wins, but received an honorary one in 1954 by the Academy for her unforgettable screen performances. In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked her fifth in their list of greatest female stars of all time. So who was it that was mentioned in the lyrics of a smash 1981 Kim Carnes hit as having "stand off sighs"? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Sir Malcolm Campbell, who died on the 31st December 1948, was the true pioneer of motor speed racing on both land and water. Between 1924 and 1935 he broke nine world land speed records in his legendary "Bluebird" racing machines. In the final race of this series, he topped 300mph for the first time on the Bonneville salt lakes in Utah. He also bettered the world water speed record four times with the final effort producing 142mph at Coniston Water, England. On this final day of 1948, across in Boston Massachusetts, was the birth of a lady who would find musical fame in the 1970s with four number ones on the Billboard charts in just over a year and eleven top tens between 1975 and 1980. Add to this she had five Grammy Awards and the first artist to have three consecutive double albums to reach number one on the Billboard albums chart. Do you know this lady, who's song peaked at number three on the Billboard charts, and won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for the best original song in the same year? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The 16th May 1957, saw the passing of a famous and well documented lawmen in Eliot Ness. Ness, with his team of incorruptible officers known as the "Untouchables" declared war on the illegal production and distribution of alcohol in Chicago during the prohibition era and were a force in having crime boss Al Capone imprisoned for tax evasion. The exploits of these people have been glorified over the years in a television series and a major film. Following the repeal of prohibition in 1933 and 1934 Ness was hired as an alcohol tax agent and went up against "Moonshiners" who were still operating illegal alcohol stills in the southern states. However, on this fateful day a baby girl, who was to become a great distance runner, came into the world. In what seems to be a cotradiction in terms, she started running distances in an attempt to recover from a broken leg while slaloming. She then received a running scholarship and so concentrated on distance events, especially the marathon. Over the next ten years she scored six major marathon wins including the Boston marathon twice with a world record in one of them , and finished no further back than third in three others. But her crowning achievement came when the Olympic Games were held in her own country and despite doubts about her fitness in an interrupted preparation, she duly took the gold medal by nearly four minutes. So who is this great athlete who, in retirement, went on to promote distance running and, herself, founded an annual 10K race? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. On the 11th May 1981 Australia's greatest basketballer, Lauren Jackson, was born in Albury, New South Wales to parents who were both former Australian basketball representatives - Gary Jackson and Maree Bennie. A meteoric rise up through the women's ranks saw her make the Australian under 20 team at age 14 and called into the Australian team (the Opals) when only 16. Then moved from being Australia's champion player in the WNBL to the US champions league WNBA where she was drafted by the Seattle Storm in 2001. A great domestic and international career eminated from there and was widely considered the number one player in the world. Her battles with great rival Lisa Leslie from the University of Southern California are legendary. This day, too, saw the passing of a great musical talent who had a massive following around the world for his unique style. It's hard to give much relevant information about him without giving the pot away completely but suffice to say that his career lasted from 1962 until his death at the age of 36. As a singer-songwriter- guitarist he led his band who were named by "Rolling Stone" magazine as band of the year in 1976, and internationally his style of music reverberated greatly, especially among the many indigenous communities. Can you name the man who is remembered as the greatest talent in his type of music but also as the least understood?
Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. On December 18th 1971, the greatest amateur golfer in history passed away. Bobby Jones maintained his amateur status right through his career and earned his living as a lawyer. Golf had many talented professional players at that early time in golf history, including legends such as Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen and an up-and-coming Ben Hogan in the 1920s, but Bobby was at least their equal on many occasions. In that decade he went on to win four US Opens and three British Opens, as well as five US amateur titles. Rated an honest player and gentleman beyond belief, he once penalised himself a stroke when gently touching the ball on the tee despite being told by his opponents that it was unnecessary, and this cost him a chance of tying up this tournament and being able to play off for the title. On this day, however, the birth occured of a lady who would become one of the best tennis players of the 1990s. During this time she would win three French and one US open titles and runner-up in two Wimbledon and two Australian opens. Add to this six doubles and four mixed doubles triumphs in the four majors. The information given seems that it could apply to quite a number of players in this era, so to put you on the right track, can you name this lady who won an Olympic bronze medal in her own home town? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The 18th September 1961 saw the untimely death of the United Nations'Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjold, in a plane he was travelling in on a diplomatic UN mission to negotiate a ceasefire. This Swedish diplomat, economist and author was so admired internationally for his political and negotiating abilities that he was elected UN Secretaty-General at the relatively young age of forty-seven in 1953. His tireless efforts in peacemaking around the globe brought him much esteem, but may have earned him enemies as well. Suspicions rose concerning the cause of the fatal air crash, but nothing concrete was ever proved. Following his death, US president John F Kennedy called him "the greatest statesman of our century." But on this fateful day the world welcomed a man who would become one of the best "tough-guy" actors of our time. Starring in several movies such as "True Romance", "Get Shorty" and "Killing Them Softly" but was better known as a racketeer in a long-running TV extravaganza. During his career he picked up three Emmy Awards, Three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and one Golden Globe Award. So can you name this fine actor who made his debut in "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Broadway in 1992? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. On the 15th March 1975, the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis died. Best known on the other side of the Atlantic for marrying former US first lady Jackie Kennedy, he passed away in a French hospital suffering respiratory failure. On the same day, a young lady destined to become a star movie and TV actress was born. She began her career in 2000 with a couple of cameos before winning a regular role in the "Young and the Restless"(for two awards), before movies including "The Sentinel" and "Over Her Dead Body". In 2004, she landed the part in a TV series that would win or share her four awards and make her more well known worldwide. Your job now is to identify this lady who promotes humanitarian causes and was named Philanthropist of the Year. Hint



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1. The 29th February 1960 proved to be a very tragic day around the world with the most destructive and deadliest earthquake in Moroccan history causing the deaths of 12,000 people in the coastal city of Agadir. It also saw the passing of Melvin Purvis who was the chief investigator for the Chicago FBI during the prohibition-driven gangster period of the early 1930s. Purvis also led manhunts to track down dangerous outlaws Babyface Nelson, Prettyboy Floyd and, most famously, John Dillinger. He died by his own hand with a gunshot wound thought to be accidental. On the other side of the ledger, this "leap day" produced one of America's most brutal killers who orchestrated a reign of terror on the west coast of the US in the mid 1980s and was responsible for 13 murders, 5 attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries. He was finally apprehended in August 1985 by a group of citizens in Los Angeles who identified him and handed him over to the law in a not-too-perfect condition. At the conclusion of his trial he was handed the death sentence. As these vigilant citizens did, can you also identify this man?

Answer: Richard Ramirez

Richard Ramirez, a Satanist, was infamously dubbed the "Night Stalker" by the news media, and he never got to make his appointment with the executioner. He succumbed to complications from B-cell lymphoma on the 7th June 2013. During over 23 years on death row he married freelance magazine editor Doreen Lioy in 1996.
2. On January 16th 1935 automobile racing legend Anthony Joseph "AJ" Foyt was born in Houston Texas. AJ's achievements over the years are far too many to list here, but suffice to say that he was inducted into the Halls of Fame for International Motor Sports, National Sprint Cars, Motorsport of America and the National Midget Auto Racing. Added to this was his induction to NASCAR'S 50 greatest drivers. This day also saw the demise of one of America's most notorious female gangsters who led a gang of criminals in a crime spree across the US mid-west during the country's "golden" era of criminal activity during the 1930s with bank robberies, kidnapping and murder commited by them. Although there has been some doubt about her actual participation in the gang, the director of the FBI at the time, J Edgar Hoover, described her as "the most vicious,dangerous and resourceful criminal brain of the last decade". She was eventually gunned down with other members of the gang by the FBI who were tipped off about the property they were renting. Can you name this woman who was immortalised in song by a record released in 1977 that reached number 1 in ten countries, and number 2 in six others even though the group got the title slightly wrong?

Answer: Arizona "Ma" Barker

"Ma" Barker ruled the roost with her sons making up most of the gang. The German band "Boney M" changed the name of the recording to "Ma Baker" because it fitted into the lyrics better.The US was one country not captivated by this tune as it scrambled in at number 96 on Billboard's top 100, and in Canada it peaked at number 50.
3. One of professional basketball's most successful, yet controversial, player of any era came into the world on the 13th May 1961 when Dennis Keith Rodman made his first appearance in Trenton New Jersey. With his renowned defensive pressure and great rebounding ability and aged in his mid-thirties he was able to perform admirably in the all-conquering Chicago Bulls team alongside Michael Jordan and Scotty Pippen in the 1990s. However the day in question saw the passing of one of Hollywood's greatest actors who succumbed to prostate cancer only six days after his 60th birthday. This superstar received five academy award nominations for Best Actor and won twice. He was ranked at number eleven on the AFI's list of greatest screen legends. Baseball fans will remember his portrayal and famous speech for the great Lou Gehrig in the movie "Pride of the Yankees". Who was this actor that was mentioned in an Irving Berlin immortal classic as "super duper"?

Answer: Gary Cooper

"Dressed up like a million dollar trouper, trying hard to look like Gary Cooper (super duper)" is a line from Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz". Originally sung by Fred Astaire and many others, and popularised by singer Taco in 1983 when he took it to number four on the Billboard charts, and the great song writer then had a top ten hit at the age of ninety five. Gary Cooper won his first Oscar in the title role of "Sergeant York" in 1941 after Alvin York refused to authorise a movie about his life unless Cooper portrayed him.

His other Academy Award came in the classic "High Noon" in 1952 where he played Marshall Will Kane.
4. Emma Watson was born in Paris, France on the 15th April 1990 to British parents and lived in France only until aged five before moving to England. She was cast as Hermione Granger in what turned out to be a hugely successful series of Harry Potter movies. Amazingly she was only nine years old but casting agents had been alerted to her ability by the theatre teacher from the Dragon School in Oxford, which she attended. During the decade from 2001-2011 she starred in eight Harry Potter movies and several other unrelated films, including a voice-over. Over forty nominations for fifteen wins in various categories followed to 2014 with many coming from MTV and Teen Choice. So if reincarnation was ever relevant, then Emma Watson could well have inherited much of her acting expertise from a Hollywood legend who passed away on the day Emma was born. This lady was born in Europe and after starring in silent movies in her native country for a few years, was noticed by MGM Chief Louis B Mayer who persuaded her to go to Hollywood. She was nominated three times for a best actress Oscar for no wins, but received an honorary one in 1954 by the Academy for her unforgettable screen performances. In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked her fifth in their list of greatest female stars of all time. So who was it that was mentioned in the lyrics of a smash 1981 Kim Carnes hit as having "stand off sighs"?

Answer: Greta Garbo

The line of the song in question was "she's got Greta Garbo stand-off sighs" which is thought to be Garbo's response to any outside contact once she had stopped making movies and became a total recluse. In retirement she made no public appearances and loathed the publicity that she only tolerated during her movie career.

She never married or had children, and finally died of pneumonia and renal failure in hospitai at the age of 84. Her ashes were interred in her native Stockholm, Sweden.
5. Sir Malcolm Campbell, who died on the 31st December 1948, was the true pioneer of motor speed racing on both land and water. Between 1924 and 1935 he broke nine world land speed records in his legendary "Bluebird" racing machines. In the final race of this series, he topped 300mph for the first time on the Bonneville salt lakes in Utah. He also bettered the world water speed record four times with the final effort producing 142mph at Coniston Water, England. On this final day of 1948, across in Boston Massachusetts, was the birth of a lady who would find musical fame in the 1970s with four number ones on the Billboard charts in just over a year and eleven top tens between 1975 and 1980. Add to this she had five Grammy Awards and the first artist to have three consecutive double albums to reach number one on the Billboard albums chart. Do you know this lady, who's song peaked at number three on the Billboard charts, and won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for the best original song in the same year?

Answer: Donna Summer

"Last Dance" from the movie "Thank God it's Friday" was Donna Summer's award winning hit which beat "Hopelessly Devoted To You" from the much more popular film "Grease" by Olivia Newton-John. The two songs had an amazing parallel on Billboard, with the former peaking at number three in a fourteen week stay and the latter also reaching number three and was in the top forty one week more. With the disco era phasing out by the mid eighties her career too, slowly phased out. Donna's death on May 17th in Naples, Florida from lung cancer aged 63, was, she thought, brought on by inhaling toxic particles in New York during the 2001 9/11 terrorist attacks.
6. The 16th May 1957, saw the passing of a famous and well documented lawmen in Eliot Ness. Ness, with his team of incorruptible officers known as the "Untouchables" declared war on the illegal production and distribution of alcohol in Chicago during the prohibition era and were a force in having crime boss Al Capone imprisoned for tax evasion. The exploits of these people have been glorified over the years in a television series and a major film. Following the repeal of prohibition in 1933 and 1934 Ness was hired as an alcohol tax agent and went up against "Moonshiners" who were still operating illegal alcohol stills in the southern states. However, on this fateful day a baby girl, who was to become a great distance runner, came into the world. In what seems to be a cotradiction in terms, she started running distances in an attempt to recover from a broken leg while slaloming. She then received a running scholarship and so concentrated on distance events, especially the marathon. Over the next ten years she scored six major marathon wins including the Boston marathon twice with a world record in one of them , and finished no further back than third in three others. But her crowning achievement came when the Olympic Games were held in her own country and despite doubts about her fitness in an interrupted preparation, she duly took the gold medal by nearly four minutes. So who is this great athlete who, in retirement, went on to promote distance running and, herself, founded an annual 10K race?

Answer: Joan Benoit

Joan Benoit Samuelson of the United States won the inaugural Olympic women's marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles games, by beating Norwegian champion Grete Waitz and Portuguese star Rosa Mota who went on to win this event in Seoul four years later. Her continuing love for the sport led her on to found the Beach to Beacon 10 kilometre race held at Cape Elizabeth, Maine each August, which attracts many of the world's best distance runners, both men and women, with nearly 6000 competitors in 2012.
7. On the 11th May 1981 Australia's greatest basketballer, Lauren Jackson, was born in Albury, New South Wales to parents who were both former Australian basketball representatives - Gary Jackson and Maree Bennie. A meteoric rise up through the women's ranks saw her make the Australian under 20 team at age 14 and called into the Australian team (the Opals) when only 16. Then moved from being Australia's champion player in the WNBL to the US champions league WNBA where she was drafted by the Seattle Storm in 2001. A great domestic and international career eminated from there and was widely considered the number one player in the world. Her battles with great rival Lisa Leslie from the University of Southern California are legendary. This day, too, saw the passing of a great musical talent who had a massive following around the world for his unique style. It's hard to give much relevant information about him without giving the pot away completely but suffice to say that his career lasted from 1962 until his death at the age of 36. As a singer-songwriter- guitarist he led his band who were named by "Rolling Stone" magazine as band of the year in 1976, and internationally his style of music reverberated greatly, especially among the many indigenous communities. Can you name the man who is remembered as the greatest talent in his type of music but also as the least understood?

Answer: Bob Marley

Bob Marley and his band the "Wailers" took the popular Jamaican dance music scene by the scruff of the neck during the mid to late sixties and had a huge influence on this music style termed "reggae". Also as a committed Rastafarian he gave a sense of spirituality to his music which many cultures worldwide adopted, albeit gradually.

Although not a big hit in the US their albums began to sell very well in many European countries including Britain, Norway and Sweden. New Zealanders also became very fond of this music as did African countries. Unfortuneately Bob Marley died from a malignant melanoma first diagnosed under a toenail in 1977 and after he refused an amputation, it finally spread to his lungs and brain and took him at age 36.
8. On December 18th 1971, the greatest amateur golfer in history passed away. Bobby Jones maintained his amateur status right through his career and earned his living as a lawyer. Golf had many talented professional players at that early time in golf history, including legends such as Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen and an up-and-coming Ben Hogan in the 1920s, but Bobby was at least their equal on many occasions. In that decade he went on to win four US Opens and three British Opens, as well as five US amateur titles. Rated an honest player and gentleman beyond belief, he once penalised himself a stroke when gently touching the ball on the tee despite being told by his opponents that it was unnecessary, and this cost him a chance of tying up this tournament and being able to play off for the title. On this day, however, the birth occured of a lady who would become one of the best tennis players of the 1990s. During this time she would win three French and one US open titles and runner-up in two Wimbledon and two Australian opens. Add to this six doubles and four mixed doubles triumphs in the four majors. The information given seems that it could apply to quite a number of players in this era, so to put you on the right track, can you name this lady who won an Olympic bronze medal in her own home town?

Answer: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario won a bronze medal in the singles tennis tournament at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics - the city in which she was born. Besides her personal career, she was a great ambassador for her country and assisted in winning five Federation Cups and two Hopman Cups for Spain.
9. The 18th September 1961 saw the untimely death of the United Nations'Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjold, in a plane he was travelling in on a diplomatic UN mission to negotiate a ceasefire. This Swedish diplomat, economist and author was so admired internationally for his political and negotiating abilities that he was elected UN Secretaty-General at the relatively young age of forty-seven in 1953. His tireless efforts in peacemaking around the globe brought him much esteem, but may have earned him enemies as well. Suspicions rose concerning the cause of the fatal air crash, but nothing concrete was ever proved. Following his death, US president John F Kennedy called him "the greatest statesman of our century." But on this fateful day the world welcomed a man who would become one of the best "tough-guy" actors of our time. Starring in several movies such as "True Romance", "Get Shorty" and "Killing Them Softly" but was better known as a racketeer in a long-running TV extravaganza. During his career he picked up three Emmy Awards, Three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and one Golden Globe Award. So can you name this fine actor who made his debut in "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Broadway in 1992?

Answer: James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini dominated the gangster saga "The Sopranos" as mafia kingpin Tony Soprano, for which he won most of his awards. Sadly, James left us on June 19 2013 while on vacation in Italy, aged 51. In December 2013, the Borough of Park Ridge, New Jersey, renamed its main thoroughfare Park Avenue "James Goldolfini Way" in honour of, among other things, his great support of defense force veterans.
10. On the 15th March 1975, the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis died. Best known on the other side of the Atlantic for marrying former US first lady Jackie Kennedy, he passed away in a French hospital suffering respiratory failure. On the same day, a young lady destined to become a star movie and TV actress was born. She began her career in 2000 with a couple of cameos before winning a regular role in the "Young and the Restless"(for two awards), before movies including "The Sentinel" and "Over Her Dead Body". In 2004, she landed the part in a TV series that would win or share her four awards and make her more well known worldwide. Your job now is to identify this lady who promotes humanitarian causes and was named Philanthropist of the Year.

Answer: Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria was named Philanthropist of the Year 2009 by "The Hollywood Reporter" for her commitment to Latino causes and her support for quite a number of causes. Her added fame, of course, was playing Gabrielle Solis in "Desperate Housewives" alongside the three other actresses named in the question text.
Source: Author muffin1708

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