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1. Walter Mondale ran as the Democratic nominee in the 1984 presidential election, and lost to a record total of electoral college votes won by his opponent, Ronald Reagan. Of the thirteen electoral college votes won by Mondale, three came from the District of Columbia, but which state provided the other ten?
2. In April 1970, Apollo 13 was due to be the third manned landing on the Moon, but due to the famous explosion never managed to reach the surface. Jim Lovell was the mission commander who reported "Houston we've had a problem", but who was the CAPCOM that responded?
3. The Chicago Bears were overwhelming favourites going into Super Bowl XX. Despite this, they conceded the fastest lead in Super Bowl history when their opponents, the New England Patriots, scored just 1:19 into the first quarter. Who fumbled the ball to allow the Patriots to score?
4. Captain John Beling had reached the pinnacle of sea duty in the US Navy in 1966 when he took command of an aircraft carrier. The following year, his ship was heavily damaged in an horrific fire just after arriving off the coast of Vietnam. Which ship was he in command of?
5. Robert Todd Lincoln had the misfortune to be nearby three assassinations of US presidents, although he was a direct eyewitness to only one. Whose assassination did he see in person?
6. William Kemmler attained a notable place in history in August 1890, when he became the first person in the world to be executed using the electric chair. In which state did he meet his end?
7. In November 1968, Don Ellis was the on-site producer in Oakland for NBC's coverage of a regular season AFL that went down in folklore as the "Heidi Game", between the home town Oakland Raiders and which opponent?
8. Between 1977 and 1979, a number of Marvel Comics characters were picked up for adaptation into television programmes. Peter Hooten was the star of the only one that had a single episode made; which character did he play?
9. Up to 1789, there was no single head of state of the United States of America, as the Confederation Congress served as both legislature and executive, with its presiding officer known as the President of the Congress. The last holder of this position was Cyrus Griffin, who was a delegate from which state?
10. In 1957, following the departure of its first host, Steve Allen, the "Tonight Show" was reformatted from a talk show to a news and features programme called "Tonight! America After Dark". Which television announcer became the first host of the new version?
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