There were groans and looks of fear on the faces of several of the Brits who were present at the December pub quiz when I revealed that I’d pinched the idea for December’s themed round from the previous week’s episode of University Challenge. And it did indeed prove a tricky one, although two teams did manage the very impressive feat of scoring 8/10. For each question, a few events are read out which took place in the same year. All you have to do is tell me which year. And because it’s the end of 2016, all the answers end in the digit 6. The questions are right here, and you’ll find the answers underneath a video of the star of the 2015 UC final (which might help some of our non-British players understand what those looks of fear were about). Just highlight the text to reveal the answers.
1. The Beatles release ‘Revolver’, England win the football World Cup, Halle Berry is born and Guillermo Stábile dies.
2. The shortest war in recorded history takes place (lasting 45 minutes), F. Scott Fitzgerald is born, and the first modern Olympic Games are held.
3. The United Provinces of South America declare independence at the Congress of Tucumán, and Indiana becomes the 19th state of the USA.
4. Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ has its premiere, Wilhelm Grimm – the younger of the Brothers Grimm – is born, and western Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, is climbed for the first time.
5. ‘Macbeth’ is probably performed for the first time, the first confirmed sighting of Australia by a European occurs, and Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn is born.
6. In what is now Uruguay, the Spanish found Montevideo, and Jonathan Swift’s novel ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ is published (anonymously at first).
7. Michelangelo becomes chief architect of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Bolivian city of Potosí is founded.
8. Isaac Newton witnesses an apple falling to the ground, leading him to formulate his theory of gravity, and the Great Fire of London rages for three days in September.
9. Hipólito Yrigoyen becomes president of Argentina, and the British and German navies clash in the Battle of Jutland.
10. The Crimean War is ended by the Treaty of Paris, Peak XV – later to be named Mount Everest – is discovered to be the highest mountain in the world, and Gustave Flaubert’s ‘Madame Bovary’ is published.
Answers (highlight below to reveal)
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