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#1. Who was president at the beginning of the Great Depression?

#2. Who was Britain’s first Labour Prime Minister?

#3. What was the name of Adolf Hitler’s mother?

#4. Which President of Togo participated in two military coups and then ruled from 1968 till his death in 2005 “As He Was Being Evacuated For Emergency Treatment Abroad”?

#5. In the 1990s, Nauru became a tax haven for which notorious organised crime group?

#6. The battles of Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman took place during what war?

#7. Who was Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in 2001?

#8. By which of the following nicknames was Depression Era gangster Lester J Gillis known?

#9. During November 1935, which famous Australian aviator disappeared in the Bay of Bengal on a flight from Australia to England?

#10. Which Indonesian island was struck by an earthquake on 29 March 2005?

#11. The Cutty Sark was first launched from Dumbarton, Scotland, on 22nd November of which year?

#12. The U.S. offensive that targeted Japan’s main Pacific base of Truk Lagoon in February 1944 was known as which operation?

#13. In Geneva on 28th July 1929, how many countries signed a convention relating to the treatment of prisoners of war?

#14. In which decade was the first E.C. passport issued?

#15. In which year did Winston Churchill become British Prime Minister for the first time?

#16. In which year did the cost of sending a letter by first-class mail go up from three cents to four cents?

#17. Which of these was not a British Admiral?

#18. What type of legitimised business was known in the underworld as ‘the juice racket’?

#19. The former custom of ‘Suttee’ involving the voluntary cremation of a widow on her husband’s funeral pyre was associated with which religion?

#20. Which former Pentecostal preacher and controversial comedian was killed in a 1992 car accident?

#21. Who became British Prime Minister after World War 2 saying “Labour Can Deliver The Goods”?

#22. What city was the target of the Germans’ all-out assault on 2nd October 1941 entitled ‘Operation Typhoon’?

#23. In November 2002, riots forced the Miss World pageant out of which African country?

#24. In October 2005, voters in which country rejected a proposal to ban the sale of firearms?

#25. What is the name of the historic American site where George Washington kept his winter quarters?

#26. What was the most popular boy’s name in England and Wales in 2004?

#27. Which of these movies was not released in 2010?

#28. Hilary Mantel won the 2010 Man Booker prize for her novel Wolf Hall. True or False?

#29. 2010 is the 400 year anniversary of the discovery of Jupiters four largest moons by?

#30. January 2010 in the Gregorian calendar is what year in the Islamic calendar?

#31. On January 4th 2010, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was?

#32. In June 2010, Uk Prime Minister David Cameron apologised for?

#33. Between which two cities and in what year was the first scheduled international airline service?

#34. How many commercial voyages did the Titanic complete before it sank?

#35. With the British abolition of the slave trade, the British navy took to patrolling the coasts, intercepting other nations slave ships. This was in the year?

#36. Three thousand years ago there were two important developments in West Africa. One was the ability to manipulate stone, clay and metals to a sophisticated degree while the other was?

#37. During the Great Depression the United States experienced deflation, unemployment soared from 3% to 25% and manufacturing output collapsed by one-third. The Great Depression is usually considered to have occurred from?

#38. Who was the first President of France during the Fifth Republic?

#39. Which of the following was not a Warsaw Pact member nation?

#40. How did Italian Renaissance celebrity Lucrezia Borgia die?

#41. In what year was the United Nations officially formed?

#42. Which of the following is not a Nobel Prize category?

#43. Which of the following was not a member of the Axis powers in World War II?

#44. In what year did the battle of Hastings take place?

#45. The two leading city-states at odds during the Peloponnesian War were?

#46. What island city was the capital of the Aztec Empire?

#47. Mesopotamia was located between what two rivers?

#48. This ancient Egyptian god of embalming and the dead was pictured as a man with the head of a jackal. What was his name?

#49. What was the most recent state to join the United States of America?

#50. In what year did Hong Kong return to Chinese sovereignty?


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