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1.On 3rd May 1937, from which German city did the Hindenburg depart for its fateful journey to Lakehurst, New Jersey?
2.Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, mistress of Louis XV and notable patron of the arts, is better known as "Madame de...' what?
3.What U.S. President was assassinated in September 1901?
4.What incumbent president was the first American to win a Nobel Peace Prize?
5.In what year did the Great Chicago Fire, Peshtigo Fire, and Great Michigan Fire take place?
6.Launched on 6th June 1944 (D-Day) with the Normandy landings, what 'O' was the codename for the Battle of Normandy?
7.What 'B' was the capital of the Dutch East Indies until it was renamed Jakarta in 1949?
8.What British Overseas Territory was devastated by a series of volcanic eruptions between 1995 and 1999?
9.In many Commonwealth pre-decimal currencies, what name was given to a coin with a value of 2 shillings?
10.Part of the Hundred Years' War, in what century was the Battle of Agincourt?
11.By what name has No. 617 Squadron Royal Air Force been popularly known since World War II?
12.What city in Texas was the scene of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo?
13.What war was ended by the Treaty of Ghent in 1814?
14.The Jewish festival of Hanukkah celebrates a victory over what ancient empire in 166 BC?
15.Who was Germany's Reichsminister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda between 1933 and 1945?
16.Complete the following transmission by Neil Armstrong upon landing on the moon in July 1969: "Houston, _________ Base here. The Eagle has landed."

17.In 1893, what self-governing British colony became the first country in the world to grant adult women the right to vote?
18.Aged 41, Alan Turing died on 7th June 1954 after supposedly eating a poisoned what?
19.What was the name of this series of electronic hand-held children's computers by Texas Instruments, first introduced in 1978?
20.What two Persian Gulf countries were at war from September 1980 until August 1988?
21.The 1960 poster with the slogan, "Would YOU buy a used car from this man?" opposed what US politician?
22.Who made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919?
23.Name the General, and President of Argentina, who led the junta in the 1982 seizure of the Falkland Islands.
24.The largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history, around 9,400, what was the name of the German military transport ship sunk on 30th January 1945 by a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea?
25.Widely regarded as the world's first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building was opened in 1885, in what U.S. city?
26.In the UK, which Hanoverian monarch reigned the longest?
27.On 22nd May 1990, two countries merged, North and South, to become what single country?
28.By what name did Lhamo Thondup become known in 1939?
29.In which year did the Asian Financial Crisis hit Thailand, seeing the baht halving in value overnight?
30.Still in use today, for what household item was Swedish inventor Gustaf Erik Pasch granted a patent in 1844?
31.What was the name of the bodyguard who survived the crash that killed Princess Diana on 31st August 1997?
32.The English Civil Wars took place in what century?

33.Sukarno became the first President of what newly-created Republic in 1945?
34.Who was executed by firing squad in Bolivia on 9th October 1967?
35.What nationality was philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras?
36.What was the first name of the founder of the frozen foods brand Birds Eye?
37.Who became King of the United Kingdom upon the death of Queen Victoria in 1901?
38.What 'H' were French Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries frequently embroiled in religious wars with the Catholics?
39.Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998, what is the name of the Unabomber?
40.On 1st November 1800, who became the first US President to reside in the executive mansion now known as the White House?
41.Until relocated in 1851, what London landmark served as the state entrance to the courtyard of Buckingham Palace?
42.What embroidered cloth tells the story of the 1066 Battle of Hastings?
43.Who was King of Jordan from the abdication of his father in 1952 until his death in 1999?
44.Who, briefly, became President of Germany upon the death of Adolf Hitler on 30th April 1945?
45.What country elected the world's first female prime minister in July 1960?
46.Who is the only British Prime Minister to have been assassinated?
47.What Soviet leader ordered the invasion of Afghanistan on 24th December 1979?
48.Who was the first American President born in the 20th century?
49.Richard Nixon served two terms as Vice President under what U.S. President?
50.Who resigned as French President in April 1969?

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