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In This Year

50 randomly selected In This Year questions for quizmasters.

New random selection made weekly.  Next update: Monday 4th December 2023

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1.Alan Alda|Brian Blessed|Glen Campbell|Mary Tyler Moore|Robert Redford|Burt Reynolds
2.Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer married at St Paul's Cathedral|Egyptian president Anwar Sadat was assassinated|Muhammad Ali, in his last-ever fight, lost to Trevor Berbick
3.The Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria|I Want to Hold Your Hand became The Beatles' first #1 single in the U.S.A.|Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor married for the first time
4.What rock star conceded defeat to 10-year-old Nandi Bushell after a series of online drum battles this year, prompting the former to write a song in her honour?
Dave Grohl
5.Northern Rock became the first bank in Europe to be taken into state control due to the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis|Dmitry Medvedev replaced Vladimir Putin as President of Russia|Michael Phelps won a record eight Gold Medals at a single Olympics
6.Roseanne Barr|Vladimir Putin|Christopher Reeve|Mickey Rourke|Steven Seagal|Louis Walsh
7.The Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground off Alaska|the Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool supporters|Romanian leader Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena were executed after being found guilty of crimes against humanity
8.125 million people watched the final episode of M*A*S*H, the most watched television broadcast in American history|Michael Jackson's Thriller video was aired on MTV for the first time|Return of the Jedi opened in theatres worldwide
9.Hilary Duff|Kesha|Chelsea Manning|Maria Sharapova|Jamie Vardy|Sebastian Vettel
10.Aisling Bea|LeBron James|Scarlett Johansson|Trevor Noah|Katy Perry|Mark Zuckerberg
11.Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, premiered around the world|President Richard Nixon declared the U.S. "War on Drugs"|the first book in the Mr. Men series, Mr. Tickle, was first published
12.Brigitte Bardot|Leonard Cohen|Judi Dench|George Segal|Maggie Smith|Frankie Valli
13.Cyprus became independent from the United Kingdom|21-year-old American rock singer Eddie Cochran died in a car crash in south England|U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy was elected Democratic presidential candidate
14.George H. W. Bush succeeded Ronald Reagan as President of the United States|the Soviet Union withdrew its troops from Afghanistan, ending a 9 year long war|Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini placed a US$3m bounty on the head of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie
15.Nadia Comăneci|Billy Ray Cyrus|Laurence Fishburne|Ricky Gervais|Wayne Gretzky|Woody Harrelson
16.Daniel Craig|Celine Dion|Hugh Jackman|Kylie Minogue|Will Smith|Owen Wilson

17.Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak formed the Apple Computer Company|Nadia Comăneci scored seven perfect 10s at the Summer Olympics|Viking 1 successfully landed on Mars
18.U.S. forces made a controversial move into neutral Cambodia to hunt out the Viet Cong|New Zealander racing driver and team founder Bruce McLaren was killed while testing a new race car|the North Tower of the World Trade Center was topped out, making it the tallest building in the world
19.The Sound of Music premièred worldwide|racing driver Jim Clark won the Indianapolis 500 and the Formula One world driving championship in the same year|Singapore gained independence by being expelled from Malaysia
20.16 infant school pupils and a teacher were killed in the Dunblane massacre in Scotland|"Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski was arrested at his Montana cabin|35 were killed in Tasmania in the Port Arthur massacre
21.22-year-old flight attendant Vesna Vulović survived a 33,333 feet fall without a parachute after the plane she was on was bombed|The French Connection won Best Picture at the Academy Awards|the arcade version of Pong was released
22.George V became King of the United Kingdom|the Earth passed through the tail of Halley's Comet|African-American boxer Jack Johnson's defeat of white American James J. Jeffries sparked race riots across the United States
23.Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared, presumed drowned, in the sea near Portsea, Victoria|the New Zealand dollar replaced the New Zealand pound|Beatles manager Brian Epstein was found dead in his locked bedroom
24.Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the Gulf of Thailand with 239 people on board|Russia were suspended from the G8 after formally annexing Crimea|the Royal Thai Army overthrew Thailand's caretaker government after its failure to resolve political unrest
25.The Apollo 13 mission was aborted after an explosion on board|The Beatles released their 12th and final studio album, Let It Be|a Civil War with the Khmer Rouge began in Cambodia
26.Eleven thieves stole more than $2 million from the Brink's armoured car company headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts|the first race in the inaugural FIA Formula One World Championship was held at Silverstone, England|North Korean troops crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea, marking the start of the Korean War
27.The Australian dollar replaced the Australian pound|Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? premièred worldwide|Luna 9 and Surveyor 1 achieved the first lunar soft landings
28.Jarvis Cocker|Whitney Houston|James May|Mike Myers|Brigitte Nielsen|Seal
29.Hogan's Heroes actor Bob Crane was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale, Arizona, apartment|a bomb explosion at Northwestern University, Illinois marked the Unabomber's first attack|Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, was released worldwide
30.George W. Bush began his second term as President of the United States|Pope John Paul II died|the Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker Bowles
31.The Iranian Embassy Siege took place in London|Robert Mugabe became Prime Minister of the newly independent Zimbabwe|Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington
32.John Howard was sworn in for the first time as Prime Minister of Australia|Braveheart won Best Picture at the 68th Academy Awards|an IRA bomb injured 212 in Manchester, England

33.Luke Evans|Olga Kurylenko|James McAvoy|Rosamund Pike|Pink|Will Young
34.President George W. Bush fainted after choking on a pretzel|Britain's Queen Mother died aged 101|202 people were killed in the Bali bombings
35.An amateur video captured the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police|a Lauda Air Boeing 767 crashed in Suphanburi, Thailand, killing all 223 on board|Mike Tyson was charged with the rape of Desiree Washington
36.Antonio Banderas|Gary Lineker|Julianne Moore|James Spader|Roger Taylor (Duran Duran)|Carol Vorderman
37.Simon Cowell|Magic Johnson|Hugh Laurie|Kevin Spacey|Emma Thompson|Morrissey
38.Akihito became Emperor of Japan upon the death of his father, Hirohito|the Ayatollah Khomeini died|the Tiananmen Square Massacre took place
39.Marilyn Monroe died from an overdose of sleeping pills and chloral hydrate|the Cuban Missile Crisis came, and went|Lawrence of Arabia premièred around the world
40.U.S. President Richard Nixon was inaugurated for his second term|Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon|The Sears Tower in Chicago was finished, becoming the world's tallest building
41.Aston Villa won the European Cup|the world's first CDs went on sale to the public|Henry VIII's flagship, The Mary Rose, was raised
42.Fleetwood Mac released their Grammy-winning album Rumours|Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee|a 25 hour blackout in New York City resulted in city-wide disorder and looting
43.Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds premièred around the world| John F. Kennedy delivered his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in West Berlin|The Great Train Robbery took place in Buckinghamshire, England
44.The Who drummer Keith Moon died from an accidental overdose, aged 32, in London, England|Annie Hall won Best Picture at the 50th Academy Awards|a poison-filled pellet from an umbrella killed Bulgarian defector Georgi Markov in London
45.Richard Nixon died at the age of 81|Tony Blair was elected leader of the British Labour Party|Woodstock celebrated its 25th Anniversary
46.Serial killer Ted Bundy was captured in Pensacola, Florida|the oil tanker Amoco Cadiz ran aground off the coast of Brittany|Pope John Paul I died after only 33 days of papacy
47.London-based Laker Airways collapsed, leaving 6,000 stranded passengers and debts of $270 million|Chariots of Fire won four Academy Awards including Best Picture|Yuri Andropov became leader of the Soviet Union
48.Eric Clapton|Goldie Hawn|Bob Marley|Steve Martin|Tom Selleck|Rod Stewart
49.the Summer Olympics were held in Seoul, South Korea|Australian soap opera Home and Away was aired for the first time|Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing a total of 270 people
50.Harald V became King of Norway|the first Sonic the Hedgehog game was published by Sega|Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury died from pneumonia induced by AIDS

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