20th Century A-Z

For each letter of the alphabet, guess these answers related to the years 1901–2000.
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Last updated: December 11, 2019
First submittedFebruary 22, 2018
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Year
Hint
Answer
A
1969
This astronaut becomes the first person to walk on the moon
Neil Armstrong
B
1944–45
This battle marks the final German offensive on the Western Front
Battle of the Bulge
C
1900s
Picasso co-invents this "blocky" school of art
Cubism
D
1963
JFK is assassinated in this city
Dallas
E
1983–85
400,000 people die due to famine in this country
Ethiopia
F
1982
The UK and Argentina fight over these islands
Falkland Islands
G
1942
This leader urges Britain to "quit India"
Mahatma Gandhi
H
1935
This dam on the Colorado River is dedicated
Hoover Dam
I
1979
This country's shah is deposed
Iran
J
1922
This novelist publishes "Ulysses"
James Joyce
K
1948
This peninsula is divided at the 38th parallel
Korea
L
2000
During the century, this city's population increases from 41,000
to over 7 million
Lagos
M
1943–76
This dictator kills at least 40 million people
Mao Zedong
N
1923–46
This city hosts Nazi rallies, and later, war crimes trials
Nuremberg
O
1922
This empire ceases to exist
Ottoman Empire
P
1914
This canal is completed despite the deaths of 25,000 workers
Panama Canal
Q
1912
This dynasty comes to an end in China
Qing
R
1916
This "mad monk" is assassinated in Russia
Rasputin
S
1957
This Russian satellite orbits the Earth
Sputnik
T
1982
Michael Jackson releases this album, the best-selling of all-time
Thriller
U
1930
This country hosts the first FIFA World Cup
Uruguay
V
1901
This queen dies after a reign of 63 years
Victoria
W
1955
Communist countries of Eastern Europe sign this military alliance
Warsaw Pact
X
1959
This company introduces the copy machine
Xerox
Y
1991
This man becomes the first democratically-elected leader of Russia
Boris Yeltsin
Z
1913
This alternative to buttons and snaps is invented in Pennsylvania
Zipper
+10
Level 81
Feb 22, 2018
Could "zip" maybe be accepted for the last question?
+1
Level ∞
Feb 22, 2018
Okay
+4
Level 75
Feb 22, 2018
Would you please allow alternate spellings of Yeltsin such as Yeltzin? (or I could just remember, I always get that spelling wrong).
+4
Level 75
Feb 23, 2018
James Joyce didn't publish Ulysses, he wrote it. Sylvia Beach published it.
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Level 80
Feb 27, 2018
He submitted it for publication? I think it's ok as it is, like an architect or a king "built" something.
+11
Level 65
Oct 30, 2019
You could nitpick about Mao killing 40 million people too.
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Level 73
Jun 19, 2022
Mao killed 40 million (the number continuously grows) because his policies - particularly during the Great Leap Forward - resulted in famine. However, Kennedy/Johnson/Nixon are teflon: just because millions died of guns, bombs, and similar during the US war in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, that doesn't mean any of those deaths should stick to them. At least that's what I assume from these quizzes.
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Level 66
Jun 19, 2022
When I was in school, it was 20 million. By the time I left college, it was 30 million. Now, apparently it's 40 million.
+17
Level 64
May 16, 2018
For those wondering, the Los Angeles metro area went from a population of about 190,000 in 1900 to over 12 million by 2000.
+4
Level 84
Jul 9, 2018
That was my first guess.
+1
Level 67
Jul 11, 2018
Mine too.
+1
Level 35
May 24, 2018
I misspelt Nuremberg with a u, with a variety of eu/e/u combinations and I don't think they were wholly unreasonable suggestions. Could attempts such as Neuremburg be accepted?

Thanks. Really interesting quiz!

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Level 41
Jul 9, 2018
I kept on trying to spell Nuremburg "Nurenburg" or "Nurnburg"

oops

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Level 67
Jul 11, 2018
Considering that in German it's Nürnberg, that's an understandable way to try and spell it.
+1
Level 58
Jun 19, 2022
neuremburg doesn't make sense because in english umlauts are represented by an e after the letter but nuremberg does not have an umlaut as the german is nürnberg anyway
+1
Level 56
Jul 9, 2018
I thought of the Falklands but thought they were farther north, for some reason.
+3
Level 78
Sep 14, 2019
You might've been thinking about the Faroe islands
+1
Level 59
Dec 5, 2021
Only forgot Sputnik
+1
Level 21
Jun 20, 2022
OMG, I got Lagos, it may not seem like a big deal but I had no clue that I knew it so I wrote it as a random guess and somehow got it right, apparently less than half got it right so I'm pretty happy with that, thankyou Geography Teacher :)