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Name a Valid Year in History

Name any year in history that belongs in each selected category.
All years are A.D.
Massive thanks to FlabberBapper for collaborating with me on this quiz!
Quiz by Stewart
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Last updated: July 15, 2023
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First submittedSeptember 13, 2019
Times taken39,858
Average score55.6%
Rating4.97
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Year
During World War II
1939–1945
The Apollo space program was active
1961–1972
China hosted the Olympic games
2008 / 2022
Genghis Khan was alive
1160–1227
Texas was an independent republic
1836–1845
During the reign of Queen Victoria
1837–1901
Charlemagne was alive
742–814
The world population was between
1 and 2 billion people
1804–1927
The War of the Roses was happening
1455–1487
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Year
The Black Death swept through Europe
1346–1353
The Colosseum was under construction
72–96
The Caribbean pirate Blackbeard was alive
1680–1718
During the Three Kingdoms period in China
220–280
Lenin was the de-facto leader of Russia
1917–1924
Abraham Lincoln was President of the U.S.
1861–1865
The Beatles were together as a band
1960–1970
Cape Town was a Dutch possession
1652–1795
1803–1806
Muhammad was alive
570–632
34 Comments
+17
Level 89
Jan 21, 2021
A lot of people, including teachers, say date memorization isn't important in history. Dates definitely give a sense of context and continuity that are indispensable.
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Level 76
Apr 7, 2022
i suppose the point is that it's not very useful to memorise exact dates down to the year, compared to having a general sense of what sort of period things happened in compared to one another. i don't imagine many people benefit from knowing that queen victoria ascended the throne in exactly 1837 (ie if they thought it was 1836 it would probably make no difference to them), but knowing she was around for most of the 1800s is very useful information to contextualise other historical events, you're right.
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Level 67
Jul 8, 2022
I agree. It isn't important to know the exact years of US Grant's presidency if you know know he followed Lincoln and Johnson, and oversaw Reconstruction while cleaning up Johnson's mess.
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Level ∞
Jul 15, 2023
Agree. On the other hand, many people are trying to paper over their own ignorance with a strawman argument. No one is claiming that it's important to know the exact dates of most historical events. But an educated person should be able to place major figures and events on an approximate place on the historical timeline.
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Level 83
Jul 16, 2023
Yeah, I agree with pretty much everything in this comment section here.

Dates are unquestionably important in a historical profession, as chronology is indeed one of a historian's most indispensable tools to measure how events led up to one another and how they correlate with each other.

Heck, not knowing chronology for even one specific country, or even subdivision within a country, greatly worsens your understanding of world history.

For instance, my knowledge of European history is worse compared to my knowledge of American history, so I'm much less well-informed of the political tensions and historical changes throughout the continent.

So yeah, dates are important. And so is chronology. You don't need to know every single detail, but general trends and having a great understanding of when events happened are far more significant in giving you a strong worldview of where we stand today.

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Level 66
Apr 7, 2022
Absolutely. Of course, history is way, way more than just dates, but the dates are still incredibly important. From their significance throughout history and popular consciousness (Remember, remember, the fifth of November...) to just having a grasp on chronology, you gotta know your dates.
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Level 79
Oct 10, 2021
Excellent quiz! a lot of these caught me out, but the quiz is very fair. Would make a nice series
+7
Level 95
Dec 4, 2021
Love this quiz! You should definitely make a BC one next. Nominated
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Level 71
Apr 7, 2022
Great quiz! Nominated!
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Level 71
Apr 7, 2022
That was hard but educational. Hope to see some more
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Level 65
Apr 7, 2022
Well done. Thank you. Nominated
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Level 74
Jul 3, 2023
4 years late, but it was very fun collaborating on this quiz with you, Stewart!
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Level 77
Jul 15, 2023
Good lord. I beat 100% of quiz takers and only got 3 points! Tough quiz!
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Level 59
Jul 15, 2023
May I make a Spanish (and or Telugu) adaptation?
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Level 85
Jul 15, 2023
I have an MA in History and was often challenged by myself or my classmates to write papers or exams without a date. As long as I could keep sequence and causation in the right order dates were unimportant.
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Level 74
Jul 16, 2023
Good thing this is just a quiz for fun on an online website!
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Level 74
Jul 15, 2023
Excellent quiz. It works well for both those with specific knowledge, as well as for those able to make general educated guesses. I'd love to see a series of these, including B.C. dates.
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Level 83
Jul 16, 2023
Fun quiz! I did not realize that the Wars of the Roses between ye olde Lancaster and York wasn't too far off from when Columbus arrived in the Americas. My brain is still comprehending that fact. :)
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Level 74
Jul 25, 2023
Think of the Battle of Bosworth Field, along with the discovery of the Americas and the conquest of Granada, as the beginning of the early modern period in Europe.
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Level 69
Jul 25, 2023
Weren't there multiple waves of the Black Death at different instances?
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Level 70
Jul 25, 2023
I thought the same because I remembered that the Great Fire of London happened in 1666 and was believed to have stopped the spread of the ongoing Great Plague of London.

Apparently, the earlier Black Death was a pandemic which recurred regularly and often, and the 1666 London version was an epidemic. Every day's a school day.

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Level 64
Jul 25, 2023
Good quiz!
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Level 65
Jul 25, 2023
A few of the answers don't really make sense grammatically. "Name any year when during World War II?" "Name any year when the Three Kingdoms period in China?" These are sentence fragments
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Level 68
Jul 25, 2023
Looks like some of the wording was changed during featuring. I'll fix it.
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Level 65
Jul 25, 2023
Looking at some of the answers when time had run out made me laugh at some of my wild guesses that turned out to be way off. Great quiz!
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Level 50
Jul 25, 2023
Great quiz! I got 13/18. It was really fun to think of how each answer related to each other in history, it kind of helped me. Somehow I thought Charlemagne lived around 900-1000 but I was two centuries off!
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Level 71
Jul 25, 2023
This was a very enjoyable quiz, I was 14/18 and close on a couple of others.

Dates are critical to history both for context and chronology. It's no good being unaware that the English Civil War took place in the mid 1640s yet wondering why the Restoration of the monarchy was an event that took place by the early 1660s....

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Level 23
Jul 26, 2023
got 17/18 one off :(
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Level 54
Feb 6, 2024
which one?
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Level 38
Jul 27, 2023
Maybe it's better to specify that we're speaking about The Prophet Muhammad? It can easily be Muhammad Ali or any other great Muhammad:)
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Level ∞
Jul 27, 2023
Sorry, but no. This is a history test, and understanding context is key.
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Level 52
Jul 28, 2023
This was super fun! And I was super stupid :)
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Level 21
Feb 22, 2024
whos muhammad be more specific
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Level 69
Apr 17, 2024
ok, I suck at history haha. Only knew the first for sure. Other two roughly so got those in 1 attempt. For the rest it was mainly educated guesses. somehow managed to get 11. I missed the following ones.

Charlemagne (guessed 1000 thought it was slighlty later)

war of the roses, no idea but somewhere between 1200 and 1850)

Black death somewhere between 1200 and 1500

Bluebeard, no clue, but couldn't too old so somewhere after 1600

China No idea I know their dynasties go way back.

Lincoln, somewhere after 1800 and before 1900

Muhammed early.

I probably will forget the answers in 2 minutes haha