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The Last Time... - United States Edition

Much has taken place in the 247-year existence of the U.S. Can you remember the last time these events happened in the history of the United States?
Enter the year in which the event (elections count as events) took place.
If a question regards a President, enter the last year in which they served.
Quiz by michaelngwa
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Last updated: July 9, 2023
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First submittedMarch 12, 2021
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The Last Time...
Year
The United States hosted the winter Olympics
2002 (Salt Lake City)
A President was not affiliated with the Republican or Democratic parties
1853 (Millard Fillmore)
Texas was its own country
1845
A state joined the Union
1959 (Hawaii)
The United States hosted the Men's FIFA World Cup
1994
A state seceded from the Union
1861 (North Carolina)
The United States went to war against the United Kingdom
1812 (War of 1812)
A President served only one term
2021 (Donald Trump)
A President was not afilliated with any party
1868 (Andrew Johnson)
The United States changed its capital
1800 (Philadelphia to Washington D.C)
The Last Time...
Year
A President was assassinated
1963 (John F. Kennedy)
The United States purchased a part of land that later became a state
1867 (Alaska Purchase)
A President resigned from office
1974 (Richard Nixon)
A Republican candidate won the popular election
2004 (George W. Bush)
The United States was debt free
1835
The United States hosted the summer Olympics
1996 (Atlanta)
The United States government had a budget surplus
2001
A President won the election, but not the popular vote
2016 (Donald Trump)
The United States Women's National Team made it to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup
2019
Mount St. Helens had a major eruption
1980
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Level 56
Mar 12, 2021
I wouldn't be surprised if some of these questions get disputed, so don't be afraid to let me know if anything needs to be changed/explained.
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Level 59
Mar 12, 2021
Great Quiz!
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Level 56
Mar 13, 2021
Thanks! I feel like I have a good format here, so seeing a good response makes me think this quiz could do well. Maybe I can make a few more.
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Level 73
Mar 12, 2021
Can you also accept the actual answers too instead of just the years?
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Level 56
Mar 13, 2021
I can try to incorporate the actual answers as type-ins, but I don't see any reason to. If you're referencing things like the Olympic Games, writing "Atlanta 1996" is effectively the same as writing 1996. Also, I feel like that wouldn't properly test a quiz-takers knowledge of "the last time" an event happened. If a person was able to write "JFK Assassination" for the last time a President got assassinated, they could have no idea when it happened but still get the question right. At that point, it would just be a race against the clock to see how many presidents you could name before you eventually get the answer. If you're willing to tell me why I'll take it into consideration though.
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Level 70
Jul 8, 2021
awesome quiz!!!!!!!
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Level 70
Jul 8, 2021
This is the best quiz i've ever seen with no noms... just gave it one.
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Level 56
Jul 10, 2021
Thanks, I try my best.
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Level 52
Nov 30, 2021
Good quiz. I don't really understand economics, but is the US government having a surplus and being debt free not the same thing? (Also Alaska purchase is misspelt)
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Level 60
Nov 30, 2021
When you have a surplus, you spend less money than you have.

When you have a deficit, you spend more money than you have.

When you have a deficit year after year, you accumulate debt.

The US has had many more deficit years than surplus years in its history, especially after the New Deal and WW2 spending.

The US had a surplus for a few years in the late 90s, but not enough to pay off it's collosal debt.

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Level 79
Nov 30, 2021
The US women's team won the world cup in 2019. The question should be updated.
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Level 56
Dec 1, 2021
Thanks, that's been changed.
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Level 76
Dec 1, 2021
Great idea for a quiz! please do some more on world history, popular culture history etc
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Level 56
Dec 1, 2021
Thanks, I'll try. I've already got a few more on my profile.
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Level 68
May 24, 2022
Men's and Women's World Cup should be separated.
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Level 65
Dec 5, 2022
What about Andrew Johnson? Wasn't he of the National Union party?
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Level 56
Dec 5, 2022
Thanks, fixed.
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Level 95
Dec 5, 2022
If Andrew Johnson was in 1868 and not affiliated with any party, would he not also be the last President not affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican Party?

Fun quiz though

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Level 56
Dec 6, 2022
Yeah when going through the first time, I think I just completely missed Johnson. Not too sure how that happened, but it's good now.
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Level 73
Jul 15, 2023
Andrew Johnson was a Democrat, although the quiz seems to be referring to when he was with the National Union Party, which is still technically a party
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Level 56
Jul 15, 2023
"not affiliated with the Republican or Democratic parties," the last President to meet this criterion was Johnson.
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Level 88
Jul 19, 2023
FlapperBapper is referring to a different question, the one that asks for the last time "A President was not afilliated with any party". You seem to be confusing it with the similar question about Millard Fillmore.
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Level 71
Jul 15, 2023
George Washington was the only President without a party, so it should be 1797
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Level 56
Jul 15, 2023
"not affiliated with the Republican or Democratic parties," the last President to meet this criterion was Johnson.