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Giant Great Britain 19th Century Quiz

Can you identify the answer to each of these questions about the history of Great Britain. There is one question per year for the period 1800-1899.
1800-1899 may not be the strict definition of the 19th Century but it works better for this quiz
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1899
This orchestral work by Edward Elgar premieres in London.
Enigma Variations
1898
This science fiction novel by H. G. Wells is published for the first time in book form.
The War of the Worlds
1897
Ronald Ross discovers the means of transmission for this tropical disease. He later becomes the first Scot to win a Nobel prize for this work.
Malaria
1896
A railway commences public operation.to the summit of this mountain.
Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)
1895
This organisation is founded to look after places of historic interest or natural beauty permanently for the benefit of the nation.
National Trust
1894
This popular tourist attraction opens to the public at a Lancashire coastal town.
Blackpool Tower
1893
W.E. Johns is born. He goes on to write about adventure stories about this fictional pilot.
Biggles
1892
This prestigious football club in the north-west of England plays its first match.
Liverpool FC
1891
Rachel Beer becomes the first woman to edit a national newspaper when she takes over this long running Sunday publication.
The Observer
1890
This link between North and South Queensferry near Edinburgh opens to rail traffic. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Forth Bridge
1889
This luxury hotel opens in the Strand in central London.
Savoy
1888
London's Whitechapel area is terrorised by this serial killer.
Jack the Ripper
1887
This book is published, to become Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes novel.
A Study in Scarlet
1886
The Great Western Railway opens a railway tunnel under this major river.
Severn
1885
Artist and poet Jeanette Pickersgill becomes the first legal recipient of this type of human body disposal.
Cremation
1884
This prominent department store chain starts life as a market stall in Leeds.
Marks & Spencer
1883
This adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson is published for the first time.
Treasure Island
1882
London Zoo sells this famous elephant to the American showman P. T. Barnum.
Jumbo
1881
This large museum opens in South Kensington, London.
Natural History Museum
1880
This English land agent is ostracised by his local community in Ireland resulting in his name becoming part of the English language to signify what happened to him.
Charles Boycott
1879
A major rail bridge over this Scottish river collapses during a violent storm.
Tay
1878
Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates this device to Queen Victoria.
Telephone
1877
Anna Sewell lives just long enough to see publication of this book, her only novel.
Black Beauty
1876
The Royal Titles Act is passed which grants Queen Victoria this title.
Empress of India
1875
This football club is founded by Irishmen in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh.
Hibernian F.C.
1874
This rural Wessex based novel by Thomas Hardy is published.
Far from the Madding Crowd
1873
Now the oldest such club in the world, this canine society is formed.
The Kennel Club
1872
The first ever final for this trophy is held, the world's oldest football competition.
FA Cup
1871
Parliament passes an act to allow four of these annual national public holidays.
Bank holidays
1870
This society for aid to the sick and wounded is established.
British Red Cross
1869
This ship is launched in Dumbarton, the only clipper to still survive in the UK.
Cutty Sark
1868
The Earl of Derby resigns as Prime Minister and is succeeded by this person.
Benjamin Disraeli
1867
Joseph Lister's paper on this method of preventing infection after surgery leads to its widespread use.
Antiseptic
1866
This company starts selling cocoa suitable for drinking for the first time.
Cadbury's
1865
This future author, known for 'The Jungle Book', is born.
Rudyard Kipling
1864
This long running Cricketers' Almanack is published for the first time.
Wisden
1863
The first section of this London transportation system opens between Paddington and Farringdon.
Underground
1862
This well known Geordie folk song is written and performed for the first time.
Blaydon Races
1861
The firing of the One o’Clock Gun occurs for the first time at this Scottish castle.
Edinburgh
1860
The first professional tournament for this sport is held at Prestwick.
Golf
1859
A lighthouse is illuminated for the first time on these rocks off the Isle of Wight.
The Needles
1858
The Lutine bell is salvaged and later hung in the offices of this London insurer.
Lloyd's
1857
The Indian Rebellion begins, a major uprising against the rule of this British company.
East India Company
1856
This art gallery in London opens for the first time.
National Portrait Gallery
1855
This Scottish scientist unifies electricity and magnetism into a single theory and shows that light is an electromagnetic wave.
James Clerk Maxwell
1854
This nurse leaves England for Scutari to care for troops during the Crimean War.
Florence Nightingale
1853
A new Vaccination Act is passed, which requires all children to be inoculated against this disease during their first 3 months of life.
Smallpox
1852
The last fatal encounter of this type of arranged combat takes place in England between two French refugees.
Duel
1851
The Great Exhibition opens at this dedicated venue in Hyde Park in London.
Crystal Palace
1850
Sir Robert Peel dies. He is perhaps best remembered as the founder of this force.
Metropolitan Police
1849
This distinctive felt headware is created by, and named after, two London hatmakers.
Bowler hat
1848
A military conflict breaks out in the Punjab between the British and this Empire.
Sikh
1847
This Act of Parliament restricts the working hours of women and young persons (13-18) in textile mills to 10 hours per day.
Factories Act
1846
This complex of dock buildings and warehouses is officially opened in Liverpool.
Royal Albert Dock
1845
Stephen Perry is granted a patent for this stretchy item, used to hold multiple objects together.
Rubber band
1844
Considered the start of the cooperative movement, this group of people open a store in the north of England.
Rochdale Pioneers
1843
This ship, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is launched. She later becomes the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
SS Great Britain
1842
This British Army officer and inventor dies; his name has entered the English language as being synonymous with an anti-personnel fragmentation weapon.
Henry Shrapnel
1841
This survey is held, the first to record names and ages of every person in the UK.
Census
1840
This public space in London is laid out along with the base of Nelson's Column.
Trafalgar Square
1839
This Anglo-Chinese War begins between Britain and the Qing dynasty.
First Opium War
1838
This iconic painting of an old ship on the Thames is completed by J.M.W. Turner.
The Fighting Temeraire
1837
This station is opened to become London's first mainline railway terminus.
Euston
1836
Charles Dickens has this novel published, the first of 15 books.
The Pickwick Papers
1835
Henry Fox Talbot produces a picture titled 'Latticed window at Lacock Abbey', perhaps the earliest example of this method of reproduction.
Photograph
1834
These six Dorset farm workers are sentenced to be transported to a penal colony for forming a trade union.
Tolpuddle Martyrs
1833
Campaigner William Wilberforce dies, just one month before an act is passed abolishing this practice in most parts of the British Empire.
Slavery
1832
This act permits unclaimed bodies from public institutions to be available for dissection.
Anatomy Act
1831
This scientist demonstrates electromagnetic induction and makes the first dynamo.
Michael Faraday
1830
This Whig succeeds the Duke of Wellington as Prime Minister. Legend says that he later had a tea named after him.
Earl Grey
1829
William Booth, future founder of this church charitable organisation, is born.
Salvation Army
1828
The Offences Against the Person Act replaces Clause XXVI of this ancient charter.
Magna Carta
1827
This military leader becomes Commander-in-Chief of the Forces.
Arthur Wellesley
1826
Felicia Heman's poem 'Casablanca', starting with this line, is first published.
The Boy stood on the Burning Deck
1825
This rail line opens for the first time, the world's first public railway to use steam locomotives.
Stockton and Darlington
1824
This distillery in Moray is established and begins to produce single malt whisky.
Glenlivet
1823
A monument to this 'national poet of Scotland' is opened in Alloway.
Robert Burns
1822
William Reading is the last person to be hanged for shoplifting at this notorious prison.
Newgate
1821
John Constable completes this now famous painting.
The Hay Wain
1820
This ship is launched, it will later take Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.
HMS Beagle
1819
The streets of Birmingham are lit by this fuel for the first time.
Gas
1818
The first successful instance of this life-saving human to human procedure is performed by James Blundell
Blood transfusion
1817
This Thames crossing opens and is named to commemorate a battle of 1815.
Waterloo Bridge
1816
This Romantic poet flees Britain to escape a scandal and rising debts.
Lord Byron
1815
The novel by Jane Austen becomes the last one published during her lifetime.
Emma
1814
The first match is played at this cricket ground in St John's Wood, London.
Lord's
1813
USS Chesapeake is captured in Boston Harbor by the Royal Navy during this conflict.
War of 1812
1812
The 'Frame Breaking Act' makes it a capital offence to destroy mechanised looms in a move designed to stop the actions of this group of disgruntled textile workers.
Luddites
1811
The first complete fossil of this 'fish lizard' is found by Mary Anning at Lyme Regis.
Ichthyosaur
1810
Chemist Humphrey Davy proposes that this halogen is an element and gives it its name.
Chlorine
1809
This prominent prison opens in Devon to house French prisoners of war.
Dartmoor
1808
This future travel agency and 'package tour' pioneer is born in Derbyshire.
Thomas Cook
1807
The first occurrence of this major horse race is held at Ascot race course.
Gold Cup
1806
Ralph Wedgwood obtains a patent for this method of creating duplicate documents.
Carbon paper
1805
At the Battle of Trafalgar, this naval leader is fatally wounded and dies soon after.
Horatio Nelson
1804
William Blake writes the first part of this epic poem.
Milton
1803
An act is passed authorising construction of this waterway along the Great Glen.
Caledonian Canal
1802
This woman first exhibits her wax sculptures in London.
Marie Tussaud
1801
The first one-inch-to-the-mile map is published by this national institution.
Ordnance Survey
1800
This reigning monarch survives two assassination attempts in London.
George III
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