Quiz of the Year 2008

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Mystery Year Quiz1. On February the 7th, which space shuttle launched mission STS-122 to deliver the European-built Columbus science laboratory to the International Space Station?

2. The Prime Minister of which country delivered a formal apology to the Stolen Generations back in February 2008?

3. Which controversial president resigned effective on February 24th 2008? For a bonus point, who became his or her successor?

4. Which bank became the first bank in Europe to be taken under state control due to the US subprime mortgage financial crisis?

5. Back in April 2008, Sark dismantled its feudal system in order to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights. Where is Sark?

6. Also in April, which country set a world record by sending 10 satellites into orbit in a single launch?

7. Where did Cyclone Nargis claim the lives of over 133,000 people, to become the deadliest natural disaster since the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami?

8. What was the name of NASA's spacecraft that became the first spacecraft to land on the northern polar-region of Mars?

9. Citizens on which country voted to reject the Treaty of Lisbon, in the only referendum to be held by a European Union member state on the treaty?

10. Who was reelected on june 27th 2008 with 85.5% of the vote in the second round of a controversial election?

11. Which country/region formally declared independence from Serbia, with support from some countries but opposition from others on February 17th 2008?

12. Which chess grandmaster died in January 2008?

13. Which British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist died in March 2008?

14. Actor John Charles Carter died on the 5th of April 2008.  By which name was he better known?

15. Which Nobel prize was awarded to Makoto Kobayashi, Toshihide Maskawa and Yoichiro Nambu? For bonus points, for what achievements were the prizes awarded?

16. Why was St. Patrick's Day celebrated on March 15th instead of the usual 17th in Ireland, the USA and the rest of the English-speaking world?

17. "4 Minutes" by Madonna spent four weeks at the top of the UK singles chart in April and May. With whom did she collaborate on this track (Two artists for full points)?

18. Which song, with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown, published in 1929, became a smash hit in June 2008 and topped the singles chart for two weeks?

19. Which very rich man stepped down from his job as head of his massive company in order to concentrate on his philanthropist activities?

20. Which Newcastle footballer was jailed in 2008 for offences that included assault?

21. Which European fugitive was finally arrested after a twelve year long man hunt and put on trial for alleged war crimes?

Just for fun: Can you guess what happened on the 11th of January 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq for the first time in over a century?

ANSWERS

1. Atlantis

2. Australia (Kevin Rudd)

3. Fidel Castro - former President of Cuba, succeeded by Raul Castro, his younger brother

4. Northern Rock

5. (Southwestern) English Channel. It is one of the Channel Islands, is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey

6. India.

7. Burma/Myanmar

8. Phoenix

9. Ireland

10. Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe

11. Kosovo

12. Bobby Fischer

13. Arthur C. Clarke

14. Charlton Heston

15. Physics. 
    Bonus: Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa were awarded for the discovery of the origin of the broken symmetry which predicts the existence of at least three families of quarks in nature and Yoichiro Nambu for the discovery of the mechanism of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics.

16. To avoid the second day in Holy Week (March 17th 2008) - that was the last one to fall within Holy Week until 2160.

17. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland

18. Singin' in the Rain - (2008 version by Mint Royale after being featured in an advert for the Volkswagen Golf)

19. Bill Gates of Microsoft

20. Joey Barton.

21. Radovan Karadzic

Just for fun: Snow fell.

 

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