20th Century History Quiz

This history quiz tests your historical knowledge and contains questions on topics from the 20th century.

20th Century

Questions in this Quiz

Which French president said on the 29th of January 1963 'Non' to a British membership of the European Economic Community?

Who was on the 16th of June 1963 sent into space as the first woman in the world ever?

On the 5th of August 1963 the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Soviet Union agreed on the terms of a common treaty which entered into force definitively on the 10th of October later that year. What was the agreement about?

Which of the following people is known for its good work with poor people in India and received the Nobles Peace Prize?

The African president Mobutu Sese Soku ruled Zaire for approximately 32 years. Which ministerial post has his son had in the Congolese government?

Which British Prime Minister is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in wartime who also suffered with a speech problem?

From 1905 onwards, Lenin was exiled in Europe. When did he return to St. Petersburg?

The Space Shuttle Challenger had its maiden flight in 1983 and exploded three years later. What was the reason?

When the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986, the entire crew was instantly killed. How many astronauts were on board?

Why did the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrate during its re-entry into Earth's atmosphere?

When was the last person in France killed by being decapitated by a guillotine?

In 1964, who became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize?

Who said the famous words "I Have a Dream"?

Of which party was Nelson Mandela elected the leader in 1991?

When Norway gained full independence from Sweden in 1905, the country "imported" a king from abroad. His Norwegian name was Haakon, but what was he originally called?

Which was the last country to abolish its monarchy?

What South American country rejected an attempt to restore its monarchy in the 1990s?

The Greek royal family lives in exile in London. When were they ousted from Greece?

What happened on 6 May 1937 when the Hindenburg-disaster struck in New Jersey?

What was the sister ship of the airship LZ 129 Hindenburg called?

Which country invaded Egypt in connection with the nationalisation of the Suez Canal in 1956?

With whom had Israel already struck an agreement before the country invaded the Gaza strip and the Sinai peninsula on 29 October 1956?

What were the first words that Neil Armstrong uttered from the moon to the control tower on Earth?

Which African country was occupied by Italy 1936-1941?

Which African country was officially called Abyssinia until 1941?

He was born in the town of Sirte in 1942. How old was the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi when he died?

Which of the following acts of terror is connected to Muammar Gaddafi and his Libyan regime?

What did Heysel Stadium become known for in 1985?

Which organisation has bombed the department store Harrods three times?

In which English church are Charles Dickens, Isaac Newton and Laurence Olivier buried?

What was Alcatraz used as?

In which year was Alcatraz last used as a prison?

What was the first Chancellor of West Germany called?

What did Robert Baden-Powell found?

On which route did RMS Queen Mary sail between 1936 and 1967, only interrupted by World War II?

Which country was previously known as the Republic of Upper Volta?

Which colonial power did Burkina Faso once belong to?

Which country was the colonial power of Burundi until 1962?

Which country used to rule Dahomey, now called Benin?

From which country did Cambodia gain independence in 1953?

Which colonial power did the Bahamas formerly belong to?

Which country was called East Pakistan until 1971?

What was Bangladesh called from 1947 to 1971?

Which country was the colonial power of Bangladesh until 1947?

Which country did the island Barbados belong to until 1966?

Which country was Slovenia formerly a part of?

Which country was Angola a colony of until 1975?

What nationality did the man have whom Eva Braun married some 36 hours before she died?

The Berlin Wall was almost 4 metres tall and over 100 km long with plenty of barbed wire, fences and watchtowers. When did it fall?

Which year did the construction of the Berlin Wall commence?