Quiz: Do you know which of these historical events came first?
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Do you know which of these historical events came first?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

CALLING ALL HISTORY BUFFS! When it comes to history, it's often easy to remember the major events. Alexander the Great was one of the world's greatest conquerors and who could forget the Civil War? The assassination of JFK will never be forgotten. While you might remember these events, can you remember when they happened? Take this quiz to find out if you know which of these historical events came first!

When it comes to history lessons, you might've taken courses in American History, European History, or World History. Regardless of the course, each topic would've covered some of the biggest events the world has ever seen. Traveling back in history, when it came to pandemics, the bubonic plague, cholera, and smallpox were ravaging the world's population. The 1800s was marked by the Civil War while the 1900s was a century filled with assassinations of major political figures. 

But do you remember which came first? Can you remember whether the Treaty of Versailles came before the dissolution of the Berlin Wall? Did the Vietnam War occur before or after the Korean War? If you're able to answer these questions, you're prepared for this quiz! We're traveling back in time to some of the biggest events in history. From wars and assassinations to peace treaties and inaugurations, can you choose which event happened first? Let's find out!

Julius Caesar was the (sometimes brutal) dictator of the Roman Empire. He was assassinated in 44 B.C.

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Which of these scary events happened first?

The Civil War ripped America to shreds in the 1860s. Chernobyl happened in 1986, and the tsunami? That was 2004.

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The Treaty of Versailles signaled the end of World War I. Sadly, many people knew it was simply a stopgap solution and that a new world war was virtually inevitable. They were right.

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Which of these famous wars came first?

Clearly, World War I preceded World War II. The Great War devastated Europe. It started in 1914 and ended in 1918.

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Which famous natural disaster happened first?

The 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius still ranks as one of the most epic natural disasters in human history. It completely wiped out two cities, Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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Which of the following economic events happened first?

If you guessed the Panic of 1901, you're right. This was the very first stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange, and it wiped out many investors' life savings.

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The British Open is an incredibly old event, first played in 1860. It was played on Prestwicks' 12-hole golf course, and the few people who participated played the course three times.

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Which of these bleak situations transpired first?

The Holocaust, Hitler's systematic killing of civilians, occurred during World War II. The Cold War began at the conclusion of that war.

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Which of the following wars came first?

There was no America at all until the American Revolution, so this one came first. It ended in 1783. The Spanish-American War didn't happen for another century.

The Apollo 11 mission, the one that landed the first men on the moon, happened in 1969. The Cassini-Huygens probe wasn't launched until 2004. Spirit and Opportunity also landed on Mars in 2004.

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Which famous awesome event came first?

The Reformation transformed Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Before this event, the Catholic Church had a stranglehold on society. Reformation helped to bring the church back to a more Christian way of life.

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Which life-altering era happened first?

The Black Plague ravaged humankind in the 14th century, killing perhaps 200 million people. The Industrial Revolution didn't take hold until the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Which wrenching conflict came first?

The attack on Pearl Harbor happened on a date that will live infamy -- December 7, 1941. The Vietnam War consumed the late 60s and the Rwandan genocide happened in the 90s.

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Which famous leader lived first?

Jesus died in around 33 A.D., long before either of those other famous men. He was famously crucified due to an order by ruler Pontius Pilate.

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Which famous battle happened first?

The Battle of Thermopylae happened in 480 B.C., when a small group of Spartan warriors repeatedly repelled much larger Persian forces. It's the battle featured in the movie "300."

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Which bloody civil war came first?

As much as we'd like to see Big Bird throw down on Elmo, there was no Sesame Street Civil War. The American Civil War happened in the 1860s, decades before the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.

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The 9/11 attacks happened in 2001. Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, exposing many flaws in America's disaster response systems. So the Crash of 1987 came first.

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As you can probably guess from the name, the Massacre of Thessalonica happened in antiquity, back in 390 A.D. The Nanking Massacre was one of the ugliest events of the 1930s. And the Battle of the Little Bighorn happened in 1876.

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Which famous woman lived first?

Mary Magdalene was supposedly one of Jesus' most passionate followers, so she lived until around 40 AD. According to the Bible, she witnessed his execution and was reportedly the first to see Jesus when he rose from the dead.

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Which famous human-made disaster came first?

In 1952, a combination of cold weather and coal-burning pollution caused a killer smog to smother London. More than 10,000 people died as a result of the awful smog.

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Which famous invasion happened first?

In 1939, the Nazis invaded Poland, in effect triggering World War II. The invasion of Normandy came in 1944, as the Allies tried to retake ground from the German aggressors.

In 1666, an enormous fire enveloped London. Few people died, but more than 10,000 buildings burned, gutting much of the city's ancient core.

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Which history-altering event happened first?

The Renaissance started in the 1300s, heralding a new age for humankind, one in which people generated new ideas and art at a stunning pace.

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The Wars of the Three Kingdoms are also known as the British Civil Wars. In the 17th century, these wars found England, Scotland and Ireland often at violent odds with one another.

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Which famous person died first?

This is one of our tougher ones due to the close timeline. Princess Diana died in a terrible 1997 car wreck. But Nixon died three years earlier. B.B. King passed much later, in 2015.

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Which ugly political event happened first?

The French Revolution ended all the way back in 1799. The Chinese Great Leap Forward ended in 1962, and, instead of improving the country, it probably caused a huge famine.

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Which amazing invention came first?

The Gutenberg printing press was invented in around 1440. This fantastic invention changed the way human beings shared and documented information of all kinds.

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Which vehicular disaster happened first?

The great ship Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912. The Hindenburg airship disaster happened in 1937. More than 1,500 people died after the Titanic went down.

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Which religious icon lived first?

Muhammad lived until about 630 A.D., long before Pope Pius IX, who served in the 19th century. Mother Teresa, of course, is a 20th-century icon.

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Which crazy aircraft-related event happened first?

The Roswell Incident happened in 1947 and became the world's most famous UFO incident. In 1960, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down inside Soviet airspace, creating an international scandal of sorts.

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