We'll Give You Three Historical Events, You Tell Us Which Century They Occurred In!

By: Isadora Teich

During which century were Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln born, and Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" published?

All of these events occurred during the 1800s, or 19th century. Darwin and Lincoln were both born on Feb. 12, 1809.

The death of Anne Frank, the suicide of Adolf Hitler and the creation of the first electronic computer occurred in which century?

These events all occurred in the 20th century, or 1900s. They all happened in 1945.

Henry Ford developed the first moving assembly line, Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" premiered and the Titanic sank during the __________ century.

These events all occurred during the 1900s, or 20th century. The Titanic sank on her maiden voyage in 1912, and the other events occurred the next year.

Alexander Hamilton died, Haiti declared independence from France and Lewis and Clarke began their famous expedition during the _________ century.

These events all occurred in the 1800s, or 19th century. All of them happened in the year 1804.

In which century did King John of England sign the Magna Carta, The Sixth Crusade occur and Ghenghis Khan die?

All of these events happened in the 1200s, or 13th century. They all occurred between the years 1200 and 1230.

In which century did the Great European Famine happen, The Ottoman Empire begin and the Hundred Years War start?

These events all occurred in the 14th century, or 1300s. This all happened before 1340.

During which century was the atomic bomb created, Gandhi assassinated and NATO begin?

These events occurred during the 20th century or 1900s. They all happened in the 1940s.

The French Revolution began, Napoleon conquered parts of Europe and Africa and Uranus was discovered during the ___________ century.

All of these events occurred during the 1700s, or 18th century. This century was a tumultuous time for France.

During which century did WWII begin, Pluto get discovered and Al Capone get sentenced to over a decade in prison for tax evasion?

These events all occurred during the 20th century, or 1900s. They happened in the 1930s, with WWII beginning in 1939.

When did the Black Death destroy Europe, a monk found the Ming dynasty and Portugal gain independence from Spain?

These events occurred in the 14th century, or 1300s. They happened throughout largely the second half of the century.

Stalin became the dictator of Soviet Russia, the Great Depression happened and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre occurred during the __________ century.

All of these events occurred during the 1900s, or 20th century. They occurred during the 1920s.

During which century did the Mayflower land at Plymouth, the Ming Dynasty end in China and the Great Fire of London occur?

These events happened in the 17th century, or 1600s. They occurred between 1620 and 1666.

During which century was The Big Bang Theory proposed, did Babe Ruth hit a 34-year home run record and the first female governor was elected in the US?

These things happened during the 1900s, or 20th century. The first female governor in the US was Nellie Tayloe Ross, elected in Wyoming in 1925.

Lincoln's assassination, the end of the Civil War and the publishing of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" all happened in the __________ century.

These events all occurred in the 1800s, or 19th century. They all happened in the year 1865.

Hitler became chancellor of Germany, Prohibition was repealed in the US and the film "Gone with the Wind" premiered during which century?

All of these events occurred during the 1900s, or 20th century. "Gone with the Wind" premiered in 1939 and the other events occurred in 1933.

When was the Taj Mahal completed in India, Pennsylvania founded and Galileo repressed by the Inquisition?

These events all occurred during the 1600s, or 17th century. The all happened before 1643.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain formed, The American Revolution occurred and the steam engine was invented during the ____________ century.

These events all occurred in the 18th century, or 1700s. The United Kingdom of Great Britain formed in 1707 and America would revolt, and eventually become independent, starting in 1776.

Kenya achieved independence, JFK was assassinated and The Beatles appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" during which century?

These events occurred in the 20th century, or 1900s. The Beatles' appearance was in 1964, and the other events happened in 1963.

When did the Mongols invade Syria, Joan of Arc get burned alive and the printing press get invented?

These events all occurred in the 1400s, or 15th century. They all happened in roughly the first half of the century.

During which century was George Washington elected US President, Hawaii discovered and the Rosetta Stone discovered in Egypt?

These events occurred during the 18th century, or 1700s. The Rosetta Stone, which provided the key to reading Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, was discovered in 1799.

Victoria became queen of Great Britain, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony premiered and the world's first photograph was taken during the __________ century.

These events happened the 19th century, or 1800s. Queen Victoria gained the throne in 1837.

During which century did the US declare war on Mexico, Elias Howe patent the sewing machine and the Irish Potato famine occur?

These events all occurred in the 1800s, or 19th century. They all occurred in 1846.

The US-Mexican war ended, Marx and Engels's "Communist Manifesto" was released and the California gold rush began in the _______ century.

All of these events occurred in the 1800s, or 19th century. The first two occurred in 1848 and the gold rush began in 1849.

When did Fidel Castro become president of Cuba, and Alaska and Hawaii become US states?

These events happened during the 20th century, or 1900s. All of them occurred in 1959.

The American Civil War began, dynamite was invented and the first-ever Kentucky Derby occurred in the _________ century.

These events occurred in the 1800s, or 19th century. The Civil War began in 1861, after South Carolina had already seceded from the union, and ended in 1865 when Confederate forces surrendered to the Union at Appomattox.

When did Leif Eriksson discover North America, Murasaki Shikibu complete the world's first novel and William the Conqueror invade England?

All of these events occurred in the 11th century. Most famously, William of Normandy defeated the last Saxon King of England and became known as William the Conqueror in 1066.

In which century did Queen Victoria die, Theodore Roosevelt become US president and Oklahoma become a US state?

These events all occurred in the 20th century, or 1900s. They all happened within the first 10 years of the century, after Queen Victoria's death ended the Victorian era in 1901.

When did Napoleon declare himself emperor of France, Spain lose control of its South American colonies and the British Empire abolish slavery?

These events all occurred in the 19th century, or 1800s. All occurred before 1833.

During which century did WWI occur, the first birth control clinic open and a worldwide flu pandemic kill an estimated 20 million people?

These events happened in the 1900s, or 20th century. World War I began in 1914 and ended in 1918 and both of these things happened during the war.

Peter the Great became Czar of Russia, John Milton's "Paradise Lost" was published and the first African slaves were brought to North America during the ___________ century.

These events all took place during the 1600s, or 17th century. Peter the Great came to power in 1689, the latest of these events.

In which century did Muslims recapture Jerusalem, Norway annexed Greenland and Iceland and Marco Polo sailed to China?

These events all occurred in the 1200s, or 13th century. They all happened between 1240 and 1271.

In which century did Vasco de Gama set up the first European settlement in India, Da Vinci paint the Mona Lisa and Cortes conquer Mexico?

These events all occurred in the 1500s, or 16th century. They all happened in the first 17 years of the century.

When did Kabuki theater begin in Japan, the Dutch land in Australia and the English establish Jamestown in North America?

These historical events happened in the 1600s, or 17th century. They all occurred in the first 7 years of the century.

During which century did Kepler publish his laws of planetary motion, Michael Romanov found the Romanov dynasty in Russia and William Shakespeare die?

All of these events occurred in the 1600s, or 17th century. They happened in the early years of century, all within the first 20 years.

In which century did Ponce de Leon search for the fountain of youth, Ferdinand Magellan set sail to circumnavigate the globe and the Protestant Reformation begin?

All of these events happened in the 1500s, or 16th century. They all occurred before 1519.

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