Name the year #1

Generally I'm reasonably decent at remembering dates and years... it's the detail and important stuff that I struggle with. Anyway, here are ten questions - each has five events and you need to name the year that all those events in the question occurred in. There'll be a couple of harder ones and then a couple of easier ones to stop it from being too obscure. Answers, as usual, at the end of the post.

- Adolf Hitler is born at Braunau am Inn, Austria
- Pennsylvania's South Fork Dam collapses, killing more than 2,200 people
- London's Savoy Hotel opens
- North Dakota and South Dakota are admitted to the US as the 39th and 40th states
- Spain's oldest football club - Recreativo de Huelva - is formed

- The First Balkan War concludes
- Ambrose Bierce disappears without trace on Boxing Day
- Woodrow Wilson becomes US president
- The Woolworth Building opens in New York City
- The Second Balkan War begins

- Cyprus and Malta adopt the euro
- Spanair Flight 5022 crashes immediately after take-off 
- Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the southern United States, killing at least 27
- Mountaineer Edmund Hillary dies at the age of 88
- Queen Elizabeth II makes her final voyage, from Southampton to Dubai

- The Power of Sympathy, the first American novel, is published
- The Mutiny on the Bounty occurs
- German chemist Martin Heinrich Klaproth discovers uranium
- US writer James Fenimore Cooper is born
- The Dutch anatomist Petrus Camper dies

- Revolt leader Jack Cade is slain
- Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch is born
- The Battle of Formigny takes place, with a decisive French victory over the English
- Caen surrenders to the French 
- The University of Barcelona is founded

- Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the US government
- The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War
- Yerba Buena is renamed San Francisco
- Jane Eyre is published
- German composer Felix Mendelssohn dies

- The Battle of Saraighat takes place in modern-day India
- The Ottoman Empire declares war on Poland
- Philippe de Champaigne's Still Life with a Skull is completed
- Frederick IV of Denmark is born
- Thomas Fairfax dies

- The band Queen release "Don't Stop Me Now"
- Whiddy Island Disaster occurs
- Brenda Spencer opens fire at a San Diego school, inspiring the song "I Don't Like Mondays"
- Sid Vicious is found dead of a heroin overdose
- Rubstic wins the Grand National

- Konrad Adenauer survives an assassination attempt
- Sun Records begins operation in Memphis, Tennessee
- Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap opens in London
- CS Lewis publishes his theological work, Mere Christianity
- The barcode is patented in the US

- Ignacy Moscicki becomes Polish president
- Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel
- Dali's The Basket of Bread is completed
- Ernest Hemingway publishes The Sun Also Rises
- The Hercilio Luz Bridge opens in southern Brazil

Hope they're not too difficult; some of the events may be quite obscure.

1 1889
2 1913
3 2008
4 1789
5 1450
6 1847
7 1671
8 1979
9 1952
10 1926


  1. I like name the year questions, there's usually something to latch onto given a selection of events.

    Only four spot on here though 2, 4, 8 and 9. I was only one year out on 6 with 1848 and on 5 read Caen as Calais for some reason and went with 1558. I suppose I should have known when Hitler was born, but went with 1885.

    I don't know about anyone else, but its the questions I get wrong that are the most interesting. They're the ones you can use to improve, so thanks for those I enjoyed them :)

    1. Cheers, Ian, glad you like. I've just noticed your blog, and will keep an eye on the stuff you post on there. Looks good. Great questions as well. :)

    2. Also added your link to the links on here.