Mr L’s Birthday Quiz

The ‘Guess the Year’ Quiz consists of a Mr L photo and 3 clues for each relevant year.  Every question is for a different year………..

(Answers are at the bottom of this post)

  1.  1954 (4)Burger King founded; Ernest Hemingway wins Nobel Prize for Literature; Boeing tests the 707, the first jet-powered transport plane.

2.1984 (4)Tory party conference was bombed; Mrs. Gandhi assassinated; First ‘Terminator’ film was shown.

3.2005  Pope John Paul II dies; Tony Blair becomes first Labour Party Prime Minister to win 3 successive terms; Tom Cruise and Katy Holmes get engaged.

4.1955  Luncheon vouchers introduced in the UK; George de Mestral invents Velcro; Rosa Parks refuses to sit at the back of a bus breaking Montgomery, Alabama, segregated seating law.

5.1982 (2)  Mary Rose raised; Falkland war begins; the first execution by lethal injection take place in America.

6.1996  Charles and Diana divorced; publication of the Scott report (Arms to Iraq); new Severn bridge opened.

7.1962 First colour supplement to a Sunday newspaper appears; Cuban missile crisis; Beatles drummer Pete Best is replaced by Ringo Starr.

8.1979  Jeremy Thorpe cleared of murder; first nudist beach in Britain; Shah leaves Iran and Ayatollah Khomeini takes over.

9.1960 (2)  Rio de Janeiro ceases to be the capital of Brazil; a test cricket match ties for the first time; Psycho one of the years most successful films.

10.2013 (14)  The NSA, Edward Snowden and surveillance; Nelson Mandela dies; US government shutdown.

11.1983  Compulsory to wear seat belts in the front seat of a car; the first American test-tube baby is born; ‘crack’ cocaine is developed in the Bahamas and soon found in the US.

12.2008 (12)  London Heathrow Terminal 5 opens at Heathrow Airport; Boris Johnson becomes London Mayor when he defeats the incumbent Ken Livingstone; Cuban President Fidel Castro permanently steps down after 49 years in power and hands control of Cuba to his brother, Raul.

13.fetal scan  DNA is discovered; the Samaritans are founded; Stalin dies.

14.1985 (2)  Coca Cola introduces Cherry Coke; Gorbachov, glasnost and Perestroika; Live Aid concerts in US and UK for famine relief in Ethiopia.

15.2010 (12)  Worst earthquake in Haiti for 200 years, magnitude 7.0; Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland results in a volcanic ash plume in the atmosphere over northern and central Europe; 33 Chilean miners spend 68 days trapped in a mine half a mile underground.

16.1988  Hello! magazine launched in the UK; Pan-Am 747 explodes from terrorist bomb and crashes in Lockerbie; Comic Relief charity appeal launched by Rowan Atkinson.


  1. 1954
  2. 1984
  3. 2005
  4. 1955
  5. 1982
  6. 1996
  7. 1962
  8. 1979
  9. 1960
  10. 2013
  11. 1983
  12. 2008
  13. 1953
  14. 1985
  15. 2010
  16. 1988

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