20th Century History Quiz

Let’s see if you know some of these questions about the 20th Century, the most momentous century in human history (until this century…)

  1. What country did the Soviet Union invade in 1979?
  2. What were the years of the Korean Conflict?
  3. Who was president at the beginning of WWII? Who was president at the end of WWII?
  4. As First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill was a proponent of what type of fuel for the Royal Navy Fleet?
  5. What president was impeached during the 20th century?
  6. What president was neither elected as vice president or as president?
  7. The 17th parallel divided what two entities (now a single country)?
  8. The 38th parallel generally divides what two countries still?
  9. What was the full name for the “Nazi” party in Germany (English translation)?
  10. In what year did the U.S. become officially involved in WWI?
  11. In what year did the U.S. become officially involved in WWII?
  12. What is the name for the largest amphibious invasion in world history? Where did it occur?
  13. Saddam Hussein invaded what country in 1990?
  14. Berlin, Germany was divided into east and west after WWII.  What major country backed Eastern Germany?
  15. What country’s government did the C.I.A. now famously overthrow in 1953, leading to U.S. control of their government, via the Shah, until 1979?
  16. In what year did the Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.) officially become a country?
  17. What Japanese cities were the targets of two nuclear bombs dropped by the United States?
  18. In what country was Adolph Hitler born? (name the country then, name the country today)
  19. The Suez crises of 1956 was a major international issue.  In what country is the Suez (canal) located?
  20. Former military officer Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play for a modern professional sports team beginning in 1947.  What MLB team did he play for? (City / Team)
  21. In what city was Dr. Martin Luther King assassinated in 1968?
  22. In what city was President Kennedy assassinated in 1963?
  23. How many states have come into the Union during the 20th century? (Hint – OK was the first, HI was the last.)
  24. Apartheid was a policy made famous in what African country?
  25. President Theodore Roosevelt ordered a portion of the U.S. Navy to go on a world tour showing American military might.  What was the name given to this fleet?
  26. What was the name of the Serbian nationalist who shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the city of Sarajevo in 1914?
  27. Who was the leader of the Communist Chinese in their civil war? Who was the leader of the Chinese nationalists?
  28. Who was the leader of the North Vietnamese communists? What is the former name of the city that now bears his name?
  29. Who was the leader of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia?
  30. What was the name of the first Soviet satellite sent into orbit?



1. Afghanistan, 2. 1950–53, 3. President Franklin Roosevelt; President Truman 4. Oil,       5. President Clinton (Nixon was not impeached, he resigned), 6. President Gerald Ford,   7. North and South Vietnam, 8. North and South Korea, 9. National Socialist German Worker’s Party, 10. 1917, 11. 1941, 12. D-Day or “Operation Overlord” – in Normandy France, 13. Kuwait, 14. Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.), 15. Iran, 16. 1917, 17. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, 18. Austro-Hungarian Empire, today Austria, 19. Egypt, 20. The Brooklyn (Trolley) Dodgers, 21. Memphis, TN, 22. Dallas, TX, 23. Five states OK, NM, AZ, AK, HI,                      24. South Africa, 25. “The Great White Fleet”, 26. Gavrilo Princip, 27. Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai Shek, 28. Ho Chi Minh; Saigon, 29. Pol Pot, 30. “Sputnik”

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I live in Salt Lake City, Utah with my beautiful wife Ashely. I have a BA in History. I am a USAF and US Navy veteran and I currently serve in the Utah National Guard. I am a realtor with Keller Williams South Valley (Riverton, UT) and I am an investor in real estate. If you like my blog or get anything out of it please do one or some of the following: - Go to a thrift store and buy some decent books to donate to your local school. - Please spread my name to anyone in Utah who needs to buy a house, sell a house, or wishes to invest in real estate. jaylalik@kw.com

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