…...well, not quite, but as we’re now in 2020 the topic for this edition’s quiz if the first 20 years of this millennium – years 2000-2019. One question for each year, in date order!
- Q. Which band had a hit with “Disco 2000”, albeit in 1995?
- Q. Who directed “2001: A Space Odyssey”, albeit in 1968?
A. Stanley Kubrick
- Q. On which Indonesian island was there a terrorist attack killing 202 people in October 2002?
- Q. Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees died in 2003 at the sadly young age of 53. Of his 3 brothers, which is the only one alive today?
A. Barry (aged 73) (Andy died aged 30 and Robin aged 62)
- Q. Whom did George W Bush defeat to win the 2004 Presidential Election?
A. John Kerry
- Q. Who was the Leader of the Conservative Party who lost the 2005 general election to Tony Blair?
A. Michael Howard
- Q. The 2006 FIFA World Cup (men) was held in Germany, but who were the winners? (Clue: It wasn’t England!)
- Q. Which iconic communications device was first sold in June 2007?
- Q. 2008 saw the Summer Olympics in China. What was the Beijing National Stadium more colloquially (and famously) known as?
A. The Bird’s Nest
- Q. Which 2 countries were admitted to NATO on 1 April 2009?
A. Albania and Croatia
- Q. What was Eyjafjallajökull’s claim to fame in April 2010?
A. It was the Icelandic volcano which erupted, causing a dust cloud which badly disrupted air travel in Europe
- Q. The former singer of punk band X-Ray Spex died in 2011. Who was she?
A. Poly Styrene
- Q. 4 August 2012 was “Super Saturday” at the London Olympics. Britain won 6 golds, including 3 athletic golds in under an hour. Which 3 athletes won these golds?
A. Jessica Ennis (Heptathlon), Greg Rutherford (Long Jump), Mo Farah (10000 metres)
- Q. Andy Murray won the men’s singles at Wimbledon in 2013, but how many Grand Slams has he won in total (to date!)
A. 3 (US open 2012, Wimbledon 2013 and 2016). He has also lost in 8 finals.
- Q. In September 2014 the result of a vote was 44.7% in favour. What was the subject of the vote?
A. Should Scotland be an independent country?
- Q. What record did the Queen break on 11 September 2015?
A. She broke Queen Victoria’s record as the longest serving UK monarch (63 years 217 days)
- Q. The MP for Batley and Spen was murdered on 16 June 2016. What was her name?
A. Jo Cox
- Q. Which long standing African leader lost power is November 2017?
A. Robert Mugabe
- Q. What was the name of the nerve agent used to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on 4 March 2018 in Salisbury?
- Q. England beat New Zealand to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup Final (men), but how was the match decided when the teams finished tied after the Super Over?
A. England had scored more boundaries (26) to New Zealand’s 17