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On This Day, 1st January

A general knowledge quiz looking back at events which happened on 1st January. Good luck and enjoy! 15 Questions.

 
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1

On the 1st January 2008, Cyprus and Malta officially adopted what?

  • The Euro
  • The Pound
  • English as the first language

2

In 2006 Sydney, Australia sweltered through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometer peaked at what temperature?

  • 40 degrees Celsius
  • 45 degrees Celsius
  • 50 degrees Celsius

3

On 1st January 1982, which group made their final live appearance?

  • The Beach Boys
  • INXS
  • Abba

4

Which Belgian Formula 1 driver was born on New Year's Day in 1945?

  • Jochen Rindt
  • Jacky Ickx
  • Nelson Piquet

5

What was established on 1st January 1912?

  • The Republic of China
  • The Republic of Turkey
  • The Republic of India

6

In which year on 1st January were the United Kingdom, Denmark and the Republic of Ireland admitted into the European Economic Community?

  • 1971
  • 1973
  • 1975

7

Tragically, on January 1st 2009 61 people died in Bangkok, Thailand. How did they die?

  • Tsunami
  • Earthquake
  • Night club fire

8

On 1st January 2002, which Welsh singer spent several hours in police custody after being arrested for drink driving?

  • Shakin' Stevens
  • Tom Jones
  • Cerys Matthews

9

On New Year's Day 2007, which group beat The Beatles to be crowned the greatest British band of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners in the UK?

  • Rolling Stones
  • Queen
  • Pink Floyd

10

On 1st January 1651 who was crowned King of Scotland?

  • James II
  • William II
  • Charles II

11

The importation of what into the United States was banned on January 1st 1808?

  • Slaves
  • Tea
  • Cannabis

12

On New Year's Day 1984, Alexis Korner died of lung cancer aged 55 but with which group did he achieve 2 top 10 hits in the 1970's?

  • Humble Pie
  • CCS
  • Cream

13

On 1st January 1833 the United Kingdom claimed sovereignty over which islands?

  • Falkland Islands
  • Channel Islands
  • Leeward Islands

14

On New Year's Day in 1939, friends William ? and David ? joined together to establish which world-famous company?

  • Mercedes Benz
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Hewlett Packard

15

Who succeeded his father, Henry Ford, as president of the Ford Motor Company on 1st January 1919?

  • Edsel
  • Fairmont
  • Cosworth

 

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