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Minoan civilization founded - Flourishing from approximately 2700 to 1450 BC, the Minoan civilization had its beginnings on the island of Crete. Ancient History - Which event happened first?

a. "Old Kingdom" Period in Egypt
b. Minoan civilization founded
c. First Year of Mayan Calendar
d. Cuneiform is invented


Battle of Lepanto - Taking place in 1571, the battle saw the Holy League defeat the Ottoman Empire in five hours of fighting on the Gulf of Corinth.Historic Battles - Which of these battles occurred first?

a. Battle of Reval
b. Battle of Lepanto
c. Battle of Marston Moor
d. Battle of Blenheim


Herbert Asquith - Herbert Asquith was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916.British Prime Ministers - Which of the following Prime Ministers reigned the earliest?

a. Herbert Asquith
b. Stanley Baldwin
c. Neville Chamberlain
d. David Lloyd George


Guttenberg's Press - Johannes Gutenberg's development of the printing press began in 1436.Communication History - What happened first?

a. Electric Telegraph
b. Telephone invented
c. Guttenberg's Press
d. Morse Code


Battle of Marston Moor - Fought during the First English Civil War, The Battle of Marston Moor took place in July of 1644. Historical Conflicts - Which of these battles happened before the others?

a. Battle of Reval
b. Battle of the Nile
c. Battle of Blenheim
d. Battle of Marston Moor


Charles De Gaulle - Charles De Gaulle was in office from January 1959 until April 1969.French Presidents - Which of these French Presidents reigned before the others?

a. Charles De Gaulle
b. Francois Mitterrand
c. Jacques Chirac
d. Georges Pompidou


Catherine of Aragon - Queen of England from 1509 until 1533, Catherine of Aragon was Henry's first wife.Henry VII Wives - Who did Henry VII marry before the others?

a. Jane Seymour
b. Catherine of Aragon
c. Anne of Cleves
d. Anne Boleyn


Great Irish Famine - A period of mass starvation, the Great Irish Famine took place between 1845 and 1852.Historical Events - What came first?

a. Great Irish Famine
b. Treaty of Tianjin
c. American Civil War Begins
d. Taiping Rebellion


Alexander The Great - Dead at the young age of 32, Alexander the Great was the King of Macedonia from 336 until 323 BC.Historical Leaders - Which of the following leaders was born before the others?

a. Hannibal
b. Alexander The Great
c. Charlemagne
d. Julius Caesar


Kepler's Laws of Motion - Johannes published his first two laws of planetary motion in 1609.Historical Scientific Events - Which occurred first?

a. Hooks Law
b. Napier's Logarithms
c. Boyles Law
d. Kepler's Laws of Motion


Joan Of Arc - Joan was put on trial for heresy in 1431.Historical Trials - Which of these historical trials happened first?

a. Joan Of Arc
b. Galileo
c. Charles I
d. Thomas More


Madeira and Azores discovered - Madeira and the Azores were discovered in the 14th century.History of Exploration - What happened first?

a. Columbus visits Jamaica
b. Madeira and Azores discovered
c. De Gama reaches India
d. Diaz Rounds Cape of Good Hope


Jesus Crucified - The crucifixion of Jesus occurred sometime during the 1st century AD.History of Religion - Which religious event occurred the earliest?

a. Muhammad Born
b. Guru Nanak Born
c. Jesus Crucified
d. Sunni and Shia Split


Bronze - The earliest known tin-alloy bronze dates to 4500 BCE.History of Technology - Which came first?

a. Wheel
b. Bronze
c. Archimedean Screw
d. Coal


William Wallace Hanged - Wallace was hanged, drawn and quartered on August 23rd, 1305.Historic Events - Which of the following events happened the earliest?

a. William Wallace Hanged
b. Golden Bull Charter
c. Battle of Poitiers
d. Black Death Hits Europe


Kaika - Although not known for certain, Kaika is considered to have reigned from 157 BC to 98 BC.Japanese History - Who ruled first?

a. Ojin
b. Keiko
c. Anko
d. Kaika


Boxer Rising - The Boxer Rising took place in China between 1898 and 1900.Historic Events - Of the following events, which occurred first?

a. Russo Japanese War
b. Boxer Rising
c. Queen Victoria Dies
d. Aswan Dam Built


Clement XIV - Clement XIV served from May 1769 until his death in 1774.Popes - Who reigned earliest?

a. Pius X
b. Leo XIII
c. John XXIII
d. Clement XIV


Battle of Belgium - The Battle of Belgium lasted for approximately 18 days in May of 1940.Second War World War - Which battle occurred first?

a. Battle of Stalingrad
b. Operation Barbarossa
c. Operation Sea Lion
d. Battle of Belgium


JFK    - Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on Friday November 22, 1963.Historic Assassinations - Which of these assassinations happened first?

a. JFK
b. Malcolm X
c. Hendrik Verwored
d. Martin Luther King Killed




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