Recent History 1
Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space in 1963.

Recent History 1

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 History for children aged 5, 6 and 7 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with historical figures, understanding the lives of significant people from history and stories from different historical periods, in particular, in recent times.

As KS1 children develop their understanding of different historical figures and times, they will begin to understand that some events happened a very long time ago, and some are more recent. This may only be 30 or 40 years ago, or may even have been during their own lives. This is the first of two quizzes looking at the lives of historical figures of recent times.

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  1. In 1972, the very first what was introduced to the world?
    The game was called 'Pong' and was released by Atari
  2. In 1988, what did CDs do to vinyl for the very first time?
    CDs were very popular in the 1980s and 1990s but vinyl is making a comeback today
  3. In 1985, what did Coca-Cola do that they probably shouldn't have?
    The public did not receive the new recipe well and it was soon changed back!
  4. What happened to the Berlin wall in 1989?
    The Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989
  5. In 1970, a very popular 'boy band' split up for good. Who were they?
    The members went on to have solo careers with differing levels of success
  6. Which war ended in 1975?
    The war has also been called the Second Indochina War and the Vietnam Conflict
  7. In 1982, Thriller, the biggest selling album in history, was released by who?
    It is said to have sold up to 65 million copies worldwide
  8. In 1983, Sally Ride set a first for women. What did she do?
    She served as mission specialist on a flight of the space shuttle Challenger and became the first American woman in space. The first ever woman in space was the Russian, Valentina Tereshkova, 20 years earlier
  9. In 1979, Britain saw its first what?
    Margaret Thatcher was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century
  10. In 1990, who was freed from jail after 27 years?
    Nelson went on to become South Africa's first black president

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