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Famous Resignations Quiz

In January 2020 the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan Windsor, announced their intention to “step back” from their positions as senior royals. This was not the first time a member of the royal family had resigned their post. In 1936 the uncle of Elizabeth II abdicated his throne in order to marry an American divorcee.

But it’s not just royals who have resigned, as we shall see in this quiz all about famous resignations. We'll find out about prime ministers and other politicians, as well as pop stars, disk jockeys and newsreaders too. How many of them will you remember?

Some of these might only be known to people of a certain age, and some are quite obscure. Let’s see whether or not you can score a perfect ten out of ten total, or whether you have already “resigned” yourself to a lesser score! Good luck!

A constitutional crisis arose in 1936 when the King of England abdicated. Which king was it?
George V
Edward VII
George VI
Edward VIII
Edward wanted to marry the divorced American, Wallis Simpson. The Government opposed this union, so Edward chose love over the throne and abdicated
Winston Churchill resigned as Prime Minister in 1955 due to ill health. Queen Elizabeth II offered him which title following his resignation?
Duke of London
Knight of the Garter
Duke of Dover
Baron of Bournemouth
George VI offered Churchill two titles: Duke of Dover and Knight of the Garter, but he refused them both. He also turned down the offer to become the first ever Duke of London
Which Conservative minister resigned in 1963 after he lied to Parliament about a female friend?
Enoch Powell
Harold Macmillan
John Profumo
Edward Heath
Profumo was involved with a woman who was also seeing a Russian spy. After this was discovered, resignation was his only option.
President of the United States of America, Richard Nixon, resigned in 1974 after his part in which scandal?
The Oilway Scandal
The Watergate Scandal
The Sandport Scandal
The Aquadoor Scandal
The Watergate Scandal involved secret and illegal acts carried out by members of Nixon’s administration. These included bugging the offices of, and harassing, his political opponents
Paul Weller left The Jam after their first UK No. 1 album in 1982. Which group did he then form?
The Style Council
Fun Boy Three
Big Country
Weller wanted to try a soul-based sound, but the rest of the band were not happy about this. Apparently, bassist Bruce Foxton, did not speak with Weller for 25 years!
Conservative minister, Edwina Currie, resigned from her position in 1988 after her warning about what did not go down well?
Nuclear war
Global warming
Mad cow disease
Currie warned that, "most of the egg production in this country, sadly, is now affected with salmonella". Farmers did not like her statement and the anger directed at her was enough to force her resignation
Who was the last President of the Soviet Union who resigned on Christmas Day, 1991?
Boris Yeltsin
Leonid Brezhnev
Mikhail Gorbachev
Nikita Khrushchev
Gorbachev is remembered for his work to end the Cold War, to improve human rights in the Soviet Union, and in bringing about the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe
Radio 1 DJ, Dave Lee Travis, resigned live on air in 1993. What was his nickname?
The Big Bun
The Funny Fry-up
The Ticklish Toast
The Hairy Cornflake
Changes were taking place at the BBC and older DJs were being replaced by younger ones. Travis did not like this one bit. He resigned before he was removed
In 1997, regional news presenter, Alan Towers, also resigned live on air. What did he compare his bosses to?
Porcelain dolls
Whilst reading the East Midlands news, Towers said, "When I first joined the corporation, it was led by giants. Now it is being led by pygmies in grey suits wearing blindfolds."
Noel Gallagher quit Oasis in 2009 after years arguing with his brother Liam. What was the last straw?
Liam called him “A grandad”
Liam threw a piece of fruit at him
Liam did not turn up for a concert
Liam detuned his guitar just before they were due on stage
Apparently, Liam threw a plum at his brother. Noel quit and gave this statement: “People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer”
Author:  Graeme Haw

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