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Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space in 1963.

Recent History

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As elementary school 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 quiz looks at the lives of historical figures of recent times.

Try this quiz to see how much you know about recent history

In 1983, Sally Ride set a first for women. What did she do?
Won an Oscar
Wrote a series of novels
Went into space
Became a police officer
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
In 1985, what did Coca-Cola do that they probably shouldn't have?
Added banana flavor to the drink
Changed the recipe of the drink
Made a pasta sauce flavored with the drink
Sold the drink in paper bottles
The public did not receive the new recipe well and it was soon changed back!
In 1972, the very first what was introduced to the world?
Video game
Royal Baby
Purple carrot
The game was called 'Pong' and was released by Atari
In 1979, Britain saw its first what?
Fire fighter
Female Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century
In 1970, a very popular 'boy band' split up for good. Who were they?
The Rolling Stones
Take That
The Beatles
The members went on to have solo careers with differing levels of success
What happened to the Berlin wall in 1989?
It was knocked down
It was painted a different color
It was rebuilt
It had windows added to it
The Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989
Which war ended in 1975?
The First World War
The Second World War
The War of the Roses
The Vietnam War
The war has also been called the Second Indochina War and the Vietnam Conflict
In 1988, what did CDs do to vinyl for the very first time?
Sounded better than them
Were made bigger than them
Had better covers
Outsold them
CDs were very popular in the 1980s and 1990s but vinyl is making a comeback today
In 1982, Thriller, the biggest selling album in history, was released by who?
Michael Jackson
Elvis Presley
It is said to have sold up to 65 million copies worldwide
In 1990, who was freed from jail after 27 years?
Queen Victoria
Adolf Hitler
Tony Blair
Nelson Mandela
Nelson went on to become South Africa's first black president
Author:  Angela Smith

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