POP QUIZ: THIS (HUMP) DAY IN HISTORY (answers)
Split congratulations this week go to Ralph L and Tim B, who each scored 8/10. Very nicely done, lads.
1) 202 BC: Which Carthaginian is defeated by Romans under Scipio at the battle of Zama? Sixteen years later he led an army over the Pyranees and attacked the Roman Republic directly.
2) 1512: Which priest, monk and composer became a Doctor Of Theology? Five years later, he posts his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of All Saints’ Church, Wittenberg.
3) 1789: John Jay, who attended King’s College (which eventually became Columbia University) and obtained a law degree and had also served as President Of The Continental Congress and Ambassador to Spain, is sworn in as the first to hold what office?
4) 1900: Which physicist, born in Kiel (Germany, but at the time the Duchy of Holstein) in 1858, first proposed the Law Of Black Body Radiation on this date? He went on to win the Nobel Prize for physics in 1918.
5) 1917: Which airport opened in Dallas? It served as the cities main hub until DFW opened in 1974.
6) 1921: Noite Sangrenta (Bloody Night), was a violent coup and revolution which claimed the lives of, among others, Prime Minister António Granjo and took place in which country?
7) 1950: Chinese troops cross the Yalu river and officially enter which conflict?
8) 1960: “El bloqueo” begins, making it illegal for US citizens and businesses to trade with which country?
9) 1987: The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by 508 points, or 22% in a crash known as “Black” what?
10) 1944: Which Jamaican musician, singer and songwriter, known for his association with the band The Wailers and hits like “Get Up, Stand Up”, was born on this day?
1) HANNIBAL (Hannibal Barca)
2) MARTIN LUTHER
3) CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
4) MAX PLANCK
5) LOVE FIELD
7) THE KOREAN WAR
10) PETER TOSH (did I trick ya? would have tricked me)
Yep, I figured #10 would be a stinker. Everything in the question is true of both Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, except their actual date of birth. Tosh was born on the 19th of October, 1944, but Marley didn’t come around until February of the following year. Both were in the Wailers – Tosh played guitar mostly – and both sang and wrote songs. “Get Up, Stand Up” is actually one of Marley and Tosh’s co-compositions. Sneaky of me, I know. But hey, it is supposed to be trivia.
And I’ll cop to an error in the first question: It should have read “Sixteen years earlier” not later. I clearly got confused about the negative nature of BC dates. I was trying to be tricky by mentioning the Pyrenees and not the Alps (he crossed both, actually) and managed only to trick myself. Almost everyone got that one right, so hopefully no harm no foul.
Anyway, here’s some Peter Tosh.