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  1. 683 - During a siege, the Kaaba was burnt to the ground in which Middle-Eastern holy city?
  2. 1517 - Which man posted his '95 Theses' on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, sparking the Reformation and the beginning of Protestantism?
  3. 1795 - Which English romantic poet, author of works such as Ode to a Nightingale was born in Moorgate, City of London?
  4. 1864 - Which western US state, with its capital at Carson City, was admitted to the Union?
  5. 1887 - Which man, the last non-communist leader of China, and the first leader of an independent Taiwan, was born in Zhejiang province?
  6. 1917 - The "last great cavalry charge" occurred at the Battle of Beersheba, in which western-Asian country, marking a decisive victory for Commonwealth forces over the Ottoman Empire?
  7. 1918 - Which country gained independence from Austria in the Aster Revolution, marking the end of World War I in this region of Europe?
  8. 1922 - Which fascist, known as 'Il Duce', became the Prime Minister of Italy, and would remain so until his downfall following an Allied invasion in 1943?
  9. 1926 - Which famous Hungarian escapologist died, after supposedly being repeatedly struck in the abdomen whilst suffering from appendicitis?
  10. 1941 - Which granite monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota was finally finished after 14 years of carving work?
  11. 1956 - Which waterway at the border of Asia and Africa was bombed by British, French and Israeli forces during a campaign which would ultimately be unsuccessful?
  12. 1964 - Which Dutch striker, the winner of 3 Balon D'ors and Euro 1998 and named 6th in the FIFA Player of the 20th Century poll was born in Utrecht?
  13. 1967 - Born on Halloween in 1967, what is the stage name of rapper Robert Matthew Van Winkle, known for hits such as "Ice Ice Baby"?
  14. 1984 - Which Indian leader, the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru was murdered by her Sikh nationalist bodyguards in New Delhi?
  15. 1993 - Which actor, the star of Running on Empty and Stand by Me, and younger brother of Joaquin, died of a drug overdose outside a Hollywood nightclub?
  16. 2000 - Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first crew of which artificial satellite which has been manned continuously ever since?
  17. 2011 - The global population is predicted to have surpassed which historic milestone?
  18. Holiday - Allantide, or the feast of St. Allan, is a festival traditionally celebrated in which Celtic region of the United Kingdom?

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  1. 683 - During a siege, the Kaaba was burnt to the ground in which Middle-Eastern holy city?
    Mecca
  2. 1517 - Which man posted his '95 Theses' on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, sparking the Reformation and the beginning of Protestantism?
    Martin Luther
  3. 1795 - Which English romantic poet, author of works such as Ode to a Nightingale was born in Moorgate, City of London?
    John Keats
  4. 1864 - Which western US state, with its capital at Carson City, was admitted to the Union?
    Nevada
  5. 1887 - Which man, the last non-communist leader of China, and the first leader of an independent Taiwan, was born in Zhejiang province?
    Chiang Kai Shek
  6. 1917 - The "last great cavalry charge" occurred at the Battle of Beersheba, in which western-Asian country, marking a decisive victory for Commonwealth forces over the Ottoman Empire?
    Israel
  7. 1918 - Which country gained independence from Austria in the Aster Revolution, marking the end of World War I in this region of Europe?
    Hungary
  8. 1922 - Which fascist, known as 'Il Duce', became the Prime Minister of Italy, and would remain so until his downfall following an Allied invasion in 1943?
    Benito Mussolini
  9. 1926 - Which famous Hungarian escapologist died, after supposedly being repeatedly struck in the abdomen whilst suffering from appendicitis?
    Harry Houdini
  10. 1941 - Which granite monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota was finally finished after 14 years of carving work?
    Mt. Rushmore
  11. 1956 - Which waterway at the border of Asia and Africa was bombed by British, French and Israeli forces during a campaign which would ultimately be unsuccessful?
    Suez Canal
  12. 1964 - Which Dutch striker, the winner of 3 Balon D'ors and Euro 1998 and named 6th in the FIFA Player of the 20th Century poll was born in Utrecht?
    Marco van Basten
  13. 1967 - Born on Halloween in 1967, what is the stage name of rapper Robert Matthew Van Winkle, known for hits such as "Ice Ice Baby"?
    Vanilla Ice
  14. 1984 - Which Indian leader, the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru was murdered by her Sikh nationalist bodyguards in New Delhi?
    Indira Gandhi
  15. 1993 - Which actor, the star of Running on Empty and Stand by Me, and younger brother of Joaquin, died of a drug overdose outside a Hollywood nightclub?
    River Phoenix
  16. 2000 - Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first crew of which artificial satellite which has been manned continuously ever since?
    International Space Station (ISS)
  17. 2011 - The global population is predicted to have surpassed which historic milestone?
    7 Billion
  18. Holiday - Allantide, or the feast of St. Allan, is a festival traditionally celebrated in which Celtic region of the United Kingdom?
    Cornwall