It’s been an awfully long time since I last posted up a themed round – indeed, this whole website was somewhat neglected during 2018 – and one of my new year’s resolutions is to be a bit better at putting things on here. So to begin 2019, here’s a themed round from, um, December 2018, in which the theme was a simple one: for each question, I’ll list some events which happened in years ending in 8. You simply have to write down the year. You’ll find the answers at the bottom of the page, below the documentary about Roald Amundsen (whose death is mentioned in one of the questions).
1. The signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi; the first post-war Summer Olympics.
2. The publication of the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; José de San Martín defeats Spanish forces at the Battle of Maipú, part of the Chilean War of Independence; Karl Marx is born.
3. Manchester United win the European Cup/Champions League for the third time; Spotify is launched; the Large Hadron Collider is officially inaugurated.
4. The world’s first traffic lights are installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London; Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear is born; Thomas Edison applies for his first patent.
5. William Shakespeare’s King Lear and Lope de Vega’s El acero de Madrid are first published; the city of Quebec is founded; the world’s first telescope is demonstrated to the Dutch Parliament.
6. The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, on which work has begun in 1857, is completed; a bomb attack targetting the Italian consulate in Buenos Aires kills 22 and injured 43 people; the explorer Roald Amundsen dies (not in the Italian consulate attack, just to be clear).
7. Emile Zola’s open letter to the President of France, ‘J’Accuse…!‘ is published; Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz is born; HG Wells’ The War Of The Worlds is first published in book form, having been serialised the previous year.
8. The English pirate Blackbeard is killed by the Royal Navy; the city of New Orleans is founded in what was then called New France; Voltaire’s play Oedipus premieres in Paris; it is the first work for which he uses his pseudonym.
9. Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first president of Liberia; what are now the states of Texas, California, New Mexico and more are signed over to the US from Mexico in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo; Marx and Engels’ Communist Manifesto is published.
10. Workers find the ruins of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán under central Mexico City; Barry Gibb becomes at the time (and possibly still now; Wikipedia’s not very clear on the matter) the only songwriter ever to have four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles; Charlie Chaplin’s coffin is dug up and stolen, and found two-and-a-half months later, 15 kilometres from the cemetery it had been buried in.
Answers here (highlight the text to see them)