Week In History Quiz (aug. 28-sept. 3)

10 Questions
Week In History Quiz (aug. 28-sept. 3)

Test your knowledge with this 10-question quiz, which is based on notable Aug. 28 to Sept. 3 events in the United States and around the world.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Aug. 28, 1963: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in the nation's capitol, where more than 200,000 people listened as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. The speech was delivered in front of the memorial for ...
    • A. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B. 

      Franklin D. Roosevelt

    • C. 

      Abraham Lincoln

  • 2. 
    Aug. 28, 1955: Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman; he was found brutally slain three days later. True or false: Neither man served prison time.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Aug. 29, 1877: The second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Brigham Young, died in Salt Lake City, Utah, at age 76. Who was the first president?
    • A. 

      Wilford Woodruff

    • B. 

      John Taylor

    • C. 

      Joseph Smith, Jr.

  • 4. 
    Aug. 30, 1905: Ty Cobb made his major-league debut as a player for the Detroit Tigers, hitting a double in his first at-bat in a game against the New York Highlanders. (The Tigers won, 5-3.) True or false: Most of his career was played with another team.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Aug. 31, 1969: Boxer Rocky Marciano died a day before turning 46. The cause of death was ...
    • A. 

      Brain aneurysm

    • B. 

      Plane crash

    • C. 

      Car crash

  • 6. 
    Aug. 31, 1986: Of the following two disasters that occured on the same day and year, which had the most casualties: Aeromexico jetliner and private plane collide over Cerritos, Calif.; Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov collides with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea.
    • A. 

      Jetliner crash over Calif.

    • B. 

      Ship collision in Black Sea

  • 7. 
    Sept. 1, 1972: American Bobby Fischer won the international chess crown in Reykjavik, Iceland, as Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union resigned before the resumption of game 21. About how long did he hold than title?
    • A. 

      Fewer than 5 years

    • B. 

      More than 5 years

    • C. 

      He gave it up the same year

  • 8. 
    Sept. 2: In what some regard as the birth of the Internet, two connected computers at the University of California, Los Angeles, passed test data through a 15-foot cable. What year was it?
    • A. 

      1969

    • B. 

      1972

    • C. 

      1977

  • 9. 
    Sept. 2, 1986: A judge in Los Angeles sentenced Cathy Evelyn Smith to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter for her role in the 1982 drug overdose death of comedian John Belushi. (Smith served 18 months.) Of the following drugs, which was NOT used in the dose that killed Belushi?
    • A. 

      Heroin

    • B. 

      Cocaine

    • C. 

      PCP

  • 10. 
    Sept. 3, 1978: This pope was formally installed as leader of the Roman Catholic Church; however, he died 33 days later. Was it Pope John Paul I or Pope John Paul II?
    • A. 

      Pope John Paul I

    • B. 

      Pope John Paul II