1. Known as ‘The Three Hundred and Thirty-five Year War’, which country was officially at war with the Isles of Scilly (located off the southwest coast of England) between 1651 and 1986? a. France  b. The Netherlands  c. The Vatican State  d. Spain

2. Joshua Slocum was the first man to accomplish what between the years 1895 and 1898?

3. In which river did the RMS Empress of Ireland sink with a loss of 1,012 souls?

4. A Churchillian expression and the name of an American jazz-rock band that played at the legendary Woodstock Festival. Four words.

5. Which four US Presidents or former Presidents have won the Nobel Peace Prize? One point for each correct answer.

6. Which 1873 repeater is known as ‘The Gun that Won the West’?

7. What was the name of the chess playing computer that defeated World Champion Gary Kasparov in 1997?

8. Gavrilo Princip assassinated which man?

9. The unsuccessful US invasion of Cuba in April 1961 is known as what?

10. Which superlative does one associate with the Anglo-Zanzibar War?

11. With the exception of a few years in World War II, Indonesia was from the 17th century until 1945 a colony of which European country?


1. Answer b. The Netherlands

2. Sail solo around the world.

3. The St Lawrence River (29 May, 1914)

4. Blood, Sweat and Tears

5. Four answers. Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama.

6. Winchester rifle

7. Deep Blue

8. The Archduke Franz Ferdinand

9. The Bay of Pigs

10. The shortest war in history. (38 min)

11. The Netherlands

1. Nicknamed ‘Connie’, what was the most popular commercial airliner in the 1950s?

2. The Dickin Medal, bearing the words ‘We also serve’ and ‘For Gallantry’, is awarded to which members of the armed forces in the UK?

3. Which part of India was occupied by the Japanese in WW II?

4. Which country sent its navy around the world to fight the Japanese in 1904?

5. The ‘Tonton Macoute’ were the dreaded paramilitary police in which country?

6. Between the years 1992 and 2010, in which country were most journalists killed?

7. The majority of immigrants to the USA between 1820 and 1900 came from which two countries?

8. Which maritime explorer gave the Pacific ocean its name?

9. Which two British aviators were the first to be able to say ‘yesterday I was in the Americas, today I’m in Europe’?

10. Which country’s flag, the oldest existing flag in the world, apparently fell out of the heavens during a battle on 15th June, 1219?

11. Which three letters replaced CQD? 
    a. SOS, 
    b. KGB, 
    c. TNT, 
    d. FYI

12. Majestic tea clippers brought tea ‘all the way from China’. The first to arrive at the London docks commanded the best prices. One such race in 1866 between clippers with memorable names like Taeping, Ariel, Fiery Cross, Thermopylae, Sir Lancelot and Cutty Sark attracted considerable public attention. All these ships left Foochow at the end of May for the 16,000 mile journey to London. The Taeping was the first to arrive. How many days did it take ? 
    a. 39 days, 
    b. 99 days, 
    c. 199 days, 
    d. 299 days

13. What name was given to the first body of fleet footed professional constables formed in England in the 1750’s?


1. The Lockheed ‘Constellation’ or ‘Super Constellation’

2. Animals

3. The Andaman Islands

4. Russia

5. Haiti

6. Iraq (source: CPJ ‘Committee to Protect Journalists)

7. Ireland and Germany

8. Ferdinand Magellan (el mar Pacifico)

9. Alcock and Brown

10. Denmark (The Dannebrog)

11. a. SOS

12. b: 99 days

13. Bow Street Runners (slang name ‘red breasts’)

14. In 1835 a house painter Richard Lawrence attempted to assassinate who?  Andrew Jackson