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20 questions about April events

1. Nunavut was born on April 1, 1999. How many official languages does this territory have? 2. It's no joke – on April 1 fifteen years ago, what social media company introduced an entirely free service that changed communications forever? 3.
20 questions
The Titanic in happier times.

1. Nunavut was born on April 1, 1999. How many official languages does this territory have?

2. It's no joke – on April 1 fifteen years ago, what social media company introduced an entirely free service that changed communications forever?

3. On April 2, 1932, aviator Charles Lindberg paid a $50,000 ransom for the return of his kidnapped son. Who was ultimately convicted of the kidnapping, although some questions the conviction to this day?

4. Also on April 2, Pope John Paul II died. How many years did the Polish pope rule as head of the Roman Catholic Church?

5. On April 4, 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated in which city?

6. On April 4, The Beatles held a record number of spots on the Billboard Top 100 list. How many did they have?

7. On April 5, 1976, American billionaire Howard Hughes died at the age of 70. A noted eccentric (to put it mildly), Hughes was revealed after he died to have an unusual collection of what?

8. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945. What is the record-setting, never to be eclipsed number of years Roosevelt was president?

9. The Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk on her maiden voyage on April 13, 1912. Name the ship that came to the rescue of the Titanic, although too late to save most of the passengers and crew.

10. Name the John Steinbeck classic about a dispossessed Oklahoma dust bowl family, released on April 14, 1939, 70 years ago this year.

11. This comic genius was born in London on April 16, 1889, 120 years ago this year.

12. On April 22, 1980, Canada announced it was boycotting the Olympics in which city?

13. On April 23, 1985, what iconic brand changed its formula – only to change it right back again after public outcry?

14. Elvis Presley had his first no. 1 hit in April 1956. Can you name it?

15. On April 25, 1953, two Cambridge University scientists, James D. Watson and Francis Crick, published an article in Nature magazine explaining the structure of what?

16. On April 25, 1940, Quebec became the last province in Canada to do what?

17. On April 27, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450: Hiring and Firing rules for Government Employment. "Moral perversion", communism and what else were categorized as "national security threats"?

18. On April 28, 1947, the famous Kon Tiki expedition began, a journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands. Name the Norwegian explorer and writer who undertook the journey.

19. On April 29, 1903, 82 million tonnes of rock crashed down the eastern slopes of Turtle Mountain, burying parts of which town in what is now part of Alberta?

20. On April 30th of this year, an abdication will take place that will be the first in that country's history. Name the royal and the country.

ANSWERS

1. Four: Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French.

2. Google introduced entirely free email called Gmail. An estimated 1.5 billion people use Gmail today.

3. Bruno Hauptmann

4. He served for 27 years, the second longest in history (Pope Pius IX served for 32 years).

5. Memphis, Tenn.

6. Twelve

7. He collected his own urine in jars. Hey, it could have been worse – it could have been someone else's urine.

8. FDR was president for 12 years, from March 4, 1933 to his death on April 12, 1945. The U.S. constitution now allows a president to serve for only two terms.

9. The Carpathia

10. The Grapes of Wrath

11. Charlie Chaplin

12. It was the Moscow Olympics, boycotted by 60 nations in retaliation for the USSR's invasion of Afghanistan. Not surprisingly, Russia hauled in most of the medals.

13. Coca-Cola, which was introduced as 'New Coke'.

14. Heartbreak Hotel

15. Deoxyribonucleic acid, a self-replicating material which is present in nearly all living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes. It is the carrier of genetic information, and commonly called DNA.

16. Give women the vote. Alberta gave women the vote in 1916.

17. Homosexuality

18. Thor Heyerdahl

19. The town of Frank, now a historic site.

20. Emperor Akihito of Japan will abdicate his throne, becoming the first Japanese royal to do so in two centuries. Akihito, who is 84, wants to hand over the throne to his 58-year-old son, Crown Prince Naruhito, before he dies.