This season, the Thursday Quiz is a sequence game. Arrange the ten items in the proper sequence! The highly rational scoring system is described here.
Remember always the Fundamental Rules of the Thursday Quiz:
1. The Thursday Quiz is a POP quiz. No research, Googling, Wikiing, or use of reference books. Violators will lose their internet privileges. All of them. Permanently.
2. As long as you made it this far, you might as well play. It's not all about winning, you know. It's about using your knowledge and reason and making an educated guess. C'mon! It'll be fun!Great Events of Mid-Century
All of the events below happened in the '40s and '50s.... but of ten different centuries! Put them in chronological order.
A: African Independence: The African countries of Libya, Sudan, Morocco, Ghana, and Tunisia all become independent.
B: Cape Town: Cape Town is founded by the Dutch East India Company near the southern tip of Africa.
C: The Crimean War: The Crimean War is fought between Imperial Russia and an alliance of the United Kingdom, France, Sardinia, and the Ottoman Empire.
D: The Great Schism: Pope Leo IX and Michael Cerularius, Patriarch of Constantinople, excommunicate each other. This seals the Great Schism between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.
E: Japan and the West: Japan and Europe encounter each other for the first time, with the Portuguese being the first Westerners to contact the Japanese.
F: The Mongols: As the Mongols continue their rapid expansion all over Eurasia, the Hulagu Khan's armies sack Baghdad. The leading center of Islamic culture is utterly destroyed, and as many as 800,000 citizens are killed.
G: The Plague: Bubonic Plague kills as much as a third of Europe's population -- estimates vary widely, but suffice to say a hell of a lot of people -- within four or five years.
H: The Printing Press: The first European moveable-type printing presses enter widespread use.
I: The Second Crusade: European Crusaders are soundly defeated by the Suljuk Turks in the Eastern Mediterranean, but on the Iberian Peninsula they manage to capture Lisbon from Muslims.
J: The Seven Years' War: The Seven Years' War is fought between an alliance of Great Britain, Hanover, and Austria; and an alliance of Austria, France, Imperial Russia, Saxony, and Sweden.
Post your answers in the comments.