Monday, April 20, 2015
New Monday Quiz Answers, in a timely fashion
Due to a clerical error, there will be no Monday Quiz Today. But here's a pretty good one from 2008 that you can take or re-take instead, if you like.
2. The Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople starting on April 13, 1204.
3. April 13th, 1570, was Guy Fawkes' Birthday!
4. Handel's Messiah debuted on April 13, 1742. It is after all an Easter cantata.
5. Hungary became a republic on April 13, 1849. It didn't last long until it was absorbed back into the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
6. April 13th, 1860, was James Ensor's Birthday!
7. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City was founded on April 13, 1870.
8. Van Cliburn won the Tchaikovsky Competition -- "Competitive piano-ing," as DrSchnell notes -- on April 13, 1958. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
9. The Apollo 13 incident began with an oxygen tank rupturing on April 13, 1970. The money line is apparently "Houston, we have had a problem," but Lovell, Swigert, and Haise would continue to experience the problem over the next several days.
10. On April 13, 1987, Portugal and China (PRC) decided that Macao would transfer from one to the other in 1999. "That will never happen," I was still saying, several years later.
I haven't satisfied myself that this is a true story, necessarily, but it's often said that when they heard Van Cliburn, the Soviet judges put a nervous call through to Nikita Krushchev, who asked "Is he the best? Then give him the prize."
Was Christine M. the best on this quiz of events that occurred on April 13th? Yes she was!! Then give her the prize!