In a tradition that goes all the way back to 2015, IAT always begins the new year with a quiz about times past: the events of 50, 100, 150, 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, and 2500 years ago.
Which sets of events happened in 1966, in 1916, in 1866, in 1816, in 1616, in 1416, in 1216, in 1016, in 516, and in 484 b.c.?
A) Premiere of The Barber of Seville; the kingdoms of Naples and Sicily unite into the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies; Shaka Zulu rises to power and begins the expansion of the Zulu Empire.
B) King John of England dies. The Albigensian Crusade is progressing in France. The Dominican Order is founded.
C) The U.S. Congress enacts a Civil Rights Act by overturning a Presidential veto; The SS Great Eastern completes laying the transatlantic telegraph cable; in the Paraguayan War, the Triple Alliance wins the Battle of Tuyutí.
D) Venice and the Ottoman Empire sign a peace treaty brokered by the Byzantine Emporer to end their naval war. The Limbourg Brothers perish in the Plague. The Republic of Ragusa (located where southern Croatia is today) is the first country in Europe to outlaw slavery.
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E) Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa siezes power in the Central African Republic; the Cultural Revolution begins in China, 300,000 are homeless after a massive earthquake devastates Tashkent.
F) Hygelac, King of the Geats, raids the Lower Rhine and is defeated by the Franks led by Theudebert. Constantinople is probably the largest city in the world. Birth of Athalaric, king of the Ostrogoths.
G) Galileo Galilei meets with Pope Paul V to discuss heliocentrism. Shakespeare shuffles off this mortal coil. The Tokugawa shogunate forbids Europeans from traveling outside of the ports of Nagasaki and Hirado.
H) The Ottomans push the British off of the Gallipoli Penninsula; the Mexican Revolution calms down a bit; Grigori Rasputin is assassinated.
I) Year of the Consulship of Mamercus and Vibulanus. Xerxes I quells the Egyptian revolt against Persian rule. Aeschylus wins first prize in drama at the Dionysia festival.
J) Æthelred the Unready dies. Normans enter southern Italy for the first time, and it gives them ideas. The Kingdom of Khazaria is, at about this time, crushed between Byzantine expansion on one side and the expansion of the Kievan Rus' on the other.