2008 Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers
What two countries adopt the euro?
A: Cyprus and Malta.
The price of petroleum hits what for the first time?
A: $100 per barrel.
An attempted assassination of Maldivian president Maumoon
Abdul Gayoom is thwarted by whom?
A: A Boy Scout who grabbed the attacker's knife.
The Federal Court of Australia orders a Japanese
company to what?
A: Stop research whaling within their exclusive economic zone.
Where does Russia stage the largest naval
the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991?
A: In the Bay of Biscay.
Thousands of Palestinians cross into Egypt, when what
A: The border wall with Gaza in Rafah is blown up by militants.
China's worst snow storm since what year kills 133, delays
traffic, and causes massive power outages in central and southern parts of the
Iran opens its first space center and does what?
A: Launches a rocket into space.
Where does a tornado outbreak kill 58 people?
A: In the Southern United States.
Space Shuttle Atlantis launches to deliver what to the
International Space Station?
A: European-built Columbus science laboratory.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia delivers a formal
apology to whom?
A: The Stolen Generations.
Kosovo formally declares what?
A: Independence from Serbia.
What leader announces his resignation as President?
A: Fidel Castro of Cuba, effective February 24.
No survivors are found after a rescue helicopter discovers
the wreckage of what plane?
A: Santa Bárbara Airlines Flight 518.
Who is unanimously elected as President of
Cuba by the
A: Raúl Castro.
Where are at least 52 Palestinians and 2 Israeli soldiers
killed in the most intense Israeli air strikes since 2005?
A: In Gaza Strip
The first European Space Agency Automated Transfer Vehicle,
a cargo spacecraft for the International Space Station, launches from where?
A: Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana.
An exploding star halfway across the visible universe
A: The farthest known object ever visible to the naked eye.
What country holds its first-ever general elections?
Surgeons at London's Moorfields Eye Hospital perform the
first operations using what?
A: Bionic eyes, implanting them into 2 blind patients.
Who does the Taliban attempt to assassinate?
A: Afghan President Hamid Karzai in a military
parade in Kabul.
India sets a world record by sending how many satellites
into orbit in a single launch?
An earthquake in Sichuan, China, kills how many people?
A: Nearly 80,000.
Who takes office as President of Russia, replacing Vladimir
A: Dmitry Medvedev.
Where does a series of bomb blasts kill at least 63 people?
A: In Jaipur, India.
NASA's Phoenix spacecraft becomes the first to land where?
A: On the northern polar region of Mars.
What space telescope is launched?
A: Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.
Who is reelected with 85.5 per cent of the vote in the
second round of the controversial presidential election?
A: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
After three decades as the Chairman of Microsoft
Corporation, whom steps down from daily duties to concentrate on philanthropy?
A: Bill Gates.
Íngrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages are what?
A: Rescued from FARC by Colombian security forces.
World Youth Day takes place in Sydney, Australia, and who
appears at the event?
A: Pope Benedict XVI.
Who is sworn in as the first President of Nepal?
A: Ram Baran Yadav.
Who is crowned as the new King of Tonga?
A: George Tupou V.
Where do the 2008 Summer Olympics take place?
A: In Beijing, China.
How many gold medals did Michael Phelps win to surpasses
Mark Spitz at a single Olympics?
Who survives an assassination attempt near Islamabad, while
on his way to meet British Leader of the Opposition David Cameron?
A: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani of Pakistan.
A proton beam is circulated for the first time in the what?
A: Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and highest-energy particle
What happened to Aeroflot Flight 821?
A: It crashes near the city of Perm, Russia, killing all 88 on board.
Who files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, laying the
catalyst for the Global financial crisis?
A: Lehman Brothers.
The International Astronomical Union classifies Haumea as
A: 5th dwarf planet in the Solar System.
China becomes the third country ever to conduct a what?
SpaceX Falcon 1 becomes the world's first privately
developed space launch vehicle to what?
A: Successfully make orbit.
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