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quiz 1263 – 1980s quiz (QA)

1 In June 1988, which British jockey was stripped of his OBE after he was jailed for tax evasion? Lester Piggott
2 Which country hosted the 1988 Summer Olympic Games? South Korea
3 Who succeeded Ronald Reagan as President of the US? George H W Bush
4 Who won the 1989 Ladies Singles Wimbledon Championship? Steffi Graf
5 In December 1989 which Romanian dictator and his wife were executed after being found guilty for crimes against humanity? Nicolae Ceausescu
6 Which classic arcade game was released in Japan on 22nd May 1980? Pac-Man
7 English musician Ian Curtis, who died on 18th May 1980, was best known as lead singer of which post-punk band? Joy Division
8 In November 1986, who won their first world boxing title by defeating Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas? Mike Tyson
9 What was the name of the 13 year old who achieved a Starred First in Mathematics at Oxford University in 1985, becoming the youngest British person ever to gain a First Class degree? Ruth Lawrence
10 Who was elected leader of the British Social Democratic Party in July 1982? Roy Jenkins
11 On 1st March 1981, which Provisional Irish Republican Army member began a hunger strike for political status in Long Kesh prison, resulting in his death on May 5th? Bobby Sands
12 Which Roman numerals depict the year 1988? MCMLXXXVIII
13 Which national newspaper, with full colour offset printing, was launched in the UK in March 1986? Today
14 What was the name of the Greenpeace vessel which was bombed and sunk in Auckland Harbour in July 1985? Rainbow Warrior
15 Which British comedian suffered a heart attack on live television, and soon after died, in April 1984? Tommy Cooper
16 Which country hosted the 1982 FIFA World Cup? Spain
17 Which British pop group won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest? Bucks Fizz
18 Which former Gestapo boss was sentenced to life imprisonment in July 1987 for crimes against humanity during World War II Klaus Barbie
19 Which London-based independent airline went bankrupt in February 1982, leaving 6,000 stranded passengers? Laker Airways
20 Which former US pop singer was elected Mayor of Palm Springs, California, in April 1988? Sonny Bono