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Trivia Challenge

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  1. On Jan. 20, 1841, during the First Opium War, what Asian island was occupied by the British?
  2. During the Klondike gold rush, what vegetable high in vitamin C did miners trade gold for?
  3. In 1670 in Boston, Mass., at her tavern, Dorothy Jones became the Colonies’ first licensed trader in what beverage?
  4. January 21 is National Hug Day; “Huggy Bear” is a character on what 1970s TV show?
  5. What entertainer’s name was added to the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998?
  6. What reptile has a voice?
  7. “The Old Pyncheon Family” is the first chapter of what novel set in Salem, Mass.?
  8. January 22 is Chinese New Year; 2023 is the year of what animal?
  9. In what Anglo-Saxon epic poem was Grendel killed by Beowulf?
  10. What metal is liquid at room temperature?
  11. On Jan. 23, 1737, what Bostonian – the first to sign the Declaration of Independence – was born?
  12. According to Guinness World Records, who has had “the largest loss of personal fortune in history”?
  13. In what state is the only official royal palace in the USA?
  14. On Jan. 24, 2003, what U.S. government department was founded?
  15. In what year did Mauritania become the last country to abolish slavery: 1888, 1933 or 1981?
  16. What mammal can fly?
  17. On Jan. 25, 1972, who announced her candidacy for U.S. president – an African American with the campaign slogan “Unbought and Unbossed”?
  18. Who was Edson Arantes do Nascimento better known as?
  19. What continent is also a country?
  20. On Jan. 26, 1855, the Point No Point Treaty (which was translated into Chinook Jargon) was signed in what far northwest U.S. Territory?
  1. Hong Kong
  2. Potatoes
  3. Coffee (and chocolate)
  4. Starsky & Hutch
  5. Sonny Bono’s
  6. Gecko
  7. “The House of the Seven Gables”
  8. Rabbit
  9. “Beowulf”
  10. Mercury
  11. John Hancock
  12. Elon Musk
  13. Hawaii (Iolani Palace, which was built by King Kalakaua in 1882)
  14. Homeland Security
  15. 1981
  16. Bats
  17. Shirley Chisholm
  18. Pelé
  19. Australia
  20. Washington (Point No Point was named by a Navy exploring expedition commander who thought at first it was a much larger point.)

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