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QUIZ: These major news events all happened around Christmas ... But in what year?

How well do you know your news? And how far back?

THE NEWS EVENTS below all happened around the Christmas period — between 22 and 27 December — over the last four decades or so.

So…

How well do you think you know your news?

And how far back do you remember?

Take our quiz…

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated at an election rally on 27 December --- just two weeks before a scheduled general election in which she was a leading opposition candidate. What year?
2005
2006

2007
2008
Mikhail Gorbachev --- leader of the Soviet Union for almost seven years --- announced he was stepping down from office in a ten minute TV address, as the USSR passed into history. This was on Christmas Day ... When?
1989
1990

1991
1992
James Brown --- the 'Godfather of Soul' and a major figure in 20th Century popular culture --- took his final bow on Christmas Day. But in what year?
2006
2007

2008
2009
The Chilean Air Force found 14 survivors from a plane that had crashed in the Andes ten weeks previously on 22 December. The story was later made into a movie, 'Alive' . This was in the 1970s. But when?
1970
1972

1977
1979
Joe Dolan --- the hugely popular Irish showband singer --- died after an illness on 26 December, prompting an outpouring of warm tributes. A statue was later placed in his hometown of Mullingar. What year did Joe pass away?
2006
2007

2008
2009
Thousands of people spilled onto the streets of Berlin, as the Brandenburg Gate opened for the first time in almost three decades --- effectively ending the division of East and West Germany. This was on 22 December. When?
1988
1989

1991
1992
Charlie Chaplin died, aged 88, at his Swiss home, on 25 December. Considered one of the founders of modern film, in what year did the movie legend pass away?
1965
1967

1975
1977
Remember the Beagle 2 spacecraft? It was due to land on Mars on Christmas Day --- but the British-built craft failed to make contact with scientists back on Earth seven months after setting out on its journey. It had cost £35 million. What year?
2002
2003

2005
2008
Deposed Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena were shot by a firing squad after a secret military tribunal found them both guilty of crimes against the state. The dictator had been in power for over two decades. This was on Christmas Day. In what year?
1987
1988

1989
1990
Finally, Anne Doyle read her final news broadcast for RTÉ on Christmas Night, exactly 33 years after she first appeared on our TV screens. When?
2010
2011

2012
2013
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