The news in 2021 has, of course, been dominated by the coronavirus with a bit of politics.
Indeed, two years after the start of the pandemic, it seems almost new to remember a time when the daily business agenda was a little more varied.
But how do you remember the news from 10, 20 and 30 years ago?
We’ve provided 30 questions, ten each from 1991, 2001, and 2011, to test your knowledge of old-world news and pop culture.
The answers are below – no cheating!
Round 1 -1991
1) The first website went live in August 1991 – which British scientist was behind this historic development?
2) In 1991, the American rock band Nirvana released which single from their album Nevermind which became their biggest hit in most countries?
3) The Gulf War started in January 1991 after Iraq invaded which Middle Eastern country the year before?
4) Which fighting video game was released in arcades by Capcom in 1991, becoming one of the best-selling and most influential titles in gaming history?
5) After the reunification of the previous year, which European country officially regained its independence in March 1991, thus bringing a complete end to more than 45 years of occupation?
6) 1991 saw the start of the very last season of the Premier League in the Football League before the Premier League replaced it in the Premier League. Which team ultimately won the title the following May?
7) The Silence of the Lambs was released in theaters in 1991. How many of the five major award categories did it win at the Oscars the following year?
8) Which computer retailer, whose name began to be removed from the Currys brand in October 2021, opened its first store in November 1991?
9) Which Queen song returned to the top of the UK charts after the tragic death of Freddie Mercury in November 1991?
10) On December 26, 1991, which socialist state ceased to exist nearly 70 years after the end of its dissolution?
Round 2 – 2001
11) George W. Bush was sworn in as President of the United States – who was the Democratic candidate who narrowly won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote and the presidency?
12) Video game giant Sega has announced that it is leaving the console market after being a major player since the 1980s. What was the name of its last machine that ceased production in 2001?
13) Which Swede started his job as manager of the England football team in 2001?
14) Tony Blair won a second consecutive general election for Labor in 2001. Who was leading the Conservative Party at the time of the ballot and then resigned the next day?
15) A major outbreak of which disease among farm animals caused a crisis in UK agriculture and tourism in 2001?
16) Which portable device was first released by Apple in 2001?
17) The author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy passed away in May 2001 – what was his name?
18) What is the name of the distinctive tourist attraction made up of several domed biomes that opened in Cornwall in March 2001?
19) What is the full name of the first Harry Potter movie released in November 2001?
20) Charles Ingram won infamy after being accused of cheating to win in which game show in 2001?
Round 3 – 2011
21) The standard rate of value added tax was increased to 20% in January 2011, where it has remained since. What rate was it just before that date?
22) Which royal couple got married on April 29, 2011?
23) A UK-wide referendum was held on May 6, 2011, with voters rejecting the introduction of what type of general election voting system?
24) The last installment of the Harry Potter film series was released in July 2011 – what was its name?
25) Which football competition did Manchester City win in May 2011 to end their 35-year wait for a major trophy?
26) What fantastic TV series, starring Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, premiered in 2011?
27) Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot and killed in a US special forces raid on Pakistan in May 2011. What was the official code name for the mission?
28) 2011 marked the first time since 2002 that the Wimbledon men’s singles title was not won by Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer – who lifted the trophy?
29) A devastating 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the Pacific Ocean on March 11, 2011 resulted in a nuclear disaster in which Japanese prefecture?
30) What was the name of the founder of Apple who died tragically at the age of 56 in October 2011?
1) Tim Berners-Lee 2) Smells Like Teen Spirit 3) Kuwait 4) Street Fighter II 5) Germany 6) Leeds United 7) Five 8) PC World 9) Bohemian Rhapsody 10) Soviet Union 11) Al Gore 12) Dreamcast 13 ) Sven-Göran Eriksson 14) William Hague 15) Foot and mouth disease 16) iPod 17) Douglas Adams 18) Eden Project 19) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 20) Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 21) 17.5% 22) Prince William and Kate Middleton (Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) 23) Alternative Vote 24) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 25) FA Cup 26) Game Of Thrones 27) Operation Neptune Spear 28) Novak Djokovic 29) Fukushima 30) Steve Jobs