Weekly Blog wk17 2024 – including a FREE Marathon themed quiz

It’s London Marathon week and there is a fab Marathon themed quiz included this week. Welcome to WEEKLY BLOG, available online and as a pdf download that you can print and take with you. Packed with additional content to assist quiz hosts, DJs and presenters.

Mid-week football taking place this week

Tue 23 Apr
8.00 Arsenal v Chelsea

Wed 24 Apr
7.45 Wolverhampton v AFC Bournemouth
8.00 Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
8.00 Everton v Liverpool
8.00 Manchester United v Sheffield United

Thu 25 Apr
8.00 Brighton v Manchester City

Marathon themed quiz

Each week there is a great themed quiz , so you can include an extra round or simply use as additional quiz content. The answers are on the PDF download, just click the download button at the bottom of this page.

1     What colour line marks the 26-mile marathon route through the streets of London?

2     The Marathon chocolate bar changed its name to what in 1990?

3     Which one of the following has not been a sponsor of the London Marathon? Gillette, Cadbury, Nutrasweet and Flora?

4     First run in 1897, which city is home to the world’s oldest annual marathon?

5     Excluding the Olympic Games, in what year was the first London Marathon run? 

6     In 490BC, Phidippides is reputed to have run between Marathon and which city?

7     The total distance of the marathon is 26 miles and how many yards?

8     The 2004 Olympic Games stadium in Athens, was named after which athlete who won the marathon at the first modern Olympics in 1896?

9     How many times do the runners cross the Thames in the London Marathon?

10    How many official world records were broken during last year’s London Marathon? Was it 4, 5 or 45?

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This week in History

21 Apr 1509      Henry VIII became King of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.
21 Apr 1972      Astronauts John Young and Charles Duke landed Apollo 16’s Apollo Lunar Module on the Moon.
21 Apr 1977      Annie opens on Broadway.
21 Apr 1991      Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner) married Kris Kardashian.
21 Apr 1993      Bill Wyman married Suzanne Accosta.
21 Apr 2016      Prince died.

22 Apr 1970      The first Earth Day was celebrated.
22 Apr 1977      Optical fibre was first used to carry live telephone traffic.
22 Apr 1994      Richard Nixon died.

23 Apr 1016      Edmund Ironside succeeded his father Ethelred the Unready as King of England.
23 Apr 1348      The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III is announced on St. George’s Day.
23 Apr 1661      King Charles II was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
23 Apr 1927      Cardiff City beat Arsenal in the FA Cup Final, the only non-English team to win the FA Cup.
23 Apr 1985      Coca-Cola changed its formula to New Coke. The response was overwhelmingly negative that the original formula was back on the market in less than three months.
23 Apr 1992      Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips were divorced after 19 years.
23 Apr 2005      The first YouTube video, titled “Me at the zoo”, was published by co-founder Jawed Karim.
23 Apr 2013      West Indian cricketer, Chris Gayle, smashed the fastest century in history with 30 balls.
23 Apr 2016      Beyonce released her 6th album ‘Lemonade’.

24 Apr 1792      ‘La Marseillaise’ the French national anthem was composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
24 Apr 1908      Mr & Mrs Jacob Murdock became the first to travel across US by car. The trip took 32 days, 5 hours, 25 minutes.
24 Apr 1913      The Woolworth Building opened in New York City.
24 Apr 1953      Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
24 Apr 1957      The Suez Canal was reopened after UNEF peacekeepers began patrols of the region.
24 Apr 1981      Jockey Bill Shoemaker won his 8,000th race.
24 Arp 1986      Wallis Simpson died.
24 Apr 1990      The Hubble Space Telescope was launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
24 Apr 2007      Whitney Houston divorced Bobby Brown.
24 Apr 2018      Streaming music services pass worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time.
24 Apr 2019      Marvel Studios’ film, ‘Avengers: Endgame’, was released,  becoming the highest-grossing film of all times.

25 Apr 1792      The Guillotine was first used in France for executions.
25 Apr 1954      The first practical solar cell was publicly demonstrated by Bell Telephone Laboratories.
25 Apr 1960      USS Triton completed the first submerged circumnavigation of Earth in 60 days, 21 hours.
25 Apr 1973      Dean Martin married his third wife Catherine Hawn.
25 Apr 1983      Pioneer 10 travelled beyond Pluto’s orbit.
25 Apr 1995      Ginger Rogers died.

26 Apr 1564      William Shakespeare was baptised in Stratford-upon-Avon.
26 Apr 1920      Ice hockey made its Olympic debut at the Antwerp Games with Canada winning the gold medal.
26 Apr 1923      Prince Albert (George VI) married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey.
26 Apr 1986      Reactor No4 exploded coursing the Chernobyl disaster.
26 Apr 1989      Lucille Ball died.

27 Apr 1956      World heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano retired from the ring undefeated.
27 Apr 1965      RC Duncan patented “Pampers” disposable nappies.
27 Apr 1981      Ringo Starr married Barbara Bach at Marylebone Town Hall in London.
27 Apr 1992      Betty Boothroyd became the first woman Speaker of the House of Commons in its 700-year history.
27 Apr 2004      Halle Berry filed for divorce from her second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet.
27 Apr 2005      The Airbus A380 made its maiden test flight.
27 Apr 2023      Jerry Springer died.

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WHO’S CELEBRATING? This week’s birthdays

Kelly Clarkson 42
Barbra Streisand 82
Ashleigh Barty 28
Al Pacino 84
Sam Fender 30
Channing Tatum 44
Lizzo 36
Jenna Coleman 38
Darcey Bussell 55
Lee Majors 85
Andie McDowell 66
Machine Gun Kelly 34

Penelope Cruz 50
Vernon Kay 50
Juan Mata 36
Uma Thurman 54
Willie Nelson 91
Daniel Day-Lewis 67
Travis Scott 33
Gal Gadot 39
Kirsten Dunst 42
Leigh Francis 51
Melania Trump 54
Darcey Bussell 55

Jessica Alba 43
Laura Kenny 32
Tony Christie 81
Andy Bell 60
Michael Fish 80
Howard Donald 56
David Icke 72
Phil Tufnell 58
Duane Eddy 86
Michael Moore 70
Jean Paul Gaultier 72

If you are compiling a quiz for a work group. Here are some great BLOG POSTS all about how to create work group quizzes with some great tricks and tips. Click on the pic below and have a read.

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Here’s one that made me laugh but didn’t  make it onto this week’s quizzes and was left on the cutting room floor. (answer on the pdf download)

Why did the band A Flock Of Seagulls never play in the Middle East?

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Make sure to check back next week for a brand new Weekly Blog post. In the mean while check out this week’s quizzes. Brand new quiz content all ready to download and use on your quiz event.

Mega Quiz 20
Mega Quiz 40
Mega Quiz 40
Table Top Quiz A
Table Top Quiz B
Table Top Quiz C

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