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If this had happened one year earlier it would have featured the Buffalo Bills and the Green Bay Packers.
If this had happened one year earlier, Spiro Agnew would have become President of the United States.
If this had happened one year earlier, the decision on whether to use the weapon would have fallen to FDR.
If this had happened one year earlier, the temperature would have been 51 (F) and the O rings would have held.
If this had happened one year earlier, Hannibal Hamlin would have become President of the United States.
If this had happened one year earlier, the decision on whether to go to war in Afghanistan would have fallen to Bill Clinton.
If this had happened one year earlier it would have been Neil Armstrong telling Houston he had a problem.
If this had happened one year earlier, Margaret Thatcher (and not John Major) would have made the decision to commit British ground forces.
If this had happened one year earlier, Peter Finch would have been alive to accept his Oscar.
If this had happened one year earlier, it would have been Henry III who was forced to acknowledge liberties in the Magna Carta
If this had happened one year earlier it would have been known as Y1K3 9s.
If this had happened one year earlier, it would have been signed into law by John F. Kennedy.
If this had happened one year earlier, the Blue Jays would not have repeated as World Champs.
If this had happened one year earlier, they could have broadcast images of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.
If this had happened one year earlier, it would have come before the Treaty of Brussels, while France and the Holy Roman Empire were still at war.
If this had happened one year earlier, Pete Best would have been the drummer.
If this had happened one year earlier, Karl Benz might not have died of a bronchial infection.
If this had happened one year earlier, Charles Barkley might have won an NBA Championship.
If this had happened one year earlier, Abe Fortas would not have been on the bench and the police might not be required to read you your rights.
If this had happened one year earlier it would not have had to compete with Gone With the Wind for the Best Picture Oscar.
If this had happened one year earlier, a regent would have reigned in place of Victoria for 11 months.
If this had happened one year earlier, it would have been authorized by Fumimaro Konoe and not by Hideki Tōjō.
If this had happened one year earlier, we would never have had the Bell Telephone Company.
If this had happened one year earlier, Yuri Gagarin wouldn't have been first.
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Feb 13th, 2013 at 03:53 GMT
President Spiro Agnew... scary thought!
Correction: Green Bay won the NFL title in 1965, not Cleveland. Cleveland won in 1964. Super Bowl I came after the 1966 season. Fortunately, Buffalo won the AFL title in both 1964 and 65.
Feb 13th, 2013 at 03:55 GMT
Ah yes, the win for GB in '67 was their third in a row. Had SB I been TWO years before it would have been Buffalo/Cleveland.
Feb 13th, 2013 at 03:57 GMT
Cool idea! I was going too fast at the end and indicated that a Japanese leader would have ordered the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That would be an interesting twist in those events...
Feb 14th, 2013 at 00:06 GMT
MLB Strike is misspelled.
Feb 18th, 2013 at 20:02 GMT
Great Quiz, but Juri Gagarin is usually spelled Yuri.
Mar 1st, 2013 at 21:46 GMT
So the Juri...
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Game published: Mar 6th, 2013 at 15:00 GMT
Mar 6th, 2013 at 15:36 GMT
Loved it! Loved how it spanned politics, law, film, etc.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 15:40 GMT
Mar 6th, 2013 at 15:48 GMT
Cool concept, but it was a little easy to get 'em all simply through a little knowledge and process of elimination. This would be a really neat idea is specific categories where you couldn't just pick the only answer that fit the topic.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 16:00 GMT
Cool. I love that it is a fun quiz, a tad difficult, but that it is really about the twist of fate that can happen within a year's span.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 16:05 GMT
Nice quiz. Some of these are interesting in their causality -- it's only *because* of Kennedy's death and the ascension of LBJ that the Civil Rights Act could have been passed
Mar 6th, 2013 at 16:06 GMT
Building on the above --- this is a neat idea, perhaps for a 2nd one add in some misleading wrong options as well. Instead of having on baseball Q and one baseball A, maybe a couple of answers that are baseball answers but aren't the RIGHT answer. Nazi "answers" that are incorrect answers to the Nazi q, etc.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 16:10 GMT
Poor Pete Best.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 16:11 GMT
@DarkPhalanx- Indeed. Several of these also have triggering events in the intervening year. And, of course, the Y2K one is just a play on words (the credit for which is owed to needapausebutton who suggested that one to me). I thought the what ifs were fun despite the tie-ins. My favorite is the Agnew one since Agnew himself would still have had to resign a year later based on the criminal investigation of him. Had he picked a Vice-President in that short time the job would have fallen to him or her, but if he hadn't then it would have gone to Speaker of the House Carl Albert of Oklahoma.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 16:24 GMT
Loving the quiz. Good work!!!
Mar 6th, 2013 at 16:31 GMT
A couple of these raise questions of causality... But other than that, very creative.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 16:38 GMT
@PureKStyle: Or worse yet, poor Stuart Sutcliffe. Best was 'replaced' by Brian Epstein at behest of J,P,G. Sutcliffe died of a brain aneurysm in 1962 whilst the band was in Hamburg. Who knows what might've been?
Mar 6th, 2013 at 16:40 GMT
Great quiz, but I feel like the 95 Theses clue should have some connection to the answer, like all of the other ones do. Not that there's anything wrong with the clue, but I think you could make it better.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 17:02 GMT
Or as we think of it in Philly: "If it had happened one year earlier, Joe Carter could still go downtown for a cheesesteak without having containers of ketchup lobbed at his head." Outstanding idea for a quiz @hejman, well done.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 17:10 GMT
A cool quiz. Of course had Network been released in 1975, Finch would have had to compete against Jack Nicholson from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
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Mar 6th, 2013 at 17:15 GMT
Desperately...fighting...urge...to make...snarky comment...about likelihood of a terrorist attack had Gore actually been made President after he won the 2000 election...also, "Spiro Agnew would have become POTUS" may be amongst the scariest sentences in the entirety of the human language.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 18:36 GMT
Apollo 11 happened in July 1969. Apollo 13 happened in April 1970, *less* than a year later. A year before Apollo 13 would have been either Apollo 9 or Apollo 10.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 19:13 GMT
I love the quiz. The Apollo question threw me for a moment because there was another Apollo mission that had a fire, Apollo 1 that never got off the ground because of a fire on the launch pad, killing three of our greatest astronauts.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 19:57 GMT
Don't eat me, Mr. Hamlin!
Mar 6th, 2013 at 20:21 GMT
If this Sporcle Quiz had been released a year earlier, I would have had more gray matter to devote to it!
Mar 6th, 2013 at 20:37 GMT
The Apollo question confused me because I thought it was asking about Apollo 1!
Mar 6th, 2013 at 21:27 GMT
Love it. Interesting take on history
Mar 6th, 2013 at 22:19 GMT
A bit too easy, but really really fascinating concept.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 23:45 GMT
If I remember well, Elisha Gray came to the U.S. Patent Office with the intention of patenting the telephone on Monday, Feb. 14th, 1876, and there he found -to his great surprise- that Alexander Graham Bell had filed his application for the same... only two hours before! So the clue could have even read "If this had happened three days earlier... " (Friday, Feb. 11th).
Mar 6th, 2013 at 23:46 GMT
Love the URL. ^.^
Mar 7th, 2013 at 00:41 GMT
@dancastro- There is considerable dispute about who filed first, but current evidence seems to suggest that it was actually Gray. In truth, though, it doesn't matter at all. America has never been a "first to file" country when it comes to patents (we're set to become a 'first inventor to file' country later this month) so regardless of who filed first it came down to who invented first. Gray didn't actually file a patent, but rather a patent caveat (a notice of intention to later file a patent) and so when courts later reviewed the competing claims they ruled that Bell was the first to actually invent and therefore had priority regardless of the timing of the filings. I actually just wrote a newspaper column on this last month: http://delgazette.com/2013/02/the-valentines-day-patent-war/
Mar 7th, 2013 at 02:35 GMT
First off, really amusing quiz. Now to throw my $.02 cents in on the Apollo question, if you're really interested in the what-ifs of space history, Deke Slayton's autobiography goes into detail of every flight rotation that ever would have happened if every accident hadn't happened. I don't remember for sure but I think it was Elliot See's plane crash that put Armstrong in the rotation slot he was in, but I do remember that if Apollo 1 had been successful, Gus Grissom would have been first on the moon (barring any other incidents).
Mar 7th, 2013 at 04:56 GMT
@crow_t_robot, not to get political, but I'm pretty sure that it's been fairly firmly established that Al Qaeda had been planning the attack for several years and wasn't waiting to see who won the election to decide whether to go through with it.
Mar 7th, 2013 at 12:58 GMT
Oooh, can I be first to say too US-centric? :-)
Mar 9th, 2013 at 22:22 GMT
that was really good.
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