Year Ladder: First and Last States

Can you name the correct years to complete this 4-digit 'Year Ladder'? (See 'More Info' below)

Delaware became the first state to ratify the present U.S. Constitution
George Frideric Handel's 'Water Music' suites premiered on a barge on the River Thames
The United States entered the First World War, and declared war on Germany
Diana, Princess of Wales, died after a high-speed crash in Paris
Dolly, a female sheep, became the first cloned animal
Apple was founded as Apple Computer Company by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
Alexander Graham Bell created and patented the first practical telephone
Samuel Colt's revolving-cylinder pistol was patented
The Slavery Abolition Act first went into effect, in most of the British colonies
Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the Mediterranean island of Elba after defeat
Charlemagne, nicknamed the 'Father of Europe', died
Augustus Caesar, first emperor of Rome, died
Flight MH370 disappeared over the South China Sea with all 239 people on board
Park Geun-hye was elected as the first female president of South Korea
Euro coins and banknotes became legal tender for 12 countries of the European Union
The movie Avatar was released, and became the highest-grossing film at the time
Mainz Cathedral suffered extensive damage from a fire on the day of its inauguration
The 'Harrying of the North' began and William the Conqueror quelled rebellions
Apollo 11's lunar module Eagle landed on the Moon's surface
Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states of America
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  • ZEROS MAY BE NEEDED: Each year must be written in a 4-digit format, with 0 or 00 as placeholders for earlier centuries. For example, the year 123 should be entered as 0123, and the year 12 entered as 0012.
  • This quiz follows the rules of a standard word ladder, but uses 4-digit numerals to express years instead. For each successive clue (rung), only one digit in the answer-year will change, and never in the same position for consecutive answers. For example, "Columbus discovers America" - 1492 ... ”Clinton elected” – 1992 ... “Czechoslovakia splits” – 1993
  • All years use the Gregorian calendar with BCE and CE.
Classic: Type in answers that appear in a list
Last Updated: Dec 31, 2021
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