on this day ...
1 In 1956, which country became the world's first Islamic republic?
2 In 1994, Aeroflot flight 593 bound for Hong Kong crashed in Siberia killing all 75 of those on board. Unbeknown to the flight crew, the autopilot had been turned off. By who?
3 Cristobal Balenciaga, who established the Balenciaga fashion house, died on this day in 1972. What nationality was he?
4 Damon Albarn (right), who turns 40 today, made his name as the singer with which Britpop group?
5 In 1982, US-backed general Efrain Rios Montt overthrew the leadership of which country?
6 Who won Taiwan's first direct elections, held on this day in 1996?
7 British rower Stephen Redgrave, born on this day in 1962, is one of five athletes to hold what Olympic record?
8 Today is a) World Meteorological Day, b) World Water Day or c) World Alzheimer's Day?
9 As far as US forces were concerned, the capture of Emilio Aguinaldo, in 1901, ended which war?
10 Which team lifted the Rugby Sevens trophy on this day in 1997?
Solution: 1 Pakistan 2 The pilot's son, who was 'steering' the plane 3 Spanish 4 Blur 5 Guatemala 6 Lee Teng-hui 7 He won five gold medals in five consecutive Games (from 1984 to 2000) 8 a) World Meteorological Day (World Water Day was yesterday) 9 The Philippine-American war 10 Fiji.