REMEMBERING the years, places and names of historical incidents may seem to be a dreaded task for most history students, but it did not pose any problem for the three representatives of Diocesan Boys' School who won the championship in the Joint School History Quiz. The quiz, jointly organised by the History Club of Queen's College, the Social Science Union of St Francis' Canossian College and the History Club of Diocesan Girls' School, was recently held to promote the subject in schools. ''There are not many history activities in school, and the subject does not seem to be as popular as other subjects like Geography and Science. We would like to take this opportunity to raise the students' interest in it,'' said Thomas Wong Chun-cheong, the chairman of the central committee. The most difficult part of organising the quiz was setting the questions. ''When we studied for the HKCEE, we were usually asked to give our own points of view. But the quiz had questions on facts,'' said Josephine Winy Lee, vice-chairman of the committee. After beating the other 13 participating schools in a series of heats and semi-finals, St Paul's Convent School, La Salle College and Diocesan Boys' School advanced to the final session on February 24. It was a day of triumph for the Diocesan Boys' School team which was 100 points ahead of its rivals. The team members attributed their victory to the support of their school, their strategy and their trust in each other. ''We are well-prepared and we have complete trust in each other,'' said team member Lawrence Wong Wai-ho. Each team member was assigned a particular area to study. The three boys enjoyed excellent co-operation and were absolutely confident. ''We try our best and we have high morale,'' said Kenneth Kwok Wai-ho, who liked European history most. All three members enjoy studying history very much. They regard it as good memorisation and analytical training. ''Many people find it difficult to memorise these historical happenings but they are actually real events,'' said Marco Wan Man-ho, the only fifth former among the three. ''Everything seems to be happening again and again. Knowing more about history can help us avoid making the same mistakes,'' said Lawrence.