Quiz: it was twenty years ago today

Brought to you by quizmaster Graham Jones

Of course, a lot of us weren’t around twenty years ago and so the alternative to doing the quiz is to look for hidden creatures in the words of the questions: there is at least one in every question, but some have two (2).

In 1999:

  1. The Prime Minister’s first names were “Anthony Charles Lynton” by what name is he usually known?
  2. Whether peacemaking or warmongering NATO began bombing which European country?
  3. Which band played “Paint it Black” at the Don Valley Stadium?
  4. Who sang “I will always love you” at the Sheffield Arena three years before she died in the bath?
  5. “Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien” who died on 2nd March at Henley on Thames, was a famous singer. What was her professional name?
  6. Terry Pratchett’s book “The fifth elephant” was published. It was part of which 41 book series?
  7. A former Beatle got stabbed on 30th December. Does anyone remember which one?
  8. JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of – – – – – – -’ was published. (2).
  9. Brooklyn, the son of two celebrities was born. In which world famous group did his mother sing? (2)
  10. On 17th March Rod Hull died after falling off his roof, fixing his TV aerial? What was the name of his aggressive puppet?
  11. On 28th March, actor Sir Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde died. What was his stage name?
  12. A famous eminent Sheffield boxer defeated World Boxing Council featherweight champion Cesar Soto of Mexico in October at Detroit, Michigan. (2).
  13. Helen Sharman was awarded an honorary doctorate by Exeter University. Before she became the first British astronaut in 1991, she used to be a researcher for which appropriately named chocolate company?
  14. 2nd November marked the Centenary of a tragic disaster near Shalesmoor, caused by the explosion of what type of water heating equipment? (2).
  15. A government scheme was launched to address inner city areas wanting improvement resulting in £50 million for Burngreave? (2).
  16. There was a military coup in Pakistan in which General Pervez Musharraf assumed executive powers? Which former cricketer has been the leader of Pakistan since 2018? (2).
  17. The first episode of this BBC TV hospital drama was shown. Maybe we still watch it. (2).
  18. A new currency was launched across a number of countries including Ireland but not the United Kingdom. What is it called? (2).
  19. The Welsh Assembly opened on 26th May. Which country’s new parliament came later on 1st July? (2).
  20. The first edition of the Burngreave Messenger hit the streets. Where were the headquarters of this new tribune of the people?