Plenty of ground-breaking inventions have changed our everyday lives for the better. Take our test and see how much you know about the history of technological innovation.

Tech Innovation

1. At what American university was Facebook founded?

Stanford
Harvard
Yale

2. In what year was the first email sent?

1982
1993
1971

3. In what country was the first mobile phone call made?

Japan
Finland
USA

4. In which decade were oven thermostats first introduced to UK households?

1890s
1920s
1940s

5. In what year was the first MP3 player launched?

2002
1996
1998

6. Whose album was the first to be commercially available on CD?

Bruce Springsteen
Dire Straits
Billy Joel

7. In what year was Microsoft Word first released?

1983
1993
1998

8. Which year saw the world’s first public demonstration of television?

1939
1936
1926

9. In 1959, Xerox released the Xerox 914, the world’s first successful commercial photocopier. How long did it take to produce one copy?

26.4 seconds
9.5 seconds
53.8 seconds

10. Which sport was the first to be broadcast in colour on the BBC?

Football
Tennis
Snooker

11. In what year did Amazon.com sell its first item?

1996
1995
1997

12. Which country first developed natural gas as an energy source way back in 200BC?

China
Russia
America
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