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How Well Do You Remember Last August?

We’ve unleashed a Wikipedia-mining, quiz-making franken-robot on the encyclopedia’s August 2013 current events page. Without any human intervention, it has plucked out important bits from the 100 event descriptions below, and jumbled them with three plausible(ish) replacements. Can you beat the bot?

  1. August 1, 2013: American __________ whistleblower Edward Snowden is granted a one-year temporary political asylum in Russia and leaves Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.
    1. Central Security Service
    2. Defense Intelligence Agency
    3. National Security Agency
    4. Central Intelligence Agency
  2. August 1, 2013: In talks in Manila, the Philippines and __________ agree to work together on a framework for resolving maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
    1. Bahrain
    2. Guadeloupe
    3. Democratic Republic of the Congo
    4. Vietnam
  3. August 1, 2013: Eight people are arrested in Greece for allegedly trying to smuggle weapons into __________.
    1. Ivory Coast
    2. Turkey
    3. Comoros
    4. Ukraine
  4. August 1, 2013: The U.S. states of Minnesota and __________ begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
    1. South Carolina
    2. Kansas
    3. Rhode Island
    4. Massachusetts
  5. August 1, 2013: Italy's top court confirms that former Prime Minister __________ will serve a prison sentence for a tax fraud conviction.
    1. Dries van Agt
    2. Silvio Berlusconi
    3. José Sócrates
    4. Margaret Thatcher
  6. August 2, 2013: The United States Food and Drug Administration names Taylor Farms as the source of cyclospora parasite tainted salads that sickened 223 diners in the US states of __________ and Iowa.
    1. Nebraska
    2. South Dakota
    3. Mississippi
    4. Maine
  7. August 2, 2013: The UK Foreign Office has warned its embassy staff in Southwest Asia to be vigilant as __________ approaches. British embassies remained open.
    1. Eid al-Fitr
    2. National Grandparents Day
    3. Laylat al-Qadr
    4. National Payroll Week
  8. August 2, 2013: The __________ Electoral Commission says that Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party has won 142 seats of 210 seats in the general election.
    1. Rwanda
    2. Zimbabwe
    3. Cape Verde
    4. Niger
  9. August 2, 2013: A new primate, the Lavasoa dwarf lemur, is discovered in __________.
    1. Romania
    2. Cape Verde
    3. Madagascar
    4. Luxembourg
  10. August 3, 2013: A man crashes his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Venice Beach, __________, U.S., injuring eleven people and killing one. The driver fled the scene and was being sought by authorities, but later turned himself in.
    1. California
    2. Delaware
    3. Texas
    4. Kansas
  11. August 3, 2013: In rugby union, the Chiefs win the 2013 Super Rugby Final, defeating the __________ 27-22 at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.
    1. Stormers
    2. Melbourne Rebels
    3. Western Force
    4. Brumbies
  12. August 4, 2013: Scottish actor Peter Capaldi is announced to portray the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor on the long-running British science fiction show __________.
    1. Doctor Who
    2. Last Tango in Halifax
    3. Dark Season
    4. The Doctor’s Wife
  13. August 4, 2013: __________ is officially inaugurated as President of Iran in the House of the Parliament and announces the members of his cabinet to the parliament.
    1. Mohammad Khatami
    2. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
    3. Abulhassan Banisadr
    4. Hassan Rouhani
  14. August 4, 2013: Voters in __________ will go to the polls on September 7 for a federal election.
    1. Morocco
    2. Tuvalu
    3. Cyprus
    4. Australia
  15. August 5, 2013: A bomb rigged to a vehicle kills eight people in Cotabato, __________.
    1. Hong Kong
    2. Philippines
    3. Brunei
    4. Armenia
  16. August 5, 2013: More than 160 people are killed in flash floods across __________ and Pakistan.
    1. Kyrgyzstan
    2. Iraqi Armed Forces
    3. Turkey
    4. Afghanistan
  17. August 5, 2013: 55 people are hospitalized following a truck fire 3.5km into the Gudvanga Tunnel in __________.
    1. Montenegro
    2. Bulgaria
    3. Norway
    4. Slovakia
  18. August 5, 2013: Three people are killed and five are wounded in a shooting at a town hall meeting in Ross Township, __________, U.S.
    1. Iowa
    2. Vermont
    3. Pennsylvania
    4. Idaho
  19. August 5, 2013: Amazon CEO __________ purchases The Washington Post for $250 million.
    1. Brian Valentine
    2. Tom Szkutak
    3. Jeff Bezos
    4. Ram Shriram
  20. August 5, 2013: Opposition leader __________ is sworn in as Prime Minister of Tuvalu by Governor-General Iakoba Italeli after winning a secret ballot held in parliament.
    1. Faimalaga Luka
    2. Apisai Ielemia
    3. Willy Telavi
    4. Enele Sopoaga
  21. August 5, 2013: In Major League Baseball, __________ of the New York Yankees is banned for 211 games for his role in the Biogenesis baseball scandal with 12 other players given bans of 50 games.
    1. Bill Almon
    2. Alex Rodriguez
    3. Mike Ivie
    4. Ron Blomberg
  22. August 6, 2013: Danish police evacuate part of central __________ after a parked car is found with wires attached to it.
    1. Copenhagen
    2. Edinburgh
    3. Lausanne
    4. Hillerød
  23. August 6, 2013: Four suspected __________ militants are killed in a drone strike.
    1. Anwar al-Awlaki
    2. Jemaah Islamiyah
    3. Abu Sayyaf
    4. Al-Qaeda
  24. August 6, 2013: The trial of Major __________, a former United States Army Medical Corps officer and the Gunman during the Fort Hood shooting, begins.
    1. Farooque Ahmed
    2. Detroit Sleeper Cell
    3. David Headley
    4. Nidal Malik Hasan
  25. August 7, 2013: Six suspect Al-Qaeda militants are killed in a drone strike in Southern __________.
    1. Guinea
    2. Cocos (Keeling) Islands
    3. Yemen
    4. Ethiopia
  26. August 7, 2013: One person is killed and 62 are injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted President __________
    1. Kamal Ganzouri
    2. Hosni Mubarak
    3. Gihan Ibrahim
    4. Mohamed Morsi
  27. August 7, 2013: A bombing in a market in __________, Pakistan, kills eleven people, mostly teenagers.
    1. Karachi
    2. Delhi
    3. Rawalpindi
    4. Sindh
  28. August 7, 2013: A large fire breaks out at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the Kenyan capital __________.
    1. Kilifi
    2. Nairobi
    3. Machakos
    4. Namanga
  29. August 7, 2013: North Korea and __________ agree to resume talks on reopening the Kaesong industrial zone.
    1. Thailand
    2. Turkmenistan
    3. South Korea
    4. Brunei
  30. August 7, 2013: The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic __________ announces his resignation after his caretaker government loses a vote of confidence.
    1. Vladimír Špidla
    2. Jiří Rusnok
    3. Josef Tošovský
    4. Mirek Topolánek
  31. August 7, 2013: Portugal's treasury secretary Joaquim Pais Jorge resigns after media reports and opposition politicians questioned his previous role at __________.
    1. HSBC Bank USA
    2. Comerica
    3. Citigroup
    4. Wells Fargo
  32. August 8, 2013: Three U.S. drone strikes in central and southern __________ kill 12 suspected al-Qaida militants.
    1. Yemen
    2. Kyrgyzstan
    3. Algeria
    4. Lebanon
  33. August 8, 2013: __________ troops kill 24 militants in a foiled Al-Shabaab planned attack in southern Somalia city of Afmadow.
    1. African Union
    2. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
    3. Economic Cooperation Organization
    4. TAKM
  34. August 9, 2013: An American drone strike kills five suspected Al Qaeda terrorists in eastern __________.
    1. Yemen
    2. Israel
    3. Bhutan
    4. Christmas Island
  35. August 9, 2013: The United States withdraws diplomats from its consulate in the Pakistani city of __________ due to terrorist threats.
    1. Berianwali
    2. Bahria Town
    3. Lahore
    4. Rhine-Ruhr
  36. August 9, 2013: Two __________ pilots are abducted by a previously unknown Shiite militia, Zuwwar al-Imam Rida, in Beirut, Lebanon.
    1. Martinair
    2. TNT Airways
    3. Cargolux
    4. Turkish Airlines
  37. August 9, 2013: Three people are missing after a Rockwell Turbo Commander turboprop plane crashes into two homes in East Haven, __________, United States.
    1. New Mexico
    2. Connecticut
    3. Wisconsin
    4. North Dakota
  38. August 9, 2013: Liu Tienan, the deputy head of __________'s National Development and Reform Commission, is expelled from the Communist Party for corruption.
    1. Nepal
    2. Laos
    3. China
    4. Tajikistan
  39. August 9, 2013: A 31-year-old __________ man kills his wife and posts a picture of her corpse with a confession onto Facebook. The picture is removed and the man is arrested.
    1. Oklahoma
    2. Florida
    3. Hawaii
    4. Maine
  40. August 9, 2013: President Boni Yayi of __________ dismisses his entire Cabinet.
    1. Comoros
    2. Benin
    3. Ghana
    4. South Africa
  41. August 10, 2013: Gunmen kidnap four Thai tourists traveling in __________'s Rivers State.
    1. Zimbabwe
    2. Turkmenistan
    3. Uganda
    4. Nigeria
  42. August 10, 2013: A bomb kills four people and wounds 16 in a park south of __________, Iraq.
    1. Tikrit
    2. Hasankeyf
    3. Kadhimiya
    4. Baghdad
  43. August 10, 2013: An American drone strike kills two suspected Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula militants in southern __________.
    1. Cyprus
    2. Afghanistan
    3. Albania
    4. Yemen
  44. August 10, 2013: The volcano Paluweh erupts on Palu'e island in __________ killing at least six people.
    1. Philippines
    2. Singapore
    3. Indonesia
    4. Vietnam
  45. August 10, 2013: A bus accident in __________, Morocco, kills at least 16 Royal Guardsmen.
    1. Bni Bouayach
    2. Al Hoceima
    3. Imzouren
    4. Targuist
  46. August 10, 2013: Floods and mudslides in Manitou Springs, __________, United States leave at least three people missing and one dead.
    1. Colorado
    2. Alaska
    3. Massachusetts
    4. California
  47. August 10, 2013: The 2013 World Championships in Athletics start in __________'s Luzhniki Stadium.
    1. Kyoto
    2. Kerch
    3. Copenhagen
    4. Moscow
  48. August 11, 2013: Suspected __________ militants kill five Yemeni soldiers in an attack on a gas terminal in Southern Yemen.
    1. Lashkar-e-Taiba
    2. Abu Sayyaf
    3. Hamas
    4. Al-Qaeda
  49. August 11, 2013: Flash floods in Afgahanistan's __________ province kill 22 people.
    1. Ghazni
    2. Kabul
    3. Paghman
    4. Lashkar Gah
  50. August 11, 2013: A coach crash in southern __________ kills two tourists and injures 30.
    1. Spain
    2. Egypt
    3. France
    4. Malta
  51. August 11, 2013: Voters in __________ go to the polls for the second round of a presidential election.
    1. Mali
    2. Yemen
    3. Afghanistan
    4. Dominica
  52. August 11, 2013: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Leader of the Opposition __________ participate in the first of three televised leaders debates ahead of September's federal election.
    1. Bob Baldwin
    2. Peter Hendy
    3. Tony Abbott
    4. Brendan Nelson
  53. August 11, 2013: __________ held the first round of legislative elections to renew half the Chamber of Deputies and one third of the Senate. The final round will be held October 27.
    1. India
    2. Argentina
    3. Dominica
    4. Malaysia
  54. August 11, 2013: American golfer Jason Dufner wins the 2013 PGA Championship played at the Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, __________.
    1. Utah
    2. New York
    3. Delaware
    4. Ohio
  55. August 12, 2013: __________ launches its first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant.
    1. Vanuatu
    2. India
    3. Botswana
    4. Tanzania
  56. August 12, 2013: The UK government threatens __________ with legal action over the imposition of additional border checks in Gibraltar.
    1. Greece
    2. Saudi Arabia
    3. Spain
    4. Albania
  57. August 12, 2013: __________ is elected as President of Mali. Although results have not yet been made official, his opponent Soumaïla Cissé has conceded defeat in the election.
    1. Alpha Oumar Konaré
    2. Moussa Traoré
    3. Amadou Sanogo
    4. Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
  58. August 13, 2013: Footage of the isolated and previously unseen Kawahiva tribe is recorded for the first time in the Amazon rainforest, in __________.
    1. Mexico
    2. Dominican Republic
    3. Brazil
    4. Mozambique
  59. August 13, 2013: The United States Department of Justice and six states file an antitrust lawsuit to block the proposed merger of __________ and US Airways.
    1. Allegiant Air
    2. American Airlines
    3. Air Canada
    4. Finnair
  60. August 14, 2013: The Eurozone moves out of 18 months of recession because of Germany and __________. There was a growth rate of 0.3% in the June quarter.
    1. Lebanon
    2. France
    3. Cyprus
    4. Lithuania
  61. August 14, 2013: A UPS cargo plane crashes at __________ in Alabama, killing both the pilot and co-pilot.
    1. Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport
    2. Alabama Museum of Health Sciences
    3. Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    4. Lane Park
  62. August 15, 2013: At least 20 people are killed and 200 injured in an explosion in southern Beirut near a complex used by Lebanon's militant group __________ in Lebanon. A previously unknown Syrian Sunni group claims responsibility in an online video.
    1. Marada Movement
    2. Palestine Liberation Organization
    3. Hezbollah
    4. Popular Resistance Committees
  63. August 15, 2013: __________ comes out as the first Openly gay wrestler in WWE.
    1. Tyson Kidd
    2. Erick Rowan
    3. Lucky Cannon
    4. Darren Young
  64. August 16, 2013: __________ changes its weekend from Thursday and Friday to Friday and Saturday.
    1. Tunisia
    2. Yemen
    3. Syria
    4. Maldives
  65. August 16, 2013: A magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes near Seddon, __________, causing moderate damage in the wider Marlborough region and national capital Wellington.
    1. Belize
    2. Papua New Guinea
    3. Zambia
    4. New Zealand
  66. August 16, 2013: The Ministry of External Relations of Brazil rejects John Kerry´s official statement concerning that the electronic surveillance by the __________ was part of a strategy to “combat terrorism”.
    1. Defense Intelligence Agency
    2. Central Intelligence Agency
    3. Central Security Service
    4. National Security Agency
  67. August 16, 2013: __________, former Iranian foreign minister, is appointed as head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
    1. Mir-Hossein Mousavi
    2. Abulhassan Banisadr
    3. Ali Soheili
    4. Ali Akbar Salehi
  68. August 16, 2013: The infamous __________ is officially acknowledged by the United States.
    1. Interdimensional hypothesis
    2. Reptilians
    3. Men in Black
    4. Area 51
  69. August 17, 2013: Residents evacuated from Greenhorn Gulch area in __________ from the Beaver Creek fire.
    1. North Carolina
    2. Alabama
    3. Texas
    4. Idaho
  70. August 17, 2013: 31 people dead and at least 170 are missing as a ferry sinks after colliding with a cargo ship in __________.
    1. Turkey
    2. Vietnam
    3. Indonesia
    4. Philippines
  71. August 18, 2013: Six people are injured in a bomb explosion on a bus in the eastern Indian state of __________.
    1. West Bengal
    2. Kerala
    3. Rajasthan
    4. Nagaland
  72. August 18, 2013: Bo Xilai, a former member of Politburo of the Communist Party of China, charged with bribery and corruption, will go on trial on August 22 in the city of __________.
    1. Jinan
    2. Shenzhen
    3. Shandong
    4. Chongqing
  73. August 19, 2013: A train accident in __________ kills at least 37 pilgrims and injures over a dozen.
    1. New Zealand
    2. Pakistan
    3. India
    4. United Kingdom
  74. August 19, 2013: The 500th eruption this year of Mount Sakurajima in Southern __________ covers the major city of Kagoshima in a cloud of ash.
    1. Swaziland
    2. Cambodia
    3. Philippines
    4. Japan
  75. August 19, 2013: Russia and __________ begin discussing the main starting points and modality of the upcoming talks on a peace treaty.
    1. Saint Lucia
    2. Luxembourg
    3. Japan
    4. Denmark
  76. August 19, 2013: The British warship HMS Westminster arrives in Gibraltar amid tensions with __________.
    1. Malaysia
    2. Spain
    3. Cambodia
    4. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  77. August 19, 2013: The first same-sex marriages take place in __________, following the passage of the Marriage Equality Bill in April.
    1. Easter Island
    2. Cameroon
    3. New Zealand
    4. United Kingdom
  78. August 20, 2013: The Whakaari / White Island volcano in the Bay of Plenty off __________'s North Island erupts.
    1. Uganda
    2. Sierra Leone
    3. New Zealand
    4. Samoan Islands
  79. August 20, 2013: Turkey’s Prime Minister __________ accuses American and Israeli influence of being the ouster of Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi; which are denied by both.
    1. Tansu Çiller
    2. Nihat Ergün
    3. Erkan Mumcu
    4. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  80. August 20, 2013: A Pakistani court indicts former President Pervez Musharraf for his alleged involvement in the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister __________.
    1. Benazir Bhutto
    2. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
    3. Azra Peechoho
    4. Faryal Talpur
  81. August 20, 2013: Alan Rusbridger, the editor of __________, reveals that the British authorities forced the newspaper to destroy computer hard disk drives containing material leaked by Edward Snowden.
    1. Daily Mirror
    2. The Financial Times
    3. The Independent
    4. The Guardian
  82. August 20, 2013: Egyptian authorities arrest Muhammad Badie, the Supreme Guide of the __________, in Cairo. Mahmoud Ezzat, deputy leader of the Brotherhood, becomes temporarily the new Supreme Guide.
    1. National Congress (Sudan)
    2. Muslim Brotherhood
    3. Welfare Party
    4. Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party
  83. August 20, 2013: United States Senator Ted Cruz of __________ announces that he wants to renounce his Canadian citizenship, fueling speculation about a presidential run in 2016.
    1. Texas
    2. Massachusetts
    3. Kentucky
    4. Connecticut
  84. August 21, 2013: __________ upgrades the recent leak of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear disaster site to Level 3, a "serious incident," on the International Nuclear Event Scale.
    1. Antigua and Barbuda
    2. Japan
    3. Vatican City
    4. Swaziland
  85. August 21, 2013: 37 killed, 16 injured in a bus crash in __________, near the Chin Swee Temple.
    1. Kazakhstan
    2. Malaysia
    3. Saint Lucia
    4. Brunei
  86. August 21, 2013: 18 schoolgirls from Pembroke Hill School, and driver injured in bus crash near Bonner Springs, __________.
    1. Missouri
    2. Ohio
    3. Arkansas
    4. Texas
  87. August 21, 2013: The Nigerian army officially claims the __________ leader Abubakar Shekau, is dead from a gunfight, although others claim Shekau is alive.
    1. Civilian Joint Task Force
    2. Bakassi Movement for Self-Determination
    3. Boko Haram
    4. Oodua Peoples Congress
  88. August 22, 2013: Severe tropical storm Trami arrives in southern China after killing seventeen people in the __________.
    1. North Korea
    2. Lebanon
    3. Uzbekistan
    4. Philippines
  89. August 22, 2013: Russian adventurer and priest Fyodor Konyukhov announces plans to cross the Pacific Ocean in a rowing boat from Valparaíso, __________ to Australia’s eastern coast.
    1. Senegal
    2. Sri Lanka
    3. Chile
    4. Dominican Republic
  90. August 22, 2013: Former New England Patriots tight end __________ is indicted for the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.
    1. Brandon Spikes
    2. Janoris Jenkins
    3. Aaron Hernandez
    4. Ahmad Black
  91. August 23, 2013: Israeli warplanes strike Na'ameh, __________ in response to rocket attacks.
    1. Senegal
    2. Lebanon
    3. Maldives
    4. Montenegro
  92. August 23, 2013: Microsoft CEO __________ announces that he will retire within the next 12 months.
    1. John W. Stanton
    2. Steve Ballmer
    3. Mason Morfit
    4. Dina Dublon
  93. August 23, 2013: __________, mayor of San Diego, California, due to resign on August 30 over sexual harassment allegations.
    1. Harry Reid
    2. Bob Filner
    3. Nancy Pelosi
    4. Daniel Akaka
  94. August 26, 2013: All 25,000 applicants to the __________ fail their entrance exams.
    1. African Methodist Episcopal University
    2. Stella Maris Polytechnic
    3. University of Liberia
    4. United Methodist University
  95. August 27, 2013: The __________ near Yosemite National Park has now grown to about 281 square miles.
    1. Cedar Fire
    2. Marble-Cone Fire
    3. Rim Fire
    4. McNally Fire
  96. August 29, 2013: A bus accident kills 41 people and injures 33 in __________.
    1. Zimbabwe
    2. Malaysia
    3. Kenya
    4. São Tomé and Príncipe
  97. August 30, 2013: Poet __________ from Northern Ireland, recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, dies aged 74.
    1. Derek Mahon
    2. Harry Clifton
    3. Seamus Heaney
    4. Seán Ó Ríordáin
  98. August 30, 2013: A magnitude 7.0 earthquake is recorded off the coast of the __________.
    1. Aleutian Islands
    2. Yukon–Kuskokwim Delta
    3. Seward Peninsula
    4. Kenai Peninsula
  99. August 30, 2013: __________ has charged five men, including a Syrian army officer and a Sunni cleric close to the Syrian government, over bomb attacks on two mosques in the northern city of Tripoli last week that killed at least 47 people
    1. Afghanistan
    2. Malta
    3. Croatia
    4. Lebanon
  100. August 31, 2013: At least 15 people die after liquid ammonia leaks from a refrigeration unit at a cold storage plant in __________.
    1. Minhang
    2. Shanghai
    3. Hong Kong
    4. Incheon

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