#1. Who recently became the world's richest person for the first time as his net wealth crossed $185bn, surpassing Jeff Bezos?
Tesla’s share price rose to more than $880 in January, making Elon Musk the world’s richest person with a net worth of $195 billion, beating out Jeff Bezos by about $10 billion.
#2. What is the name of the storm that covered a big part of Spain in snow, the biggest in 50 years?
Storm Filomena was named by AEMET (Spanish: Agencia Estatal de Meteorología) on 5 January. It started as one system that split into two systems and hit Spain and Portugal back to back from 6 to 9 January. According to AEMET, Filomena was the largest snowstorm in Spain since 1971.
#3. Which two automaker companies have agreed to merge, in a move to create the fourth largest car manufacturer by volume?
Fiat Chrysler and Groupe PSA, the owner of Peugeot, agreed on Thursday to combine forces to create the world’s fourth-largest carmaker by production volume. The new company will have combined revenues of nearly $189 billion (170 billion euros), producing some 8.7 million vehicles per year.
#4. Along with Donald Trump, which U.S. presidents have been impeached in the course of the 20th and 21st centuries?
The impeachment of Bill Clinton was initiated on October 8, 1998, when the United States House of Representatives voted to commence impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, for “high crimes and misdemeanors”. The specific charges against Clinton were lying under oath and obstruction of justice
#5. An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 shook the city of Petrinja and caused 7 deaths in which country?
At least seven people were killed, dozens were wounded and several towns in central Croatia were left in ruins after a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck on 29th December 2020, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and Croatian officials.
#6. What is believed to have been a 'fast food' store about 2000 years ago has been discovered in which city?
A “fast food” shop from the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, which was destroyed in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, is to open to the public. The food counter, known as a thermopolium, would have served hot food and drinks to locals in the city. The shop, with its bright frescoes and terracotta jars, was discovered in 2019
#7. The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn of 2020 was the closest since?
The 2020 great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn was the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226!
#8. An analysis of global temperatures released by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies on Jan. 14 found that 2020 was effectively tied with as the hottest year on record.
Globally, 2020 was the hottest year on record, effectively tying 2016, the previous record. Overall, Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s. Temperatures are increasing due to human activities, specifically emissions of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane.
#9. On Jan. 6, a large mob stormed the U.S. Capitol in a shocking display of violence that shook the core of American democracy. It was one of the most severe intrusions of the Capitol since the
The mob of Trump supporters pressed through police barricades, broke windows and battered their way with metal poles through entrances to the Capitol. Then, stunningly, they breached the “People’s House” itself, forcing masked police officers to draw their guns to keep the insurgents off the chamber floor.
#10. A passenger jet carrying more than 60 people crashed into the Java Sea on Jan. 9, minutes after taking off from , the capital of , bringing renewed attention to a nation long cursed by aviation disasters.
The plane was bound for the city of Pontianak on the island of Borneo. It had 62 people aboard, according to the Transportation Ministry. Four minutes after taking off amid a heavy monsoon season rain, following a bad weather delay, the 26-year-old plane lost more than 10,000 feet in altitude in less than 60 seconds. On Jan. 10, the Jakarta police said that body parts and some clothes from the passengers had been found in waters just northwest of the Indonesian capital.
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