It Happened in January Quiz (Round 2)

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All the questions relate to events or anniversaries from the month of January

 

Born in January 1925, which English record producer was often referred to as the 'fifth Beatle'
Sir George Henry Martin

 

Which dictator announced that he was taking dictatorial powers over Italy in January 1925? 
Benito Mussolini

 

 

Who sold his first revolver pistol to the United States government in 1847?
Samuel Colt

 

British troops were defeated at the Battle of Princeton in which war?
American Revolutionary War (American War of Independence)

 

A gun battle in the East End of London left two dead and sparked a political row over the involvement of which Home Secretary?
Winston Churchill.

 

In January 1959 what became the 49th US state?
Alaska

 

Due to its nationalisation of American assets, the United States severed diplomatic relations with which country in 1961?
Cuba

 

JRR Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings was born in January 1892 in which modern day country?
South Africa

 

Fran Cotton, born in 1947, is best known for playing which sport?
Rugby Union

 

Burma gained it's independence from which country in 1948?
Great Britain