Shoeless Trivia: Birth of a Nation

This is not about the controversial 1915 D.W. Griffith picture or any of the more recent films that share that title. Instead, it is about events related to the “births” of various extant sovereign nations.

  1. This island nation gained its independence from Britain in 1948 under the name Ceylon; it took its current name in 1972 when it became a republic. What is that name?
  2. The rune-covered Jelling stones, one raised by King Gorm the Old, the other by his son Harald Bluetooth, have been called the “baptismal certificate” of what nation?
  3. Within Tunisia, the protests and resulting governmental change of 2010-2011 are known as the Dignity Revolution, as opposed to what more florid name used in Western accounts?
  4. Below is the flag of what nation that declared its independence on July 26, 1847?birthnation2
  5. Until April of this year, the Kingdom of eSwatini was officially known as what?
Answers

  1. Sri Lanka
  2. Denmark
  3. Jasmine Revolution
  4. Liberia
  5. (Kingdom of) Swaziland

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