A youth leader walks in with a big ole pizza (or some other sweet prize) and announces that this game is a “Boys vs. Girls Challenge”. The winning team will get the goods. The leader will announce a historical event and students must correctly identify the year in which that event took place. The first person to run up to the stage with the correct answer wins a point for their team. The students can only guess one time per question – if they give an incorrect answer the other team can steal that point with a correct answer. The team with the most correct answers at the end wins. To the victor belong the spoils!

1. Man lands on the moon. (1969)
2. The movie ‘Toy Story’ released in theatres. (1995)
3. Declaration of Independence was signed (1776)
4. Youth Pastor’s birth. (19??)
5. Tickle Me Elmo first introduced in stores. (1996)
6. The first ipod launched. (2001)
7. Senior Pastor’s birth. (19??)
8. MySpace launched. (2003)
9. Michael Jackson “Thriller” album released. (1982)
10. The first Super Bowl (1967)
11. Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans (2005)
12. Pilgrims land on Plymouth Rock (1620)
13. Desert Storm (a.k.a. Persian Gulf War) (1991)
14. Black Tuesday – stock market crash that signaled the beginning of the Great Depression (1929)
15. Hawaii became the 50th state. (1959)
16. Twilight released in theaters. (2008)
17. The TV premiere of American Idol (2000)
18. Our church was established (????)
19. Facebook launched. (2004)
20. Star Wars is released in theaters. (1977)

NOTE: If you use media screens, create slides for these events to add more excitement.

Submitted by Dan Manns


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.


  1. Lee
    June 24, 2011 at 12:00 am

    This was fun, especially when we did the age of the youth pastor and the senior pastor. We even added a few of the adulter leaders’ birthdays into the mix, as well.

  2. Robert
    September 14, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Good game that I used on a "parent night" – so the teams were kids v. parents.

  3. Amber
    April 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

    This is really fun. We tried it and the kids loved it. (I was surprised how much they DIDN’T know)

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