Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Turns 15: Can You Answer the Show's Million Dollar Questions?

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 15th Anniversary: Million Dollar Questions
Bernie Cullen and Regis Philbin on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Maria Melin/ABC

08/16/2014 AT 10:20 AM EDT

Fifteen years ago, America was asked a very important question: Who wants to be a millionaire?

Turns out lots of people were interested in getting an extra seven figures, and so a game show was born. Originally hosted by Regis Philbin, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? premiered on Aug. 16, 1999. Through the years, the program made some tweaks, but the basic principles have stayed the same.

If a hot-seat contestant uses their lifelines wisely and answers all 15 questions correctly, they are going home with at least $1,000,000. Many have come close to the feat, but only 13 folks have reached the big prize so far.

To celebrate Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'s years of befuddling questions and final answers, we want to see if you can handle the pressure of the hot seat.

Below are a selection of winning million-dollar questions. Choose your answer and then watch the clip to see if you would've won the giant check, too. Remember, you only get to "phone a friend" once.

Which of these U.S. presidents appeared on the television series Laugh-In?

Is it ...

A) Lyndon Johnson
B) Richard Nixon
C) Jimmy Carter
D) Gerald Ford

The correct answer is:



The Earth is approximately how many miles away from the sun?

Is it ...

A) 9.3 million
B) 39 million
C) 93 million
D) 193 million

The correct answer is:


Which insect shorted out an early supercomputer and inspired the term "computer bug"?

Is it ...

A) Moth
B) Roach
C) Fly
D) Japanese beetle

The correct answer is:


Which of the following men does not have a chemical element named after him?

Is it ...

A) Albert Einstein
B) Niels Bohr
C) Issac Newton
D) Enrico Fermi

The correct answer is:


Which of the following landlocked countries is entirely contained within another country?

Is it ...

A) Lesotho
B) Burkina Faso
C) Mongolia
D) Luxembourg

The correct answer is:


In the children's book series, where is Paddington Bear originally from?

Is it ...

A) India
B) Peru
C) Canada
D) Iceland

The correct answer is:


Who is credited with inventing the first mass-produced helicopter?

Is it ...

A) Igor Sikorsky
B) Elmer Sperry
C) Ferdinand von Zeppelin
D) Gottlieb Daimler

The correct answer is:


What letter must appear at the beginning of the registration number of all non-military aircraft in the U.S.?

Is it ...

A) N
B) A
C) U
D) L

The correct answer is:


Who did artist Grant Wood use as the model for the farmer in his classic painting American Gothic?

Is it ...

A) Traveling salesman
B) Local sheriff
C) His dentist
D) His butcher

The correct answer is:


The U.S. icon "Uncle Sam" was based on Samuel Wilson, who worked during the War of 1812 as a what?

Is it ...

A) Meat inspector
B) Mail deliverer
C) Historian
D) Weapons Mechanic

The correct answer is:



Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Turns 15: Can You Answer the Show's Million Dollar Questions?| Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Regis Philbin

James Lipton

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