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Quiz 105 – Round 6 – History

1. In which city did Anne Frank live and write her diary during World War II?

Amsterdam

2. Which famous German fighter pilot was shot down and killed on 21st April 1918?

Manfred, Baron von Richthofen (The Red Baron)

3. Who was President of the United States when the National Prohibition Act was passed in 1919?

Woodrow Wilson (The act was passed by Congress, despite his veto.)

4. Genghis Khan was the Great Khan and founder of which empire?

Mongol Empire

5. Who initiated a series of railway timetables and travel guide books in 1839, one of which is used by Michael Portillo in his “Great British Railway Journeys”?

George Bradshaw

6. Who became Israel’s fourth and first female Prime Minister in March 1969?

Golda Meir

7. Which is the oldest university in Scotland?

University of St Andrews

8. Which Australian soprano was known as “La Stupenda”?

Dame Joan Sutherland

9. In which year was Nelson Mandela released from prison?

1990

10. Who succeeded Richard III as King of England in 1485?

Henry VII

 

 

 

 

 

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Quiz 98 – Round 3 – History

1. Who was the oldest person to assume office as the President of the United States?

Ronald Reagan

2. Which British monarch was on the throne during the time of the First Boer War?

Queen Victoria

3. Who was the first leader of the Soviet Union?

Vladimir Lenin

4. The ‘Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis’ was an agreement marking the end of a 65-year struggle between France and Spain for the control of which country?

Italy

5. Which mausoleum was commissioned by the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal?

Taj Mahal

6. What was the name of the series of conflicts fought in Central Europe between 1618 and 1648?

Thirty Years War

7. To which royal house did William I and William II belong?

House of Normandy

8. Who commissioned the Arc de Triomphe?

Napoleon I

9. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 in Ford’s Theatre in which U.S. city?

Washington D.C.

10. Which U.S. naval base was  attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7th 1941?

Pearl Harbor

 

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Quiz 94 – Round 6 – History

This week’s history quiz is very simple. We will give you a famous event from history and you need to give us the year in which it happened.

1. The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand.

1914

2. Boston Tea Party

1773

3. Martin Luther King Jr. made his “I have a dream” speech.

1963

4. Anne Boleyn was beheaded.

1536

5. Battle of Waterloo.

1815

6. The sinking of the Titanic.

1912

7. Battle of Bannockburn

1314

8. Coronation of Queen Elizabeth I.

1559

9. Hillsborough Disaster.

1989

10. Sir Edmund Hillary reached the summit of Mount Everest.

1953

 

 

 

 

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Quiz 93 – Round 3 – History

1. Henry VII was born in which Welsh castle?

Pembroke Castle

2. The Battle of Marston Moor took place during which conflict?

The English Civil War

3. The last confirmed sighting of which bird species occurred in 1844, when two birds were shot off the coast of Iceland and the species was then declared extinct?

Great auk

4. Which Emperor ruled Rome at the beginning of year 1 AD?

Augustus

5. In which year was Marie Antoinette executed by guillotine?

1793

6. From which country did Algeria gain its independence in 1962?

France

7. In which year did American athlete Jesse Owens win four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics?

1936

8. Which famous sea captain and politician was born in Tavistock, Devon in around 1540?

Sir Francis Drake

9. Who was the longest-reigning Tudor monarch?

Elizabeth I

10. Which is the oldest university in England?

Oxford

 

 

 

 

 

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Quiz 92 – Round 3 – History

1. Moshe Dayan was a military leader and politician in which country?

Israel

2. In which year was  Queen Victoria crowned?

1838

3. Who was god of the sun in Ancient Egyptian mythology?

Ra

4. Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII, was born in which modern day country?

Germany (Düsseldorf)

5. Who was the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?

Sir Robert Walpole

6. How many United Stated presidents have resigned from office?

One (Richard Nixon in 1974)

7. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the first woman in the UK to qualify and work as what?

Doctor (physician and surgeon)

8. The ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ took part during which war?

Crimean War

9. In which year did Princess Diana die in a car crash in Paris?

1997

10. The ‘Khmer Rouge’ was a name for the Communist regime which ruled which country between 1975 and 1979?

Cambodia

 

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Christmas Quiz 3 – Round 6 – Christmas History

The following are all questions about things that happened on Christmas Day.

1. Which member of the Beatles got engaged on Christmas Day 1967 although the couple would never marry?

Paul McCartney (to Jane Asher)

2. Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigned from his post as President of the USSR on Christmas day in which year?

1991

3. Which King of England was crowned on Christmas Day?

William the Conqueror (1066)

4. In 1971 an horrific hotel fire killed 163 at the Taeyokale Hotel. In which country was this?

South Korea/Republic of Korea (Seoul)

5. Which hugely successful Leonardo DiCaprio film was released on Christmas Day 2013?

The Wolf of Wall Street

6. Which well-known female Scottish singer was born in Aberdeen on Christmas Day 1954?

Annie Lennox

7. Who became Emperor of Japan on Christmas Day 1926?

Emperor Hirohito

8. On December 25th 2003, scientists lost contact with a British-built space probe which was due to land on Mars that day. What was its name?

Beagle 2

9. Which American singer and actress died on Christmas Day 2008 at the age of 81?

Eartha Kitt

10. In which year was the famous ‘Christmas Truce’, when German and English soldiers stopped fighting to play football, sing carols and exchange gifts?

1914

 

 

 

 

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Quiz 88 – Round 5 – History

1. The Battle of Naseby was a decisive battle in which war?

English Civil War

2. Which English king was nicknamed the ‘Merry Monarch’?

Charles II

3. Which U.S. political party did President Richard Nixon represent?

Republican

4. The Treaty of Nanking was signed on 29th August 1842 and marked the end of which war?

The (First) Opium War/ Anglo-Chinese War

5. By what name was the American William Frederick Cody better known?

Buffalo Bill

6. Which term was commonly used for the series of disagreements from the 50s onwards between the UK and Iceland over fishing rights in the North Atlantic?

Cod Wars

7. Of which British tribe was Boudicca queen?

Iceni

8. King Hussein bin Talal was king of which country between 1952 and 1999?

Jordan

9. What relation is Queen Elizabeth II to Queen Victoria?

Great-great-granddaughter

10. Who was the first British Prime Minister to be born in the 20th Century?

Sir Alec Douglas-Home

 

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Quiz 85 – Round 5 – History

1. Which Emperor of Russia was assassinated in St. Petersburg in 1881?

Alexander II

2. What was the first commodity to be rationed in the UK during World War II?

Petrol

3. Of which French King was Marie Antoinette the wife?

Louis XVI

4. Which battle is depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry?

Battle of Hastings

5. In which year did the Falklands Conflict begin?

1982

6. Which Wild West outlaw was shot and killed by Robert Ford?

Jesse James

7. Who designed the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican?

Michelangelo

8. According to a diary entry, who said “I am just going outside and may be some time,” shortly before he died?

Captain Lawrence Oates

9. Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries achieved what famous first in January 1785?

Crossing the English Channel in a hot-air balloon

10. Which U.S. State was the first to ratify the Constitution in 1787, making it the first of the modern United States?

Delaware

 

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Quiz 83 – Round 3 – History

1. In which city was Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated in 1914?

Sarajevo

2. To which island was Napoleon Bonaparte exiled after he was forced to abdicate in 1814?

Elba

3. Of which country was Alexander III the penultimate Emperor, between 1881 and 1894?

Russia

4. Who became President of the United States in 1865 because he was serving as Vice President at the time of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination?

Andrew Johnson

5. The city of Pompeii was almost entirely destroyed in 79 AD due to the eruption of which volcano?

Mount Vesuvius

6. Which Dutch explorer and navigator is credited with the discoveries of Tasmania, New Zealand, Tonga and the Fiji Islands?

Abel Tasman

7. Which country became the first to allow women the vote?

New Zealand (1893)

8. What was the name of Lord Robert Baden-Powell’s wife?

Olave

9. In ancient Egyptian mythology, which God had the head of a jackal and was associated with embalming and funeral rites?

Anubis

10. The Domesday Book was compiled under the order of which King?

William the Conqueror

 

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Quiz 81 – Round 4 – History

1. How many monarchs have ruled the UK under the House of Windsor?

Four (Queen Elizabeth II, King George V, King George VI and King Edward VIII)

2.Which U.S. volcano erupted unexpectedly in 1980, causing huge damage and loss of life?

Mount St. Helens

3. Which Wild West outlaw was shot by Robert Ford?

Jesse James

4. Who was named Lord High Admiral in 1585 and was commander of the English forces during the battles against the Spanish Armada?

Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham (known as Howard of Effingham)

5. What did a group of four Scottish students remove from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day in 1950?

The Stone of Scone

6. Which future President of the United States married Grace Anna Goodhue in 1905?

Calvin Coolidge

7. In which century was Ivan the Terrible Tsar of Russia?

16th century

8. Who was the last King of France?

Louis-Philippe I

9. What was the name of the British ship commanded by James Cook on his first voyage to Australia and New Zealand?

HMS Endeavour

10. Which Japanese city was the first to be destroyed by an atomic bomb?

Hiroshima

 

 

 

 

 

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Quiz 79 – Round 2 – History

American Presidents Quiz – Who was president of the U.S.A. when the following events occurred?

1. The Wall Street Crash

Herbert Hoover

2. The Louisiana Purchase

Thomas Jefferson

3. The killing of John Lennon

Jimmy Carter

4. Apollo 11 landed on the moon

Richard Nixon

5. The start of World War I

Woodrow Wilson

6. The end of World War II

Harry S. Truman

7. The actor James Dean was killed in a highway collision

Dwight D. Eisenhower

8. The Fall of Saigon

Gerald Ford

9. The September 11th Terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre

George W. Bush

10. The fall of the Berlin Wall

George Bush (Senior)

 

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Quiz 78 – Round 6 – History

1. In which year was Queen Victoria’s coronation?

1838

2. What name is given by historians to the federal republic established in 1919 in Germany?

The Weimar Republic

3. Which religious minister was assassinated on April 4th 1968?

Martin Luther King, Jr.

4. Which of Henry VIII’s wives remained married to him for the longest time?

Catherine of Aragon 

5. What famous first was achieved my Ellen Church in 1930?

She became the first female flight attendant

6. The country of Bangladesh was known by what name between 1955 and 1971?

East Pakistan

7. Which country gained independence from Denmark with the founding of a republic on 25th February 1944?

Iceland

8. Which treaty formally ended World War I?

Treaty of Versailles

9. To which royal house did Queen Elizabeth I belong?

House of Tudor

10. Who designed the Spitfire?

Reginald Joseph Mitchell

 

 

 

 

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Quiz 77 – Round 6 – History

Who was on the English throne when the following events took place?

1. The Great Fire of London

Charles II

2. The birth of William Shakespeare

Elizabeth I

3. The death of Napoleon Bonaparte

George IV

4. The sinking of the Titanic

George V

5. The Magna Carta was signed

John

6. The death of Joan of Arc

Henry VI

7. The sinking of the Mary Rose

Henry VIII

8. Captain Cook landed in Australia

George III

9. The Gettysburg Address

Victoria

10. The trial of Guy Fawkes

James I (James VI of Scotland)

 

 

 

 

 

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Quiz 75 – Round 2 – History

Name the Year Quiz – Quite simply name the year in which the following occurred.

1. Princess Anne, Julie Walters and Robbie Coltrane were all born.

1950

2. Kurt Cobain, John Candy and Burt Lancaster all died.

1994

3. The ‘Times Literary Supplement’ was first published and Edward Elgar’s ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ received its London premier. 

1902

4. Frank Whittle ground-tested the first jet engine and Neville Chamberlain became Prime Minister.

1937

5. The school-leaving age in the UK was raised to 15 and Princess Elizabeth announced her engagement to Lt Philip Mountbatten.

1947

6. Rihanna, Jessie J and Adele were all born.

1988

7. Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela both died.

2013

8. Pink Floyd released ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips and George Foreman beat Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica, to become World Heavyweight boxing champion.

1973

9. Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and Whitney Houston were all born.

1963

10. Apple first introduced the iPad, a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland caused the closure of airspace over Europe and Gordon Brown resigned as Prime Minister.

2010

 

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Quiz 70 – Round 6 – History

Who am I?

1. I was born 9th June 1781 in Wylam, Northumberland. Neither of my parents could read or write, yet I managed to build the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, which opened in 1830.

George Stephenson.

2. I was born on 29th November 1898 in Belfast. I held academic positions at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, yet I am best known for my fictional writing. I was a close friend of J. R. R. Tolkien and my most famous literary work is a series of seven fantasy novels.

C. S. Lewis

3. I was born at some time around the year 1450 within the Republic of Genoa, Italy. My father was a wool merchant and as our family desired to become rich through trade, I first went to sea aged 13, which was to be the first of many expeditions.

Christopher Columbus

4. I was born at some time between 1501 and 1507, the daughter of the 1st Earl of Wiltshire. I spent much of my childhood in Europe and was lady-in-waiting to Archduchess Margaret in the Netherlands. After marriage and the birth of my daughter, I was beheaded in May 1536.

Anne Boleyn

5. I was born on 4th April 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri and died in 2014. I published 36 books, including volumes of poetry and seven autobiographies. My most famous work is the first of these autobiographies, which tells the story of my traumatic childhood.

Maya Angelou

6. I was born in the year 356 and was a King of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon. I conquered the Persian Empire and in addition to my title as King of Macedonia, I also became Pharaoh of Egypt, King of Persia and King of Asia.

Alexander the Great

7. I was born on January 17th 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. I was an author, printer, politician, inventor, scientist, diplomat and civic activist as well as becoming the first Postmaster General of the United States and first president of the American Philosophical Society. I invented the lightning rod, bifocals and a stove bearing my name.

Benjamin Franklin

8. I was born in Salzburg in 1756 and I was baptised with the Christian name ‘Johannes’, although that is not how I came to be known in later years. I began my career at the age of 5 and performed before European royalty. I died at the age of 35, leaving behind my wife, Constanze and my two sons.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

9. I was born in Blantyre, south of Glasgow on 19th March 1813. I was employed in a cotton mill at the age of ten before studying at the Charing Cross Hospital Medical School. My father was a deeply religious Sunday school teacher and his influence was key in my decision to become a missionary.

David Livingstone

10. I was born on 4th June 1738 in London. I was the son of Frederick, Prince of Wales and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. I became heir to the throne when my father died in 1751 and I succeeded the throne in 1760 after the death of my grandfather.

George III

 

 

 

 

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Quiz 66 – Round 2 – History

Who was UK Prime Minister when the following took place?

1. The outbreak of World War One

Herbert Henry Asquith

2. Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon

Harold Wilson

3. The abdication of Edward VIII

Stanley Baldwin

4. Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer

Margaret Thatcher

5. Decimalised currency replaced pounds, shillings and pence

Edward Heath

6. Wilbur and Orville Wright piloted the first successful, powered flight

Arthur Balfour

7. The death of Queen Victoria

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury

8. The Channel Tunnel was officially opened

John Major

9. John F. Kennedy was assassinated

Sir Alec Douglas-Home

10. Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space

Harold Macmillan

 

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Quiz 64 – Round 4 – History

This quiz is all about British history.

1.Which English king was defeated at the Battle of Hastings?

Harold II

2. Who was the first woman to be elected as an MP and take a seat in UK Parliament?

Viscountess Nancy Astor (Although Constance Markievicz was elected MP beforehand, she never took her seat.)

3. What is the name of the Buckinghamshire site which housed personnel from the Government Code and Cypher School during World War II?

Bletchley Park

4. Queen Elizabeth II is famously the longest reigning monarch of the UK, followed by Queen Victoria – but who is third?

George III (59 years, 96 days)

5. In which battle was Nelson fatally wounded?

Battle of Trafalgar

6. In which year did colour television transmissions start in the UK?

1967

7. Which king was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field?

Richard III

8. Which famous Scottish battle took place in 1297, when Andrew de Moray and William Wallace defeated English forces?

Battle of Stirling Bridge

9. The ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ was the nickname of which British serial killer?

Peter Sutcliffe

10. How many British monarchs were Emperors/Empresses of India?

5 (Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII and George VI)

 

 

 

 

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Quiz 62 – Round 5 – History

1. Who was the youngest person to assume office as President of the U.S.A?

Theodore Roosevelt (Age 42)

2. The Spanish Armada was launched with the intention of overthrowing which English monarch?

Elizabeth I

3. In which country was Marie Antoinette born?

Austria (she was born an Archduchess of Austria)

4. Henry Cavendish is credited with the discovery of which gas, which he called ‘inflammable air’ ?

Hydrogen

5. Who succeeded Benjamin Disraeli as Prime Minister of the UK?

William Ewart Gladstone

6. In which year was the Weimar Republic established in Germany?

1919

7. Marinus van der Lubbe was a Dutch Council Communist who was executed for setting fire to which German building in 1933?

The Reichstag

8. The signing of which famous document eventually led to the formation of Parliament in England?

The Magna Carta

9. On 17th June each year, Iceland celebrates its Independence Day – independence from which country’s rule?

Denmark

10. “L’etat, c’est moi” (I am the state) is a quote attributed to which King of France?

Louis XIV

 

 

 

 

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Quiz 61 – Round 2 – History

In which decades did the following take place? Only a decade is required, although the exact year is given in brackets (and could be worth an extra point if appropriate).

1. Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

1840s (1840)

2. The first human spaceflight was launched by the Soviet Union.

1960s (1961)

3. The first female Church of England priests were ordained.

1990s (1994)

4. Edward VIII abdicated.

1930s (1936)

5. The Spanish Armada set sail from A Coruña.

1580s (1588)

6. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded.

1900s (1901)

7. The first internet domain name was registered.

1980s (1985)

8. The now downgraded ‘minor planet’ of Pluto was first discovered.

1930s (1930)

9. Velcro was patented and commercially introduced.

1950s (patented in 1955)

10. The North Atlantic Treaty was signed.

1940s (1949)

 

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Quiz 54 – Round 5 – History

1. Who was the father of George V?

Edward VII

2. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin famously became the first humans on the moon, but what was the name of the other Apollo 11 astronaut who did not set foot upon its surface?

Michael Collins

3. Of which country did Jawaharlal Nehru become the first Prime Minister in 1947?

India

4. Which British city was known as Aquae Sulis by the Romans?

Bath

5. Who led the Scottish army at the Battle of Bannockburn?

Robert the Bruce

6. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in which French city?

Rouen

7. What was the name of the Captain of RMS Titanic?

Captain Edward John Smith

8. Who was the first and last person to hold the official post of President of the Soviet Union?

Mikhail Gorbachev

9. Christopher Columbus took three ships on his first voyage – can you name one of them?

Santa Maria, Pinta or Nina

10. Which King of England sealed the Magna Carta under oath at Runnymede?

King John

 

 

 

 

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