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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?


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?


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?


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?



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Quiz 83 – Round 3 – History

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


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


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


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?


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


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?







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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?


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?


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


7. Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela both died.


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.


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


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.



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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?


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’ ?


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?


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?


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?


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


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?


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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Quiz 50 – Round 3 – History

1. Who was Prime Minister of the UK when the National Health Service was introduced?

Clement Attlee

2. What was the name of the ship in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe between 1577 and 1580?

The Golden Hinde

3. Which European city hosted the summer Olympic Games in the year 1900?


4. ‘Jurassic’ is one of the three periods within the ‘Mesozoic Era’, a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Can you name either of the other two?

‘Triassic’ or ‘Cretaceous’

5.  Since the first Royal Coronation at Westminster Abbey in 1066, only two monarchs have not been crowned. Can you name them both?

Edward V and Edward VIII

6. Which Archbishop of Canterbury was burned to death in Oxford in the year 1556?

Thomas Cranmer

7. The ‘Gunpowder Plot’ was a failed assassination attempt against which King?

James I of England and VI of Scotland

8. Which year saw the start of the American Civil War?


9. Which organisation was founded by Catherine and William Booth in 1865?

The Salvation Army

10. Who received a patent for vulcanized rubber in 1844?

Charles Goodyear





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Quiz 43 – Round 5 – History

1. What was the name of the actor who assassinated Abraham Lincoln on April 14th, 1865?

John Wilkes Booth

2. In which ship did Captain James Cook sail on his voyage of discovery, from 1769 to 1771?

The Endeavour

3. In which battle was Horatio Nelson fatally wounded?

Battle of Trafalgar

4. How many children did Queen Victoria have?

Nine – Victoria, Edward, Alice, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur, Leopold and Beatrice

5. Who is the shortest-reigning monarch in British history?

Lady Jane Grey (9 days)

6. Who was the only British Prime Minister to have been assassinated?

Spencer Percival

7. Which monarch established the Church of England?

Henry VIII

8. Approximately what proportion of the UK were killed by the Black Death; one-third, a half or three-quarters?

A third

9. Who was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century?

Margaret Thatcher

10. Who was the first ever British Prime Minister?

Sir Robert Walpole





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Quiz 41 – Round 4 – History

Can you identify the King or Queen from the clues?

1. Son of James I of England and Anne of Denmark, he married Henrietta Maria of France and had 9 children.

Charles I

2. Son of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark, he married Mary of Teck and had 6 children.

George V

3. Daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, she neither married nor had children.

Elizabeth I

4. Son of Ethelred the Unready and Emma of Normandy, he was the first King of England to be canonized.

Edward the Confessor

5. Son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, he had three children including Henry III.

King John

6. Son of Godwin, Earl of Wessex and Gytha Thorkelsdóttir and legend tells us that he died from an arrow though the eye.

Harold II (Harold Godwinson)

7. He was the third son of George III and brother of George IV. He became heir apparent at the age of 62 when his older brother died.

William IV

8. Sister of Elizabeth I, she was crowned in 1553 and died a little over 5 years later.

Mary I

9. Daughter of James II of England and Anne Hyde, she married Prince George of Denmark and was the last of the Stuart monarchs.


10. He was born in Bordeaux, France and died in Pontefract castle. 

Richard II





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Quiz 38 – Round 4 – History

1. Which of the wives of Henry VIII was married to him when he died in 1547?

Catherine Parr

2. Complete the quote by Winston Churchill “The price of greatness is…”


3. We all know that the Battle of Hastings took place in 1066, but which King of England met his end in the fight?

Harold II

4. In 1973, the colony of ‘British Honduras’ was renamed – which country did it become?


5. The Battle of Balaclava took place during which war?

Crimean War

6. Which was the last state to join the United States of America?


7. Which political party did Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone represent?


8. What was the capital city of the historic country of Bohemia?


9. How old was Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II when she was crowned?

27 (born 21/04/26 and coronation 02/06/53)

10. Who held the post of ‘Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda’ in Germany during the Second World War?

Joseph Goebbels





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Quiz 34 – Round 2 – History

1. Henry VIII acknowledged one illegitimate child during his lifetime – what was his name?

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset

2. Which country is responsible for the world’s first adhesive postage stamp?


3. Who was the first US President to be assassinated?

Abraham Lincoln

4. In which year did the demolition of the Berlin Wall begin?


5. On which island was Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh born?


6. The bombing of which British cathedral city began on the evening of 14th November 1940?


7. Which name has been most commonly adopted by a Pope?


8. In which country was Adolf Hitler born?


9. Which King signed the Magna Carta?

King John

10. Whose murder was the first to be televised live?

Lee Harvey Oswald (Killed by Jack Ruby as Oswald was being transferred to the county jail)





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Quiz 29 – Round 6 – History

In which year did the following take place?

1. Torvill and Dean won Olympic Gold in Sarajevo, Indira Gandhi was assassinated and Michael Jackson was severely burned whilst filming an advert for Pepsi.


2. The Battle of the Somme took place, the Easter Rising occurred in Ireland and BMW was founded.


3. Queen Victoria was born, the Peterloo massacre took place in Manchester and the first major financial crisis in the U.S. began.


4. The original film version of Orson Welles’s ‘Citizen Kane’ is released, the ‘Enigma Code’ was broken and President Roosevelt signed a bill which made the 4th Thursday in November ‘Thanksgiving Day.’


5. Martin Luther King made his ‘I have a dream speech’, John Profumo resigned after an affair and President Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas.


6. The first ‘Crufts’ dog show was held in London, the first Coca-Cola was sold and the London Times published the world’s first classified advert.


7. Ramsey MacDonald became Prime Minister, the IBM corporation was founded, and Mahatma Gandhi was released from jail.


8. Cyprus and Malta joined the Euro, Fidel Castro stepped down as President of Cuba and Michael Phelps gained the record for the most Gold medals won at a single Olympic Games.


9. Britain joined the EEC, the Sydney Opera House was opened and Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips.


10. Mattel’s ‘Barbie Doll’ was launched, Cyprus gained independence from the UK and Charles de Gaulle became France’s President.






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Quiz 21 – Round 6 – History

Can you name the famous historical character from the description?

1. I was born on 12th May 1820 and I was named after the city of my birth. I worked in military hospitals in Turkey during the Crimean War and I established a training school for nurses in St. Thomas’ hospital in 1860.

Florence Nightingale

2. I was born on 9th July 1916 in Broadstairs, Kent and my father was a carpenter. I studied at Oxford University and I served in the Royal Artillery during World War II. I became member of parliament for Bexley in 1950 and in 1965 I became leader of the Conservative party and – I was the first to do so who did not come from an upper-class background.

Edward Heath

3. I was born at some time around 1270 in Elderslie in Renfrewshire. In 1296 Edward I had taken over the Scottish throne and so a year later I attacked Lanark. Many men came to join me and we weakened their hold until we were defeated in July 1298.

William Wallace

4. I was born on 15th February 1564 in Italy. I started to study medicine at the University of Pisa but I decided to change course, to philosophy and mathematics. I became professor of mathematics at the University of Padua until 1610, where I conducted many experiments involving pendulums and the speed at which objects fall. In 1609 I designed a telescope and became very interested in astronomy.

Galileo Galilei

5. My name at birth was Isabella Mayson and I was born on 12th March 1836 in London. I met my husband in Germany. He worked as a publisher and I used to write articles on cooking and household management for him to publish. My first book was published in 1861.

Mrs Beeton

6. I was born on the 28th April 1442 in Rouen, France and my father was Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York. With the help of the Earl of Warwick, the ‘Kingmaker’, we defeated the Lancastrians and I was crowned King.

Edward IV

7. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929. I became a Baptist minister in 1955 and I led a protest campaign against racial segregation on the Alabama transport system. I was arrested in 1963 for my part in more protests, but I made a famous speech when I was released.

Martin Luther King

8. I was born Eric Arthur Blair on 25th June 1903 in India. I joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma but then I resigned to become a writer. I moved to Paris in 1928 where I published my first two books under a pen name. I later wrote about unemployed miners, I wrote propaganda for the BBC, became editor for a famous left-wing magazine and I wrote my most famous book in 1945.

George Orwell

9. I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1928 after my parents emigrated to the USA from Ruthenia, which is now part of the Slovak Republic. I studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology before moving to New York where I worked as a commercial artist and experimented with reproductions of articles from popular American culture.

Andy Warhol

10. I was born around the year 1422 in Kent. I was an apprentice merchant in London before moving to Bruges to continue my trade. I moved to Cologne, where I learned the art of printing, before moving back to London to establish the first printing press in England.

William Caxton