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Worldwide History Trivia

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In December 1989 the Brandenburg Gate reopened, uniting two halves of which city?

Berlin Click to see the answer

What was the name of the policy to try to contain WW2 by agreeing to some of Hitler's demands?

Appeasement

The Battle of Kursk was part of which larger conflict?

World War 2

What was the occupation of Spartacus in ancient Rome?

Gladiator

What was the name of the investment plan to help Europe recover from WW2?

Marshall

What was the codename given to the project to develop the atomic bomb?

Manhattan

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The Dalai Lama fled from Tibet to which nearby country in 1959?

India Click to see the answer

The Princes in the Tower were supposedly murdered in which London building?

Tower of London

What was Hillary Clinton's profession before going into politics?

Lawyer

What was the surname of sufragette campaigners Emmeline, Christabel and Sylvia?

Pankhurst

1980 saw shipyard workers in Gdansk in which country go on strike?

Poland

Which Duke beat Napoleon at Waterloo?

Wellington

The Battle of Midway was a sea battle during which war?

World War 2

In 1958, Fidel Castro overthrew President Batista in which country?

Cuba

Sirimavo Bandaranaike of which country became the world's first female Prime Minister?

Sri Lanka

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Victorian killer Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of which city?

London Click to see the answer

The Great Wall of China was built to keep which people from invading?

Mongols

Who was the last Tsar of Russia?

Nicholas II

In which decade did John Glenn become the first American in space?

1960s

Josephine, vicomtesse de Beauharnais, married which famous leader?

Napoleon

Maximilien Robespierre led which country at the end of the 18th century?

France

Which European island was awarded the George Cross for bravery in 1942?

Malta

Sunni and Shia are the two major branches in which world religion?

Islam

How many writing Bronte sisters were there?

3

Ariel Sharon was a former politician from which country?

Israel

Which explorer had ships called Pinta, Santa Maria and Ni├▒a?

Christopher Columbus

Who was the last of the British Stuart monarchs?

Anne

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What was the name for military leaders of Japan between the 12th and 19th centuries?

Shogun Click to see the answer

The Tamil Tigers were an extremist group from which country?

Sri Lanka

Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union in which decade?

1980s

Great Train robber Ronnie Biggs escaped from prison and fled to which country?

Brazil

What name did Joseph Ratzinger take when he was elected Pope in 2005?

Benedict

In which decade was the Yom Kippur war between Israel, Syria and Egypt?

1970s

Which US President admitted an inappropriate relationship with an intern called Monica?

Bill Clinton

Who became monarch of Germany in 1888 and led the country into WW1?

Wilhelm

In which year did the Falklands War take place?

1982

Inigo Jones was a pioneer in which field in the 17th century?

Architecture

Which country experienced the 1896 Klondike gold rush?

Canada

Which animal is thought to have brought the Bubonic Plague to Europe?

Rats

The phrase 'let them eat cake' was attributed to which historical figure?

Marie Antoinette

Corazon Aquino was sworn in as President of which country in 1986?

Philippines

What was the first name of 20th century code breaker Mr Turing?

Alan

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What was the name of the bonnie Prince who led the Jacobite rebellion in the 18th century?

Charlie Click to see the answer

The Shang and Qing dynasties ruled which country in ancient times?

China

The Mali Empire was a Middle Ages civilisation from which part of the world?

West Africa

In 1948, the Soviets blocked off rail and road traffic to which city?

Berlin

Which US President said 'Ich bin ein Berliner' in 1963?

Kennedy

The Balkans war in the former Yugoslavia happened in which decade?

1990s

The euro became the new currency of 12 countries on the 1st January in which year?

2002

On which island was Napoleon Bonaparte born?

Corsica

What was the name of the sheep which was the first mammal to be cloned in 1997?

Dolly

Where did Ferdinand de Lesseps oversee the building of a canal?

Suez

In which decade did the break-up of Yugoslavia cause war in the Balkans?

1990s

Medieval Dutch figure Erasmus was famous in which field?

Education

The 'Tet Offenseive' was an important turning point in which 20th century conflict?

Vietnam War

Alan Shepard became the first person to play golf where in 1971?

Moon

Aviation engineer Barnes Wallis was best known for inventing which type of bomb?

Bouncing

What was the code name for the Allied action in Iraq in 1991?

Desert Storm

In January of which year was JFK sworn in as US President?

1961

What was the name of the West African state set up by freed American slaves?

Liberia

Victorian playwright Oscar Wilde was born in which city?

Dublin

The Battle of the Somme was part of which larger conflict?

World War 1

Nelson Mandela was held in Robben Island prison, off the coast of which city?

Cape Town

The French Revolution started with the storming of the Bastille in which city?

Paris

The fall of which civilisation marked the start of the Dark Ages in Europe?

Romans

The ancient trade route between Europe and China was known as what kind of road?

Silk

Isabel Peron was sworn in as President of which country in 1974?

Argentina

What was the name of the space station launched by the Soviet Union in 1986?

Mir

Mary Seacole was a pioneer in which field?

Nursing

What was the first name of 20th century British Prime Minister Chamberlain?

Neville

Leon Trotsky was a revolutionary from which country?

Russia

WH Auden was famous in the 20th century in which field?

Poetry

The Cold War started in the period after which conflict?

World War 2

In which month of 1939 did Germany invade Poland and spark off World War 2?

September

People of which religion were driven out of Spain in the 15th century Reconquista?

Muslim

In which month of 1961 did construction start on the Berlin Wall?

August

What was the name of Nelson Mandela's first wife?

Winnie

The Stasi were the state secret police in which country?

East Germany

What was the first name of 20th century Italian leader Mussolini?

Benito

Viktor Yushchenko led the 'Orange Revolution' to become leader of which country in 2004?

Ukraine

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Interpol was founded in 1923 in which city?

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Who fought the 100 years war?

England and France

Who was US President during the First World War?

Woodrow Wilson

Israel, France and which other country led a military attack on Egypt during the Suez Crisis?

United Kingdom

In which country was the longbow invented?

Wales

Shaka was a 19th century leader of which famous African tribe?

Zulu

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Who was the first wife of King Henry VIII?

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In the past, what was a 'jakes'?

Toilet

In Roman Numerals what does LXX stand for?

70

The territory of the ancient kingdom of Mesopotamia is located in which modern day country?

Iraq

Who led the 1745 Jacobite rebellion?

Bonnie Prince Charlie

The Khmer Rouge were the communist forces of which Asian country?

Cambodia

In which country did bridge originate?

Turkey

In what year did the Rainbow Warrior sink?

1985

Which country adopted the Weimar Constitution in 1919?

Germany

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In which century was the Great Depression?

20th Click to see the answer

In which country were antibiotics first used?

Egypt

In Tudor times, what was a farthingale?

Skirt

Who was known as The Lady with the Lamp?

Florence Nightingale

In which country did the rumba originate?

Cuba

In what year was the laser printer invented?

1975

In which century was the Wall Street Crash?

20th

In olden times, what did a 'colporteur' sell?

Books

In which country was Leon Trotsky murdered?

Mexico

In what year was UNESCO founded?

1946

Former UN Secretary General Javoer Perez de Cuellar was from which South American country?

Peru

In Victorian Britain, what was a Jacquard?

Waistcoat

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In February 1990, 160 million bottles of what were withdrawn from sale?

Water Click to see the answer

In which decade was Dolly the Sheep cloned?

1990s

Explorer Francisco Pizarro defeated the Inca Empire and founded which modern day city?

Lima

In which century was the Magna Carta signed?

13th

Alexander the Great of which country conquered Egypt in 332 BC?

Greece

In what year did the Tudor Age begin?

1485

For how many years was Leonid Brezhnev leader of the Soviet Union?

18 years

In the past, who or what was an 'anchoress'?

Religious hermit

In what century were post boxes invented?

17th

Marco Polo was a citizen of which city?

Venice

How many km long was the Berlin Wall?

42

In Stalin's USSR, what was as 'kolkhoz'?

Collective farm

In which century did the Titanic sink?

20th

Blogs were originally called what?

Weblogs

In the past, who or what were Tommy's?

Soldiers in World War I

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Paul Revere was famous for warning the residents of which US city that the British were coming?

Boston Click to see the answer

In what year was Facebook founded?

2004

Dionysus was the Greek god of which drink?

Wine

In what year did Germany occupy Austria?

1938

Alexander the Great was an ancient ruler of which country?

Macedonia

Who was the first President of the USA?

George Washington

Hillary Clinton was which secretary of state?

67th

Muhammad Ali refused to fight in which war?

Vietnam

In Ancient Egypt, what was papyrus used for?

Writing on

In which country was Mother Teresa born?

Albania

In what year did Queen Victoria die?

1901

In which century was World War II?

20th

Anne Frank was given her diary for which birthday?

13th

In which country did Mao Zedong rule?

China

How many paces were there in a Roman league?

1500

In which decade did Joseph Stalin die?

50s

In what year was tea first grown in Ceylon?

1867

Tenochtitlán was the capital of which ancient civilisation?

Aztec

How many people are there in a US Grand Jury?

23

In what year was Rajiv Gandhi assassinated?

1991

In Ancient Greece, what was a hoplite?

Foot soldier

Germany signed the WW2 Pact of Steel with which other European nation?

Italy

How old was the Biblical figure Methuselah?

969

In which century was the Gunpowder Plot?

17th

In Medieval times, what was a 'fletcher'?

Arrow maker

Which city was the capital of the Byzantine Empire?

Constantinople

Which city gives its name to the Convention setting out the accepted rules of warfare, written in 1864?

Geneva

In which century was the battle of Minden?

18th

Owain Glyndwr proclaimed himself Prince of which country in 1400 AD?

Wales

In what year was the revolver invented?

1835

In what year did Henry VIII die?

1547

In which continent did World War II start?

Europe

Who was the Greek god of the underworld?

Hades

In Tudor times, what was a 'pair of bodies'?

Corset

King Henry VIII trained for which profession?

Priest

In what year was the Ku Klux Klan formed?

1866

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How many ponies did the Pony Express use weekly?

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In what year was US President Millard Fillmore born?

1800

How many ancient wonders of the world were there?

7

In which country was Bonnie Prince Charlie born?

Italy

Of which ancient people was Attila the leader?

Huns

In his lifetime, Louis XVI of France had two what?

Baths

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In which European country have the most major land battles been fought?

Belgium Click to see the answer

In which century was the Norman Conquest of England?

11th

In Tudor times, Venetians were another name for which item of clothing?

Breeches

In China, what color does a bride traditionally wear?

Red

In what year did the Mayan Long-count calendar end?

2012

In what year was US President Abraham Lincoln born?

1809

In what year was St Paul's Cathedral completed?

1711

In which century did Henry V fight at Agincourt?

15th

On what type of paper did the Egyptians write?

Papyrus

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In which century was Joan of Arc burned at the stake?

15th Click to see the answer

In which century did the Boston Tea Party occur?

18th

In which century did Nelson triumph at Trafalgar?

19th

In what year did Russian troops occupy Afghanistan?

1979

├ľtzi was a man from which age discovered in 1991?

Copper

In which harbor did the Mary Rose sink in 1545?

Portsmouth

In ancient times, which country was known as Gaul?

France

In what year was US President Zachary Taylor born?

1784

In which century did the Great Fire of London occur?

17th

Napoleon Bonaparte was emperor of which country?

France

In which country were the 'Carlist Wars' fought?

Spain

In which country was the Boxer Rising of 1900?

China

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Who first claimed Australia for Britain in 1770?

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In which of these wars did the most people die?

World War II

Iceland and the UK were caught up in which war?

Cod

In what year was the infamous 'Black Sox' scandal?

1919

In what year did King Richard the Lionheart die?

1199

In which century was the US War of Independence?

18th

In which country were modern banknotes first used?

Sweden

Why did Roger Bannister hit the headlines in 1954?

Ran a sub 4 minute mile

In what year was US President Woodrow Wilson born?

1856

In England, what did you buy or get at a mop fair?

Servants

In what year were the Salem witchcraft trials?

1692

In which decade did the Live Aid concert take place?

1980s

On which island was Captain Cook killed in 1779?

Hawaii

From Anglo-Saxon times, who or what is Beowulf?

Epic poem

Of these, who won the 1989 XXIII Super Bowl?

San Francisco 49ers

In what year was Microsoft Office first released?

1990

In which modern day country is the city of Troy?

Turkey

In which country was Greenpeace founded in 1971?

Canada

In what year was South Sudan created as a country?

2011

Who was the United States' very first president?

George Washington

In what year was US President Harry S. Truman born?

1884

How long did the General Strike in the 1920s last?

9 days

In what year was US President George Washington born?

1732

How many baths did Louis XIV take in his lifetime?

3

Of which country was Greenland a colony until 1981?

Denmark

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