100 History Trivia Questions and Answers

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These questions and answers might be for fun, but embedded in it are deep knowledge that will benefit the you. This set of questions are particular about historical events, answers are also included at the end.

History Trivia Questions and Answers

1. In 1986 the prime minister of which European country was assassinated on his way home from the cinema with his wife? Sweden (Olof Palme)

2. Who was the first Windsor monarch of the UK? George V (reigned 1910-1936)

3. What was the nickname of President Duvalier of Haiti, who died in 1971? Papa Doc

4. Which battle of 1571 marked the end of the Ottoman naval supremacy in the Mediterranean?The Battle of Lepanto

5. Nearly how many years did it take Sir Francis Drake to complete the first circumnavigation of the globe in 1580?3

6. Name the most famous battle of 1346?Crecy

7. In 1979 which English art historian was exposed as a one-time Soviet spy and stripped of his knighthood? Anthony Blunt

8. In 1816 which US state was admitted to the Union as the 20th state? Mississippi

9. In which year did the demolition of the Berlin Wall begin? 1989

10. Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI created which principality in 1719? Lichtenstein

11. Saloth Sar, born 19 May 1925, is better known by what name?Pol Pot

12. What tax was introduced in England and Wales in 1696 and repealed in 1851?Window tax

13. Which book was published in London on April 25th, 1719?Robinson Crusoe

14. Who founded the Salvation Army in London, 1865? William Booth

15. Who designed Regent’s Park in London in 1811? John Nash

16. Southern Rhodesia became what country in 1980? Zimbabwe (The Independent Nation of Zimbabwe)

17. The first day of which battle was the worst day in the history of the British Army, which suffered 60,000 casualties?Battle of the Somme

18. Who became president after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln?Andrew Johnson

19. Which Egyptian president ordered the seizure of the Suez Canal in 1956? President Nassar

20. Which city is normally accepted as being the ancient capital of Wessex?Winchester

21. In which year was the death of Queen Elizabeth I?1603

22. In 1297, at which battle did William Wallace defeat the English?Battle of Stirling Bridge

23. Who discovered the vaccination against smallpox in 1796? Edward Jenner

24. Which is the oldest University in the USA? Harvard (founded 1636, in Cambridge Massachusetts)

25. Who was the cult leader of the Waco Siege in 1993? David Koresh

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26. Name the second largest city in Britain during the Black Death?Bristol

27. In which war was The Battle of Agincourt?Hundred Years War

28. Which English scholar, well known for his translation of the Bible into English, was executed in Antwerp in 1536?William Tyndale

29. Which country was first to operate an old age pension scheme? Germany (1891)

30. The Battle of Rorke’s Drift in 1879 featured in which war? Zulu War (or Zulu Wars). Incidentally Rorke’s Drift was not the final battle of the Zulu Wars as wrongly stated here previously – it was the battle of Ulundi (thanks A Cherry)

31. In which European city did composer Richard Wagner die in 1883? Venice

32. What nationality was Karl Marx?German

33. What’s the better known name given to the Great Rising of 1381?The Peasants’ Revolt

34. The loss of Calais was during which queen’s reign?Mary I

35. What song, popular in the First World War, was written by George and Felix Powell? Pack up your Troubles in your Old Kit Bag

36. In which year did the Titanic sink? 1912

37. What Apollo 13 astronaut contacted Mission Control with the words, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here..” ? Jack Swigert

38. Who commanded the British Expeditionary Force in World War One?Field Marshal Douglas Haig

39. Which country did Britain fight in the War of Jenkins’s Ear?Spain

40. What was the better known name of Charles I, the King of the Franks, who united most of Western Europe during the Middle Ages?Charlemagne

41. What was the name of the pandemic which killed over 1% of the world’s population in 1918? Spanish Flu

42. What was the name of Charles Lindbergh’s plane in which he completed the first non-stop solo trans-Atlantic flight? Spirit of St Louis (achieved in 1927)

43. Which comic strip animal devised by Otto Mesmer first appeared in 1931? Felix the Cat

44. What was the largest naval battle of the First World War?Jutland

45. In which year was Abraham Lincoln assassinated?1865

46. Omdurman, as in the Battle of Omdurman, is today a suburb of which African city?Khartoum

47. In which military campaign did Lewis Halliday and Basil Guy win Victoria Crosses in 1900?The Boxer Rebellion

48. In which year was the Wall Street Crash?1929

49. The Battle of Balaclava is a famous battle in which war?The Crimean

50. In which French city was Joan of Arc put to death?Rouen

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51. Who was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover?Queen Victoria

52. In which century was The Black Death?Fourteenth

53. Who invented the thermometer in 1593? Galileo

54. Which Wild West legend was born Henry McCarty? Billy the Kid, alias William H Bonney

55. Who was UK Labour cabinet minister and social reformer Frank Pakenham better known as? Lord Longford (7th Earl of Longford)

56. Who led a band of abolitionists that seized the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in October 1859?John Brown

57. Name the second wife of Henry VIII?Anne Boleyn

58. In which century did Italian friar Thomas Aquinas live?Thirteenth

59. Who was the last British Viceroy of India? Lord Louis Mountbatten

60. Who was the ruler of the USSR from 1917-22? Vladimir Lenin

61. The Wars of the Roses (1455-85) were fought between which two houses of England? York and Lancaster

62. In which year did the UK hand over Hong Kong sovereignty to China? 1997 (June 30th)

63. Which English philosopher, regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers, was known as the Father of Classical Liberalism?John Locke

64. In which decade did compulsory driving testing begin?1930s (1935)

65. Which German city endured the worst bombing of World War Two in February 1945?Dresden

66. Robert Curthose was the son of which king?William the Conqueror

67. Who was king before Queen Victoria?William IV

68. What was discovered in 1799 by Pierre-François Bouchard, a Napoleonic soldier?The Rosetta Stone

69. Which castle in Gloucestershire is believed to be the scene of the murder of King Edward II in 1327?Berkeley castle

70. Who was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover?Queen Victoria

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71. Portuguese-born navigator was the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean?Ferdinand Magellan

72. Which historical figure is widely regarded as the greatest of all the Anglo-Saxon scholars?The Venerable Bede

73. What disease killed thousands of people in Glasgow in 1832?Cholera

74.Which Empire declared war on Russia in October 1853, suffering a defeat that gave Russia control of the Black Sea?The Ottoman Empire

75. Which Roman road stretched 220 miles from Exeter to Lincoln?Fosse Way

76. Which king met with the rebels of the Peasant’s Revolt at Smithfield in 1381?Richard II

77. Which killer was also known as ‘The Whitechapel Murderer’?Jack the Ripper

78. Which American outlaw was the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang?Jesse James

79. What explorer of North Carolina never got to finish his “History of the World” while banished to the Tower of London? Sir Walter Raleigh.

80. Who was president of the U.S. when Uncle Sam first got a beard? Abraham Lincoln.

81. Who did Adolf Hitler dictate Mein Kampf to while in prison? Rudolf Hess.

82. What was the first country to recognize Mexico’s independence, in 1836? The U.S.

83. What encyclopedia’s first edition, in 1771, described California as “a large country of the West Indies”? Encyclopedia Britannica’s.

84. Who was the only American to become vice president and president after resignations? Gerald Ford.

85. There is one in Las Vegas for every how many inhabitants. Eight.

86. What year did the Dow Jones Industrial Average break both the 4000 and 5000 marks? 1995.

87. Who saw his crew dine on wormy biscuits and rats on his fourth voyage to the New World? Christopher Columbus.

88. What disgraced vice president’s high school yearbook quote read; “An ounce of wit is worth a pound of sorrow”? Spiro Agnew.

89. What symbol was first linked to the Democratic party in an 1870 cartoon by Thomas Nast? A donkey.

90. What Harry Callahan line did Ronald Reagan invoke to “tax increasers”? “Go ahead, make my day”.

91. What 19th-century president erroneously noted: “The ballot is stronger than the bullet”? Abraham Lincoln.

92. What country led all Arab nations in the number of troops participating in Operation Desert Storm? Saudi Arabia.

93. Who did George Bush accuse of being “a card-carrying member” of the American Civil Liberties Union, in 1988? Michael Dukakis.

94. Who was the youngest man to chair the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Colin Powell.

95. Which of Henry VIII’s wives gave birth to Elizabeth I? Anne Boleyn.

96. What position was Eileen Collins the first female to hold on a space shuttle mission? Captain.

97. What presidential election year saw Republicans dub Democrats the party of “Communism, Corruption and Korea”?1952.

98. What were the Viet Minh called when they crossed into South Vietnam? The Viet Cong.

99. What Russian cleric was poisoned, shot and finally drowned on December 30, 1916? Rasputin.

100. Who led the Million Man March on Washington? Louis Farrakhan.


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