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 What tax was introduced in England and Wales in 1696 and repealed in 1851?Window tax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
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
More Of History Trivia Questions and Answers
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
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.