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64 quizzes and 710 trivia questions.
1.
  If They Made a Movie ... editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
For each of these historical questions, pick the movie title that provides the best answer. Good luck!
Difficult, 10 Qns, stuthehistoryguy, Aug 15 06
Difficult
stuthehistoryguy gold member
20881 plays
2.
  Most Interesting History ...   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
So you thought you knew history? Here are some things your teacher never told you.
Difficult, 10 Qns, leanne5, Nov 07 21
Difficult
leanne5
Nov 07 21
9057 plays
3.
  Don't Stop Seceding    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
It's often human nature to want to be independent and separate, which may explain why so many times in history groups and regions have seceded from a country or attempted to do so. Let's look at some cases of this.
Tough, 10 Qns, WeirdAlLover, Jun 12 23
Tough
WeirdAlLover
Jun 12 23
5326 plays
4.
  Mixed Bag of World History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
Here's a quiz for those among us who claim to know a little bit about everything. This quiz is packed with fairly easy questions, but they are from around the world and through the ages.
Difficult, 25 Qns, tkane82, Feb 17 22
Difficult
tkane82
Feb 17 22
7114 plays
5.
  In the Past   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you have a good general knowledge of historical events?
Tough, 10 Qns, doublemm, Apr 16 11
Tough
doublemm gold member
2105 plays
6.
  General Historical Topics 1    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Just a general quiz on a whole range of historical topics from across the world. The questions are quite random, mostly just whatever came to mind at the time.
Very Difficult, 15 Qns, Findlay, Feb 17 22
Very Difficult
Findlay
Feb 17 22
4165 plays
7.
  Mists of Pop History   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Popular culture is awash with misunderstandings about the past. Explore your conceptions and misconceptions.
Tough, 10 Qns, bloomsby, Jun 30 15
Tough
bloomsby gold member
623 plays
8.
  History and People in History: 1   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Some events and participants have changed the course of history, while some events and players remain largely obscure - only to end up in the pages of a book and forgotten by many. Test yourself on some famous (and obscure) events & people.
Difficult, 20 Qns, Lssah, Feb 17 22
Difficult
Lssah
Feb 17 22
2434 plays
9.
  Hounded by History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Sit down on your sofa, stay there for a while and sniff out the answers to this mixed bag of questions from different eras of history.
Tough, 10 Qns, Fifiona81, Mar 25 20
Tough
Fifiona81 editor
Mar 25 20
516 plays
10.
  History and People in History: 2   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This is the follow up quiz to my last quiz of the same title. Hope you enjoy it!
Difficult, 15 Qns, Lssah, Feb 17 22
Difficult
Lssah
Feb 17 22
1721 plays
11.
  Treason and Betrayal    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Yes, treason and betrayal are a significant part of history. The first word will give you a hint where the treachery took place.
Tough, 10 Qns, El_Raton, May 28 07
Tough
El_Raton
3636 plays
12.
  Oddities in History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
History as taught in school was incredibly boring. If only they'd taught us some of these incredible facts!
Difficult, 10 Qns, peterzezel, Feb 17 22
Difficult
peterzezel
Feb 17 22
6135 plays
13.
  Famous Blunders    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's a look at some famous blunders through history.
Tough, 10 Qns, robert362, Aug 22 15
Tough
robert362
3842 plays
14.
  General History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is just a general knowledge history test.
Tough, 10 Qns, gregw, May 01 04
Tough
gregw
7254 plays
15.
  New Answers to History's Unsolved Mysteries?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some things in history are unknown; some things are incorrectly known.
Tough, 10 Qns, robert362, Aug 15 08
Tough
robert362
4445 plays
16.
  Fun History Facts    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are some fun facts from times that have come and gone. Hope you enjoy!
Difficult, 10 Qns, onopearls, Jun 05 07
Difficult
onopearls
4081 plays
17.
  Handshakes in History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Famous and not-so-famous handshakes throughout history. Some of these meetings changed the world, some didn't!
Tough, 10 Qns, Plumbus, Aug 28 23
Tough
Plumbus gold member
Aug 28 23
921 plays
18.
  They Didn't...Did They?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
History is often filled with interesting yet obscure tidbits no-one knows about. This quiz covers those moments.
Tough, 15 Qns, mrjeremy, Dec 14 14
Tough
mrjeremy
538 plays
19.
  Historical Gossip    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
All that news from the past...does it really teach us anything ..or is it just the equivalent of kaffeeklatsch middle-aged ladies tend to exchange at the coffeetable.I wouldn't know.But this is mostly about historic 'details'.
Difficult, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Feb 17 22
Difficult
flem-ish
Feb 17 22
5102 plays
20.
  History Grab Bag - Part Two    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Another grab bag of mainly British and US history facts and figures, to titillate your brain cells!
Tough, 10 Qns, delboy22, Mar 30 08
Tough
delboy22
1779 plays
21.
  General History: 15 Questions    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
A bit of (almost) everything from all over the place. Have fun!
Difficult, 15 Qns, bobalmighty, Mar 30 11
Difficult
bobalmighty
3447 plays
22.
  Coal - A Mine of Information?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The least glamorous of the fossil fuels, coal, has impacted on human history in some surprising ways. Inspired by and indebted to the book "Coal: A Human History" by Barbara Freese.
Tough, 10 Qns, bucknallbabe, Jun 26 10
Tough
bucknallbabe gold member
442 plays
23.
  Animal Farm's Hometown History - Part 1    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here on the Farm, we have people from different and interesting places. Have fun as you learn some history trivia about our various hometowns, cities, and states from around the world.
Tough, 10 Qns, davegrilla, May 10 23
Tough
davegrilla
May 10 23
404 plays
24.
  The Second Millennium    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
For my first quiz, I have selected ten years out of the second millennium. These years are not selected randomly: all these years appear on the labels of (mostly Belgian) beers.
Difficult, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Dec 02 12
Difficult
JanIQ gold member
926 plays
25.
  General Historical Topics 2    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Test your knowledge once again on history from all over the world. China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Europe, the US, Latin America - all figure here.
Difficult, 15 Qns, Findlay, Feb 17 22
Difficult
Findlay
Feb 17 22
891 plays
26.
  Historical Jewels of Europe   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Tower of London guards England's gems but other European royal jewels can be viewed on the Continent. The information is from Prince Michael of Greece's book, "Crown Jewels".
Difficult, 10 Qns, sterretjie101, Feb 17 22
Difficult
sterretjie101
Feb 17 22
794 plays
27.
  It's History Now    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Pay attention everybody. 150 points up for grabs. Are you ready? Are you willing? Are you able? Just play and find out. Have fun.
Difficult, 15 Qns, Fiachra, Feb 17 22
Difficult
Fiachra
Feb 17 22
2850 plays
28.
  General Historical Topics 3    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Yet another assortment of questions on historical topics from right around the world and across history. Enjoy!
Very Difficult, 15 Qns, Findlay, Feb 17 22
Very Difficult
Findlay
Feb 17 22
1019 plays
29.
  The Aberrant, Weird and Humorous of the Past    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"Love is Strange" was a hit for Mickey and Sylvia but life, too, is strange, likely even stranger than love. Shake your head, chuckle and enjoy the antics of these historical figures.
Difficult, 10 Qns, TimTamMan, Feb 17 22
Difficult
TimTamMan gold member
Feb 17 22
440 plays
30.
  A Trip Back in History...    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you've done any of my quizzes, you'll know that I have a bit of a penchant for creating questions that people might find interesting. Let's see how I go ... :)
Difficult, 10 Qns, heatherlois, Nov 29 11
Difficult
heatherlois gold member
1402 plays
31.
  A Historical Potpourri   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are 10 questions on a subject that Henry Ford thought was 'bunk' but that I like: History!
Tough, 10 Qns, MrSheen, Mar 17 10
Tough
MrSheen
700 plays
32.
  Something's Burning    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Fires can be things of terror, of beauty, of destruction, and wonderment. This quiz gives you examples of all of these emotions at work through the medium of fire.
Tough, 10 Qns, Warrior100, Jan 10 15
Tough
Warrior100
391 plays
33.
  Freaky History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here is a quiz on some of the weird and extraordinary elements in history. Whoever said that history was boring ?!
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, khemkagrt, Feb 17 22
Very Difficult
khemkagrt
Feb 17 22
2506 plays
34.
  Another Mixed History Bag    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A really, really difficult historical quiz for experts. You will likely learn some historical information and broaden your knowledge :-) Good luck !
Difficult, 10 Qns, waggg, Feb 17 22
Difficult
waggg
Feb 17 22
919 plays
35.
  One Year, Two Events    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I will give you an event. I will give you a choice of four years, with events that happened during those years. You pick the right year - and event.
Difficult, 10 Qns, smalltownhick, Feb 17 22
Difficult
smalltownhick
Feb 17 22
1725 plays
36.
  Are You Sure About That?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There are many historical events that people think they know about that didn't actually happen, or didn't happen in the way they are generally perceived. Can you separate the truth from the myth?
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, daver852, Feb 17 22
Very Difficult
daver852 gold member
Feb 17 22
699 plays
37.
  Historical Js    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's a quiz about some people, events and details of history with one connecting factor - the letter J!
Tough, 10 Qns, bolan1, May 20 05
Tough
bolan1
1185 plays
38.
  Your War or Mine? Yankees, Rebels, and Manchus    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
China and the United States were both ripped apart by civil conflict in the violent middle years of the nineteenth century. This quiz looks at Americans and Chinese who landed in the other guy's war.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Guiguzi, Jul 09 13
Difficult
Guiguzi
253 plays
39.
  A Little of All    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
There is a little bit from everywhere, though it has some emphasis on Europe and America.
Difficult, 15 Qns, personX, Feb 22 22
Difficult
personX
Feb 22 22
2475 plays
40.
  Stop! Thief!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Enjoy a trip in this rogues' gallery and see how many infamous felons and felonies you can identify. Have fun.
Tough, 10 Qns, fiachra, May 28 06
Tough
fiachra
975 plays
41.
  Random History Quiz II    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz covers a broad section of history across the centuries under various points of interest. Test your random historic knowledge and have fun!
Difficult, 10 Qns, Baron03, Feb 17 22
Difficult
Baron03
Feb 17 22
440 plays
42.
  Odd Things People Did    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Weird things people did to make sure they ended up in the history books.
Difficult, 10 Qns, blakey, Jun 29 15
Difficult
blakey
960 plays
43.
  Migrations: Past and Present    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Migrations are part of world history. Many people benefited from them. Many others were harmed by them. We live our lives completely oblivious of past migrations, naively believing they cannot happen in our time.
Tough, 10 Qns, drx3dan, Jul 23 19
Tough
drx3dan
Jul 23 19
243 plays
44.
  Apropos of Nothing, What Happened?    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Here are fifteen completely random questions from completely different areas of history.
Difficult, 15 Qns, jacobite1745, Feb 17 22
Difficult
jacobite1745
Feb 17 22
1227 plays
45.
  Heads Up!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's a nod to some people who got a little ahead of themselves. If you can rack your brains and come up with their circumstances - hats off to you!
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, sidnobls, Feb 17 22
Very Difficult
sidnobls
Feb 17 22
1217 plays
46.
  Historical Mixed bag    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten completely mixed questions relating to history. A good tune up for a game of Trivial Pursuit or a pub quiz.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, dericpw, Feb 17 22
Very Difficult
dericpw
Feb 17 22
1348 plays
47.
  A Glorious Mixture    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I would be quoting the circumstances from certain historical moments and you would be as a participating individual in the situation.
Tough, 10 Qns, nayrhit, Sep 08 10
Tough
nayrhit
1853 plays
48.
  Last in History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Not a comment on my schooldays, but a quiz on the notable 'lasts' throughout history.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Plumbus, Feb 17 22
Difficult
Plumbus gold member
Feb 17 22
1020 plays
49.
  Last in History: II    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A sequel to my 'Last in History' quiz. More famous, infamous and obscure 'lasts' throughout history.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Plumbus, Feb 17 22
Difficult
Plumbus gold member
Feb 17 22
866 plays
50.
  Tricky Questions of History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a series of questions for historical events at various times. The common theme is that the obvious answer is often not the right one - read the question carefully!
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, lucretius667, Feb 17 22
Very Difficult
lucretius667
Feb 17 22
752 plays
51.
  A Tough Older Historical Miscellany    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Play this one! It's useless knowledge, but it's fun. See how much you know!
Difficult, 10 Qns, poppy18, Feb 17 22
Difficult
poppy18
Feb 17 22
2154 plays
52.
  Mutiny and Mutineers - Past and Present    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The crime of mutiny has occurred on the high seas as long as men have sailing. These are some of famous ones and imfamous ones.
Difficult, 10 Qns, beterave, Feb 17 22
Difficult
beterave
Feb 17 22
341 plays
53.
  Bending the Mind    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz all about propaganda in modern history.
Tough, 10 Qns, katemol, Feb 25 16
Tough
katemol
1203 plays
54.
  Just Answer the Question 2    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Congratulations. I am delighted that so many of you have made it to round two, the specialist round. Your chosen speciality is history. Silence everyone the quiz is about to begin. Shh!
Tough, 10 Qns, Fiachra, Nov 27 04
Tough
Fiachra
1141 plays
55.
  Fun History IV (Ancient)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This fun history quiz is designed for those who enjoy delving into ancient history.
Tough, 10 Qns, trojan11, Feb 20 11
Tough
trojan11
971 plays
56.
  Now You See It    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some empires, dynasties and régimes last for centuries, while others are not so lucky. This quiz takes a look at a few of these less fortunate creations.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, bronzewolf22, Feb 17 22
Very Difficult
bronzewolf22
Feb 17 22
364 plays
57.
  Random History Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Just some history questions that span across the centuries and continents.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Baron03, Feb 17 22
Difficult
Baron03
Feb 17 22
632 plays
58.
  Whiz Kids - History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you think you are a history whiz kid? Take this quiz to test to find out if you a whiz kid of a quiz kid!
Difficult, 10 Qns, plimmlia, Mar 21 10
Difficult
plimmlia
592 plays
59.
  Have a Blast!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about the history of the atomic bomb? Find out by taking this quiz!
Difficult, 10 Qns, sunshine7, Oct 15 16
Difficult
sunshine7
1766 plays
60.
  Historical Miscellany    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ok, you think you're good at history, but to which extent is it true ? Maybe some surprises wait for you in the maze of history. Here's a little quizz on different matter and different times to see if you have lacunae.
Difficult, 10 Qns, waggg, Feb 17 22
Difficult
waggg
Feb 17 22
928 plays
61.
  North America: Part 2    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is the second part of my North America series. It will feature some of North America's famous battles, figures, and moments. Good Luck!
Difficult, 10 Qns, ih400, Nov 29 15
Difficult
ih400
427 plays
62.
  You know it as...    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many people can brag about knowing historical terms in English or their native language, but few can say they know it in the original. The quiz gives terms in English, and your job is to select the original. Good luck!
Difficult, 10 Qns, Salahuddin, Feb 17 22
Difficult
Salahuddin
Feb 17 22
872 plays
63.
  From the Cutting Room    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Enjoy some fragments which never made it to becoming a full quiz.
Difficult, 10 Qns, fiachra, Feb 17 22
Difficult
fiachra
Feb 17 22
835 plays
64.
  Fun History III    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This fun quiz may prove to be just a little difficult and may well tax those little grey cells. Have fun.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, trojan11, Feb 17 22
Very Difficult
trojan11
Feb 17 22
1432 plays

History for Experts Trivia Questions

1. An early version of the houndstooth (or dogtooth) check pattern was discovered on the Gerum Cloak - an ancient artifact believed to date back to between 360 and 100 BC. Where was the Gerum Cloak discovered in 1920?

From Quiz
Hounded by History

Answer: In a Swedish peat bog

The Gerum Cloak was dug out of a peat bog near the village of Östra Gerum in southern Sweden in 1920. While initially described as a cloak, the purpose of the large oval cloth with a distinctive tessellated check pattern reminiscent of modern houndstooth material, cannot be known for certain. Peat bogs are noted for their ability to preserve both materials and human remains and as such can be a fascinating source of evidence of the distant past for both historians and archaeologists.

2. The General Slocum was a passenger ferry that caught fire and sank with the loss of over 1,000 lives on June 15, 1904 while sailing on the East River in which large US city?

From Quiz Something's Burning

Answer: New York

The General Slocum was ferrying a large number of passengers to a church picnic when a fire broke out. Poorly maintained safety equipment, an ill trained crew, and bad decision making by the captain all contributed to the disaster. The ferry eventually sank in shallow water with the loss of 1,021 lives from the estimated 1,342 passengers and crew. This loss of life from one incident was the worst in New York until the 9/11 attacks.

3. Gavrilo Princip is well known historically as the man who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife and sparked WWI, but he actually only got lucky on his second attempt. Why was this?

From Quiz They Didn't...Did They?

Answer: The driver accidentally went down the wrong route and had to back out of the street, giving Princip his chance.

According to the popular (but probably incorrect) story, Princip was having a sandwich in a small deli when the Archduke's car stopped to back out. A much more likely story is Princip was merely standing outside it to try to get a second shot at the Archduke. As for the actual answer, the driver actually went down the original route, and was unaware it had been changed.

4. As a result of the Lapua Movement, he was elected Prime Minister of Finland. Name this man who was the first Head of State of an independent Finland and served as its third president from 1931 to 1937.

From Quiz Random History Quiz

Answer: Pehr Evind Svinhufvud

Born in 1861, his first job in the Grand Duchy of Finland was a lawyer. During the Russian Revolution he worked extensively to secure Finland's independence, and even personally met Vladimir Lenin to secure its independence. During his life active in politics he was a supporter of the far right and even considered making Finland a monarchy.

5. Who was the first Egyptian pharaoh whose tomb was found intact?

From Quiz Are You Sure About That?

Answer: Psusennes I

When Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922, it was found that it had been robbed at least twice in antiquity, and then re-sealed by Egyptian officials. Fortunately, the thieves had not penetrated to the burial chamber, so most of Tut's treasures remained. In 1939, the French Egyptologist Pierre Montet discovered the completely undisturbed tomb of Psusennes I near Tanis in the Nile Delta. So why is Tutankhamun famous, while Psusennes remains relatively unknown? There are a couple of reasons. First, the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb received an enormous amount of publicity, while the outbreak of WWII obscured Montet's discovery. Secondly, Tutankhamun had ruled at the very height of Egyptian wealth and power, while Psusennes, whose reign began 300 years later, held sway over a much poorer country, and the treasures in his tomb did not display the superb artistry of the earlier period. In addition, the damp conditions found in the delta had caused many of the non-metal objects - including the king's mummy - to deteriorate. Still, the treasures that were found in Psusennes' tomb were breathtaking. He had been buried in a coffin of solid silver, a metal much rarer in Egypt at that time than gold. In 2011, the PBS series "Secrets of the Dead" aired an episode about Psusennes called "The Silver Pharaoh."

6. Where did the soldiers that burned the White House in 1814 fight before that expedition?

From Quiz Tricky Questions of History

Answer: Spain

The 2,500 British soldiers serving under General Ross came from the "Peninsular Campaign" in Spain and Portugal against Napoleon. Released from the need to fight by Napoleon's capture, the soldiers were transferred to Bermuda. It is from there that they were sent to attack Washingon.

7. The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. How long did the war last approximately?

From Quiz A Trip Back in History...

Answer: Less than 1 hour

It was 38 minutes to be precise! The war - named the Anglo-Zanzibar War - was fought between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar on 27 August, 1896 between 9.02 and 9.40. It occured when Britain issued an ultimatum that a chap called Bargash - (who'd led a coup in Zanzibar) give up his newly-won throne. Bargash refused and organised an army of approximately 3,000 troops. The British meanwhile russled up five warships. When the ultimatum ran out at 9.02, the British ships opened fire on the palace. Bargash, realising he was outgunned, made a tactical retreat and surrended. Bargash reigned for less than two days.

8. 'Semper Augustus' caused many people to lose money. What is it?

From Quiz The Aberrant, Weird and Humorous of the Past

Answer: A tulip bulb

In the 1630s the 'Semper Augustus' was a rare tulip bulb and speculation in their worth began in 1634. This tulip had blood-red flares or flames brightly streaked on a white background, a flower to be desired! According to several sources the prices of these bulbs and others skyrocketed. Then, in February of 1637, the prices plummeted and hit rock bottom. Thousands of investors had lost their wealth and went bankrupt. Had the tulip bulb become 'the root of all evil' in this instance?

9. What caused the mutiny on HMS Hermione in 1797?

From Quiz Mutiny and Mutineers - Past and Present

Answer: the disrating of an officer

The disrating of Midshipman David Casey by Captain Pigot is considered the cause of the mutiny aboard the HMS Hermione. Casey refused to apologize to the captain on his knees in front of the crew. The crew sided with him in solidarity and mutinied.

10. In which year did Pope Pius I die?

From Quiz Whiz Kids - History

Answer: 154 AD

Pope Pius I is also known as St. Pius. He was born towards the end of the first century.

11. Who conquered the Incan Empire in the 16th century?

From Quiz A Historical Potpourri

Answer: Francisco Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro conquered the Incan Empire in 1532 and founded the new capital, Lima, in 1535. He was assassinated in the city he founded in 1541.

12. The mother of American president, Abraham Lincoln, died when he was a child. What did she drink that ultimately resulted in her death?

From Quiz History and People in History: 2

Answer: Milk.

Lincoln grew up in poverty on a farm. Due to the hardships the farm was enduring, the cows had to eat white snakeroot. Snakeroot is poisonous but the cows were forced to eat it due to the lack of grass. Normally cows will avoid snakeroot. Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, drank milk from an infected cow and died of an illness only known at the time as, 'milk sickness'. Lincoln's aunt and uncle also died of the same illness.

13. Born in 1931, Albert DeSalvo eventually became known worldwide as "The Boston Strangler". At the age of 17 he enlisted in the U.S Armed Forces. What role/rank did he achieve?

From Quiz History and People in History: 1

Answer: Sergeant in the US Army Military Police.

Albert DeSalvo left the US Army in 1956 with an honourable discharge. He murdered 13 women between 1962 and 1964. Following his capture he received a life sentence. He was fatally stabbed in 1973 while in his cell.

14. Most coal was formed from the first wave of plants to colonise the bare land, during the Carboniferous Period, 354-290 million years ago. In Britain, the earliest evidence of coal use dates to the Bronze Age. How were the people using it?

From Quiz Coal - A Mine of Information?

Answer: To assist with the cremation of the dead

Whether the Bronze Age people used coal merely for its efficiency in reducing a body to ashes or whether they also invested it or its smoke with mystical properties is not known. The Romans were the first to use coal extensively in Britain, wearing it as jet jewellery, using it in blacksmiths' forges, heating their soldiers' forts and maintaining a perpetual fire at Minerva's shrine in Bath. Cinders have been found in the hearths of Roman villas in Northumberland but the use of coal as domestic fuel does not appear to have been widespread.

15. The Battle of Bosworth Field took place during which conflict?

From Quiz In the Past

Answer: War of the Roses

The Battle of Bosworth took place in 1485 between the Yorkists and the Lancastrians, and the Lancastrians were victorious. The English Civil War took place in three stages, the first lasting from 1642-46, the second 1648-49 and the third from 1649-51. The War of 1812 was a struggle involving U.S attempts to invade Canada, but with little success due to British resistance. The Zulu war took place in 1879, and included such famous battles as Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift.

16. The so-called 'Crown of Charlemagne', the emperor crowned in 800AD, sparkled in Austria. Containing jewels of many kinds, it also featured the portraits of two historical figures. Name them.

From Quiz Historical Jewels of Europe

Answer: David and Solomon

The biblical kings David and Solomon are depicted in typical Byzantine fashion. Studded with opals, rubies, emeralds, pearls and amethysts, the crown was actually made for the coronation of Otto I in 962. When Hitler annexed Austria, he ordered the crown brought to Nuremberg. After the war, the belief was that the crown had been thrown into a lake but investigations revealed it in a copper chest behind a sealed wall in a bunker. It is on display in the Hofburg, Vienna.

17. What was the original profession of John Dunlop - the inventor of the pneumatic tyre?

From Quiz History Grab Bag - Part Two

Answer: Veterinary surgeon

John Boyd Dunlop was born in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1840. After qualifying as a veterinary surgeon, he moved to Belfast in 1867. His invention of the inner tube for cycle tyres, came about by pure chance. In 1888 a doctor recommended that his young son take up cycling, so Dunlop hit on the idea of making the cycle more comfortable, by fitting it with tubes made of canvas and bonded together with liquid rubber. He then filled the tubes with air, and coined the expression "pneumatic tyres".

18. Metacomet was the Sachem of the Wampanoags in what is now Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts in the 1670s, (also known as the time of King Philip's War). What splendid view did Metacomet enjoy for 20 years after his assassination in 1676?

From Quiz Heads Up!

Answer: Plymouth Harbor

Metacomet's head was displayed in Plymouth, where he gazed after his family which had been sold into slavery in Bermuda.

19. The 'Sleeping Beauty' is a popular fairy tale about a girl who fell asleep and was woken with a kiss. What is the original story actually about?

From Quiz Most Interesting History ...

Answer: A girl who was raped by a passing stranger, who then left

'Sleeping Beauty' was first written in 1636, in Italy. When she awoke 9 months later, she found that she had twins.

20. Where were the first metal coins invented?

From Quiz Fun History Facts

Answer: Lydia

The first metal coins were made in Lydia, part of present day Turkey, in about 600 B.C. The Greeks soon copied the Lydians and made coins of their own.

21. In 587BC Judah revolted against Babylon for the second time within a decade. In the second revolt, which two powerful cities were allied with Judah?

From Quiz Fun History IV (Ancient)

Answer: Tyre and Sidon

The result of Judah's second revolt against Babylon was even more disastrous than the first despite their alliance with Tyre and Sidon. Nabu-Kudur-usur (Nebuchadnezzar) the king of Babylon slaughtered the king of Judah's sons in front of his eyes, then blinded him and took most of the remaining population into slavery. A few that remained found refuge in Egypt.

22. King Philip of Macedon was assassinated in 336BC. Where was he killed?

From Quiz Fun History III

Answer: Aegeae

The assassin was killed by three of Philip's bodyguards whilst trying to escape. There is no clear record of the trial which followed. However, two sons of Aeropus were found guilty and were executed. Some months later Attalus, one of the three bodyguards who had killed the assassin, resisted arrest and was killed in connection with the conspiracy.

23. Which German admiral sank his fleet and came home a hero?

From Quiz Odd Things People Did

Answer: Admiral Ludwig von Reuter

As a condition of the Armistice of November 1918 in World War I Germany agreed to hand over its fleet to be interned at Scapa Flow, Scotland while peace negotiations were being held. Admiral von Reuter gave the (encrypted) order to scuttle the ships on June 21st, 1919 after arriving at Scapa Flow. He did it so that the fleet would not fall into British hands, right under noses of the British, and against his own country's orders. He was accused of sabotage by Britain but was acquitted because a peace treaty had not been signed between the two countries. From a legal point of view, World War I was still going on. He went back to Germany a hero. http://www.worldwar1.co.uk/scuttle.html

24. 1983: The headlines read:'Aga Khan's Shergar stolen'. What was Shergar?

From Quiz Stop! Thief!

Answer: Race horse

Shergar had won the English Derby by a record distance. It was stolen from a stud near the Curragh, Kildare in Ireland. A ransom for £1.5m. was received by a local radio station. Nothing was paid. The fate of the horse and the identity of the thief(s) remain a mystery to this day.

25. On Mauritius in 1681, the last dodo died. What caused the extinction of this species?

From Quiz Last in History: II

Answer: Hunting by man and other predators

Discovered by Portuguese sailors in 1598, the name 'dodo' derived from the Portuguese for 'simpleton'. The sailors assumed that the bird was stupid because it showed no sign of fear. In actual fact, it was the dodo's innocence due to lack of contact with any form of predator, rather than stupidity. Within 80 years the species had been wiped out by a combination of hunting by man, and falling prey to feral dogs and pigs and other species that the Portuguese had introduced to the island.

26. What piece of literature is generally considered to be the earliest written work in man's history?

From Quiz Historical Mixed bag

Answer: The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Sumerian version of the "Epic of Gilgamesh" dates from around 2100 BC and relates the adventures and travels of a fabled Mesopotamian king. According to the Sumerian list of kings, Gilgamesh was the 5th king of Uruk. There is a lack of direct evidence but most historians consider Gilgamesh to have been an actual as opposed to mythical figure. He is believed to have reigned in the 26th century BC. The "Book of the Dead" is an Egyptian text dating from around 1240 BC and relates to funery rights and the souls journey to the afterlife. "The Necronomicon" is a fictional book of magic spells invented by H. P. Lovecraft in 1923. "The Grand Grimoire" is a book written in Italian in the 13th century which contains instructions on how to summon Lucifer.

27. What does Ghengis Khan mean?

From Quiz General History

Answer: Universal Ruler

The tribes of Mongolia each had their own rulers, until they were unified by a man called Temujin, who was granted the title to show that all the tribes now followed him. He then went on to earn quite a name for himself ...

28. Josef Jakobs, a German spy, was the last person to be executed in the Tower of London. He was shot by firing squad while sitting on a chair. Why was he not standing up?

From Quiz Last in History

Answer: He had broken his ankle when he parachuted into England.

Jakobs was executed by an eight-man firing squad in August 1941, eight months after parachuting into England. Nearly all German spies were captured, due in large part to the intelligence gathering activities at Bletchley Park and, rather than face execution, many were employed to send misinformation back to an unsuspecting German intelligence.

29. July 17th, 1975: What was famous about the handshake between Tom Stafford and Alexei Leonov?

From Quiz Handshakes in History

Answer: It was the first link up in space between the USA and the USSR

Thomas Stafford was the Commander of the American 'Apollo' mission that linked up in space with the Soviet 'Soyuz 19', commanded by Alexei Leonov. This historic meeting was the product of the Apollo Soyuz Test Project that had been agreed between US President Nixon and Soviet Premier Kosygin in 1972. The other crew members were Vance Brand and Deke Slayton ('Apollo') and Valery Kubasov ('Soyuz 19').

30. Joseph of Arimathea was a follower of Jesus who, according to medieval legend, brought the Holy Grail to the British Isles. But where did he supposedly settle?

From Quiz Historical Js

Answer: Glastonbury

Joseph of Arimathea was a wealthy disciple of Jesus who, according to Matthew, asked Pontius Pilate for permission to prepare the dead Jesus's body for burial and provided the tomb. Apocryphal legends go on to say that Joseph accompanied the Apostle Philip and others on a preaching mission to France, from where he went on with a few followers to Britain, the most far-flung outpost of the Roman Empire. He is supposed to have gone first to Glastonbury, because he is supposed to have made his money in mining and Glastonbury was one of the chief towns of the British mining region. Canterbury was where St Augustine, officially thought to have been the first Christian missionary to Britain, first went; Lindisfarne was the site of an important monastery; and Cadbury is heavily tied in to Arthurian legends.

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