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Famous Americans


  1. Henry Ford's 1908 introduction of which automobile revolutionized America?
  2. Whose first job working as a lifeguard resulted in saving 77 people's lives?
  3. Muhammad Ali was given the nickname the "Louisville..." what?
  4. Who did William Faulkner call "the father of American literature"?

  5. What did Thomas Edison invent in 1877 which later became known as the gramophone?
  6. Name the Founding Father who also invented the lightning rod and bifocals?
  7. Who acording to a biographer, was "among the most influential Christian leaders" of the 20th century?
  8. Which famous American was was born in the Eltham district of London before coming to the United States at the age of four?
  9. Which politican's quotes include: "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing" and "when tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty"?
  10. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech whilst standing on the steps of which building?
  11. Bill Clinton served as governor of which state?
  12. Who moved to Hollywood in July 1923 at 21 years old and hoped to become a live-action film director?
  13. John Wayne became a mainstream star after acting in which 1939 John Ford film?
  14. Who was granted American citizenship in 1940 and offered a presidency in 1952?
  15. Whose childhood friend was Paul Allen?
  16. Abraham Lincoln was born into poverty in a log cabin in which American state?
  17. Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, but relocated to which city with his family when he was aged 13?
  18. What was the first name of John F. Kennedy's mother?
  19. Who did The United States Congress honour as "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement"?
  20. The Wright brothers made the first flight of a heavier-than-air aircraft in the Wright Flyer in 1903. Do you know both brother's first names?
  21. A decisive victory was led by George Washington on October 19, 1781, at which settlement in Virginia?
  22. The New Deal was a series of programs and reforms enacted by which president?
  23. Oprah Winfrey's talk show, 'The Oprah Winfrey Show', was broadcast from which city?
  24. How many gold medals did Jesse Owens win at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin?
  25. In May, 1927, which American made the first nonstop flight from New York City to Paris in Spirit of St. Louis?
  26. Who led the Union Army to victory in the American Civil War and became the 18th president of the United States?
  27. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon in which number Apollo mission?
  28. Name the Scottish-American businessman who built a total of 2,509 public and university libraries between 1883 and 1929 including 660 in the UK and Ireland?
  29. Who did President Harry S. Truman call the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements?
  30. Who was born Araminta "Minty" Ross to enslaved parents?


  1. Model T
  2. Ronald Reagan
  3. Louisville, The Louisville Lip
  4. Mark Twain
  5. Phonograph
  6. Benjamin Franklin
  7. Billy Graham
  8. Bob Hope
  9. Thomas Jefferson
  10. The Lincoln Memorial
  11. Governor of Arkansas
  12. Walt Disney
  13. Stagecoach
  14. Albert Einstein (note: he was offered the presidency of Israel)
  15. Bill Gates
  16. Kentucky
  17. Memphis (Tennessee)
  18. Rose (Rose Fitzgerald)
  19. Rosa Parks
  20. Orville and Wilbur
  21. Yorktown
  22. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  23. Chicago
  24. Four gold medals
  25. Charles Lindberg
  26. Ulysses S. Grant
  27. Apollo 11
  28. Andrew Carnegie
  29. Eleanor Roosevelt
  30. Harriet Tubman