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History Trivia Questions I

  1. Who was called Drina as a child?


  2. Which historical legend led the troops of the British East India Company in the 1757 Battle of Plassey?
  3. The Great English Earthquake of 1884, the most destructive earthquake in history to have hit the UK in the last 400 years, was centred around which town?
  4. Who was killed in Hawaii during his third voyage to the Pacific in 1779?
  5. The Treaty of the Triple Alliance allied which three countries against Paraguay in 1865?
  6. Which Queen said: 'When I am dead and opened, you shall find Calais lying in my heart'?
  7. Which sea battle was fought during May 1942 between Japan, and the United States and Australia? The battle was the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other.
  8. Which country did Vietnam gain independence from in 1954?
  9. Which city was the capital of the Portuguese Empire between 1808 and 1821?
  10. The Lusitania was sunk in 1915 by a German U-Boat on the way to which British port?
  11. British military hero, The Duke of Wellington, was born in which capital city?
  12. Napoleon's brother Louis Bonaparte, who was king of which country from 1806 to 1810?

Answers:

  1. Queen Victoria



  2. Robert Clive (Clive of India)
  3. Colchester
  4. Captain Cook
  5. Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay
  6. Mary I
  7. Battle of the Coral Sea
  8. France
  9. Rio de Janeiro
  10. Liverpool
  11. Dublin
  12. Holland



History Triva Questions II

  1. Sir Henry Percy was commonly known by what single nickname?
  2. What infamous event happened early in the morning of 13 February 1692?
  3. Which American President was assassinated in the same year as the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral?
  4. In which country did fascism originate during World War I before spreading to other European countries?
  5. Who died on 26 May 735 in Jarrow, Northumbria?
  6. Edinburgh born Alexander Laing became the first European to reach Timbuktu two years before Burke and Hare were arrested in Edinburgh - can you give the decade?
  7. What was Nazi Germany's code name for the proposed invasion of England?
  8. The Peace of Westphalia, a series of peace treaties signed in 1648, ended which war?
  9. Which British king was on the throne when Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo?
  10. Which German architect was, for most of World War II, Nazi Minister of Armaments and War Production?

Answers:

  1. Hotspur



  2. Massacre of Glencoe
  3. President James Garfield (in 1881)
  4. Italy
  5. Bede, also referred to as Saint Bede or the Venerable Bede
  6. 1820s (1826 and 1828)
  7. Operation Sea Lion
  8. The Thirty Years War
  9. George III
  10. Albert Speer


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