Someone once said: ‘We can’t predict the future if we don’t care about that past.’ So whether you’re passioned about US history, Canada, Australia, UK or any other country, browse around and try to answer correctly as many as many history trivia questions as possible.
136 History Trivia Questions with Answers
1. Who was the first Republican president?
Abraham Lincoln – under his leadership, slavery was banned in the US in 1865.
2. Of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, only the Great Pyramid of Giza still exists; which of the other Seven Wonders disappeared most recently?
Lighthouse of Alexandria – it was toppled by earthquakes in the early 14th century and its ruined stones were carried off by the late 15th century.
3. What is the world’s oldest currency still in use?
The British pound (£) – 1 200 years old.
4. What Mediterranean island gained its independence from Britain in 1960?
5. Which country gained independence from Denmark in the year 1944?
6. Before 1752, which month was the first of the year?
March. The Julian Calendar was replaced by the Gregorian Calendar.
7. Which animal is featured on California’s state flag?
The grizzly bear. And there hasn’t been a grizzly in California since 1922.
8. By 1799, George Washington was production 11,000 gallons of which alcoholic beverage?
Whiskey. The two story rebuilt distillery still runs today.
9. Besides kamikaze pilots, how did the Japanese try to bomb America?
Bombs attached to helium baloons.
10. What area of London did Jack the Ripper’s murders occur in?
11.What famous priest ministered to the Molokai lepers from 1873 until his death?
12. What was the date for D-Day?
June 6, 1944
13. What was the last Chinese dynasty?
14. What was the predecessor to the United Nations?
League of Nations
15. How many witches were burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials?
None – twenty were executed, but most were hung, and none were burned.
16. Who was the first person to reach the South Pole in 1911?
17. What transportation route re-opened in 1975 after an eight-year closure?
18. What was discovered at Qumran in 1947?
Dead Sea Scrolls
19. What was the first ship to reach the Titanic after it sank?
20. Opened in 1852, what infamous prison was off the coast of French Guiana?
21. What war did Joan of Arc’s inspirational leadership help end?
The Hundred Years War
22. What year did the first manned space flight occur?
23. The New Testament was originally written in what language?
24. What did Russian Valentina Tereshkova become the first woman to do in 1963?
Travel in space
25. In what war did jet fighter planes first battle each other?
26. According to legend, what historical figure died of a nosebleed on his wedding night?
Attila the Hun
27. The island of Krakatoa was almost entirely destroyed by a volcanic eruption in what year?
28. Who wrote the words that are engraved on the Statue of Libery?
Emma Lazarus – the words were written in 1883 to raise money for the statue’s pedestal.
29. What city became the U.S. federal capital in 1789?
30. Who was the first American astronaut who wasn’t in the military when they went into space?
Neil Amstrong – he had been a Navy fighter pilot but was a civilian when he joined NASA.
31. What political cartoonist popularized the use of the elephant and donkeys as symbols of the two main U.S. political parties?
32. What was the first U.S. state to secede from the Union on December 20, 1860?
33. The Statue of Liberty originally also served what functional role?
34. In honor of whose death in 1931 were all non-essential lights in the U.S. turned off for one minute?
35. What American statesman wrote the collection of essays ‘Fart Proudly’?
36. Who was the first person to enter space (100 km above the Earth) twice?
Joseph A. Walker – X-15 rocket aircraft in 1963
37. How many states joined the Confederate States of America?
38. In the 16th century, King James IV of Scotland paid people to practice what on them?
Dentristry – he was an amateur dentist and very interested in medicine; he established the Royal College of Surgeons in Scotland two centuries before it was established in England.
39. Who was married to Adolf Hitler for one day?
40. What was the first ever lighthouse?
Pharos of Alexandria – 280 BC
41. Who made the first phone call to the Moon?
42. What battle was fought at Senlac Hill?
Battle of Hastings
43. In 1917, Janatte Rankin become the first woman in the U.S. to do what?
Elected to the U.S. Congress
44. What is the oldest college in the U.S. ?
Harvard – 1636
45. Who was the last English king to die on the battlefield?
46. What is the most powerful Earthbound explosion ever witnessed by humans?
Mount Tambora volcanic eruption in 1815 in Indonesia – the explosion was equivalent to 800 megatons of TNT, 14 times larger than the largest man-made explosion.
47. What was the name of Robert E. Lee’s horse?
48. What disease is believed to have killed more people than any other throughout history?
Malaria – over 1 million people still die from malaria anually.
49. What year did the Titanic sink?
50. On December 1, 1917, who opened Boys Town, a farm village for wayward boys, near Omaha, Nebraska?
Father Edward Flanagan
51. Who assassinated John Lennon?
Mark David Chapman
52. Where did Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin meet in 1945?
53. Who was known as the father of the atomic bomb?
54. Sputnik 2 was launched into space in 1957; what was the name of the dog that was on the board?
55. At the battle of Actium, who defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra?
Octavian or Emperor Augustus
56. What country’s troops sustained the greatest number of deaths in WWII?
57. In the 15th century, what was the war between the houses of Lancaster and York?
War of the Roses
58. What is the most visited paid monument in the world?
59. The Ladies’ Mercury in 1963 was the world’s first what?
Periodical designed and published for women
60. What religion was Adolf Hitler?
61. What is the real name of the serial killer known as Son of Sam?
62. When was apartheid introduced in South Africa?
63. What was the family name of the French brothers who were pioneers in hot air balooning and conducted the first untethered flights?
64. What year did the U.S. celebrate its sesquicentennial?
1926 -150-year anniversary
65. Who did Adolf Hitler dictate Mein Kampf to while in prison?
66. Who was the first Christian emperor of Rome?
Constantine the Great – emperor from 306 to 337
67. Who first suggested the idea of daylight saving time in an essay he wrote in 1784?
68. What was the name given to textile workers who opposed modernization during the 19th century?
69. What was the real name of the Boston Strangler?
70. Who is known as the father of modern economics?
71. How long was Nelson Mandela in prison?
72. Who was King of Mycenae and commander of the Greek forces in the Trojan War?
73. What did Albert Einstein call “the hardest thing in the world to understand”?
74. Who was the first American born child of English settlers?
75. Who is known as the father of medicine?
76. Introduced in 1888, the first vending machine in the U.S. dispensed what item?
77. Fylfot is a heraldic name for what symbol?
78. The U.S. icon Uncle Sam is based on Samuel Wilson who did what during the War of 1812?
Meat packer – He supplied barrels of beef to the army stamped with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers started referring to it as Uncle Sam’s.
79. The saying “Don’t give up the ship!” comes from the last words of Captain James Lawrence in what war?
War of 1812
80. What is widely considered “The Gun that Won the West”?
Winchester Model 1873 rifle
81. What explorer visited Australia and New Zealand and surveyed the Pacific coast of North America?
Captain George Vancouver
82. What did the Romans call the tenth part of a legion?
Cohort – 300 to 600 men
83. What is the oldest alcoholic beverage to gain widespread popularity?
Mead – about 2000 BC from fermenting honey
84. Why was the Eiffel Tower built?
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution
85. What year did U.S. prohibition come to an end?
86. What explorer’s last words were “I have not told half of what I saw”?
87. What year was NASA founded?
88. The famous battle took place July 1 to July 3, 1863?
89. What was the profession of serial killer Ted Bundy?
90. What nationality was the first person in space who wasn’t American or Russian?
Czech – Vladimir Remek in 1978
91. What was the name of Alexander the Great’s horse?
92. Who was Abraham Lincoln’s first choice to lead the Union army?
Robert E. Lee
93. What was Lech Whalesa’s job before he founded Solidarity?
94. Where was the first U.S. federal penitentiary?
95. British Kind Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry who?
96. Who discovered the source of the Nile River?
John Hanning Speke
97. What Roman killed himself after his defeat at Actium?
98. How many years were there between the first female in space and the first American female in space?
20 years – a Soviet woman was the first in 1963
99. What year was the first U.S. minimum wage instituted?
1938 – 25 cents per hour
100. What year did India gain independence from British colonial rule?
101. What book was given to all officers in the Confederate army during the U.S. Civil War?
Les Miserables – Robert E. Lee belived the book symbolized their cause.
102. What civilization first domesticated guinea pigs and used them for food, sacrifices, and household pets?
103. Through what town did Lady Godiva ride naked?
104. Who was outlaw Harry Longabaugh better known as?
105. What country did Abel Tasman discovered in 1642?
106. Good King Wenceslas was king of what country?
Bohemia – current Czech Republic
107. The spire on the Empire State building was meant to be used for what?
108. What year did the Berlin wall fall?
109. Who was the first African American in space?
110. Who was the first man to set foot on all the continents other than Antarctica?
Captain James Cook
111. During the War of 1812, British troops invaded and burned what U.S. landmark?
112. What year was the first telephone call made?
113. What year did the Volkswagen Beetle make its first appearance?
114. Alexander the Great was king of what country?
115. What year did Ferdinand Magellan complete the first circumnavigation of the world?
116. In what country were Arabic numerals first used?
117. Who made the first solo round the world flight?
Wiley Post – 1933
118. What U.S. founding father was carried to the Constitutional Convention in a sedan chair carried by prisoners?
119. Who succeeded Adolf Hitler in 1945 as leader of Germany?
Admiral Karl Donitz
120. John F Kennedy defeated which Republican challenger in the 1960 US presidential election?
121. Boudicca was the queen of which Celtic tribe?
122. Pu Yi was the last emperor of which country?
123. In which year was Nelson Mandela released from prison?
124. In 1983, the USA invaded which tiny Caribbean island after a military coup?
125. Which Pope died in 1978, just 33 days after his election to the position?
Pope John Paul I
126. Tanks were used in battle for the first time in which conflict?
World War I
127. In early 20th-century America, what was banned by the Volstead Act?
128. In which decade was the Nobel Prize awarded for the first time?
129. Han, Ming and Qing were ruling dynasties in which country?
130. In which century did the first postage stamp came into use?
131. Which Italian fascist leader was known as ‘Il Duce’?
132. In which year did the Falklands War take place?
133. Which country was known by the Romans as Hibernia?
134. In which year did the September 11 attacks on the East coast of America take place?
135. J Edgar Hoover was the founder and long-time head of which American organization?
136. Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated which political figure?
John F Kennedy