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History Trivia Questions

Are you a fan of history trivia? Fancy yourself a bit of a history buff? Is your head filled with dates, names, and historical events that others have long forgotten? It's your time to shine, with our History Trivia questions.

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US History Trivia Questions

  1. Q: The crown of the Empire State Building was originally built for what purpose?

A: Airship Dock

2. Q: TRUE or FALSE - The United States was a member of the League of Nations.

A: FALSE

3. Q: In what year did the North American Video Game Crash occur?

A: 1983

4. Q: TRUE or FALSE - United States President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during his presidential motorcade in Atlanta, Georgia on November 22nd, 1963.

A: FALSE

5. Q: What year was the United States Declaration of Independence signed?

A: 1776

6. Q: What was the bloodiest single-day battle during the American Civil War?

A: The Battle of Antietam

7. Q: The Fallingwater House, located in Pennsylvania, was designed by which architect?

A: Frank Lloyd Wright

8. Q: In what year did Kentucky become the 15th state to join the union?

A: 1792

9. Q: What was the original name of New York City?

A: New Amsterdam

10. Q: In 1961, an American B-52 aircraft crashed and nearly detonated two 4mt nuclear bombs over which US city?

A: Goldsboro, North Carolina

11. Q: In what year did Texas secede from Mexico?

A: 1836

12. Q: Which U.S. president took part in the Potsdam Conference, where the Allies reached a peace settlement with Germany?

A: Harry S. Truman

13. Q: What year was Barack Obama elected President of the United States?

A: 2008

14. Q: TRUE or FALSE - The man that shot Alexander Hamilton was named Aaron Burr.

A: TRUE

15. Q: Where was civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. born?

A: Atlanta, Georgia

16. Q: When did the Battle of Gettysburg take place?

A: July 1-3 1863

17. Q: What year was George H.W Bush elected president?

A: 1988

18. Q: What do the stripes on the American flag represent?

A: The 13 original colonies

19 .Q: Which state is the Liberty Bell located in?

A: Pennsylvania

20. Q: Which US president’s face is on the $1 (USD) bill?

A: George Washington

21. Q: True or false: US President Thomas Jefferson bought the state of Louisiana from France in 1803.

A: True

22. Q: What series of laws and labor agreements temporarily brought Mexican farm workers to assist in the US war effort during the Second World War?

A: Bracero Program/Act

23. Q: What group of immigrants from England settled in the United States following their decision to break away from the Church of England?

A: Puritans

24. Q: True or False? Prohibition, which lasted between 1920-1933, was a nationwide ban on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

A: True

25. Q: Which U.S President famously told Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”?

A: Ronald Reagan

26. Q: True or false: Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, created the world’s first-ever automobile: the Model T.

A: False

27. Q: Who served as president for the Confederacy (Confederate States)?

A: Jefferson Davis

28. Q: Which founding father of the United States has a critically acclaimed and famous Broadway musical about him? (Hint: Lin Manuel Miranda created the screenplay)

A: Alexander Hamilton

29. Q: What was the route across the US continent that many Americans used to travel to the West Coast during the 19th century?

A: The Oregon Trail

30. Q: What famous music festival took place in New York from August 15-18, 1969?

A: Woodstock

European History Trivia Questions

  1. Q: Where and when was the first cardboard box made for industrial use?

A: England, 1817

2. Q: Bohdan Khmelnytsky was which of the following?

A: Leader of the Ukrainian Cossacks


3. Q: When was the city of Rome, Italy founded?

A: 753 BCE

4. Q: In what year did the Berlin Wall fall?

A: 1989

5. Q: Which country was Josef Stalin born in?

A: Georgia

6. Q: What did the abbreviation RMS stand for in the RMS Titanic in 1912?

A: Royal Mail Ship

7. Q: Who was the first Chancellor of a united Germany in 1871?

A: Otto Von Bismark

8. Q: During the Wars of the Roses (1455 - 1487) which Englishman was dubbed the Kingmaker?

A: Richard Neville

9. Q: When did the Berlin Wall fall down?

A: 1994

10. Q: What year was the European Union founded?

A: 1993

11. Q: Which country had an Orange Revolution between 2004 and 2005?

A: Ukraine

12. Q: What prison did revolutionaries taking part in the French Revolution storm in 1789?

A: The Bastille

13. Q: What event led to the fall of the Russian monarchy and rise of Leninism?

A: The Russian Revolution

14. Q: What was the name of the constitutional republic that governed Germany post WW1, from 1919-1933?

A: Weimar Republic

15. Q: What is the birthplace of Napoleon?

A: Corsica

16. What city was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius?

A: Pompeii

17. Q: Who was the first emperor of Rome?

A: Augustus Octavian

Ancient History Trivia Questions

  1. Q: Which American civilization is the source of the belief that the world would end or drastically change on December 21st, 2012?

A: The Mayans

2. Q: When Christopher Columbus sailed to America, what was the first region he arrived in?

A: The Bahamas Archipelago

3. Q: When was the People's Republic of China founded?

A: 1872

4. Q: What was the name commonly given to the ancient trade routes that connected the East and West of Eurasia?

A: Silk Road

5. Q: The Herero genocide was perpetrated in Africa by which of the following colonial nations?

A: Germany

6. Q: When did Canada leave the confederation to become their own nation?

A: July 1st, 1867

7. Q: What number does the Roman numeral D stand for?

A: 500

8. Q: What is the name of the ancient region in southwest Asia that is referred to today as the Middle East?

A: Mesopotamia

9. Q: What was the name of the military government that ruled Japan from 1603 to 1868?

A: Tokugawa [Edo] Shogunate

Modern History Trivia Questions

  1. Q: In which year did the Tokyo Subway Sarin Attack occur?

A: 1995

2. Q: What was the first sport to have been played on the moon?

A: Golf

3. Q: When did Jamaica receive its independence from England?

A: 1962

4. Q: How many manned moon landings have there been?

A: 6

5. Q: What year did the Cuban Missile Crisis occur?

A: 1962

6. Q: When was the supersonic jet Concorde retired fromall commercial flights?

A: October 24, 2003

7. Q: When did Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok International Airport open for service?

A: July 6, 1998

8. Q: What was the name of the conflict in Northern Ireland that lasted for 20 years?

A: The Troubles

9. Q: What year saw the launch of the Nintendo Wii?

A: 2006

10. Q: Which World Cup did France host in 2007?

A: Rugby World Cup

11. Q: Which city hosted the 2008 summer Olympics?

A: Beijing

12. Q: What year was the Euro currency adopted by the European Union?

A: 2002

13. Q: What supercomputer defeated professional Chess player Garry Kasparov in 1997?

A: Deep Blue

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War History Trivia Questions

  1. Q: Adolf Hitler was born on which date?

A: -3906

2. Q: What year did the Vietnam War end?

A: 1975

3. Q: Which countries were part of the Axis Powers in WW2?

A: Germany, Japan, and Italy

4. Q: Which countries represented the Allied Powers in WW2?

A: United States, United Kingdom, and Australia

5. Q: What event arguably led to the start of WWI?

A: Assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

6. Q: Which naval battle was considered the turning point of the Pacific Ocean Theater during World War 2?

A: Battle of Midway

7. Q: What historical event was Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture referencing?

A: The Napoleonic Wars

8. Q: Which one of these tanks was designed and operated by the United Kingdom?

A: Tog II

9. Q: During the Wars of the Roses (1455 - 1487) which Englishman was dubbed the Kingmaker?

A: Richard Neville

10. Q: What year did the Japanese armed forces attack Pearl Harbor?

A: 1941

11. Q: What year did HMS Dreadnought enter service under the Royal Navy?

A: 1906

12. Q: What First World War peace treaty was signed on June 28, 1919?

A:  Treaty of Versailles

13. Q: When was the League of Nations founded, following the end of the First World War?

A: January 10, 1920

14. Q: Which popular children’s book author also penned political cartoons during WW2?

A: Dr. Seuss

15. Q: When was Poland invaded by Adolf Hitler?

A: September 1, 1939

16. Q: When did the Axis Powers surrender to the Allied Powers, marking the end of WW2?

A: May 7, 1945

17. Q: What was the codename for the project that led to the creation of the atomic bomb, two of which would be dropped on Japan in 1945?

A: Manhattan Project

18. Q: True or False: The Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 prevented Japan from invading Australia

A: True

19. Q: When is Anzac Day celebrated in Australia and New Zealand?

A: April 25

Slavery History Trivia Questions

  1. Q: Which US President officially declared that slavery in the United States was illegal?

A: Abraham Lincoln

2. Q: Which amendment in the US Constitution officially abolished slavery in the entire country?

A: The 13th Amendment

3. Q: Which African American woman laid the foundation for the ‘Underground Railroad’?

A: Harriet Tubman

4. Q: Which former slave stole a Confederate boat to escape slavery during the Civil War and went on to serve five terms in Congress as a representative of South Carolina?

A: Robert Smalls

5. Q: Between what years did the Civil War last?

A: 1861-1865

6. Q: True or False? The ‘Underground Railroad’ was an actual railway in operation when Slavery was legal.

A: False

7. Q: What was the name of the proclamation issued by President Lincoln in 1863, that officially declared all slaves were to be legally freed?

A: Emancipation Proclamation

8. Q: What was the name of the novel that former slave Solomon Northup wrote,  describing his kidnapping and being forced into slavery in Louisiana?

A: Twelve Years a Slave

9. Q: Where did most of the slave population originate prior to their arrival in America?

A: Western Africa

10. Q: Approximately how many slaves were freed at the end of the Civil War?

A: 3.9 million

11. Q: When was the Slavery Abolition Act passed in Britiain, freeing all slaves held in the country?

A: 1833

12. Q: Which country began trafficking African slaves as far back as the 1440s?

A: Portugal

Further Reading

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