Born Here on This Date #1

We give you a place and a year. Name the person who was born.
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Last updated: August 16, 2019
First submittedFebruary 16, 2011
Times taken32,516
Average score54.2%
Rating3.85
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Time and Place
Person
551 BC - near Qufu, China
Confucius
100 BC - Rome
Julius Caesar
≈ 5 BC - Nazareth
Jesus
≈ 1155 - Delüün Boldog, Mongolia
Genghis Khan
1564 - Stratford-upon-Avon
William Shakespeare
1769 - Ajaccio, Corsica
Napoleon Bonaparte
1809 - Hardin County, Kentucky
Abraham Lincoln
1835 - Florida, Missouri
Mark Twain
1853 - Zundert, Netherlands
Vincent van Gogh
1881 - Malaga, Spain
Pablo Picasso
1889 - Braunau am Inn, Austria
Adolf Hitler
1901 - New Orleans
Louis Armstrong
Time and Place
Person
1917 - Brookline, Mass.
John F. Kennedy
1918 - Mvezo, South Africa
Nelson Mandela
1928 - Rosario, Argentina
Che Guevara
1935 - Taktser, Tibet
Dalai Lama
1935 - Tupelo, Mississippi
Elvis Presley
1947 - Thal, Austria
Arnold Schwarzenegger
1955 - Seattle
Bill Gates
1958 - Gary, Indiana
Michael Jackson
1960 - Dublin, Ireland
Bono
1986 - Trelawny, Jamaica
Usain Bolt
1987 - Rosario, Argentina
Lionel Messi
1992 - Nashville
Miley Cyrus
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Level 65
Nov 22, 2013
got them all except Bolt. how did i not get Bolt
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Level 84
Nov 22, 2013
got everything except Louis Armstrong up through 1935... and then after that everything kind of fell apart. Got Jackson by accident and Bono at the last second but that was it.
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Level 84
Dec 1, 2017
Did much better this time... got everything, though Kennedy took me a while to guess.
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2019
yea left column was much easier than right. Missed 3 from the left, confucius lincoln and twain. and 8 from the right..
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Level 19
Sep 1, 2022
Got Jackson first lol
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Level 41
Nov 23, 2013
Born in a stable in Bethlehem, not Nazareth.
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Level 84
Nov 24, 2013
It's probably more plausible that he was born in Nazareth, but yes, according to the gospels you're correct.
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Level 54
Dec 1, 2017
Seriously, why do you have this weird fixation with correcting anyone and everyone who says Jesus was born in Bethlehem? There was a census that year, where all those in Israel were told to go to the city of their lineage. Which, in Jesus' parent(s) case, would be Bethlehem. Nothing weird about it, people are born in cities they don't live in all the time. Case in point: I myself was born in Alabama, but I don't live there.
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Level 84
Sep 26, 2019
It's not a weird fixation. If the quiz said that one hundred plus eleven = one hundred and eleven, and someone in the comments section said "no actually it's eleventyone", and another person replied "the quiz is most likely accurate, though there is that work of fiction by Tolkien that uses your number and in Old English this was also right so in a way you can be considered correct"... you would not call this a weird fixation.

Why do you have this weird fixation on defending the accounts of the gospel as if they are historical fact when we know that they are not?

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Level 83
Sep 26, 2019
kalbahamut: "probably more plausible" - nice weasel words to get round the fact there's no evidence for Nazareth beyond "the Bible's nativity narrative can't be trusted, therefore it must be wrong in all the details". Shame you've lost the doubt and humility in the 6 years since!

This isn't to argue for Bethlehem, but to say that insisting on Nazareth is a dogmatic position, rather than a reasonable one. Nazareth isn't "one hundred and eleven", but "twelfty take nine" that someone made up as they didn't like the idea of "eleventy-one" that someone else made up (though the whole 111 thing was a terrible analogy anyway).

floydro: you might want to double check the ide that Luke suggests the census was in the time of Herod the Great. Which King Herod Luke is talking about at a particular time is never specified by him, and Herod's name doesn't come up in relation to the census. But what else can we expect from dogma-based, rather than evidence-based, arguments. ;)

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Level 66
Sep 26, 2019
The contradictory and amusingly contrived accounts of the birth of Jesus in the Bible suggest that the gospel authors were trying to find some way for Jesus to be born in Bethlehem (which would make sense as the prophecy of the messiah in the Old Testament said he would be born in Bethlehem). If he had really been born in Bethlehem and lived in Bethlehem they would just have said he was born in Bethlehem and not mention a census or persecution as a reason for movement. So we can infer that they were trying to find reasons for why he would ostensibly be from Nazareth when he was supposed to be from Bethlehem. Unless Jesus actually was the messiah and the prophecies had magically seen the future, we can infer from Occum's Razor that he was probably born in Nazareth, though of course it is possible that this is false.
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Level 84
Sep 27, 2019
There is no hard evidence that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Nazareth, or anywhere else. In fact there's no evidence that Jesus was even born at all. We're working with what we've got. In my case that's logic. In your case, mr. hole, you've got dogma-based arguments. And yes, those are always expected when it comes to this particular subject. There is no dogma anywhere that says Jesus was born in Nazareth, so hard to be dogmatic about this. If I had to bet money on it I'd actually say that Jesus was born in some small village that either no longer exists or was never recorded. But if the choices were Nazareth or Bethlehem then Nazareth makes more sense.
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Level 84
Sep 27, 2019
and "probably more plausible" is not me being weaselly it's me being honest and precise with my language.
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Level 90
Apr 12, 2020
Sure Jan.
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Level 90
Apr 12, 2020
You would have to be an anti-Christian or just flat out moronic to believe that Jesus never existed...
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Level 74
Aug 26, 2021
What an utterly pointless argument.
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Level 84
Sep 1, 2022
^ and yet you managed to leave a response to it that was so worthwhile and edifying all the same. Thanks for that!
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Level 57
Sep 1, 2022
Jesus definitely could have been born in Bethlehem. It's not dogmatic at all to think so. I agree with the other poster that argued that people are often born in towns that they don't grow up in.

It was that way for me. I was born in one town, then my folks moved away when I was about 2 or 3 years old. Grew up in a different town some distance away. So the one town was my birthplace (my "Bethlehem," so to speak), while the other town was my hometown (my "Nazareth"). The same thing happened with my brother.

Is there any actual evidence that shows that Jesus WASN'T born in Bethlehem? I'm not aware of any. So if not, then the gospel, whether you believe in it religiously or not, or whether you believe it's accuracy or not, is the best account that we currently have of where He was born.

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Level 84
Sep 2, 2022
There's no hard evidence for Jesus being born anywhere. But historians trying to suss out some version of a historical Jesus piece together all the circumstantial evidence we have and make the best possible guesses. Part of that evidence are the gospels, but a big part of understanding the gospels is understanding that they are definitely not written as historical documents. There are reasons why the nativity stories in them claim that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but the facts laid out in those stories simply don't check out. Since we understand that the nativity stories are written as myth, then the next best guess we are left with as to where Jesus was born would be the same answer as almost every human born around that time: the place they grew up. So that may be Nazareth... though... if you look into this that's not even clear. It's possible the village that Jesus was from no longer exists and is not attested to in any historical document, but had a demonym similar to Nazareth.
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Level 61
Feb 7, 2016
This is a very odd and trippy quiz. But I'm happy to take my 18 and go. One thing though, I'm pretty sure I tried Khan and Genghis Khan a few times. But I guess I must have been doing something wrong, since I don't see anyone else complaining about it.
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Level 62
Feb 11, 2016
You're not alone! I typed Khan a couple of times and it was not accepted :(
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Level 68
Sep 26, 2019
I believe khan is a title and not a last name, that's probably why just khan isn't accepted. it would be like accepting Great for Alexander the great
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Level 73
Feb 7, 2016
Please accept Hewson for Bono..
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2019
Sorry! That's the penalty for just showing off.
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Level 63
Feb 7, 2016
Khan not accepted as last name when others are? Nice quiz but one woman!? And its Miley effing Cyrus?
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Level 73
Feb 7, 2016
Khan is his title not his last name.
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Level 83
Feb 7, 2016
In all fairness, Christ is accepted and that was not his last name either.
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Level 63
Feb 8, 2016
Oh. Doh! Thank you
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Level 90
Apr 28, 2021
and while we're on this thread (5 years ago) Dalai Lama is a title and Che is a nickname so not their names too
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Level 64
Feb 7, 2016
I absolutely love this quiz! (Even though I only got 12/24.) Also, thank you for writing that Jesus was born in Nazareth in 5 BC. I've seen quizzes on this website that say that he was born in Bethlehem in the year 0.
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Level 43
Feb 10, 2016
So we are actually living in 2011. Oh no! The world could still end next year!
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Level 68
Sep 3, 2022
Oof. Comments that did not age well. (Or perhaps: aged too well...!)
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Level 52
Feb 7, 2016
Please accept other approved spellings of Genghis Khan. I have always seen it spelled with a D.
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Level 84
Feb 8, 2016
or Temujin
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Level 63
Aug 30, 2017
I know him as Dschingis Khan but since that's not English or Mongolian I tried different variations with D like Djingis/Djinghis and Djengis/Djenghis before remembering.
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Level 74
Sep 26, 2019
I agree. How about just 'Khan?'
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Level 54
Sep 3, 2022
That's his title... it's like accepting 'President' for Lincoln or JFK.
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Level 43
Feb 10, 2016
Nairobi Kenya - 1961 - Not Obama.
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Level 77
Dec 1, 2017
I'm sorry but if we are going to put Jesus in here it should be Bethlehem, not Nazareth. Almost everything we know about this Jesus figure is from the Gospels, so if we are referring to him, we should go by what the Gospels say. I urge you to change it. Or even better: Take it out.
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Level 37
Dec 15, 2018
Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem sometime in October in the year 2 BC (or BCE). The census was ordered by Caeser Augustus, not Herod. Herod died in 4 BC (or BCE), two years before the birth of Christ.
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Level 72
Mar 13, 2018
Makes me kind of angry that Miley Cyrus appears on this quiz. But I'm even more angry to have guessed her.
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2019
I looked at the list, and I must admit, it made me cringe to see Miley Cyrus alongside the others.
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Level 42
Sep 1, 2022
Try again in 10 years time. Her 33% will have dropped by then as she will have faded into (further) insignificance.
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Level 87
Feb 1, 2019
All who complain about a USA website having USA questions should know all their soccer questions are automatic wrong answers for quiz takers in the USA, so stuff it.
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Level 70
May 5, 2019
And every question on US sports, of which there are a few, are automatic wrong answers for non North Americans. Total up how many "soccer" questions there are on here and then total up how many questions there are on US sports and come back to us and tell us then who has a valid point.
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Level 84
Sep 26, 2019
You don't.
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2019
He does I dont know anything about ANY sport, so I am not biased, and most sportsquizzes I see coming by are nhl nfl nhs or whatever they are called, soccer i definitely not more represented, actually it hardly ever comes along. I guess you hardly notice the things that are normal to you anymore, so the ones that aret stand out and you dont realise how big the proportions is of things you do know.

Compare it to watching tv in a household, one person says they ALwayys have to watch shows the other ones likes, while in reality it might be 3/20 but just ones he really hates, and dont realize 12/20 are programs HE chooses (but somehow he feels that doesnt count, "yea but thats the news, yea but thats a great show, yea but we Allways watch that" etc. So he unconsciously downplays it. (and perhaps a bit consciously..) Because he thinks it is logical to watch them or doesnt even realize it anymore.

people's vision are often skewed because attention is drawn to things that stand

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Level 68
Sep 26, 2019
Thats not the point, if more quizzes are made about the NBA and NFL, it's because there are more users interested in it that use this site, it's a stupid thing to complain about. If there were more European users, there would be more "soccer" quizzes. If I went on a site based in Europe and started complaining about all the "soccer" quizzes, I would be a moron.
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Level 71
Sep 1, 2022
Football is the literal rest of the world, not just Europe. The one footballer on this list was born in Argentina. You're basically saying that Americans count more than everyone else. Which is, you know, unsurprising. If horrendously insulting.
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Level 84
Sep 1, 2022
^ignorant. Neither surprising nor insulting, just typical.
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Level 47
Apr 12, 2020
You know, I've met lots of Americans who have heard about Messi.
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Level 59
Sep 1, 2022
Is it a USA website though? It might have been started in the US and hosted on a US server, but it's the internet (i.e. it's international), so anyone with access to the internet can use it.
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Level 76
Sep 1, 2022
The last time I saw stats on site user breakdowns, it was just under 30% were from the USA.
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Level 73
Sep 26, 2019
For the Argentina 1928 one I kept guessing Pope Francis, although I have no clue how old he is exactly. Was really the only 'old Argentinian' that I could come up with. Always forget Guevara was born in Argentina...
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Level 60
Sep 1, 2022
I tried Perón, Evita, Eva Perón but nothing works …
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Level 60
Sep 1, 2022
Buenos Aires, 1936 - according to his Wiki, I tried him too
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Level 60
Sep 26, 2019
Nice idea for a quiz!
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Level 66
Sep 26, 2019
Plz accept "Konfuzius", I'm Austrian and can't spell
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Level 78
Sep 27, 2019
It's confusing, isn't it?
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Level 59
Sep 26, 2019
Wow I got Twain. Only 11 total though
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Level 64
Sep 26, 2019
I was thrown off by all the cultural figures as opposed to historical figures.
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Level 62
Sep 27, 2019
Culture becomes history
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Level 82
Jan 6, 2022
There is something particularly heinous about the bizarre notion that there is a divide between history and culture.
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Level 74
Sep 27, 2019
Too Rosario-centric
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Level 90
Apr 28, 2021
scrolled down for this comment, lol
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Level 55
Sep 1, 2022
ay what can i say the best city in the world
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Level 71
Apr 12, 2020
I notice that the list slowly degenerates from the most famous people in world history, such as Confucius, Shakespeare, Jesus, Lincoln etc. and brings in such passing media plastics as Bono, Cyrus, Messi etc......... who will be forgotten not long from now. Is this what has become of the human race?
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Level 67
Apr 13, 2020
It is is definitely what has become of trivia quizzes, but well that sort of has always been the case, a part will always be current knowledge. And only a few of those will stand the test of time, the rest will be replaced with more recent current knowledge.

same goes for local knowledge a pubquiz in country A will have other questions than in country B

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Level 68
Sep 1, 2022
I suspect that Lionel Messi will be remembered for quite some time, if not by Americans then by much of the rest of the world. Usain Bolt's legacy will fade as his achievements are surpassed by others that are even quicker. Miley Cyrus I had forgotten about already
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Level 68
May 24, 2021
Wow. More people got Miley Cyrus than Lionel Messi. And Van Gogh
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Level 57
Sep 1, 2022
Interesting Fact: Bolt is Usain Bolt’s actual last name and not a nickname.
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Level 59
Sep 1, 2022
Interesting, or banal?
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Level 67
Sep 1, 2022
Miley Cyrus? REALLY?
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Level 72
Sep 1, 2022
I am a fan, but I can't believe Miley Cyrus is the only woman on the list! So for a bit of balance how about...

≈ 1412 - Domrémy, Kingdom of France

1762 - Stettin, Prussia

1867 - Warsaw, Congress Poland

1897 - Atchison, Kansas

1926 - Mayfair, London

1997 - Mingora, Pakistan

(edit: I just noticed there is a #2, which is a bit better balanced. It's admittedly difficult unfortunately.)

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Level 59
Sep 1, 2022
I was going to make a similar comment - just one woman in this quiz, and it's Miley Cyrus! I have nothing against her, but really.
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Level 19
Sep 1, 2022
Oh my god I thought of Elvis but I forgot he was born in Mississippi not Memphis!!!!!
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Level 72
Sep 1, 2022
So many amazing people who had major impacts in the world born prior to 1940. The biggest names after are athletes and entertainers. Pathetic.
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Level 27
Sep 1, 2022
I find it very interesting that any city outside of the USA has the country listed as well. It's like everywhere else in the world we're supposed to know all the US states, but those in USA need to be told that there's life outside of their country.
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Level 47
Sep 1, 2022
I think it's good that the QM is informing people of life outside their country.
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Level 68
Sep 3, 2022
After getting Messi, I was so sure Maradona would work despite the math being totally ridiculous.
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Level 53
Sep 5, 2022
Too middle aged to have gotten Miley Cyrus. Kicking myself about Che Guevara and Bill Gates though.