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History by Letter - T

Can you name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter T?
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First submittedJuly 31, 2014
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First female PM of the UK
Margaret Thatcher
Beijing massacre site of 1989
Tiananmen Square
Tropical paradise visited by
the HMS Bounty
Tahiti
FDR's successor
Harry S. Truman
Escaped American slave who
rescued 70 others
Harriet Tubman
Region annexed by China in 1951
Tibet
Marble mausoleum called the finest
example of Mughal architecture
Taj Mahal
Group that regained power in
Afghanistan in 2021
Taliban
Formal robe of ancient Rome
Toga
Sculptures buried with the
first emperor of China
Terracotta Army
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Ship that hit an iceberg in 1912
Titanic
Dynasty of Henry VIII
Tudor
Young pharaoh whose tomb was
discovered in 1922
Tutankhamun
Type of Middle Ages catapult
Trebuchet
Exiled Soviet leader
assassinated in Mexico
Leon Trotsky
Decorative fabric for castle walls
Tapestry
Conqueror of the 1300s who killed
5% of the world's population
Timur
Second emperor of Rome
Tiberius
1773 tax protest in Boston Harbor
Tea Party
City-state of ancient Greece or
capital of ancient Egypt
Thebes
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Level 72
Aug 24, 2014
When the name of Thebes is pronounced "Tiva" in your language and is written with different alphabet is quite hard to get the English version... (I'm not complaining, I'm just mentioning it!)
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Level 50
Oct 21, 2014
I also tried Tiva or something similar..
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Level 72
Sep 21, 2022
8 years later, I have long learned the English name of the city.

@Mogysht, we're from the same country. :)

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Level 59
Oct 21, 2014
I could have sat here all day and still not come up with the correct spelling of Tiananmen.
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Level 82
Oct 21, 2014
I sat for about 90 seconds and eventually came up with an incorrect spelling that was accepted by the quiz. The rest were easy.
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Level 67
Oct 21, 2014
To remember next time, just break it into parts. Tian'anmen is tiān (heaven), ān (peace), mén (gate), for "gate of heavenly peace."
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Level 41
Oct 31, 2014
Is that what it means? How ironical!!
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Level 82
Dec 13, 2016
Yup, in my language it's mentioned occasionally as Square of Heavenly Peace, especially in newspaper articles.
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Level 63
Sep 24, 2017
Also, to remember the name of the figure of speech "anadiplosis," say to an imaginary female dancer, "Anna, dip low, Sis".
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Level 69
Sep 24, 2017
Same here, it is actually spelled Tian An Min they should accept this.
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Level 63
Sep 24, 2017
They should accept this. Nyah,ny天安门ah, nyah
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Level 35
Sep 21, 2022
? It's definitely not spelled Tiananmin, the last part is "men".
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Level 56
Oct 21, 2014
From somewhere I've heard both the Greek and Egyptian towns be called Theba or even Teeba. It's funny how different translations can get from each other.
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Level 51
Oct 21, 2014
Just a side note, there is no "." after the S in Harry S Truman. It didn't stand for anything; his middle name was actually just "S"
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Level ∞
Oct 21, 2014
Fixed
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Level 69
Jul 6, 2021
It's not that simple:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-truman-period-exploring-the-presidents-middle-initial/2013/05/11/0cdc6002-b976-11e2-92f3-f291801936b8_story.html

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Level ∞
Aug 27, 2021
Corrected back to the original and correct punctuation.
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Level 45
Jul 17, 2020
interesting - thank you
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Level 57
Oct 21, 2014
Um, I said "tea" and "Boston Tea Party" and none of those worked? Why? Please correct and also stop making spelling a requirement. Foreign words, phrases, language, etc. are difficult to spell.
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Level 84
Oct 21, 2014
"stop making spelling a requirement"

So any random jumble of letters should be acceptable? If you've ever made your own quiz here, then you know that you have to enter each acceptable answer, and there is often no way to enter every possible misspelling of "foreign" words to everyone's liking.

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Level 63
Sep 24, 2017
Not any random jumble. Just words that break normal linguistic patterns and very uncommon words.
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Level ∞
Oct 21, 2014
Boston Tea Party will work now even though it doesn't start with T.
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Level 70
Jul 17, 2020
That particular historical event should be in the B letter quiz anyway. You won't find it in the T section of an encyclopedia.
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Level 21
Mar 9, 2018
Spelling is an important thing to be able to do! Boston tea party is fair game for a 3rd grade spelling test.
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Level 44
Oct 21, 2014
Trebuchets are not catapults.
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Level 51
Oct 21, 2014
I've checked several websites, most of which say that a trebuchet is a type of catapult. Or possibly an "improved" catapult. As near as I can tell, all trebuchets are catapults, but not all catapults are trebuchets.
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Level 21
Mar 9, 2018
They are the same thing.
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Level 72
Sep 3, 2022
They both fling dead cow carcasses over castles don’t they?
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Level 65
Sep 21, 2022
I mean, Punkin Chunkin does put them in different categories...
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Level 72
Apr 9, 2017
Got them all apart from Harriet Tubman, not someone I've come across before. We don't tend to study the history of the US slave trade in the rest of the world.
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Level 37
May 12, 2017
You probably won't have to. You can study your own country's history of slavery. Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Egyptians, Greeks, Turks, all indulged in slavery. If not of Africans, then of other ethnic groups and civilizations.
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Level 51
Oct 15, 2017
In Australia, we "imported" our slaves from England. How many countries can say that?

Sorry, forgot about the Romans.

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Level 71
Feb 13, 2020
Before slavery to the Americas there was a great deal of slavery of Europeans to Africa. A new study suggests that a million or more European Christians were enslaved by Muslims in North Africa between 1530 and 1780. When slavery in the Americas took place Brazil was by far the greatest slave investing country with an estimated 4.9 million. Great numbers were also sent to the Caribbean Islands. USA received about 5% of the 12 million slaves taken from Africa:
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Level ∞
Aug 27, 2021
Is there a single pre-modern civilization that DIDN'T have slavery?
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Level 60
Dec 17, 2022
What about India
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Level ∞
Jan 14, 2024
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_India
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Level 69
Sep 24, 2017
You don't? Well let me give you an education. Natchez, Mississippi was the main market for plantation slaves, while New Orleans was for prostitutes and domestic workers. When bidding on slaves you purchased them not in "lots" but in "coffles".

Did you also know that had not the South seceded, there was going to be a huge bubble in the slave market due to the British developing their own cotton supply in India? This would have driven prices for cotton so low that there could be no justification for the high speculative prices, (or any price, for that matter), being paid for slaves and would have led to the collapse of the Southern plantation system.

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Level 82
Mar 9, 2018
By "rest of the world" of course you mean whatever small corner of Europe you come from, as everyone who ever says that on this site invariably means. Is it a matter of public policy wherever you're from that people should be willfully ignorant about the United States? You don't learn anything? Is there a boycott on knowledge if it has that noxious American taint on it? I see these complaints here every single day. I learned about your country when I was in school. And also learned about the "rest of the world" at the same time. And then after school I went and did my own independent study and research and learned some more. What were you spending your time doing?
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Level 37
May 25, 2018
^ Excellent comment, Kalbahamut! - I often wonder what level of education some of these quiz takers have attained. Education in the

US is often criticized as being inferior to that of European and Asian nations but that is another lie if these quizzes are any indication of

their "comprehensive" education.

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Level 82
Sep 21, 2022
As an educator who has worked many places around the world I have to say that US education is still vastly superior to most places. (before you angrily type some retort here consider that odds are I'm not talking about *your* country, whoever you are reading this; I'm sure your country's schools are awesome. Calm down.)

The thing with education in the US, though, is that quality is not consistent from place to place. Since curricula are developed at the state level and funding is generated at the county or municipal level. The quality of the education you receive there depends a lot on where exactly you get your mail.

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Level 78
Jul 17, 2020
"The answer to this question was NOT taught in my school's curriculum! I'd like to speak to the manager!"
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Level 72
Sep 3, 2022
They do in my part of the rest of the world. Maybe you were just absent that day?
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Level 91
Sep 24, 2017
Great quiz. Thank you for this.
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Level 76
Mar 9, 2018
More spelling varieties for Trotsky, please.
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Level 48
Jul 20, 2020
Well this made my record skip. I'm trying to think of more than 2 possible spellings.
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Level 76
Nov 8, 2020
Trotski, Trozky, Trozki, Trotzky, Trotzki, Trocki, Trocky - and if you're adventurous, maybe add Trotsqui, Trotsquy, Trozqui, Trozquy, Trotzqui, Trotzquy, Trocqui, Trozquy...
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Level 82
Nov 8, 2020
yeah I tried "Trosky" and it wasn't accepted. I figured I was wrong and tried "Tolstoy" before I remembered that's an author
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Level 88
Oct 20, 2022
I tried Trottsky with an extra T first. Easily got the correct spelling when that didn't work, though.
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Level 59
Jan 12, 2020
Great quiz! There wasn’t actually a “massacre” at Tianenman square though. Just an early fake color revolution.
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Level 86
Jan 3, 2021
Was definitely a massacre. Go home little one, daddy Xi has your weekly 50 cent salary for you.
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Level 63
May 25, 2023
Were you paid to say this?
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Level 37
Jan 12, 2020
Enjoyed the quiz. Timur is known in many countries as Tamerlane or Tamburlaine. Would be good if those were also accepted
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Level ∞
Jan 12, 2020
Tamerlane would have worked.
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Level 30
Jan 12, 2020
I was gonna type "tutanchamon" but it was accepted when I got to "tuta" seriously? That's too easy
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Level ∞
Jan 12, 2020
He's commonly referred to as "King Tut" which is why "Tut" is accepted.
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Level 36
Dec 12, 2021
he is referred to as 'Tut' or ' King Tut' ...
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Level 67
May 22, 2020
Wow I was surprised to get Thebes
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Level 75
Jul 17, 2020
Thebes was easy for me because of all the cities and towns along the Mississippi in my region named for Egyptian cities - Memphis TN, Cairo, (pronounced Cair-oh or as some say, Cay-ro) Karnak, and Thebes, IL. There is also a town in southern IL named Dongola which used to be the name of a town in Egypt, but it's now in Sudan. Southern IL is known as Egypt or Little Egypt. Don't ask me why, but I'm glad it helped me with that answer.
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Level 67
Aug 5, 2021
Interesting stuff
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Level 57
Jul 27, 2022
Interesting. Do you know why they took inspiration from Egyptian city names?
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Level 66
Jul 17, 2020
Can Trotsky please be accepted as Trotski? It's written like that in a lot of languages.
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Level 90
Jul 17, 2020
... or Bronstein
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Level 72
Jul 17, 2020
A bit surprised that (as of now) more people came up with "trebuchet" than Thebes or Harriet Tubman, or even Timur.
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Level 48
Jul 20, 2020
You know that expression 'greatest thing since sliced bread'? Sliced bread was the greatest thing since trebuchets. The greatness of anything invented from then on can only go as far back as the trebuchet. Nothing is more awesome than a trebuchet.
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Level 51
Jul 17, 2020
Got all except Tahiti, Trebuchet, and Tapestry.
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Level 45
Jul 17, 2020
I deliberately refused to answer the first question - horrible woman
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Level 88
Jul 17, 2020
I'm not a fan of Margaret Thatcher, but what purpose does it serve to not answer a basic question about her on a quiz website?
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Level 57
Jul 18, 2020
You misspelled "wonderful"
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Level 79
Aug 19, 2021
So 'horrible' she was labelled by the Soviets as 'Iron Lady' :)
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Level 79
Aug 19, 2021
At the same time you probably had no scruples guessing the Taliban, Trotsky, Timur and Tiberius! :)
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Level ∞
Aug 27, 2021
She's almost as bad as Jimmy Carter, history's greatest monster.
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Level 82
Nov 8, 2020
Ohhh, Timur! For some reason I thought you were talking about Genghis Khan, and I remembered he was once named "Temujin" and tried that. Wrong century tho :-(
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Level 57
Dec 3, 2020
I think Genghis killed more than 5%
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Level 55
Sep 8, 2021
Go on, update the Taliban clue to: "Group that seized power in

Afghanistan in 1996 and again in 2021"

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Level 82
Sep 21, 2022
one day I will remember the difference between Leo Tolstoy and Leon Trotsky but that day is evidently not today