People in History A-Z #3

Name the important historical figure for each letter of the alphabet
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Last updated: December 22, 2019
First submittedJune 15, 2015
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Letter
Hint
Answer
A
Greek conqueror whose empire extended to India
Alexander the Great
B
Ancient British queen who resisted Roman invasion
Boudica
C
He "discovered" America
Christopher Colombus
D
Spanish surrealist painter
Salvador Dalí
E
Holocaust organizer who fled to Argentina
Adolf Eichmann
F
Famous Assassinated Austrian archduke
Franz Ferdinand
G
The greatest Khan and warlord of Mongolia
Genghis Khan
H
Hungarian escape artist
Harry Houdini
I
First Russian tsar
Ivan the Terrible
J
Swiss psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology
Carl Jung
K
Prussian philosopher: "Critique of Pure Reason"
Immanuel Kant
L
President during the U.S. Civil War
Abraham Lincoln
M
Muslim prophet and founder of Islam
Muhammad
N
American president who resigned after Watergate
Richard Nixon
O
Often considered the first Holy Roman Emperor
Otto I
P
Venetian explorer who travelled China and East Asia
Marco Polo
Q
First emperor of China; his grave is guarded by the Terracotta Army
Qin Shi Huang
R
Scottish king who helped win independence in the 1300s
Robert the Bruce
S
Soviet dictator
Joseph Stalin
T
The buck stopped with this U.S. President
Harry S. Truman
U
Birth name of V. I. Lenin
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov
V
Composer of "The Four Seasons"
Antonio Vivaldi
W
Sci-fi novelist who wrote "The War of The Worlds"
H.G. Wells
X
Greek historian and soldier who wrote "Anabasis"
Xenophon
Y
Irish poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923
William Butler Yeats
Z
Builder of rigid dirigibles
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
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Level 90
Mar 29, 2016
Begging for mercy on spelling of B... tried Boadicea and Boudicea before giving up on it. Admittedly, I only knew her from the Opie painting.
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Level 75
Mar 31, 2016
I've always known her as Boadicea.
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Level 49
Jun 10, 2016
I love that the link you provided spelled it differently than everyone else! "Boudicca" with a double-C.
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Level 75
Jun 10, 2016
... she's in brackets on the title line! and again at line 13 ...
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Level 36
Mar 4, 2021
I've known her as Boudicca
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Level ∞
Apr 1, 2016
Endings in -ea will work now. Every other possible alternative was already accepted. :)
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Level 81
Mar 31, 2016
I also tried Boudicea, lucky I managed to drop the e when I started guessing. -- On the note of spelling, I tried "Welles" for Wells and got accepted. It's two totally different people. Shouldn't we keep them separate?
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Level 68
Apr 3, 2016
Is «Brittonic» a better term for the B answer instead of «British»?. She was a ruler during the Roman occupation. Im not an anglophone, but i taught that Britons was referring to the Celtic people living in the British isles.
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Level 35
Jun 10, 2016
Both are interchangeable, British and Brittonic are both correct, as are, in her case Celtic and Iceni
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Level 73
Jun 10, 2016
Huh, I answered the question correctly, but I never even knew that zeppelins were named after a person.
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Level 67
Jun 10, 2016
I can never remember the English spelling for Genghis Khan :(
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Level 73
Jun 10, 2016
yeah - I tried Chinghiz (and then finally had the wherewithal to see that this was in the "G" category).
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Level 57
Jun 10, 2016
Anyone else think 'Valli' (as in Frankie Valli) for the Four Seasons?
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Level 67
Jun 10, 2016
Thanks Big Lebowski for the Lenin answer!
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Level 77
Jun 10, 2016
As soon as I saw the title of the quiz, I knew I would get the x answer - it would have to be Xerxes. Alas, poor Xenophon. I knew him not so well.
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Level 83
Jun 15, 2016
Could have been Galactic Emperor Xenu.
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Level 37
Apr 25, 2017
Or maybe Xray, but it wasn't.
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Level 83
Mar 13, 2018
Who's Xray?
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Level 77
Mar 12, 2021
Wilhelm "Xray" Röntgen
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Level 70
Oct 8, 2017
Great quiz, though the interweb is telling me Octavian was the first Emperor of Rome. Happy to be proved wrong.

Three questions about US Presidents seems OTT. Surely there are other historical figures with those initials. Heck, even other American historical figures if you really wanna keep it as American answers. Three Presidents just seems like unnecessary duplication.

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Level 71
Jan 16, 2018
Octavian (Augustus) WAS the first emperor of Rome. But that's not the question. You should name the first Holy Roman Emperor. The Holy Roman Empire was a confederation of kingdoms in Central Europe in the Middle Ages that had (almost) nothing to do with Romans.
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Level 68
Jan 31, 2018
Nice quiz, a worthy continuation of my series :-)
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Level 41
May 14, 2018
Could "zepplin" spelling be accepted please?
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Level 71
Mar 17, 2019
Perhaps the clue for Lenin should be amended to "birth surname" as to not stump the quiztaker. To me, personally, "birth name" resonates more so with first name. But that's just me.
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Level 61
Mar 20, 2019
I only know Lenin's birth name because of Walter Sobchak.
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Level ∞
Nov 11, 2020
I am the walrus.
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Level 87
Mar 4, 2021
The walrus was Paul.
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Level 58
Mar 8, 2021
Shut up, Danny! You're out of your element
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Level 74
Mar 4, 2021
What does the clue of Truman refer to?
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Level 67
Mar 4, 2021
Yes, what's the buck?
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Level 66
Mar 4, 2021
"Passing the buck" is a relatively well known phrase for handing responsibility for something to someone else (often implying a reluctance to take responsibility).

Truman famously had a sign on his desk saying "The buck stops here" - acknowledging that as President he was ultimately responsible for a hell of a lot of stuff.

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Level 76
Mar 4, 2021
"The buck stops here" is a phrase that was popularized by U.S. President Harry S. Truman, who kept a sign with that phrase on his desk in the Oval Office. The phrase refers to the notion that the President has to make the decisions and accept the ultimate responsibility for those decisions. - found the answer after 5 seconds of googling/Wikipediaing.
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Level 67
Mar 4, 2021
Photo of said sign.

From Wikipedia:

The expression is said to have originated from poker in which a marker or counter (such as a knife with a buckhorn handle during the American Frontier era) was used to indicate the person whose turn it was to deal. If the player did not wish to deal he could pass the responsibility by passing the "buck," as the counter came to be called, to the next player.
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Level 70
Mar 4, 2021
Otto being the 1st Holy Roman Emperor? Controversial
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Level 71
Mar 4, 2021
Just change the "B" answer and you can call it "Men in history A-Z".
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Level 65
Mar 4, 2021
Lol I did horrible.
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Level 65
Mar 4, 2021
Please try my New Jersey true or false quiz
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Level 71
Mar 7, 2021
Seen this plea as a reply to several random comments recently...!
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Level 66
Mar 4, 2021
Interestingly the name of the first Roman Emporer also begins with O
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Level 57
Mar 4, 2021
Fun quiz, but 'assassinated' shouldn't be capitalized in the F question.
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Level 71
Mar 5, 2021
Three "People in History" quizzes featured and 3 women included. Doesn't anyone really see an issue with that? (You are likely think that I am some "stereotypical raging feminist" but I am a 45 year old male.
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Level 78
Mar 5, 2021
It's a numbers game. There are far fewer women historical figures (not to say they were less important, just that they are less well-known) than men.
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Level 71
Mar 5, 2021
My featured quiz, Influential Women in History for you to have a look at. "There isn't enough important women in history to bother having them in a quiz" seems to be a rather common mindset here. That is just so poisonous.
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Level 76
Mar 6, 2021
Lilylee - We all agree that women have been oppressed and silenced from much of history, so isn't it logical that much fewer women have attained enough fame to be considered general knowledge than men? And where did you see someone claim that "There isn't enough important women in history to bother having them in a quiz"? It's not in Capistrano's comment, anyway.
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Level 71
Mar 6, 2021
There are so many women who have done incredible things throughout the centuries, it is only today that they are being silenced. I don't care who said what but you can't escape the fact that in three quizzes, only three women were included. You count the percentage yourself.
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Level 69
Mar 7, 2021
Well you're more than welcome to make your own A-Z quiz.
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Level 76
Mar 9, 2021
Lilylee, "it is only today that they are being silenced"? This is one of the least historically accurate things I've ever read. In the words of feminist icon Virginia Woolf: "Imaginatively she is of the highest importance; practically she is completely insignificant. She pervades poetry from cover to cover; she is all but absent from history. She dominates the lives of kings and conquerors in fiction; in fact she was the slave of any boy whose parents forced a ring upon her finger. Some of the most inspired words, some of the most profound thoughts in literature fall from her lips; in real life she could hardly read, could scarcely spell, and was the property of her husband." (A Room of One's Own). I can't provide exact percentages of historically noteworthy women. You haven't made a concrete suggestion, either. It is more than zero and, unfortunately, much less than 50. For all I care, there could be more women on these quizzes. But as OP said, you can make your own quiz.
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Level 71
Mar 8, 2021
Women and Men in History #1 coming up! In the meanwhile , Happy International Women's Day!(and Women's History Month)
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Level 25
Dec 7, 2021
For the Scotland one, i literally just typed a random name that started with ‘R’ , 1st try i jus guessed Robert and i got it lmaooo