"Second Best" History Edition

Can you name the things that place #2 in these historical categories?
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Last updated: December 15, 2021
First submittedMay 20, 2020
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Category
First
Second
Country with the most military deaths in World War II
Soviet Union
Germany
Most populous city in 1800 AD
Beijing
London
First person to walk on the moon
Neil Armstrong
Buzz Aldrin
First U.S. president
George Washington
John Adams
Most common name of French kings
Louis
Charles
Largest empire in 1800 by total area within Europe
Russian Empire
Ottoman Empire
Largest empire ever by land area
British Empire
Mongol Empire
Most guessed Shakespearean play on this quiz
Romeo and Juliet
Hamlet
First human according to the Bible
Adam
Eve
Longest-reigning British monarch
Elizabeth II
Victoria
First host city of the modern Olympics
Athens
Paris
First paramount Soviet leader
Vladimir Lenin
Joseph Stalin
Most influential person in history, according to this quiz
Jesus
Muhammad
Oldest U.S. president when taking office
Joe Biden
Donald Trump
First area annexed by Germany leading up to WWII
Austria
Sudetenland
Most valuable U.S. corporation in 1960 by market cap
AT&T
General Motors
First imperial Chinese dynasty
Qin
Western Han
First Roman emperor
Augustus
Tiberius
Oldest university in England
Oxford
Cambridge
First country to establish a Republican government
(among countries that currently exist)
San Marino
Netherlands
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Level 71
Dec 15, 2021
First comment! Yay!
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Level 71
Jan 8, 2022
But you did not make a comment?
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Level 76
Jan 9, 2022
Why do people do this?
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Level 61
Jan 11, 2022
Same reason mountain climbers climb mountains.
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Level 73
Jan 21, 2022
Except that's an actual achievement, derived from notable effort and skill.

Unlike commenting "first comment" in first comments.

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Level 56
Jan 23, 2022
It's based on the same impulse though
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Level 71
Sep 13, 2022
I trained for hours preparing for this moment, waiting for the Hines bros to post a new quiz and get onto that thing before any other commenters. I had to train my fingers to work without sufficient oxygen because god knows I'd hold my breath while writing. I lost my friend Paul before I reached the comment section. He stubbed his toe rushing to his laptop when I told him a new featured quiz was out. It was all worth it in the end, even if I had to ride Paul like a toboggan to escape the avalanche of non-first comments that followed. No regrets.
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Level 71
Dec 15, 2021
Thanks for teaching me that the Saarland wasn't technically annexed! :D
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Level 59
Jan 8, 2022
It was, just after Sudetenland
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Level 59
May 5, 2022
Since I cant edit this Im wrong and should do research beforehand but technically it wasnt part of a foreign nation ev though it was before Rhineland and Anschluss
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Level 55
Jul 16, 2022
Saarland was independent
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Level 66
Dec 16, 2021
Wow, the US company question is a hard one, especially for non Americans. I'd be struggling and guessing to tell you now, let alone historically.
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Level 56
Jan 11, 2022
Agreed. I put General Electric. Lol.
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Level 33
Dec 16, 2021
amazing quiz. good idea
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Level 72
Dec 18, 2021
I do love these second best quizzes, but I wonder if the first should be already given - I think it would be more interesting if it appeared after you successfully get the correct second place answer.
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Level 67
Sep 1, 2022
fixed! :D
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Level 66
Dec 20, 2021
Aren't the netherlands a monarchy?
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Level 66
Jan 8, 2022
It's somewhat confusing language, but the Dutch did not naturally have a monarchy, they established a republic after getting independence from Spain. The monarchy was basically created by the Congress powers after Napoleon's defeat.
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Level 56
Jan 11, 2022
I don't know, but when I date girls from the Netherlands, we always split the meal and go Dutch.
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Level 65
Jan 8, 2022
Poland (and Lithuania) can claim to have established a republic in 1569, before the Dutch Republic.
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Level 61
Jan 8, 2022
Elective monarchy, it's in the name.
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Level 84
Jan 8, 2022
This is the second best history quiz on the site.
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Level 65
Jan 8, 2022
Ah dang it I tried putting Ford and totally forgot about General Motors.
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Level 56
Jan 11, 2022
The Ottoman Empire question ruined my time. I guess Turkey was ruling Eastern Europe at the time, but it threw me way off. I kept typing in all the other empires with actual European overlord ruling nations. Ottomans/Turkey didn't even cross my mind, as they aren't really European, but conquered the Balkans area.
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Level 66
Jan 17, 2022
usually i know the least guessed answer....this time i didn't....while the answer is the very country i'm from (Netherlands). *facepalm*
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Level 66
Jan 27, 2022
I'm Dutch too and had no clue!
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Level 25
Jun 16, 2022
Great Quiz, but I do need to make a correction...Joseph Stalin did not succeed Lenin as Premier of the Soviet Union. After Lenin's death in 1924, He was succeed by ALEXEI RYKOV, who in turn was succeeded by Molotov in 1930. Joseph Stalin was actually. the 4th Premier, succeeding Molotov on 6th May 1941
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Level 67
Sep 1, 2022
accidentally got netherlands while trying to answer the germany question, oops
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Level 71
Sep 13, 2022
Here lies Paul. Good friend. Better toboggan.