Were They Alive During This?

Were these people alive at the same time as these events?
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Last updated: October 30, 2021
First submittedOctober 29, 2021
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1. Was William Shakespeare alive during the Battle of Hastings?
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Battle of Hastings: 1066, Shakespeare: 1564 – 1616
2. Was Richard Nixon alive during the First World War?
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Nixon: 1913 –1994, First World War: 1914 – 1918
3. Was Leonardo da Vinci alive when Columbus landed in the Americas?
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Leonardo: 1452 – 1519, Columbus landing: 1492
4. Was Adolf Hitler alive when Oscars were first awarded in Hollywood?
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Hitler: 1889 –1945, Academy Awards: 1929 (officially used "Oscars" in 1939)
5. Was Julius Caesar alive during the construction of Machu Picchu?
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Caesar: 100 – 44 BCE, Machu Picchu: 1450s
6. Was Queen Elizabeth II alive when the Titanic sank?
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Titanic sank: 1912, Elizabeth II: 1926 – present
7. Was Charles Dickens alive during the American Civil War?
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Dickens: 1812 –1870, American Civil War: 1861 – 1865
8. Was Jesus of Nazareth alive when Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii?
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Jesus: c. 4 BCE – 30 CE, Pompeii destroyed: 79
9. Was Mahatma Gandhi alive when man landed on the moon?
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Gandhi: 1869 –1948, Moonlanding: 1969
10. Was Britney Spears alive when the Berlin Wall fell?
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Britney: 1981 – present, Berlin Wall fell: 1989
11. Was Napoleon alive when the Wright brothers first flew an airplane?
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Napoleon: 1769 – 1821, First airplane flight: 1903
12. Was John Lennon alive when Hawaii became a US state?
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Lennon: 1940 –1980, Hawaii becomes state: 1959
13. Was Chairman Mao alive during the Industrial Revolution?
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Industrial Revolution: 1760 – 1840, Chairman Mao: 1893 – 1976
14. Was Martin Luther King Jr. alive when slavery was legal in the US?
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MLK: 1929 – 1968, Slavery abolished: 1865
15. Were woolly mammoths alive when the Great Pyramid of Giza was built?
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Great Pyramid completed: 2560 BCE, mammoths go extinct: 2000 BCE
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Level 75
Oct 31, 2021
Great quiz thank you - could be many more of these!
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Level 81
Oct 31, 2021
Glad you liked it. Make sure you also take Jacktheguy's original quiz - Were They Alive at the Same Time?
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Level 83
Oct 31, 2021
I agree. Cool idea, jacktheguy!
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Level 66
Oct 31, 2021
Great idea
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Level 69
Oct 31, 2021
Which Napoleon is this?
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Level 83
Oct 31, 2021
Napoleon I, obviously. And Napoleon III was also dead by 1903 anyway.
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Level 81
Oct 31, 2021
Actually, Napoleon the pig from Animal Farm. Seriously though, I had it as Napoleon Bonaparte but I try to keep the clues to one line and I figured it wasn't necessary. His Wiki page is simply "Napoleon".
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Level 85
Oct 31, 2021
And Napoleon Dynamite hadn't been released yet so he couldn't be an answer either.
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Level 86
Oct 31, 2021
Thank you guys for the encouragement, and thank you overtired for making such a great quiz! I was worried that my original quiz was a little too difficult for the front page but I’m glad to see that someone else was able to make it better.
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Level 73
Nov 3, 2021
It is still hard, but it is also very tough-provoking and simultaneously enlightening. Great quiz. Credit to you and overtired.
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Level 73
Nov 1, 2021
The woolly mammoth one really got me, and apparently over half of users too.
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Level 73
Nov 3, 2021
Me too, I had no idea they lasted until so recently. So I just read (some of) the wiki page(s) on Woolly mammoths. Lookee what it says here:

The last known population remained on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean until 4,000 years ago, well into the start of human civilization and concurrent with the construction of the Great Pyramid of ancient Egypt.

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Level 75
Nov 24, 2021
I just read a more recent study about it today and you can scrap the island and take a 100 years off the number. The melting north ("permafrost") reveals more as we speak.
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Level 66
Dec 2, 2021
I have heard reports of elderly Alaska Natives some decades back watching African wildlife shows on TV. They did not have much to say but when elephants came on the screen, they had a word for them. Could be the fossils they found from time to time or could be they were around much more recently than generally believed.
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Level 74
Dec 2, 2021
How elderley were they?
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Level 68
Nov 2, 2021
Well, Jesus may as well as have not existed.
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Level 86
Nov 8, 2021
???
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Level 64
Nov 9, 2021
You could say that about anyone only known from stories. I think Jesus existed, just not in the grand scheme of the bible. I'm sure we all know how word-of-mouth changes after being retold several times.
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Level 58
Dec 2, 2021
He is not only present in the Bible, but also mentioned by roman historians, Tacitus in particular, IIRC.
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Level 53
Dec 2, 2021
Great quiz! Got all right except Hitler
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Level 60
Dec 2, 2021
The Mao question is a bit unclear. Mao was alive when the Industrial Revolution was finally hitting China. Maybe rephrase it as the “Western Industrial Revolution”
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Level 38
Dec 2, 2021
yea mao kinda made his own industrial revolution in china but i understood the question to mean THE industrial revolution
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Level 48
Dec 2, 2021
Thought the same thing. Maybe change it to "Start of the Global Industrial Revolution". Of course, the answer then becomes quite obvious.
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Level 81
Dec 2, 2021
Or British
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Level 68
Dec 2, 2021
When people use the term "Industrial Revolution," they are usually referring to the one that occurred in Europe in the 1800s. I think that clue is fine as is.
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Level 58
Dec 2, 2021
Agree. Should be rephrased as "Industrial Revolution in Europe"
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Level 73
Dec 2, 2021
Jesus is alive now. He rose again from the dead circa 33 AD so was certainly alive in 70 AD.
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Level 75
Dec 2, 2021
Pompeii was destroyed in AD 79.
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Level 68
Dec 2, 2021
True.
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Level 62
Dec 2, 2021
Utterly daft but fun quiz. Thank you.
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Level 75
Dec 2, 2021
How is this quiz daft? It's quite informative
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Level 75
Dec 2, 2021
Wow, I managed to get all correct!
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Level 36
Dec 2, 2021
The most shocking answer was that the Queen wasn't alive during the Titanic.
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Level 69
Dec 2, 2021
The Titanic sank in 1912, so if she was alive then, she would be at least 109 years old now.
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Level 83
Dec 2, 2021
Somehow read the question as: "Was Britney Spears alive when the Berlin Wall was built." Undercaffeinated quizzing.
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Level 50
Dec 2, 2021
14/15 got the Caesar one wrong
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Level 58
Dec 2, 2021
Well #8 kinda is a question of faith. Cool Quiz tho
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Level 58
Dec 2, 2021
Well yeah, though I always thought he was born in 1 CE and that's why the calendar works that way, BC does mean Before Christ after all
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Level 67
Dec 2, 2021
I think the person (Dionysus?) who calculated the years was off by a bit, so the consensus is that Jesus was actually born in 6 or 7 BC.
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Level 58
Dec 2, 2021
14, just missed Da Vinci
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Level 70
Dec 3, 2021
I've heard of the IR going until like 1910