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History by Letter - E

Can you name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter E?
Quiz by Geoguy
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Last updated: July 27, 2019
First submittedMay 22, 2014
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Scientist famous for relativity
Albert Einstein
Famous equation of the above
E = mc2
Cleopatra's country
Egypt
Lightbulb inventor
Thomas Edison
His campaign slogan was "I Like Ike"
Dwight Eisenhower
Important Mesopotamian river
Euphrates
Virgin queen of England
Elizabeth
World's tallest structure in 1900
Eiffel Tower
Country formerly known as Abyssinia
Ethiopia
Canal that connected the Atlantic
to the Great Lakes in 1825
Erie Canal
Anglo-Saxon king called
"The Confessor"
Edward
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Aviatrix who disappeared in 1937
Amelia Earhart
Ancient Tuscan civilization
Etruscan
English school on whose playfields
Waterloo was won
Eton College
German cipher machine of WWII
Enigma
Enlightened hometown of
Adam Smith and David Hume
Edinburgh
Greek "Father of Geometry"
Euclid
Island to which Napoleon was exiled
Elba
Athenian author of "Medea"
Euripides
Nordic explorer who founded Vinland
Leif Erikson
Former name of Tokyo
Edo
Currency introduced in 1999
Euro
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Level 76
May 28, 2014
Sure...Euripides wrote the original "Medea", but we can thank Tyler Perry for the numerous remakes making it a true modern classic. Especially Medea Goes to Jail. What a wonderful adaptation of the Greek original
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Level 45
Jun 18, 2014
Was thinking the same thing!
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Level 37
Apr 6, 2017
Sorry folks, but Tyler Perry's character is mAdea, not Medea!
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Level 84
May 3, 2018
nothing gets past you
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Level 61
Dec 20, 2019
nerd
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Level 67
Jan 24, 2021
Wow, buck1017, you must feel pretty stupid now, because of the mistake you made that jruland has pointed out!
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Level 65
Nov 10, 2021
Mr. Pappas walks into Mr. Papageorgiou's tailor shop with a torn pair of pants. Mr. Papageorgiou asks "Euripides?" Mr. Pappas asks "Eumenides?"
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Level 24
Jun 20, 2014
Not to be a jackass, but the "Euro" was introduced in 2002.
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Level 90
Jun 25, 2014
Physical Coins and Currency for the Euro were entered into circulation in 2002, but it was introduced as a currency, and used for accounting, in 1999.
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Level 61
Jan 12, 2015
Call an ambulance, cause you just got a THIRD DEGREE BURN!!!!!
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Level 66
Nov 10, 2021
Weird how people can't just have a discussion on here without people thinking others are idiots. We're here to learn off of eachother.
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Level ∞
Nov 10, 2021
I think the issue is when someone issues a "correction" that is not indeed correct, often with a snarky remark attached.

Having the humility to look something up, even when you think you know, is an important way to better oneself. Also, no one called anyone an idiot. That is not something which is tolerated on our site.

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Level 66
Nov 11, 2021
I think that may well be a culture difference then. I, as a Brit, wouldn't be offended if someone tried to correct me, even if the correction is wrong. I'd just return with the fact and be in the knowledge they've learnt something new. I'd also took the first part of the sentence to be an "excuse me", rather than to condescend. But we all know humour, sarcasm and tone is difficult to read in text form. I was more aiming at the comment of the person who got over excited that someone was wrong. Spend hours of every day on JetPunk but hardly ever enter the comments section through fear of being tripped up through replies like so.
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Level 73
Oct 27, 2016
There you go.

The Euro is the new 'single currency' of the European Monetary Union, adopted on January 1, 1999 by 11 Member States. Greece became the 12th Member state to adopt the Euro on January 1, 2001. On January 1, 2002, these 12 countries officially introduced the Euro banknotes and coins as legal tender.

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Level 86
Jul 3, 2014
D'oh! I knew the nordic explorer, but I had his name mixed up...I typed Erik Liefson! *FACE PALM*
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Level 46
Jul 3, 2014
You aren't the only one, loganite
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Level 43
Jul 3, 2014
can you accept Erik the Red for Leif Eriksson
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Level 73
Jul 3, 2014
Should Æthelred the Unready be accepted for Edward the Confessor? Erik the Red was Erikson's father, there's no reason for that to be accepted.
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Level 71
Oct 7, 2014
And "unready" in his name did not mean that he was unprepared, but that he hadn't been well advised.
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Level 70
Nov 14, 2016
Interestingly, 'Aethelred' is actually an anagram of 'the leader', which he was (off topic)
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Level 75
Oct 30, 2014
Erik the Red was actually Leif's father, and he never went any farther west than Greenland.
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Level 72
Sep 21, 2019
In Denmark (and also other Scandinavian countries, I think) we call them 'Erik den røde' (Erik the red) and 'Leif den lykkelige' (Leif the happy). I would never call him by his last name, and it gets a little confusing when his father, Erik (who starts with an 'e'), also was an explorer who discovered Greenland.
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Level 56
Jul 5, 2014
Thanks for letting us type the mobile phone company for the Vinland guy.
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Level 67
Jul 7, 2014
Edison didn't really invent the lightbulb.
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Level 75
Oct 16, 2015
Agreed. He didn't invent the lightbulb. He bought the 1st patent for it from two Canadian guys.
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Level ∞
Apr 26, 2016
Someone always feels the need to say this. The simple fact is that nobody really invents anything by themselves. If we have to choose one person who is most responsible for making electric light a reality, it is Thomas Edison.
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Level 37
Oct 31, 2016
THANK YOU! - I bet even the naysayers don't know the names of the "two Canadian guys" to whom they refer. But everyone will associate the bulb with Edison. (duh)!
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Level 67
Dec 20, 2019
Everyone knows Al Gore invented the light bulb.
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Level 64
Jun 4, 2022
i thought it was joseph swan who invented the light bulb, and edison just improved on his idea? so it could be edited to say something like modern lightbulb? correct me if i am wrong
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Level 76
Sep 2, 2020
Nobody would say that Edison was THE inventor of the lightbulb. Many people around the world contributed to its development. However the question does not say "the inventor of the lightbulb" but just "lightbulb inventor". Without question, Edison was AN inventor of the lightbulb whose surname happened to begin with the letter "E".
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Level 49
Sep 11, 2020
Tesla doesn't begin with an "e"
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Level 56
Oct 13, 2014
Etruscan is the adjective, I believe the name of the nation was Etruria.
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Level ∞
Jul 27, 2019
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etruscan_civilization

But Etruria will now be accepted as a type-in.

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Level 23
Nov 16, 2016
James Clavell's Shogun called Tokyo, "Eto". Should it be considered?
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Level 37
Jul 25, 2018
Is James Clavell the ultimate authority on what the Japanese called their capital before they changed it to Tokyo?
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Level 22
Mar 19, 2018
i put ethopia not ethiopia ):
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Level 73
Nov 9, 2018
Finally, a Leif Erikson question. Hinga dinga durgen!
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Level 79
Jan 24, 2019
"Oldest human remains". Not really true in any case - most palaeoanthropologists will say that you see modern humans elsewhere before Ethiopia, e.g. Morocco. (https://www.nature.com/articles/nature22336) and you could argue that "human" could mean any hominoid post-dating the split with chimps/bonobos, of which there are multiple candidates, many not in Ethiopia.
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Level 84
Mar 17, 2019
That was a recent discovery
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Level ∞
Jul 27, 2019
Changed the clue for Ethiopia.
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Level 57
Dec 20, 2019
The first one could be "Person who did NOT kill himself".
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Level 87
Dec 20, 2019
That would be Epstein, not Einstein.

Though Einstein didn't kill himself so you're technically not wrong.

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Level 59
Jan 30, 2020
15.
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Level 72
Apr 10, 2020
Could Eritrea be accepted for the Abyssinia question? I got it anyway, but I was just wondering.
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Level 60
Jul 12, 2020
Could Ecuador? It's not the right answer, but it starts with E, so....
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Level 59
Aug 19, 2021
I was hoping Estonia would count
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Level 68
Nov 10, 2021
Abyssinia didn't span Ecuador's territory, did it? But both modern Ethiopia and Eritrea were part of Abyssinia. So your "satirical" point has missed its mark.

Why "Ethiopia" is more correct than "Eritrea" (or why it would be considered completely correct without mentioning Eritrea) is mired in the details of what came to be called what when, and how Eritrea came to be split from then-Ethiopia. It's not an irrelevant question.

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Level 59
Nov 10, 2021
Fair but it's still funny