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History by Letter - H

Can you name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter H?
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Last updated: February 29, 2024
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First submittedMay 28, 2014
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Anne Boleyn's husband
Henry VIII
General who crossed the Alps
with elephants
Hannibal
City struck by an atomic bomb
Hiroshima
Last name of U.S. Presidents
William and Benjamin
Harrison
Dynasty that ruled Austria
Habsburg
Chinese island taken by the
British in 1842
Hong Kong
Nomadic group that threatened
Rome in the 400s AD
Huns
Roman emperor who built a
wall in England
Hadrian
Oldest university in the U.S.
Harvard
Greek "Father of History"
Herodotus
Hint
Answer
Emperor of Japan in WWII
Hirohito
Where William beat Harold in 1066
Hastings
German airship which caught
fire in 1937
Hindenburg
Apocryphal world wonder of Babylon
Hanging Gardens
Group that slaughtered Tutsis in Rwanda
Hutus
What Saigon was renamed to in 1976
Ho Chi Minh City
Babylonian king whose code decreed
"an eye for an eye"
Hammurabi
Iraqi leader hanged in 2006
Saddam Hussein
German mercenaries hired by Britain
in the American Revolution
Hessians
Term for a French Protestant of
the 16th and 17th centuries
Huguenot
47 Comments
+7
Level 84
May 29, 2014
possibly be a little more liberal on spelling of huguenauts?
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Level ∞
May 30, 2014
Added some more spellings.
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Level 86
Jun 10, 2014
Oh, you think they sailed over someone named Hugues? Or maybe on a ship named Hugues ^^.
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Level 59
Jun 17, 2019
I'm sure they sailed on Christian Huygens.
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Level 75
Apr 11, 2018
I thought they were people who sailed on hard-cover copies of Les Miz.
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Level 79
May 9, 2021
Huguenots*
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Level 84
Jul 26, 2014
I liked it, no complaints. And I got 20 thanks to the stuff I've learned taking all these quizzes!
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Level 51
Jul 29, 2014
Britain didn't "take" Hong Kong. They leased it.
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Level 76
Sep 7, 2014
They took Hong Kong Island in 1842. The lease was of the New Territories on the mainland, which happened later.
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Level 21
Jan 17, 2015
Wait, i thought the Huns terrorized in the 400s
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Level ∞
May 18, 2016
Fixed
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Level 70
Feb 21, 2015
I thought the Hessians all got the sack!
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Level 81
Jan 15, 2017
Just to be pedantic, the Battle of Hastings took place at Battle not Hastings (which is nearby).
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Level 60
Jan 16, 2017
The town (Battle) is named after the battle. Many historical battles didn't take place exactly where they're named for, just nearby, with obvious exceptions like sieges.
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Level 58
Jan 31, 2020
Ridiculously pedantic. We all know the name of the battle. Besides, A lot of battles don't take place in the actual place after which their named (but in the vicinity): Agincourt, Crecy, Midway, Waterloo, Trafalgar, Cannae, to name a very few for example.
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Level 71
Aug 9, 2020
The question does not ask "In which battle...?" it asks "Where...?" And so Battle is the correct answer, the only reason one knows that the required answer is "Hastings" is that it has to begin with "H". For this reason one can eliminate other possible answers such as Sussex, England, Europe, the Earth etc, which are all correct, just not that informative.
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Level 83
Mar 1, 2024
According to Wikipedia, there was no population there prior to 1066. Ergo, a battle didn't happen in the town; a town happened at the site of a battle. Quite a bit of circular logic, calling the battle "Battle of Battle" because a town formed later and was named for the eponymous battle.
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Level 60
Mar 2, 2024
My favorite battle, the Battle of Battle!
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Level 55
Aug 16, 2017
Man! It's more than a decade since Saddam was hanged?
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Level 82
Apr 17, 2018
I don't remember the hanging gardens being referred to before as apocryphal. Since they were one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world, which I thought were promoted as a way to encourage tourism throughout the Hellenized world that had been united under Alexander, I assumed that they were real. Would kinda suck if tourists arriving in Paris found out that the Eiffel Tower was a myth...

but Wikipedia confirms that there are some who doubt the gardens ever existed, or that they existed in Babylon, or that they were accurately described in Greek tests. There are others who believe they existed as described and were simply destroyed. I'm not sure if I would call them apocryphal since there seems to be no consensus.

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Level 75
Sep 20, 2018
The few documentaries & articles I've seen (& read) which mention them almost all seem to take the stance that they never existed so it seems to be the generally accepted consensus to me. That's a long way from certain or universally accepted though
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Level 75
Jun 18, 2024
Interesting. I have no particular knowledge on the subject, but I have to wonder (pun intended) where the story of such a wonder originated if there's not at least some small element of truth to it, even if it doesn't measure up to our modern standard of what a 'Wonder' should be.
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Level 78
Jan 31, 2020
Erbarme, die Hesse komme!
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Level 80
Jan 31, 2020
Die Hessen kommen!
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Level 48
May 7, 2024
Zu spät!
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Level 50
Jan 31, 2020
Could you accept heugenots?
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Level 89
Mar 3, 2024
Hugenobs?
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Level 56
Jan 31, 2020
More spellings on Hammurabi??
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Level 56
Jul 31, 2020
Being a bit picky here but William and Harold didn't fight at Hastings
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Level 54
Oct 23, 2020
Ugh, I typed Hesse. All I had to do was turn it into a denonym.
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Level 29
Apr 27, 2021
Why do you always have to ask about random US presidents? I'm getting tired of the same questions.
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Level 63
Sep 11, 2021
Please leave your contact info so quiz makers can submit their questions to you for pre-approval, thus ensuring that only questions you find acceptable are included.
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Level 54
Jan 12, 2022
Why do so few people get Hessians? That's basic knowledge
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Level 59
Sep 12, 2022
It’s really only taught in the US
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Level 48
Jun 19, 2024
It's not common knowledge outside the US.
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Level 78
Jan 12, 2022
Tut tut. The British didn't 'take' Hong Kong. We were given it in exchange for agreeing to stop shovelling opium down the local population's throat.
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Level 59
Sep 12, 2022
they still took it
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Level 59
Sep 12, 2022
For the US president question I guessed Franklin because I’m stupid
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Level 44
May 22, 2023
Surprised HITLER ain't on this quiz lol
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Level 68
Mar 1, 2024
Austrian painter with an atrocious portfolio
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Level 84
Feb 29, 2024
Term for A French ProtestantS of

the 16th and 17th centuries.

Shouldn't the "a" and "s" be mutually exclusive?

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Level 75
Mar 1, 2024
Oh, we need to write Henry ***8*** now!
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Level 68
Mar 1, 2024
Just missed Herodotus
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Level 89
Mar 3, 2024
Kudos on requiring the regnal number - they are in effect “surnames” for monarchs, which would be required in any other answer where two or more people share a first name
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Level 78
Jun 14, 2024
Accept Mr. 8?
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Level 78
Mar 10, 2024
Very nice quiz.
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Level 53
Jun 14, 2024
More spelling options for Hammurabi please