19th Century A-Z

For each letter of the alphabet, guess these answers related to the years 1801-1900.
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Year
Hint
Answer
A
1896
This city hosts the first modern Olympic games
Athens
B
1824
This composer's Ninth Symphony premieres
Ludwig van Beethoven
C
1900
This city, non-existent at the beginning of the century, is
the world's 5th most populous at its end
Chicago
D
1897
This novel is published by Bram Stoker
Dracula
E
1889
This tower becomes the tallest human-built structure in the world
Eiffel Tower
F
1865
Abraham Lincoln is assassinated at this theater
Ford's Theater
G
1871
This country is unified
Germany
H
1804
This country gains independence from France
Haiti
I
1861
This country is unified
Italy
J
1888
London is struck by this unidentified serial killer
Jack the Ripper
K
1868
The city ceases to be the capital of Japan
Kyoto
L
1900
This political party is founded in London
Labour Party
M
1844
This transmission code is developed
Morse Code
N
1892
This Tchaikovsky ballet debuts in St. Petersburg
The Nutcracker
O
1800s
China fights, and loses, these two wars against Western powers
The Opium Wars
P
1869
This table is created by Dmitri Mendeleev
The Periodic Table
Q
1859
This territory separates from New South Wales
Queensland
R
1865-77
The United States undergoes this period in its history
Reconstruction
S
1833
This practice is abolished in the British empire
Slavery
T
1805
Admiral Nelson wins this battle, but is killed in action
Trafalgar
U
1800s
Jeremy Benthem and John Stuart Mill formulate this philosophy
Utilitarianism
V
1889
This painter paints "Starry Night"
Vincent Van Gogh
W
1815
Napoleon meets his final defeat at this battle
Waterloo
X
1895
This type of radiation is discovered by Röntgen
X-Ray
Y
1872
This becomes the world's first national park
Yellowstone
Z
1828
Shaka leads this African kingdom to its greatest extent
The Zulu Kingdom
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Level 79
Feb 22, 2018
Did you mean "Germany" for G?
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Level ∞
Feb 22, 2018
Fixed
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Level 68
Feb 22, 2018
While it is true that the process ended in 1871, the unification of Italy officially dates to 17 March 1861. On that day, the Parliament proclaimed Victor Emmanuel King of Italy, and on 27 March 1861 Rome was declared Capital of Italy, even though it was not actually in the new Kingdom as it was still part of the Papal States (until 20 September 1870).

Indeed we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the unification on 17 March 2011.

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Level ∞
Feb 22, 2018
Good to know. Changed the date.
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Level 76
Feb 22, 2018
Can you rephrase the "C". Something like, this city becomes the 5th most populous. The word "now" is so misleading
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Level ∞
Feb 22, 2018
Okay
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Level 54
Feb 22, 2018
Huh, Haiti was French? Interesting...
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Level 77
Feb 23, 2018
They still speak French there.
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Level 50
Jun 11, 2018
And they're forced to pay reparations to France.
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Level 61
Jun 25, 2018
Haiti won independence from France, but the French forced the Haitians to pay reparations to the tune of 150 million gold francs for losses in slaves and property, threatening Haitians with a naval blockade in 1825 unless they did so. With interest, it took the Haitians until 1947 to pay off the debt.
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Level 65
Jun 28, 2018
They mainly speak Haitian Creole. Both are official languages though.
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Level 83
Feb 22, 2018
I think it's Jeremy Bentham, not Benthem.
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Level 64
Feb 22, 2018
Whoa, alarmingly few people got Reconstruction.
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Level 65
Jun 25, 2018
Never heard of it.
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Level 69
Jun 25, 2018
I knew it was right after the Civil War and I tried Restoration... but apparently, that term is only used for the history of France. :) Didn't think of Reconstruction.
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Level 68
Jun 25, 2018
It's not something especially well-known outside of the US.
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Level 75
Nov 9, 2018
Whoa, lots of us aren't from the US. Sorry for alarming you.
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Level 67
Feb 23, 2018
W: "Napoleon meets his final defeat..." I tried several versions of "Wellington" before I read the last part of the hint. :-D
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Level 60
Feb 23, 2018
"Van Gogh" should be considered as a G and not a V answer.

In Dutch, surnames prefixes (tussenvoegsels) like "van", "uit", "onder", "aan", "'t" and so on are never taken into consideration while alphabetically sorting, so that in a list we would have:

Gogh, Vincent van

Moreover, tussenvoegsels are capitalized only at the beginning of a sentence, so "Vincent van Gogh" should be written instead of "Vincent Van Gogh".

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Level 65
Jun 25, 2018
Good point.
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Level 79
Jun 25, 2018
At least the first name fits the clue even though this site usually goes for the surname unless otherwise stated.
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Level 37
Apr 19, 2019
Thank you, Crespipial: I've been arguing about tussenvoegsels for the entire time that I have been in the USA, to no avail. So I just write my name and it should be written and confuse the hell out of them.
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Level 78
Jun 25, 2018
Vincent van Gogh shouldn't be a "V" answer. "van" is just a word between hist first name (Vincent) and family name (Gogh) meaning "from". For Example Charles de Gaulle would also not be a "D" answer but a "G" answer.
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Level 65
Jun 25, 2018
As stated directly above your comment, it still works for Vincent. Perhaps the clue should clarify.
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Level 37
Apr 19, 2019
Jorissie: In the USA, de Gaulle would be changed to DeGaulle, and placed under "D". For example, they've taken van der Bilt and turned it into Vanderbilt.
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Level 69
Jun 25, 2018
Too Napoleon-centric
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Level 61
Jun 25, 2018
Slavery was supposedly abolished in the British Empire in 1833, but convict slave labour, in which convicts would be 'leased out' to wealthy land owners, continued in Australia until at least the 1850's, some historians saying it continued until 1881(which seems problematic since the last convict ship arrived in 1868). Slavery on Queensland's sugar canes farms continued until about 1910. This usually involved Kanakas, South Pacific islanders mainly from the Solomon Islands, but Aboriginals, mostly from Cape York were also forced into slavery there. Queensland was a Crown Colony, and therefore under the control of the British Government, until it became part of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901.
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Level 65
Jun 25, 2018
I found myself trying to think of names for types of (literal) tables. Never felt so stupid.
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Level 72
Jan 24, 2019
Same here! I tried ping pong and parlor before time ran out. While most people clearly don’t need it, I would have only gotten it if they added quatation marks around “table”.
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Level 25
Jul 9, 2018
I did Jack the Killer not Jack the Ripper... ugh