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40 Historical People that Everyone Should Know

Were you paying attention in history class? Name these famous historical figures!
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Person
Wrote "Hamlet"
Killed on the Ides of March
Christian Messiah
"Moonlight Sonata" composer
Invented the printing press
"Mona Lisa" painter
His "Great Leap Forward"
killed over 30 million
First female Prime Minister of the UK
"Discovered" the New World
First deaf and blind college graduate
Greek who conquered Persia
Started the Protestant Reformation
Lord Protector of England, 1653-1658
Led his elephants across the Alps
Father of the nation of India
Called the Liberator of Latin America
French woman who led troops
in the Hundred Years War
"Discovered" east coast of Australia
Gave the "I Have a Dream" speech
New Deal President
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Person
First U.S. President
First man on the moon
"Discovered" evolution
Wrote "Great Expectations"
"Tao te Ching" author
"Discovered" gravity
UK Prime Minister during WWII
Wrote "Pride and Prejudice"
First Soviet leader
Founder of Islam
Virgin Queen of England
Supposedly wrote "The Iliad"
Aviatrix who disappeared
over the Pacific
French Emperor, 1804-1815
Creator of Huckleberry Finn
German WWII leader
Battle of Trafalgar admiral
U.S. Civil War President
Light bulb inventor
Refused to give up her
bus seat, in Alabama
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level 33
Dec 16, 2016
Where's Sun Tzu, Ghengis Khan, George Patton, Joesph Stalin, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, Nelson Mandela, Asoka, Franklin Roosevelt, Leaf Erickson
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level 55
Dec 21, 2016
Roosevelt is on the list. The rest of them are playing poker in Heaven's smoking room.
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level 18
Nov 13, 2017
Haha
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level 47
Mar 20, 2017
They're on the follow up quiz you are going to write. I propose making it more comprehensive, say 'Twenty Thousand People Everyone Should Know'. Please allow adequate time.
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level 54
Mar 22, 2017
Will ten minutes be enough time...? ;-)
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level 54
Mar 22, 2017
Write a quiz with the people you want to see then, if you don't like this one. Everyone is a critic, aren't they.
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level 36
Nov 21, 2017
I think Roberto Clemente said, "Asoka home run."
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level 27
Dec 21, 2016
I study at Johannes Gutenberg University :)
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level 54
Mar 22, 2017
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level 34
Dec 22, 2016
*theory of evolution
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level 49
Dec 30, 2016
Missed one. That was Laozi
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level 5
Jan 4, 2017
Newton didn't discover gravity, he explained it. Same for Darwin's Evolution.
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level 64
Jan 8, 2017
Not quite right, at the time nobody was aware of Gravity as such. That is why it would not be possible to 'Explain it'. It was Newton that realised what drew one body to another, and why the planets and sun etc. behave the way they do. He also called this force 'Gravity'. So the question 'Who discovered Gravity?' is correct.
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level 36
Nov 21, 2017
"Discover" doesn't have to be "for the first time." I discovered a terrific fishing hole in the Russian River in California. I'm sure some Pomo Indian discovered it long before I did. I discovered that oregano improves chicken Madeira. Of all the great Spanish chefs, am I really the first? Doubt it.
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level 4
Jan 9, 2017
I wish I could spell!
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level 14
Jan 25, 2017
i feel you brother
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level 49
Feb 20, 2017
The Earth has been around for 4.5 billion years but history is pretty much the accomplishments of a few American and British men in the last 300 years. We're really living right at the start of history relatively speaking.
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level 38
Mar 2, 2017
However, humans weren't civilised if you like until about 10000 years ago and no 'history' really begins until the Roman time, just before and after 0 A.D.
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level 61
Mar 6, 2017
There's no such date. What you call 0 A.D. is actually 1 B.C.
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level 45
Sep 21, 2017
You mean American and British men who took credit for the work of others.
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level 40
Nov 7, 2017
Amen to that!
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level 38
Feb 25, 2017
Really fun puzzle - great job. But I am gonna nag for more time!
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level 32
Feb 26, 2017
who are the 9% who didnt get george washington and the 12% who didnt get hitler?
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level 25
Mar 6, 2017
I spelled Helen Keller wrong. Your kidding me...
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level 37
Mar 14, 2017
Surprised to see no Harriet Tubman
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level 47
Mar 20, 2017
Yeah, right? In fact there are several thousand people I'm surprised didn't make the list.
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level 36
Nov 21, 2017
I didn't see Harriet Tubman till I was 31. A good reason for February being Black history month (but why is it the shortest month?).
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level 24
Mar 21, 2017
I got 31 first try. I missed 3 I SHOULD HAVE GOT! Great quiz though
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level 2
Mar 21, 2017
I like the fact that this test seems, for the most part, a very fair test. The characters listed I felt was quite diverse.
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level 24
Mar 31, 2017
Christopher columbus didnt discover the new world, a group of norsemen found it in the 6th century.
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level 48
Sep 25, 2017
That is why the quotation marks are there, bud.
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level 64
Nov 9, 2017
I'm pretty sure all the people already living here knew about it as well.
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level 55
Apr 8, 2017
My knowledge of tao te ching is pretty laozi
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level 54
Jul 20, 2017
Very funny!
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level 44
Apr 9, 2017
I got Laozi but missed Martin Luther King Jr. ???????
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level 30
Apr 19, 2017
Not to toot the America centric horn, but the Rosa Parks clue is really mostly important as it pertains to American history, not world history...Sure civil rights movements are important everywhere. But in the rest of the world, they happened at different times, and had different figureheads...Rosa Parks is the American symbol.
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level 56
Apr 22, 2017
Everyone learns about Rosa Parks at school in New Zealand. My kids know who she is.
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level 49
Nov 22, 2017
So wouldn't Abel Tasman be on there instead of James Cook
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level 30
Apr 21, 2017
The lamest quiz ever! Hitler is there, but Nelson Mandela is not. Terrible! (just to mention ONE example)
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level 50
May 4, 2017
Mandela was a typical freedom fighter of the era. If South Africa didn't have white people then Mandela's cause would have been lost in history books as one of several African conflicts.
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level 36
Nov 21, 2017
F W de Klerk should be there too.
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level 55
May 14, 2017
You mention Hitler's inclusion like it's a mistake. Is there any one person who had a bigger influence on the 20th century? I don't think there was.
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level 25
Nov 12, 2017
Hmmm Lenin or Stalin maybe? Or maybe all three had an equal influence on 20th century history
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level 54
Jun 16, 2017
Why are you placing so much importance on this quiz? This isn't something that children are going to have to know in schools around the world, it's just a small quiz meant for some fun and maybe for people to learn a little, not to get all angry about it.
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level 48
Nov 8, 2017
Do you think, Mandela would also get 88%? I don't...
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level 56
May 1, 2017
Pedantry I know but Soviet is a bit dodgy as demonym for USSR; first Soviet leader made me think of the Petrograd Soviet first. Perhaps Bolshevik or USSR leader might be better.
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level 50
May 4, 2017
I mostly agree with this list but not having Aristotle, Plato and Stalin on this list is a mistake. I have to disagree with having Hannibal and Nelson on this list. Great generals but Hannibal didn't conquer Rome and Nelson, well why?? He is a footnote in history if you are not from the UK. Aristotle and Plato's influence on our modern ideas of politics and science can still be seen. Stalin rapidly transformed an agrarian county into a industrial world superpower. Omitting them is foolish.
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level 54
Jun 15, 2017
What do you mean "you mostly agree"? This isn't some definitive list that EVERYONE should know, it's a lighthearted quiz. I think you're taking this far too seriously - perhaps a bit of perspective is in order.
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level 45
Sep 21, 2017
Yes. As the greatest leader in history, Stalin should definitely be on the list.
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level 71
Nov 14, 2017
Greatest by what metric? If we're going by how many people he killed then he is 2nd to Mao.
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level 71
Nov 14, 2017
This quiz is not entitled "the only 40 people everyone should know" or even "the 40 most relevent people in history." You look foolish.
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level 37
May 30, 2017
Everyone needs to quit being so disrespectful to the people on this list. Just because someone wasn't as great of an influence to you, doesn't mean they weren't to someone else.
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level 66
Jun 2, 2017
Shouldn't Jefferson Davis be added as an option for Civil War President?
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level 40
Nov 27, 2017
Yes. To be historically correct, his name should be added. During the Civil War Lincoln was President of the Union and Davis President of the Confederate States.
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level 9
Jun 7, 2017
Is it sad that the only reason I knew about Hannibal is from playing Age of Empires II?
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level 54
Jun 15, 2017
I wonder if they'll rename this quiz "40 Historical People Whose Very Inclusion Is Reason Enough For Many To Whinge and Complain About"...
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level 44
Jul 6, 2017
That name is about as accurate as they come.
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level 15
Jun 19, 2017
please accept shakespear
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level 43
Jun 30, 2017
Shakespear is not correct though.
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level 54
Jul 3, 2017
Or, please just learn to spell his name correctly.
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level 5
Nov 10, 2017
Actually, the playwright himself signed his name six different ways throughout his life, yet not one was spelled 'Shakespeare'. That spelling wasn't "set as fact" until the 20th century. Yogscastjetpunk is therefore correct, as 'Shakespear' was a popular usage in the 18th century. (I learned this from reading Bill Bryson's book, Shakespeare: The World as Stage)
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level 64
Jun 29, 2017
I have 27 General Knowledge quizzes in jetpunk and none of them get the comments like this and many others. Maybe my questions are too factual and not as controversial and contentious as these.
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level 33
Jul 8, 2017
Humphrey Davy was not English, he was Cornish from Penzance in Cornwall. I think the inventor of the steam locomotive Richard Trevithick (another Cornishman) is more worthy of knowing about than the great industrial destroyer Thatcher.
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level 20
Jul 17, 2017
Could you accept Lenon instead of Lenin?
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level 54
Aug 1, 2017
Seriously?
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level 71
Aug 12, 2017
I saw his corpse in Moscow. He looked great for having been married to Yoko Ono.
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level 36
Nov 21, 2017
Or V. L. Or Lenny.
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level 15
Jul 27, 2017
That was harder than i thought
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level 35
Jul 29, 2017
Someone tell me why I should be expected to know who Helen Keller is. The others I can just about see why they're on the list, but not her
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level 54
Aug 1, 2017
It's called general knowledge. Quizzes are meant to test you, not to so easy that you get everything right all of the time. If you didn't know it, then you do now. It's not as though you haven't got a way of finding things out quickly afterwards.
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level 48
Sep 25, 2017
Well, for starters, she helped raise awareness for millions of people with natural ailments. So, unless you have something against the blind and deaf, I personally think helping millions of people around the world would be a decent thing to do, wouldn't it?
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level 28
Jul 30, 2017
31/40. Nice!
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level 13
Aug 7, 2017
Guessed Jefferson Davis before LIncoln. I guess I'm too southern.
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level 36
Aug 12, 2017
Where was Babe Ruthl........OK, too American. Roger Bannister? Pele?
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level 71
Aug 12, 2017
Given the title, I concur completely with the number of athletes that appear on this quiz.
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level 33
Aug 20, 2017
i only guessed Leonerdo da Vinci... But Cool Quiz!
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level 22
Aug 25, 2017
I made a quiz similar to this. If you enjoyed this quiz, please check mine out.
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level 23
Sep 1, 2017
Darn, forgot about Lenin. I just did a WWII quiz and all I could think about was Stalin.
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level 49
Sep 2, 2017
Not everyonez should know but americans... USA is not center of the world. Rosa Parks isnt very know outside.
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level 36
Nov 21, 2017
The world should worship at the USA's altar.
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level 56
Sep 18, 2017
Basically 50% England and english people, historical people nobody should know.
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level 45
Sep 21, 2017
40/40 with 4:30 remaining, and I'm a 3-year-old from Lesotho.
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level 18
Sep 25, 2017
Helen Keller, who? I knew who Amelia Earhart was but over here in the UK, I doubt anyone I asked would ever know who Helen Keller was. Also, as previously commented, Darwin on evolution is pretty iffy, as is calling Alexander a Greek.
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level 48
Sep 25, 2017
Eh, Keller wasn't really an influential person in history at all. I mean, it's not like she changed the world for the millions of blind and deaf people, who already struggle as it is.
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level 40
Nov 27, 2017
The fact that she got through college courses when many people who can both see and hear have difficulty doing so is quite an accomplishment if you ask me. No, she might not have revolutionized the lot of those who are bind and deaf, but she certainly planted the seed, didn't she.
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level 54
Oct 2, 2017
Well I'm British and learned about Helen Keller when I was a child at school. Also, I can recall watching a biopic on telly of her life. She's reasonably well-known. If you didn't know of her before, you certainly do now! This is a quiz after all which is testing your knowledge, not a list of people that you most definately do know (the title of the quiz shouldn't be taken too literally).
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level 64
Oct 15, 2017
Summed it up pretty well. Another Brit who learnt about her at school and has heard mentionof her periodically on tv, though I still couldn't remember her name in the time limit.
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level 35
Oct 16, 2017
Can Nikola Tesla be an acceptable answer for inventor of the lightbulb?
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level 53
Nov 14, 2017
This, or at least put "inventor" in quotations.
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level 35
Oct 20, 2017
That awkward moment when more people know Hitler than they know Jesus.
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level 37
Oct 29, 2017
Wow, no Nelson Mandela? Also, Koreans invented the movable metal type hundreds of years before Gutenberg...
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level 48
Nov 8, 2017
Their types were wooden and I guess, it wasn't a printing press, then
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level 26
Nov 9, 2017
I bet the author of this quizz is from the USA. There are way too much US citizens in this quizz. Except in the US, who cares about the US President during the New Deal ? Why the first US President and no other countries one ? There plenty of books far better than Huckleberry Finn, so why this one in particular (except the nationality I mean) ?
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level 10
Nov 12, 2017
Alexander the Great wasn't a Greek, please check your facts before you make such statements. Thank you.
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level ∞
Nov 13, 2017
https://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/april-fools-quiz-4
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level 49
Nov 22, 2017
Only 88% got Jesus
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level 56
Dec 6, 2017
Edison is not the inventor of the light bulb
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level 28
Dec 6, 2017
I believe Alexander was the son of Philip of Macedonia
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level 14
Dec 8, 2017
Edison did NOT invent the lightbulb, Nicholas Tesla did. Edison just stole the idea and marketed it.
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level 16
Dec 13, 2017
Just missed Keller and Laozi. Not bad!
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level 8
Dec 15, 2017
Finished with 0:33 remaining......
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level 63
Dec 15, 2017
The glorification of Rosa Parks is misdirected; she was just a prop used by civil rights activists. Claudette Colvin is actually the person who resisted bus segregation almost an entire year before the Rosa Parks incident, but civil rights leaders knew they couldn't use Claudette to promote the cause because she was an unmarried pregnant teen. So they coached and used Rosa Parks instead because she was a gentle old lady. Claudette Colvin gets no credit
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