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Born Here on This Date #2

We give you a place and a year. Name the person who was born.
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Last updated: December 5, 2019
First submittedOctober 9, 2013
Times taken10,852
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Time and Place
Person
≈ 563 BC - Kapilavastu, Nepal
Buddha
356 BC - Pella, Macedon
Alexander the Great
69 BC - Alexandria, Egypt
Cleopatra
≈ 570 - Mecca
Muhammad
≈ 1027 - Falaise, Normandy
William the Conqueror
≈ 1254 - Venice
Marco Polo
1451 - Genoa, Italy
Christopher Columbus
1732 - Westmoreland County,
Virginia
George Washington
1929 - Atlanta
Martin Luther King, Jr.
1756 - Salzburg, Austria
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1847 - Milan, Ohio
Thomas Edison
1863 - Dearborn, Michigan
Henry Ford
Time and Place
Person
1961 - Sandringham, Norfolk,
England
Princess Diana
1879 - Ulm, Germany
Albert Einstein
1946 - Hope, Arkansas
Bill Clinton
1878 - Gori, Georgia
Joseph Stalin
1967 - Aberdeen, Washington
Kurt Cobain
1977 - Barranquilla, Colombia
Shakira
1936 - Buenos Aires
Pope Francis
1942 - Liverpool
Paul McCartney
1957 - Riyadh
Osama bin Laden
1961 - Honolulu
Barack Obama
1984 - Akron, Ohio
Lebron James
1994 - London, Ontario
Justin Bieber
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level 66
Oct 10, 2013
I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't get Buddha, Alexander the Great or even Paul McCartney, but I did get Justin Bieber and Shakira.
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level 80
Aug 21, 2014
Haha, "some of these things are not like the others..." Really scraping the bottom of the barrel to put Bieber on there, but I admit getting it right.
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level 65
Nov 25, 2019
Same, though the pool of people born in the 90s who are famous and also from Canada is pretty small.
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level 57
Oct 11, 2013
marco polo was born in Dalmatia not Venice
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level 65
Dec 29, 2013
I believe Dalmatia (now a region in Croatia) was part of the Venetian empire when he was born. The clue does not say Venice, Italy.
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level 61
May 15, 2016
You must be fun at parties.
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level 55
Sep 27, 2019
Actually, his birthplace is actually unknown, but Venice is the considered the most likely.
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level 51
Nov 25, 2019
His whole existance is unknown, so there is that...
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level 77
Dec 29, 2013
I think I did better on the first one, but again, I found the ones from ancient history to be much easier than the ones from the past century.
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level 73
Dec 29, 2013
opposite for me
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level 30
Jan 2, 2014
Yeah ancient history is easier than the the 19th century-20th century ones.
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level 77
Jan 5, 2014
I think it's easier because if you dig back to 200 or 2000 years ago there is probably only one or two people born in any given geographic area that anyone knows about. In recent history, there are thousands of people born in places like North America that are well-known, the dates are closer together and the places less relevant. In another 2000 years of course everyone will have long forgotten Justin Beiber, and whichever narrow selection of people history has remembered will be easier to pick out of such a quiz.

On the other hand if you know pop culture well and just don't give a crap about history and ancient geography, then these things wouldn't matter and the ancient ones are going to be difficult for you.
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level 74
Dec 29, 2013
Apparently church records in Gori showed Stalin as born in December 1878, but he claimed December 1879 as the month of birth, and Soviet records showed this as the official date of birth. Presumably nobody would have dared to contradict him.
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level 60
Dec 29, 2013
It think that it wold be noted for the Stalin question that Georgia is the country and not the State. I was trying to think of an american born in Georgia the state.
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level 77
Dec 31, 2013
Maybe but there is no Gori in the US state of Georgia.
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level 65
May 30, 2014
There's no way of knowing all the cities in a state, it's either specifying that or changing all the states for "US" and just leave the city
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level 77
May 15, 2016
But you could know that Stalin was born in Gori, Georgia. I visited the house he was born in before, so that was quite easy for me.
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level 65
May 17, 2016
I'm so glad you had the opportunity to do so! For the less fortunate, I still think there's a lack of consistence in this quiz
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level 77
Sep 27, 2019
it's not due to good fortune that I know things. And it's definitely not impossible to know that Stalin, one of the most famous people in history, was born in Gori, Georgia. Before visiting this place I already knew this actually because I read a book on the subject. Maybe you should try that sometime.
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level 67
May 6, 2019
Seconded. I thought it referred to the state as well.
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level 77
Sep 27, 2019
well at least for once you aren't complaining about something being impossible to know because it's from America- just something being impossible to know because you assumed it was from America.
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level 77
Sep 27, 2019
Gori doesn't even sound like a US placename. It is, meanwhile, is the 7th largest city in the country of Georgia, after Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, Rustavi, Sukhumi, and Zugdidi. Birthplace of Joseph Djugashvili. Noticing any trends herei?
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level 57
Nov 25, 2019
With US placenames like Baku, Chicken, La Paz, London, Dublin, Vienna, Placentia, Charleroi and Mandalay, is there really such a thing as an American-sounding placename?
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level 77
Nov 25, 2019
Sure there is. And it's not Gori. There is no city named Gori anywhere in the United States. Anyway, you not knowing the answer is not the quizz's fault.
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level 76
Nov 26, 2019
I'd never heard of Gori, but as soon as I saw it I immediately thought of Georgia the country - it just didn't sound like a city that would be in the US state of Georgia. Not at all logical but it got me where I needed to go.
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level 77
Nov 26, 2019
It is. There are a very wide variety of US place names, but most of them fall in to a few different categories. There are placenames that sound very English, German, Dutch, French, or Spanish (-burgs, -villes, San ___s, etc.) There are place names that sound distinctly Native American. There are place names that come from English, Spanish, or French words. There are place names that draw upon historical or mythical cities in histories or mythologies relevant to early US immigrants.. Ithaca, Athens, Alexandria, Salem, etc. There are place names that are New something. There are place names named for prominent Americans. There are some that draw from familiar places where large numbers of immigrants came from- Italy, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, etc. Gori sounds very Georgian and very foreign to an American ear, even if it's hard to place exactly why if you aren't so familiar. There aren't a lot of Georgians in the USA.
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level 67
Nov 25, 2019
I have a quiz for you Georgia or ... Georgia?
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level 73
Nov 25, 2019
All part of the fun - had me for a while before I thought "Gori sounds like it could be from the country". Besides, how would you make it clear it's the country? If anything, it should be the other way round: e.g. for the state, use GA, or Georgia, USA.
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level 51
Nov 25, 2019
I was thinking the same, specially considering that right above is Hope - Arkansas. There is no way to remember that, if I realized it was Georgia the country I would have known it was Stalin.
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level 73
Jan 20, 2014
This may be the only quiz where you can find both Justin Bieber and Alexander the Great as viable answers.
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level 58
Feb 7, 2016
Being a not very sporty Brit, I have heard of Lebron James (I think!), but I would never have guessed him.
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level 64
May 15, 2016
Who is Lebron James?
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level 77
May 15, 2016
Kevin James' younger brother.
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level 74
Sep 12, 2019
Ask a sporty Brit.
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level 35
May 15, 2016
This is a little bit US centric, I get that this is an American site, but 8/24 are American... surely there are better people than Lebron James and Bill Clinton... Try Napoleon, Justinian I or Rosa Luxembourg instead to make the quiz more diverse
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level 76
May 15, 2016
I'm American and I missed Cobain, James, and Edison. I also missed three Europeans and one South American, but why complain? Maybe I'll know them next time.
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level 71
Nov 25, 2019
Nothing against Rosa Luxemburg, but you can't compare her level of influence and fame with Bill Clinton's, who is more well-known than her even in Germany.
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level 68
Nov 25, 2019
Diversity is not a goal in itself. LeBron James is far more widely known than even Napoleon, let alone the rubbish-bin-of-history dross that is Rosa Luxembourg.
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level 71
Nov 26, 2019
LeBron will be rubbish-bin-of-history dross in 100 years, like at least 99% of sports stars. Rosa Luxemburg is still considered an important political thinker by many and enjoys celebrity status in Germany (and maybe Poland as well). The reason why the basketballer is on this quiz is that he is much more likely to be known by the average Jetpunk user. Hard to believe that this also applies to a comparison with Napoleon, but perhaps I underestimate LeBron's status in America.
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level 39
May 18, 2016
Funny how Barack Obama and Osama Bin Ladin are RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER! ILLUMINATI CONFIRMED!
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level 54
May 21, 2016
Oh, THAT Georgia....
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level 62
Oct 4, 2017
My thought exactly.
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level 71
Nov 25, 2019
Yep, that about sums it up. *facepalm*
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level 78
Aug 12, 2016
awesome you had Cobain in there
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level 77
Nov 25, 2019
Just an out-of-place comment on the video game badge introduced today: I would normally think that I know video games pretty darn well.... but I've never even seen someone else play Minecraft and there's no way I'm ever going to get a score of 40 on that quiz. Not even sure what a Minecraft mob is. Why didn't you put on something less esoteric like the Top NES Games quiz... or top 100 SNES games... or the Video Game Characters Quiz... or... heck... you could feature my own Best-Selling Atari 2600 Games or Movies Based on Video Games (in need of an update- but I can make one if you'd like me to) quizzes and put those on. All of the above would be better than the Minecraft thing. That's a very niche game.
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level 56
Nov 25, 2019
Minecraft is the biggest selling video game in history. Probably a little less niche than you think, and makes sense to be included in a quiz about video games despite the fact you've never seen anyone play it
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level 67
Nov 25, 2019
I agree with Kal, that's really specific. I have gotten enough for the checkmark on every other quiz that's included in the video games badge, but I have no chance at the Minecraft one because I've never played it. I know it's a popular game, but it seems too specific to be part of the video game badge.
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level 67
Nov 25, 2019
Though I suppose the same argument could be made for the pokemon and the smash bros characters
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level 77
Nov 26, 2019
Pokemon has a popular TV show, many MANY games, a popular trading card game, a popular mainstream live action movie, many animated movies, a cereal, a float in the Macy's Day Parade, and Pokemon regularly show up in other video games not directly related to Pokemon because they are so omnipresent.
Smash Bros includes a wide range of popular video game characters, none of which are unique to Smash Bros., including Mario, Solid Snake, Sonic the Hedgehog, Samus, and Pikachu among many others. It's very fair to include.
The only time I've ever seen Minecraft referenced anywhere was in the Rucka Rucka Ali song parodying it. It's much more niche.
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level 52
Nov 25, 2019
^^what Boombapbill said^^ Also, since you recognize this is not the correct place for this comment, why not put it in a more appropriate place - like on the minecraft quiz.
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level 68
Nov 25, 2019
Agree with Kal. Minecraft is just one game; a badge quiz should be a bit broader, so that having one narrow knowledge gap won't make it impossible to get the badge. It's fine to have a quiz where it helps to know about minecraft (or any other one game), but this is just hopeless.
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level 78
Nov 26, 2019
It can't be worse than having to know 30/34 Shakespeare plays for an history badge... but this is pretty discouraging too, I will pass on the video games badge (that and the fact that I'm allergic to anything related to Pokémon ;) ).
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level 77
Nov 26, 2019
Shakespeare, Pokemon, and Harry Potter, as arguably esoteric as quizzes on these subjects could be to non-fans, have all deeply penetrated in to popular culture and mainstream consciousness. Minecraft definitely has not. I've never played a Pokemon game and yet I can still name a large number of Pokemon. I don't know anything about Minecraft other than there are blocks and the game was made by some fat Swedish guy. It's not like I went out of my way to learn something about Pokemon, either, it's just that Pokemon is everywhere. So is Shakespeare.
and I added a similar comment to the Minecraft quiz. This was just the first quiz I opened after looking at the badge and there's no room to comment on the badge page. Apologies.
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level 56
Nov 26, 2019
You make very good points regarding Pokemon, Harry Potter etc and I would agree with you if it was in general knowledge or any other category. However it is the video games badge and it's not unreasonable for there to be a quiz about the biggest selling game. I also think I have a broad knowledge of video games and wouldn't even score 1 in the Minecraft quiz but that isn't a reason to object to its inclusion
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level 77
Nov 26, 2019
I disagree. But thanks for making your point respectfully and with actual arguments.
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level 78
Nov 27, 2019
What I meant is that Shakespeare is not history. It would of course be appropriate for a literature badge. As for Pokémon, I don't want to argue about that, I prefer to ignore them.
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level 77
Nov 28, 2019
Literature badge would be more obvious but I think it makes enough sense to include in history.
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level 78
Nov 29, 2019
No, it doesn't. You say that because you're an English speaker and Shakespeare is so fundamental for your culture. But his plays, as good as they are, are not history but fiction, he made up facts with the obvious will to satirize the Elizabethan era. For example, it always annoys me how English speakers use Shakespearean quotes from Julius Caesar as if they were historical... in French, we tend to use quotes from Roman historians (they may be apocryphal, but still much closer to the facts).
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level 77
Nov 30, 2019
Shakespeare is an important part of the shared history of the world. His works have greatly influenced Western civilization. It does make sense. Just as a quiz on The Bible, the Quran, the writings of Rousseau, or the philosophy of Confucius would make sense to include as part of the history badge. All have profoundly shaped the course of history. But it would make more sense to put Shakespeare on a literature badge. I'm not asserting that Shakespeare was a historian.
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level 78
Dec 1, 2019
Let's put it another way. I don't see why knowing 30 out of 34 Shakespeare works would mean you're good at history. I clearly would not. The badge should be about facts, dates, people, events. You could even make a small quiz about Shakespeare with varied questions and it could qualify in the history category, but not a mere list of all his works, no.
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level 57
Nov 25, 2019
I just finished watching the Grand Tour episode where they stopped at Gori, Georgia so yay! Other answers were guessing, guessing, guessing, guessing...
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level 54
Nov 25, 2019
I kept thinking Georgia the U.S. state, not Georgia the country, and that definitely skewed my thinking the wrong way.
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level 71
Nov 26, 2019
Think different.
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level 42
Nov 26, 2019
Muhammad is there but Jesus isn't?
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level 78
Nov 26, 2019
#2...
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