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Coups

We give you a coup leader and a date. You name the country in which the coup occurred.
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Includes self-coups and failed coups
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First submittedFebruary 6, 2013
Last updatedJanuary 8, 2018
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Year
Leader
Country
1992
Hugo Chavez
Venezuela
49 BC
Julius Caesar
Rome
1799
Napoleon Bonaparte 
France
1688
William of Orange
England
1923
Adolf Hitler
Germany
1922
Benito Mussolini
Italy
1933
Fulgencio Batista
Cuba
1936
Francisco Franco
Spain
1944
Claus von Stauffenberg
Germany
1958
Ayub Khan
Pakistan
Year
Leader
Country
1961
Park Chung Hee
South Korea
1969
Muammar al-Gaddafi
Libya
1971
Idi Amin
Uganda
1973
Augusto Pinochet
Chile
1953
Mohammad Reza Shah
Iran
1992
Alberto Fujimori
Peru
1999
Pervez Musharraf
Pakistan
2005
King Gyanendra
Nepal
1960
Mobutu Sese Seko
Congo
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level 77
Apr 8, 2013
Very good quiz!
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level 75
Apr 10, 2013
Good quiz!
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level 48
Apr 10, 2013
Rome as a country?
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level 55
Apr 10, 2013
It was in those days.
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level 62
Aug 27, 2018
City-state/country. Tomato/tomahto.
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level 53
Aug 27, 2018
wrong. it's təˈmeɪtoʊ/təˈmɑːtoʊ
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level 53
Apr 10, 2013
love the stauffenberg reference
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level 70
Apr 10, 2013
sorry, but what exactly is a coup?
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level 54
Apr 10, 2013
Basically, a group tries to take over the country/government, usually through force.
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level 66
Oct 25, 2015
in the days of Google, you really asked that question? You could have had the answer long before anyone ever replied to your comment
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level 75
Jan 19, 2016
They wanted a custom-built Jetpunk answer. No shame in that.
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level 67
Aug 27, 2018
Biggie - you of all people should know that words have the power to hypnotize, which is not an appropriate for the development of conscious political actors.
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level 62
Aug 27, 2018
It is the current American English (maybe other forms of English) idiom for coup d'etat. Once upon a time, you had to say the full term, because coup de grace was more used. In the Cold War period, US and Soviet activity made coup d'etats (not the correct French plural, I believe, but the correct English idiomatic one) so common that coup came to mean coup d'etat.
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level 56
Aug 27, 2018
I can remember a time when a trip to South America wasn't complete if you weren't caught up in one coup or another.
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level 57
Apr 10, 2013
Rome is not a country.
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level 43
Feb 5, 2015
Close enough. It was an empire, so it still is a government that is coupable
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level 79
Aug 27, 2018
+1 for "coupable"
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level 66
Aug 27, 2018
It was a republic back then.
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level 78
Sep 1, 2018
question is does coupable have a psilent p?
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level 46
Oct 26, 2015
It was the Roman empire, not the Italian empire, which is something else.
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level 72
Jun 22, 2018
"Is" does not apply to 49 B.C.
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level 40
Apr 11, 2013
Not all of them were backed by the US. :)
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level 76
Aug 27, 2018
Yes, we took a hands-off policy in the coups against Julius Caesar and William of Orange.
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level 39
Apr 17, 2013
Gaaaaaaaah Got William III muddled with William of Orange in spanish netherlands 1500's and couldn't work out for the life of me what I was getting wrong!
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level 72
Oct 25, 2015
almost tripped me up too
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level 51
Aug 3, 2013
Can't believe I missed Idi Amin...
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level 65
Aug 31, 2018
How could you forget Idi, Idi, Idi Amin, most amazin' man, there's ever been.He's the general, the president, the king of the scene, Idi, Idi, Idi Amin!
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level 73
Jan 21, 2014
Got a few of these (Park, Khan, and Shah) just based on how their names sounded.
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level 77
Mar 16, 2014
What is a self-coup ? ^^
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level 38
Oct 27, 2015
I'm guessing it refers to a leader already being in power legitimately but executing a coup in order to remove democratic opposition or consolidate power as a dictator. The example of the Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1953 comes to mind as an example. He already was the Shah -- but with help from the military (and the CIA), he got rid of the democratically elected prime minister, Mossadegh.
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level 80
Jul 14, 2016
Hitler would be an example here as well.
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level 73
Jan 2, 2017
Fujimori above is also an example. Democratically elected president who decided to "temporary dissolve" congress at some point. Napoleon III - elected French president who later declared himself emperor. Alexander I of Yugoslavia became king as heir to his father in constitutional/parliamentary monarchy but in 1929 abolished the constitution. Possibly also his son, Peter II, who was already a king as a minor, though his uncle was ruling as a regent, then declared himself of age at 17.
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level 77
Nov 19, 2014
Wouldn't Seko be Zaire technically? I guess it was Congo when he took it over.
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level 76
Oct 25, 2015
It's Mobutu, not Seko. He changed the name of Congo to Zaire only in 1971. And his own name from Joseph-Desiré Mobutu to Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga in 1972. The man was genuinely crazy.
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level 51
Oct 25, 2015
i guessed italy for rome...it id the modern day country. there should be a note about that
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level 46
Oct 25, 2015
Interesting quiz, but i thought William of Orange led the Netherlands against Spain. What did he have to do with England?
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level 47
Oct 25, 2015
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=william+of+orange+england :)
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level 54
Oct 25, 2015
Different Wililam of Orange. This is the one that in the Netherlands is called prince William III
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level 38
Sep 8, 2018
^ I believe he's called Prins Willem.
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level 69
Oct 25, 2015
The term suggests succession by an exception to the rule of law, a difficult concept when and where no such thing was effectively in place. And as much as we hate to admit it, Hitler came to power in a free and fair election. (Of course, what happened thereafter is another story.)
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level 70
Oct 25, 2015
10 years earlier though, he attempted a coup and failed.
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level 38
Oct 27, 2015
Exactly! The date 1923 should give away that it was the attempted "Beer Hall Putsch." He was elected in 1933.
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level 67
Oct 25, 2015
Hugo Chavez was democratically elected 4 times!
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level 71
Oct 25, 2015
Right. But the reference is to the failed coup he attempted in 1992.
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level 67
Oct 25, 2015
OK. I didn't know attempted coups counted.
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level 48
Aug 30, 2018
4 times?... that is highly debatable, also as to the other reply, over 200 hundred people murdered definitely make it count.
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level 55
Oct 26, 2015
Got William of Orange confused with William III :V please though, please accept Zaire for Congo.
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level 38
Oct 27, 2015
Probably should mention that some of these refer to attempted coups that failed. Otherwise, great quiz!
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level 73
Jan 2, 2017
A coup becomes a coup when it starts, not when it succeeds. Like you wouldn't call it a bank robbery only once the robbers get away with the money.
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level 38
Sep 8, 2018
^ If they didn't get away with the money, it is referred to as an "attempted" bank robbery.
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level 75
Jan 19, 2016
Good stuff. Thanks!
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level 62
Aug 27, 2018
Thought the answer would be Zaire for Mobutu, although I realize it was Congo before and after him, but it seems like it should be an acceptable answer.
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level 61
Aug 27, 2018
Hitler was elected democratically.
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level 70
Aug 27, 2018
Again, he rose to power in 1933 democratically but in 1923, the date that is given here, he already attempted a coup.
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level 69
Feb 9, 2019
And even in 1933 he wasn't elected Chancellor, but appointed by the president.
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level 60
Aug 27, 2018
It took me ages to get 'my own' William of Orange. For us Dutch William (Willem van Oranje) (1533-1584) is the Father of the Fatherland and responsible for the uprising against the evil king of Spain. Is it not possible that the Quizmaster puts William III of Orange in the quiz?
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level 61
Aug 27, 2018
One of the answers is wrong. Idi Amin was definitely the last king of Scotland.
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level 46
Aug 28, 2018
What about Brazil in 1823, 1840, 1889, 1891, 1930, 1937, 1945, 1955, 1964 and 2016? I'm probably forgetting some...
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level 38
Sep 8, 2018
But didn't von Stauffenberg (and the others) fail? - It couldn't be a coup if it failed, can it?
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level 50
Sep 20, 2018
Why do you include Chavez's attempted coup in 1992 but not the US-backed one in Venezuela in 2002
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level 56
Sep 23, 2019
Good quiz, but why are Pakistan and Germany both listed twice? It might be fun to add more variety by replacing the second Germany and Pakistan ones with other countries