History by Letter - O

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter O.
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Last updated: July 27, 2019
First submittedJuly 26, 2014
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Turkish empire that
conquered Constantinople
Ottoman Empire
Site of a "land rush" in 1889
Oklahoma
Japanese island and site of
bitter fighting in WWII
Okinawa
First king of the Netherlands
William of Orange
Greek athletic competition that
started in 776 BC
Olympics
Relatives of the Visigoths
Ostrogoths
Jacqueline Bouvier's second
husband
Aristotle Onassis
Nickname of Joan of Arc
Maid of Orleans
Roman poet who wrote
"Metamorphoses"
Ovid
Language in which
"Beowulf" was written
Old English
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Also known as the
Bolshevik Revolution
October
Revolution
Pioneer trail from Missouri to the
Willamette Valley
Oregon Trail
Cromwell's first name
Oliver
One of two epics attributed to Homer
Odyssey
Drug that led to two wars in China
Opium
"Father" of the A-bomb
J. Robert
Oppenheimer
Site of 1993 Israel/PLO accords
Oslo
Ancient Mexican civilization known
for colossal head sculptures
Olmec
Cartel that declared an
oil embargo in 1973
OPEC
Deadliest D-Day beach
Omaha Beach
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Level 53
Aug 18, 2014
Seems to be a "thing" to be first to comment, so, here it is! My first "first"!
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Level 69
Aug 22, 2014
You're mistaken. This is not youtube.
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Level 80
Sep 16, 2014
I think this is the first "first!" comment I've seen on this site, actually. Make a habit of it and I'm sure you'll be very popular.
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Level 80
Sep 16, 2014
Could you accept Aeolde Eanglyyshe?
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Level 44
Sep 16, 2014
You've Celticized it. Maybe something more Germanic like Aeldenglisc.
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Level 58
Jun 12, 2017
Erm, Old English is already Germanic...
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Level 79
Sep 16, 2014
I tried Olde English just to be cute....guess I'm not cute enough because it didn't work.
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
In which language and/or in which era is *that* spelling used?
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Level 56
May 8, 2020
That doesn't start with an O though...
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Level 60
Sep 16, 2014
You should allow 'Oranje', for 'Orange'. It also start with a O, and it is the real name of Willem van Oranje.
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Level ∞
Oct 15, 2016
Oranje will work now
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Level 66
Nov 25, 2018
the time delta between the original comment, the fix, and this meaningless missive...fabulous
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
Missive actually means a letter, especially a long or official one.
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Level 63
Jul 31, 2020
or simply a written message.
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Level 78
Sep 16, 2014
I'm an idiot! I mixed up the 1993 Israel/PLO accords with the Dayton Agreement, so I tried Ohio twice!
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Level 55
Sep 17, 2014
Oo Man! As a Legends of the Hidden Temple fan, Can't believe I missed Olmec!!
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Level 52
Jun 12, 2017
I would have guessed that answer anyway because it's the only ancient Mexican civilization I know of that begins with the letter O, but I only knew about the large heads from "history of the entire world, i guess."
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Level 72
Aug 10, 2017
pshht...you, sir, are no blue barracuda.
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Level 58
Apr 30, 2015
Was OPEC really a cartel?
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Level 81
Dec 14, 2015
Yes
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Level 59
Jun 11, 2017
I was surprised too, because when I think of cartels, the first things that come to mind are drug cartels in Mexico and Colombia. I looked the word up and found out that "cartel" means any group that cooperates to limit competition from others (using unfair methods).
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, 'cartel' is an association of manufacturers or suppliers with the purpose of maintaining prices at a high level and restricting competition. It doesn't have to do with drugs.
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Level 47
May 26, 2020
That makes more sense.
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Level 72
Mar 10, 2016
I was like, wait, Kafka doesn't begin with an "o"... {derp}
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Level 58
Jun 12, 2017
so erudite...
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Level 79
Oct 19, 2016
Nobody did big, ugly heads like the Olmec! Señor Xtapolapocetl makes a great addition to any basement.
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
I heavily doubt 'Señor' was used in the Olmec language.
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Level 64
Feb 8, 2017
Excellent quiz. Tougher than most. Good things to learn
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Level 79
Jun 11, 2017
Never heard of ostrogoths. When oligoths and oh-my-goths didn't work I gave up.
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Level 81
Jun 3, 2018
Their successors, the astrogoths, pillaged the moon and left it full of craters.
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Level 66
Nov 25, 2018
you have to be a redditor and/or an imgurian +1
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
I heavily doubt that, @cornflakesfu.
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Level 61
Mar 13, 2020
Yet another piece of semi-useless information that I can thank Goscinny and Uderzo for.
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Level 73
May 8, 2020
We call them West Goths and East Goths in German. Easier to remember.
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Level 55
Jun 14, 2017
The name "William of Orange" usually denotes either William the Silent or William III of England. Neither of them was king of the Netherlands, they were stadholders. King William I was of the house of Orange, but is rarely called 'William of Orange'.
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Level 37
May 25, 2018
No, it is more common to call him Willem van Oranje.
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Level 71
May 8, 2020
Still not fixed!
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Level 66
Dec 29, 2018
That moment when you're Greek and miss Onassis because you didn't know Jacqueline Kennedy's original name. :$
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Level 37
Mar 10, 2019
^ You're right. It would have been more correct to state her former names as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, but I think the quiz make wanted to make it that much harder for some of us.
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
Interesting that his full names is 'Aristotle Socrates Onassis'.