History by Letter - R

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter R.
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Last updated: September 17, 2019
First submittedJuly 31, 2014
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Country that neither Napoleon
nor Hitler could conquer
Russia
Last name of two U.S. Presidents
Roosevelt
U.S. Supreme Court decision that
legalized abortion
Roe v. Wade
Where Hutus slaughtered
Tutsis in 1994
Rwanda
Dutch Golden Age painter
Rembrandt
Cultural "rebirth" that started in
14th century Italy
Renaissance
Capital of the Confederacy during
the U.S. Civil War
Richmond
Probably the most important city
in Western History
Rome
Former name of Zimbabwe
Rhodesia
Term for the British rule of India
British Raj
Hint
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He broke baseball's color barrier
Jackie Robinson
Louis XIII's chief advisor
Cardinal Richelieu
Explorer and court favorite of
Queen Elizabeth
Sir Walter Raleigh
International Jewish banking family
Rothschild
Caesar said "The Die is Cast" when
he crossed this river into Italy
Rubicon
King who restored Scottish
independence in 1328
Robert the Bruce
German parliamentary building
burned in 1933
Reichstag
Oil baron and first dollar billionaire
John D. Rockefeller
Enemies of the Cavaliers during
the English Civil War
Roundheads
"Great" pharaoh also known
as Ozymandias
Ramesses II
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Level 69
Oct 7, 2014
Nice quiz! 100%
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Level 82
Oct 7, 2014
Pretty proud I got as close as "Rose vs. Wade" there. I guess I mixed up two different things.
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Level 78
Oct 7, 2014
Only missed the German building clue - got as far as Reich, but couldn't get the rest.
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Level 78
Aug 13, 2017
Woe is me, did the exact same thing again.
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Level 78
Jun 19, 2020
At least this time was different. Couldn't even remember Reich.
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Level 42
Oct 7, 2014
is it bad that I only got the clue Ozymandias from The Watchmen?
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Level 74
Jun 19, 2020
What's bad is putting "The" in front of "Watchmen". :) That said, it did help a lot for that clue. (Check out the TV series, it's phenomenal!)
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Level 56
Dec 8, 2014
really nice set of general knowledge questions....a great mix of topics!
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Level 77
Jul 18, 2015
I really hope that at least most of the Brits doing this quiz got Roundheads. I was surprised to see that it was the least-known answer. I presume the English Civil War isn't taught outside of, well, England.
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Level 53
Aug 13, 2017
You had to learn it on your own. My mom was from Birmingham. I had to learn Disraeli's sock size.
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Level 78
Aug 13, 2017
American Midsomer Murder fan here - I got it because of the episode about the reenactment of the Cavaliers vs. Roundheads battle and all the furor that it wasn't being done accurately.
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Level 58
Aug 14, 2017
I know of some Americans who learned about it in High School - the English Civil War (often called Wars of the Three Kingdoms in academia now, as it was not confined to just England) had consequences on the American colonies and eventually the US constitution.
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Level 80
Oct 25, 2019
I learned about it in an American public school. I think in 9th grade.
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Level 43
Jun 19, 2020
Canadian here ... never heard of the roundheads nor the cavaliers
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Level 68
Oct 5, 2020
My wife's favorite episode of Keeping Up Appearances is when they do the historical pageant about the English civil war, so that's how I first learned about the roundheads and cavaliers. :-)
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Level 32
Jul 30, 2015
Last name of two U.S. Presidents: Bush ?
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Level 72
Mar 10, 2016
That'd work perfectly if their last name was actually "Rush".
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Level 67
Feb 5, 2019
We will also accept Radams, Rohnson, and Rharrison.
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Level 72
Jun 19, 2020
Andrew Rohnson is Andrew Johnson's non-impeached alter-ego.
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Level 74
Feb 12, 2017
I miss Rhodesia.
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Level 63
Nov 10, 2017
Rhodesians never die
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Level 59
Aug 13, 2017
You know we've had two presidents named Adams, Harrison, Johnson and Bush, right?
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Level 76
Aug 13, 2017
You know the alphabet right? A,H,J and B aren't the same letter as R.
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Level 80
Aug 13, 2017
Something else that starts with R: Reading Comprehension.
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Level 53
Aug 13, 2017
Sorrrrrrrry............William Henry Rarisson and Benjamin Rarisson.
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Level 72
Jun 19, 2020
John Radams and John Q Radams are offended that you forgot about them. Andrew Rohnson, Lyndon B Rohnson, George HW Rush, and George W Rush are also offended.
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Level 83
Aug 13, 2017
So far I've seen four comments suggesting alternative answers to the two presidents question without realizing that there's only one pair of name-sharing presidents where the last name starts with R. That says quite a bit about the quality of their attention to detail.
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Level 59
Jun 25, 2020
I'm always amazed at the comments in these "by letter" quizzes. They are usually filled with complaints from people who didn't read the instructions.
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Level 49
Oct 17, 2017
Surely JD Rockefeller should be allowed?
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Level ∞
Sep 17, 2019
Okay. That will work now. In the future, you can save time by just typing last names.
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Level 69
Mar 22, 2018
Rotshild, Rotschild, Rotschield, Rothschield, Rothshild... And I never got the right combination.
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Level 65
Oct 21, 2019
They should accept Roffschild
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Level 64
May 15, 2018
Please also accept Regina, Saskatchewan as the most important city in Western history. But, seriously, not a big fan of subjective superlatives like "most important". You could make a great case that Rome is that, but I think Regina - hometown of former NBA player Steve Nash - has something to say about that. I must have received upwards of 5 or 6 coupons for free tacos at Taco Bueno when he was Maverick and the team scored 100+ points. What has Rome ever done for us "... apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health".
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Level 80
Nov 12, 2018
It says "probably." And that's probably right.
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Level 78
Jun 19, 2020
I'll cast my vote for Regina because that was the first name of the nurse who delivered my second child when the doctor didn't make it to the hospital in time. I don't remember the name of the doctor but I'll never forget Regina as she saved my baby's life when she wasn't breathing.
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Level 56
Jun 20, 2018
ha ha, like it Martay
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Level 67
Mar 25, 2019
Pretty sure Hitler tried - and failed - to conquer the Soviet Union, not Russia.
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Level 80
May 10, 2019
basically the same thing
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Level 72
Jun 19, 2020
He did pretty well against the Baltic Republics, Belarus, and Ukraine. He ran into serious issues when he hit Russia.
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Level 62
Jan 9, 2020
Nice phrasing for the Jackie Robinson clue. The first African-American player in professional baseball was Moses Fleetwood Walker (thank you, The Dollop podcast). Many of the "rules" banning non-white players were created especially for him. Jackie Robinson had to tear them all down. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_Fleetwood_Walker
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Level 63
Jan 24, 2020
Lucky me. Misspelled Rome and got #3.
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Level 56
Feb 28, 2020
How can you misspell Rome?
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Level 72
Jun 19, 2020
Since Carry got #3, I'm guessing the 'm' was omitted.
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Level 67
Jun 21, 2020
When you make typo's, I am sure they know they city is not spelled R O E
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Level 53
Aug 22, 2020
Roe is literally a type in for another question.
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Level 45
Jan 30, 2020
Got Richelieu
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Level 65
Jun 19, 2020
If my life depended on it and you asked me without context to tell you what the Reichstag was, I would have no idea, but I saw that clue and somehow it popped right into my head. Probably just scrolled through German terms starting with R, but it felt damn lucky.
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Level 80
Jun 19, 2020
I remember Dr. Buchanan talking about the fire in World Civ GT class. I got a picture of my car in front of the building here
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Level 53
Aug 22, 2020
When will Adolphus Gustavus get recognition, he also couldn’t conquer Russia.