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History by Letter - R

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter R.
Last updated: November 11, 2016
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Country that neither Napoleon
nor Hitler could conquer
Last name of two U.S. Presidents
U.S. Supreme Court decision that
legalized abortion
Roe v. Wade
Where Hutus slaughtered
Tutsis in 1994
Dutch Golden Age painter
Cultural "rebirth" starting in
14th century Italy
Capital of the Confederacy
Probably the most important city
in Western History
Former name of Zimbabwe
Term for the British rule of India
British Raj
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
River famously crossed by Caesar
King who restored Scottish
independence in 1328
Robert the Bruce
German parliamentary building
burned in 1933
Oil baron and first dollar billionaire
John D. Rockefeller
Enemies of the Cavaliers during
the English Civil War
"Great" pharaoh also known
as Ozymandias
Ramesses II
level 67
Oct 7, 2014
Nice quiz! 100%
level 80
Oct 7, 2014
Pretty proud I got as close as "Rose vs. Wade" there. I guess I mixed up two different things.
level 75
Oct 7, 2014
Only missed the German building clue - got as far as Reich, but couldn't get the rest.
level 75
Aug 13, 2017
Woe is me, did the exact same thing again.
level 42
Oct 7, 2014
is it bad that I only got the clue Ozymandias from The Watchmen?
level 47
Dec 23, 2015
I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things, The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed. And on the pedestal these words appear: "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Nothing beside remains: round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, The lone and level sands stretch far away.
level 62
Dec 11, 2016
--- Stan Lee
level 58
Dec 8, 2014
really nice set of general knowledge questions....a great mix of topics!
level 76
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.
level 47
Aug 13, 2017
You had to learn it on your own. My mom was from Birmingham. I had to learn Disraeli's sock size.
level 75
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.
level 56
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.
level 33
Jul 30, 2015
Last name of two U.S. Presidents: Bush ?
level 70
Mar 10, 2016
That'd work perfectly if their last name was actually "Rush".
level 66
Feb 5, 2019
We will also accept Radams, Rohnson, and Rharrison.
level 70
Feb 12, 2017
I miss Rhodesia.
level 54
Nov 10, 2017
Rhodesians never die
level 61
Aug 13, 2017
You know we've had two presidents named Adams, Harrison, Johnson and Bush, right?
level 74
Aug 13, 2017
You know the alphabet right? A,H,J and B aren't the same letter as R.
level 77
Aug 13, 2017
Something else that starts with R: Reading Comprehension.
level 47
Aug 13, 2017
Sorrrrrrrry............William Henry Rarisson and Benjamin Rarisson.
level 78
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.
level 48
Oct 17, 2017
Surely JD Rockefeller should be allowed?
level 64
Mar 22, 2018
Rotshild, Rotschild, Rotschield, Rothschield, Rothshild... And I never got the right combination.
level 59
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".
level 75
Nov 12, 2018
It says "probably." And that's probably right.
level 43
Jun 20, 2018
ha ha, like it Martay
level 63
Mar 25, 2019
Pretty sure Hitler tried - and failed - to conquer the Soviet Union, not Russia.
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