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History by Letter - S

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter S.
Last updated: November 11, 2016
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"Bard" of Elizabethan England
William Shakespeare
Military nobility of medieval Japan
Samurai
Guild of cathedral builders
Stonemasons
Most important political body of
the Roman Republic
Senate
History's most famous violin maker
Antonio Stradivari
Country that rejected apartheid in 1994
South Africa
Term for a person who campaigned
for women's right to vote
Suffragist
"This is the place", said
Brigham Young
Salt Lake City
Canal completed in 1869
Suez
City where Mozart was born
Salzburg
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First human-made satellite
Sputnik 1
Cold War superpower
Soviet Union
Art movement of Salvador Dalí
Surrealism
Dynasty of China from 960-1279
Song
Indian language in which Hindu
scriptures were written
Sanskrit
Militant rival of ancient Athens
Sparta
Plato's teacher
Socrates
King Edward VIII abdicated
to marry her
Wallis Simpson
All-knowing secret police
of East Germany
Stasi
Title of the Ottoman ruler
Sultan
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level 66
Aug 1, 2014
First "human" made satellite? Quizmaster -- do you know something we don't?
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level 82
Aug 4, 2014
Probably referring to the moon, which would be a natural satellite.
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level 58
Sep 3, 2017
Any physical mass orbiting a larger physical mass is a satellite.
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level 75
Sep 3, 2017
He was trying to fend off comments about those other naturally-occuring satellites. It almost worked.
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level 82
Aug 4, 2014
The Brigham Young quote just proves the limitations of writing words. History records him as saying "This is the right place. Drive on." I'm convinced what he really said was "THIS is the right place?!? Drive on!"
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level ∞
Nov 11, 2016
I can imagine the disappointment when it turned out to be a saltwater lake...
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level 57
Jun 14, 2017
Quite possibly you're joking, but just in case you're not, Brigham Young was well aware that the Great Salt Lake was not fresh water long before he ever arrived there. Fur trappers had explored the area long since, and Young talked to some of them to get details of the area where he was leading his people.
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level 75
Sep 3, 2017
The valley and the surrounding mountains are beautiful. Even Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake is an amazing (and unusually quiet) place. If I were a Mormon looking for the perfect area, I'd say this is the place, too. (Although he probably didn't think about inversions and smog at the time.)
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level 44
Sep 10, 2014
A very nice quiz! However, would you please accept Staatssicherheit as an alternative answer for Stasi? I agree that most people (myself included) will automatically think of the usual abbreviation, but it is a little sad to see that the actual name is not accepted.
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level 38
Aug 23, 2017
Wouldn't it then be Staatssicherheits Dienst? - And, good luck getting Americans to commit that to memory when we're so busy debating Willem vs. William!!!!
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level 67
Sep 3, 2017
I also think that the answer 'Sanskrit' should accept संस्कृतम् as that is what it is in Sanskrit. it is a little sad to see that the actual name is not accepted.
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level 77
Sep 3, 2017
Malbaby FTW!
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level 69
Oct 14, 2014
I thought of the Soviet Union but immediately dismissed it as it is the USSR not the SU, so I moved on
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level 64
Oct 15, 2014
same, then I tried Spain
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level 70
Jun 26, 2016
Oh thank god I wasn't the only one!
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level 77
Oct 14, 2014
Could "Stone carver" be accepted?
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level 75
Oct 14, 2014
Only missed one. Spelled Stasi with a Z.
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level ∞
Nov 11, 2016
That will work now
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level 75
Sep 3, 2017
Should have known this suggestion would anger the grammar nazis..
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level 75
Nov 12, 2018
The comment I was responding to by someone complaining about the type-ins is gone now, and my joke no longer makes sense.
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level 42
Sep 3, 2017
As Ztasi?
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level 38
Jul 25, 2018
No, as in Stazi. Though "Stasi" is the "correct" abbreviation, Stazi brings "Nazi" to mind, thus making it easier to relate the two, I believe.
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level 40
Oct 14, 2014
Dang. Typed Sing instead of Song. :(
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level 76
Oct 29, 2015
When Sing didn't work I just tried all the other vowels...
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level 64
Sep 3, 2017
+1 :-)
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level 70
Sep 3, 2017
When sing didn't work I tried all the other vowels but somehow forgot "o" - d'oh!
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level 70
Sep 4, 2017
I first tried "Sung," which is the way the Chinese is romanized in the Wade-Giles (but not Pinyin) system. It deserves to be listed as an alternate entry.
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level 59
Oct 14, 2014
I'm feeling blonde... I was so confused about the "former superpower". I was thinking of things like x-ray vision, flying, etc. That it was something like the USSR never even crossed my mind. =P
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level 39
Jun 25, 2016
YES!
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level 73
Apr 10, 2017
For half a second it crossed my mind as well at first :)
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level 50
Jan 19, 2016
Can you accept Soviet Russia?
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level 66
Sep 3, 2017
With all due respect, that quiz really pissed me off on account of the spelling. A little more leeway would have been nice. Liked the content, though.
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level 59
Sep 3, 2017
In these cases, it would make sense to add the particular answer you are not satisfied with. And besides, what is there to misspell?
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level 63
Sep 3, 2017
I put shogunate for Samurai and Susan B. Anthony for Suffragist. :(
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level 53
Sep 3, 2017
Should be accepted "socrate", without the final S. At least for french speakers ;)
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level 56
Sep 4, 2017
And can you also accept sokrates for any speaker that doesn't use the c. Or, as this quiz is in English, you have English spellings. The spoon feeding people demand on this website is laughable.
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level 38
Nov 11, 2018
90minutes: I'm surprised that the quiz doesn't complete the last letter for you, as it is so fond of doing for "Riyadh" and others.
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level 60
Nov 25, 2018
And please accept "lkdjfkadlgdhiahnranvelhvdsnvds" for people who can't type or know how to spell. As well as without the terminal S for the French.
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level 65
Feb 8, 2018
Yesterday when I was answering quizzes, Sparta appeared twice as an answer. Today it has also appeared twice, so far. The Quizmaster must really like Sparta.
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