History by Letter - U

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter U.
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Last updated: September 17, 2019
First submittedJuly 31, 2014
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Country that declared itself
independent in 1776
United States
Country ruled by Idi Amin
Uganda
Escape route for American slaves
Underground Railroad
Friendly nickname of Joseph Stalin
Uncle Joe
Country formed by the merger of
Britain and Ireland in 1801
United Kingdom
Perfect society envisioned
by Thomas More
Utopia
Anti-slavery novel
by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Largest of the Muslim empires
Umayyad Caliphate
James Joyce novel once
considered obscene
Ulysses
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He wants YOU for U.S. Army
Uncle Sam
German military submarine
U-Boat
Name of 8 popes
Urban
Netherlands city important in
the Middle Ages
Utrecht
The world's first of these opened
in Bologna in 1088
University
Army that wore blue in the
U.S. Civil War
Union Army
Destination of Mormon pioneers
Utah
Phoenician colony and namesake
of a city in New York
Utica
Nickname of mail bomber
Ted Kaczynski
Unabomber
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Level 74
Jul 31, 2014
This Moroccan university was founded in 859.
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Level 52
Oct 15, 2017
Oldest university is Taxila university in Pakistan-India opened around 600BC, closed around 500 AD
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Level 66
Oct 16, 2017
Thanks for the info.
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Level 59
Apr 4, 2019
Thank you. Come again.
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Level 72
Aug 4, 2014
Loved Pope Urban...not to be confused with Pope Suburban, who rode around in a minivan instead of the Popemobile.
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Level 62
Oct 28, 2014
I should not have been drinking as I read this... water everywhere...
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Level 37
Oct 31, 2014
Ha ha :)
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Level 71
Oct 15, 2017
Dropping off cardinals at soccer practice.
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Level 83
Jul 31, 2020
Pope Rural rides around in a pickup truck.
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Level 65
Jul 31, 2020
Wouldn't Pope Suburban drive a Suburban? These are important theological questions.
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Level 68
Oct 28, 2014
Too many American questions.
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Level 75
Nov 29, 2015
Agreed.
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Level 83
Oct 15, 2017
Apparently 8 is too many...
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Level 82
Mar 31, 2019
But not enough tears.
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Level 58
Oct 28, 2014
"The world's first of these opened in London in 1863" is, I feel, a fair question. "The world's first of these opened

in Bologna in 1088" is not. It's getting on for a thousand years ago, so there isn't much of a context for people to latch onto. I think it needs a better clue. Possibly 67% of people might agree.

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Level 80
Oct 31, 2014
And the fact that all answers begin with U really reduces the number of things it could be. I didn't think that one was too hard given this context.
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Level 74
Jul 31, 2020
It's one of these facts that stick if you take many Jetpunk quizzes.
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Level 80
Oct 28, 2014
Got 100% but had to think on some for a second. And, in spite of just finishing a biography on Josef Stalin I had to guess completely on that one. Don't recall hearing it before. But the guy had a ton of different nicknames so maybe that one just got lost in the shuffle.
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Level 74
Oct 30, 2014
Rats.. Ummayid did not work.
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Level 45
Dec 19, 2014
I tried Umayyah but it didn't work.
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Level ∞
Dec 20, 2014
Added some more spellings for Umayyad.
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Level 56
Aug 2, 2020
Can you add "Uhh, no idea" please? Joking, I kinda knew what it was but totally knew I was never going to get it.
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Level 43
Aug 24, 2016
I tried underground railway too :/
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Level ∞
Jan 21, 2017
Underground railway will work now
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Level 35
Dec 5, 2016
Very good quiz. Just one thing: Bologna is not the oldest university 'in the World', as the universities of al-Azhar in Cairo and Qarawiyin in Fez predate Bologna by more than a century (and were a model Bologna followed) and are still thriving. Bologna is the oldest university in Europe, though.
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Level ∞
Jan 21, 2017
The older universities weren't universities (in the modern sense of the word). Here's what Wikipedia says:

Other institutions of higher learning, such as those of ancient Greece, ancient Persia, ancient Rome, Byzantium, ancient China, ancient India and the Islamic world, are not included in this list owing to their cultural, historical, structural and juristic dissimilarities from the medieval European university from which the modern university evolved.

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Level 65
Oct 23, 2019
I think that is a wee bit of a cop out. If the modern university is based on the European medieval institutional model (which I think is too narrow a claim to make with credibility), then it would still improve the clue to read "the oldest European university" or even European-style. That way, the truth of these other places as institutions of higher learning and scholarly discourse are not unnecessarily marginalized by yet another European-focus.
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Level 81
Jul 31, 2020
That's a typical western bias. Muslims had large schools that were in many ways similar to European universities, but the Christians like to believe that they invented them. Of course, in the middle ages, these schools mostly teached religious stuff, but the muslim ones were clearly the most open-minded at the time.
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Level 48
Aug 1, 2020
The one in Morroco is recognized as the first, and still functions as a University today. Probably doesn't fit the narrative of the discourse though... especially since it was founded by a woman.
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Level 77
Apr 10, 2017
surprisingly easy, I had expected U would require more obscure answers.
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Level 48
Apr 10, 2017
Stalin tried to conquer my country Finland in WWII with his million army (didn't succeed) and he was called nickname "Isä aurinkoinen" (which means "Father sunny") here in Finland. Never heard about Uncle Joe, but thats my shame.
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Level 30
May 29, 2017
I still don't get why people think the UK is a country and not a body consisting of four separate countries.
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Level 80
Oct 15, 2017
Try looking up "country" on Wikipedia.
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Level 79
Oct 15, 2017
People call the USA a separate country when it's really a body consisting of 50 different states, some of which were former countries, although Texas and Hawaii aren't allowed to send their own teams to world sporting events. The Netherlands is called a country even though it also includes Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten. People think the UK is a country because it is.
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Level 37
Jul 11, 2019
The Netherlands is also a Kingdom. Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten are countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands Country consists of the Netherlands on the European Continent and Bonaire, St. Eustatius (Statia) and Saba in the Caribbean Sea.
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Level 56
Aug 2, 2020
5 countries #MakeCornwallGreatAgain
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Level 77
Sep 25, 2017
This quiz is too 'uncle' centric
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Level 83
Jul 31, 2020
Only three less uncles than the ones I've got.
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Level 50
Jul 31, 2020
I suspect at least one of those Popes was an Uncle Urban.
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Level 69
Oct 16, 2017
all I could think of for a town in New York named after a Phoenician colony was Syracuse :(
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Level 64
May 20, 2018
The most avuncular quiz I've taken.
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Level 52
Jul 16, 2018
I'd like to thank the steamed hams skit for helping me get the Utica question
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Level 65
Dec 1, 2018
Is there nothing it can't do?
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Level 59
Apr 4, 2019
Rock Mountain in Australia _____________.
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Level 65
Oct 21, 2019
Ayers rock?
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Level 81
Jul 31, 2020
Not a bad idea, but you'd need a more historical clue for this quiz.
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Level 50
Jul 31, 2020
That's more geography than history.
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Level 45
May 22, 2020
yooo I was just guessing randomly for Urban whattt
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Level 45
May 22, 2020
it is hard to spell but i still wish more people got Umayyad :(
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Level 56
Jul 31, 2020
I was about to give up without #2, but then I remembered...the answers all start with U.
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Level 65
Aug 1, 2020
I missed two questions because I spelled them Ultretch & Uttica
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Level 51
Aug 1, 2020
Too US-Centric.
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Level 80
Aug 1, 2020
They could have made it VS-centric but that wouldn't have fit the theme of the quiz.
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Level 79
Aug 1, 2020
Biden might want to think about changing his nickname.