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History by Letter - U

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter U.
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First submittedJuly 31, 2014
Last updatedJanuary 21, 2017
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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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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 72
Jul 31, 2014
This Moroccan university was founded in 859.
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level 54
Oct 15, 2017
Oldest university is Taxila university in Pakistan-India opened around 600BC, closed around 500 AD
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level 65
Oct 16, 2017
Thanks for the info.
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level 58
Apr 4, 2019
Thank you. Come again.
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level 73
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 64
Oct 28, 2014
I should not have been drinking as I read this... water everywhere...
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level 35
Oct 31, 2014
Ha ha :)
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level 66
Oct 15, 2017
Dropping off cardinals at soccer practice.
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level 66
Oct 28, 2014
Too many American questions.
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level 75
Nov 29, 2015
Agreed.
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level 78
Oct 15, 2017
Apparently 8 is too many...
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level 69
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 76
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 76
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 72
Oct 30, 2014
Rats.. Ummayid did not work.
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level 38
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 41
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 75
Oct 15, 2017
That is NOT how family names got "distorted". The main reason family names changed is because most people couldn't read or write years ago, and family members as well as government officials wrote the names as they sounded to them. (Or, it may be like my husband's family where several family members lived on the same road and the mailman kept putting mail in the wrong box. One nosy family member read all the mail delivered to his box before returning it to the right cousins, and one cousin tired of it and added an extra letter to his name so his mail would be delivered to the right box.)
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level 44
Apr 27, 2018
did you mean to reply to someone else?
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level 76
Dec 1, 2018
^ there was a purge of inactive users. Now there are many replies on the site to comments that no longer exist.
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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 73
Apr 10, 2017
surprisingly easy, I had expected U would require more obscure answers.
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level 46
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 76
Oct 15, 2017
Try looking up "country" on Wikipedia.
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level 75
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 38
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 76
Sep 25, 2017
This quiz is too 'uncle' centric
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level 64
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 62
May 20, 2018
The most avuncular quiz I've taken.
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level 46
May 20, 2018
Would like to thank Crusader Kings 2 for giving me Umayyad Caliphate
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level 50
Jul 16, 2018
I'd like to thank the steamed hams skit for helping me get the Utica question
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level 64
Dec 1, 2018
Is there nothing it can't do?
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level 58
Apr 4, 2019
Rock Mountain in Australia _____________.
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