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History by Letter - W

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter W.
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Once known as "The Great War"
U.S. President during the above
German Kaiser during that same war
British commander at Waterloo
German composer of "The Ring"
Bury my heart at this place where
Native Americans were massacred
City burned by British troops in 1814
Place where English monarchs are
crowned, married, and buried
City whose Jewish ghetto
was razed in 1943
L.A. neighborhood struck by
race riots in 1965
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Norman conqueror of England
Airplane inventors
Lord Chancellor to King Henry VIII
Cardinal Wolsey
Name of the British royal
family, since 1917
House of Windsor
Country conquered by
Edward Longshanks in 1282
Irish writer persecuted for being gay
Germany, 1919-1933
Weimar Republic
Nixon political scandal
Scottish patriot drawn and
quartered in 1305
Former liberal political party of
the U.S. and Great Britain
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level 59
Aug 1, 2014
*Canada destroyed USA :P ;)
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level 50
Nov 11, 2014
The best part is they looted their own capital before we even got there! Silly Americans thinking they're good at war.
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level 60
Jan 2, 2017
Ask the Germans.
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level 60
Nov 11, 2014
Is that what they teach you in Mooseland?
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level 46
Nov 26, 2017
I know you Canucks like to think you're important and all but that was the British Empire, not our neighbors up north. Just because you were part of the Empire at the time doesn't mean you were the ones doing the burning, because in that case Australia did as much of it as you did. If you really want to be accurate about your involvement in the burning of capitals, look up when Americans burned down Toronto ;)
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level 39
Nov 27, 2017
You will notice that the three battles with no Canadian militia and Canadian First Nations, were Plattsburgh, Fort McHenry and New Orleans. All won by the Americans. The battles with Canadians (Detroit, Michilimackinac, River Raisin, Stoney Creek, Beaver Dams, Lundy's Lane, Chateauguay, Crysler's Farm, Moraviantown, Toronto) only Moraviantown and Toronto were lost, but in Toronto the Americans actually had far more casualties, and John Strachan got most of the loot back single-handedly.
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level 71
Nov 29, 2017
The War of 1812 (as it's called in the US) ended badly for all parties involved. Embarrassing blunders all over. Nobody achieved their goals. Everyone lost. With Native Americans coming out worse than anyone else. Odd that anyone should be trying to brag about it.
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level 45
Sep 10, 2014
Isn't it a usual practice to convert names of foreign monarchs to English (e. g. Catherine the Great of Russia or Good King Wenceslas?) Shouldn't you accept William II as a name for the German Emperor, then? Also, only two English monarchs got married in the Westminster Abbey - Henry I in 1100 and Richard II in 1382 (sic Wikipedia), whereas in more recent times, principal members of the Royal family usually wedded in chapels of various royal palaces (for example, Queen Victoria in St George's Chapel in Windsor). It has been only in the 20th century when Westminster Abbey became a popular wedding venue for some (British, not English) Royals - no king or queen, though. Otherwise, a very nice quiz!
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level 65
Nov 4, 2014
Charles would make a nice transition, since he got married both in Westminster (to Diana), and in Windsor (to Camilla).
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level 46
Nov 11, 2014
Charles and Diana were married at St Paul's Cathedral, but both the Queen and her father George V1 were married at Westminster Abbey.
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level 64
Nov 11, 2014
Charles got married to Diana in St Paul's Cathedral - not Westminster Abbey...
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level 71
Nov 11, 2014
It's not a usual practice it's just an arbitrary quirk of popular custom. Tsars Nikolai, Yketerina, Aleksandr and Piotr are almost always changed to Nicholas, Catherine, Alexander and Peter. Willem of Orange is changed to William. Salah ad-Din is bastardized into "Saladin," etc.

but on the other hand, Charlemagne is never called Charles the Great, Suleiman the Magnificent is not Solomon, Francisco Franco is not called Francis, Louis does not become Lewis, and Kaiser Wilhelm is not Cesar/Emperor William.

There's no rule about this it's just convention.
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level 59
Sep 16, 2016
I think if it's written in a language with English characters, we don't Anglicize it. German and French use the English/Latin alphabet, Russian and Arabic don't. I just figured that out myself.
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level 47
Nov 13, 2016
@YantheMan Then how come William of Orange is referred to as such? I believe that was modern-day Netherlands area, which probably used the Latin alphabet, which is what many nations use, especially in Europe and the Americas.
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level 69
Nov 26, 2017
Also, by the same token, William the Conqueror would be Guillaume
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level 59
Nov 26, 2017
Or as we knew him in school, Billy the Conk.
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level 56
Nov 27, 2017
William the Conqueror and William of Orange are both most famous as kings of England, even if their origins aren't English.
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level 61
Nov 27, 2017
@Corrode that depends on which William of Orange you mean, as this name doesn't only refer to William III of England, but also to William the Silent. In the Netherlands, 'Willem van Oranje' almost always refers to the latter.
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level 41
Nov 11, 2014
For the English name of monarchs, that's only sometimes true that their name is translated into English. In every history book in English, the German leader is always referred to as Kaiser Wilhelm II.
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level 41
Jun 6, 2016
Possibly the most well-known popular WWI history, The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman, does indeed call him Kaiser William.
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level 65
Jul 1, 2017
Yes, but all of them were crowned there since 1066 except Edwards V and VIII, the two shortest reigning kings, neither of whom lasted a year. Never call a prince Edward
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level 68
Nov 11, 2014
can this be anymore euro and americentric?
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level 71
Nov 11, 2014
Yes. If they took out the clue about World War I and replaced it with something about Wallachia, the Whitechapel murders, or perhaps Waterloo.
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level 43
Nov 14, 2014
If you can find the letter W in Japanese historical events, be our guest.
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level 71
Nov 17, 2014
pretty common in Chinese.
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level 45
Nov 17, 2014
We're Americans. We're in love with ourselves. Get over it.
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level 54
Nov 28, 2017
We're not all Americans
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level 60
Nov 26, 2017
The letter W is not common in most languages. The major exceptions are English, German, Polish and maybe Chinese. So, in this case, the quiz is perfectly fine focusing on English-speaking countries.
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level 54
Nov 28, 2017
And in Welsh - I demand lots of questions about Wales and the Welsh, because this site is about people being self-absorbed and their pathetic attempts at wanting what they want and I want to join in! :-D
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level 7
Nov 14, 2014
13 seconds to spare. Wolsey was the one that gave me fits because I kept thinking "Audley of Walden" but that was a couple chancellors later, still the same reign.
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level 40
Nov 26, 2017
Here we go again; anglicizing people's names to accommodate our inflated egos (or simple arrogance).
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level 71
Nov 26, 2017
This is the 2nd worst comment of yours I've seen in the past 10 minutes. It has nothing to do with ego.
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level 54
Nov 28, 2017
Famous historical people's names are very often "translated" - the current Queen of the UK is known as Alžběta in Czech, Henry VIII is Enrique VIII in Spanish, Wilhelm II is known as Guillem II in Catalan, William the Conqueror is Guillaume le Conquérant in French. Rather than stating ill-informed opinionated nonsense, how about doing a cursory amount of research beforehand.
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level 1
Nov 27, 2017
the wright brothers didn't invent the plane
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level 64
Nov 27, 2017
Got Cardinal Wolsey by accident because I was trying to be a smartass and type Wellington's real name (Wellesley), but I horribly misspelled it as Woolsey.
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