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History by Letter - Y

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter Y.
Last updated: January 13, 2017
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Country that broke into pieces in 1992
Yugoslavia
Cradle of Chinese civilization
Yellow River
Derogatory term for New Englanders,
turned into a point of pride
Yankee
Russia's first democratically-elected leader
Boris Yeltsin
Meeting place of Churchill, FDR, and Stalin
Yalta
Wintertime holiday of Germanic pagans
Yule
Language that was once common
among European Jews
Yiddish
Founder of Salt Lake City
Brigham Young
Holiday on which Arab states
launched a suprise attack on Israel
Yom Kippur
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Mongol dynasty that ruled China
Yuan
Peninsula struck by an asteroid,
circa 65 million BC
Yucat√°n
Preferred wood for making longbows
Yew
He broke the sound barrier
Chuck Yeager
Site of a chilly gold rush in the 1890's
Yukon
Original name of San Francisco
Yerba Buena
Way that herders once yelled
across the Alps
Yodeling
First name of cosmonaut Gagarin
Yuri
Commander of Japan's navy
during WWII
Isoroku
Yamamoto
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level 75
Aug 1, 2014
I'm an idiot, I kept saying, "Chuck Jaeger broke the sound barrier, WTH?"
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level 59
Nov 18, 2014
Too much Jagermeister?
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level 63
Oct 28, 2015
Don't feel bad....way for yelling across the Alps, I finally got, but my first try was Yo!
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level 64
Sep 27, 2014
Chuck Jaeger was the first to do it in a bomber?
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level 60
Nov 18, 2014
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level 55
Nov 18, 2014
I didn't read the question correctly and spent some good time trying to figure out how to spell Yodelayheehoo.
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level 69
Apr 24, 2018
Nice try but it only accepts yodelediledilehihoo
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level 73
Nov 18, 2014
I tried "Yran" as the answer for the Allied leaders meeting place. Forgot about Yalta. and I'm not sure how I knew Yerba Buena but I did manage to get it after several guesses.
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level 55
Nov 18, 2014
I'd only just read this somewhere else but couldn't remember the name. Jokingly tried Yukraine but glad it didn't work.
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level 60
Nov 18, 2014
I jokingly typed Yakamoto and just now realized I was almost right... More importantly, 3 countries split off Yugoslavia in 1991, only 1 did in 1992. 1992 is technically right, but I wouldn't suggest that. Either way, as always with front-page quizzes, good quiz!
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level 55
Nov 18, 2014
I would suggest changing the clue simply to "the 1990s", rather than being wrongly over-specific.
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level 63
Jan 7, 2018
I also guessed the commander by trying a Japanese sounding name with Y. I got it on my first attempt!
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level 51
May 26, 2015
I spelled Yeltsin a million different ways and could not figure out that it was spelled Yeltsin
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level 56
Dec 1, 2015
yiddish is still alive and well...
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level 66
Mar 18, 2016
He runs a Deli in Bradford
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level 57
Jan 9, 2018
Ha!
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level 39
Aug 23, 2017
How prescient that San Francisco used to be names "Yerba Buena" "Good Grass" (as in Marijuana)
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level 45
Jan 7, 2018
How do so many people know the founder of a single random town? Did he ice a bear with his bare hands?
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level 56
Jan 8, 2018
It's not a single random town: not only is it the state capital of Utah, it's also the hometown of the Mormon church, and Salt Lake City's foundation and the Mormons cannot be separated - Brigham Young was the church's leader who founded a city and became governor of the fledgling Utah area. There is also a university (and no doubt lots of other things) named after him, so his name will be used often enough in everyday usage in the USA to make it familiar.
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level 45
Jan 10, 2018
That explains a lot about why I have never heard of him! Sounds like he'd be real fun to have at parties.
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level 73
Apr 24, 2018
Yeah what fit said. It's part of the foundational lore of the Mormon church. It would be similar to asking who led the Jews out of captivity in Egypt, who built the first Temple in Jerusalem, who the founders of Rome were, who founded Alexandria, or which leader led his followers on hijra to Medina.
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level 50
Apr 24, 2018
So pleased that I knew "Yangtze", but couldn't figure out why it didn't work. Whoops ....
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level 63
Apr 27, 2018
Why won't Yeltsin work? You don't need Chuck, Brigham and Isoroku for Yeager, Young and Yamamoto.
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