History General Knowledge #9

Can you answer these random history questions?
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What was New York City called before 1664?
New Amsterdam
In what modern-day country was the Norse settlement of Vinland located?
Canada
England will never fall as long as what type of bird can be found in the Tower of London?
Ravens
What lady supposedly rode naked through the streets of Coventry,
seen only by Peeping Tom?
Lady Godiva
What nation was led by Ho Chi Minh?
North Vietnam
Who was the first European to reach India by sea?
Vasco da Gama
In what country did the Bay of Pigs invasion happen?
Cuba
What English city became, by 1835, "the first and greatest industrial city in the world"?
Manchester
Who hosted the Oscars 19 times, entertained troops, and lived to age 100?
Bob Hope
What French feminist wrote "The Second Sex"?
Simone de Beauvoir
What is the name for a Celtic priest?
Druid
What chemical in tonic water helped prevent European colonists from getting malaria?
Quinine
What Greek hero of the Iliad did Alexander model himself after?
Achilles
Phrenologists believed they could determine a person's character by measuring their what?
Skull
What Roman dome, dedicated in 126 AD, still stands today?
The Pantheon
What team-based test of strength was an Olympic sport from 1900–1920?
Tug of War
What country's official newspaper was called Pravda, meaning "truth"?
Soviet Union
What giant bird, bigger than the ostrich, was hunted to extinction by
Māori people on New Zealand?
Moa
What canal opened in 1869 after 10 years of excavation using forced labor?
Suez Canal
What era of British history lasted from 1837–1901?
Victorian Era
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Level 80
Jan 10, 2015
Ho Chi Minh never led Vietnam. He did, however, lead North Vietnam.
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Level 74
Jan 11, 2015
agreed
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Level ∞
Jan 13, 2015
Fixed
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Level 79
Aug 13, 2015
Actually he did, briefly, in 1945, (and arguably until the Geneva Conference in 1954 when Vietnam was officially divided into north and south.) His Viet Minh took over several cities and declared the country to be the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and he was its president. The French did not agree, and there was fighting until the Geneva Conference when the division officially took place and Ho Chi Minh was named the leader of the north. His followers would say he definitely led Vietnam during those years between 1945-1954.
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Level 41
Jan 19, 2017
I quite agree with that. Just because an external superpower rejected vietminh sovereignty doesn't mean we should derby perpetuate that rejection. Ho Chi Minh remains an important spiritual leader to north and south to this day
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Level 80
Jan 12, 2018
Agree. This is a bit similar to saying that Abraham Lincoln was president of the North United States.
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Level 70
Jan 15, 2018
Ho Chi Minh did lead Vietnam - 1945-46, at the very least.
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Level 69
Jan 13, 2015
I love these quizzes! (Oh, and there's a typo in the question about the first European to reach India - fiRst.)
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Level ∞
Jan 13, 2015
Fixed the typo.
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Level 57
Aug 13, 2015
I wasn't even close to spelling de Beauvoir correctly and the quiz gave it to me. Huzzah!
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Level 37
Nov 24, 2017
The name of New York was NIEUW Amsterdam!!! -
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Level 80
Feb 4, 2019
Not in English
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Level 58
Jan 12, 2018
There was just another quiz (Famous Roberts) that said Bob Hope hosted the Oscars 19 times, not 14.
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Level ∞
Jan 12, 2018
Fixed. The correct number is 19.
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Level 76
Jan 12, 2018
Got them with 1 second remaining. I was guessing cities in England.
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Level 68
Jan 12, 2018
Huh. So even old New York was once New Amsterdam.
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Level 69
Jun 7, 2018
Good quiz, great series.

First nine, and last five questions in this one were very getable for me. The middle six though, jesus. I got one, and four of the other five I would never have guessed.

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Level 73
Oct 19, 2018
Would it be possible to accept cranium?
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Level ∞
Nov 1, 2020
Yes.