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History of New York

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Last updated: October 17, 2017
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What became the world's tallest building when it was completed in 1931?
Empire State Building
What country gave the Statue of Liberty to the United States?
France
What was the name of New York City when it was a Dutch colony?
New Amsterdam
What 1969 music festival took place on a farm near the town of Bethel?
Woodstock
What African-American neighborhood had a literary "Renaissance" in the 1920s?
Harlem
What worldwide event started on Wall Street in October, 1929?
The Great Depression
What buildings were built in 1973 and destroyed in 2001?
World Trade Center
What New York City mayor of the 1990s is often credited with reducing crime in the city?
Rudy Giuliani
What railroad and shipping tycoon was one of the world's richest people when he died in 1877?
Cornelius Vanderbilt
Who was mayor of New York City from 1934-1945? (Hint: an airport is named for him)
Fiorello La Guardia
What two battles of 1777 are called the "turning point" of the Revolutionary War
because they convinced the French to help the U.S.?
Battles of Saratoga
What confederation consists of six Native American tribes, including the Mohawk and Oneida?
Iroquois
What corrupt political machine was led by Boss Tweed in the 1860s?
Tammany Hall
What game's modern rules were invented by Alexander Cartwright in 1845?
Baseball
What canal, completed in 1825, connected the Hudson River to the Great Lakes?
Erie Canal
Who was the only President to be inaugurated in New York City?
George Washington
What Armonk, New York company dominated the computer industry in the 1960s and 70s?
IBM
What was the fourth most populous city in the United States when it
was annexed by New York City in 1898?
Brooklyn
What served as the gateway to over 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1954?
Ellis Island
Who was assassinated by an anarchist in Buffalo in 1901?
William McKinley
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level 68
May 25, 2017
"Depression" without "The Great..." should count in my opinion. Nice quiz!
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level ∞
May 26, 2017
Ok
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level 45
Oct 16, 2017
That's true. "Depression" could refer to my "butt chin."
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level 83
May 26, 2017
Just me being a Canadian History nerd, Haudenosaunee should also be acceptable for the confederacy of 6 nations,
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level 58
May 29, 2017
I second this!
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level 68
Jun 19, 2017
The what?
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level 45
Oct 16, 2017
It would take all 6 tribes to remember how to spell it.
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level 62
Oct 16, 2017
You should accept "centre" as well as "center".
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level 39
Oct 16, 2017
The name was Nieuw Amsterdam at the time, not New Amsterdam.
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level 70
Oct 16, 2017
nieuw amsterdam works. tried it to be able to nitpick about it, but it works fine.
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level 61
Oct 17, 2017
Chester A. Arthur was also inaugurated in New York after James Garfield was assassinated. Also I believe Brooklyn was the third most populated city in the U.S. at the time of the consolidation (I was a tour guide in NYC for fourteen years).
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level 41
Oct 17, 2017
I can vouch for the President Arthur fact. It's pretty interesting!
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level 29
Oct 17, 2017
I got a lot that I typed as a joke, such as Great Depression, McKinley, Washington, and Brooklyn. I'm pretty sure that the White House wasn't yet built when Washington became president, so that would make sense.
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level 75
Apr 10, 2018
Though the White House usually has nothing to do with inaugurations, which are done at the Capitol (which also did not exist at the time of Washington's inauguration).