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First Names of Historical Figures

Guess the first names of these famous historical figures.
If multiple answers work, guess the most famous
Last updated: August 30, 2018
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First Name
Last Name
Winston
Churchill
George
Washington
Abraham
Lincoln
Joseph
Stalin
Vladimir
Lenin
Margaret
Thatcher
Wolfgang
Mozart
Ludwig
van Beethoven
Victor
Hugo
Nelson
Mandela
First Name
Last Name
Mohandas
Gandhi
Indira
Isaac
Newton
Benito
Mussolini
Thomas
Edison
Adolf
Hitler
Albert
Einstein
William
Shakespeare
Christopher
Columbus
Charles
Darwin
First Name
Last Name
Napoleon
Bonaparte
Simón
Bolivar
Alexandre
Dumas
Niccolò
Machiavelli
Leonardo
da Vinci
René
Descartes
Hernando
de Soto
Ulysses
Grant
Anne
Boleyn
Benjamin
Disraeli
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level 19
Jul 20, 2011
Can't accept Mahatma for Gandhi??
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level 40
Apr 15, 2013
Not his birth name. Mahatma was what the Indian people gave him. It means like great soul or something.
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level 74
Nov 8, 2018
Lenin wasn't Lenin's birth name either.
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level 67
Nov 8, 2018
But Lenin is the clue, not the answer. Vladimir was his first name.
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level 43
Nov 8, 2018
"If multiple answers work, guess the most famous" I think Mahatma is arguably the most famous/well-known first name of Gandhi
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level 41
Nov 8, 2018
Yes, it's a title. Like saying Caesar is Gaius Julius's surname.
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level 45
Nov 9, 2018
wll if were going on BIRTHNAMES Wolfgang should in no way be accepted for Mozart as his birth name is Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart
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level 32
May 27, 2016
You often find in the UK he is much more commonly referred to as Mahatma Gandhi. I didn't know Mohandes until I was about 14 or something.
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level 36
Dec 8, 2016
Same thing with the United States
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level 59
Aug 16, 2018
Same thing almost everywhere
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level 68
Nov 8, 2018
Mahatma is more like a title/honorific, not his actual name. It would be be like accepting "President" for "Obama" because he's often called "President Obama".
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level 33
Sep 10, 2011
Went blank on Newton.
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level 66
Aug 29, 2014
It's Cam, isn't it? QB for the Carolina Panthers? :P
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level 59
Mar 24, 2016
No it's Fig
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level 56
Mar 10, 2017
Fig Newtons were named for Newton, Massachusetts. Not Issac Newton!
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level 48
Nov 8, 2018
it's definitely Fig.
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level 27
Aug 22, 2016
I just forgot how to spell Isaac
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level 43
Sep 20, 2011
Gandhi c'mon! Oh and I just learned it was Isaac not Issac!
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level 77
Apr 14, 2012
'Uncle' Joe is actually Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvilli so Joseph, Josef, Josif, Iosif, ------- oh, put Joe you pedantic lot!
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level 69
Feb 24, 2013
No, let's go completely overboard for othographic correctness and require Иосиф or, even better, the original Georgian: იოსებ. Thanks to Wikipedia; I couldn't spell these or read them to save my life. They are interesting to look at, however.
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level 34
Jul 23, 2012
As usual, the Quizmaster is correct. Mahatma is roughly equal to the word saint and not a name.
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level 49
Aug 15, 2012
The Ghandi thing would be like making "Sir" acceptable for Newton or Presidnet acceptable for Lincoln, Washington or Grant..
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level 26
Jan 3, 2013
First thing that came to mind for Grant was...Cary!
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level 49
Sep 6, 2014
Weaving Hugo... that can't be right
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level 49
Apr 5, 2015
I actually typed in "Hugh" for Grant, before realizing this is not an actor quiz.
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level 48
Nov 8, 2018
And you tried Denzel for Washington? :)
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level 79
Apr 30, 2016
Took me a while to think of a Grant that could be considered historical as well. Plenty of other Grants around to cause confusion.
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level 67
Nov 8, 2018
Horace Grant for Chicago Bulls fans back in the day.
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level 34
Jan 5, 2013
29. didnt know de soto.
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level 44
Jan 10, 2015
I put Hernan, then Henry, then figured I was on the wrong track. Aaargh.
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level 57
Mar 4, 2013
Gandhi's first name was also Mahatma, in fact more common than Mohandas
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level ∞
Mar 5, 2013
As has been said many times in this thread before, that would be as if Winston Churchill's first name were "Sir".
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level 69
Aug 27, 2015
I must disagree here, in any common quiz shows or games such as jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit Mahatma Ghandi would be the correct answer. "Sir" is usually added to a name e.g. Sir Alex Ferguson or Sir Ian McKellen and does not replace the name, a better comparison in this case would be Lord Nelson or Mother Theresa that also are titles but still names that these historical figures go under.
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level 71
Mar 1, 2016
Lord Nelson's a good comparison, and you wouldn't expect 'Lord' to accepted as his first name in this quiz. Mother Teresa's a bad example because 'Mother' is a job title and 'Teresa' was an assumed name, not her birth name.
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level 12
Jul 5, 2013
I only got 19 but I'm only 11. I missed some really obvious ones...
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level 19
Sep 1, 2013
I forgot christopher!
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level 39
Oct 16, 2018
^ Wish we could!
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level 15
Nov 15, 2013
I couldn't spell Isaac surely you could accept Issac for Newton
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level 40
Jan 18, 2014
Machiavelli is the second lowest? I'm actually quite shocked.
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level 68
Jun 26, 2015
Don't be. Its a spelling thing.
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level 74
Aug 31, 2017
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level 74
Apr 3, 2017
Nope, it was ignorance on my part. I don't think I ever heard his first name before.
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level 17
Apr 16, 2014
There needs to be a lot of spellings accepted for Mohandas ghandi
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level 75
Sep 4, 2014
Why? It is spelled exactly as it sounds, isn't it?
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level 25
Nov 8, 2018
It's Gandhi and the proper selling is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, nothing more and nothing less.
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level 28
Jul 7, 2014
im ashamed i didnt get ulysses grant. that being said im impressed this quiz had people like machiavelli, descartes and da vinci. they are some of my favourite historical figures!! :)))
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level 66
Aug 29, 2014
Took me a bit to get de Soto. Kept thinking Vasca as in de Gama. Finally got it, though, for 100%. Another gem, QM! Thanks!
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level 66
Aug 29, 2014
Also had to think for a minute with Indira Gandhi. Got Mohandes right away, then tried Mahatma since there was two lines. Then I was, like, "DUH!" and got Indira. :D
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level 19
Oct 16, 2018
I had the identical thought process :p And for Mozart I'm like, "Amadeus! It's definitely Amadeus! Why the h is this not working?!"
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level 41
Nov 8, 2018
I guessed Hernan and Fernando, but failed to try combining them. Argh!
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level 43
Aug 30, 2014
Surprised myself by getting them all. Didn't think I would get over half in this quiz.
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level 80
Sep 2, 2014
How about a couple alternate spellings of Nichola/Nicolo/Nicholo?
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level 45
Jun 1, 2015
Why? How would you feel if we all spelt your name differently?
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level 50
Sep 15, 2016
Then why is Joseph accepted for Stalin? Or Christopher for Columbus?
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level 66
Aug 1, 2017
Because this is a quiz in the English Language, if you want to use Russian spelling do the quizzes that are in the Russian Language (then you can comment that the English names should be used)
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level 39
Nov 27, 2017
Sorry, but your argument is skewed. If names are translated into English because this is an English quiz, then what happened to: Benito, Niccolo, Adolf, Ludwig and Amadeus? None of those are Anglicized!
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level 66
Apr 21, 2018
That is how they are known in Britain and English speaking nations, I personally don't know what Benito stands for but Benito. This quiz is really for English language answers, otherwise we are going down a slippery slide into several multiple answers to satisfy all languages.
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level 25
Sep 6, 2014
I got 25
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level 56
Sep 6, 2014
Why is US Grant even on this?
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level 74
Nov 8, 2014
.. because he's a historical figure?
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level 65
Jun 12, 2015
Of very reduced importance, compared to most of the other figures in this quiz. At least I guess that's why joshxgarrett meant.
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level 74
May 16, 2016
he's certainly no less important than de Soto, Disraeli, Boleyn, Dumas, Thatcher, or Indira Gandhi.
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level 74
Aug 2, 2017
^but they're not American so nobody sees the need to whine about them.
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level 35
Apr 10, 2018
I would say Disraeli, Indira Gandhi and Thatcher had way more impact on their nations and the world than U S Grant did.

Disraeli practically built the Empire, Gandhi presided over a modernisation of India and Thatcher...was Thatcher...the greatest post-war PM we ever had. Sigh...
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level 35
Jun 15, 2018
Without Grant, the north loses the civil war. If that happens, the US likely never becomes a world superpower and the world would look a lot different today. (For better or for worse)
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level 74
Nov 8, 2018
^ yeah but of course if the United States didn't exist past 1865 that would have had far less of an impact on the world than Maggie Thatcher. ::eyeroll::
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level 42
Sep 13, 2014
ULYSSES Grant...urgh...I tried Hugh then my mind went blank. Like I care about foreign heads of state lol
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level 60
Sep 27, 2014
Could not for the life of me remember Mozart's name. Every time I tried to think about it, "Rock me Amadeus" kept popping into my mind.
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level 79
Oct 27, 2014
Got stuck on de Soto. Got it after having read all the comments in the hope of someone spoiling it. No such luck, but I GOT IT BY MYSELF!
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level 74
Nov 8, 2014
I wasn't sure about Machiavelli's name... I even tried Nicholas... but didn't get Niccolo
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level 67
Nov 9, 2014
I had never heard of Indira Gandhi. Learn something new every day!
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level 34
Jan 8, 2015
Got 28, missed Dumas and Disraeli.
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level 55
Jan 23, 2015
Needs more non-Americans
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level 58
Feb 22, 2015
Why? Only 4 of 22 were American and they were pretty obvious. Well 3 of them were. I guess Grant gave some trouble.
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level 63
May 2, 2015
i have never heard of indira gandhi … who is he/she
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level 45
Jun 1, 2015
She was Prime Minister of India, as was her son after her. Both were assassinated. Indira was also the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister.
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level 75
Aug 21, 2015
Incidentally, Mozart's first name wasn't Wolfgang, it was Johannes.
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level 56
Aug 26, 2015
Anyone else try "Hugh" for Grant?
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level 48
Jul 17, 2016
I tried everybody I could think of called Grant. After Cary Grant, William Grant, Richard Grant and a bunch of other people surnamed Grant didn't work, I even resorted to Hugh. There are hundreds of famous people called Grant according to Wikipedia.
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level 63
Oct 13, 2015
Everything was perfect until I reached de Soto. I've never heard of him. Off to Google now.
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level 74
Apr 3, 2017
He probably isn't that well known outside of the US. He was a Spanish explorer believed to be the first European to cross the Mississippi River.
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level 61
Feb 8, 2016
If we're going to be picky, surely the answer for Columbus should be "Cristobal", not "Christopher"?
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level 58
May 26, 2016
If you want to be really picky shouldn't it be "Cristoforo" since he was Born in Genua, Italy?
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level 74
Apr 3, 2018
I tried Cristobal and it was accepted
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level 52
Oct 10, 2018
Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonis.His name in Ligurian is Cristòffa Cómbo, in Italian Cristoforo Colombo and in Spanish Cristóbal Colón. (Wikipedia)
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level 28
Jun 18, 2016
I remembered Disraeli thanks to Assassin's Creed Syndicate!
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level 30
Aug 15, 2016
My first thought when I saw Grant was 'Hugh'
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level 20
Dec 10, 2016
I was typing in remy and reny instead of rene
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level 44
Jan 9, 2017
Dang it! I missed only Indira
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level 24
Jan 21, 2017
Thomas Edison ?? Come On, You Never Heard Of Nikola Tesla
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level 56
Dec 18, 2017
When a quiz has a list of people on it, it does not mean that those not on the quiz are somehow unknown, deficient in any way, or not worthy. There's only so many people's names that go into these quizzes, getting all upset and indignant about it is ridiculously childist and petty.
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level 69
Feb 14, 2017
Got de Soto because i played Colonization many many years ago... thanks mr. Meier!
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level 53
Jul 19, 2017
Any chance of accepting "Wulfgang" in place of "Wolfgang" for Mozart?
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level 56
Aug 2, 2017
I did try Rajiv for Gandhi - he was PM of India after all and so on a par with his mother Indira (who is on this quiz).
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level 41
Nov 8, 2018
Really? She was a major historical figure -- among the first female heads of a modern state, presiding over 15 key years of Indian history. Rajiv was...her son.
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level 45
Aug 2, 2017
I'm not all that impressed about the duel format of Gandhi: made it seem like it was two different names for the spiritual leader, not two different individuals. Maybe separate them, or have one or the other?
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level 39
Aug 23, 2017
Why is it that virtually everyone got the meaning except you?
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level 54
Aug 31, 2017
Any American who can't score a minimum of 27-28 on this quiz should sue their elementary and high school.
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level 39
Oct 16, 2017
Even non-Americans. I went to both grammar and high school overseas and we received extensive lessons in American History.
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level 49
Nov 15, 2017
I spaced on Lenin and Hitler, and yet forgetting their first names kind of pleases me.
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level 63
Dec 27, 2017
LOL
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level 52
Dec 18, 2017
Grant is far too open-ended.
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level 63
Dec 27, 2017
This was a fun quiz. We need a second......and a third......and a fourth......maybe more.
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level 59
Mar 31, 2018
Don't think I've ever heard of Hernando de Soto. Going to google him now.
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level 66
Apr 21, 2018
He might enjoy that!
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level 59
Jul 25, 2018
2:41, I am a bit surprised I remembered De Soto. Weird the things from fifth grade that stick in one's mind. Do they still teach children about all the explorers like they used to?
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level 56
Oct 22, 2018
I thought I was looking for two names for Gandhi, not the names of two different people. Quite confusing.
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level 52
Nov 8, 2018
You need to accept Maggie for Thatcher if you are accepting Joe for Stalin...
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level 48
Nov 8, 2018
did anyone type Leopold for the Mozart question or was it just me?
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level 70
Nov 8, 2018
I mean, if we're gonna get pedantic, then Johannes is Wolfie's actual first name
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level 71
Nov 8, 2018
Winnie Mandela is an historical figure too. Granted, not as much as Nelson. But she is an historical figure too
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level 52
Nov 8, 2018
Read the description.
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level 52
Nov 8, 2018
I feel like a Dumas for not getting Alexandre. :-D
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level 64
Nov 9, 2018
Could you accept "Hernan" for de Soto?
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level 31
Nov 10, 2018
Too easy