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The 18th Century Quiz

Based on the clues, guess these notable facts from 18th century history.
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First submittedMarch 30, 2014
Last updatedAugust 31, 2016
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1799
French troops uncover this relic, the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs
Rosetta Stone
1796
Edward Jenner invents a vaccine for this disease
Smallpox
1795
The British Navy discovers that drinking lemon juice prevents this disease
Scurvy
1793
This queen is beheaded by guillotine
Marie Antoinette
1791
This Austrian composer dies of fever at age 35
Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart
1789
Rioters attack this notorious Parisian prison
Bastille
1788
This Scottish poet composes "Auld Lang Syne"
Robert Burns
1783
Man takes flight as the Montgolfier brothers demonstrate this invention
Hot Air Balloon
1778
This sea captain "discovers" Hawaii
James Cook
1776
This country declares independence from Great Britain
United States
1776
Adam Smith writes the first book about this "dismal science"
Economics
1764
This "Revolution" begins in Great Britain before spreading to the rest of the world
Industrial Revolution
1756-1763
Great Britain, France, Austria, and other powers fight this "world war"
Seven Years' War
1759
This englightened French philosopher publishes "Candide"
Voltaire
1732
This Philadelphia printer publishes "Poor Richard's Almanack" for the first time
Benjamin Franklin
1719
Daniel Defoe writes this book, sometimes considered
the first English-language novel
Robinson Crusoe
1718
This pirate, born Edward Teach, is killed by the Royal Navy
Blackbeard
1717
The first Grand Lodge of this secret society is formed in London
Freemasonry
1703
Peter the Great founds this capital on the Gulf of Finland
St. Petersburg
1701
This militant German kingdom is formed under Frederick I
Prussia
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level 58
May 31, 2014
Robert Burns is also commonly referred to as Robbie Burns.
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level 71
May 31, 2014
And, uh, L'il Rob.
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level 60
Jun 2, 2014
Lil' Burnsie
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level 69
Mar 5, 2017
Bobby Burnz
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level 74
May 31, 2014
Or indeed 'Rabbie Burns'.
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level 49
Jun 1, 2014
Finished with 3:05 remaining. Got them all on my first guess except "Seven Years' War". (I wanted to call it the "French and Indian War". What can I say, I'm a product of the American public school system, it's a miracle that I know any history at all.)
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level 70
Feb 13, 2017
Wow, isn't THAT the truth?!!
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level 37
Jun 2, 2014
can you please accept French and Indian war for the 7 years war
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level 76
Mar 5, 2017
It was accepted for me.
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level 37
Jun 6, 2014
Alexander Hamilton died in 1804. Here's a link to his biography: http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/biographies/alexander-hamilton/
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level ∞
Jun 7, 2014
A strange mistake by me. I found something that actually did happen in 1795 to replace it.
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level 58
Jul 9, 2014
Blackbeard wasn't born as Edward Teach. No one really knows his real last name (pirates took false names to avoid tarnishing the family name). Along with Blackbeard and Ed Teach, Edward Thatch is also a common name. Perhaps a more accurate clue would be "called" rather than "born".
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level 39
Apr 13, 2015
It was lime juice, not lemon, that the navy used. That's why the Aussies call us Limeys.
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level ∞
Aug 31, 2016
Not until the 19th century. At first, they used lemons.
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level 63
Mar 5, 2017
Aussie call us Poms, it's those other pesky colonials who call us Limeys
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level 79
Jul 10, 2015
Not to be too US-centric, but Americans learn of the Seven Years War as the French and Indian War. (Sadly, most Americans forget that the war was a much broader war.) Nonetheless, French and Indian War should be accepted.
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level ∞
Aug 31, 2016
Okay
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level 77
Mar 5, 2017
I'm American and I learned about the 7 Years War, which the French and Indian War was but a smaller component of fought in North America.
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level 77
Mar 5, 2017
I don't think French and Indian War should be accepted, personally.
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level 67
Mar 5, 2017
Well, as a Canadian - the part of North America where that war mattered a hell of a lot more - we always refer to it as the Seven-Years War. It was fought in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and India, at least. To use a name for a provincial skirmish to represent the whole thing doesn't really make sense. Meantime, isn't it a shame that nothing was done by (or happened to) non-White people during the whole 18th Century? I guess I would've thought, for example, that Haitians defeating their slave masters, Spain, Britain, and beginning their defeat of France might've been almost as important as beheading a queen. But I guess not. Slavery wasn't that big a deal.
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level 38
Sep 21, 2019
Actually Haiti gained its independence in the 19th Century (1803). And why there were many slave uprisings during the 18th Century (i. e. in the Dutch Colony of Curacao in 1795), they were, unfortunately unsuccessful, thus only meaningful to the descendants of those rebels.
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level 61
Feb 26, 2017
Tried 100 Years War, tried 30 Years War...missed the dates. 1763 minus 1756 = 7 years war. D'oh!
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level 50
Mar 5, 2017
Please accept pox.
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level 76
Mar 5, 2017
Would that be smallpox, chicken pox, cowpox or "the" pox (syphilis)?
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level 43
Mar 6, 2017
Balls.. I put Mary Antoinette
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level 67
Mar 6, 2017
I was typing Boo-urns.
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level 44
Mar 6, 2017
On the Adam Smith question, specify if you want us to state the book or the science
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level 73
Oct 23, 2018
It looks quite clear to me
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level 59
Oct 12, 2017
could Economy be accepted instead of economics ?
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level 52
Oct 28, 2018
never heard of the 7 years war.... have i missed a question somewhere as i have no idea how America and India got involved