People in History A-Z #3

Name the important historical figure for each letter of the alphabet
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Last updated: December 22, 2019
First submittedJune 15, 2015
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Letter
Hint
Answer
A
Greek conqueror whose empire extended to India
Alexander the Great
B
Ancient British queen who resisted Roman invasion
Boudica
C
He "discovered" America
Christopher Colombus
D
Spanish surrealist painter
Salvador Dalí
E
Holocaust organizer who fled to Argentina
Adolf Eichmann
F
Famous Assassinated Austrian archduke
Franz Ferdinand
G
The greatest Khan and warlord of Mongolia
Genghis Khan
H
Hungarian escape artist
Harry Houdini
I
First Russian tsar
Ivan the Terrible
J
Swiss psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology
Carl Jung
K
Prussian philosopher: "Critique of Pure Reason"
Immanuel Kant
L
President during the U.S. Civil War
Abraham Lincoln
M
Muslim prophet and founder of Islam
Muhammad
N
American president who resigned after Watergate
Richard Nixon
O
Often considered the first Holy Roman Emperor
Otto I
P
Venetian explorer who travelled China and East Asia
Marco Polo
Q
First emperor of China; his grave is guarded by the Terracotta Army
Qin Shi Huang
R
Scottish king who helped win independence in the 1300s
Robert the Bruce
S
Soviet dictator
Joseph Stalin
T
The buck stopped with this U.S. President
Harry S. Truman
U
Birth name of V. I. Lenin
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov
V
Composer of "The Four Seasons"
Antonio Vivaldi
W
Sci-fi novelist who wrote "The War of The Worlds"
H.G. Wells
X
Greek historian and soldier who wrote "Anabasis"
Xenophon
Y
Irish poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923
William Butler Yeats
Z
Builder of rigid dirigibles
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
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Level 88
Mar 29, 2016
Begging for mercy on spelling of B... tried Boadicea and Boudicea before giving up on it. Admittedly, I only knew her from the Opie painting.
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Level 74
Mar 31, 2016
I've always known her as Boadicea.
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Level 49
Jun 10, 2016
I love that the link you provided spelled it differently than everyone else! "Boudicca" with a double-C.
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Level 74
Jun 10, 2016
... she's in brackets on the title line! and again at line 13 ...
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Level ∞
Apr 1, 2016
Endings in -ea will work now. Every other possible alternative was already accepted. :)
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Level 82
Mar 31, 2016
I also tried Boudicea, lucky I managed to drop the e when I started guessing. -- On the note of spelling, I tried "Welles" for Wells and got accepted. It's two totally different people. Shouldn't we keep them separate?
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Level 67
Apr 3, 2016
Is «Brittonic» a better term for the B answer instead of «British»?. She was a ruler during the Roman occupation. Im not an anglophone, but i taught that Britons was referring to the Celtic people living in the British isles.
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Level 35
Jun 10, 2016
Both are interchangeable, British and Brittonic are both correct, as are, in her case Celtic and Iceni
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Level 71
Jun 10, 2016
Huh, I answered the question correctly, but I never even knew that zeppelins were named after a person.
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Level 60
Jun 10, 2016
I can never remember the English spelling for Genghis Khan :(
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Level 70
Jun 10, 2016
yeah - I tried Chinghiz (and then finally had the wherewithal to see that this was in the "G" category).
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Level 58
Jun 10, 2016
Anyone else think 'Valli' (as in Frankie Valli) for the Four Seasons?
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Level 67
Jun 10, 2016
Thanks Big Lebowski for the Lenin answer!
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Level 78
Jun 10, 2016
As soon as I saw the title of the quiz, I knew I would get the x answer - it would have to be Xerxes. Alas, poor Xenophon. I knew him not so well.
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Level 81
Jun 15, 2016
Could have been Galactic Emperor Xenu.
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Level 37
Apr 25, 2017
Or maybe Xray, but it wasn't.
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Level 81
Mar 13, 2018
Who's Xray?
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Level 73
Sep 19, 2019
Kal, he’s probably referring to Dr. Xray, the discoverer and name sake of X-rays.
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Level 69
Oct 8, 2017
Great quiz, though the interweb is telling me Octavian was the first Emperor of Rome. Happy to be proved wrong.

Three questions about US Presidents seems OTT. Surely there are other historical figures with those initials. Heck, even other American historical figures if you really wanna keep it as American answers. Three Presidents just seems like unnecessary duplication.

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Level 72
Jan 16, 2018
Octavian (Augustus) WAS the first emperor of Rome. But that's not the question. You should name the first Holy Roman Emperor. The Holy Roman Empire was a confederation of kingdoms in Central Europe in the Middle Ages that had (almost) nothing to do with Romans.
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2018
Nice quiz, a worthy continuation of my series :-)
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Level 41
May 14, 2018
Could "zepplin" spelling be accepted please?
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Level 68
Mar 17, 2019
Perhaps the clue for Lenin should be amended to "birth surname" as to not stump the quiztaker. To me, personally, "birth name" resonates more so with first name. But that's just me.
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Level 56
Mar 20, 2019
I only know Lenin's birth name because of Walter Sobchak.
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Level ∞
Nov 11, 2020
I am the walrus.