People in History A-Z #4

Name the important historical figure for each letter of the alphabet!
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Last updated: April 11, 2016
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Letter
Hint
Answer
A
Dictator of Uganda
Idi Amin
B
She played the female lead in "Casablanca"
Ingrid Bergman
C
Poet who wrote "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
D
President of the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War
Jefferson Davis
E
Co-author of "The Communist Manifesto"
Friedrich Engels
F
Gunpowder plotter of 1605
Guy Fawkes
G
French painter who traveled to Tahiti
Paul Gauguin
H
Author of "A Farewell to Arms"
Ernest Hemingway
I
Writer who created Rip Van Winkle and the Headless Horseman
Washington Irving
J
Female fighter in the Hundred Years' War
Joan of Arc
K
Australia's most famous "bushranger"
Ned Kelly
L
Scottish explorer of Africa during the 19th century
David Livingstone
M
Chairman of communist China
Mao Zedong
N
German philosopher who famously claimed God is dead
Friedrich Nietzsche
O
Greek shipping magnate and second husband of Jacqueline Bouvier
Aristotle Onassis
P
Greek philosopher who spoke of shadows on a cave wall
Plato
Q
Vice President to George Bush
Dan Quayle
R
Russian advisor to Nicholas II, assassinated in 1916
Rasputin
S
Author of "The Wealth of Nations"
Adam Smith
T
First black Archbishop of Cape Town
Desmond Tutu
U
Bathesheba's unlucky husband (Biblical)
Uriah the Hittite
V
Dutch painter who cut off his own ear
Vincent van Gogh
W
General who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo
Arthur Wellesley
X
Co-founder of the Jesuit order
Francis Xavier
Y
He brought the Mormons to Utah
Brigham Young
Z
A leading figure in the Mexican Revolution of 1910–1920
Emiliano Zapata
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Level 65
Mar 30, 2016
I'm surprised Irving is one of the least-known answers!
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Level 63
Jul 15, 2016
I've never heard of him, but I did get Francis Xavier, 'cos one of the houses at my school was named after him :)
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Level 45
Jun 2, 2021
Since I just listened to an audiobook of the Legend Of Sleepy Hollow a few weeks ago, I somehow remembered his name.

Funny what Hollywood made out of this, the 1999 movie and the series don't have much in common with the story.

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Level 56
Apr 10, 2016
I was confused because I kept writing Joan of Ark instead of Arc... Maybe you could except both
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Level 58
Jul 12, 2016
They accept everything except except for accept.
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Level 79
Mar 7, 2018
Are you one of those people who thinks she was Noah's wife?
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Level 71
Apr 30, 2021
Ha ha, like Ted 'Theodore' Logan ;)
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Level 60
Jul 12, 2016
Great quiz, really challenging and engaging, good work!
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Level 69
Jul 12, 2016
Guess Zorro wasn't a real Mexican revolutionary then!
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Level 65
Jul 14, 2016
Well his real name is Don Diego de la Vega
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Level 68
Jul 12, 2016
I typed Engel instead of Engels. Credit, please?
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Level 83
Dec 8, 2018
It's not a plural. There was only one of him.
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Level 71
Apr 30, 2021
S rarely indicates the plural in German.
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Level 73
Jul 12, 2016
Why the quotation marks around bushranger?
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Level 65
Jul 14, 2016
Idi, Idi, Idi Amin, most amazin' man, there's ever been.

He's the general, the president, the king of the scene,

Idi, Idi, Idi Amin

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Level 37
Apr 28, 2018
Rasputin was an "advisor" to the Tsarina, not the Tsar. According to the book "Anastasia" Nicholas couldn't stand him.
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Level 81
Jun 2, 2021
He was taken on as a healer to the family. As an advisor, you are quite correct. He and the tsarina were tight.
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Level 72
Aug 4, 2019
Spent ages trying many different spelling of Becall ...didnt think to try spelling it Bergman !
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Level 51
Oct 13, 2020
I thought it was Bergenson, Bergerson, Bergson.
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Level 77
Sep 27, 2019
Why is Wellington accepted for the 'W' answer?
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Level 82
Mar 16, 2020
Because he was also the Duke of Wellington. Same guy. and both answers start with W so..
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Level 57
Mar 4, 2021
I got Zapata only because I was guessing random Spanish words that start with Z, and zapato was accepted.
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Level 66
Jun 2, 2021
I learned about him in school, but the name really stuck because Rage Against the Machine wrote a song about him.
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Level 45
Jun 2, 2021
Hey, Steve Harris doesn't start with a C... :P
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Level 82
Jun 2, 2021
I've always heard the 1-eared artist's name pronounced "van-GO". But recently, I heard someone pronounce it "van-GOH(insert sound of someone clearing their throat here)". Is that the actual Dutch pronunciation? Or is simply saying "van-GO" perfectly acceptable?
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Level 56
Jun 2, 2021
In Dutch the pronounciation is with a ch sound (as in Scottish loch) twice (so choch). And also Van is with an a as in father. But it's up to you what you think is acceptable, Van Go seems to be a common pronounciation in English.
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Level 82
Jun 2, 2021
Gotcha, thanks.
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Level 64
Jun 2, 2021
I think it's a difference between British and American pronunciation. As an American, I'd only ever heard "Van Go" until I watched an episode of Doctor Who featuring him. They pronounced it with two throat-clearing sounds, much like the authentic Dutch.
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Level 64
Jun 2, 2021
Wow, Gauguin's travels to Tahiti referenced in featured quizzes two days in a row! Glad I paid attention in my art history class.
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Level 53
Jun 2, 2021
Should aslo accept Finis Davis, not only Jefferson Davis
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Level 54
Jun 2, 2021
I got Xavier only because it was the first X name that came to mind
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Level 64
Jun 9, 2021
I almost didn't get him, because I thought Xavier was a second first name, and not actually a last name, but I looked it up, and the quiz is absolutely right!
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Level 68
Jun 4, 2021
Bathsheba's unlucky husband (not Bathesheba) Unless she's in the bath, I suppose....