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History by Picture - H

Can you name these historical people, places, and things beginning with H?
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Last updated: April 28, 2018
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leader
empire
event
Hindenburg Disaster
dictator
Roman wall
city
Hadrian's Wall
musician
war
dictator
emperor
event started in 629 C.E
oldest college in the U.S.
poor marksman
general
formerly British territory
country - former flag
filmmaker
style of writing
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level 71
Apr 28, 2018
Today I learned it's spelled Handel in English and Händel in German.
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level 75
Jul 7, 2018
Anyway, please accept Haendel.
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level 74
Jul 7, 2018
Please accept the only way I could think of to spell it - H-a-y-d-n. :)
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level 61
Jul 7, 2018
The smiley at the end makes me think you're joking, but I'm not 100% sure, so I'm just going to point out that Händel and Haydn were different people anyway.
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level 67
Apr 28, 2018
The "Poor Marksman" clue went straight over my head. I had to Google it, and even then it's mentioned in the last line of his Wikipedia article. I assume he is more famous in America?
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level 72
Apr 28, 2018
The poor marksman was in a very famous duel with a US vice president. He was not the winner. They made a musical play a couple years ago about it that played to packed theaters.
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level 77
Apr 28, 2018
It's STILL playing to packed theaters, even in London. But the photo is easily recognized from the $10 bill/note.
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level 68
Jul 7, 2018
I believe it went over Aaron Burr's head as well.
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level 74
Jul 7, 2018
Hilarious.
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level 74
Jul 7, 2018
That clue had me laughing out loud.
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level 72
Apr 28, 2018
Great mix of questions, enjoyed that
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level 74
Apr 28, 2018
Not enough mushroom shape in the Hiroshima picture. I thought it was a volcano and was thinking about what city starting with H was destroyed by Vesuvius or Krakatoa.
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level ∞
Apr 28, 2018
This is as actual picture of the event, not a drawing or recreation. Please don't complain about the quiz if you don't get an answer correct.
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level 75
May 25, 2018
QM, you know there's always one in every crowd. I've seen that same image many times in documentaries and old newsreels but contrary to popular belief I wasn't around when it happened.
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level 74
Jul 7, 2018
I didn't think he was complaining, just commenting. He was voicing the same thing I thought, and I nearly missed it because it also looked to me like a volcano. I don't remember ever seeing an actual photo before, but once I figured it out it was pretty chilling.
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level 79
Apr 29, 2018
I failed to recognise it too. As I understand it, the Hiroshima bomb was much less powerful than the atomic bombs around these days. That would've affected the shape of the cloud. I actually like that it isn't exactly what popular culture would have you think.
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level 59
May 23, 2018
the cloud was almost certainly what you expected it to look like for the first few seconds after detonation. this picture is after the superheated air has risen to...20,000 feet or so.
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level 73
May 2, 2018
So far it's the second most guessed question at 92%. I think the clue is fine.
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level 64
Jul 8, 2018
Herculaneum was destroyed by Vesuvius, but that's not the answer
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level 29
Apr 28, 2018
it makes me so happy that hamilton was on there
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level 74
Jul 7, 2018
This is the third or fourth quiz I've taken this week that had Hamilton as an answer. QM, are you an investor in the Broadway show? :)
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level 69
Apr 28, 2018
Wow spitting fire at Hamilton.
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level 66
Jul 7, 2018
It's okay, he's used to it.
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level 56
Apr 30, 2018
maybe change hajj for hegira?
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level 65
Jul 7, 2018
Why? Hejira is a totally different event, occuring around 622 C.E. when Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Medina (essentially from a people that oppressed him and his followers to a people that accepted him as their ruler and gave him and his followers a new home), a turning point in early Islamic History and the mark of a new age. That's why it marks the beginning of the Islamic (Hejiri) Calender. This image, on the other hand, shows the Kaaba, in Mecca, which is a symbol for the Hajj since it is the starting point of the annual pilgrimage (which mostly takes place outside of Mecca, by the way, and includes traveling to and staying in some places you may have never heard of, like Mina, Muzdalifa and most importantly, Mount Arafat.)
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level 50
Jul 7, 2018
Yes, nicely put. But Hajj isn't an "event". It is a Holy pilgrimage, and should not be put as an "event", such as a carnival or something. It is Holy and should be referred to as a religious pilgrimage. The point is, it is not an event but a pilgrimage.
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level 65
Jul 9, 2018
Well, yeah, but that would give the clue away. I think stating it as an event does no harm, because 'event' can mean anything and not specifically the modern Facebook-attend-this-event type of meaning. The battle of the Trench was an event, so was the conquest of Mecca. Similarly, giving Zakah every year is considered an annual event, so why not the Hajj?
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level 65
Jul 7, 2018
I do have a point to make about the caption underneath the image, however. The Hajj didn't start in 629 C.E. It is an ancient practice that was performed by the Arab tribes from across the peninsula centuries before the time of Muhammad. You can find mention of it in Roman sources about Mecca, which I remember reading about in the Wikipedia page of Mecca. Of course, the Hajj as we know it today started after Islam, but before that pagan arabs used to go there every year, giving gifts and sacrifices to the idols that surrounded the Kaaba at that time, each tribe having their own idol, and so on. The word Hajj itself means "pilgrimage" in Arabic and doesn't specifically mean the Islamic event, although it has become synonymous with it.
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level 65
Jul 7, 2018
Moreover, if you want to go deeper into history, even before paganism spread to Arabia, there were pilgrimages to the one god, Allah, going back to the time of Abraham, who built the Kaaba, according to both the Quran and pre-Islamic Arab tradition. The whole city of Mecca was founded from that event, along with the discovery of the Zamzam well that provided water for the tribes that settled there and allowed some of them to stay permenantly, eventually becoming the Quraysh, Muhammad's tribe.
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level 73
May 2, 2018
Hamilton drew first position Looking, to the world, like a man on a mission This is a soldier with a marksman’s ability The doctor turned around so he could have deniability Even Aaron Burr said that Hamilton was a good shot. Come on man...he aimed his pistol at the sky!
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level 74
Jul 7, 2018
Why one should never study history while watching TV - M*A*S*H quote: Radar: "Who's Aaron Burr?" Trapper John: "The guy who shot John Wilkes Booth."
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level 74
Jul 7, 2018
Is it just me, or is this History by Picture quiz more of a downer than most? That Hindenburg-Hitler-Hiroshima-Hussein quartet is a real whammy.
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level 48
Jul 7, 2018
I never get Hungry
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level 48
Jul 7, 2018
*Hungary
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level 26
Jul 8, 2018
Unnecessary pun/mistake. I recommend Grammarly.
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level 68
Nov 26, 2018
poor marksman clue is awesome
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