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History by Picture - R

Can you name these historic people, places, and things beginning with the letter "R"?
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Last updated: July 28, 2018
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empire
artifact
u.s president
Roman Empire
Rosetta Stone
period of European history
former name
artist
athlete
religious movement
actors
revolution
Russian troublemaker
type of letter
Russian Revolution
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
patented by Samuel Colt in 1835
Berlin building that burned in 1933
play
Einstein theory
crusader
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level 74
Jul 28, 2018
Please accept Ramesses or Rameses for Ramses - all three spellings seem to be common.
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level 74
Jul 28, 2018
^^ what he said
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level 59
Jul 28, 2018
Those type ins were added, awaiting approval.
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level 71
Jul 30, 2018
There were 11 pharaohs called Rameses (predictably named I to XI like all good monarchies), so thanks for not holding out for the specific number :) I checked on Wikipedia and there are more spelling variations for this guy listed there.
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level 76
Jul 29, 2018
I spent so long trying to make "Ozymandias" begin with an "R".
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level 73
Jul 30, 2018
Yep...me too.
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level 76
Nov 9, 2018
Ozymandias doesn't start with "R". Shelley doesn't start with "R". Took quite a while for my brain to engage.
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level 78
Nov 9, 2018
Same here.
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level 67
Jul 30, 2018
Great quiz. The athlete sticks out like a sore thumb though. Baseball is a sport with very little presence outside of North America. All the other questions could reasonably be considered 'general knowledge' for your average western quizer. The seventh question is incredibly hard for those of us who aren't from North America. My analogy would be, what chance would a North American have of getting a question about a cricketer or a Rugby player!? Why not change it to a question about Walter Raleigh, Robespierre, Rutherford, Rabin, (Condoleezza) Rice, or even Babe Ruth. Just a suggestion to help those of us who don't live in North America.
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level 59
Jul 30, 2018
It's because he was the first African-American to play in United States Major League Sports.
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level 64
Aug 24, 2018
I agree with Algernon. 17/18 but never heard of the baseball player which is entirely reasonable. Otherwise a good quiz.
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level 77
Aug 10, 2018
That isn't exactly true. While baseball is a favorite in the USA, along with practically any other sporting competition, it is popular in many other countries also. The very first International Baseball Federation World Cup games were played in London in 1938 where the British team beat the team from the US four out of five games to win the Cup. Baseball is also popular in Asia, South America, parts of Europe, and Australia.
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level 58
Aug 27, 2018
Cherry picking.
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level 68
Sep 6, 2018
The first international cricket match was between the USA and Canada. How's that going?
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level 59
Nov 9, 2018
It's certainly not cherry-picking to say baseball is popular in Central America, South America, and parts of Asia. It's hugely popular in places there. But it is true that the Jackie Robinson question is probably inaccessible to to quiztakers elsewhere.
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level 38
Nov 2, 2018
Algernon: But Condoleeza Rice and Babe Ruth (who was also a Baseball player) are also American, so how would that help?
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level 63
Nov 9, 2018
Those two are better known outside of the US. I tried Babe Ruth on this quiz because it is the only name i can match with Baseball.
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level 69
Jul 30, 2018
Actors? Really? They were more famous as President and First Lady than they ever were as actors.
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level 19
Aug 25, 2018
I had the Reagans in mind but the actors label really swayed the answer away from my head.
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level 75
Nov 9, 2018
When that photo was taken they were actors. You must be younger or don't watch old movies. They - especially Ronald - were big in the '40s and '50s. I remember "Win just one for the Gipper" from Knute Rockne, and Hellcats of the Navy, and Kings Row. He hosted the G.E. Theater on TV, and he was also president of the Screen Actors Guild during the infamous McCarthy era. During his time as SAG president (when he was an ultra-liberal) he helped secure income from residuals for actors which made a big difference in their incomes, and still does today.
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level 67
Aug 11, 2018
Quite comical to see a 'Baseball Player' who played 70 years ago being amongst world wide renowned facts and people.
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level 75
Nov 9, 2018
So you missed that one? Pretty embarrassing.
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level 63
Nov 9, 2018
Really? Missing any of the others would be embarrassing.
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level 75
Nov 12, 2018
Well it must have embarrassed this person or they wouldn't be snidely disparaging the quiz while implying that somehow the person in question is not renowned (even though the majority got it right) in order to excuse their own ignorance.
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level 75
Nov 9, 2018
First, I don't see the words "world wide" anyplace in the title or caveats. Second, the 2013 movie about him, "42" had a foreign box office gross of two and a half million, - admittedly that's not great, but more than a few people outside of the US should know about him. I'd never heard of the Reichstag before this quiz but I'm not complaining about it being on the quiz. You didn't complain about revolver, so how are we supposed to know which "American things" are well known around the world and which ones aren't? I think WolfCam has a great mix of answers on this quiz and only four relate to America. That is four too many for some people.
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level 65
Nov 9, 2018
I couldn't care less about baseball, that boring pastime that is popular elsewhere in the world. So my first thought was similar to yours. But it turns out that Mr Robinson here was part of a big thing going on in America back then, as WolfCam explained above. So let's admit that we learned something new today. Young people, don't take your freedom, paid vacation leave, or afro-american pro-baseball players for granted. Someone had to fight for such things. That's history alright!
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level 56
Nov 9, 2018
Rhodesia included both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Your clue points to South Rhodesia
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level 50
Nov 9, 2018
if you cannot accept Runic for rune you are being uptight
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level 60
Nov 9, 2018
I have to admit I had no idea who the actors. When the names came up, I thought "Oh yeah, I recognise him now. Not his wife though." Also the baseball one was an unknown. Although I think I have heard of his name before. The rest, easy.
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level 64
Nov 9, 2018
I think "Russian Troublemaker is the best description I've yet heard of Rasputin.