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History by Letter - B

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter B.
Last updated: April 25, 2016
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Deaf German composer
Ludwig van
Beethoven
Ancient city famous for Hanging Gardens
Babylon
Modern-day capital near the
site of the above
Baghdad
City that had a "Tea Party" in 1773
Boston
"Liberator" of South and Central America
Simón Bolívar
Often credited with
inventing the telephone
Alexander
Graham Bell
Prison stormed in the French Revolution
Bastille
English scientist and statesman
who shares his name with a strip of meat
Francis Bacon
City separated by a wall until 1989
Berlin
The Eastern Roman Empire
Byzantine
Empire
Russian faction that came to power
in the October Revolution
Bolsheviks
Napoleon's last name
Bonaparte
Hint
Answer
Pandemic caused by
the Yersinia Pestis bacterium
Black Death
Descendents of the
Dutch settlers of South Africa
Boers
Siddhārtha Gautama
Buddha
City where the Titanic was built
Belfast
Germany's bombing of the
UK during WWII
The Blitz
Literary family of
Anne, Emily, and Charlotte
Brontë
What came before the Iron Age
Bronze Age
Nickname for pirate Edward Teach
Blackbeard
Celtic queen who led a revolt
against the Romans
Boudica
Beheaded wife of Henry VIII
Anne Boleyn
Former name of Mumbai
Bombay
Abraham Lincoln's assassin
John Wilkes
Booth
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level 66
May 21, 2014
come on, Bolein should be right to!
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level 43
Sep 9, 2014
Learn to spell, or don't take the quiz.
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level 55
May 22, 2014
I'm glad we had the B hint, because he beheaded more than one wife.
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level 73
May 22, 2014
"divorce is for wusses" - King Henry VIII
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level 44
Aug 14, 2014
He had two divorces, and two were beheaded.
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level 59
Dec 2, 2016
Divorce beheaded died, divorced beheaded survived!
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level 31
Oct 11, 2017
@WolfCam "Don't Stay in School" - Boy in a Band.
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level 77
May 24, 2014
Oh come on, he beheaded only two, and Boleyn is the most famous ^^.
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level 75
Jun 10, 2014
Great pick-up lines in history: c'mon baby, I've only had two of my ex-wives brutally murdered.
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level 58
Dec 15, 2014
Divorced, beheaded and died. Divorced, beheaded, survived. The fate of Henry VIII's wives. Only one of them kept their lives.
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level 62
Oct 21, 2015
3 of them kept their lives, actually. Wife # 4, Anna of Cleves, and Wife # 6 Catherine Parr both outlived him, while Wife # 1, Catherine of Aragon lived several years after the annulment of her marriage.
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level 68
Apr 18, 2017
He didn't divorce at all. Two of his marriages were annulled.
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level 80
Jun 10, 2014
Boors, Boores, Bores, Bhors, Bhoores, Bhors... I thought I tried EVERY spelling ever conceivable for that one!
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level 45
Jun 10, 2014
Me too! I ashamed to say I misspelled Buddha too. I must need a nap!
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level 22
Sep 6, 2014
The proper spelling "boers" is derrived from the Dutch word 'boer', meaning farmer. In Dutch the oe is pronounced much like the oe in shoe, but for some reason the pronunciation of boer changed.
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level 56
Oct 14, 2014
Afrikaaners are the descendants of the dutch, the boers are afrikaans famers. gigano is correct that the oe in boer is pronounced the same as the oe in shoe.
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level 80
Oct 21, 2015
I speak Dutch so in theory I should've tried that "oe" as well. In practice however...
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level 38
Feb 6, 2017
You are absolutely right. If Boer was pronounced as it should be (as in shoe) there would be fewer misspellings.
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level 49
Mar 22, 2018
that's because Afrikaans is Dutch, English and German ..
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level ∞
Apr 25, 2016
Added some type-ins for that one
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level 55
Jul 28, 2018
I couldn't spell an acceptable alternative for Boudica no matter what I tried. It seems that a lot of alternatives are accepted, but none that came to mind ...
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level 46
Jun 10, 2014
Very surprised that Boudica scored so low :/
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level 54
Jun 10, 2014
Can you replace Ludwig von Beethoven with Ludwig van Beethoven?
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level 71
Jun 10, 2014
I second this, despite its seeming pickiness. "von" in his day meant "of noble birth," while "van" signaled commoner. The fact that he was a "van" rather than a "von" greatly informed his politics and his music.
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level 38
Feb 6, 2017
Both Von and van mean the same thing (from). The difference is that the Germans historically used it only for royals or royal pretenders, while the Dutch used it merely to indicate where a person originated from, without connection to nobility.
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level 64
Jun 10, 2014
Huh? I guess I never realized that Beethoven was of Flemish ancestry. That's interesting.
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level ∞
Jun 10, 2014
Fixed
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level 45
Jun 14, 2014
forgot boudica :-(
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level 28
Sep 23, 2014
Great quiz loved it
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level 44
Oct 8, 2014
Who else thought of "bubonic plague" before Black Death? (: Thank you, Quizmaster, for allowing this as a correct answer! (:
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level 49
Sep 13, 2016
I sure did. And when I saw it I was like, oh, Black starts with B.
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level 47
Dec 2, 2016
me too
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level 39
Dec 22, 2014
Stockiebasher - three kept their lives. The two he divorced and Catherine Parr, who outlived him.
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level 39
Jan 10, 2015
I read your comment about Kevorkian and admit I hadn't heard of him. Looked him up and what a character he was. People have their own opinions about euthanasia but the taking of blood from corpses really freaked me out; as did his wanting to experiment on criminals. So thanks, Erikthev, for educating me!
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level 76
Sep 8, 2015
Buonaparte or Buonoparte for Bonaparte? I have been reading a book that spells it like that all the way through and was annoyed when it didn't accept it.
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level 48
Jul 7, 2017
Yes, I agree. Buonaparte is his real Corsican name.
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level 68
Nov 2, 2015
There is proof that Shakespeare spelt his own name 17 different ways so what chance have we got
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level 50
Nov 25, 2015
I knew Bolsheviks, I just couldn't spell it >:(
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level 71
Mar 6, 2016
Too easy for someone educated in 1970's UK. Finished with 2:15 to spare.
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level 58
Sep 12, 2016
Bell did invent the Telephone, so why does the clue say often credited with inventing the Telephone, when it's an established fact he did it.
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level 54
Sep 12, 2016
Antonio Meucci invented the telephone, he couldn't afford the patents. Bell stole his idea, Meucci sued but died before the end of the trial.
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level 38
Oct 24, 2018
^ Yes. That "often credited with..." threw me off completely,and made me think of Menucci, which doesn't start with a "B".
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level 45
Feb 26, 2017
It should say: 'Descendants of the Dutch settlers of South Africa' instead of 'Descendents...'
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level 23
Jul 7, 2017
omg i would have got 100% if i spelt Byzantine right LOL
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level 26
Oct 11, 2017
Battle of Britain instead of "The Blitz"?
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level ∞
Oct 12, 2017
Would have worked
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level 31
Oct 11, 2017
If only I had been able to spell Bolsheviks correctly... stupid Ben... its not "Bolshoviks"... ;( smh
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