History by Letter - E

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter E.
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Last updated: July 27, 2019
First submittedMay 22, 2014
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Scientist famous for relativity
Albert Einstein
Famous equation of the above
E = mc2
Cleopatra's country
Egypt
Lightbulb inventor
Thomas Edison
His campaign slogan was "I Like Ike"
Dwight Eisenhower
Important Mesopotamian river
Euphrates
Virgin queen of England
Elizabeth
World's tallest structure in 1900
Eiffel Tower
Country formerly known as Abyssinia
Ethiopia
Canal that connected the Atlantic
to the Great Lakes in 1825
Erie Canal
Anglo-Saxon king called
"The Confessor"
Edward
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Aviatrix who disappeared in 1937
Amelia Earhart
Ancient Tuscan civilization
Etruscan
English school on whose playfields
Waterloo was won
Eton College
German cipher machine of WWII
Enigma
Enlightened hometown of
Adam Smith and David Hume
Edinburgh
Greek "Father of Geometry"
Euclid
Island to which Napoleon was exiled
Elba
Athenian author of "Medea"
Euripides
Nordic explorer who founded Vinland
Leif Erikson
Former name of Tokyo
Edo
Currency introduced in 1999
Euro
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Level 71
May 28, 2014
Sure...Euripides wrote the original "Medea", but we can thank Tyler Perry for the numerous remakes making it a true modern classic. Especially Medea Goes to Jail. What a wonderful adaptation of the Greek original
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Level 45
Jun 18, 2014
Was thinking the same thing!
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Level 38
Apr 6, 2017
Sorry folks, but Tyler Perry's character is mAdea, not Medea!
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Level 79
May 3, 2018
nothing gets past you
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Level 57
Dec 20, 2019
nerd
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Level 24
Jun 20, 2014
Not to be a jackass, but the "Euro" was introduced in 2002.
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Level 87
Jun 25, 2014
Physical Coins and Currency for the Euro were entered into circulation in 2002, but it was introduced as a currency, and used for accounting, in 1999.
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Level 49
Jan 12, 2015
Call an ambulance, cause you just got a THIRD DEGREE BURN!!!!!
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Level 65
Oct 27, 2016
There you go. The Euro is the new 'single currency' of the European Monetary Union, adopted on January 1, 1999 by 11 Member States. Greece became the 12th Member state to adopt the Euro on January 1, 2001. On January 1, 2002, these 12 countries officially introduced the Euro banknotes and coins as legal tender.
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Level 81
Jul 3, 2014
D'oh! I knew the nordic explorer, but I had his name mixed up...I typed Erik Liefson! *FACE PALM*
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Level 47
Jul 3, 2014
You aren't the only one, loganite
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Level 43
Jul 3, 2014
can you accept Erik the Red for Leif Eriksson
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Level 70
Jul 3, 2014
Should Æthelred the Unready be accepted for Edward the Confessor? Erik the Red was Erikson's father, there's no reason for that to be accepted.
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Level 71
Oct 7, 2014
And "unready" in his name did not mean that he was unprepared, but that he hadn't been well advised.
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Level 49
Nov 14, 2016
Interestingly, 'Aethelred' is actually an anagram of 'the leader', which he was (off topic)
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Level 75
Oct 30, 2014
Erik the Red was actually Leif's father, and he never went any farther west than Greenland.
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Level 63
Sep 21, 2019
In Denmark (and also other Scandinavian countries, I think) we call them 'Erik den røde' (Erik the red) and 'Leif den lykkelige' (Leif the happy). I would never call him by his last name, and it gets a little confusing when his father, Erik (who starts with an 'e'), also was an explorer who discovered Greenland.
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Level 58
Jul 5, 2014
Thanks for letting us type the mobile phone company for the Vinland guy.
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Level 67
Jul 7, 2014
Edison didn't really invent the lightbulb.
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Level 83
Feb 12, 2015
That's true. He didn't actually invent the first electric light bulb, but he did invent the first incandescent light bulb.
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2020
Well - even that's not quite the case. He publicised himself as such (I think) but Joseph Swan was at least several months ahead.
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Level 75
Oct 16, 2015
Agreed. He didn't invent the lightbulb. He bought the 1st patent for it from two Canadian guys.
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Level ∞
Apr 26, 2016
Someone always feels the need to say this. The simple fact is that nobody really invents anything by themselves. If we have to choose one person who is most responsible for popularizing electric light, it is Thomas Edison.
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Level 38
Oct 31, 2016
THANK YOU! - I bet even the naysayers don't know the names of the "two Canadian guys" to whom they refer. But everyone will associate the bulb with Edison. (duh)!
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Level 49
Nov 14, 2016
What about Joseph Swan and Heinrich Göbel?
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Level 64
Dec 20, 2019
Everyone knows Al Gore invented the light bulb.
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2020
Yes, but popularising it isn't the same thing as inventing it... I don't think there are very many inventions which were popularised by the inventor. And even if most inventions are come to by many people, we don't normally name one of the (considerably) later ones as "the" inventor.
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Level 60
Jul 2, 2020
Right, because inventing and marketing are exactly the same thing.
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Level 58
Oct 13, 2014
Etruscan is the adjective, I believe the name of the nation was Etruria.
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Level ∞
Jul 27, 2019
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etruscan_civilization

But Etruria will now be accepted as a type-in.

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Level 24
Nov 16, 2016
James Clavell's Shogun called Tokyo, "Eto". Should it be considered?
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Level 38
Jul 25, 2018
Is James Clavell the ultimate authority on what the Japanese called their capital before they changed it to Tokyo?
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Level 22
Mar 19, 2018
i put ethopia not ethiopia ):
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Level 71
Nov 9, 2018
Finally, a Leif Erikson question. Hinga dinga durgen!
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Level 70
Jan 24, 2019
"Oldest human remains". Not really true in any case - most palaeoanthropologists will say that you see modern humans elsewhere before Ethiopia, e.g. Morocco. (https://www.nature.com/articles/nature22336) and you could argue that "human" could mean any hominoid post-dating the split with chimps/bonobos, of which there are multiple candidates, many not in Ethiopia.
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Level 79
Mar 17, 2019
That was a recent discovery
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Level ∞
Jul 27, 2019
Changed the clue for Ethiopia.
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Level 51
Dec 20, 2019
The first one could be "Person who did NOT kill himself".
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Level 83
Dec 20, 2019
That would be Epstein, not Einstein.

Though Einstein didn't kill himself so you're technically not wrong.
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Level 45
Jan 30, 2020
15.
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Level 62
Apr 10, 2020
Could Eritrea be accepted for the Abyssinia question? I got it anyway, but I was just wondering.
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Level 52
Jul 12, 2020
Could Ecuador? It's not the right answer, but it starts with E, so....