History by Letter - G

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter G.
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Last updated: December 11, 2019
First submittedMay 26, 2014
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He led India to independence
Mohandas Gandhi
Julius Caesar's first name by birth
Gaius
Country where the Parthenon
is located
Greece
Argentine Marxist and beret wearer
Che Guevara
Bloody Civil War battle
in Pennsylvania
Gettysburg
Cuban bay leased to the US in 1903
Guantánamo Bay
1949 agreement on the rules of war
Geneva
Convention
Region conquered by Julius Caesar
Gaul
Style of architecture exemplified by
Cathédrale Notre Dame
Gothic
Nepalese fighters in the British army
Gurkhas
Italian astronomer
who improved the telescope
Galileo Galilei
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Assassinated US President
James Garfield
Archipelago where Darwin
found his finches
Galápagos Islands
Notable Nazi propagandist
Joseph Goebbels
Calendar that started in 1582,
named after a Pope
Gregorian Calendar
Turkish peninsula and site of a
British disaster in WWI
Gallipoli
Secret police of Nazi Germany
Gestapo
The first man in space
Yuri Gagarin
Printing press inventor
Johannes Gutenberg
French decapitation machine
Guillotine
Enemies of the Ghibellines
Guelphs
Soviet prison camp system
Gulag
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Level 55
Jun 1, 2014
I wonder if we would know about the Ghibellines et al if it wasn't for Dante.
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Level 81
Jun 10, 2014
What do you mean "by birth"? Gaius has always been Julius Caesar's first name. Julius is his family name and Caesar is a cognomen.
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Level 48
Jun 19, 2014
I guess so people who don't understand Roman naming conventions can be reminded that Julius isn't his first name?
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Level ∞
Apr 29, 2016
Yep.
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Level 81
Jan 18, 2020
I would gladly agree, still "by birth" is not really useful (and it is, imo, a bit misleading). The simple fact of asking the question (and giving the answer) would be enough. But I'm probably pedantic, because I'm passionate about the Roman civilization.
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Level 59
Jan 17, 2020
So you agree that it was his birth name.
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Level 81
Jan 18, 2020
Maybe I had been a bit sharp back then. What I meant, I think, is that he never changed his first name as the emperors often did after him. He always was "Gaius Julius Caesar".
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Level 59
Jul 18, 2014
I was trying to think of someone with a G name that assassinated a US president - not the president's name...
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Level 58
Jul 18, 2014
That *would* have been Guiteau!
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Level 71
Jul 1, 2017
Same here.
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Level 59
Jul 18, 2014
Once again I'm bothered by the English name being the only accepted version. In several languages Gaul is called Gallia, including Latin.

Also, I would've never guessed Che Guevara was Argentinian, I only knew him from the Cuban revolution.

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Level 43
Jul 18, 2014
Indeed, Gaul is "Gallia" in Latin, but this quiz is in English - would you say that the UK's capital is called Londinium, of France's Lutetia Parisiorum? (:
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Level 44
Aug 14, 2014
Seriously? You guys only know it as Gallia and don't know it as Gaul?
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Level 77
Nov 27, 2015
I know it as Gaul, but I thought of Gallia first.
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Level 59
Dec 26, 2016
We didn't learn history from English-language textbooks, that's why. Estonians have adopted the Latin name "Gallia" for the region.
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Level 39
Jul 18, 2014
Gorkha should also be accepted as that is how they call themselves. Gurkha is the anglicised version.
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Level 70
Apr 10, 2016
This is an English Language quiz
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Level 50
Jul 17, 2020
If gitmo can be allowed so can Gorkha
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Level 50
Jul 17, 2020
I second this
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Level 43
Jul 18, 2014
I do believe "Ernesto Guevara" should be accepted as a correct answer, since it is (:
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Level 77
Jul 18, 2014
Propagandist is misspelled.
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Level ∞
Jul 18, 2014
Fixed the spelling of assassinated and propagandist.
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Level 55
Jul 18, 2014
Thank you for allowing Gitmo instead of Guantanamo.
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Level 45
Jul 18, 2014
Are the Guelphs who Guelph, Ontario Canada was named after? Good quiz, missed two -- Guelphs & Gurkhas.
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Level 72
Mar 10, 2016
Same two I missed!
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Level 75
Jul 22, 2014
Not all Gaul was conquered by the Romans. A certain coastal village in Armorica...
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Level 60
Dec 26, 2016
With a certain magic potion...
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Level 56
May 20, 2016
When the Australian soldiers landed at Gallipoli, they were slaughtered. I don't know if that day was the worst day of WWI for the British, but it certainly was for the Australians.

Please edit this question to include the Australians in your question, as it is borderline offensive to not acknowledge one of the worst days for Australians in our limited (white) history.

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Level 65
Dec 26, 2016
I think Quizmaster put British disaster because it was the incompetent decisions made by British military which resulted in the terribly large numbers of needless deaths of Australian and New Zealand soldiers at Gallipoli. Gallipoli is a place of pilgrimage for many Australians and New Zealanders. I have been there, and it is very moving. And the Turkish people are very hospitable.
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Level 53
Dec 26, 2016
Agree, they even named ANZAC Cove after it. Would love to visit one day. Also met some Gurkha when they came to an ANZAC Dawn Parade ceremony - lovely guys (but wouldn't want to pick a fight with them, esp in full uniform!)
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Level 70
Dec 26, 2016
Indeed it was a terrible result for all involved. I am from Lancashire in UK and the County suffered terribly at Gallipoli, whole towns and villages lost their young men. For interest the casualties at Gallipoli were as follows: GB & Ireland: 21,255 Killed Total Cas. 73,485......... Australia: 8.709 Killed Total Cas. 28,150. New Zealand: 2,779 Killed Total Cas. 7,991.
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Level 51
Nov 13, 2019
Quite a few Turks killed too. The Gallipoli campaign was Winston Churchill's idea. And Australia was later grovelling enough to name a town after him.
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Level 52
Dec 14, 2018
The worst single day for Britain in World War I is generally considered to have been the first day of the Somme Offensive on July 1, 1916. The British Expeditionary Force suffered some 57,000 casualties for negligible gains. This was only the first day of an offensive that lasted into November and cost the BEF an estimated 456,000 casualties.
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Level 56
Jan 17, 2020
Gurkhas are also a part of the Indian Army and you shouldn't regard Gandhi as the one who led India to independence but instead you should use one of many.
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Level 16
Jan 18, 2020
the first man on the moon was neil armstrong duh
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Level 65
Jan 21, 2020
It asks for the first man *in space,* which was Yuri Gagarin.
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Level 45
Jan 30, 2020
yeah
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
yeah duh read the question carefully duh
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Level 45
Jan 30, 2020
16
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Level 32
Mar 22, 2020
You should add "ghetto" to this. I think they're an important part of history.
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Level 60
May 11, 2020
Isn't it supposed to be Geneva Conventions (plural)?
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Level 56
Oct 23, 2020
I would like to thank all the history YouTubers for teaching me about the Ghibellines and the Guelphs. If you're unfamiliar, you should totally check out Oversimplified's video on the War of the Bucket, which is a historical event just as ridiculous as it sounds.