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History by Letter - H

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter H.
Technically, one of these is prehistoric
Last updated: May 18, 2016
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Anne Boleyn's husband
Henry VIII
City struck by an atomic bomb
Hiroshima
He crossed the Alps with elephants
Hannibal
Last name of U.S. Presidents
William and Benjamin
Harrison
Dynasty that ruled Austria
Habsburg
Where William beat Harold in 1066
Hastings
Nomadic group that threatened
Rome in the 400's
Huns
Roman emperor who built a
wall in England
Hadrian
Oldest college in the U.S.
Harvard
First President of Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh
Greek "Father of History"
Herodotus
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Emperor of Japan in WWII
Hirohito
"Upright" hominin species
Homo Erectus
Apocryphal World Wonder of Babylon
Hanging Gardens
Group that slaughtered Tutsi in Rwanda
Hutu
Chinese island taken by the British in 1842
Hong Kong
Babylonian king whose code decreed
"an eye for an eye"
Hammurabi
Teamsters leader who disappeared in 1975
Jimmy Hoffa
Iraqi leader hung in 2006
Saddam Hussein
Jewish genocide during WWII
Holocaust
German mercenaries hired by Britain
in the American Revolution
Hessians
French Protestants of
the 16th and 17th centuries
Huguenots
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level 71
May 29, 2014
possibly be a little more liberal on spelling of huguenauts?
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level ∞
May 30, 2014
Added some more spellings.
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level 77
Jun 10, 2014
Oh, you think they sailed over someone named Hugues? Or maybe on a ship named Hugues ^^.
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level 67
Apr 11, 2018
I thought they were people who sailed on hard-cover copies of Les Miz.
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level 77
Jun 10, 2014
Who the heck is Jimmy Hoffa. I'm not sure than that question is on the same level of historical knowledge as the rest of the quiz...
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level 67
Jul 26, 2014
I got that one and I'm English.
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level 57
Jul 26, 2014
I agree. I didn't even know what "Teamster" was until I googled it after the quiz.
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level 55
Jan 15, 2017
union leader who dissapered
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level 73
Jan 19, 2017
He certainly belongs here. Also loosely portrayed in Stalone movie F.I.S.T.
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level 67
Mar 3, 2017
You think so? An Ameican Union leader who disappeared? Something that barely made the news outside of America. The rest of the questions are fairly generic general knowledge for most of us in the Western world, but i'm sorry, that question stands out a mile as one that non Americans are really going to struggle with.
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level 75
Jun 10, 2017
whine whine whine..
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level 46
Aug 12, 2017
I agree with Algernon.
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level 66
Jan 16, 2018
Played by Jack Nicholson in the 1992 film called... 'Hoffa'.
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level 79
Jul 8, 2014
I was putting in 'habilis' for the homonin question. The quiz is for answers that start with H, so I dont see how just the word 'erectus' can be an appropriate answer.
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level 53
Jul 12, 2014
Thank you! Me too, though I couldn't figure out what "upright" had to do with "habilis"....
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level 75
Jul 27, 2014
I commented something to this effect as well.. was it deleted?
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level 75
Jul 27, 2014
Same here...one of my comments has mysteriously disappeared since yesterday.
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level 75
Jul 29, 2014
conspiracy! I would post to a copy of the page from two days ago but there seems to be a missing link.
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level 59
Jan 15, 2017
Take that you pun haters!
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level 66
Jul 18, 2014
Only missed holocaust, good quiz.
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level 49
Jul 26, 2014
The Holocaust was NOT genocide, if it were, there woudn't be any Jews left. And I agree with others that the eructus question is poorly phrased.
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level 58
Jul 26, 2014
"Genocide is the systematic destruction of all or part of a racial, ethnic, religious or national group" "Genocide entails also the Conspiracy to commit genocide; Direct and public incitement to commit genocide; Attempt to commit genocide; and Complicity in genocide." The Holocaust certainly falls into the category of genocide.
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level 75
Jul 26, 2014
It certainly is genocide if the goal is to eradicate an entire group of people. Just because the Nazis failed to kill every single Jew in the world doesn't mean the Holocaust wasn't genocide. They sure tried hard enough.
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level 38
Oct 14, 2018
FractalDoom: Excuse me, but your comment is so ignorant that it demands a response. The reason that there are still Jews is because: 1) Not all Jews lived in Europe; 2) Some managed to escape before the onslaught, and 3) There were some decent folks in Europe (Danish, Swedish, Schindler etc.) who protected them.
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level 75
Jul 26, 2014
I liked it, no complaints. And I got 20 thanks to the stuff I've learned taking all these quizzes!
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level 52
Jul 29, 2014
Britain didn't "take" Hong Kong. They leased it.
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level 71
Sep 7, 2014
They took Hong Kong Island in 1842. The lease was of the New Territories on the mainland, which happened later.
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level 44
Aug 18, 2014
I have an issue with "Jewish genocide during WWII" the holocaust was far for than just a Jewish genocide. Yes six million Jews died but another five million non Jews were also killed. I'm not down playing what happened to the Jews, it was one of the worst events in history, but too often the other victims seem to be overlooked.
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level 39
Sep 26, 2014
Should read Iraqi leader hanged, not hung.
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level 75
Nov 28, 2015
Yes, it should be hanged.
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level 27
Jan 17, 2015
Wait, i thought the Huns terrorized in the 400s
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level ∞
May 18, 2016
Fixed
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level 67
Feb 21, 2015
I thought the Hessians all got the sack!
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level 72
Feb 26, 2016
why aren't homo sapiens or human accepted for homonin?
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level 39
Jan 16, 2017
The quiz asks for "upright man," and while Homo sapiens may be "upright" the early hominid species Homo erectus was given that name because it was one of the first species to walk upright. "Homo erectus" is Latin for "upright man."
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level 69
Aug 11, 2016
Few problems here. Why is Nagasaki not an acceptable answer? What about Goths or Vandals instead of Huns? Despite the established norm of accepting surnames, typing "Ho" does not get you Ho Chi Minh, which resulted in me not getting that question after I moved on, thinking there was some technicality I was missing.
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level 67
Aug 16, 2017
Wake-up Findlay!
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level 65
Jan 15, 2017
erectus needs to have a little e (-:
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level 65
Jan 15, 2017
If your "e" stays capitalized for more than four hours, seek medical assistance.
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level 67
Aug 16, 2017
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level 71
Jan 15, 2017
Just to be pedantic, the Battle of Hastings took place at Battle not Hastings (which is nearby).
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level 58
Jan 16, 2017
The town (Battle) is named after the battle. Many historical battles didn't take place exactly where they're named for, just nearby, with obvious exceptions like sieges.
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level 55
Jan 15, 2017
I got 21 out of 22
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level 43
Jan 16, 2017
Should be "hanged" not "hung" for the Hussein clue
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level 60
Jan 16, 2017
My problem with the hominin question, even though I got it, is that it's not history, it's prehistory. This is supposed to be a history quiz.
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level 49
Jan 17, 2017
'Pre-history' is a term of convenience, making a reference point for talking about, basically, Western Civilization. It's all 'history'.
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level 60
Jan 17, 2017
Not really. From Wikipedia, "History... is the study of the past as it is described in written documents. Events occurring before written record are considered prehistory". It's the invention of writing that separate the two. And obviously, writing was invented long after the hominin species got "Upright".
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level 73
Jan 19, 2017
That's the simple introduction, read further down to "History and prehistory" and it gets more complicated.
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level 75
Mar 1, 2017
There is now a caveat to cover it.
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level 67
Aug 16, 2017
FranticHiccup wins the 'Golden Nitpick' award for January 2017. Congratulations!
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level 59
Aug 16, 2017
My problem with the hominid question is that the 'H' part is Homo, which is true of all the "hominid" species whether they stood erect or not.
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level 59
Aug 16, 2017
Man! It's more than a decade since Saddam was hanged?
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level 75
Apr 17, 2018
I don't remember the hanging gardens being referred to before as apocryphal. Since they were one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world, which I thought were promoted as a way to encourage tourism throughout the Hellenized world that had been united under Alexander, I assumed that they were real. Would kinda suck if tourists arriving in Paris found out that the Eiffel Tower was a myth...
but Wikipedia confirms that there are some who doubt the gardens ever existed, or that they existed in Babylon, or that they were accurately described in Greek tests. There are others who believe they existed as described and were simply destroyed. I'm not sure if I would call them apocryphal since there seems to be no consensus.
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level 72
Sep 20, 2018
The few documentaries & articles I've seen (& read) which mention them almost all seem to take the stance that they never existed so it seems to be the generally accepted consensus to me. That's a long way from certain or universally accepted though