History by Letter - H

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter H.
Technically, one of these is prehistoric
Quiz by Geoguy
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Last updated: June 21, 2019
First submittedMay 28, 2014
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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 hanged 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 74
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 80
Jun 10, 2014
Oh, you think they sailed over someone named Hugues? Or maybe on a ship named Hugues ^^.
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Level 53
Jun 17, 2019
I'm sure they sailed on Christian Huygens.
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Level 71
Apr 11, 2018
I thought they were people who sailed on hard-cover copies of Les Miz.
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Level 80
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 71
Jul 26, 2014
I got that one and I'm English.
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Level 63
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 60
Jan 15, 2017
union leader who dissapered
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Level 53
Feb 1, 2020
Geraldo Rivera would have found him, but someone stole the body.
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Level 77
Jan 19, 2017
He certainly belongs here. Also loosely portrayed in Stalone movie F.I.S.T.
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Level 68
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 80
Jun 10, 2017
whine whine whine..
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Level 45
Aug 12, 2017
I agree with Algernon.
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Level 80
Jan 16, 2018
Played by Jack Nicholson in the 1992 film called... 'Hoffa'.
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Level 83
Jan 31, 2020
Now played by Al Pacino in The Irishman!
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Level 73
Jan 31, 2020
Kicking and screaming because some questions are not perfectly matched to what you consider general knowledge. God forbid some of us learn something new here.
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Level 58
Jan 31, 2020
I'm American & I've heard of Lord Lucan who disappeared at around the same time as Hoffa.
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Level 83
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 80
Jul 27, 2014
I commented something to this effect as well.. was it deleted?
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Level 79
Jul 27, 2014
Same here...one of my comments has mysteriously disappeared since yesterday.
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Level 80
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 61
Jan 15, 2017
Take that you pun haters!
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Level 65
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 79
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 37
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 80
Oct 22, 2019
This is like saying JFK wasn't shot because there were still some of his brains left in his skull. There were large population centers in Poland and Germany where the local Jewish population was reduced by 95-100%.
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Level 73
Nov 26, 2019
You don't understand the meaning of the word.
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Level 58
Jan 31, 2020
Incorrect. Look the word up.
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Level 78
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 74
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 43
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 70
Jan 31, 2020
You are otherwise absolutely right, but the word 'Holocaust' usually refers specifically to the genocide of the jews.
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Level 69
Jan 31, 2020
It is difficult to imagine that the camps and crematoria would have been built if not for the Nazis' effort to kill the Jews. Granted, once the machinery of death was assembled, the Nazis threw many non-Jews in, too, but the whole purpose of that machinery was the annihilation of the Jewish people, i.e., genocide.

As importantly, while the Nazis killed many non-Jews, they did not kill (in the camps, anyway) a notable percentage of any group other than Jews--no other population was almost wiped out, or even came close.

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Level 69
Jan 31, 2020
The need to deflect attention from Jewish suffering, even in discussions of the Holocaust, is a symptom of modern left-wing antisemitism, which holds that Jews are a privileged, white race that is not "truly" capable of being oppressed. Any mention of bad things happening to Jews needs to be what-about-ed into a discussion of the suffering of "true" victim classes--gays, Palestinians, etc. I am not saying that the specific posters on this thread mean to minimize Jewish suffering for antisemitic reasons, but they do appear to be repeating the talking points of antisemites.
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Level 53
Jan 31, 2020
The Holocaust is the Jewish genocide that occurred during World War II. It is also true that much of the vitriolic propaganda targeted solely Jews, showing the Nazi regime's racial hatred. The anti-Semitic acts carried out by that regime culminated in one of the most inhumane and disgusting acts in modern human history. However, I must respond to amm14's comment. It is inaccurate to say that Jews were the only population that was almost wiped out. Not at all to reduce the devastation experienced by the Jewish people, cultures, and communities, but the Romani genocide, or the Porajmos, was also devastating for the Romani people, cultures, and communities. Some historians estimate up to 75% Romani in Europe (between 1.5-2 million people) were murdered. The eugenic, racist maniacs who orchestrated the Holocaust are evil, and all the human suffering they caused is a historic tragedy. But the Jews, and also the Romani, suffered an all-out assault on their very existence.
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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 70
Feb 21, 2015
I thought the Hessians all got the sack!
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Level 75
Feb 26, 2016
why aren't homo sapiens or human accepted for homonin?
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Level 47
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 72
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 70
Aug 16, 2017
Wake-up Findlay!
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Level 59
Sep 5, 2019
Those might be acceptable if they were called Hagasaki, Hoths, and Handals.
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Level 58
Jan 31, 2020
There's always one, isn't there...
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Level 78
Jan 31, 2020
I agree with his point about Ho Chi Minh. I thought surnames alone were accepted here, and isn't Ho the Asian version of a western surname?
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Level 69
Jan 15, 2017
erectus needs to have a little e (-:
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2017
If your "e" stays capitalized for more than four hours, seek medical assistance.
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Level 70
Aug 16, 2017
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Level 66
Sep 5, 2019
Yes, erectus should have a little e
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Level 72
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 60
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 58
Jan 31, 2020
Ridiculously pedantic. We all know the name of the battle. Besides, A lot of battles don't take place in the actual place after which their named (but in the vicinity): Agincourt, Crecy, Midway, Waterloo, Trafalgar, Cannae, to name a very few for example.
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Level 66
Aug 9, 2020
The question does not ask "In which battle...?" it asks "Where...?" And so Battle is the correct answer, the only reason one knows that the required answer is "Hastings" is that it has to begin with "H". For this reason one can eliminate other possible answers such as Sussex, England, Europe, the Earth etc, which are all correct, just not that informative.
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Level 60
Jan 15, 2017
I got 21 out of 22
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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 50
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 77
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 78
Mar 1, 2017
There is now a caveat to cover it.
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Level 70
Aug 16, 2017
FranticHiccup wins the 'Golden Nitpick' award for January 2017. Congratulations!
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Level 58
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 58
Aug 16, 2017
Man! It's more than a decade since Saddam was hanged?
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Level 80
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 75
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
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Level 70
Jan 31, 2020
Erbarme, die Hesse komme!
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Level 72
Jan 31, 2020
Die Hessen kommen!
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Level 71
Jan 31, 2020
"Homo erectus" should be written as such, and italicised. Technically.
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Level 54
Jan 31, 2020
Could you accept heugenots?
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Level 54
Jan 31, 2020
surely it's not too much to ask people to fill in the 8 after Henry? There are after all 7 other Henries and he is the most famous.
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Level 60
Jul 31, 2020
Is Henry VIII more famous than the previous seven? Or do we just know more about him. I mean, if you know here is a Henry VIII, it doesn't take Holmesian deduction to conclude that there have been seven before, called Henry I, Henry II, Henry III etc...
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Level 57
Jan 31, 2020
More spellings on Hammurabi??
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Level 55
Jan 31, 2020
One of the rare harder quizzes where I get 100%! :)
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Level 54
Jul 31, 2020
Being a bit picky here but William and Harold didn't fight at Hastings