History by Letter - H

Can you 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
Emperor of Japan in WWII
Hirohito
Nomadic group that threatened
Rome in the 400s AD
Huns
Roman emperor who built a
wall in England
Hadrian
Oldest college in the U.S.
Harvard
Greek "Father of History"
Herodotus
Hint
Answer
"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
What Saigon was renamed to in 1976
Ho Chi Minh City
Iraqi leader hanged in 2006
Saddam Hussein
Teamsters leader who disappeared in 1975
Jimmy Hoffa
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 78
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 83
Jun 10, 2014
Oh, you think they sailed over someone named Hugues? Or maybe on a ship named Hugues ^^.
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Level 58
Jun 17, 2019
I'm sure they sailed on Christian Huygens.
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Level 73
Apr 11, 2018
I thought they were people who sailed on hard-cover copies of Les Miz.
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Level 75
May 9, 2021
Huguenots*
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Level 83
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 73
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 59
Feb 1, 2020
Geraldo Rivera would have found him, but someone stole the body.
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Level 79
Jan 19, 2017
He certainly belongs here. Also loosely portrayed in Stalone movie F.I.S.T.
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Level 70
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 83
Jun 10, 2017
whine whine whine..
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Level 44
Aug 12, 2017
I agree with Algernon.
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Level 86
Jan 31, 2020
Now played by Al Pacino in The Irishman!
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Level 76
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 72
Jan 12, 2022
I agree with Djilas, though movies have nothing to do with that.
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Level 61
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 75
May 9, 2021
I learned about him in The Irishmen.
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Level 58
Aug 19, 2021
*Irishman
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Level 58
Aug 19, 2021
Watch Irishman if you haven't
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Level 58
Aug 19, 2021
And evidently it is on the same level of general knowledge considering Hessian is lower, idk if that was always the case on this quiz though
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Level 59
Jan 12, 2022
I was about to comment that I was surprised that more people didn't know who he was. I thought it was up there with the mysteries of DB Cooper and Amelia Earhart,
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Level 79
Jan 12, 2022
Don't think so. I got every other answer on here easily, but never heard of Hoffa. Not even sure what a teamster is. But, not being one to wallow in ignorance, I'm off to do some reading.
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Level 85
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 83
Jul 27, 2014
I commented something to this effect as well.. was it deleted?
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Level 80
Jul 27, 2014
Same here...one of my comments has mysteriously disappeared since yesterday.
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Level 83
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 63
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 80
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 53
Jul 29, 2014
Britain didn't "take" Hong Kong. They leased it.
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Level 75
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 73
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 66
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 52
Oct 9, 2021
The term 'holocaust' is from the Hebrew word 'hola' via the Greek, and means a burnt sacrifice in the biblical sense. It refers to the whole Nazi persecution of the Jews by all means and is specific. As such, it is no slight on the many other Nazi victims.
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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 71
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 49
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 71
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 71
Aug 16, 2017
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Level 75
Sep 5, 2019
Yes, erectus should have a little e
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Level 73
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 62
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 79
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 77
Mar 1, 2017
There is now a caveat to cover it.
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Level 71
Aug 16, 2017
FranticHiccup wins the 'Golden Nitpick' award for January 2017. Congratulations!
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Level 56
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 56
Aug 16, 2017
Man! It's more than a decade since Saddam was hanged?
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Level 83
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 73
Jan 31, 2020
Erbarme, die Hesse komme!
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Level 75
Jan 31, 2020
Die Hessen kommen!
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Level 76
Jan 31, 2020
"Homo erectus" should be written as such, and italicised. Technically.
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Level 52
Jan 31, 2020
Could you accept heugenots?
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Level 57
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 73
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 71
Jan 12, 2022
I mean, if on the one hand you have a person that most of the general populace has heard of, could identify a picture of, and name some basic facts about, that has appeared or been caricatured in countless movies, songs, TV shows and cartoons... and on the other hand you have a person whose primary claim to fame is "you can deduce that they must have existed," it's fair to say that the first person is more famous.
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Level 58
Jan 31, 2020
More spellings on Hammurabi??
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Level 55
Jul 31, 2020
Being a bit picky here but William and Harold didn't fight at Hastings
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Level 55
Oct 23, 2020
Ugh, I typed Hesse. All I had to do was turn it into a denonym.
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Level 31
Apr 27, 2021
Why do you always have to ask about random US presidents? I'm getting tired of the same questions.
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Level 62
Sep 11, 2021
Please leave your contact info so quiz makers can submit their questions to you for pre-approval, thus ensuring that only questions you find acceptable are included.
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Level 34
Jan 12, 2022
I live in Australia and I know Hoffa. However, I only found out about him from the Jack Nicholson movie and a couple of throwaway lines in TV shows where someone wants to indicate that someone or something is lost forever.

The rest of them I know from history books.

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Level 52
Jan 12, 2022
Why do so few people get Hessians? That's basic knowledge
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Level 75
Jan 12, 2022
Tut tut. The British didn't 'take' Hong Kong. We were given it in exchange for agreeing to stop shovelling opium down the local population's throat.