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History by Letter - J

Name these historical people, places, and things that begin with J.
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Last updated: June 14, 2016
First submittedJune 4, 2014
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Christian messiah
Jesus Christ
Country that attacked Pearl Harbor
Japan
Unidentified serial killer of
Victorian London
Jack the Ripper
Peasant girl who became a
French military leader
Joan of Arc
Geologic period after the Triassic
Jurassic
Writer of the U.S.
Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson
Polish pope elected in 1978
John Paul II
Java city formerly called Batavia
Jakarta
Napoleon's wife
Josephine
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Answer
Term for a King's fool
Jester
Ragtime composer of "The Entertainer"
Scott Joplin
King who commissioned a Bible in 1604
King James I
Precious stone used to make
the burial suits of Chinese emperors
Jade
Byzantine emperor who reconquered Italy
Justinian
City conquered by Crusaders in 1099
Jerusalem
Calendar used in Europe between
45 BC and 1582 AD
Julian Calendar
Roman client state led by King Herod
Judea
U.S. President who wanted
a "Great Society"
Lyndon B.
Johnson
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level 77
Aug 12, 2014
Wow... I got so lucky on this one. Finished with 100% and 2:15 left... but... Napoleon's wife and composer of The Entertainers I both got with complete and total guesses. The latter was my first guess and I don't think I ever heard of the guy, and it's not even a common name. Divine inspiration?
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level 74
Aug 12, 2014
Is that why there's so much pain and misery in the world? God is too busy raising your JetPunk score? ;o)
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level 77
Aug 13, 2014
perhaps. I do think sometimes he needs a priority adjustment.
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level 50
Aug 20, 2014
I AM NOT AMUSED.
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level 77
Aug 22, 2014
and we can tell by the judicious use of capslock just how serious you are.
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level 50
Sep 2, 2014
Uh-huh.
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level 67
Apr 18, 2015
Right on Wombat .......... take a bow.
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level 77
Feb 26, 2017
baby, Wombat was being funny, not petty. you should try it.
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level 70
Aug 8, 2017
Kal, baby was being appreciative, not critical. You should try it.
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level 77
Feb 15, 2018
I should be appreciative of people who wrongly interpret and therefore appreciate others' jokes as criticism of me because they have something against me and believe this joke they have wrongly interpreted to be criticism expresses the criticism of me that they would have voiced themselves? Why?
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level 52
Aug 12, 2014
Could have sworn I spelled Justinian correctly...
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level 47
Aug 12, 2014
As a point of fact, while "John Paul" reveals John Paul II as the answer, and John Paul II had a far longer Papacy and was better known as a result, John Paul I was also elected in 1978 immediately preceding John Paul II.
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level 44
Sep 10, 2014
I was going to point this out, too. I suggest the problem may be removed by restating the question, for example to "Polish cardinal elected pope in 1978", or simply the second pope elected in 1978".
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level ∞
Jun 14, 2016
Changed to Polish pope
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level 43
Feb 27, 2017
I also think that if you're going to specify which pope, you should require 'the second' or 'II' to be entered as well. No sense to be pedantic over the clue and not the answer.
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level 74
Mar 31, 2019
So you'll get it right no matter what. Besides being killed by Michael Corleone JP1 didn't do much.
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level 38
Jul 31, 2019
Michael Corleone did not kill JP1. He killed the Cardinal who was part of the conspiracy to kill JP1.
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level 44
Sep 10, 2014
A very nice quiz, but, besides the "Pope prooblem" discussed above, Josephine de Beauharnais should be identified as Napoleon's _first_ wife (picky, I know, but it is nice to be precise if we can) (:
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level 76
Feb 26, 2017
Marie Louise doesn't begin with J.
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level 59
Apr 15, 2015
Please accept Bob for Jakarta.
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level 49
Feb 26, 2017
Hear, hear.
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level 58
Jan 17, 2016
Justinian - good question!! Bit of a head scratcher.
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level 36
Feb 26, 2017
If you're going to accept Jack for Jack the Ripper, you should accept Joan for Joan of Arc.
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level ∞
Jun 21, 2019
Good point. No longer accepting just Jack.
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level 76
Feb 26, 2017
Trivial fact - between the times of Batavia and Jakarta the capital was named Djakarta. One of the many things I learned that changed after I finished school.
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level 32
Feb 27, 2017
Wow... I got so lucky on this one. Finished with 100% and 2:16 left...but...Napoleon's wife and composer of The Entertainers I both got with complete and total guesses. The latter was my first guess and I don't think I ever heard of the guy, and it's not even a common name. Divine inspiration?
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level 73
Mar 1, 2017
I'm sensing deja vu...
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level 38
Oct 7, 2018
If you had seen "The Sting" you would have known Scott Joplin as he was the composer of the music in that movie.
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level 73
Nov 8, 2018
Look at the first comment on the page...
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level 55
Dec 8, 2018
I propose changing the question to "Popes elected in 1978," which would bring up the short-lived papacy of John Paul I and the much longer reign of his successor. Just sayin'.
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level 74
Mar 31, 2019
Wow... I got so lucky on this one. Finished with 100% and 3:15 left... but...unidentified serial killer of Victorian London and Christian messiah I both got with complete and total guesses. The latter was my first guess and I don't think I ever heard of the guy, and it's not even a common name. Divine inspiration?
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level 21
May 15, 2019
I typed in Jerusalem so many times and it didn't register so I was like "ok I guess it's not an answer" OMG WTH