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People in History A-Z

Name the important historical figure for each letter of the alphabet!
Last updated: June 17, 2018
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Letter
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Answer
A
Greek inventor who cried "Eureka!"
Archimedes
B
Liberator of Latin America
Simon Bolivar
C
Roman dictator for life who was stabbed on the Ides of March
Julius Caesar
D
Author of "Oliver Twist" and "A Tale of Two Cities"
Charles Dickens
E
German scientist famous for the theory E=mc2
Albert Einstein
F
American founding father depicted on the $100 bill
Benjamin Franklin
G
Indian pacifist who led India to independence
Mohandas Gandhi
H
Nazi leader of Germany in WWII
Adolf Hitler
I
Spanish Queen of Castille who married the King of Aragon
Isabella I of Castille
J
Founder of Christianity, crucified by the Romans
Jesus Christ
K
American President assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald
John F. Kennedy
L
Protestant reformer who nailed 95 theses on a church door
Martin Luther
M
Italian artist who painted the Sistine Chapel and sculpted David
Michelangelo
N
British admiral who won the Battle of Trafalgar
Horatio Nelson
O
Roman poet who wrote "Metamorphoses"
Ovid
P
Spanish conquistador who conquered the Incan Empire
Francisco Pizarro
Q
Norwegian WWII leader who collaborated with the Nazis
Vidkun Quisling
R
Dutch Golden Age painter of "The Night Watch"
Rembrandt van Rijn
S
British playwright who wrote "Hamlet" and "Macbeth"
William Shakespeare
T
Egyptian pharaoh whose tomb was discovered by Howard Carter
Tutankhamun
U
Pope who called for and launched the First Crusade
Urban II
V
Italian explorer and cartographer, namesake of two continents
Amerigo Vespucci
W
Brothers who invented the airplane
Orville and Wilbur Wright
X
Persian emperor who failed to conquer Greece
Xerxes
Y
First democratically elected President of Russia
Boris Yeltsin
Z
Iranian prophet who founded a religion named after him
Zoroaster
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level 82
May 11, 2015
My inner lazy self thanks you for accepting rijn. Much quicker to type :)
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level 38
Dec 9, 2017
van rijn.
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level 80
May 24, 2015
Thank you for accepting (one of the possible spellings of) Zarathrusta/Zarathustra that I kept trying. I tried Zoro-smth too, but couldn't make a name out of it.
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level 75
Jun 14, 2015
I would have gone with Qin Shi Huang.
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level 78
Jun 14, 2015
Not that many getting Quisling - so seems hard enough as it is.
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level 75
Jun 14, 2015
Qin Shi Huang would be easier.
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level 75
Jun 14, 2015
Never heard of either of them. I might have gotten Queen-something.
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level 39
Jun 26, 2015
Got them all but three. I knew Quisling, as his name is now used as a noun for a traitor.
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level 66
Jun 17, 2018
That's right, you can sometimes hear people speak of "a Quisling." Famous enough.
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level 42
Jun 20, 2018
I guess you have to have a mix of easy and hard ones though right?
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level 75
Mar 26, 2019
Ever heard anyone speak of China? He's the guy who started it.
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level 58
Jun 15, 2015
I have heard of quisling as he is the other famous traitor other than Benedict Arnold. I have never, on the other hand, heard of Qin What Who?
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level 70
Mar 17, 2017
Qin What Who. Nice. LOL!
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level 26
Jun 16, 2015
Yes! Quin Shi Huang!
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level 57
Jun 27, 2015
How does anyone not know about Qin Shi Huang? It makes me sad that people know so little about Chinese history. *Sigh*
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level 75
Jul 15, 2016
this^. Read a book, people.
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level 72
Mar 27, 2018
Which book? There are several...
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level 75
Jun 17, 2018
Any good book about ancient Chinese, Asian, or world history should mention him.
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level 69
Jun 14, 2015
Woulda got 100% but couldn't place the second "X" in Xexses!
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level 69
Jun 14, 2015
Note that I still got it wrong!
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level 14
Jun 17, 2015
Noted
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level 39
Dec 6, 2015
Noted. ;)
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level 63
Jun 14, 2015
Ameriggo Vespucci has nothing named after him. That would be like naming Bolivia Simonia instead of Bolivia. Nothing is ever named after a guy's first name.
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level 56
Jun 14, 2015
I really wish this message board had a thumbs down for my reply to your note. Maybe Google Amerigo Vespucci and learn a couple things.
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level 60
Jun 20, 2015
This is a somewhat ironic statement, since anyone who had done research on the naming of the Americas would know that there is a bit of controversy and uncertainty as to who or what they are named for. There is an argument in favor of it coming from the Scandinavian phrase 'Amt Eric', which means 'the district of Eric' or 'the domain of Eric'. Or it could be from the Old Norse word 'ommerike' meaning 'farthest outland'. One of the more promising theories is actually that it was named after Richard Ameryk, who owned the ship that John Cabot used in his exploratory voyages to the coasts of North America in 1497. There is also the small issue that naming conventions of the time essentially dictated that lands should only be named after the given name in honor of royalty. Hence Virginia, Maryland, Jamestown, Georgia, and so forth. Not to mention that Amerigo Vespucci's given name was actually Alberigo, and there is no record of him going by Amerigo until after the continents were named.
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level 77
Jun 17, 2018
Americas have been named that way for the first time on the Waldseemüller map in 1507. The author of the map explicitely explained in his notes that it was in honor of Amerigo Vespucci. There is NO controversy about the naming of the continent, not among serious historians I mean.
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level 67
Jun 15, 2015
You're right, it's just a huge coincidence.
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level 58
Jun 15, 2015
Youre so right. There sooooo many people named Amerigo and America in the 15th century.
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level 55
Jun 17, 2015
Mennonites are named after Menno Simons. They're not Simonites. Granted they're a people group, not a country.
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level 61
Jan 1, 2017
Well, once they are simonized...
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level 70
Jun 17, 2018
Or, God help us, Simoniacs, who sell the church's property for private gain. Dante reserved a separate place in the eighth circle of hell for them.
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level 60
Jun 16, 2015
I already made two quizzes like this with a third one on its way and I thought it was my idea. Very few answers are the same on mine, so I would love it if you checked them out. Also, Nazis doesn't have and apostrophe.
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level 60
Jun 16, 2015
an*
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level 61
Jun 28, 2015
Sorry about that. If I would've known that this quiz had already been made by you, I wouldn't have made it.
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level 39
Dec 6, 2015
Dude, it's fine. Do you have ANY idea how many quizzes have been repeated or even duplicated on this site?
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level 15
Jun 16, 2015
18/26 ( 69% ) I'm 12.
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level 68
Aug 11, 2015
100% :)
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level 72
Apr 10, 2017
Quite easy.
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level 77
Oct 11, 2015
Could you please correct the Einstein question by saying "equation E=MC²" (with an exponent ², not a 2) or "theories of relativity"?
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level 60
Nov 17, 2015
I don't think it a mistake so much as not knowing how to create ² For the original quiz maker - Holding down "Alt" and pressing 253 on the number pad will give you the correct ²
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level 77
Jun 17, 2018
It is an exponent now, but the question is still incorrect. E=MC² is an equation, maybe a principle (of mass-energy equivalence), but not a "theory". By the way, it really annoys me that Einstein's work is always reduced to that petty equation in the media. I mean, it was an important fact to realize that mass is a form of energy, but the theories of relativity are huge conceptual leaps in the understanding of the universe.
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level 72
Oct 29, 2015
Isabelle?
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level 72
Dec 3, 2015
Geoguy, I will bake you chocolate chip cookies if you take the apostrophe out of plural "Nazi's." Pleeeeease?
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level 63
Feb 20, 2016
Nothing is named after Amerigo Vespucci. Look it up.
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level 60
Mar 15, 2016
Check out my Scientists in History A-Z quiz: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/125460/scientists-a-z
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level 70
May 2, 2016
How annoying . . . I knew it was Pizarro, but kept trying to spell it with an S, as in the painter.
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level 61
Jan 1, 2017
Pablo Pissaro?
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level 77
Jun 17, 2018
I hope you were joking. Camille Pissarro has made some of the prettiest impressionist paintings. On the other hand, I think I hate Picasso's work a little more every day :p.
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level 66
Mar 24, 2017
Some of these people are remembered for liberating countries and freeing millions of people, discovering new uncharted continents or revolutionizing entire fields of science. Others wrote some random book or painted a picture....
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level 77
Jun 17, 2018
If that is you opinion about art, then you must be a dull person...
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level 57
Apr 25, 2017
Missed Ovid and Zoroaster. I would have gone with Zulu for the Z question.
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level 43
Jun 17, 2018
Zulu isn't a person though.
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level 61
Jun 17, 2018
Right. Zulu refers to a tribe. Chaka was the name of their leader and Chaka Zulu was the name of the miniseries.
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level 32
Jun 17, 2018
I would have done Zeno, although Zoroaster is fine.
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level 61
Jun 17, 2018
Good quiz!
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level 31
Jun 17, 2018
I got Quisling, but missed Franklin and Pizzaro, and couldn't spell Zoroaster right.
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level 28
Jun 22, 2018
can you accept Izabella?
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level 47
Jun 25, 2018
Agreed, the question should be "German scientist famous for the theory of relativity" - or even better, general and special relativity
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level 38
Oct 30, 2018
Such disagreement over the naming of the Americas after Amerigo Vespucci, yet every October 12th, the USA celebrates its non-discovery by a murdering, marauding, disease carrying mongrel without the slightest hesitation.
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level 21
Jan 18, 2019
The Wright brothers did not invent the airplane, it was a brazilian, Santos Dumont, who did it before them
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level 67
Mar 26, 2019
Nobody as such 'Invented' the aeroplane, it was an accumulation of facts, trials, theories and failed attempts by people from all over the world. Gliders had been flown carrying people and engines had been attached to gliders etc. but rhe power of the engines compared to their weight had let them down. The Wright brothers succeeded in flying a powered aircraft first and that is their fame.
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level 75
Mar 26, 2019
I never heard this particular incorrect claim of who invented the airplane before. I've heard several other equally incorrect claims, though.
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