People in History A-Z #1

Can you name these important historical figures whose names start with each letter of the alphabet?
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Last updated: September 3, 2020
First submittedFebruary 27, 2015
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A
Greek inventor who cried "Eureka!"
Archimedes
B
A country in South America is named for this revolutionary
Simón Bolívar
C
Roman dictator 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
The Wright Brothers
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 88
May 11, 2015
My inner lazy self thanks you for accepting rijn. Much quicker to type :)
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Level 37
Dec 9, 2017
van rijn.
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Level 88
Sep 3, 2020
"Starts with R"
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Level 82
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 80
Jun 14, 2015
I would have gone with Qin Shi Huang.
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Level 81
Jun 14, 2015
Not that many getting Quisling - so seems hard enough as it is.
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Level 80
Jun 14, 2015
Qin Shi Huang would be easier.
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Level 79
Jun 14, 2015
Never heard of either of them. I might have gotten Queen-something.
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Level 70
Jun 17, 2018
That's right, you can sometimes hear people speak of "a Quisling." Famous enough.
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Level 80
Mar 26, 2019
Ever heard anyone speak of China? He's the guy who started it.
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Level 79
Sep 5, 2020
That's why I love this site - I learned two new facts today from this one clue. What I don't like about this site is when people act condescending because someone doesn't know something they think one should. I may have heard these names in high school world history but that was 50+ years ago for me, and I didn't take the subject in college. I'll be lucky if I remember either of these names again when I take this quiz next time, but maybe third time will be charm.
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Level 80
Sep 6, 2020
I wasn't responding to you, ander. My response was directed at tshalla, and his implication that Quisling is somehow heard more often than "Qin" or Ch'in- founder of the first Chinese dynasty, which is popularly believed to be the origin of the name China. I'm sure everyone has heard the name China more often than they've heard of a Quisling.
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Level 81
Sep 8, 2020
@kalbahamut Knowing the derivative of someone's name is in no way the same as knowing of that someone. Here in the UK, we've been hearing a lot about 'mutant algorithms'. I wonder how many people hear the word 'algorithm' and think "Derived from al-Khwarizmi. Everybody knows that." So yes, you were a tad condescending.
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Level 80
Sep 11, 2020
I didn't claim that I wasn't being condescending. I just wasn't being condescending toward ander for not knowing something.
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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 74
Sep 3, 2020
I have heard many times of Qin (who is merely one of the most important people in Chinese and world history) but didn't get Quisling.
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Level 26
Jun 16, 2015
Yes! Quin Shi Huang!
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Level 66
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 80
Jul 15, 2016
this^. Read a book, people.
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Level 73
Mar 27, 2018
Which book? There are several...
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Level 80
Jun 17, 2018
Any good book about ancient Chinese, Asian, or world history should mention him.
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Level 83
Sep 8, 2020
Plenty of people know about Chinese history, but apparently not the right people.
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Level 49
Nov 16, 2020
Why would we know about Chinese history? Nerds.. Nobody cares about what you read, keep it for yourself. There are bigger things to worry about in this world than not knowing about some random ching chong guy.
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Level 68
Jun 14, 2015
Woulda got 100% but couldn't place the second "X" in Xexses!
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Level 68
Jun 14, 2015
Note that I still got it wrong!
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Level 39
Dec 6, 2015
Noted. ;)
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Level 65
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 60
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 81
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 68
Jun 18, 2019
In response to IvanTheNorse's comment, even though it's 4 years old, but just so people who reads it wont be duped: that's a load of bull. The Vespucci naming is widely accepted and there are documents to prove it. And while there are other hypotheses regarding the naming, they're all weak, and the Richard Amerik one in particular is baseless. As for the rest of this commenter's assertions, they seem to come from a single source, an essay with few sources itself to back up its claims (and it's the second entry in Google when searching "naming of America", now that's research). As for the norse origin, no evidence is put forth. And the essay itself points out how it's being used by White Supremacists for racist reasons; which, considering the commenter's user name, make it seem as though he's trying to get away with some good ole' cultural appropriation.

In short, gtfo with this bs.

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Level 64
Oct 26, 2020
Utter nonsense. There are many places named for people's first names: Georgia after King George II, St Lucia named for St Lucy of Syracuse, Mauritius for Prince Maurice of Nassau, Florida named for Florence Griffith Joyner, it's a seemingly endless list...
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Level 69
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 56
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 60
Jan 1, 2017
Well, once they are simonized...
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Level 71
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 37
Mar 9, 2020
How about Louisiana, (King Louis of France) Solomon Islands, (Biblical King Solomon) Philippines, (King Philip of Spain) ...
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Level 84
Sep 4, 2020
and North and South Carolinas too are named from king Charles I of England (ok it was his son who named them so, but anyway...)
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Level 70
Sep 5, 2020
Mennonites. Named after Menno Simons.
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Level 62
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 62
Jun 16, 2015
an*
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Level 66
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 72
Aug 11, 2015
100% :)
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Level 77
Apr 10, 2017
Quite easy.
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Level 81
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 63
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 81
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 74
Oct 29, 2015
Isabelle?
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Level 77
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 65
Feb 20, 2016
Nothing is named after Amerigo Vespucci. Look it up.
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Level 77
Sep 3, 2020
See above comments
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Level 62
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 72
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 60
Jan 1, 2017
Pablo Pissaro?
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Level 81
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 64
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 81
Jun 17, 2018
If that is you opinion about art, then you must be a dull person...
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Level 74
Sep 3, 2020
Einstein would definitely agree that art is valuable.
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Level 70
Sep 3, 2020
The only authors mentioned, Dickens, Shakespeare, and Ovid, didn't exactly write "random books."
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Level 58
Apr 25, 2017
Missed Ovid and Zoroaster. I would have gone with Zulu for the Z question.
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Level 44
Jun 17, 2018
Zulu isn't a person though.
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Level 59
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 59
Jun 18, 2019
Shaka
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Level 32
Jun 17, 2018
I would have done Zeno, although Zoroaster is fine.
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Level 59
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 29
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 37
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 65
Sep 7, 2020
There has been plenty of "hesitation" about this from an increasingly large segment of the population in the US. Maybe look up "Indigenous People's Day," which, as it happens, is on the same day as Columbus Day. Moreover, hardly anyone "celebrates" Columbus Day. Nobody has Columbus Day dinner with their family or anything. At most, it's a day off. The only people still defending it are those that have a reflexive opposition to anything "PC," no matter how foolish it makes them look. Speaking of which, for someone who is constantly needling the ignorance of Americans, your comments are Americans are very often...well, ignorant.
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Level 22
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 70
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 ∞
Sep 3, 2020
Almost no one ever invented anything. But the Wright Brothers really did invent the airplane.

The first flight at Kitty Hawk was not really that big of a deal. Had it stopped there. But it didn't. The Wright Brothers made huge improvements over the next few years and by 1906 were building planes capable of freely maneuvering and flying for over a hundred miles.

Meanwhile, in Europe, people had seen various gliders and other airplane-like things. They were very skeptical of the Wright Brothers. That skepticism was utterly shattered in 1908 when the Wright Brothers came to Paris and demonstrated their Model A plane. French aviator Léon Delagrange saw their remarkable achievements and said "we are beaten".

Claims about Santos Dumont or other aviation pioneers being first are just silly.

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Level 80
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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Level 82
Sep 7, 2020
Fale mano!
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Level 59
May 28, 2019
I find it sad how Hitler is the highest above people like Einstein even though H is the 8th letter and the thumbnail is a picture of Gandhi.
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Level 67
Mar 26, 2020
Sad? Would you rather people are ignorant of the atrocities that happened? Yes, lets please forget all the horrible things that happened so we can do it all over again (not that remembering is a guaranteed fix in any means way or form. But pretending it never happened is not a good thing)
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Level 56
May 21, 2020
I don't really see how the order of the questions or the thumbnail actually affect the quiz. Hitler is infamous, and most people will know the answer because it's distinct and straightforward. It's just an easier question that most people know the answer to (not that the answers that you mentioned in your comment aren't).
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Level 59
Oct 12, 2019
Could you accept Isabel for Isabella, as that is a very Americanized translation
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Level 63
Nov 17, 2019
Why are some of the letters for last names (E = Albert Einstein) but some are for first names (J = Jesus Christ)? Be consistent
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Level 69
Mar 9, 2020
Christ is a title, not a last name. Jesus isn't really a first name in this context; it's the only name, just like a handful of other answers in this quiz. So, the quiz is fine.
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Level 46
Sep 6, 2020
Jesus or Jesus of Nazareth would be more neutral.

There is no consensus that he was Christ, i.e. the messiah.

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Level 69
Jun 13, 2020
At least there's one woman mentioned in this quiz, good job!
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Level 69
Sep 3, 2020
I only missed Q. I googled him and now I know one more interesting thing. That's why I like Jetpunk quizzes, you can always learn something. :)
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Level 50
Sep 5, 2020
I didn't find an American until the letter F, was getting insecure.

(yes, I know Einstein could count, too)

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Level 64
Sep 5, 2020
Just wanted to note that there's a single woman in the list, and her notable action is getting married, although she was the one that funded Columbus' expeditions among other things.
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Level ∞
Sep 6, 2020
That's history for ya.
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Level 86
Sep 7, 2020
Missed Q, while I was thinking of Norm and Letterman the whole time! Now I know where that word comes from.
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Level 80
Sep 8, 2020
Don't you mean the only democratically elected president of Russia?
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Level 69
Oct 7, 2020
Back in October 2020!

Why don't you just remove Isabel and replace her with Isaac from the Bible and make this "Men in History?

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Level 47
Dec 2, 2020
Ahh yes! Ben Franklin the first and greatest president of the United States! What a man, he created electricity and freedom