People in History A-Z #2

Name the historical figure for each letter of the alphabet!
Also try the first quiz, People in History A-Z
Quiz by Geoguy
Last updated: March 29, 2016
First submittedFebruary 27, 2015
Times taken31,124
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First Roman Emperor, previously named Octavian
Deaf German composer
Ludwig van Beethoven
British Prime Minister in WWII
Winston Churchill
King who ruled Persia at its peak
Darius I
Inventor nicknamed the "Wizard of Menlo Park"
Thomas Alva Edison
Austrian pioneer of psychoanalysis
Sigmund Freud
Italian Renaissance astronomer who discovered moons of Jupiter
Galileo Galilei
Ancient Greek Poet who wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey
Egyptian sometimes credited as history's first architect and doctor
U.S. President who wrote the Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson
U.S. civil rights activist who "had a dream"
Martin Luther King Jr.
Russian communist revolutionary who replaced Russia with the USSR
Vladimir Lenin
Portuguese explorer who started the first circumnavigation of the world
Ferdinand Magellan
17th century physicist who discovered gravity
Isaac Newton
British author who wrote "Animal Farm" and "Nineteen Eighty-Four"
George Orwell
French chemist who discovered that germs cause disease
Louis Pasteur
President of the Philippines and namesake of a city
Manuel Quezon
U.S. President during WWII
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Roman slave and gladiator who led the slave uprising
First female British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
Second modern king of Italy
Ancient Roman poet who wrote the Aeneid
Norman conqueror who won the Battle of Hastings
William the Conqueror
Leader of the school of Athens during the time of Alexander
Top Japanese admiral during WWII
Isoroku Yamamoto
Associated with a telegram in which he asked Mexico to fight the U.S.
Arthur Zimmerman
Level 27
Feb 27, 2015
Great quiz. Maybe accept FDR and MLK. I would accept William I or simply William, maybe put a period after King Jr. It's Zimmermann with 2 'N'. And I know I'm REALLY nitpicking here but technically it's Nineteen Eighty-Four. Still a great quiz though, super easy for history buffs like us, keep up the good work!
Level 89
May 11, 2015
Confused Xenophon and Xenocrates, again. My classics professor is probably hanging his head in shame... again.
Level 66
Dec 5, 2020
Ditto, though I have no classics professor to feel shame
Level 81
May 13, 2015
Chamberlain was another British Prime Minister in WWII whose name starts with "C".
Level ∞
May 13, 2015
One extra credit point for you!
Level 74
Aug 11, 2015
I think he's asking for it to be a type-in! In which case, +1 from me.
Level 57
Aug 31, 2015
Yeah that may have helped me as repeatedly trying to figure out how I misspelled Chamberlain wasted some time before thinking of Churchill...
Level 63
May 21, 2015
Despite the fact that it's in the quiz title, I absolutely failed to notice the answers were alphabetical until I got a few before the end. I'm special.
Level 81
Jun 1, 2015
Accept "Magalhães" for Magellan please? Even though I am not Portuguese, it's hard to remember the English name when we learned him as Magalhaes in school.
Level 58
Aug 11, 2015
same problem
Level 73
Aug 15, 2015
+ 1
Level 65
Dec 5, 2020
Looks like a few folks are in that same boat. Curious where that version of the name is used. Is it the Spanish speaking world or are there other locales too?
Level 45
Dec 5, 2020
No, in the Spanish-speaking world we call him 'Magallanes'. I think that "version" of the name is Portuguese.
Level 61
Dec 5, 2020
I'm Dutch and I learned "Magelhães"
Level 81
Aug 11, 2015
The quiz description says few will get U, X, or Y. Y is not hard. There are lots of people obsessed with WW2 history out there. And... you can see he's guessed more than Z, Q, or I. (I did miss U and X, though)
Level 78
Aug 11, 2015
I'm not obsessed with WWII but I'm old enough to remember my parents and grandparents discussing it. Yamamoto, Tojo, and Hirohito are all names which were imprinted in my brain at a young age.
Level 66
Dec 5, 2020
Same, I'm not particularly obsessed with WW2 but Yamamoto is relatively famous/important, especially considering he orchestrated Pearl Harbor. Arguably more famous than I or Q (I only got the later based off the "city" clue).
Level 53
Dec 5, 2020
I think admiral Yi would be more well known. But maybe I’m wrong.
Level 71
Dec 6, 2020
Got U because of the big memorial in Rome near the Forum. Didn't get I or X.
Level 67
Aug 11, 2015
Was thinking that the answer for «X» to be Xerxes, an other Persian emperor...
Level 57
Aug 31, 2015
Do you know why your username as well as the username of a few other commenters are a darker shade of blue?
Level 78
Sep 26, 2015
Those in the brighter blue are members who have made quizzes. They are hyperlinks. The duller blue is used for those who have not made any quizzes.
Level 84
Aug 4, 2016
Funny, I've never noticed that.
Level 83
Dec 5, 2020
Wow, I've never noticed that either. Neat.
Level 71
Dec 6, 2020
That might make for a good meta quiz question. (But not by dull blue me.)
Level 37
Nov 20, 2017
WWII started in 1939. Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of the UK from 1940-1945. Exactly how many people would guess the Appeaser over him in the question: British Prime Minister during WWII"???
Level 34
Jan 5, 2018
IMHOTEP! Damn it! I misspelled it and missed Xenocrates. 24/26 ain't bad!
Level 47
May 14, 2018
nice i got xenocrates without looking it up or anything along with 3% of people
Level 81
Dec 5, 2020
Did Newton really "discover gravity"? People were studying gravity before Newton, including at least one other person referred to in this quiz.
Level ∞
Dec 5, 2020
More accurately, he described gravity mathematically and used it to explain the motion of celestial bodies, something which had not been done before.
Level 68
Dec 5, 2020
Does it require the quiz to be reset to fix the Zimmermann issue?
Level 57
Dec 5, 2020
I was stuck on Y because for some reason I read 'animal' instead of 'admiral' and although I don't know which of these even live in Japan, I just guessed a bunch of Y animals before I gave up.
Level 72
Dec 5, 2020
I only missed V and X!
Level 56
Dec 7, 2020
All except Umberto. Crazy how only 3% got Xenocrates. One of the lower percentages Ive seen