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Who commanded the British Expeditionary Force in World War One? Field Marshal Douglas Haig

Who became president after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln? Andrew Johnson

The loss of Calais was during which queen’s reign? Mary I

What sport sparked a war between El Salvador and Honduras, after an unpopular referee's call in 1969? Soccer

Who founded the Salvation Army in London, 1865? William Booth

What Eastern European city was the last city to be liberated in World War II? Prague

Who was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover? Queen Victoria

Robert Curthose was the son of which king? William the Conqueror

The Battle of Balaclava is a famous battle in which war? The Crimean

What Harry Callahan line did Ronald Reagan invoke to "tax increasers"? "Go ahead, make my day"

What 19th-century president erroneously noted: “The ballot is stronger than the bullet”? Abraham Lincoln

What country suffered the worst two earthquakes in history, killing 830,000 in 1556 and 750,000 in 1976? China

Who was the only American to become vice president and president after resignations? Gerald Ford

In which year did the demolition of the Berlin Wall begin? 1989

What country used the deadly nerve gas Sarin against its Kurdish minority in the 1990s? Iraq

Who led the Million Man March on Washington? Louis Farrakhan

In which war was The Battle of Agincourt? Hundred Years War

What was the largest naval battle of the First World War? Jutland

What Harry Callahan line did Ronald Reagan invoke to “tax increasers”? “Go ahead, make my day”

In which year was the death of Queen Elizabeth I? 1603

Who was the first Windsor monarch of the UK? George V (reigned 1910-1936)

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The Battle of Rorke’s Drift in 1879 featured in which war? Zulu War (or Zulu Wars)

What was the first country to recognize Mexico’s independence, in 1836? The U

Which American outlaw was the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang? Jesse James

What was the name of Charles Lindbergh’s plane in which he completed the first non-stop solo trans-Atlantic flight? Spirit of St Louis (achieved in 1927)

Southern Rhodesia became what country in 1980? Zimbabwe (The Independent Nation of Zimbabwe)

In which year did the Titanic sink? 1912

Nearly how many years did it take Sir Francis Drake to complete the first circumnavigation of the globe in 1580? 3

What encyclopedia's first edition, in 1771, described California as "a large country of the West Indies"? Encyclopedia Britannica's

Which castle in Gloucestershire is believed to be the scene of the murder of King Edward II in 1327? Berkeley castle

Which country was first to operate an old age pension scheme? Germany (1891)

Who discovered the vaccination against smallpox in 1796? Edward Jenner

In 1297, at which battle did William Wallace defeat the English? Battle of Stirling Bridge

Who was the cult leader of the Waco Siege in 1993? David Koresh

What song, popular in the First World War, was written by George and Felix Powell? Pack up your Troubles in your Old Kit Bag

The Wars of the Roses (1455-85) were fought between which two houses of England? York and Lancaster

In which French city was Joan of Arc put to death? Rouen

Omdurman, as in the Battle of Omdurman, is today a suburb of which African city? Khartoum

What was the better known name of Charles I, the King of the Franks, who united most of Western Europe during the Middle Ages? Charlemagne

What position was Eileen Collins the first female to hold on a space shuttle mission? Captain

Which king met with the rebels of the Peasant’s Revolt at Smithfield in 1381? Richard II

Portuguese-born navigator was the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean? Ferdinand Magellan

What 19th-century president erroneously noted: "The ballot is stronger than the bullet"? Abraham Lincoln

Which Empire declared war on Russia in October 1853, suffering a defeat that gave Russia control of the Black Sea? The Ottoman Empire

Who was king before Queen Victoria? William IV

What Russian cleric was poisoned, shot and finally drowned on December 30, 1916? Rasputin

What presidential election year saw Republicans dub Democrats the party of “Communism, Corruption and Korea”? 1952

Name the most famous battle of 1346? Crecy

Which Wild West legend was born Henry McCarty? Billy the Kid, alias William H Bonney

Who designed Regent’s Park in London in 1811? John Nash

In which military campaign did Lewis Halliday and Basil Guy win Victoria Crosses in 1900? The Boxer Rebellion

Which English philosopher, regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers, was known as the Father of Classical Liberalism? John Locke

Who did George Bush accuse of being “a card-carrying member” of the American Civil Liberties Union, in 1988? Michael Dukakis

What’s the better known name given to the Great Rising of 1381? The Peasants’ Revolt

Which city is normally accepted as being the ancient capital of Wessex? Winchester

What disgraced vice president’s high school yearbook quote read; “An ounce of wit is worth a pound of sorrow”? Spiro Agnew

Which is the oldest University in the USA? Harvard (founded 1636, in Cambridge Massachusetts)

In which century was The Black Death? Fourteenth

Which comic strip animal devised by Otto Mesmer first appeared in 1931? Felix the Cat

Which of Henry VIII's wives gave birth to Elizabeth I? Anne Boleyn

What tax was introduced in England and Wales in 1696 and repealed in 1851? Window tax

Who was UK Labour cabinet minister and social reformer Frank Pakenham better known as? Lord Longford (7th Earl of Longford)

Name the second largest city in Britain during the Black Death? Bristol

The first day of which battle was the worst day in the history of the British Army, which suffered 60,000 casualties? Battle of the Somme

What was the first country to recognize Mexico's independence, in 1836? The U S

In which decade did compulsory driving testing begin? 1930s (1935)

What explorer of North Carolina never got to finish his “History of the World” while banished to the Tower of London? Sir Walter Raleigh

Which German city endured the worst bombing of World War Two in February 1945? Dresden

Which killer was also known as ‘The Whitechapel Murderer’? Jack the Ripper

What were the Viet Minh called when they crossed into South Vietnam? The Viet Cong

What trade union was finally legalized in Poland in 1989? Solidarity

In which century did Italian friar Thomas Aquinas live? Thirteenth

In which European city did composer Richard Wagner die in 1883? Venice

What was the name of the pandemic which killed over 1% of the world’s population in 1918? Spanish Flu

Which Roman road stretched 220 miles from Exeter to Lincoln? Fosse Way

In 1986 the prime minister of which European country was assassinated on his way home from the cinema with his wife? Sweden (Olof Palme)

Who invented the thermometer in 1593? Galileo

Which book was published in London on April 25th, 1719? Robinson Crusoe

What presidential election year saw Republicans dub Democrats the party of "Communism, Corruption and Korea"? :1952

In which year did the UK hand over Hong Kong sovereignty to China? 1997 (June 30th)

Who was president of the U S when Uncle Sam first got a beard? Abraham Lincoln

Who was the ruler of the USSR from 1917-22? Vladimir Lenin

What was the nickname of President Duvalier of Haiti, who died in 1971? Papa Doc

Who was the last British Viceroy of India? Lord Louis Mountbatten

What Apollo 13 astronaut contacted Mission Control with the words, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here

Which battle of 1571 marked the end of the Ottoman naval supremacy in the Mediterranean? The Battle of Lepanto

In which year was Abraham Lincoln assassinated? 1865

What structure was 26 5 miles long until 1989? The Berlin Wall

Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI created which principality in 1719? Lichtenstein

Which historical figure is widely regarded as the greatest of all the Anglo-Saxon scholars? The Venerable Bede

What year did the Dow Jones Industrial Average break both the 4000 and 5000 marks? 1995

Which country did Britain fight in the War of Jenkins’s Ear? Spain

What symbol was first linked to the Democratic party in an 1870 cartoon by Thomas Nast? A donkey

Who led a band of abolitionists that seized the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in October 1859? John Brown

What encyclopedia’s first edition, in 1771, described California as “a large country of the West Indies”? Encyclopedia Britannica’s

What disgraced vice president's high school yearbook quote read; "An ounce of wit is worth a pound of sorrow"? Spiro Agnew

What was discovered in 1799 by Pierre-François Bouchard, a Napoleonic soldier? The Rosetta Stone

Who did George Bush accuse of being "a card-carrying member" of the American Civil Liberties Union, in 1988? Michael Dukakis

Who was the youngest man to chair the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Colin Powell

Which Egyptian president ordered the seizure of the Suez Canal in 1956? President Nassar

Which of Henry VIII’s wives gave birth to Elizabeth I? Anne Boleyn

Who did Adolf Hitler dictate Mein Kampf to while in prison? Rudolf Hess

Name the second wife of Henry VIII? Anne Boleyn

In 1816 which US state was admitted to the Union as the 20th state? Mississippi

In 1979 which English art historian was exposed as a one-time Soviet spy and stripped of his knighthood? Anthony Blunt

In which year was the Wall Street Crash? 1929

There is one in Las Vegas for every how many inhabitants

What nationality was Karl Marx? German

Which English scholar, well known for his translation of the Bible into English, was executed in Antwerp in 1536? William Tyndale

What general did GI's nickname "Top Gun" in the Persian Gulf War? Colin Powell

Who saw his crew dine on wormy biscuits and rats on his fourth voyage to the New World? Christopher Columbus

What disease killed thousands of people in Glasgow in 1832? Cholera

What explorer of North Carolina never got to finish his "History of the World" while banished to the Tower of London? Sir Walter Raleigh

What country led all Arab nations in the number of troops participating in Operation Desert Storm? Saudi Arabia

Saloth Sar, born 19 May 1925, is better known by what name? Pol Pot