Friday, May 29, 2009

Fun history trivia questions and answers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fun history trivia questions and answers.

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

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

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

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

Who led the Million Man March on Washington?
A: Louis Farrakhan.

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

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

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

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

What trade union was finally legalized in Poland in 1989?
A: Solidarity.

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

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

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

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

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

What structure was 26.5 miles long until 1989?
A: The Berlin Wall.

What sport sparked a war between El Salvador and Honduras, after an unpopular referee's call in 1969?
A: Soccer.
What amendment in the U.S. Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of religion, speech and the press?
A: The First Amendment.

Who was dubbed "Lenin's left leg" during the early stages of Russia's Marxist movement?
A: Joseph Stalin.

What doctor came to court dressed as Thomas Jefferson, who ws also thought to favor helping the terminally ill commit suicide?
A: Jack Kevorkian.

What country was ruled from 827 until 860 by Egbert, Ethelwulf and Ethelbald?
A: England.

What did Elizabeth I have removed from her palaces when her hair thinned and her cheeks hollowed?
A: Mirrors.

What historic structure was saved from a real estate syndicate by a donation from a Texas cattle heiress?
A: The Alamo.

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Who's letter to Ronald Reagan read: "I'm very sorry...I thank God no one died"?
A: John Hinckley Jr.'s.

How many people were killed in 1979 at the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster?
A: Zero.

What British prime minister defined a fanatic as "one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject"?
A: Winston Churchill.

What Japanese war cry meant "May you live forever"?
A: Banzai.

Who distanced herself from politics by changing her last name to Davis at 22?
A: Patti Reagan.

Who piloted the first airplane to suffer a passenger fatality, in 1908?
A: Orville Wright.

What river was Hernando De Soto the first white man to see and be buried in?
A: The Mississippi River.

Who was known as "Tanya" after a 1974 San Francisco bank robbery?
A: Patti Hearst.

What seventh king of Israel shares his name with a Herman Melville literary character?
A: Ahab.

What U.S. president died 79 days after being shot?
A: James Garfield.

What outfit's National Intelligence Daily has a circulation of about 200?
A: The Central Intelligence Agency's.

What leader said in 1942: "Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much"?
A: Franklin D. Roosevelt.

What child name's plunge in U.S. popularity was attributed to a famous 1974 scandal?
A: Richard's.

What 1970 hit movie was banned on military bases for "reducing the conventions and paraphernalia of war to total idiocy?
A: M*A*S*H

What awards, founded in 1901, are funded wit the help of the Bank of Sweden?
A: The Nobel Prizes.

What country did 300,000 Chinese troops invade in February of 1979?
A: Vietnam.

What spa town headquartered the French who collaborated with the Nazis in World War II?
A: Vichy.

What seductive World War I spy had a daughter named Banda who was also a spy?
A: Mata Hari.

What color were the "black boxes" on TWA Flight 800?
A: Orange.

Where in Beijing did Chinese students build a Goddess of Democracy in May, 1989?
A: Tiananmen Square.

What author moved some 56 times in the six months after he was issued a death threat?
A: Salman Rushdie.

What Connecticut resident was the first woman in U.S. history to be elected a U.S. governor without inheriting the office from a hubbie?
A: Ella Grasso.

What secretary of defense admitted the Vietnam War was a "mistake" in 1995?
A: Robert McNamara.

What nation's 90-man army is the world's oldest, dating back to 1506?
A: Vatican City's.
What British royal spent over $26,000 on underwear in the 1980s?
A: Princess Diana.

What First Lady became the first wife of a sitting president to appear under subpoena before a grand jury?
A: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

What war was Lt. Hiroo Onoda ordered by his commanding officer to stip fighting, in 1974?
A: World War II.

What Beverly Hills 90210 star led the Pledge of Allegiance at the 1992 Republican convention?
A: Shannen Doherty.

Whose assassination resulted in the Lorraine Motel being named the National Civil Rights Museum?
A: Martin Luther King Jr's.

What Arab intoned: " I want a homeland even if the devil is the one to liberate it for me"?
A: Yasir Arafat.

What name was the last word uttered by Napoleon?
A: Josephine.

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What nation bid adieu to the United Kingdom in 1921?
A: Ireland.

History trivia questions and answers.

What Nazi propagandist said: "Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play"?
A: Joseph Goebbels.

What cleric addressed the U.N. in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese in 1995?
A: Pope John Paul II.

What mobster sighed: "I've been accused of every death except the casualty list of the World War"?
A: Al Capone.

What was the first company in the world to post $1 billion in annual earnings, in 1995?
A: General Motors.

What Uganda city's airport saw an Israeli commando raid rescue 103 hostages in 1976?
A: Entebbe's.

What 20th-century conflict saw U.S. soldiers "die for a tie"?
A: The Korean War.

What increased in the U.S. from 1.5 million to seven million in 1930?
A: Unemployment.

What city had the first public school, college and newspaper in the thirteen British colonies?
A: Boston.

What scandal was the Tower Commission set up to investigate in 1986?
A: The Iran-Contra affair.

What Filipino was acquitted of fraud charges in the U.S. in 1990?
A: Imelda Marcos.

What were the Soviet Union's symbols for work in the factory and on the land?
A: Hammer and sickle.

Who expected to be paid 2,000 pounds for surrendering West Point to the British?
A: Benedict Arnold.

What did an official U.S. investigation call " the greatest military and naval disaster in our nation's history"?
A: The attack on Pearl Harbor.

Whose migraine headache vanished after he read Robert E. Lee's note of surrender?
A: Ulysses S. Grant's.

What did "loose lips" do, according to a popular rhyming World War II slogan?
A: "Sink Ships".

What city had North America's first medical school, bank and city-paid police force.
A: Philadelphia.

What Filipino was nicknamed the " iron butterfly".
A: Imelda Marcos.

What did Jack McCall fall off, seconds after he shot Wild Bill Hickok?
A: His Horse.

Who was the longest-serving president in French history?
A: Francois Mitterrand.

What country's rampant political corruption was probed by the Mani pulite, or "Clean Hands," of the 1990s?
A: Italy's.

What flying ace averaged a kill every 11 days between September of 1915, and April of 1918?
A: Manfred von Richthofen, or "The Red Barron".
How many swings of the ax did Sir Walter Raleigh's executioner require?
A: Three.

What Soviet made the cover of Time 14 times between 1985 and 1991?
A: Mikhail Gorbachev.

What outfit has troops known as Blue Helmets?
A: The United Nations.

What Reign of Terror innovation was hyped: "My victim will feel nothing but a slight sense of refreshing coolness in the neck"?
A: The guillotine.

What European leader caused a row in 1967 when he veiled before a French Canadian crowd: "Vive le Quebec libre"?
A: Charles de Gaulle.

What U.S. president advised: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen"?
A: Harry S. Truman.

What U.S. president did African-American editor Monroe Trotter claim to be a direct descendent of?
A: Thomas Jefferson.

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What Bruce Springsteen song was quoted by both Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale in the 1984 presidential campaign?
A: Born in the USA.

Who became leader of the opposition after the 1990 Nicaraguan elections?
A: Daniel Ortega.

Who was the first democratically -elected president of Russia?
A: Boris Yeltsin.

What explorer introduced Italians to spaghetti in the 14th century?
A: Marco Polo.

What president had to read a news ticker to discover that his daughter Luci was engaged?
A: Lynbdon B. Johnson.

What did JFK refer to in noting: "This is a new ocean, and I believe the U.S. should sail it"?
A: Space.

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What British royal was dubbed "Fish Face" by his wife?
S: Prince Charles.

Who, after anchoring off Hawaii in 1779, was mistaken for the god Lono?
A: Captain James Cook.

What physicist's last words were not understood because his nurse did not speak German?
A: Albert Einstein's.

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What nation was miffed when Hubert Humphrey declined its secret offer to help finance his 1968 presidential campaign?
A: The Soviet Union.

What Irish political movement is named after a phrase meaning "we ourselves"?
A: Sinn Fein.

What organization elects the 15 judges of the World Court?
A: The United Nations.

What was the first war in which one jet plane shot down another?
A: The Korean War.

What song was the Navy band playing at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked?
A: The Star-Spangled Banner.

What two continents have never been the site of a major military conflict?
A: Antarctica and Australia.

What country maintained an official state of emergency from 1933 to 1945?
A: Germany.

What group of Pacific islands did Japan attack the day after Pearl Harbor?
A: The Philippines.

What English king introduced death by boiling and legalized the killing of gypsies?
A: Henry VIII.

What was the B-17 long-range bomber nicknamed in World War II?
A: The Flying Fortress.
What was a ship called the Ancon the first to travel through, on August 15, 1914?
A: The Panama Canal.

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What fighter pilot flew World War I missions with his Great Dane "Moritz" next to him in the cockpit?
A: Monfred von Richthofen, or " The Red Baron".

What country lost 17.2 percent of its population in World War II?
A: Poland.

What deranged Roman emperor had a name that meant "little boot"?
A: Caligula.

What Pakistani was the first head of state in the 20th century to give birth in office?
A: Benazir Bhutto.

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What two-word term describes the period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning f the Renaissance?
A: Middle Ages.

What newspaper won a Pulitzer for its Watergate coverage?
A: The Washington Post.

Who described the impending Persian Gulf ground war as "the mother of all battles"?
A: Saddam Hussein.

What ship's lookout was miffed when his request for binoculars was denied in 1912?
A: The Titanic's.

What big-league baseball prospect was jailed in Cuba from 1953 to 1955 before going on to bigger things?
A: Fidel Castro.
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Who saw the turtleneck he wore at cease-fire talks in Bosnia fetch $5,000 at auction?
A: Jimmy Carter.

What brave-hearted Scottish patriot led soldiers to a defeat of the English at the Battle of Cambuskenneth in 1297?
A: William Wallace.

What nation issued the five-dollar bill found in Abraham Lincoln's pocket when he was shot?
A: The Confederate States of America.

What Argentinian was buried in a Milan cemetery under the pseudonym Maria Maggi?
A: Eva Peron.

What Polish political movement got the support of Pope John Paul II in the 1980s?
A: Solidarity.

Lots of history trivia questions and answers.

What war lasted from June5, 1967 to June 10, 1967?
A: The Six-Day War.

Who was the longest-reigning Arab ruler, through 1995?
A: King Hussein of Jordan.

What famous Swiss citizen said of nuclear bombs: "If I had known, I would have become a watchmaker"?
A: Albert Einstein.

What nation was bounced from the Organization of American States in 1962?
A: Cuba.

What's the Islamic Resistance Movement better known as to Palestinians?
A: Hamas.

Who was the first president of the National Organization for Women, in 1966?
A: Betty Freidan.

Who tooled around Chicago during Prohibition in a car bearing the license plate "EN-1"?
A: Eliot Ness.

Who cross-examined the victims in the trial against Long Island Railroad shooter Colin Ferguson?
A: Colin Ferguson.

What beating victim's 23-lawyer defense team handed the city of Los Angeles a bill for $4.4 million?
A: Rodney King's.

What can Germans publicly deny the existence of to earn five years in prison?
A: The Holocaust.

What French explorer was murdered by his crew after he spent two years failing to locate the mouth of the Mississippi?
A: Robert La Salle.

Who's believed by many to be buried in Downpatrick under a tombstone marked with the letter "P"?
A: St. Patrick.

What controversial crime fighter did Elvis Presley call "the greatest living American"?
A: J. Edgar Hoover.

What cavalryman's bonehead moves included leaving four Gatling guns behind, in 1876?
A: George Armstrong Custer's.

Who wrote in 1774 that "no thinking man" in America wanted independence from England?
A: George Washington.

What country was Adolf Hitler born in?
A: Austria.

What Ohio city was the 1995 Bosnian peace accord signed in?
A: Dayton.

What Persian Gulf warrior called his young majors in charge of combat operations "Jedi Knights"?
A: Norman Schwarzkopf.

What horse-loving future president cheated on an eye exam to join the cavalry reserves in the 1930s?
A: Ronald Reagan.

What president opined: "Once you get into this great stream of history you can't get out"?
A: Richard Nixon.

What name has been shared by the most popes?
A: John.

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What leader ruled an area that stretched from the North Sea to central Italy at the onset of the ninth century?
A: Charlemagne.

What did Hirohito refer to as a "tragic interlude," during a 1975 U.S. visit?
A: World War II.

What nationality was Gavrilo Princip, who set off World War I by assassinating Archduke Ferdinand?
A: Serbian.

What 17th century English Lord Protector's severed head was finally buried after 300 years?
A: Oliver Cromwell's.

What country did the U.S. invade in 1989 in what George Will dubbed "an act of hemispheric hygiene"?
A: Panama.

What U.S. state did Russian nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky threaten to reclaim, in 1995?
A: Alaska.

What 1964 coin did many Americans tend to save rather than spend?
A: The Kennedy half-dollar.

What British prime minister shared breakfast in bed with a parrot named Toby?
A: Winston Churchill.

What war was raging when isolationists adopted the motto "America first"?
A: World War I.

Who did Henry VIII have beheaded for witchcraft and adultery, along with her wolfhound?
A: Anne Boleyn.

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What airline started out as the first crop-dusting outfit to battle boll weevils?
A: Delta Airlines.

Who wrote a 35,000-word manifesto the New York Times and Washington Post published on September 18, 1995?
A: The Unabomber.

What civil rights leader was near death after being stabbed in Harlem with a seven-inch letter opener in 1958?
A: Martin Luther King Jr.

What future saint ws originally taken to Ireland as a slave in 405 A.D.?
A: St. Patrick.

What Nantucket shipwreck killed more divers exploring it than the 52 people it sank with?
A: The Andrea Doria.

What do an average of 20 people do each year while staring at a Goodyear blimp?
A: Shoot at it.

Who was the first U.N. secretary general to have both African and Arab roots?
A: Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

Who did former communist Aleksander Kwasniewski defeat in a 1995 Eastern European presidential election?
A: Lech Walesa.

Who told the House Un-American Activities Committee that communist cartoonists might be using Mickey Mouse to spread propaganda?
A: Walt Disney.

Who wore a suit instead of his usual military fatigues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the U.N.?
A: Fidel Castro.

What president's mug graces a $100,000 bill?
A: Woodrow Wilson's.

What nation started giving gas masks to its citizens before the Persian Gulf War?
A: Israel.

What political movement got its name from the hill in Jerusalem boasting the Temple of Solomon?
A: Zionism.

What tree was named for the Native American scholar who created the 85-sylable Cherokee alphabet?
A: The sequoia.

What country saw Ion Iliescu take over in 1989, after its previous president was arrested, tried and shot?
A: Romania.

What single name is more commonly applied to Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Great?
A: Charlemagne.

What anchorman admitted he was wrong to announce Russian capitalists were auctioning off Lenin's preserved corpse?
A: Peter Jennings.

What's explorer Fernao de Magelhaes better known as in English?
A: Ferdinand Magellan.

What got a new balcony, front portico and two extra chimneys on the back of $20 bills, in 1948?
A: The White House.

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What city's worker-student protests of 1968 resulted in a 33 percent rise in the national minimum wage?
A: Paris.

What's the top-grossing U.S. retail chain owned by one family?
A: Wal-Mart.

What nation bartered 30 million barrels of oil for ten Boeing 747s in 1984?
A: Saudi Arabia.

What country's civil war was described as a "rehearsal for World War II"?
A: Spain's.

Who was turned down by seven people he asked to be his running mate in 1972?
A: George McGovern.

What politician agreed to cough up $432,000 in back taxes in April of 1974?
A: Richard Nixon.

Who was on the cover of Time most often-Winston Churchill, FDR, or Joseph Stalin?
A: Joseph Stalin.

What British leader was once dubbed "Attila the Hen"?
A: Margaret Thatcher.

What siblings did the Ontario government build a nursery called Quintland for?
A: The Dionne quintuplets.

What chemical's maker coughed up $180 million to pay medical costs for Vietnam vets in 1984?
A: Agent Orange's.

What 1962 crisis prevented the Kennedy brothers from negotiating to buy the Philadelphia Eagles?
A: The Cuban Missile Crisis.

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What assassin's diary reveals that he changed his plans from kidnapping to murder the day before he did the deed?
A: John Wilkes Booth's.

What war saw GI's being told over the radio: "Bart Simpson is making love to your wife"?
A: The Persian Gulf War.

What nation's flag was referred to in World War II as a "meatball"?
A: Japan's.

Who was accused of dancing "with devils" after he announced plans to build a South Dakota casino near sacred Sioux lands?
A: Kevin Costner.

Who's been called "the French Stalin" for executing 20,000 during the Reign of Terror?
A: Maximilien Robespierre.

Who became Britain's longest continuously serving prime minister of the 20th century?
A: Margaret Thatcher.

What Soviet republic's 1988 earthquake marked the first time the USSR embraced international relief after a disaster?
A: Armenia's.

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What French Louis reigned a record 72 years?
A: Louis XIV.

What twin cities in Japan were largely leveled by a 1923 earthquake?
A: Tokyo and Yokohama.

What socialist writer's last words were: "Last words are for fools who haven't said enough"?
A: Karl Marx's.

What country used weather-borne balloons to drop more than a hundred bombs on North America during World War II?
A: Japan.

What 10-year-old began earning his bad reputation by throwing puppies off the Kremlin walls in 1540?
A: Ivan the Terrible.

What Woodward and Bernstein book topped the bestseller listx five weeks before Nixon Quit in 1974?
A: All the President's Men.

What dictator is affectionately dubbed El Maximo by fans?
A: Fidel Castro.

What U.S. president installed solar panels on the White House roof?
A: Jimmy Carter.

Who pledged in 1964: "We're not going to send American boys to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves"?
A: Lyndon B. Johnson.

What word has appeared on every coin struck in the U.S. since 1792?
A: Liberty.

What condiment did the Agriculture Department allow to count as "one of the two vegetables required" in school lunch programs in 1981?
A: Ketchup.

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Where was JFK when he said the U.S. "never had to put up a wall to keep our people in"?
A: West Berlin.

What was Titanic survivor Molly Brown nicknamed?
A: Unsinkable.

Who was accused of being drunk when sworn in as Abraham Lincoln's vice president?
A: Andrew Johnson.

What two-word phrase to describe an ambitious social program was coined by LBJ on April 23, 1964?
A: Great Society.

Who was U.S. president when the first edition of the Farmer's Almanac was published?
A: George Washington.

What assassin put his wedding ring in a demitasse cup before leaving home for the last time?
A: Lee Harvey Oswald.

Who once agreed to head up Chrysler for an annual salary of one dollar?
A: Lee Iacocca.

What city did Napoleon occupy in 1798, sending Pope Pius VI to the south of France?
A: Rome.

Who was the longest-serving president in the Americas, through 1995?
A: Fidel Castro.

What color shirts did Nazi SS troops wear?
A: Black.

What R-word described a person refused an exit visa by the Soviet Union?
A: Refusenik.

What network did U.S. troops in the Gulf War dub "Scud-a-vision"?

Who got out of jail in time to become head of Czechoslovakia in 1989?
A: Vaclav Havel.

Who thanked Henry VIII for allowing her to be decapitated bya sword instead of an ax?
A: Anne Boleyn.

What European city lost 4,000 people to a "killer fog" of carbon dioxide in 1952?
A: London.

What New England state was originally claimed by both New Hampshire and New York?
A: Vermont.

Who did Iranian militants want returned in exchange for U.S. hostages in 1979?
A: The Shah of Iran.

What two World War I enemies suffered one million casualties in the Battle of Verdun?
A: France and Germany.

What old soldier died in Washington, D.C., on April5, 1964?
A: Douglas MacArthur.

What Pink Floyd song was banned by the South African government after it became an anthem for black schoolchildren?
A: Another Brick in the Wall.

What were Stanley's first words to David Livingstone?
A: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume"

What Wild West legend was fired as sheriff of Wichita for pocketing fines he'd collected?
A: Wyatt Earp.

What country enacted the War Powers Act to quell a separatist rebellion in 1970?
A: Canada.

Who made his first known visit to Israel in 1995, to visit Yitzhak Rabin's widow?
A: Yasir Arafat.

What Romanian dictator banned Scrabble because he deemed it too intellectual?
A: Nicolae Ceausescu.

Who inspired Communism with the line: "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs"?
A: Karl Marx.

What's the submachine gun invented by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1947 better known as?
A: The AK47.

Whose quips and quotes were collected in a CD-ROM called Well...There You Go Again?
A: Ronald Reagan's.

What Soviet leader's second wife was also his daughter, according to Kremlin Wives?
A: Joseph Stalin's.

What former secretary of state noted: "The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes longer"?
A: Henry Kissinger.

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What state has hosted the most nuclear tests in the U.S.?
A: Nevada.

What Nicaraguan "freedom fighters" did Ronald Reagan call "the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers.
A: The Contras.

What country left the League of Nations in 1933?
A: Germany.

What southeastern state was the last to return to the Union after the Civil War?
A: Georgia.

What trials, beginning in 1945, spawned the phrase "I was only following orders"?
A: The Nuremberg war crimes trials.

What was the first war the U.S. took part in that was partially financed withl lottery dollars?
A: The Revolutionary War.

What Bill Murray Ghostbusters term did Persian Gulf warriors use to describe being hit by chemical weapons?
A: Slimed.

What country did ever-prudent King Farouk I declare war on in 1945?
A: Germany.

What U.S. president did General George McClellan sum up as "nothing more than a well-meaning baboon"?
A: Abraham Lincoln.

What U.S. war broke out the same year the federal government first printed paper money?
A: The Civil War.

What opportunistic country declare war on Japan five days before its surrender in 1945?
A: The Soviet Union.

What U.S. military base was won in the last major battle against Japan?
W: Okinawa.

What marked the first time since the Revolution that the U.S. accepted direct financial aid to fight a war?
A: The Persian Gulf War.

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What U.S. president was born William Jefferson Blythe IV?
A: Bill Clinton.

Whose assassination was Sam Seymour the last living witness to, until his death in 1956?
A: Abraham Lincoln's.

What former president was on an African hunting trip when his enemy J.P.Morgan quipped: "Let every lion do his duty"?
A: Theodore Roosevelt.

What three words did George Bush say before "no new taxes" in 1988?
A: "Read my lips".

Who was the first lawyer to become First Lady?
A: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

What 1970s president openly discussed his battle with hemorrhoids?
A: Jimmy Carter.

What future president was the only U.S. senator from a Confederate state to remain in Congress after secession?
A: Andrew Johnson

What war saw James Madison become the first U.S. president to command a military unit during his term in office?
A: The War of 1812.

What document did President Andrew Johnson want a copy of placed under his head upon his burial?
A: The U.S. Constitution.

What inscription on U.S. coins did Theodore Roosevelt try in vain to have removed?
A: In God We Trust.

What former U.S. president showed up on dollar coins in 1971?
A: Dwight D. Eisenhower.

What did Ronald Reagan disclose he was suffering from, in 1994?
A: Alzheimer's disease.

What future U.S. president received the last rites of the Catholic Church after an infection following spinal surgery in 1954.
A: John F. Kennedy.

Who did Abraham Lincoln promote to major general or volunteers after he captured Fort Henry and Fort Donelson?
A: Ulysses S. Grant.

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How many U.S. presidents played a role in Vietnam's civil war?
A: Five.

Who said: "I'm the president of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli"?
A: George Bush.

Who was the first president to appear on a U.S. coin?
A: Abraham Lincoln.

What date saw FDR sign the U.S. declaration of war against Japan?
A: December 8, 1941.

What pooch was the only gift Richard Nixon admitted accepting, in a famous 1952 speech?
A: Checkers.

Who was assassinated the day after Andy Warhol was shot?
A: Robert F. Kennedy.

What Wild West figure is described on his New Mexico tombstone as "The Boy Bandit King"?
A: Billy the Kid.

Who was billed as the "Killer of Custer" in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show?
A: Sitting Bull.

What conspirator in the Lincoln assassination was pardoned for saving the lives of prison guards during a yellow fever epidemic?
A: Dr. Samuel Mudd.

What condition was alleviated by medicine dubbed "liquid cork" by U.S. troops in Vietnam?
A: Diarrhea.

What medical condition kept William Blount from traveling to Philadelphia on horseback for the 1787 Constitutional Convention?
A: Hemorrhoids.

What physicist called nationalism "the measles of mankind"?
A: Albert Einstein.

What was the world's principal Christian city before it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453?
A: Constantinople.

Who is credited with creating the model of European fascism in the 20th century?
A: Benito Mussolini.

What "revolution" saw almost every Chinese citizen to a copy of Mao Zedong's Little Red Book?
A: The Cultural Revolution.

What was closed to traffic after the Six Day War in 1967, and not reopened until 1975?
A: The Suez Canal.

Who convinced Jamaicans he'd made the moon disappear during a lunar eclipse in 1504?
A: Christopher Columbus.

What group meets in a Pentagon room dubbed "The Tank"?
A: The Joint Chiefs of Staff.

What Texan ended up with one delegate after spending $12 million of his own money running for president in 1980?
A: John Connally.

What Caribbean nation sent thousands of troops to Angola and Ethiopia in the 1970s?
A: Cuba.

What military man had a much less famous cousin nicknamed "Mudwall"?
A: "Stonewall" Jackson.

What Israeli is known affectionately as "Bibi"?
A: Benjamin Netanyahu.

What Roman emperor forbade citizens from laughing or bathing after one of his sister-wives died?
A: Caligula.

What weekend retreat saw Menachim Begin and Anwar Sadat hammer out an Israeli-Egyptian peace accord in 1978?
A: Camp David.

Who proved his mettle as a pollster in the 1936 presidential elections?
A: George Gallup.

What part of North America made French its official language in 1976?
A: Quebec.

What group of professionals did U.S. Gulf War troops nicknamed "headaches"?
A: Journalists.

How many U.S. states took part in the development or manufacture of the B-2 bomber?
A: Fifty.

What disastrous World War II retreat prompted Winston Churchill to say: "Wars are not won by evacuations"?
A: Dunkirk.

Who told Winston Churchill "that the French regard him as the reincarnation of Joan of Arc"?
A: Charles de Gaulle.

What candidate told Pat Paulsen that his 100,000 write-in votes probably put Nixon in the White House?
A: Hubert Humphrey.

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What controversial form of cheap labor did Alabama return to the work force in 1995, after a 30-year absence?
A: Chain gangs.

What mobster's 1927 earnings would have amounted to $600 million in 1987 dollars?
A: Al Capone's.

What captain did Fletcher Christian lead a mutiny against near Tahiti in 1789?
A: William Bligh.

Who committed suicide two years after taking a stab at Julius Caesar?
A: Brutus.

What lord protector of England was not fond of his nicknames ""Almighty nose" and "Crum-Hell"?
A: Oliver Cromwell.

What type of ads were banned in 1971, costing TV networks $200 million?
A: Cigarette ads.

Who was stuck in the spacecraft while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin moon-walked?
A: Michael Collins.

Who was barefoot in a beach trailer wearing a Ban-Lon shirt when told the House was voting articles of impeachment against him?
A: Richard Nixon.

What archipelago lost an estimated one million of its citizens in the war against Japan from 1941 to 1945?
A: The Philippines.

What was the largest number of living ex-presidents at one time?
A: Five.

What vice president was less than thrilled to learn his adversaries called him :Eggplant"?
A: Spiro Agnew.

Who did Abu Bakr succeed as leader of the Muslims in the year 632?
A: Muhammad.

What nation's Catholics saw the Pope make a triumphant homecoming visit in 1980?
A: Poland's.

What Saudi Arabian city was the birthplace of the prophet Muhammad?
A: Mecca.

What body part was most frequently covered with lard and roasted over a fire as a torture during the Spanish inquisition?
A: The foot.

Whose 1995 novel The Moor's Last Sigh enraged Hindu militants in India?
A: Salman Rushdie's.

What church did Henry VIII create when the Pope refused to give him a divorce in 1534?
A: The Church of England.

What outfit did one of every six members of the American Communist Party really work for, according to a former ACP member?
A: The FBI.

What markswoman did Sitting Bull dub "Little Sure Shot?
A: Annie Oakley.

What Apollo 11 astronaut claimed he was the "first man to wet his pants n the moon"?
A: Buzz Aldrin.

What Mississippi city's residents did not celebrate the Fourth of July until 1945, after losing a Civil War battle in 1863?
A: Vicksburg's.

What was frontierswoman Martha Jane Burk better known as?
A: Calamity Jane.

What tragedy occurred two years to the day after the federal raid on the Branch Davidian complex in Waco?
The Oklahoma City bombing.

What current branch of the U.S. military was a corp of only 50 soldiers when World War I broke out?
A: The U.S. Air Force.

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