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Updated on Mar 4, 2020. Posted on Feb 25, 2020

How Much Random World History Knowledge Do You Actually Have?

History? More like mystery.

  1. Christopher Columbus proved that the Earth is round.

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    People already knew the earth is round.

    You might have heard that back in yonder 1492, everyone thought that the world was flat up until Christopher Columbus set sail to North America and proved them all totally wrong. However, this is just a myth — people have known the earth is round since at least the sixth century BCE.

  2. During what war was Rosie the Riveter part of a campaign used to recruit more female workers for defense industries?

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    World War II

    During World War II, Rosie the Riveter was the woman depicted in a campaign to recruit more female workers for defense industries. However, who Rosie was IRL is very much up for debate.

  3. Who was NOT nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize?

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    Francisco Franco was never nominated.

    Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini have were all nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. However, the bar to be nominated is lower than you might expect and the list of nominees can reach a few hundred people each year.

  4. What year did World War I start?

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    1914

    Shortly after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, World War I began on July 28, 1914.

  5. Who's this fella?

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    Hail Seth!

    Seth, also called Set and Sutekh, is the Egyptian god of the desert, disorder, warfare, and storms. He's depicted as a mix of a bunch of different animals, including the aardvark, jackal, and antelope.

  6. Which pic is more historically accurate?

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    The buckle is a lie.

    Pilgrims didn't actually wear hats with buckles. They also didn't have flip-phones.

  7. What year was Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech?

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    "The greatest demonstration for freedom..."

    King delivered his iconic speech at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

  8. Who was the last leader of the Soviet Union?

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    Mikhail Gorbachev

    Gorbachev, the guy who's known for "glasnost" (openness) and "perestroika" (restructuring), was also the last leader of the USSR.

  9. What century was the French Revolution?

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    1700s

    The French Revolution began in 1789 and lasted until the late 1790s. Fun fact: Marie-Antoinette probably didn't say “Let them eat cake.”

  10. Who was NOT targeted by Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist witch hunts?

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    James Dean

    In the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy led a series of investigations into potential communist infiltration. However, it looks like James Dean was never one of the many notable figures targeted.

  11. Who is the Roman goddess of love?

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    I'm your Venus!

    Venus is the Roman counterpart to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, sex, fertility, and beauty. An easy way to remember the names of Greek and Roman gods: The English names for the planets usually derive from a Roman god.

  12. Who is this guy?

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    Che Guevara

    One of the most reproduced images ever is of Che Guevara, a Marxist revolutionary who played a huge role in the Cuban Revolution.

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