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When it comes to school subjects, history is a bane to most. However, as we grew up, history trivia questions became the foundation of many game nights. So, if you can’t run away from history, you might as well learn something from it. There are a lot of benefits that come with history trivia questions and answers that we might not think about!

Mark Twain once said, “History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Luckily, the fun repeats itself on game nights with friends. History trivia questions seem to be the universal solution to such nights. Like sports trivia, history questions are enjoyed best with friends. 

One enormous benefit that comes with them is knowledge. The best history trivia questions force us to look at historical events differently. For example, Elizabeth the Second was 27 years old when she got coronated but 25 when she ascended the throne. Not a lot of people will know this interesting and relatively modern fact!

So, are you ready to test your history knowledge? Explore the knowledge of ages with history trivia questions below. Some of them will rack the brains of even veteran history buffs.

However, don’t rush with the questions. Take the time to learn about the dominating categories and how you can mix up trivia nights with hard and easy questions.

Types of World History Trivia Questions.

History is a large subject but the selection for questions regarding it is even larger. Luckily, you can pick and choose between the questions. However, you will notice how most of them belong to specific groups. These groups have similar characteristics. So, you might as well focus on your chosen topics to save time. 

  • Political events. The gears of politics might be moving slowly, but the events between and inside governments shaped our world. Wars destroyed civilizations and allowed for others to rise. Revolutions broke the governments but also allowed for new ideas to surface. Also, this topic, while boring at first sight, might be the most researched.
  • Social events. Humans are the ones that create history. So, our inventions and discoveries are some of the most important in the world. Don’t be surprised why the best history trivia questions seem to touch upon human discoveries. All that is left now is to compile them into history trivia questions and use them on game nights.
  • Scientific events. Believe it or not, the world we live in today is based on old scientific theories and discoveries. For example, the nuclear bomb, and other scientific findings, heavily impacted history's political and social landscape. So, don’t be surprised when someone throws you history trivia questions with scientific spins.

However, these are only three categories that are more general than niche. So, stick to the end to learn more about the harder and easier topics to explore!

#1

How many years did the 100 years war last? 

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#3

How long did it take Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, to orbit Earth? 

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Around the world In 89 minutes. Puts Phileas Fogg into perspective

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Black and white photography of Queen Elizabeth II How old was Queen Elizabeth II when she was crowned the Queen of England? 

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wrong. She was 25 when she acceded to the throne, but the coronation was over a year later when she was 27.

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#5

What are the seven wonders of the ancient world? 

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good for you Julia, glad you learned every single thing on this list in primary. We're just tryin to have fun here tho...

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#6

Which U.S. President was inducted in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992? 

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#7

Fill in the blank: The 19th Amendment guarantees ____ the right to vote. 

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Give it time... if MAGAts have their way, that will be done away with, unfortunately. And you can downvote this all you want. These people are scary!

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#8

Ancient Greek building Which Greek goddess was the Parthenon dedicated to? 

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#10

What year did the Internet become available to the public? 

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What Are Some Hard History Trivia Questions?

Niche topics can break even the most veteran of history buffs. What makes hard history trivia questions so interesting is that they aren’t generally known. To truly test your knowledge, look up questions about inaugurations, special events, and activities that historical figures partook in. Like flags, you must learn harder history trivia questions through failure and effort.

#11

What was the name of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant that was the site of a nuclear disaster in April 1986? 

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#12

How many times has the Mona Lisa been stolen? 

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#15

Where did Albert Einstein live before moving to the United States? 

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#17

What do the stripes on the American flag represent? 

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#19

Along with Hiroshima, Japan, which Japanese city was hit by an atomic bomb in 1945? 

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Nagasaki bomb is much more powerful, but the death toll in Hiroshima is higher because Nagasaki is less densely populated than Hiroshima.

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What Are Some Easy History Trivia Questions?

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Trivia nights are all about having fun with your friends. So, why not go with the more straightforward questions instead? Instead of going for the niche topics, focus more on the general ones. For example, if you are playing with Americans, ask more US history trivia questions. Touch upon the topics of civil war, the Founding Fathers. 

Also, it might be good to look for interesting history trivia questions that are rather recent. After all, the more modern the events, the more we will know about them. The 2000s are a source of many quiz-like questions. So much has happened in the past few decades that the questions will seem rather easy.

#23

In 1996, a sheep became the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell. What was the name of that sheep? 

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But WHY was she called Dolly? Because she was cloned from a mammary cell and named after Dolly Parton.

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#26

Who is the king of the Olympian gods in Greek mythology? 

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#27

Celtic culture accessories How many Celtic languages are still spoken today? 

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hmm...Welsh, Cornish, Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Breton...what's the sixth? Genuinely curious.

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#28

What is the world’s oldest recorded civilization? 

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mesopotamia was the region, not the civilization itself, which was Sumeria

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#29

What was the name of the ancient trade route that connected the East with the West? 

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amy Tan wrote a great novel about an ill-fated attempt by modern tourists to follow the Silk Road after their guide passed away. It's called Saving Fish from Drowning. Good read!

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#30

How did Alexander the Great solve the puzzle of the Gordion knot? 

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#31

What is considered the largest empire in history? 

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#32

Which Greek historian is known as the “Father of History”? 

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He was also wrong about many, many things... but let's be honest, that just makes history more interesting.

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#33

Which movie star married the Prince of Monaco on April 18th, 1956?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great actress. She was wonderful in Rear Window and Dial M For Murder, both great Hitchcock films.

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#34

Grey bridge between brown buildings What was the previous name for New York? 

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

🎶 Even old New York was once New Amsterdam, Why they changed I can't say it, People just liked it better that way 🎶

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#35

Finish the line: President Franklin D. Roosevelt said during his speech addressing the attack on Pearl Harbor: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941…” 

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#36

What was the name of the landmark Supreme Court case that ruled the racial segregation of schools unconstitutional? 

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#37

How old was King Tutankhamun when he died? 

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#38

Photography of Place de La Bastille in Paris, France Which infamous prison was stormed on July 14th, 1789? 

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#39

Which Argentinian became a notable figure in the Cuban Revolution? 

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#40

During which war was a Christmas Truce called?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is a beautiful song about this called "Christmas In The Trenches" by John McCutcheon based on this event.

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#42

What year was Nelson Mandela freed from prison? 

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#43

What was the name of the research ship Charles Darwin traveled with? 

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#46

Who was the first American to win a Noble Peace Prize? 

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#47

Who was the first person in the world to land on the moon?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean technically, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon at the same time, but Armstrong was the first one to get out and walk around.

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#48

Which four presidents are on Mount Rushmore? 

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

None. They’re all dead. (Good dad pun.) Their likenesses are depicted there.

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#49

Old map The Byzantine Empire was a continuation of which powerful ancient empire? 

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#50

Which country hosted the 2016 Olympics? 

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#51

Which two royal family members were divorced in 1996? 

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#53

Soldier walking on wooden pathway surrounded with barbed wire Which war took place between 1950 and 1953? 

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A.K.A. the war where surprisingly few Koreans were involved, all things considered. It was mainly America vs China.

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#54

Which African nation successfully resisted colonialism in the late 19th century?

Answer: Ethiopia.

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#55

Which two Native American leaders led Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne warriors in the fight against Lieutenant Colonel George Custer’s troops in the Battle of Little Bighorn? 

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#56

What was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage? 

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#57

Who was the first Black Supreme Court justice in the United States? 

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#59

Which organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1917?

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#60

How many days was William Harrison President of the United States? 

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Going out in the rain with or without clothing does not cause pneumonia. Pneumonia is caused by a virus or bacterium, neither of which is weather related,.

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#61

In 1927, who became the first man to fly solo and non-stop across the Atlantic? 

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#62

In which country did the Easter Rising take place in 1916? 

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The book "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt is an extraordinarily detailed and powerful memoir of growing up in poverty-stricken Limerick in the (not immediate but longstanding) aftermath of the Easter Rebellion for anyone interested.

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#64

Who was shot outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington on March 30th, 1981? 

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#65

Who was the first woman in space? 

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know much about her at all. I don't think we did learn this in school come to think of it. But she should have been in the curriculum just like Niel Armstrong

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#66

The Ptolemy dynasty ruled which ancient kingdom? 

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#69

In 1939, the UK declared war on Germany after what event? 

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#72

Which era marked a switch from agricultural practices to industrial practices? 

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#73

Photography of Vietnam Veterans Memorial What year was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated in Washington, D.C.? 

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#74

Who was president during the Cuban Missile Crisis? 

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#75

In what year did child labor laws start in the United States? 

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Exceptions were made for child actors. It was called the Shirley Temple bill.

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#76

Who was the first ruler of the Mongol Empire? 

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#77

Cityscape of medieval church and houses with old tile roof What was the capital city of the Inca Empire? 

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And now I've got the Emperor's New Groove stuck in my head 😂 🎵 Kuzco! 🎶

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#78

What was the name of the international group formed to maintain world peace after World War I?

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#79

Which two city-states fought in the Peloponnesian War? 

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THIS IS SPARTA!.. Sorry had to, also scared the s**t out of my dog..

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#80

Which ancient figure is often considered the founder of Western philosophy? 

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#81

Statue of Queen Nefertiti Queen Nefertiti ruled alongside which pharaoh? 

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They do believe they found her , the announcement was made yesterday that Dr. Hawass is giving a press conference on it at the end of the month I believe, I will find the article and post a link if i can

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#82

Athenian leader Cleisthenes introduced the concept of demokratia in 507 BC. What does demokratia translate to? 

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#84

What was the name of the Category 5 hurricane that hit New Orleans and its surrounding areas in 2005? 

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#86

Brexit refers to which country leaving the European Union? 

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#87

Which King of England was executed in 1649 during the English Civil War? 

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And he wore an extra shirt so that people wouldn't see him shivering and think he was afraid. Someone said, Nothing in his life became him like the leaving of it.

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#90

Statue of Nero Who was the emperor of Rome from A.D. 54 – A.D. 68? 

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#91

The “Whitechapel Murderer” is the nickname given to which serial killer? 

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I visited my sister and her husband, I got the opportunity to take the Whitechapel tour, which was very informative and educational, though there is still today debates on who Jack the Ripper was.

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#92

In the 5,000 years of human history, what is the one disease that has been completely eradicated? 

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