History Trivia and Answers

Hard

Historically, parts from which animal were used to stiffen corsets?

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Answer: Whale - The baleen, the parts of their mouths used to filter food, were cut into tough, flexible strips.

Medium

Who is the pre-Civil War author of a short story about a beating heart beneath the floorboards?

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Answer: Edgar Allan Poe - The famous piece is The Tell-Tale Heart.

Medium

Which founding father is known for his large signature on the United States Declaration of Independence?

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Answer: John Hancock
More information: He became very popular in Massachusetts when British officials seized his sloop (sail boat) Liberty in 1768 and charged him with smuggling (although the charges were eventually dropped).

Medium

Name the second president of the United States of America.

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Answer: John Adams
More information: John Adams was president of the United States from 1797-1801, serving one term.

Easy

What was the name of the U.S. mail service, started in 1860, that used horses and riders?

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Answer: Pony Express
More information: The Pony Express transferred mail between Missouri and California on horseback.

Hard

Who was the first US President to declare war?

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Answer: James Madison
More information: James Madison recommended an Immediate Declaration of War against Great Britain.

Medium

Who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln?

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Answer: John Wilkes Booth
More information: John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln in Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.

Medium

New York City was originally known by which Dutch name?

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Answer: Nieuw Amsterdam
More information: Nieuw Amsterdam became New York city on September 7th, 1964.

Medium

Where was the very first Hard Rock Cafe opened?

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Answer: Piccadilly, London
More information: The first Hard Rock Cafe opened on June 14, 1971 at Gloucester House, Piccadilly, London.



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