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16 History Questions People Always Get Wrong

Looking to brush up on your history trivia? These history questions are tough, and if you can get 12/16 correct, you're an official history buff.

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History question #11: Which African country named its capital after a U.S. president?

Answer: The American Colonization Society established an African colony in 1822 as a new home for freed slaves. In 1847, the settlement gained its independence and became the country of Liberia. Its capital, Monrovia, was named for James Monroe, who was president from 1817 to 1825. Find out which famous moments in history never actually happened

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History question #12: Which Civil War battle had the most casualties in any single-day fight?

Answer: Antietam had 22,726 casualties in just one day. There were more than 51,000 killed, wounded, missing, and captured in Gettysburg—more than the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Mexican War combined—but that battle lasted for three days. Read up on 10 historical facts you'll wish weren't true.

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History question #13: Which pharaoh led the construction of the Pyramids of Giza?

Answer: Around 2550 B.C.E., Pharaoh Khufu launched the construction of the first and biggest pyramid. About 30 years later, his son, Pharaoh Khafre built the second one and the Sphinx, and the last was started around 2490 B.C.E. by Pharaoh Menkaure. Cleopatra, who lived from 69 B.C.E. to 30 B.C.E., lived closer to the invention of the iPhone than to the construction of any of the Pyramids of Giza. How's that for some crazy history trivia?! Speaking of royalty, these royal family feuds date back generations.

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History question #14: What was the shortest war in history?

Answer: You won't find many history questions about this war in social studies textbooks. During the Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896, the East African island state Zanzibar fought back against the British Empire. The fighting began at 9 a.m. on August 26 and ended by 9:40 a.m., making the world’s shortest war a mere 38 minutes long. Here are some more tricky history questions and answers about wars.

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History question #15: How did the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 begin?

Answer: Despite what you’ve been told, Mrs. Catharine O’Leary and her cow weren’t to blame. The myth that a cow kicked over a lantern to spark the blaze that killed 300 people and left another 100,000 homeless has been around since early reports. Children in the neighborhood spread the rumor, which ended up being printed in newspapers. Anti-immigration and stances made Irish-born O’Leary as an anti-immigration stance. The truth is, no one knows who started the fire, and the Chicago City Council officially exonerated O’Leary and her cow from blame in 1997. A more recent rumor points fingers at a one-legged horse-cart driver named Daniel “Peg Leg” Sullivan, but historians haven’t confirmed that story, either.

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History question #16: Where was Adolf Hitler born?

Answer: The dictator was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria, a town that sits along the German border. Now that you're equipped with the answers to these history questions, can you identify these historical figures from one picture?

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