History by Letter: D

History by Letter: D - Questions and Answers

A history trivia quiz all about people, things, events or places that begin with the letter D. That is; the fourth letter of the English alphabet.

History by Letter: D - Questions

1. Which controversial naturalist, geologist and biologist was born on the 12th February 1809 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire and would go on to marry his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood?

2. What name, meaning 'Ocean Guru' is given to the Buddhist spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, the current of which fled China during civil unrest in 1959?

3. Which small state ("the First State") on the US Eastern seaboard was the first to ratify the constitution, in 1787?

4. What title was given to the leaders of medieval Venice, whose palace still stands on St. Mark's Square in the city?

5. Which Hollywood heartthrob and star of Rebel Without a Cause sadly died in a car crash in 1955, aged just 24?

6. What name is given to the series of amphibious Allied landings in Normandy on June 6th, 1944 as part of Operation Overlord?

7. What is the name of the 17ft marble Renaissance statue of a man by Michelangelo, which currently stands in the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence?

8. Which large flightless bird, native to Mauritius, became extinct shortly after human occupation began during the 16th and 17th centuries?

9. Which English explorer and privateer undertook only the second continuous circumnavigation of the globe from 1577 to 1580?

10. Which Victorian writer created famous characters such as Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Nicholas Nickleby?

11. Which Spanish surrealist artist is most well-known for pieces such as The Persistence of Memory and his extravagant moustache?

12. Which French philosopher is most well-remembered for his Latin proposition 'Cogito, ergo sum' - which roughly translates to 'I think, therefore I am'?

13. What is the most famous invention of Alfred Nobel - the man after which the Nobel Prizes are named?

14. What name is given to priests of various Celtic religions, though particularly those of pre-Roman Britain?

15. Which general and resistance leader served as President of France from 1959 to 1969, and has an airport in Paris named after him?

16. Which Italian Rennaissance polymath is perhaps most well-known for his painting the Mona Lisa, which now hangs in the Louvre in Paris?

17. Which city in Syria holds a claim to being the oldest continually inhabited capital in the world, having first been settled in the second millennium BC?

18. Which 'great' king of Persia's attempt to conquer Greece ended in failure following a loss at the battle of Marathon in 490BC?

19. Which Phoenician queen is credited with having founded the ancient city of Carthage near to modern day Tunis?

20. Which 19th century politician and adversary of William Gladstone, is the only British prime minister to-date to have been born Jewish?


History by Letter: D - Answers


1. Which controversial naturalist, geologist and biologist was born on the 12th February 1809 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire and would go on to marry his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood? Charles Darwin

2. What name, meaning 'Ocean Guru' is given to the Buddhist spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, the current of which fled China during civil unrest in 1959? Dalai Lama

3. Which small state ("the First State") on the US Eastern seaboard was the first to ratify the constitution, in 1787? Delaware

4. What title was given to the leaders of medieval Venice, whose palace still stands on St. Mark's Square in the city? Doge

5. Which Hollywood heartthrob and star of Rebel Without a Cause sadly died in a car crash in 1955, aged just 24? James Dean

6. What name is given to the series of amphibious Allied landings in Normandy on June 6th, 1944 as part of Operation Overlord? D-Day

7. What is the name of the 17ft marble Renaissance statue of a man by Michelangelo, which currently stands in the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence? David

8. Which large flightless bird, native to Mauritius, became extinct shortly after human occupation began during the 16th and 17th centuries? Dodo

9. Which English explorer and privateer undertook only the second continuous circumnavigation of the globe from 1577 to 1580? Sir Francis Drake

10. Which Victorian writer created famous characters such as Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Nicholas Nickleby? Charles Dickens

11. Which Spanish surrealist artist is most well-known for pieces such as The Persistence of Memory and his extravagant moustache? Salvador Dali

12. Which French philosopher is most well-remembered for his Latin proposition 'Cogito, ergo sum' - which roughly translates to 'I think, therefore I am'? René Descartes

13. What is the most famous invention of Alfred Nobel - the man after which the Nobel Prizes are named? Dynamite

14. What name is given to priests of various Celtic religions, though particularly those of pre-Roman Britain? Druid

15. Which general and resistance leader served as President of France from 1959 to 1969, and has an airport in Paris named after him? Charles De Gaulle

16. Which Italian Rennaissance polymath is perhaps most well-known for his painting the Mona Lisa, which now hangs in the Louvre in Paris? Leonardo Da Vinci

17. Which city in Syria holds a claim to being the oldest continually inhabited capital in the world, having first been settled in the second millennium BC? Damascus

18. Which 'great' king of Persia's attempt to conquer Greece ended in failure following a loss at the battle of Marathon in 490BC? Darius I

19. Which Phoenician queen is credited with having founded the ancient city of Carthage near to modern day Tunis? Dido

20. Which 19th century politician and adversary of William Gladstone, is the only British prime minister to-date to have been born Jewish? Benjamin Disraeli



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