History 17

From the quiz on 6/10/15.

  1. Which two royal houses, both cadet branches of the House of Plantagenet, fought in the Wars of the Roses? York and Lancaster

  2. Ruling from 27 BC to 14 AD, who was the first Roman emperor? Augustus (Octavian)

  3. Which British peer, professional gambler and murder suspect disappeared without a trace in 1974? Lord Lucan (John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan)

  4. Which of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is both the oldest and the only one that remains largely intact? Great Pyramid of Giza (Pyramid of Khufu/Cheops)

  5. In 1170, in which English cathedral was Thomas à Becket murdered by four knights loyal to Henry II? Canterbury

  6. In 1967, which South African surgeon performed the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant? Christiaan Barnard

  7. What pejorative name was given by southerners to northerners who travelled south after the American Civil War to profit from Reconstruction? Carpetbaggers

  8. Which city in Germany, the capital of the state of Brandenburg, lends its name to the declaration of 1945 demanding that Japan surrender immediately or face “prompt and utter destruction”? Potsdam

  9. Ultimately from the Turkish for “new troops”, what is the name of the elite infantry that formed the personal guard of the Ottoman Sultan between the 14th and 19th centuries? Janissaries

  10. What is the name of the offshore oil rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, causing one of the worst oil spills in history? Deepwater Horizon

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