International History Trivia Questions

Fun world history trivia questions.


International History Trivia Questions

What part of North America made French its official language in 1976?
A: Quebec.

What group of professionals did U.S. Gulf War troops nicknamed "headaches"?
A: Journalists.

How many U.S. states took part in the development or manufacture of the B-2 bomber?
A: Fifty.

What disastrous World War II retreat prompted Winston Churchill to say: "Wars are not won by evacuations"?
A: Dunkirk.

Who told Winston Churchill "that the French regard him as the reincarnation of Joan of Arc"?
A: Charles de Gaulle.

What candidate told Pat Paulsen that his 100,000 write-in votes probably put Nixon in the White House?
A: Hubert Humphrey.


What controversial form of cheap labor did Alabama return to the work force in 1995, after a 30-year absence?
A: Chain gangs.

What mobster's 1927 earnings would have amounted to $600 million in 1987 dollars?
A: Al Capone's.

What captain did Fletcher Christian lead a mutiny against near Tahiti in 1789?
A: William Bligh.

Who committed suicide two years after taking a stab at Julius Caesar?
A: Brutus.

What lord protector of England was not fond of his nicknames ""Almighty nose" and "Crum-Hell"?
A: Oliver Cromwell.

What type of ads were banned in 1971, costing TV networks $200 million?
A: Cigarette ads.


Who was stuck in the spacecraft while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin moon-walked?
A: Michael Collins.

Who was barefoot in a beach trailer wearing a Ban-Lon shirt when told the House was voting articles of impeachment against him?
A: Richard Nixon.

What archipelago lost an estimated one million of its citizens in the war against Japan from 1941 to 1945?
A: The Philippines.

What was the largest number of living ex-presidents at one time?
A: Five.

What vice president was less than thrilled to learn his adversaries called him :Eggplant"?
A: Spiro Agnew.

Who did Abu Bakr succeed as leader of the Muslims in the year 632?
A: Muhammad.

What nation's Catholics saw the Pope make a triumphant homecoming visit in 1980?
A: Poland's.

What Saudi Arabian city was the birthplace of the prophet Muhammad?
A: Mecca.

What body part was most frequently covered with lard and roasted over a fire as a torture during the Spanish inquisition?
A: The foot.

Whose 1995 novel The Moor's Last Sigh enraged Hindu militants in India?
A: Salman Rushdie's.

What church did Henry VIII create when the Pope refused to give him a divorce in 1534?
A: The Church of England.

What outfit did one of every six members of the American Communist Party really work for, according to a former ACP member?
A: The FBI.

What markswoman did Sitting Bull dub "Little Sure Shot?
A: Annie Oakley.

What Apollo 11 astronaut claimed he was the "first man to wet his pants n the moon"?
A: Buzz Aldrin.

What Mississippi city's residents did not celebrate the Fourth of July until 1945, after losing a Civil War battle in 1863?
A: Vicksburg's.

What was frontierswoman Martha Jane Burk better known as?
A: Calamity Jane.

What tragedy occurred two years to the day after the federal raid on the Branch Davidian complex in Waco?
The Oklahoma City bombing.

What current branch of the U.S. military was a corp of only 50 soldiers when World War I broke out?
A: The U.S. Air Force.