Fun history trivia questions and answers.


What was the first country to recognize Mexico's independence, in 1836?
A: The U.S.

What encyclopedia's first edition, in 1771, described California as "a large country of the West Indies"?
A: Encyclopedia Britannica's.

Who was the only American to become vice president and president after resignations?
A: Gerald Ford.

There is one in Las Vegas for every how many inhabitants.
A: Eight.

What year did the Dow Jones Industrial Average break both the 4000 and 5000 marks?
A: 1995.

Who saw his crew dine on wormy biscuits and rats on his fourth voyage to the New World?
A: Christopher Columbus.

What disgraced vice president's high school yearbook quote read; "An ounce of wit is worth a pound of sorrow"?
A: Spiro Agnew.

Who was the youngest man to chair the Joint Chiefs of Staff?
A: Colin Powell.

Which of Henry VIII's wives gave birth to Elizabeth I?
A: Anne Boleyn.

What 19th-century president erroneously noted: "The ballot is stronger than the bullet"?
A: Abraham Lincoln.

What country led all Arab nations in the number of troops participating in Operation Desert Storm?
A: Saudi Arabia.

Who did George Bush accuse of being "a card-carrying member" of the American Civil Liberties Union, in 1988?
A: Michael Dukakis.

What presidential election year saw Republicans dub Democrats the party of "Communism, Corruption and Korea"?

What position was Eileen Collins the first female to hold on a space shuttle mission?
A: Captain.

What were the Viet Minh called when they crossed into South Vietnam?
A: The Viet Cong.

What Russian cleric was poisoned, shot and finally drowned on December 30, 1916?
A: Rasputin.

Who led the Million Man March on Washington?
A: Louis Farrakhan.

What country suffered the worst two earthquakes in history, killing 830,000 in 1556 and 750,000 in 1976?
A: China.

What Eastern European city was the last city to be liberated in World War II?
A: Prague.

What country used the deadly nerve gas Sarin against its Kurdish minority in the 1990s?
A: Iraq.

What general did GI's nickname "Top Gun" in the Persian Gulf War?
A: Colin Powell.

What trade union was finally legalized in Poland in 1989?
A: Solidarity.

What symbol was first linked to the Democratic party in an 1870 cartoon by Thomas Nast?
A: A donkey.

What Harry Callahan line did Ronald Reagan invoke to "tax increasers"?
A: "Go ahead, make my day".

What explorer of North Carolina never got to finish his "History of the World" while banished to the Tower of London?
A: Sir Walter Raleigh.

Who was president of the U.S. when Uncle Sam first got a beard?
A: Abraham Lincoln.

Who did Adolf Hitler dictate Mein Kampf to while in prison?
A: Rudolf Hess.

What structure was 26.5 miles long until 1989?
A: The Berlin Wall.

What sport sparked a war between El Salvador and Honduras, after an unpopular referee's call in 1969?
A: Soccer.