94 History trivia questions with answers for kids & adults

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Do you think you know all there is to know about the world’s history? Here’s a litmus test for you!It’s time to put your knowledge of world history to the test with these history trivia questions to see how much you actually know about history.

Have a good time, and you might learn something new.

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This is an experience that can be enjoyed by anyone, not only accomplished historians. Using the history trivia questions below students will learn more about the past while having a lot of fun.

Why should you participate in such a History Trivia?

  • There’s a fair chance you’ll learn something new and fascinating no matter where you live.
  • It can be interesting to learn new stuff about other countries’ histories.
  • These types of games are ideal for keeping children’s minds active during the summer months while they are not in school. Moreover, the whole family will participate in such a game.
  • Play these games with your kids, and you might just instill in them a sense of wonder and curiosity they’ve never had before. It’s a method of making learning enjoyable.

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US History Trivia Questions:

1. According to historians, when did the first settlers arrive on what is now known as American soil?

It was over 12,000 years ago.

2. How did indigenous people end up in this place?

Experts say they crossed a land bridge connecting Asia and Alaska.

3. When did Christopher Columbus first set foot in what is now the United States?

He didn’t do it. He landed in areas of Central and South America, as well as several Caribbean islands, according to most historians.

4. What is the name of the United States’ oldest European-founded city?

St. Augustine, Florida, in 1565. It was founded by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain.

5. Who was the first European to set foot on the continent of North America?

In the 10th century, Leif Erikson arrived from Norway.

6. When did the Declaration of Independence go into effect?

August 2, 1776 (The final draft was finished on July 4, but it wasn’t signed until nearly a month later.)

7. Who, according to historians, designed the first American flag?

Betsy Ross is widely linked to the red, white, and blue flag. However, some scholars claim that Francis Hopkinson, a member of the Continental Congress, was the true founder. He took credit for the design and also submitted a bill to Congress.

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8. How much did Hopkinson charge for designing the flag?

Wine from a quarter-cask.

9. When did the American Revolutionary War come to an end?

3rd of September, 1783.

10. What was the name of the peace settlement that brought the war to an end?

The Treaty of Paris was signed in 1815.

11. Who was the first president of the United States to appear on television?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

12. In World War II, how many Americans died?

A total of 1.3 million people died in the United States.

13. Who was the first president to be given a code name by the Secret Service?

President Harry S. Truman, dubbed “General.”

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Easy trivia questions and answers

14.  President John F. Kennedy served in which branch of the military?

The Navy of the United States of America.

15.  Which American presidents were assassinated while in office?

John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley, and James Garfield

16.  When was the first time Veteran’s Day was held?

The first official Veteran’s Day was held on November 11, 1954, to commemorate those who died in World War I. It was eventually changed to recognize all veterans of the military.

17.  Where is the population center of the United States (as estimated by the 2020 census)?

About 9 miles outside of Hartville, Missouri

18.  Which oil company’s rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and destroying countless wildlife species?

British Petroleum. It is a company based in the United States.

19.  In what year did the United States Supreme Court legalize same-gender marriage?

It was legalized in 2015.

20.  Who was the first woman in the United States to hold a federal executive position?

Kamala Harris

British History Trivia

21. At the Battle of Hastings, which British king was defeated?

Harold II

22. Who was the first woman elected to the House of Commons and given a seat in the UK Parliament?

Nancy Astor. She was a well-known actress. (Although Constance Markievicz was elected MP beforehand but she never took her seat.)

23. During World War II, what was the name of the Buckinghamshire site that housed staff from the Government Code and Cypher School?

Bletchley Park

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24. Queen Elizabeth II has the distinction of becoming the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, preceded by Queen Victoria – so who comes in third?

George III was a king who reigned for 59 years and 96 days.

25. Who has the distinction of being the longest-reigning monarch in British history?

Elizabeth II

26. What is the official name for London’s famous landmark, Big Ben?

The Clock Tower is its official name.

27. When did Margaret Thatcher serve as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?

Margaret Thatcher served as the British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990.

28. When did the United Kingdom come into being?

The United Kingdom was established on May 1, 1707.

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29. When did the United Kingdom become a member of the European Union?

On January 1, 1973.

30. What is the name of the oldest hospital in the United Kingdom?

The oldest hospital in the United Kingdom is St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in Rochester, Kent.

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31. Which of the countries was sea charted by Portuguese maritime explorations in the year 1500?


32. During World War II, which naval battle was regarded as the pivotal battle in the Pacific Ocean Theater?

The Battle of Midway took place in the Pacific Ocean.

33. There have been how many manned moon landings?

A total of six.

34. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture was inspired by which historical event?

The Napoleonic Wars

35. What is the meaning of the Roman numeral D?

A thousand

36. Which tanks were built by the United Kingdom and run by them?

Tog II

37. What was the original intention of the Empire State Building’s crown?

Dock for Airships

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38. Between 2004 and 2005, which country experienced an Orange Revolution?


39. True or false: The United States was a League of Nations member.


40.  When was The Gadget, the world’s first nuclear system, tested?


41.  In what year was the Battle of Agincourt fought?


42.  When did Canada secede from the Confederation to form its own country?

1st of July, 1867

43.  What Englishman was known as the Kingmaker during the Wars of the Roses (1455-1487)?

Richard Neville

44.  When did the North American Video Game Crash take place?

The year was 1983.

45.  True or False: On November 22nd, 1963, US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Atlanta, Georgia, while riding in his presidential motorcade.

False. He was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

46.  Which of the following was Bohdan Khmelnytsky?

The Ukrainian Cossacks’ chief

47.  True or false: Adolf Hitler served in the German army during World War I.


48.  When did the first cardboard box for industrial use appear, and where did it come from?

It appeared in 1817 from England

49.  When did the Tokyo Subway Sarin Attack take place?

It was in 1995

50.  Sultan Saladin’s nationality was?


51.  What year did the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America get signed?

In the year 1776

52.  Which is the first sport to be played on the moon?


53.  Which American civilization is responsible for the idea that the world will end or change dramatically on December 21, 2012?

The Mayans

Modern History Trivia Questions

54. In 1937, who was the British Prime Minister?

Neville Chamberlain

55. In 1962, Algeria gained independence from which country?


56. To change the Gregorian calendar, the year 1987 was shortened by how many seconds?

1 second

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57. What was the neighborhood in Manhattan known before it was renamed “Times Square” in 1904.

Long Acre Square

58. In what year did Charles Leiper Grigg discover the soft drink 7-UP?


59. Jesse Owens won four gold medals in the 1936 Summer Olympics in which city?

Berlin, Germany

60. When was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway constructed for auto racing?


61. New Mexico became a state in what year?


62. In 1995, how much did a single US Postage Stamp cost?

32 cents

63.  When the Siege of Leningrad was finally lifted in 1944, how long did it last?

872 days

64.   In 1955, which famous fast-food chain first opened its doors?


65.  In 1968, who killed Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles, California?

Sirhan Sirhan

66.  Which American city was the setting for the iconic 1970s television series Laverne & Shirley?


67.  In 1927, what was the name of the first feature-length “talkie” film with synchronized dialogue?

The Jazz Singer

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68.  In 2002, who was the winner of the first American Idol competition?

Kelly Clarkson

69.  When did the United States hand over control of the Panama Canal to Panama?


History Trivia Questions For Kids

70. What is the root of the Olympic Games?


71. Who is the inventor of the telephone?

Alexander Graham Bell

72. What are the names of the world’s most well-known pyramids?

The Pyramids of Giza

73. Who was the first president of the United States of America?

George Washington

74. Which nation was the first to use paper money?


75. True or False: Dr. Livingstone was the first European to travel the length and breadth of Africa.


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76. Which nation presented the United States with the Statue of Liberty?


77. What town was Jesus born in?


78. What country is home to the ancient pyramids?


79.  What is the name of the building on the back of the $20 bill?

White House

80.  What was the location of the United States’ first capital?


81.  Who was the first to discover America?

Leif Eriksen

82.  What is considered the world’s oldest writing system?

The Cuneiform script. It was created in Mesopotamia which is present-day Iraq.

83.  What were the names of the ships that Columbus sailed on?

Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria

84.  How long did the Titanic take to sink?

2 hours 40 minutes

85.  How many presidents have served in the United States of America?

A total of 46

86.  In the United States, when did women get the right to vote?


87.  When did the Civil War in the United States come to an end?

May 9, 1865

88.  What was the bloodiest fight in the history of the United States?

The Battle of Antietam

89.  Who was the first to invent the light bulb?

Thomas Edison

90.  When did the American Revolutionary War come to an end?

September 3, 1783

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91.  Who invented baseball?

Abner Doubleday

92.  Which war caused the Washington Monument’s building to be halted in Washington?

The American Civil War

93.  Denali can be found in which American state?


94.  In 1863, which state broke away from Virginia?

West Virginia


Phew! How fun was that for you and your companions? One of the strongest aspects of these games is that they motivate players to learn more.

Of all the ways to get to know about world history (such as books or raw information on the internet), history trivia games are the most fun and intriguing.

People of all ages will enjoy these games, which will pique their interest in learning. It’s possible that after going through one such trivia game, you’ll never think of history as dull again.

We hope you enjoy the above history trivia!

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Asif is a trivia enthusiast and wordsmith, known for crafting engaging trivia questions that educate and entertain. With a deep curiosity about various subjects, Asif's questions are meticulously researched and thought-provoking. Beyond trivia, Asif occasionally shares insights and experiences in journals, offering readers a unique perspective on their passion for knowledge.

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