History quiz

Test your history knowledge with our weekly trivia quizzes brought to you by BBC History Magazine, Britain's best-selling history magazine.

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In which country was tinsel invented, in the 17th century?

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Who died in a ballooning accident on 15 June 1785?

So you consider yourself a history whiz... but could you pass a history exam in the Republic of Ireland? Try your hand at these questions set by John Heffernan, a history and ICT teacher.

 

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In which year did the Strand Magazine publish ‘The Final Problem’ by Arthur Conan Doyle, in which Sherlock Holmes is apparently killed in 1891?

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In 1919 an internationally famous concert pianist became prime minister of which country?

Mary I of England, 1554. (Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

Who was the first (as far as we know) Christian martyr in Britain? And other questions

People praying for relief from the bubonic plague (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Test your knowledge of the Middle Ages with this quiz written by Dr Catherine Rider, a senior history lecturer at the University of Exeter.

c1400: Anglo Norman doctor attends to patient. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

For what is English medical doctor Thomas Bowdler (1754–1825) best known? And other questions

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To whom was Henry VIII’s eldest sister married? And other questions

So you consider yourself a history whiz... but could you pass a Year 7 history exam? Try your hand at these questions set by Matt Bryant.

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Which of the following is widely credited as being the first horror film? And other questions

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Which explorer has two dwarf galaxies named after him, after the crew of his expedition became some of the earliest Europeans to sight them? And other questions

Robert Orr is head of GCSE history at Tudor Grange Academy in Solihull

So you consider yourself a history whiz... but could you pass a Year 9 history exam? Try your hand at these questions set by Robert Orr, a history and politics teacher.

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In which year did Labour’s Harold Wilson become prime minister? And other questions

So you consider yourself a history whiz... but could you major in medieval history in the US? Try your hand at these questions set by Simon Doubleday, a professor of history at Hofstra University, New York.

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