Do You Know The Names Of These Historical Men?

By: Mark Laugraben
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Do You Know The Names Of These Historical Men?
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Great leaders never go out of style! Humankind marches on to the beat of different drums, but someone has to set the tune, someone has to ensure that everyone is marching in harmony. Even in rough and tumble, freedom-loving societies like the West, leaders are needed to keep the free people from each other's throats!

But politics is not the only sphere to which we ascribe greatness. Great artists rise and force us to reexamine the nature of our humanity, either via words written on pages or paint arranged on a canvas. Great thinkers force us to reconsider the presumptions upon which we build our worlds, tearing down our foundations to help construct something better. Their words, though rooted in the cultures from which they sprang, reach higher and farther to encompass the entire human story. 

To these men of genius, we owe so much. Their labors grant purpose, give direction, and give us the tools we need to further expand the human story. We stand upon the shoulders of these giants and see further than our forebears could have possibly imagined. 

How much do you know of the great men from history? Now is the time to prove your knowledge. Click to continue and forge ever onward! 

Horatio Nelson Which important man is shown here?
Vladimir Lenin
Horatio Nelson
Admiral of the British Navy, Horatio Nelson was the naval thorn in mighty Napoleon's side. Though he met his end in battle at Trafalgar, the French-Spanish naval forces were annihilated, giving Britain full command of the seas.
Vincent van Gogh
Genghis Khan

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Charles V Which historical person is this?
Francis Bacon
Mark Twain
Charles V
One of the most powerful rulers in history, Charles V ruled a massive Hapsburg empire that stretched across much of Europe. He fought Protestant rebels, Ottomans, the French, the Dutch, and many other forces at different times throughout his lengthy reign.
Constantine the Great

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Abraham Lincoln Can you recognize this significant person?
Abraham Lincoln
The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican President, and his election caused a southern reaction that led to states seceding from the Union. More followed, and he soon found himself commanding the Union in a Civil War.
Louis XIV
King Arthur
Andrew Jackson

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Mahatma Gandhi Who is this famous man?
Isaac Newton
Mozart
Plato
Mahatma Gandhi
A symbol of non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi's strategy of resistance saw the British withdraw and cede control of the most valuable piece of their empire. He is widely respected by accomplishing this without a horrible civil war.

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Genghis Khan Which historical figure do you see here?
Socrates
Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan ruled the greatest land empire the world has ever known, encompassing much of Asia and reaching into the Middle East and Europe. His light cavalry armed with precise, powerful bows were essentially invincible against every foe upon which they came.
Galileo Galilei
Donald Trump

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Thomas Edison Can you recognize this person from history?
Thomas Edison
An incredible polymath, famous inventor Thomas Edison brought many innovations into the world. He created the electric light, the stock ticker, motion pictures, and recorded music. The world in which we live owes a great deal to Edison!
Charlemagne
Richard Wagner
Goethe

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Martin Luther Guess who this famous man is!
James I of England
Richard Nixon
Charles IV
Martin Luther
The founder of the Protestant branch of Christianity, Martin Luther, was a monk and professor who nailed his disputes with the Catholic Church on the cathedral door in Wittenberg, triggering a religious conflagration that would sweep Europe.

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John F. Kennedy Tell me who this significant person might be!
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Lyndon B. Johnson
John F. Kennedy
JFK was the youngest man to be elected President of the United States, and the only Roman Catholic, so far, to serve as U.S. President. He vastly increased U.S. commitment in Vietnam, masterminded a failed invasion of Cuba, presided over the Cuban Missile Crisis and was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.

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martin-luther-king-jr- Can you identify this man?
Dante Alighieri
Martin Luther King Jr.
Famed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. played a critical role in organizing nonviolent resistance to the Jim Crow Laws that plagued the Southern USA and the KKK who defended them. He was assassinated, but his message and dreams live on.
Vladimir Lenin
Booker T. Washington

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Ludwig van Beethoven Who is this historical individual?
Benjamin Franklin
Theodore Roosevelt
Ludwig Beethoven
One of the most famous composers to have ever lived, Ludwig van Beethoven wrote nine symphonies, 32 sonatas for piano, and many other works. He spent much of his life in Vienna, which had become a fountainhead of the arts. His favorite work was his Fourteenth Quartet, op. 131 in C♯ minor, which he regarded as "perfect."
Nikola Tesla

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Julius Caesar Which man from history is shown here?
Thomas Jefferson
Alexander the Great
Julius Caesar
A man of the people, Julius Caesar followed the example of the slain Gracchi brothers and used the general populace, combined with the Roman army, as the foundation of his power. After winning a dramatic Civil War, he seemingly declined the throne of king, but what he would have done next is unknown, as he was murdered by nobles, setting into motion the events that would lead to the rise of the Roman Empire.
Adolf Hitler

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Adam Smith Who is this famous fellow?
James Madison
Adam Smith
A Scottish philosopher and by some measures the first economist, Adam Smith wrote multiple treatises on morality, but was most famous for his work, The Wealth of Nations, which provided the first thorough description of the system that was to become known as Capitalism.
Leonardo da Vinci
Alexander Hamilton

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Neil Armstrong
Brilliant, multi-talented astronaut Neil Armstrong will be forever immortalized by his being the first man to set foot on Earth's moon. It was truly "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Adam Smith
Pope John Paul II
Winston Churchill

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C.S. Lewis Who is this?
John F. Kennedy
C.S. Lewis
Famed author of the Narnia stories and "Space trilogy," C.S. Lewis is also famous for writing a series of Christian Apologetics, including Mere Christianity and the Screwtape Letters. His works have been translated into several dozen languages, and continue to enthrall millions today.
George III of the United Kingdom
Cicero

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Isaac Newton Do you recognize who this is?
Cato the Elder
Hannibal Barca
Isaac Newton
One of the world's greatest geniuses and master of the science-focused Royal Society, Isaac Newton is best known for his co-discovery of calculus. His views of the laws of motion and gravitation were eventually disproven but were foundational to western science centuries after his death.
Gottfried Leibnitz

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Charles Darwin Name the man in the picture.
Charles Darwin
The scientist responsible for the Theory of Evolution, Charles Darwin's discovery shook the world and forced it to reconsider ideas that were thought to be irrevocable. His work with Galapagos turtles and the finch species he discovered, seemingly so simple, would bring about mighty clashes between science and religion.
Vincent van Gogh
Ludwig van Beethoven
Christopher Columbus

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George Orwell Can you guess who this is?
David, King of Israel
George Orwell
Born Eric Blair, it is his pen name of George Orwell that is famous throughout the literary world. A Democratic Socialist who counted himself a foe to any and all authoritarianism, his works, including most notably Animal Farm and Nineteen and Eighty Four, are required reading for much of the West.
Paul the Apostle
J.R.R. Tolkien

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Bill Gates Who is shown here?
Abraham Lincoln
Charles Dickens
Steve Jobs
Bill Gates
When Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard to found a company out of a garage in 1975, no one would have expected that company, Microsoft, to rise to become one of the most titanic corporations ever seen. Today, he and his wife oversee the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, practicing smart, informed charity across the world to make it a better place.

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John Lennon And who might this man be?
William the Conqueror
John Lennon
One of the founding members of the Beatles, John Lennon is one of the most famous musical artists to ever live. His musical virtuosity introduced the world to pop, and then evolved beyond it, changing and growing with the times. He was slain by a fan in 1980, at the entrance to his apartment building in New York City.
Karl Marx
Oscar Wilde

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Winston Churchill Who is the famous man shown here?
Johann Sebastian Bach
Otto von Bismarck
Maximillian Robespierre
Winston Churchill
The British Bulldog himself, cigar-chomping Winston Churchill, was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War, during which he faced the country's darkest hour. Standing firm, even in the face of possible invasion and conquest, he masterminded a grand alliance with Soviet Russia and the United States that would see Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan defeated.

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Confucius Who is in this picture?
Joseph Stalin
Confucius
The man known as Confucius is responsible for creating a massive and far-ranging system of belief that grew to encompass all of China and much of Asia beyond. His morality, focused on filial piety and self improvement, still has enormous cultural influence today.
Voltaire
Hideaki Tojo

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Alexander the Great Who is shown here?
John Locke
Ali, creator of the Sufi faith
Alexander the Great
After his father, Philip, united Macedon, Alexander strode forth to conquer an empire greater than any his people had ever seen, stretching from Macedon to India. Educated by none other than Aristotle himself, the brilliant Alexander's conquests and new cities would have great consequences for the future of much of the then-civilized world.
Grover Cleveland

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George Washington Who is this picture of?
Louis XVI of France
George W. Bush
George Washington
The first President of the United States, George Washington, led the nascent U.S. forces in a brilliant campaign of Fabian maneuver and predatory cunning. His final defeat of the British at Saratoga ensured the birth of the United States of America.
Elvis Presley

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Oliver Cromwell Which important person is this?
Oliver Cromwell
The "Lord Protector" of Britain, Oliver Cromwell, was a member of the lesser nobility who led Parliamentary forces to victory over Charles I's loyalists in the English Civil War. He ordered the execution of the king, forever changing European feudalism.
René Descartes
Charles Darwin
King Charles I

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Napoleon Bonaparte Do you recognize this historic individual?
Michelangelo
Ulysses S. Grant
Albert Einstein
Napoleon Bonaparte
Born in peripheral Corsica, Napoleon Bonaparte won fame by crushing the Paris mob with a "whiff of grapeshot," and through brilliance and cunning, rose to the self-created position of Emperor of France. He unleashed the revolutionary - now Imperial - armies upon Europe, and for a time, held the continent in thrall.

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Vladimir Lenin Which famous man do you see here?
Henry VIII
Thomas Edison
Nicolaus Copernicus
Vladimir Lenin
When the Central Powers dispatched Vladimir Lenin to Russia to destabilize the regime, they could not have imagined how wildly successful - and how dangerous - Lenin would be. He would lead his Bolsheviks to total victory in the Russian Revolution, and install the world's first Socialist Totalitarian state.

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Michael Jordan Do you know this famous man from history?
Aristotle
Michael Jordan
Arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to no less than six championships. He is best known for his astonishing leaping ability, having proven himself capable of dunking a basketball from the free throw line.
Sigmund Freud
Julius Caesar

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Karl Marx Which famed historical figure is this?
Karl Marx
The co-author of the Communist Manifesto, few individuals have changed the world more than Karl Marx. His authorship provided a blueprint and foundation for the communist movements that would blaze across the entire world in the 20th century, the first, of course, being the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
John Adams
Martin Luther
Oliver Cromwell

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Ieyasu Tokugawa Do you recognize this man?
Immanuel Kant
Ieyasu Tokugawa
The Japanese Sengoku (warring states) period saw the country torn into many feudal states, ruled by competing Daimyo. This period ended with a succession of three unifiers, but in the end, it was Tokugawa who reigned supreme. He would put into place the system that would rule a unified, stable Japan for centuries.
William Shakespeare
John Calvin

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Emperor Qin Which historical figure is pictured here?
Philip II of Spain
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Emperor Qin
Qin Shi Huang was the first Emperor of a truly united China. He brought the disparate states of the Chinese world together through cunning, ruthlessness, and brute force, and created the title of Emperor. His victories extinguished the previously independent states of Haan, Zhao, Yan, Wei, and Chu.
Nobunaga Oda

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Mao Zedong Can you identify this historical individual?
Thomas Aquinas
Gautama Buddha
Chiang Kai-Shek
Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong wielded together a group of disparate intellectuals and also-rans into a mighty army. He worked with the peasantry to fight the Japanese, smashed Chiang Kai-Shek back to Taiwan, and seized total control of mainland China. His economic policies resulted in staggering famine and poverty.

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Kublai Khan Who is in this picture?
Kublai Khan
Kublai Khan was the founder of the Yuan dynasty and grandson of Genghis Khan. He conquered the parts of China that the mongols had hirtherto left, and was the first foreigner to create a ruling dynasty in China.
Augustine of Hippo
Subotai
Hirohito Akihito

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Attila the Hun Which historical man is shown here?
Emperor Augustus
Spartacus
Attila the Hun
Master of an alliance of Eurasian tribes, Atilla the Hun created an empire spanning parts of Europe and Asia. Although he sacked neither Constantinople nor Rome, he was the bane of both Roman Empires, causing them irreparable damage with his incessant raids.
Hamilcar Barca

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Otto von Bismarck Which heroic individual is pictured?
Otto van Bismarck
Known as the "Iron Chancellor," Bismarck's masterful diplomacy saw a united German state (based around his native Prussia) for the first time in history. He was able to weld the Germans into an alliance against their common foe, France, and from there created what was to be known as the second Reich.
Robert E. Lee
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Carl Linnaeus

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Haile Selassi I (Rastafarianism) Can you identify this person?
John Calvin
James Cook
Haile Selassie
The last Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, was an autocratic leader who exercised great control over his country. Eventually overthrown due to a famine ravaging his country, his greatest legacy may be the conviction of the Rastafarian religion that he was the messiah returned.
Woodrow Wilson

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Nebuchadnezzar II Show your knowledge of history and identify this person!
Ronald Reagan
Sargon
Edgar Allan Poe
Nebuchadnezzar II
Nebuchadnezzar II established a kingdom rooted around his city of Babylon. He conquered the Israelites and featured in the book of Daniel, where he had many exchanges with the titular prophet.

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Kamehameha I Which historical individual is this?
Kamehameha
At the end of the 19th century, King Kamehameha I conquered the island of Hawaii and then proceeded to invade neighboring Maui and Oahu with 960 war canoes and 10,000 soldiers. His ensuing victory brought the islands together under a single ruler.
Harry S. Truman
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Friedrich Nietzsche

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Saladin Who is pictured here?
Suleiman I
King Abdul Aziz al Saud
Saladin
An-Nasir Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub, known as Saladin in the West, ruled Syria and Egypt. He battled with Richard III and the various Crusader states, and eventually regained Muslim control of the region from the Christian invaders.
Mohammed Mossadegh

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Franklin Roosevelt Who is shown here in this picture?
Theodore Roosevelt
James Buchanan
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The only four-term President of the United States, FDR oversaw an America wracked by a great depression and plunged into a global conflagration. He remilitarized a nation that had all but abandoned her armed forces, then waged a two-front​ war against the Axis powers, playing a critical role in their defeat.
John Tyler

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Louis XIV Identify this historical personage!
Henry of Navarre
Louis XIV
Known to the world as the Sun King, Louis XIV was the very model of an absolute monarch. He had total control over France, and his wishes were paramount over any laws. He was known for his famous phrase, "l'etat, c'est moi," "I am the State!"
Francis I
Napoleon III

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