Quiz: Name the Other Half of These Famous Historical Couples: HowStuffWorks
Name the Other Half of These Famous Historical Couples
By: Bambi Turner
6 Min Quiz
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The people who make up these historical couples were so closely intertwined that we now remember them as a pair, rather than individuals. Their names slip off the tongue together with ease, and it's hard to mention one without the other. Take our quiz to see if you can complete these matches for the ages.
Mark Antony and...
Roman General Mark Antony met Cleopatra VII of Egypt in 41 BC. She sought his affection to ensure protection for Egypt, and must have been successful; she gave birth to his twins the next year. Even though Antony married someone else, their names are still joined together in the history books.
George Washington and...
Martha Dandridge was a 27-year old widow when she met George Washington. They married in 1759 and raised her children together before he became the first president and she the first first lady.
Victoria was just 18 years old when she became Queen of England in 1837. She surprised everyone when she by-passed the royal tradition of the time of political marriage arrangements and married for love. She and Prince Albert had nine children and were together until his death in 1861.
Marie Curie and...
Marie and Pierre Curie wed in 1895, and won their first Nobel Prize together in 1898 for their work with polonium and radium. Pierre died in 1906, but Marie went on to win another Nobel Prize in 1911 -- this time for chemistry.
Adolf Hitler and...
Eva Braun first got tied up with the Nazi Party at the tender age of 17. By the time WWII was drawing to a close, she and Hitler were inseparable. They married just four hours before committing suicide together in a German bunker.
Diego Rivera and...
Frida Kahlo was a young art student when she met the married -- and much older -- muralist Diego Rivera. They married in 1929, only to split up in 1939 -- then to get married once again.
Ferdinand Marcos and...
Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos married wife Imelda in 1954. She served as first lady from 1965 to 1986, and is remembered today for her excessive consumption and over-the-top shoe collection.
Bonnie Parker and...
Bonnie and Clyde are forever linked in the history books for the crimes they committed between 1930 and 1934. While their affair is often romanticized, keep in mind that they killed at least 12 people during their crime spree before they were killed in a hail of bullets.
Alice B. Toklas and...
Novelist and playwright Gertrude Stein and her long-term partner Alice B. Toklas lived together in Paris for 40 years. After Stein's death, Toklas helped to popularize her work.
Lucille Ball and...
Lucy and Desi met on the set of a movie called "Too Many Girls." They were married in 1940 and spent 20 years together before divorcing. Despite their differences, they remained friends until the very end, and their love will live on forever in "I Love Lucy" reruns.
Winston Churchill and...
British leader Winston Churchill was married to wife Clementine from 1908 to 1965. He frequently mentioned that he wouldn't have made it through the difficulties of WWII without the support of his wife.
Henry VIII and...
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn weren't together for long, but their relationship had a powerful impact on history. In order to divorce his wife and marry Anne, Henry split with the Roman Catholic Church and declared himself head of the Church of England. Things didn't work out for Anne, though -- Henry later had her beheaded.
The great French ruler Napoleon had a civil union with wife Josephine, then a church ceremony the day before he became Emperor in 1804. Though he divorced her in 1809, their names are still tied together in the history books.
Martin Luther King Jr. and...
If she weren't married to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King's commitment to activism may have out-shone the work of Dr. King himself. She was married to Martin from 1953 until his death in 1968, and went on to devote her life to civil rights, the fight against apartheid and the advancement of rights for the LGBT community.
John F. Kennedy and...
The years between when JFK entered the White House and his assassination in 1963 were so idyllic for the Kennedys that Jackie later described it as Camelot. Mrs. Kennedy was by her husband's side when he was assassinated that fateful day in Dallas.
Johnny Cash and...
Legendary musician Johnny Cash met his match in wife June Carter. The pair were together from 1968 until his death in 2003. On her 65th birthday, he wrote her a letter in which he called her "The number one reason for my existence."
Juan Peron and...
Argentine President Juan Peron was 48 when he met future wife Eva, who was just 24 at the time. The pair married in 1945, but Eva tragically died of cancer just seven years later.
John Lennon and...
Beatle John Lennon met artist Yoko Ono in 1966, and she became his second wife in 1969. The pair spent their honeymoon protesting for peace, and were together until John was murdered in 1980.
Mildred Loving and...
The African-American Mildred married the Caucasian Richard Loving in June 1958 -- a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in many areas. Their love eventually propelled them to the Supreme Court, which declared bans on interracial marriage to be unconstitutional in the 1967 landmark case Loving v. Virginia.
King Edward VIII and...
King Edward III loved divorcee Wallis Simpson so much that he was willing to give up the throne for her. King of England for less than a year, Edward abdicated the role in order to marry Wallis in 1937.
John Adams and...
Second President John Adams was married to wife Abigail for more than half a century. More than 1,000 of their love letters to one another survive to this day.
Prince Rainier III and...
Grace Kelly was a glamorous movie star when she quit Hollywood to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco at the age of 26. The pair were together from 1956 until her death in 1982.
Queen Isabella and...
Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain sponsored Columbus' voyage to the New World in 1492. This not only led to the colonization of the Americas, but helped to make Spain a global power.
Humphrey Bogart and...
Humphrey Bogart was 25 years her senior and married when he fell for Lauren Bacall while filming "To Have and Have Not." The pair married in 1945 and remained together until his death in 1957.
Abraham Lincoln and...
Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd endured many struggles together. In addition to leading the nation through the Civil War, the pair had four children together, but only one outlived his mother, Mary Todd was seated next to her husband when he was assassinated at Ford's Theater in 1865.
Jackie Robinson and...
As an African-American pro baseball player, Jackie Robinson was subject to tremendous abuse from the public. His wife Rachel, whom he married in 1946 and remained with until his death in 1972, helped him endure the more difficult moments in his career.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning and...
Elizabeth Barrett was a successful writer when she received a letter from a fan named Robert Browning. The pair married in 1845 and remained together, despite the fact she was rejected by her family for choosing Browning as a husband.
Mary Leakey and...
Mary and Louis Leakey were some of the most famous paleoanthropologists of all time. The pair married in 1937, and made their remarkable discovery of Homo Habilis in 1960.
Paul Newman and...
Hollywood stars Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward married in 1958 and were together until his death in 2008 -- a remarkable duration for a marriage made in Tinsel Town.
Ronald Reagan and...
Nancy and Ronald Reagan enjoyed a fairy tale marriage. Both were actors when they wed, and he went on to become the 40th president. They were married for 52 years until his death in 2004.
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