What Happened First? The Relative History Timeline Quiz


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History is often taught by country or region, making it tough to compare events happening at the same time around the world. Take our quiz to see how much you know about history, and when famous historical events took place.

The dinosaurs Tyrannosaurus rex and stegosaurus lived around the same time.

Stegosaurus lived in the Jurassic period (159-144 million years ago), while T-rex belonged to the Cretaceous period (67-65 million years ago). Our own lifetimes are nearer to the time of T-rex than the T-rex was to the stegosaurus.


Which was founded first?

Oxford was a full-fledged university with live-in dorms by 1249, while the Aztecs civilization didn't found its central city until 1325.


Cleopatra and King Tut lived during the same time.

King Tut died in 1323 BCE. Cleopatra was born more than 1,000 years later in 69 BCE.


Which came first?

The Olympics started in 776 B.C.E., while work on the Colosseum began more than 800 years later in 70 C.E.


Which of these events happened earlier?

Columbus was born in 1451, the year before da Vinci, but he didn't reach the New World until 1492, more than 40 years after da Vinci was born.


The Pilgrims set up the first European-style settlement in North America.

By the time the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in late 1620, European-style cities had been firmly established in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and St. Augustine, Florida, by Spanish explorers.


Which of these historical events happened first?

The American Revolution was fought from 1775 to 1783, while Japan's feudal system, with its samurai warrior class, persisted until 1868.


Construction on which of these impressive structures started first?

The pyramids were built around 2,500 B.C.E. Work on the Great Wall didn't begin until 2,700 years later.


Which famous revolution for independence came first?

The American battle for independence was fought between 1775 and 1783, while the French Revolution started in 1789.


Which of these groups won the right to vote in the U.S. first?

The 15th Amendment, ratified in 1869, gave black men the right to vote. No woman could vote until 1920 after the ratification of the 19th Amendment.


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