101 Random History Trivia – Discover the Unknown

random history trivia

History speaks not only about the past but also about the entire journey of civilizations. Random history trivia is picked up from all ages of history. If you are a fan of knowing the past, how human civilization come up to present as well as what is the trend of the future, this is the right place to divulge facts from random history trivia.

Random history trivia can be discussed with your friends as well as can be handy to prepare yourself for the competition or exam.

Let’s solve this Random History Trivia!

1. What is history's shortest war?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
War between England and Zanzibar. It lasted only 38 minutes.

2. Which country has the record of Seven of the ten deadliest wars in human history?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
China

3. What percentage of history has been believed to lost over time?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
97%

4. What is the name of meditation the Buddhist monks in northern Japan practiced, in which they would mummify themselves alive by slowly weaning themselves off food and water before eventually starving to death?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Sokushinbutsu

5. DUring which century, dentures were commonly made with teeth pulled from the mouths of dead soldiers?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Before the 19th century

6. Who once electrocuted a circus elephant to death on Coney Island?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Thomas Edison

7. What was the name of the novella written by Morgan Robertson fourteen years before the Titanic sank, about the imaginary large unsinkable ship "Titan" hitting an iceberg in the Northern Atlantic?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Futility

8. During which century in the United States, it was considered a cruel and unusual punishment to feed lobster to prisoners and convicts

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
During the 1800s

9. What was the name of the community in China alone had twice as many deaths as World War 1?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
The Taiping Rebellion

10. Between 1900 and 1920, what was an Olympic event?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Tug of War

11. During which time, it was believed that sperm produced from the left testicle produced girls. To ensure having a son, men would have it removed?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Middle Ages

12. What re the name of US presidents who died hours apart on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of American independence?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams

13. During World War II, a Pennsylvania dentist convinced President Roosevelt to bomb Japan with timed explosives attached to _________, which was eventually foiled

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Thousands of bats

14. Who was the tallest married couple ever recorded, who also gave birth to a 22-pound baby?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Anna Haining Swan (7'11") and Martin Van Buren Bates (7'9")

15. Who was the smallest Major League Baseball player of all time with 3'7" hight?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Eddie Gaedel

16. Which President served the shortest term in U.S. history. He died of a cold just two months into his presidency?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
President William Henry Harrison

17. What was the outcome of the incident, when in 1945, a balloon bomb launched by Japan landed in Oregon, where a woman and five children died when it explored?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Triggered America to enter the war

18. In which year, researchers at Princeton University turned a living cat into a telephone?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
1929

19. The name "Nazi" was taken from pre-existing slang for a backward peasant.

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
True

20. Instead of saying 'cheese,' what did the Victorians said when their picture was about to be taken?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
'prunes'

21. The Civil War began on the farm of ___________, who then moved more than a hundred miles away to escape the fighting, only to have the war end inside his new house at Appomattox

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Wilmer McLean

23. What was the name of history's longest war, likely lasted for 335 years with zero casualties?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Sicily

24. Urine contains ammonia, which is one of the best natural cleaning agents on the planet, inspired Greeks to use urine as mouthwash

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
False, Romans

25. What grade did the 17-year-old Robert Heft get in the school project when he designed the current 50 star U.S. flag as the school project?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
B-

26. A passenger who lived through the traumatic fire and sinking of a ship in 1871 faced his fears and boarded the Titanic in 1912. He sank with the ship.

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
True

27. In 1838, who wrote "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket", a book about four crewmen on a whaling ship who ended up stranded?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Edgar Allan Poe

28. People were buried alive so often in the 19th century that a safety coffin was invented so the "dead" would have the ability to alert those above ground if they were still alive

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
True

27. Who kept a pet bear in his dorm room while studying at Cambridge University?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Lord Byron

28. During which war soldiers on both sides were offered bounties upon enlistment, causing some men to enlist and escape again and again in order to collect multiple bounties. One man collected 32 before he was finally caught?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Civil War

29. What was the first major World Expo registered under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) after World War II?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Expo 58, also known as the Brussels World’s Fair

30. How many cities Alexander the Great named after himself?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Over 70 cities

31. Who was the first member of her dynasty to speak Ancient Egyptian?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Cleopatra

32. Before who invaded Britain, many Romans didn’t believe he existed?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Julius Caesar

33. Which disster was exposed to so much radiation that it changed one fire fighter's eye color?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Chernobyl

34. What was originally designed to be used as one big, communal napkin?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Tablecloth

35. What were the most popular pets in the Roman Empire?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Ferrets, dogs and monkeys

36. During the Soviet-era rule of the late 20th century, simply mentioning whose name was a crime against the USSR?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Genghis Khan

37. Why was the guillotine was invented?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
To create “equality in execution”

38. America’s National School Lunch Program of 1946 was due to which event of history?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
WWII

39. In Ancient Greece, they believed redheads became vampires after death.

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
True

40. Who had a Doctor’s note to drink an “indefinite” amount of alcohol in Prohibition America?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Winston Churchill

41. Who helped design the Volkswagen Beetle?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Adolf Hitler

42. Which pilot in the plane to drop the first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, who, being close to death in his old age, decided he didn’t want a funeral or a headstone as he worried it would become a place for protesting nuclear armament?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Paul Tibbets

43. People of which Ancient civilization used slabs of stone as pillows?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Egyptians

44. The first known artworks date back to roughly 100,000 years ago found in which country?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
France

45. In which century in England, pineapples were a status symbol?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
18th century

46. In medieval England, what was the word “ask” pronounced?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
“axe”

47. In 1710, Native American leaders traveled to Britain to visit which Queen?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Queen Anne at the Court of St. James Palace

48. In which year the 7.62mm rifle bullet, the ammunition AK47 assault rifles use, was created?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
it was developed by the Russian Empire in 1891

49. What was the hamburgers called during World War II by Americans?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
“liberty steaks”

50. Spanning between 1651 – 1986, which war was a by-product of the English Civil War and the decision of the Dutch to side with the Parliamentarians over the Royalists?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
The Dutch-Scilly War

51. Who originated the “yo momma” joke?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Shakespeare, in his play Titus Andronicus

52. Why did Hollywood move from New York to Los Angeles?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
To escape Edison’s patents, including most of the technology needed to make high-end movies

53. The first official Medals of Honor were awarded during which war?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
The American Civil War

54. Who invented the the wheeled office chair of Charles Darwin?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Charles Darwin invented his own

55. Who was William Patrick Stuart-Houston, fought against the Nazis in World War II?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Adolf Hitler’s nephew

56. Who was the fastest surgeon who ever ended up causing a 300% mortality rate, as before anesthesia, speed was essential when performing surgery to minimize pain to the patient?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Surgeon Robert Liston was considered “the fastest knife in the West”. He was a pioneer in speed-surgery.

57. What is still the largest capacity sports arena ever built?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
The Circus Maximum in Rome, holds between 150,000 – 250,000 people

58. World’s largest capacity stadium Rungrado May Day Stadium in North Korea, can hold roughly 114,000 people, was opened in which year?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
1 May 1989

59. There were “dance marathons” during which event of history?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
The Great Depression

60. Russia ran out of which thing celebrating the end of World War II?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Vodka

61. A total of around 19 million men in the world are direct descendants of whom?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Genghis Khan

62. During WWII, the British & Soviets launched a joint invasion of neutral Iran.

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
True

62. For 12 years during the French Revolutionary Period, which country had a whole new calendar?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
France

63. Who is reported to kill over 650 young women and regularly bathed in the blood of virgins to preserve her youthful looks?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Notorious Hungarian female serial killer Elizabeth Báthory, born on August 7th, 1560

64. Despite destroying over 13,500 houses and displacing 80,000 people, which accident of history only claimed the lives of 6 unlucky Londoners?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
The great fire of 1666

65. The World War II army of of which country is the biggest army in history?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
The US

66. Which famous university is older than the Aztec Empire?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
University of Oxford, first opened its doors to students all the way back in 1096

67. In which era, specially-made mugs, pragmatically called “mustache cups”, had guards on them which prevented a man’s mustache from dipping into their warm cup of tea?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Victorian era

68. Which Dynasty is the earliest ever lottery that came into being between 205 – 187 BC?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Chinese Han Dynasty

69. Which Roman is considered as a pretty nasty emperor and was assassinated after four years at the age of 18?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Elagabalus, with his “4-year reign

70. Ancient Sparta, during its Classical Age, was an immensely wealthy country because of what reason?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Mainly due to their conquest and domination of a neighboring race named the Helots.

71. Who owned most of the land and wealth in Sparta?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Spartan women, after death of their spouses

72. Which empire is said to have originated with the founding of the city of Tenochtitlán at Lake Texcoco by the Mexica which occurred in the year 1325?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
The Aztec Empire

73. Which was a popular sport in Europe’s aristocracy during the 17th and 18th century, that would involve a person – or a couple – throwing a fox as far and as high as they could?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Fox Tossing

74. People of which civilization believed turkeys were the vessels of the Gods, and honored them with worship?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Mayan people

75. Despite being a Tengrist, who often consulted with Buddhist monks, Muslims, Christian missionaries, and Taoist monks.

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Genghis Khan

76. Thomas Edison didn’t invent most of the stuff he patented.

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Of the 1,093 things he smashed a patent on, he stole near enough most of them off real geniuses like Nikola Tesla, Wilhelm Rontgen and Joseph Swan – the latter of whom originally invented the lightbulb!

77. Who turned down the presidency of Israel.

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Albert Einstein, he wasn’t a citizen of Israel. However he was Jewish. The German-born physicist was offered the post, but turned it down in 1952

78. When did The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the freestanding bell tower was constructed in the 12th century, leaned?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
The Leaning Tower of Pisa was never straight

79. Because of which event of history, People used flour bags, potato sacks, anything made out of burlap really, and food distributors started to make their sacks more colorful to help people remain a little bit fashionable?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Great Depression

80. What is Althing?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
World’s oldest parliament in history in Iceland

81. Since the end of WWI, how many people have died from leftover unexploded bombs?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Since 1919, over 1,000 civilians and ordnance collectors have died from explosions caused by these in France and Belgium.

82. Which is considered the longest year in human history?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
46 BC was 445 days long and is the longest year in human history.

83. 100 million years ago, which place was inhabited by galloping crocodiles?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
the Sahara Desert

84. During which period, it was normal to photograph relatives after they died?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
the Victorian period

85. What sport the nation to win the most medals in this was Britain with 5 (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), then the USA with 3 (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze), while Sweden had one gold medal, France and the Netherlands had one silver medal, and Belgium won a bronze medal?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Tug of War in Olympic sport

86. The term “saved by the bell” does not originate from people being buried alive.

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
The term actually comes from boxing.

87. During which Triumph, soldiers sang lewd songs about their commander to amuse the crowds.

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
From Julius Caesar’s Gallic Roman Triumph

88. Germany uncovers 2,000 tons of unexploded bombs every year which was dripped during

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
WWII, the Allied armies dropped roughly 2.7 million tons of bombs over Nazi-occupied Europe. Half of that which landed on Germany

89. In Ancient Greece, who used to wear skirts?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Men

90. Hitler, Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt were the masterminds of which historic event?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
WWII

91. A singing birthday card has more computer chip power in it than the entire Allied Army of WWII.

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
True

92. In 1386, a pig was executed in France for what reason?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
One such case happened in Falaise, France, where a pig attacked a child’s face who went on to later die from their wounds.

93. During what time Cleopatra reigned, that was roughly 2,500 years after the Great Pyramid of Giza's built (between roughly 2580 BC – 2560 BC), and roughly 2,000 years before the first lunar landings in 1969?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
From 51 BC to 30 BC

94. Who invented Shrapnel?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
British Army Officer Henry Shrapnel

95. During which time, all British tanks are equipped with tea-making facilities?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Since 1945, before this time, British tank crews had to exit their armored vehicles when they wanted to make a quick coffee.

96. During which time of history, the French built a “fake Paris”?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
World War I

97. What was the name of The Eastern Roman Empire’s weapon used in ship-mounted flamethrowers?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Greek Fire

98. Hand-written Voynich Manuscript has been carbon-dated to roughly with period?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
1404 – 1438

99. During a sea battle in Pacific Ocean during December 1940, two Royal Navy ships, the HMS Prince of Wales, and the HMS Repulse were sunk by which side?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
Japanese fighters

100. 4% of the Normandy beaches are made up of what?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
shrapnel from the D-Day Landings

101. The saying “fly off the handle” originates from which time?

trivia quiz general knowledge gk Click to Flip
trivia quiz general knowledge gk
the 1800s, it’s a saying that refers to cheap axe-heads flying off their handles when swung backwards before a chop

Other Recommended Quizzes

random history questions
world history trivia questions
history trivia questions for kids
history trivia for kids
easy world history trivia questions and answers
ancient history trivia
hard history trivia

random history quiz
random history questions and answers
history quiz for kids
American history trivia for kids
history questions and answers for kids
easy history questions for kids
history quiz questions for kids
ancient rome trivia
ancient greece trivia
ancient greece quiz questions and answers
ancient roman history quiz
ancient greek history quiz
ancient history trivia questions
ancient greece trivia questions
ancient trivia
ancient civilizations trivia
history trivia questions for seniors

history general knowledge
general history quiz
history general knowledge questions and answers
history gk
history general knowledge quiz
general knowledge about world history
history general knowledge questions
history gk questions
quiz questions on indian history
history general knowledge questions and answers in english
afcat general awareness history
general history questions and answers
general world history quiz
ssc je general awareness history
quiz about indian history
history general knowledge quiz with answers
history gk quiz
general history knowledge quiz
general history knowledge
general history quiz questions and answers
world history gk
general knowledge questions about history
general knowledge questions on indian history
general knowledge history questions in marathi
modern history gk
history general knowledge quiz questions and answers
historical general knowledge
history related gk questions
history gk questions in english
general awareness history
gk questions for history
gk questions about indian history
general knowledge questions related to history
gk series history
world history general knowledge questions and answers
gk on history and geography
world history gk questions
gk questions on mughal empire
gk questions related to indian history
ancient history gk questions
history question gk
gk in history in english
ancient history gk
nda general knowledge history
gk questions from history
gk question about indian history
itihas general knowledge
history ka gk
mughal empire gk questions
history ke gk question
history gk questions in kannada
history gk for competitive exam
history general awareness
gk questions of history in english
gk quiz history
history gk questions in marathi
gk questions on world history
history gk in english
bengali history gk
history gk in bengali
history gk in kannada
general knowledge itihas
raj history gk question
odia history gk
history gk in marathi
gk history bengali
gk history in bengali
gk quiz on history
gk ancient history
all history gk
itihas ke gk question
gk questions related to history
history ka gk question
elementary knowledge of indian history and indian geography
questions related to indian history
history gk bengali
history of gk question
itihas gk question
gk related to history
gk history in english
history gk questions for ssc exam
gk on modern history

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *