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True or False: both Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy were assassinated.
In 1978, over 900 members of the People’s Temple Agricultural Project, led by Jim Jones, died in what is now called the...
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What was the deadliest natural disaster in US history?
At the Olympic Games in 1972, a group of armed Palestinians broke into the apartment of Israeli athletes, killing two and taking the rest hostage. Where were those games held?
True or False: Hurricanes have always been given people’s names.
The sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945 resulted in the largest loss of life at sea from a single ship in the history of the US Navy. Why did it sink?
What is the name for the device that allows you to open a door by pushing on a bar?
Where did the most deadly balloon accident of all-time occur?
True or False: There was once a subway accident in New York City that killed more than 10 people.
1816 was known as the Year Without a Summer. What happened?
True or False: The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas has been called the deadliest in US history, but tragically, there have been many historical tragedies had higher body counts
What was the name of the 1918 pandemic that killed more than 500 million people around the world?
What caused the Halifax Explosion?
True or False: there was once an event called the Great Smog of London.
Which two Japanese cities were the victims of nuclear bombings by the United States army in 1945?
True or False: One man was present for the nuclear bombing of both Hiroshima AND Nagasaki.
Where was the deadliest nightclub fire in history?
True or False: A famine in Malta in 1823 became even more tragic when 110 hungry boys who went to the Convent of the Minori Osservanti to get free bread on the last day of Carnival celebrations fell down a flight of stairs and were crushed to death.
What was the name of the NASA space shuttle which exploded in 1986?
True or False: Sports teams at the University of Illinois at Chicago are nicknamed the Flames, to commemorate the infamous Great Chicago Fire.
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When the British soldiers who killed colonists in the Boston Massacre during the American Revolution were tried in court, their lawyer was...
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In 1970, Richard Nixon was heavily criticized for sending the National Guard to a university campus, where the fired at and killed four anti-war protestors. What school was it?
A ninth-century Norse earl was killed by an enemy he had beheaded hours earlier. He tied the severed head to his horse’s saddle, but on the ride home the man’s tooth scratched his leg. The resulting infection killed the earl. What was the Norse earl’s name?
True or False: In 1871, a lawyer named Clement Vallandigham accidentally shot himself while defending a murder suspect.
The first person killed by a robot was Robert Williams, in 1979. What was he doing?
True or False: A man once died by jumping off the Eiffel Tower in a parachute he built himself.
Eight people were killed in the London Beer Flood of 1814 when a massive vat of fermenting beer burst. How much beer was spilt?
True or False: 400 people in Strasbourg, France were struck by dance madness in the summer of 1518.
About This Quiz
Natural disasters, deaths, and raging fires: the world is full of tragedies, and not just the kind you find in Shakespeare plays. How much do you know about the worst tragedies in human history?