The United States was officially born in 1776 when our forefathers made a Declaration of Independence. That’s right, they were like, “oh hey England, you want us to be your colonies forever? NO THANKS. We are DECLARING our independence from you, King George, and there is NOTHING you can do about it.” Since then, Americans have been trying their best to make this country a great one. Have we succeeded? Well, that’s debatable. But what we do know is that in our relatively short history of being a country, a LOT has happened.
We started as just thirteen states along the east coast, but our country now stretches across the whole continent, and even into the ocean! We’ve explored other parts of the world, gotten into wars with lots of other countries, and had 45 presidents. Things like the telephone and the polio vaccine were invented in America. We’re even home to one of the biggest pop stars ever, Beyonce! (Yes, Beyonce is part of American history.)
Do you know all the important years in U.S. History? What happened in 1863? Do you know who Thurgood Marshall is? How about Robert E. Lee? With this quiz, you’ll find out if your American history skills are up to snuff!
George Washington was the United States' ____ president.
The Electoral College unanimously elected Washington the nation's first president in February of 1789.
In which city did President John F. Kennedy die?
Kennedy was shot while driving through Dealey Plaza in 1963.
In what year did the moon landing occur?
The correct answer is 1969.The computers used by NASA at the time had less power than a smartphone does today.
What are the first ten amendments to the Constitution called?
The Bill of Rights covers things like freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island housed:
Many immigrants from Europe entering the U.S. would have come through Ellis Island on their way to a new life in America.
Harriet Tubman was a prominent abolitionist and instrumental figure in establishing:
The Underground Railroad was a system of trails and hiding places that helped slaves escape to the north, where they could live freely.
The Alamo is located in:
The Battle of the Alamo was an important event in the war between Texas and Mexico.
In 1773, to protest the taxes levied on tea by the British government, a group of colonists dressed up as Native Americans and threw a bunch of tea in the harbor. This event is called.
The Boston Tea Party was a key event leading up to the American Revolution, which started in earnest in 1775.
In what year was Pearl Harbor attacked by the Japanese?
The attack caused the United States to officially enter WWII
What is the name commonly used to refer to the operation in which Allied Forces landed in Normandy in June of 1944?
D-Day was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The actual operation name was "Overlord," but D-Day is commonly used to refer to this invasion.
How many justices usually sit on the Supreme Court?
Nine justices are supposed to sit on the court. In 2016, the Senate set a new record for the longest time they'd refused to confirm a nominated Supreme Court justice, so the Court had eight justices for months.
In what year were American women granted the right to vote?
While a constitutional amendment was passed allowing all women to vote in 1920, segregation and Jim Crow laws still made it difficult for black women, as well as black men, to actually cast their votes alongside white people.
Who is this First Lady?
Eleanor Roosevelt, wife to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was an active participant in politics alongside her husband.
The Constitutional Convention, which was a meeting to discuss the new U.S. Constitution, was held in 1787 in which city?
New York City was actually the capital at the time; Philadelphia would serve as the capital from 1790-1800 while Washington, D.C. was being constructed.
Rosa Parks became a famous figure for inspiring what incident in the Civil Rights Movement?
Although Parks was not the first person to resist the segregation of city buses, her act of sitting in the front of the bus, instead of the back, became a symbol of defiance.
Whose plane was named the Spirit of St. Louis?
Charles Lindbergh was the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American:
Marshall was appointed in 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Jackie Robinson was the first black man to:
Jackie Robinson started playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
What country did the 1980 U.S. Hockey team "miraculously" beat in a semi-final round before they went on to win the gold medal?
The Soviets had won the gold in six of the previous seven Olympic Games, so the American team winning in 1980 became known as the "Miracle on Ice."
Condoleezza Rice served as Secretary of State under President:
Rice was the first African-American woman to hold the office of Secretary of State. She took office in 2005.
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