19th Century History 1 - Answers

Published: Tuesday 2nd June 2015
  1. Who was the British monarch at the beginning of the 19th century? King George III.
  2. In which British city did the Peterloo massacre take place in 1819? Manchester.
  3. In which decade was slavery abolished in the British Empire? 1830s (1833).
  4. Who in 1844 transmitted the first message by telegraph? Samuel Morse.
  5. What was the first conflict in the American Civil War in 1861? Battle of Fort Sumter.
  6. Now moored at Greenwich,which famous tea clipper was launched in 1869? The Cutty Sark.
  7. Who in 1891 invented the zip fastener? W L Judson.
  8. Who in 1802 launched her first waxworks exhibition in London? Madame Tussaud.
  9. Which charity concerned about saving lifes at sea was founded in 1824? Royal National Lifeboat Institute.
  10. Launched in 1837, what was the first steamship purpose-built for crossing the Atlantic? S S Great Western.
  11. Which yacht race was first staged in 1851 around the Isle of Wight? America’s Cup.
  12. Who assassinated President Lincoln in 1865? John Wilkes Booth.
  13. Who in 1875 became the first man to swim the English Channel without the use of artificial aids? Captain Matthew Webb.
  14. Who did John Bellingham murder in 1812? Spencer Perceval.
  15. To which island was Napoleon banished to in 1814? Elba.
  16. Who founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York in 1830? Joseph Smith.
  17. Who in 1839 developed the process to vulcanise rubber? Charles Goodyear.
  18. Which military award was first introduced in 1856? Victoria Cross.
  19. What did the Thirteenth Amendment abolish in the USA? Slavery.
  20. Against whom did the British defend the garrison at Rorke's Drift in 1879? The Zulus.


  1. di says:

    your question 12 is incorrect it should be John not james – but great quizzes anyway!

  2. neil says:

    Great quizzes Ken

  3. Irene says:

    Re question no 9 RNLI stands for Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Great quizzes!

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