The 19th Century - 3 - Answers

Published: Monday 13th March 2017
  1. Washington DC officially became the capital of the USA in 1800, what was the previous capital? Philadelphia.
  2. Who became British monarch in 1820 on the death of his father? George IV.
  3. Which famous artist painted several canvasses of the House of Parliament fire of 1834? J M W Turner.
  4. Who was the co-author of the Communist Manifesto in 1848 alongside Karl Marx? Freidrich Engels.
  5. The first underground railway was opened in London in 1863, which two stations were connected? Paddington and Farrington Street.
  6. Which team were victors in the first FA Cup final in 1872? Wanderers (they beat Royal Engineers 1-0).
  7. What was discovered by Wilhelm Rontgen in 1895? X-Rays.
  8. Which engineer was responsible for designing and building the Caledonian Canal? Thomas Telford.
  9. Which engineer was responsible for the Stockton and Darlington Railway? George Stephenson.
  10. What was introduced in England and Wales in 1837 which has been a boom to family historians? Registrations of Births, Marriages & Deaths.
  11. At which battle did the charge of the Light Brigade take place? Battle of Balaclava.
  12. What play was Lincoln watching when he was assassinated? "Our American Cousin".
  13. At what battle was General Custer killed in 1876? Battle of Little Big Horn.
  14. In which city did America's first subway open in 1897? Boston.
  15. After defeat at Waterloo to where was Napoleon exiled? St Helena.
  16. Which Earl replaced Wellington as British Prime Minister in 1830? The Earl Grey.
  17. Which American President died in 1841 as a result of catching a cold during his inaugural address? William Harrison.
  18. In which English city did Henry Bessemer set up his first steelworks? Sheffield.
  19. What act of Parliament in 1867 doubled the electorate in England and Wales? The Second Reform Act.
  20. Which famous bridge collapsed in 1879 causing the loss of 78 lives? The Tay Railway Bridge.


  1. Roger Clark says:

    Ken, sorry to be picky, but re Q 1, surely 1800 was the last year of the 18th Century?

    Many thanks for excellent quizzes – they are a godsend.

  2. TeeJay says:

    Not so Roger, 1800 is the first year of the 19th century just as 2000 was the first year of the 21st century. But do agree great quizzes.

  3. Griff says:

    No 15,Napoleon exiled to Elba

  4. Dave says:

    Griff, he was exiled to Elba, but he returned from there and gave battle at Waterloo, and was then exiled to St Helena.

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