Do You Know Where These Historical Figures Are From?

By: Kennita Leon

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, ceramicist, poet and playwright noted for the invention of various painting techniques.

Malcolm X was a Muslim minister, human rights activist and one of the greatest and most prominent figures in African-American history.

Virginia Woolf was an English writer renowned for her writing styles and her novels "Mrs. Dalloway" and "To the Lighthouse."

German politician Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party and the initiator of World War II.

Al Capone, also known as Scarface, was an American mobster, crime boss and businessman who gained popularity during the Prohibition period.

Nikola Tesla was a Serbian- American inventor, electrical engineer and physicist noted for his numerous advances in the transmission of electric power.

Coco Chanel, known for her trademark suits and black dresses, was a French fashion designer, businesswoman and the founder of the Chanel brand.

Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian activist who played a prominent role in leading India to independence from British rule.

John Lennon was an English singer-songwriter, musician, peace activist and a co-founder of one of the most successful bands in history, The Beatles.

One of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, George Washington also served as its first president. He also had an excellent military mind and served as the leader of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.

Brazilian footballer Pelé is regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, scoring 1,281 goals in 1,363 games.

Naturalist Charles Darwin's biggest claim to fame is the fact that he proposed the Theory of Evolution, the idea that all of earth's creatures evolved from common ancestors. Darwin traveled the world, studying nature in a number of diverse areas. His book, The Origin of the Species, was the result of years of research.

Helen Keller, the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, was an American author, lecturer, political activist and an idol in the deaf community.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered to be one of the greatest composers who ever lived. He was born in Germany in 1756 and died aged just 35 in 1791.

We can thank this Scottish-born scientist for the birth of the telephone which was first patented in 1876. Alexander Graham Bell also was the founder of AT&T. Strangely enough, Bell chose not to have a telephone in his own office. He also worked in many other fields of science.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a German priest and professor who played an imperative role in the Protestant Reformation. He was known for rejecting many of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. His work, particularly the Ninety-Five Theses (1517), would lead him to be excommunicated by the pope.

For those who love reading, a debt of gratitude is owed to German-born Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. His invention made it far easier to produce books and helped to improve education levels throughout Europe.

Two-time Prime Minister of the U.K., Winston Churchill, is most noted for his strong will and for leading Britain to victory during World War II.

Born in 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus is credited with determining the sun was the center of our solar system and that the Earth and other planets orbited it. This is commonly called the heliocentric solar system. People had previously believed the Earth to be the center of our solar system.

Henry Ford, who started the Ford Motor Company, is credit with bringing the automobile to the ordinary citizens of the United States. By using interchangeable parts and introducing a production line, Ford made his cars, particularly the Model T., extremely affordable. Over 15 million were sold from 1908 to 1927.

Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) was an Italian navigator and colonizer best known for making four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean which began the European colonization of the “New World." He visited parts of Central America, the Greater and Lesser Antilles and Hispaniola.

Leonardo Da Vinci was born in Italy in 1452. He is renowned not only as a Renaissance artist but as an incredible inventor with designs for model machinery such as tanks, gliders and even helicopters. His greatest works include the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Academy Award winner Marlon Brando was an American actor, film director and activist credited with bringing realism to film acting.

Born in 1564 in Italy, Galileo Galilei worked as a physicist, astronomer, mathematician and engineer. He discovered that the earth revolves around the sun, made studies of the moon and determined that it existed of craters and mountains. He even studied the moons of Jupiter.

British stateswoman Margaret Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and was noted for her conservative ideologies.

Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) was an Italian journalist and politician who was best known for being the leader of the National Fascist Party. He was also one of the youngest Prime Ministers of Italy, ruling the country from 1922-1943.

King Henry VIII (1491-1547) was the second Tudor monarch and is known as the king who had six wives, two of which were executed, and another two marriages which he annulled. He was also known for initiating the English Reformation, which separated the Church of England from the pope and the Roman Catholic Church.

The father of the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Lenin led the USSR from 1917 to 1924 after the Bolsheviks claimed control. Lenin died in 1924 and his body was put on public display. It can still be seen to this day.

Ludvig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German pianist and composer who is widely regarded as one of best, if not the best, of his kind. His most famous works include Emperor Piano Concerto (the Fifth Symphony), Choral Symphony (the Ninth Symphony) and Fidelo.

Oscar Wilde, an Irish playwright and poet, was renowned for his plays and epigrams, as well as the circumstances surrounding his incarceration and death.

Hernan Cortes (1485-1547) was a Spanish Conquistador (conqueror) best known for leading an expedition that led to the fall of the Aztec Empire. This subsequently led to bringing large parts of Mexico under the leadership of the King of Castile. This paved the way for the Spanish colonization of Central and South America.

Louis Pasteur (1822-1855) was a French chemist and microbiologist whose work led to major breakthroughs in the medical field. Some of these include vaccination, microbial fermentation, and pasteurization – a process used to kill off microorganisms in canned foods, milk and drinks.

Nelson Mandela was a South African nationalist and socialist who served as the country's first black president from 1994 – 1999.

Born in 1818 in Germany, Karl Marx was a prominent philosopher and is recognized as the father of communism on which he published "The Communist Manifesto" and "Das Kapital."

Mother Theresa, also known as Saint Theresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Catholic nun and saint known for charitable acts throughout her lifetime.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English playwright, actor and poet who has been called the greatest writer of our time. His body of work includes more than 150 sonnets, almost 40 plays and a few poems. Some of his most popular works include Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet.

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist renowned for his scientific discoveries, namely the theory of relativity.

Alexander Fleming was a Scottish physician, pharmacologist and biologist known for his scientific achievements, particularly the discovery of penicillin.

Marie Curie is best known for her work in radioactivity and discovering the elements radium and polonium.

Charlie Chaplin, noted for his iconic role as the Tramp, is an English comic actor, composer and filmmaker whose successful career spanned more than 75 years.

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About This Quiz

Let's face it, we've had a very, very long history. And over that time, there have been more than a few people who have stuck out over the years. So naturally, we decided to write a quiz about them. Do you think you've got what it takes to recognize the people in our questions and tell us where they come from? Keep reading. 

Like we said, we're going to pull people from all over the world, during different periods in history. They're going to be politicians, criminals, religious figures, inventors and even military leaders. Some of them have been dead for more than 1,000 years, while some are still alive today. Your job is to tell us which part of the world they're from. And don't worry about getting stuck, because we do have some clues to help you out with this somewhat difficult quiz. 

So, are you enough of a history buff to not only identify the people in the pictures but to also tell us which countries they're from? Will songs and stories be written about your legendary memory, or will you be sent back to sixth-grade history class? Take this quiz if you want to find out! 

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