Who Was Older? Quiz

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Who was older: Andrew Jackson went he went to war or Justin Bieber when his first song went platinum?

Justin Bieber was 15 years old when "One Time" when platinum. By age 15, Andrew Jackson had already fought in the Revolutionary War, been captured by enemies and caught smallpox — and he managed to both beat the disease and escape his captors.

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Who was older: Cleopatra when she became queen of Egypt or Tutankhamun when he became king?

Cleopatra became queen at age 18. Tut took the throne at age 9 and died at 19.

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Who was older: Elvis when he died or John Lennon when he was assassinated?

All hail the king. Elvis kicked the bucket at 42 years old, while Lennon passed away at age 40.

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Who was older: Abraham Lincoln when he became the 16th president or George Washington when he became the first?

Washington was 57 years old at his inauguration, while Lincoln was just 52 when he was elected to the country's top office.

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Who was older: Tatum O'Neal when she won her first Oscar or Haley Joel Osment when he was nominated for "The Sixth Sense?"

Tatum was just 10 years old when she won for "Paper Moon," while Osment was 11 when he was nominated but didn't win.

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Who was older: Harland Sanders when he started his Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise or Walt Disney when he opened Disneyland?

Harlan Sanders first franchised his famous chicken at the age of 62, while Walt was 53 the day Disneyland opened to the public for the first time.

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Who was older: Lindsay Lohan in "Mean Girls" or Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz"?

Judy Garland was just 16 years old during filming for "The Wizard of Oz," while Lohan was 18 while shooting "Mean Girls."

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Who was older: Emily Bronte when "Wuthering Heights" was published or J.K. Rowling when the first "Harry Potter" book hit store shelves?

"Wuthering Heights" came out when Bronte was 29, while single mom Rowling was 31 when "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was published.

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Who was older: Stevie Wonder when he signed his first record deal or Michael Jackson when he went solo?

In this battle of the musical prodigies, Jackson was the older of the two. He was 13 when he started his solo career, while Stevie Wonder was 11 when he signed his first record deal.

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Who was older: Einstein when he won his first Nobel Prize or Van Gogh when he painted "The Starry Night"?

Van Gogh was just 22 years old when he painted "The Starry Night" — while in a mental asylum. Albert Einstein was 42 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.

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Who was older: Orson Welles when he made "Citizen Kane" or Steven Spielberg when he made "Jaws"?

Welles was just 25 when he wrote, directed and starred in "Citizen Kane," while Spielberg made "Jaws " at the ripe old age of 29.

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Who was older: Shakespeare when he built the Globe Theatre or Orville Wright when he took flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina?

Playwright Shakespeare was 35 years old when he built the Globe in 1599, while Orville, the younger of the two Wright brothers, was 32 when he made the first successful airplane flight.

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Who was older: Henry Ford when he made the first Model T or Milton Hershey when he came up with the Hershey bar?

Henry Ford developed his Model T and assembly line system at age 45, while Hershey was 43 when he came up with his milk chocolate treat.

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Who was older: Aretha Franklin when she signed to Columbia Records or LeAnn Rimes when she won her first Grammy?

Rimes won a Grammy at age 14 for her song "Blue," while Franklin signed with Columbia Records at age 18.

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Who was older: Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington or Thomas Jefferson when he became governor of Virginia?

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at age 34, while Jefferson was elected governor at age 36.

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Who was older: Teddy Roosevelt when he became president or Queen Elizabeth when she became queen?

Queen Elizabeth II took the crown in 1953 at age 27, while Teddy Roosevelt became the youngest president in history when he was elected at age 42.

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Who was older: Britney Spears when she released her first hit single or Mozart when he gave his first public performance?

Child prodigy Mozart began performing in public at age 6, while Spears released "... Baby, One More Time" at age 17.

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Who was older: Neil Armstrong when he walked on the moon or John F. Kennedy when he became President?

Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President, while Armstrong was 38 when he first walked on the moon.

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Who was older: Isaac Newton when he published "Principia Mathematica" or Mark Twain when he published "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"?

Mark Twain was 41 years old when he published "Tom Sawyer," while Newton published his famous physics tomb at the age of 44.

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Who was older: Yo-Yo Ma at his first public performance or Alexander the Great when he became king?

Legendary leader Alexander was just 20 years old when he became king of the Corinthians, while cellist Yo-Yo Ma was just 6 when he started performing in public.

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Who was older: Julius Caesar when he was assassinated or Robert F. Kennedy when he was gunned down in a hotel kitchen?

Caesar was 55 years old when he was assassinated, while politician Bobby Kennedy was killed at age 42.

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Who was older: Johannes Gutenberg when he printed his famous Bible or Galileo when he invented his first telescope?

Galileo crafted his first telescope — though there is debate as to whether he was the first to invent this instrument — at age 45 in 1609. Gutenberg used his printing press to print the Bible at age 60.

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Who was older: Thomas Edison when he sold his first invention or Tom Hanks when he starred in his first major movie?

Tom Hanks starred in "Splash" at age 25 in 1984. Thomas Edison sold an improved stock ticker at age 22 for a cool $40,000.

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Who was older: Benjamin Franklin when he signed the Declaration of Independence or Julia Child when she published her first cookbook?

This one may be closer than you think — Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence at 70, while Julia Child published a French cooking guide at age 49.

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Who was older: Mark Zuckerberg when he started Facebook or Pablo Picasso when he painted "The Old Guitarist"?

Picasso painted "The Old Guitarist," one of his most famous works, at age 22. Zuckerberg was just 20 when he started Facebook with a group of friends.

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Who was older: Barack Obama when he became president or Harrison Ford when he landed his role in "Star Wars"?

Obama was 47 years old at his inauguration, while Ford was 35 when he became Han Solo.

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Who was older: Abraham Lincoln when he was first elected to the House of Representatives or Steve Jobs when he co-founded Apple?

Lincoln was elected to the House at age 38 in 1847, while Jobs started Apple at the tender age of 21.

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Who was older: Grandma Moses when she started painting or Laura Ingalls Wilder when she published her first "Little House on the Prairie" book?

Famed folk artist Grandma Moses was in her 70s when she started to paint. Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 when she first published her beloved book, inspired by her childhood.

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Who was older: Bill Gates when he started Microsoft or Michelangelo when he started work on "David"?

Gates was 20 when he started Microsoft, while Michelangelo was around 25 when he began work on "David."

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Who was older: Charles Darwin when he published "On the Origin of Species" or Stephenie Meyer when she published "Twilight"?

Meyer was 31 years old when "Twilight" came out in 2005, while Darwin's controversial tomb came out when he was 50 years old.

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