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Can you name the answers to these questions about the history of the United States that begin with the letters A-Z?

Quiz Updated Jun 21, 2017

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AIn 1867, the United States acquired this Russian territory for $7.2 million (roughly $123 million today)
BThis notorious English pirate was killed in battle near Ocracoke Island, in North Carolina, on November 22, 1718
CThe World's Columbian Exposition was an event to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World. It was held in 1893 in this American city
DOn December 7, 1787, this state became the first to ratify the Constitution of the United States
EThis iconic Jazz musician, who would write more than 1,000 compositions over his lifetime, composed his first, 'Poodle Dog Rag' in 1914: Duke _________
FIn 1819, Spain ceded this territory to the United States with the signature of the Adams-OnĂ­s Treaty
GImperial Japanese forces occupied this US territory on December 7, 1941, hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor
HIn 1894, Sanford B. Dole became the first and only president of this short-lived insular republic, which was annexed to the United States in 1898: Republic of ________
IThese laws were passed by the British Parliament in 1774 after the Boston Tea Party, in order to punish the Massachusetts colonists for their defiance
JEstablished on May 4, 1607, this colonial town in present-day Virginia was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas
KIn 1854, violent clashes between anti-slavery and pro-slavery forces broke out in this 'Bleeding' state escalating the lead up to the Civil War
LPresident Thomas Jefferson commissioned this expedition after the Louisiana Purchase in order to explore the new territories. It began near St. Louis in 1804 and lasted until 1806
MThis African-American activist, also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was assassinated by three gunmen in New York City in 1965
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NJean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded this major port city on May 7, 1718
OThis American politician, the first African-American to serve as President of the United States, was inaugurated for his first term on January 20, 2009: Barack H. ______
POn October 30, 1950 several uprisings against the United States government took place in this Caribbean territory
QIn the 17th century, this Christian religious group attempted to establish a community for persecuted religious minorities in present-day Pennsylvania
RThe Standard Oil Company was established in 1870 by this American businessman, who is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time: John D. ________
SAfter the Tripartite Convention of 1899 this Polynesian kingdom was divided between the United States and Germany
TThis nuclear test was conducted by the United States Army on July 16, 1945 in Socorro County, New Mexico
UBrigham Young, second president of the LDS Church, was appointed as governor of this territory in 1851
VThis American president, the only one that didn't speak English as his mother tongue, died on July 24, 1862, at age 79: Martin __________
WIn 1924, Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected governor of this state, thus becoming the first woman to be sworn in as governor of a U.S. state
XThe first computer designed from the start to support an operating system based on a graphical user interface (GUI) was presented by this American company in 1973
YIn 1947, this former U.S. Air Force officer became the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight: Charles Elwood _______
ZThis series of racist attacks, mainly against Mexican-American youths, took place in Southern California in June 1943

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