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Ronald Reagan - Reagan died of pneumonia, reported to be brought on by Alzheimer's disease on June 5, 2004.What president was fond of quoting the Russian proverb "Doveryay, no proveryay," meaning "Trust, but verify"?

       a. Bill Clinton
       b. Franklin Roosevelt
       c. Ronald Reagan
       d. Richard Nixon

Texas - Sam Houston had a leading role in bringing Texas into the United States.What state booted Sam Houston from the governor's office when he refused to swear allegiance to the Confederacy?

       a. Florida
       b. Texas
       c. Louisiana
       d. Kansas

Perry - Oliver earned the title 'Hero of Lake Erie' for leading American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie.Oliver was the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. His brother Matthew opened Japan to trade in 1854. What was their last name?

       a. Farragut
       b. Dewey
       c. Perry
       d. Nimitz

Mexican War - The Mexican War was an armed conflict between the United States of America and Mexico from 1846 to 1848.What war was a military training ground for a bevy of Civil War leaders, including Ulysses Grant, William Sherman, George McClellan, George Meade, Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis?

       a. Mexican War
       b. War of 1812
       c. Spanish-American War
       d. World War I

Great Britain - After defeating the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, a British force occupied Washington, D.C. and set fire to many public buildings.While rampaging through Washington, what country burned down the US Capitol and the White House and forced the US president to flee for the countryside?

       a. Mexico
       b. Great Britain
       c. France
       d. Russia

A police officer - According to numerous government investigations, Oswald is the sniper who assassinated John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.Lee Harvey Oswald probably killed two people on November 22, 1963. One was JFK. The other was JD Tippit. Who was Tippit?

       a. A police officer
       b. A movie theater usher
       c. His neighbor
       d. A nighclub owner

Lyndon Johnson - Lyndon Johnson was the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969.In 1958, what future president said, "I am a free man, an American, a United States Senator, and a Democrat, in that order"?

       a. John Kennedy
       b. Jimmy Carter
       c. Lyndon Johnson
       d. Bill Clinton

Robert McNamara - McNamara is the longest serving Secretary of Defense, serving from 1961 to 1968.In 1960, I became the first person outside the Ford family to become that company's president. Five weeks later, I became JFK's secretary of defense. Who am I?

       a. Dean Rusk
       b. Sargent Shriver
       c. Robert McNamara
       d. John Foster Dulles

Chief Joseph - A 1870s war shirt that belonged to Chief Joseph recently sold for $877,500.In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat means "thunder coming up from the water over the land". How do we know this Nez Perce chief?

       a. Geronimo
       b. Sitting Bill
       c. Chief Joseph
       d. Crazy Hors

George McGovern - George was a Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election.I made Thomas Eagleton my vice-presidential running mate, but dumped him when it came out that he'd been hospitalized three times for depression and had undergone electroshock therapy. Sergeant Shriver and I were massacred at the polls anyway. Who am I?

       a. Walter Mondale
       b. Bob Dole
       c. George McGovern
       d. Barry Goldwater

James Garfield - Garfield's presidency lasted just 200 days from March 4, 1881, until September 19, 1881 when he was assassinated.Born in Orange, Ohio, who was the last president born in a log cabin?

       a. Andrew Jackson
       b. Ulysses Grant
       c. James Garfield
       d. Abraham Lincoln

William Henry Harrison - As a general, Harrison's most notable contribution was a victory at the Battle of the Thames in 1813.Which future president beat Tecumseh's Indian confederacy in Indiana at the Battle of Tippecanoe?

       a. William Henry Harrison
       b. Zachary Taylor
       c. John Tyler
       d. Andrew Jackson

Birchard - During the Civil War, Hayes joined the Union Army. Wounded five times, he earned a reputation for bravery in combat. What was Rutherford B Hayes's middle name?

       a. Blount
       b. Birchard
       c. Bysshe
       d. Brownell

Rutherford Hayes - Hayes was the 19th President of the United States from 1877 to 1881.Called "Queen Victoria in breeches" for his puritan ways, which president had a teetotaling wife known as Lemonade Lucy, who happened to introduce the White House Easter egg roll?

       a. Rutherford Hayes
       b. Jimmy Carter
       c. Franklin Pierce
       d. Andrew Johnson

On July 2 - During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776.Surprisingly, on what day in July 1776 did the Continental Congress actually declare independence?

       a. On July 2
       b. On July 11
       c. On July 16
       d. On July 31

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