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From today until July 4th, a holiday-related quiz question will be posted everyday.  The quiz master at the celebration will give a beer or two to the person or persons who correctly and/or uniquely answers the most questions first.  Yes, timing is everything in this contest.  However, creativity will be rewarded too.


Question #1:

What was the name of Scotsman who not only was an American revolutionary war naval hero, but also became a Russian admiral?


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Comment by John Rutledge on July 4, 2012 at 11:26

Sorry to cut this quiz short...but Jack is correct with his dates: Yorktown 1781 and Treaty 1783, one years and almost 11 months.


I owe a beer to Sir Richard for most correct answers and one for Jeff Wlash for most creative answers.

Comment by Vinz on July 4, 2012 at 7:15

I am confusing civil war and independance war, so 136 years according to Sir Richard

Comment by Vinz on July 4, 2012 at 7:13

bougainville? LA fAYETTE? Eric Tabarly? Sakozy?

Comment by Jack Field on July 4, 2012 at 0:21

1781, without consulting wikipedia or facbook, is to my memory the year of the siege of yorktown. then in 1783 we had that treaty, which i believe, John correct me if i am wrong, was presided over by our good mate Benny F and John adams. I grit my teeth when i write this. i so hope all that study was not a waste of time. am i correct? i am damn positiive of this. ooh, and, this one is for you john, what was the name of the admiral of the french fleet that sailed to box the english in during the siege. there are probably one or two places named after him in the US today, i imagine.

Comment by Vinz on July 3, 2012 at 22:30

54 years then, 1865 to 1919!

Comment by John Rutledge on July 3, 2012 at 19:52

Sir Richard, aaaaahhhh, yup.

Comment by Richard Roman on July 3, 2012 at 19:21

The Treaty of Versailles (French: le Traité de Versailles) was one of the peace treaties at the end of World War I. It ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. It was signed on 28 June 1919, exactly five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The other Central Powers on the German side of World War I were dealt with in separate treaties.[1] Although the armistice signed on 11 November 1918, ended the actual fighting, it took six months of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to conclude the peace treaty. The treaty was registered by the Secretariat of the League of Nations on 21 October 1919, and was printed in The League of Nations Treaty Series.

Or have I got the wrong war?

Comment by John Rutledge on July 3, 2012 at 19:07

Last question before the party:

Yorktown has been historically recognized as the last major battle of the American Revolution, but the war was not officially over until the signing of the Treaty of Paris.  How many years passed between those two events?

Comment by John Rutledge on July 3, 2012 at 19:04

New totals:

Correct Answers:

Vinz 1

Rayce 1

Sir Richard 2


Creative Answers:

Jeff Walsh 5

Sir Richard 3

Rayce 2

Creativity points awarded to both Jeff and Sir Richard.

Comment by John Rutledge on July 3, 2012 at 19:03

Unfortunately, no one provided the correct answer. During the naval battle, the Bonhomme Richard sank, but not before the John Paul Jones and his crew captured the Serafis and sailed it to a safe harbor in France.


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