Tough Trivia, 5/24/21

Sorry for the posting delay today: we had internet access troubles.

Today’s Tough Trivia question: They’re not twins, but each of these political figures was born the same day as another famous person. I’ll give you the politician and a hint, you give me the other person who shares the birth day. And as another hint, I’ll list them in chronological order (bonus points if you know the actual day in each case).
Abraham Lincoln and which controversial scientist were born the same day?
Jimmy Carter and which Supreme Court justice?
Margaret Thatcher and which controversial comedian?
Lee Harvey Oswald and which famous football coach?
Joe Biden and which “spiritual” singer?
Newt Gingrich and which singer/songwriter?
George W. Bush and which action actor?
Al Gore and which Cheers actress?
Michelle Obama and which Game of Thrones actress?
Angela Merkel and which science fictional television creator?


Friday’s question was: A friend in my Facebook presidential trivia group said something today, one of those things I knew but never thought about, that made me say “Wow!”: When did the last Democratic president die? Do you know?

That’s not today’s question, it just made me decide that today is a presidential trivia question. Can you rank the political parties in order of the number of presidents they claimed? Here’s a hint: there are more than two.

The answer is:

Republican: 19 (Lincoln’s first term, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Benjamin Harrison, McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Trump)

Democrat: 15 (Jackson, Van Buren, Polk, Pierce, Buchanan, Cleveland, Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama, Biden)

Democrat-Republican: 4 (Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and John Quincy Adams)

Whig: 4 (William Henry Harrison, Tyler, Taylor, and Fillmore). An interesting fact about the Whigs: they won two elections, both of those presidents died in office, and neither of their successors was elected a presidential term of his own. All four Whig president served within a span of 12 years.

National Union: 2 (Lincoln’s second term and Andrew Johnson)

Federalist/No Party: 2 (Washington and John Adams)

Oh, and the answer to that “Wow” moment? Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was president from 1963 to 1969, died on January 23, 1973. He was the most recent Democratic president to die. Incidentally, the year and a half from his death until Richard Nixon’s resignation marked the last time in history when there was only one living president.


Ian’s Tough Trivia is a daily feature of this blog (Monday’s category is History; Tuesday is Arts; Wednesday is Science; Thursday is Entertainment; and Friday is Grab Bag). Each day, I post a tough question, as well as the answer to the previous day’s question. Simply comment on this post with your answer. I’ll approve the comments after the next question is posted. Sure, you can probably find the answers by searching the web, but what’s the fun in that?

And if you’ve got a favorite trivia question—or even just a topic for which you’d like to see a question—let me know! Reader participation is warmly encouraged.

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