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    Talking Trivia: Four U.S. cities are named after people who lost their heads

    Four major cities in the United States of America are named for famous historical people who were beheaded (but not by accident).

    Name the four cities and name the historical figures for which they were named. Bonus: give year that heads rolled.
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    Special note: This question is sometimes asked at pub trivia games. It is legitimate, but there is a tricky side to it.

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    Correction, just discovered there are SIX major cities in the USA named for beheaded historical figures (no repeats of names).

    Five of these cities are entirely (or at least mostly) east of the Mississippi River.

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    Six major US cities named for people who were beheaded:

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    Cicero IL: for Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman statesman (consul), orator, lawyer, philosopher, and prose stylist, executed in 43 B.C. during the Second Triumvirate on orders of Mark Anthony.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicero
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicero,_Illinois
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicero,_New_York

    Louisville KY: for King Louis XVI of France, executed in 1793 during the French Revolution. Louisville was named for him because France aided the U.S. during the American Revolution.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XVI_of_France
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisv...y_and_founding

    Raleigh NC: for Sir Walter Raleigh, "English landed gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy and explorer" (Wikipedia), executed in 1618. The city was so named because Sir Walter established the (lost) Roanoke colony.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Raleigh
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raleigh,_North_Carolina

    Saint Paul MN: For Saint Paul the Apostle, executed in the mid-1st century A.D.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_the_Apostle
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histor...aul,_Minnesota

    San Juan PR: for Saint John the Baptist, executed in the early 1st century A.D.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_the_Baptist
    http://welcome.topuertorico.org/city/sanjuan.shtml

    Santa Barbara CA: for Saint Barbara, patron of armorers, artillerymen (even in present-day U.S. Army), architects, mathematicians, and miners, executed in the late 3rd century A.D.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Barbara
    https://www.sbadventureco.com/blog/h...-get-its-name/

    The "tricks" here are that three of the cities are named for Catholic saints, two are in Spanish, and one is in Puerto Rico, which escapes some people's minds as a part of the USA. Cicero's manner of death is also not well known. Cicero IL's entry here is also complicated because it was actually named for Cicero NY, which was named for Cicero the orator, so feel free to argue the point. Saint Paul straddles the Mississippi, with the majority of the city on the eastern side.

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    The largest town/city in Ohio named for a person who was beheaded:

    Marietta OH: named for Queen Marie Antionette, executed in 1793 during the French Revolution.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Antoinette

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    How about Charleston, SC.
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    Ok looked it up wrong Charles but he was named after the Charles that lost his head in the English civil war.
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