What Happened In 1943?
43 Trivia Questions for 1943 History
1. Starring two monster characters, with established films, this was the first major crossover release. Name the characters.
Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman
2. During World War II, the National Football League merged Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers into a single franchise. What was the name of that football team?
The Steagles (also Phil-Pitt)
3. This Broadway show opened on Broadway on March 31, 1943, and ran through 1948 – it became the longest-running musical play at that time. Name that show.
4. In 1943, what was the average life expectancy in the United States?
Men – 62.4 years, Women – 64.4 years.
5. Who was President of the United States in 1943?
Franklin D. Roosevelt (March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945)
6. This company was founded in 1943 by a 17-year old Swedish carpenter named Ingvar Kamprad. Name his company.
7. She was a song in 1942 and became a poster in 1943. Who was she?
Rosie the Riveter.
8. To the nearest dime, what was the average movie theater ticket price in 1943?
9. NBC had two radio networks; the Blue Network and the Red Network. The Red Network was sold and become what radio, and later television, network?
ABC (American Broadcasting Company)
10. Born in 1943, this author wrote the second-best-selling book series, After Harry Potter. Name the author and his book series.
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
11. What was the Bestselling Fiction Book in 1943?
The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
12. Lassie’s first movie was released in October of 1943. What was it called?
Lassie Come Home
13. What was the Biggest Number One Song of 1943?
I’ve Heard That Song Before by Harry James
14. What was the highest-grossing film of 1943?
This is the Army
15. How many people lived in the United States in 1943?
The population was an estimated 136,739,353 people.
16. Name the Italian leader arrested on July 25, 1943…
17. The third Dracula film was released through Universal Pictures and starred Lon Chaney Jr, as Count Alucard. Name that horror sequel
Son of Dracula
18. Mexican-American youths and some members of the American military has a bit of a tussle in early June, in East Los Angeles. What was that fight called?
The Zoot Suit Riots
19. Introduced in 1943, Kryptonite can injure Superman. Was it first introduced in his comic books, his cartoons or his radio show.
The Adventures of Superman radio show. It gave a reason for him not to appear while his actor took a vacation.
20. Who won the Stanley Cup in 1943?
In 1943, The Detroit Red Wings won over the Boston Bruins (4 games to 0)
21. Who won the US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in 1943?
22. Ignacio Anaya created this snack in Mexico, near the Texas border.
23. This metal toy was introduced at a Gimbels department store and was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2000. Later, this toy had its own commercial jingle.
24. This US Navy mystery involved the USS Eldridge, the Philadelphia Navy Shipyard, invisibility and teleportation. Although probably a hoax, what is the name of the incident?
The Philadelphia Experiment
25. What is the all-time best-selling book originally written in French?
The Little Prince (by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s)
26. How much did a gallon of gas cost in 1943?
$0.21 per gallon
27. This caped comic book hero appeared in both newspaper comic strips and a 15 part movie serial in 1943. Name that crimefighter.
Batman (and Robin)
28. It’s one of America’s most collectible coins, and less than a few dozen were produced in 1943. Name that coin.
1943 Copper Penny (Most were made of steel)
29. Featuring Howard Roark, his 1943 novel by Ayn Rand was her first bestseller.
30. This building was built in Washington DC between 1939 and 1943, in honor of an American President. Name that building.
31. Along with Emile Gagnan, who invented the Aqua-lung?
32. How much did a dozen eggs cost in 1943?
33. Named after a trombone-like instrument, this was designed as an anti-tank weapon. Name that weapon.
34. Which celebrity was NOT born in 1943: John Denver, Keith Richards, Jim Morrison, Marvin Gaye Toni Basil?
Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984)
35. Who was the Time Magazine Man of the Year in 1943?
36. In the Warner Brothers cartoon, Falling Hare, it didn’t happen very often, but who gets the best of Bugs Bunny?
37. Who was NOT at the WWII: Casablanca Conference: Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Charles de Gaulle, or Franklin D. Roosevelt?
Joseph Stalin (he was focused on Battle of Stalingrad)
38. What is the world’s largest office building?
The Pentagon (completed in 1943)
39. After this scientist died on January 7, 1943, the Federal Bureau of Investigation took all of his notes. Name that scientist.
Nikola Tesla (July 10, 1856 – January 7, 1943)
40. The city of Spearfish had a temperature fluctuation one morning of 49 degrees, from minus 4 to 45 degrees on January 22, 1943, within 2 minutes! In what state is Spearfish located? Hint: Rapid City had a similar rise that same day.
41. Who won the 1943 World Series?
In 1943, The New York Yankees won, beating the St. Louis Cardinals (4 games to 1)
42. What was the name of the boat under the command of future President John F. Kennedy’s boat?
43. Born in 1943, this man co-founded Atari and Chuck-E-Cheese. Name him.
Trivia Team Bonus Questions:
1. Minister George Fox and Clark Poling, Roman Catholic priest John Washington, and Rabbi Alexander Goode all gave up their life jackets for servicemen and died at sea. What is the nickname for these men?
The Four Chaplins
2. What was the codename for World War II’s Battle of Normandy?
3. Who were the 1943 NFL Champions?
4. In 1943, Mexican farmer Dionisio Pulido noticed a bump in his yeard, and it grew to 400 feet tall within a week. What was that bump in his yard?
6. What government agency worked with Hollywood in censoring and propaganda during World War II?
(United States) Office of War Information
7. Name the star, an actor and singer, who’s 20-room Hollywood mansion was destroyed by a fire while his family was taking down the Christmas tree?
9. Born this year, this actress was killed by the “Manson family” in 1969. Name that actress.
10. What Horse won the Kentucky Derby in 1943?