What happened in 1950?
Pop Culture Quiz!
50 Trivia Questions for 1950 History
1. This comic strip character is best described as a lazy American soldier and continued after his creator, Mort Walker’s death, in 2018. Name that apathetic soldier.
2. How many people lived in the United States in 1950?
The population was an estimated 150,697,361 people.
3. How many people lived in the World in 1950?
The estimated world population in 1950 was 2,525,149,000 people.
4. Who won the Stanley Cup in 1950?
In 1950, The Detroit Red Wings won over the New York Rangers (4 games to 3)
5. What was the Biggest Number One Song of 1950?
The Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page (very close second place was Goodnight Irene by The Weavers)
6. Who was President of the United States in 1950?
Harry S. Truman (April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953)
7. Name the first racehorse in history to earn one million dollars.
8. According to the US Census, what was the average family income in 1950?
9. To the nearest quarter, what was the average movie theater ticket price in 1950?
10. On January 17, 1950, some people called it “the crime of the century” when $2.77 million was stolen in Boston Massachusettes. What is the more famous name of the theft?
The Great Brinks Robbery
11. What was the highest-grossing film of 1950?
King Solomon’s Mines
12. Sometimes called F1, this is the highest class of international single-seater auto racing. What do most people call it today?
Formula One (Racing)
13. The first animated TV series debuted on television in the United States on August 1, 1950. The show was named after the lead character. Name that cartoon.
14. What was the Bestselling Fiction Book in 1950?
The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson
15. How much did a Loaf of Bread cost in 1950?
16. How much did a Gallon of Milk cost 1950?
17. In his encyclical Humani Generis, Pope Pius XII declared WHAT to be a serious hypothesis, that does not contradict essential Catholic teachings.
The Theory of Evolution
18. At the age of 22, this Hollywood starlet announced her retirement from the film industry. Who was she?
19. The first charge card (credit card) was used in New York. What was the name of the charge card company?
20. In 1950, what was the average life expectancy in the United States?
Men – 65.6 years, Women – 71.1 years.
21. This studio in Rockefeller Plaza was one of the largest radio studios in the world before it was converted for television in 1950. It has hosted Saturday Night since 1975. Name that NBC studio.
22. Name the recording company started by Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee…
Sun Studio (originally called Memphis Recording Service)
23. Which artist never recorded at Sun Studios: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, or Jerry Lee Lewis?
Buddy Holly (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959)
24. Based on a story from Charles Perrault, Disney released its 12th animated film. Name that film.
25. Disney also released its first completely live-action film in 1950, based on Robert Lewis Stevenson’s novel of the same name. What is the title of the film?
26. Name the Nat ‘King’ Cole song, about a famous painting, that was number one for 8 weeks on the Billboard Charts.
27. The Hank McCune Show, on NBC, was the first program to use this technology to “sweeten” the television broadcast. Name that technology.
The Laugh Track
28. How much did a gallon of gas cost in 1950?
$0.27 per gallon
29. Thomas J. Pickard and Louis Freeh were both born on January 6, 1950. They also both held a high profile job in Washington, DC. What position did they both hold?
They were both directors of the FBI. Louis Freeh (1993 to 2001). Thomas J. Pickard was Acting FBI Director from June 25 to September 4, 2001.
30. Which celebrity was NOT born in 1950: John Candy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tom Petty, or Nora Roberts?
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947)
31. This movie star singing cowboy, along with his horse, Champion, had his own TV on CBS from 1950 to 1956. Name that cowboy.
32. What was the first-named tropical cyclone in the Atlantic hurricane database, and was also the first of six major hurricanes in the 1950 Atlantic hurricane season?
Hurricane Able. Prior to naming, they were simply numbered.
33. What automobile company used the slogan: “Grace…Space…Pace”?
34. What term was first used in English by Edward Hunter in 1950 to describe how the communist Chinese government appeared to make people cooperate with them?
35. New York City was the most populous area in the world, with over 12 million people in the metropolitan area. What was the second most populated city in the world in 1950?
36. Name the United States government-funded organization that began broadcasting news, information, and analysis to countries in Eastern Europe.
Radio Free Europe
37. Who was the Pope in 1950?
Pope Pius XII, March 2, 1939 – October 9, 1958
38. Featuring the song There’s No Business Like Show Business, this broadway Technicolor musical comedy debuted on movie screens on July 17, 1950. name it.
Annie Get Your Gun
39. How much did a dozen eggs cost in 1950?
40. On May 6, 1950, 18-year-old Elizabeth Taylor got married for the first time. She eventually married 8 times. Who was her first husband?
Conrad Hilton, Jr.
41. What team won the FIFA World Cup in 1950?
42. The make the US Postal Service more cost-effective, U.S. Postmaster General Jesse M. Donaldson limited the carriers to an eight hour day, and what other major change?
He stopped twice-a-day deliveries.
43. Who won the 1950 World Series?
In 1950, The New York Yankees won, beating the Philadelphia Phillies (4 games to 0)
44. Bank robber and murderer Thomas James Holden as the first person on this famous list. What list?
The FBI Ten Most Wanted
45. What company used the slogan: “You’re in Good Hands”?
46. What company used the slogan: “The Champagne of Bottle Beer”?
47. The third Christmas song reached the Billboard # 1 chart position. Name that song.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (by Gene Autry)
48. Although it was initially published in only 7 newspapers, this comic strip became of the most popular of all time.
Hint: “Good Grief”
49. Who was the Time Magazine Man of the Year in 1950?
The American Fighting-man
50. Who was the founder of Scientology?
L. Ron Hubbard
Trivia Team Bonus Questions:
1. What was the name of L. Ron Hubbard’s book that introduced Scientology? They call it ‘Book One”.
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health
2. What Horse won the Kentucky Derby in 1950?
3. This comedy film series, about an animal, starring Donald O’Connor, Patricia Medina and the voice of Chill Wills went on to 7 films by 1956. Name the character of those films.
Francis the Talking Mule
4. Who were the 1950 NFL Champions?
5. This accused communist spy, once a United States official, was convicted on two counts of perjury.
Alger Hiss (November 11, 1904 – November 15, 1996) He and his family always proclaimed his innocence.
6. Who was the American Vice-President in 1950?
Alben W. Barkley (January 20, 1949 – January 20, 1953)
7. They call it ‘the world’s longest-running radio soap opera’ and it began airing on the BBC onMay 29, 1950. Name that radio programme.
8. This naturally mummified corpse of a man who lived during the 4th century BC was found in a Denmark bog. The body was so well preserved they thought he was a recent murder victim. What have we named that man?
The Tollund Man
9. Who were the 1950 NBA Champions?
For the 1949-50 Season, Champion Minneapolis Lakers won 4 games to 2 over the Syracuse Nationals
10. In East Germany, this group acted as the secret police until 1990.
The Stasi (Ministerium fur Staatssicherhetsdienst)