What happened in 1952?
Pop Culture Quiz!
52 Trivia Questions for 1952 History
1. This 1952 toy was later famously voiced by Don Rickles.
Mr. Potato Head
2. What was the Biggest Number One Song of 1952?
You Belong To Me by Jo Stafford
3. In 1952, what was the average life expectancy in the United States?
Men – 65.8 years, Women – 71.6 years.
4. The book by Norman Vincent Peale went on to sell over 20 million copies since 1953.
The Power of Positive Thinking
5. California Senator Richard Nixon gave a speech, now referred to by his dog’s name. Tell us the name of that prose.
6. 1952 Catchphrase: What TV show used the phrase “Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s ….”?
on Adventures of Superman
7. This daily NBC show debuted January 14, 1952, with host and anchor Dave Garroway.
The Today Show
8. Who won the Stanley Cup in 1952?
In 1952, The Detroit Red Wings won over the Montreal Canadiens (4 games to 0)
9. How many people lived in the United States in 1952?
The population was an estimated 157,552,740 people.
10. How many people lived in the World in 1952?
The estimated world population in 1952 was 2,619,292,068 people.
11. Name the murder mystery play by Agatha Christie that ran continuously from October 6, 1952, through 2020. It was the longest-running initial run of any play in history.
The Mouse Trap
12. Who was President of the United States in 1952?
Harry S. Truman (April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953)
13. This American strategic weapon has been in use since April 15, 1952. Name it.
B-52 (Boeing B-52 Stratofortress)
14. An American virologist and medical researcher-developed one of the first successful polio vaccines in 1952, widely available in 1995. Who was he?
15. Founded in Memphis, Tennessee as a motel chain, it is now one of the largest hotel chains in the world.
16. This well-known theoretical physicist turned down the presidency of Isreal in 1952.
17. What was the Bestselling Fiction Book in 1952?
The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain
18. What was the highest-grossing film of 1952?
The Greatest Show on Earth
19. How much did a Loaf of Bread cost in 1952?
20. How much did a Round Steak (one pound) cost in 1952?
21. Originally sold in Dutch in 1947, this book was released in English in 1952, becoming one of the most well-known books of the 20th century.
Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl
22. Codenamed Mike, this was weapon was exploded for the first time on the island of Elugelab in Enewetak Atoll as a part of Operation Ivy. Name that device.
Hydrogen Bomb (2nd generation nuclear weapon, about 1,000 times more powerful than the earliest atomic bombs)
23. To the nearest quarter, what was the average movie theater ticket price in 1952?
24. What word was used to describe an anti-conformist young adult?
25. What company used the slogan: “They’re gr-r-reat!”?
26. Who defeated ‘Jersey Joe’ Walcott to win the world heavyweight boxing championship on September 23, 1952?
27. This Ernest Hemingway short novel was later awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Name that short novel.
The Old Man and the Sea
28. This magazine started as a comic book and continued publication for nearly 70 years.
29. How much did a car cost in 1952?
The average new car sold for $1750.
30. How much did a gallon of gas cost in 1952?
$0.27 per gallon
31. Chris Cockerell said, “the navy said it was a plane not a boat; the air force said it was a boat, not a plane; and the army was ‘plain not interested.'”. They did not want his invention. What was his invention?
32. Before this 1952 invention, many people tied plastic bags.
Bread clip (aka bread tags, bread tabs, bread ties, bread crimps, or bread-bag clips)
33. Invented in 1952, this automobile safety device became mandatory in 1989 vehicles.
34. Name the 13-year-old boy and his Billboard number one hit from the winter of 1952.
Jimmy Boyd sang I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
35. Who was the Time Magazine Woman of the Year in 1952?
Queen Elizabeth II
36. Which wrestler was NOT born in Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, Junkyard Dog, or Hillbilly Jim?
Hulk Hogan (born August 11, 1953)
37. Who was the recipient of the first successful sexual reassignment operation?
38. What was the Top-Rated TV Show in the 1951/1952 season?
Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (CBS)
39. What was the stand-out feature of composer John Cage’s composition 4’33 (four minutes thirty-three seconds)?
No instruments were played. (also known as four minutes thirty-three seconds of silence)
40. What teen-oriented music show debuted in Philadelphia, on October 7, 1952?
American Bandstand (Dick Clark began hosting in 1956)
41. Name the computer that successfully predicted Republican General Dwight D. Eisenhower defeating Democratic Governor of Illinois Adlai Stevenson.
42. This Argentine First Lady died of cancer at age 33, and became legendary in pop culture, in plays, musicals, and film. Name that icon.
43. Where were the 1952 Winter Olympics held?
44. Where were the 1952 Summer Olympics held?
45. Comedian Red Skelton said in an interview with the Salisbury Times: “Don’t worry about television. It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.” When did sliced bread first become popular?
46. What nation became the third nuclear power (nuclear weapon) in 1952?
The United Kingdom
47. Who passed away before Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom at St James’s Palace, London, England.
King George VI
48. What company used the slogan: “Finger-Lickin’ Good”?
49. What life saving device was designed by a team including Willem Johan Kolff and Robert Jarvik?
The Jarvik-t artificial heart
50. What was the first television show to be seen in 10,000,000 homes?
I Love Lucy (episode ‘The Marriage License’)
51. Who won the 1952 World Series?
In 1952, The New York Yankees won, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers (4 games to 3)
52. Name the British-born movie star who was banned from re-entering the United States in 1952, after a trip to England.
Charlie Chaplin. He didn’t return until 1972.
Trivia Team Bonus Questions:
1. Name the actor who received the longest-ever standing ovation at the Academy Awards.
2. Who were the 1952 NFL Champions?
4. Who was the host of American Bandstand before Dick Clark?
6. What early sitcom, debuting in 1952, featured a son who later had two #1 Billboard Hot Charts hit songs?
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (son Ricky hit # 1 with Poor Little Fool and Travelin’ Man)
7. Who were the 1952 NBA Champions?
For the 1951-52 Season, Champion Minneapolis Lakers won 4 games to 3 over the New York Knicks
8. Held in Helsinki, Finland, how many medals did the US win in the 1952 Summer Olympics?
40 Gold, 19 Silver, 17 Bronze.
9. Held in Oslo, Norway, how many medals did the US win in the 1952 Winter Olympics?
4 Gold, 6 Silver, 1 Bronze.
10. What Horse won the Kentucky Derby in 1952?