What Happened In 1960?
60 Trivia Questions for 1960 History
1. Established in 1960, this area spreads along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. What is it called?
The Hollywood Walk of Fame
2. What was the Biggest Number One Song of 1960?
The Theme From “A Summer Place” by Percy Faith
3.In 1960, what was the average life expectancy in the United States?
Men – 66.6 years, Women – 73.1 years.
4. Dr. Seuss released 2 books in 1960. Name one of them.
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and Green Eggs and Ham
5. Name the two Presidential candidates who participated in the first televised debate?
US John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon
6. Name the American Western that was based on a 1954 Japanese film, Seven Samurai.
The Magnificent Seven
7. 1960 Catchphrase: Who said “Yabba dabba doo!”?
Fred Flintstone on The Flintstones
8. Who won the Stanley Cup in 1960?
In 1960, The Montreal Canadiens won over the Toronto Maple Leafs (4 games to 0)
9. How many people lived in the United States in 1960?
The population was an estimated 180,671,158 people.
10. How many people lived in the World in 1960?
The estimated world population in 1960 was 3,026,002,942 people.
11. This comic strip, started in 1960, including children Billy, Dolly, Jeffy, and P.J. Name the comic strip.
The Family Circus (aka The Family Circle) by Bil Keane
12. Who was President of the United States in 1960?
Dwight D. Eisenhower (January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961)
13. This musical was the first to bring Rock and Roll to Broadway. Name that show.
Bye Bye Birdie
14. What was the name of the music label founded by Berry Gordy Jr.?
Motown (Motown Record Corporation)
15. Name the book, by Harper Lee, that won the Pulitzer Prize for the best American novel of 1960.
To Kill A Mockingbird
16. Can you name the first movie, a musical comedy, that Elvis Presley starred in after he was honorably discharged from the US Army?
17. What was the Bestselling Fiction Book in 1960?
Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
18. What did the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution do?
It extended the right to vote in presidential elections to citizens residing in the District of Columbia.
19. How much did a Loaf of Bread cost in 1960?
20. How much was a Gallon of Milk in 1960?
21. How much was a Pound of Chuck Roast in 1960?
22. What was the first television program to show a toilet onscreen?
Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
23. Name the first American film to show a toilet on screen and flushed.
24. What was the highest-grossing film of 1960?
25. Who directed Spartacus?
26. This television show was based on a comic strip by Hal Ketcham.
Dennis The Menace (1959-1963)
27. What became the official symbol of the United States on July 4, 1960?
The 50-star American Flag.
28. How many red, and how many white stripes are on the American Flag?
7 red, 6 white
29. How much did a Volkswagon cost in 1960?
A Deluxe Sedan $1565, Sunroof Sedan $1665, and the Cabriolet $2055
30. How much did a gallon of gas cost in 1960?
$0.31 per gallon
31. Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela formed OPEC in 1960. What do those initials stand for?
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
32. Name the American base that is actually part of the island of Cuba.
Guantanamo Naval Base (Gitmo)
33. Starring Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, name the last film for both actors.
34. What car company used the slogan: “Think small”?
35. Which celebrity was NOT born in 1960: Daryl Hannah, Amy Grant, RuPaul or Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie (June 11, 1959)
36. Who won the 1960 World Series?
In 1960, The Pittsburgh Pirates won, beating the New York Yankees (4 games to 3)
37. In 1960, what was the richest per capita city in America, according to the US Census Bureau?
38. This is a pull string “talking” doll that was originally manufactured by the Mattel toy company from 1959 to 1965.
39. Name the board game that simulates a person’s travels through his or her life, from college to retirement, with jobs, marriage, and possible children along the way.
The Game of Life
40. Named after a professional golfer, what is the mix of iced tea and lemonade called?
An Arnold Palmer
41. Who was the Time Magazine Men of the Year in 1960?
“United States’ Scientists”
42. This Broadway musical was a fictionalized account of the life of Margaret Brown, who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912.
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
43. Before he got his own series, Gumby appeared on what 1950’s children’s television show?
The Howdy Doody Show
44. Prior to Ronald Reagan in 1981, who was America’s oldest president?
Dwight D. Eisenhower
45. What was the Top-Rated TV Show in the 1959/1960 season?
46. It was the first atomic-powered aircraft carrier in history, and the largest ship ever built up to that time was launched at Newport News, Virginia. What was the name of the ship?
47. What was the (whistling) theme song for the Andy Griffith Show titled?
The Fishin’ Hole
48. What was the most successful toy produced by the Ohio Art Company?
49. Who set an NBA record that still stands, for “Most points in a rookie’s game “, with 58 points for the Philadelphia Warriors against the Detroit Pistons
50. This stadium was home to the San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers. The last event there was a concert featuring Paul McCartney in 2014. Name that park.
51. Who was the Pope in XXX?
Pope John XXIII, from October 28, 1958 – June 3, 1963
52. Scent of Mystery, was a film that debuted at Chicago’s Cinestage Theater with a very unique special sensory effect for audiences. What was it?
“Smell-O-Vision” – the film had 30 different odors.
53. This 1960 Roger Corman film was made into a musical in 1986. Name that film.
The Little Shop of Horrors
54. The science fiction film was based on the 1895 novella of the same name. It has been
The Time Machine
55. To the nearest quarter, what was the average movie theater ticket price in 1960?
56. This band, who would world famous in just a few years, a 48-night residency at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany. Name the band.
57. This movie, a suspense thriller, released in 1960, was given an R rating by the MPAA in 1984. Name that film.
58. What was cartoon character Mr. Magoo’s impairment?
He was nearsighted (myopia)
59. Who nationalized all American and foreign-owned property in Cuba?
60. Name the two 1960 NFL expansion teams…
Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings
Trivia Team Bonus Questions:
1. Who were the 1960 NFL Champions?
2. At the 1960 Summer Olympic Games, who won the gold medal in light-heavyweight boxing.
Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay)
4. Name the fourth nation to build a nuclear weapon.
5. Name the submarine that completed the first underwater circumnavigation of the Earth on May 10, 1960.
6. Who were the 1960 NBA Champions?
For the 1959-60 Season, Champion Boston Celtics won 4 games to 3 over the St. Louis Hawks
7. Held in Squaw Valley, CA, United States, how many medals did the US win in the 1960 Winter Olympics?
3 Gold, 4 Silver, 3 Bronze.
8. Held in Rome, Italy, how many medals did the US win in the 1960 Summer Olympics?
34 Gold, 21 Silver, 16 Bronze.
9. What Horse won the Kentucky Derby in 1960?
10. Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh descended WHERE in the bathyscaphe Trieste, reaching the depth of 35,797 feet?
The Mariana Trench