What happened in 1964?
Pop Culture Quiz!
64 Trivia Questions for 1964 History
1. What was the highest-grossing film of 1964?
Mary Poppins (2nd place: My Fair Lady, 3rd place: Goldfinger )
2. On December 19, 2018, a sequel to Mary Poppins was released. What was it called OR who played Mary Poppins in the sequel?
Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins.
3. In 1964, what was the average life expectancy in the United States?
Men – 66.9 years, Women – 73.7 years.
4. What was The Beatles’ first number one Billboard US hit?
I Want To Hold Your Hand (Please Please Me was the first Beatles’ single to reach #1 in the UK, in 1963)
5. Name the number one Billboard hit with the shortest running time.
Stay by Maurice Willaims and the Zodiacs
6. To the nearest quarter, what was the average movie theater ticket price in 1964?
7. What was the Biggest Number One Song of 1964?
I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles
8. How much did a Loaf of Bread cost in 1964?
9. How much was a Dozen Eggs in 1964?
10. How much was a Pound of Butter in 1964?
11. Which celebrity was NOT born in 1964: Nicolas Cage, Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin, or Brad Pitt?
Brad Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is the oldest in that group.
12. Who won the Stanley Cup in 1964?
In 1964, The Toronto Maple Leafs won over the Detroit Red Wings (4 games to 3)
13. How many people lived in the United States in 1964?
The population was an estimated 191,888,791 people.
14. How many people lived in the World in 1964?
The estimated world population in 1964 was 3,263,738,832 people.
15. Before becoming a television show in 1964, where did the Addam’s Family first appear?
As a one-panel comic strip in The New Yorker
16. What did the United States Surgeon General Luther Terry announce on January 11, 1964?
That smoking may be hazardous to one’s health. It was the first announcement about the dangers of smoking from the US Government.
17. Nam the first Pope to travel outside of Italy since Pius VII 1809. He was also the first to fly in an airplane.
Pope Paul VI
18. Who was President of the United States in 1964?
Lyndon B. Johnson (November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969)
19. Project Gemini was NASA’s second human spaceflight program. What was the name of the program it replaced?
20. What was the Bestselling Fiction Book in 1964?
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré
21. Who did an estimated 73 million people watch on The Ed Sullivan Show?
22. This Hollywood couple got married (for the first time) in Montreal, Canada. Between them, there were 13 marriages. Name the pair.
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor (divorced in 1974, remarried in 1975, divorced in 1976)
23. What company used the slogan: “Please Don’t Squeeze the …”?
24. Dr. Robert Moog invented what sound-making device in 1964?
The Moog Synthesizer
25. Who was the American Vice-President in 1964?
The office of vice president was vacant from November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1965
26. Name the hot snack created at the Anchor Bar in New York…
27. How much did a gallon of gas cost in 1964?
$0.30 per gallon
28. Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots was introduced in 1964. What were their names?
Red Rocker and Blue Bomber
29. This device, used for storing and playing music was popular from 1964 through the mid-1970s…
The 8Track Cartridge
30. In the 1964 film starring Peter Sellers, what was “The Pink Panther”?
A priceless diamond
31. In the 1964 US Presidential race, President Johnson ran a very controversial television advertisement than aired only once against Barry Goldwater on September 7, 1964. What was the commercial?
“Daisy” featured a little girl picking the petals of a daisy while counting each one. At 9, the camera cut to a nuclear explosion. Although rival Barry Goldwater was never mentioned, the narrator stated that “The stakes are too high for you to stay home.”
32. Name the government organization, charged with investigating the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The Warren Commission (The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy)
33. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York is a very busy airport. Whar was it called before 1964?
Idlewild Airport (IDL)
34. On April 4, 1964, The Beatles held the first 5 spots on Billboard’s Top 100. Get one point for each that you can name…
Can’t Buy Me Love (#1), Twist and Shout (#2), She Loves You (#3), I Want to Hold Your Hand (#4) and Please Please Me (#5).
35. Godzilla battled two new, flying giant monsters (kaiju) in 1964. Name one of them.
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster OR Mothra in Mothra vs. Godzilla.
36. This man pitched a perfect game for the Philadelphia Phillies, the first in the National League since 1880. Name that pitcher.
37. Can you name the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)
38. This nightclub in West Hollywood, California, located at 8901 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip, helped launch the careers of The Doors, Van Halen, , Johnny Rivers, AC/DC and many others.
Whisky a Go-Go
39. In continuous since 1964, this car is the longest-produced Ford car nameplate. Name that car.
The Ford Mustang
40. Who was the Time Magazine Man of the Year in 1964?
Lyndon B. Johnson
41. Producer Irwin Allen is noted for having several science-fiction television shows, including Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel, and Land of the Giants. What was his first sci-fi tv show?
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
42. What happened to the the iconic Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, Denmark, in April, 1964?
Political activists cut off her head. It was replaced, but the original was never recovered.
43. What was the name of The Beach Boys’ first number one hit in Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart?
I Get Around
44. Who won the 1964 World Series?
In 1964, The St. Louis Cardinals won, beating the New York Yankees (4 games to 3)
45. On the TV show, did they ever explain why Mister Ed, the talking horse, could talk?
No, they did not.
46. The Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung was a book better known as what?
The Little Red Book
47. Name the fifth country to make a nuclear weapon.
48. What charecter was often mentioned, but never seen until the fourth season of The Dick Van Dyke Show?
Alan Brady, played by Carl Reiner. Alan Brady was the star of the fictional show within The Dick Van Dyke Show.
49. What company used the slogan: “Put a Tiger in Your Tank”?
50. Who was the first African-American to win an Academy Award in the category Best Actor in a Leading Role, in Lilies of the Field?
51. Who became Boxing’s Heavyweight Champion of the World on February 25, 1964?
Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali)
52. Who does “Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations” represent?
53. This bottlenose dolphin was the star of what television show?
54. Who was NOT an adult member of Jonny Quest’s team: Dr. Benton Quest, Major Matt Murdoch, or Roger “Race” Bannon?
Major Matt Murdoch
55. Voiced by character actor Wally Cox, name this crime-fighting cartoon dog.
56. What company used the slogan: “Let Your Fingers Do the Walking”?
57. This 1964 film is often credited as the insppiration for The Monkee’s TVelevision show.
A Hard Day’s Night
58. Based on the 1957 novel by Ian Fleming, what was the title of the second James Bond film?
From Russia with Love
59. What was the Top Rated TV Show in the 1963/1964 season?
The Beverly Hillbillies (CBS)
60. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was a TV spy show. What did the letters U-N-C-L-E stand for?
U.N.C.L.E. was an acronym for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement
61. This mascot’s name was Mr. ZIP, informally “Zippy” and he was introduced in 1964. Although the product he represented came out in 1963, what did he represent?
The US Postal Service’s Zip Codes.
62. This 1964 James Bond film was based on a book by Ian Fleming of the same name. Name that Spy film.
63. When it debuted in 1964, who was the first host for Jeopardy!?
Art Fleming (Alex Trebek began hosting in 1978)
64. Name the 1964 film based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 stage play Pygmalion.
My Fair Lady
Trivia Team Bonus Questions:
1. Name the primary characters in My Fair Lady.
The film stars Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins.
2. Who were the 1964 NBA Champions?
For the 1963-64 Season, Champion Boston Celtics won 4 games to 1 over the San Francisco Warriors
3. Mary Poppins was originally a book series written by who?
Pamela Lyndon (P.L.) Travers
4. Who were the 1964 NFL Champions?
5. What Horse won the Kentucky Derby in 1964?
6. Held in Innsbruck, Austria, how many medals did the US win in the 1964 Winter Olympics?
1 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze.
7.Held in Tokyo, Japan, how many medals did the US win in the 1964 Summer Olympics?
36 Gold, 26 Silver, 28 Bronze.
9. What was the name of Mr. Magoo’s dog?
10. BASIC is a computer programming language first used in 1964. What do the letters B-A-S-I-C stand for?
Beginners’ All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code