What Happened in 1965?
Pop Culture Quiz!
65 Trivia Questions for 1965 History
1. A television architect named Wilbur Post, played by Alan Young, owned a horse. What was that horse’s name?
2. In 1965, what was the average life expectancy in the United States?
Men – 66.8 years, Women – 73.7 years.
3. 1965 Catchphrase: Who said “Danger, Will Robinson”?
Robot (B-9) on Lost in Space
4. What was the highest-grossing film of 1965?
The Sound of Music
5. How much did a Loaf of Bread cost in 1965?
6. How much did a Gallon of Milk cost 1965?
7. What was the Bestselling Fiction Book in 1965?
The Source by James Michnener
8. Can you name The Rolling Stones’ first American Number One Hit?
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones
9. This television show featured Secret Service agents James West and Artemus Gordon in the 1970s.
The Wild Wild West (1965-1969)
10. Before the Canadian flag was the red and white Maple Leaf flag, what was the officiacl Flag of Canada?
Great Britain’s Union Flag (Or the Canadian Red Ensign)
11. This 1965 event in New York was symbolized by a 12-story-high, stainless-steel model of the earth called the Unisphere.
1964 (1964/1965) New York World’s Fair
12. Only one cast member remained from the original pilot episode of Star Trek. Name him.
Leonard Nimoy as “Mr. Spock”
13. Can you name the second Beatles motion picture?
14. Who won the Stanley Cup in 1965?
In 1965, The Montreal Canadiens won over the Chicago Black Hawks (4 games to 3)
15. This 1965 album by Bob Dylan, his sixth, is considred one of the greatest albums of all time. Name the album.
Highway 61 Revisited
16. Starring Jerry Van Dyke and lasting 30 episodes, this television show is often called among the worst tv shows of all time.
My Mother The Car
17. How many people lived in the United States in 1965?
The population was an estimated 194,302,963 people.
18. How many people lived in the World in 1965?
The estimated world population in 1965 was 3,329,122,479 people.
19. To the nearest quarter, what was the average movie theater ticket price in 1965?
20. Who was President of the United States in 1965?
Lyndon B. Johnson (November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969)
21. A 630-foot monument has become the symbol of St. Louis Missouri. What is it called?
The Gateway Arch, also called “The Gateway to the West”.
22. Which celebrity was NOT born in 1965: DJ Jazzy Jeff, Dr. Dre, Heavy D., Jam Master Jay or Rob Zombie?
Heavy D (Dwight Arrington Myers, May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011)
23. The Pillsbury Company’s mascot was introduced in 1965. What do we call him?
The Pillsbury Doughboy (aka “Poppin’ Fresh”)
24. Name the racing legend who was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash at the Motor Trend 500 race, but would recover to win two more Indy 500s, the Daytona 500, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in his career.
25. Who won the 1965 World Series?
In 1965, The Los Angeles Dodgers won, beating the Minnesota Twins (4 games to 3)
26. The Grateful Dead played their first show under their new name in late 1965. What were they called before that?
27. Name the book by attorney and auto safety advocate Ralph Nader, which highlighted dangers in automobiles.
Unsafe at Any Speed
28. How much did a dozen eggs cost in 1965?
29. Harvey Korman played a tiny, green, floating alien on The Flintstones. What was this spaceman’s name?
The Great Gazoo
30. Oceanic Airlines was at the center of Lost, but Oceanic has been mentioned dozens of times in Pop Culture, starting with a 1965 episode of what water-based television show?
31. What rock band featured Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Angus Maclise as members?
The Velvet Underground
32. The optical system used to store digital data and read by a lazer is better known as what?
The Compact Disc (CD)
33. Can you name the television sitcom set in a German (Nazi) prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II?
34. Name the person or car that first drive an automobile faster than 600 miles per hour, setting a new land speed record of 600.601 mph.
Craig Breedlove, driving his Spirit of America
35. The lyrics from The Byrds’ 1965 song Turn! Turn! Turn! are taken almost verbatim from what book of The Bible?
The book of Ecclesiastes
36. What was the Top Rated TV Show in the 1964/1965 season?
37. The the fourth film in the James Bond series was released in 1965, based on a 1961 novel by Ian Fleming. What was the name of the novel and film?
38. Noted for “the greatest pie fight ever”, this1965 film was inspired by the actual 1908 New York to Paris Race.
The Great Race
39. Name the writing tool that uses pressurized ink cartridges to write in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, over wet and greasy paper, and at any angle.
The Space Pen (aka Zero Gravity Pen)
40. What is the name of the town where Days of Our Lives takes place?
41. Originally sold under the name “ChemGrass”, this product became well-known a few years later as what?
AStroTurf, after its use at the Houston Astrodome stadium.
42. Name the festival where Bob Dylan offended many of his fans by “going electric” – by playing with an electric guitar.
The 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
43. How much did a gallon of gas cost in 1965?
$0.31 per gallon
44. Who was the first African-American to enter Major League Babseball’s “500 Club” – hitting 500 home runs in his career?
45. This adventure televison series was first American television drama to feature a black actor in a lead role.
I Spy, with Bill Cosby and Robert Kulp.
46. The first official double A-side single was released by The Beatles in 1965. What two songs were included?
Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out
47. Opned in 1965, selling sandwiches, salads and beverages, Pete’s Super Submarines changed thier name in 1968. Name that fast food restaurant.
48. J. K. Rowling, British novelist who created the best-selling Harry Potter book series was born on July 31, 1965. What is her first name?
Joanne (The “K” stands for “Kathleen”, which was the first name of her grandmother, and not actually her name)
49. This television show was based on a novel from 1812, and a comic book. Name that Program…
Lost in Space (Based on Johann David Wyss’ Swiss Family Robinson and the Gold Key comic book series Space Family Robinson.
50. Name the play by Neil Simon, with Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as Felix Ungar.
The Odd Couple
51. When he signed a three-year contract with the New York Jets for $400,000, it was the highest amount ever paid to a professional football player. Name that player.
52. A ficticious astronaut lived at 1020 Palm Drive in Cocoa Beach, Florida in this magical television show. What show?
I Dream of Jeannie
53. English supermodel Jean Shrimpton wore a controversially short dress in Australia, introducing what to 1960s fashion?
54.What was the Biggest Number One Song of 1965?
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones
55. Who was the first Pope to visit the United States?
Pope Paul VI. He celebrated a Mass in Yankee Stadium and makes a speech at the United Nations.
56. This television comedy, about couple who move from New York City to a country farm, aired on CBS from 1965 to 1971.
57. US President Johnson signed a law penalizing this act with up to 5 years in prison and a $1,000 fine. What act?
Burning draft cards.
58. What company used the slogan: “Fly the friendly skies”
59. Today it is a Summer Olympic sporting event, but the first National Championships, which were held in Anaheim, California and aired on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Name that sport.
60. This rock group played first stadium concert in the history of music, playing before 55,600 persons at Shea Stadium in New York City. Name that group.
61. At the time, this state funeral was the largest assembly of dignitaries in the world. Who’s funeral was it?
Sir Winston Churchill (November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965)
62. As of 2020, this 1965 film sold more tickets than 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.
The Sound of Music
63. What was the second highest-grossing film of 1965?
64. Who was the Time Magazine Man of the Year in 1965?
General William Westmoreland
65. On Gilligan’s Island, the Professor had a real name. Do you know it?
Roy Hinkley, Ph.D.
Trivia Team Bonus Questions:
1. What was The Skipper’s name on Gilligan’s Island?
Jonas “The Skipper” Grumby
2. 1965 Catchphrase: What TV character said “Would you believe…?”?
Maxwell Smart on Get Smart
3. What Horse won the Kentucky Derby in 1965?
5. This cartoon hero took Proton Energy Pills (“PEP”), which give him “the strength of twenty atom bombs for a period of twenty seconds”.
Roger Ramjet. There were 156 episodes from 1965-1969.
7. TV Spy Maxwell Smart worked for an organization named CONTROL. What was the name of the bad guy’s organization?
8. Who were the 1965 NBA Champions?
For the 1964-65 Season, Champion Boston Celtics won 4 games to 1 over the Los Angeles Lakers
9. What type of car was featured in television’s My Mother The Car?
a 1928 Porter touring car.
10. Who were the 1965 NFL Champions?
Green Bay Packers