What happened in 1968?
Pop Culture Quiz!
68 Trivia Questions for 1968 History
1. Rocker Jimi Hendrix only had one Top 40 Hit. Name it.
All Along The Watchtower (peaked at #20 in 1968)
2. What was the Biggest Number One Song of 1968?
Hey Jude – The Beatles
3.In 1968, what was the average life expectancy in the United States?
Men – 66.6 years, Women – 74.0 years.
4. The 1968 biographical musical comedy-drama film Funny Girl, was about what actress?
5. Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, how many did Funny Girl win?
One (Barbra Streisand for Best Actress)
6. On April 3, 1968, where did Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech?
7.1968 Catchphrase: Who said, “Book ’em, Danno!”?
Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O
8. Who won the Stanley Cup in 1968?
In 1968, The Montreal Canadiens won over the St. Louis Blues (4 games to 0)
9. How many people lived in the United States in 1968?
The population was an estimated 200,706,052 people.
10. How many people lived in the World in 1968?
The estimated world population in 1968 was 3,541,674,891 people.
11. This sports event was held for the first time at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, with about 1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities.
The Special Olympics
12. Who was President of the United States in 1968?
Lyndon B. Johnson (November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969)
13. Sponsored by The Singer Company, this pop and movie idol was featured in a television event, the most-watched show of the season. Name him.
Elvis Presley (Singer Presents…Elvis aka the ’68 Comeback Special)
14. This 1968 low-budget, but influential horror film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the National Film Registry.
Night of the Living Dead
15. On November 17, 1968, NBC cut off the final minute of an Oakland Raiders/New York Jets football game to broadcast the pre-scheduled children’s film. Name that film.
Heidi (The scandal was called “The Heidi Game”, Oakland scored two touchdowns to win the game in that time, 43 to 32))
16. Can you name the first Lloyd Webber and Rice musical to be performed publicly?
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
17. What was the Bestselling Fiction Book in 1968?
Airport by Arthur Hailey
18. What was the highest-grossing film of 1968?
Funny Girl (2nd place: 2001: A Space Odyssey)
19. How much did a Loaf of Bread cost in 1968?
20. How much was a 5-pound bag of flour in 1968?
21. How much was a gallon of milk in 1968?
22. Who won the 1968 World Series?
In 1968, The Detroit Tigers won, beating the St. Louis Cardinals (4 games to 3)
23. “Plato’s Stepchildren”, the 12th episode of Star Trek featured the first-ever WHAT on American national television?
The first-ever interracial kiss, between Lieutenant Uhura and Captain James T. Kirk.
24. Who won the Superbowl in 1968?
Super Bowl II | On January 14, 1968 (1967 season), The Green Bay Packers beat the Oakland Raiders (33–14) at Miami Orange Bowl.
25. Who was Superbowl 2’s Most Valuable Player?
1968 MPV Superbowl II Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers
26. Who was the only astronaut to fly in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs: Wally Schirra, John Glenn, Donn Eisele, or Walter Cunningham?
Wally Schirra (March 12, 1923 – May 3, 2007)
27. Name the English Landmark that was sold, shipped, and eventually rebuilt in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, in 1971.
The London Bridge (originally built in 1831)
28. This Broadway musical featured songs like Aquarius and Good Morning Starshine. Name that show.
29. This 1968 film, starring Steve McQueen, included what many have called “the most famous car chase in cinematic history” in San Francisco. Name the film.
Bullitt (The chase scene lasts 10 minutes and 53 seconds)
30. How much did a gallon of gas cost in 1968?
$0.34 per gallon
31. The first production line of this still popular toy is known as “The Original Sweet 16”.
Hot Wheels Cars
32. In The Archie Show (also known as The Archies), name the town in which the characters lived.
33. Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and Reggie had a band, called The Archies, and they had a real-life number-one hit song. Name that song.
34. Name the Hanna Barbera cartoon series that included characters like Dick Dastardly, Penelope Pitstop, Bella Gruesome, and Clyde.
35. These NFL fans were disappointed with a losing season and ended up throwing snowballs at Santa Claus at halftime. What team were the local fans disappointed with?
The Philadelphia Eagles
36. In the United States, the first phone call of this kind was made in Haleyville, Alabama in 1968. What kind of phone call was it?
911 (emergency call)
37. In 1969, the United Kingdom also have an emergency call number. What is the emergency number in England?
38. What was the price of a First Class US Postal Stamp as of January 7, 1968?
39. Can you name the ninth studio album and only double album by The Beatles?
The Beatles (aka The White Album)
40. 2001: A Space Odyssey is the 1968 science fiction film, based on a novel by the same name, was written by who?
Arthur C. Clarke
41. Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz added an African-American character to his popular Peanuts comic strip on July 31, 1968. Name him…
Franklin, a schoolmate of Peppermint Patty and Marcie.
42. This R&B singer died in a plane crash in late 1967, but his biggest-selling song became number one in January 1968. Name the singer and the song.
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
43. What 1960s television show used words like “POW!”, “BAM!”, and “ZONK!” during fight scenes?
44. Richard Nixon won the US Presidential election with 301 out of how many Electoral College votes?
538 Electoral Votes
45. To the nearest quarter, what was the average movie theater ticket price in 1968?
46. This crime drama starring Michael Cole, Peggy Lipton, and Clarence Williams III ran on ABC until 1973. Name that show.
The Mod Squad
47. This actress later won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, but appeared as a series regular on a 1960s/1970s variety-comedy show dancing in a bikini, sometimes with body paint.
Goldie Hawn, on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
48. Who was the Time Magazine Men of the Year in 1968?
The Apollo 8 Astronauts
49. Lucille Ball premiered her third television situation comedy in a row, on CBS, and it ran until 1974. What was it called?
50. Written by James Goldman, the film The Lion in Winter, was about what English King?
Henry II (March 5, 1133 – July 6, 1189), plated by Peter O’Toole
51. This American rapper and actor was born as James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968. What name is he better known as?
LL Cool J
52. Which celebrity was NOT born in 1968: Cuba Gooding Jr., Guy Fieri, Josh Brolin, or Pamela Anderson?
Pam Anderson (born July 1, 1967)
53. In 2001: A Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer sang what 1892 song?
Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) by Harry Dacre
54. This classic rock band were formally called “The New Yardbirds”. Name the band.
55. 1968 Catchphrase: What show featured the catchphrase “Sock it to me!”?
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
56. Name the cigarette brand targeted towards women that used the slogan “You’ve come a long way, baby”.
57. This theater, located at 511 10th Street, NW in Washington, DC., reopened after over 100 years. The last play performed there before it closed was Our American Cousin. Name that playhouse.
Ford’s Theatre (where Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed)
58. Although this sitcom audio effect was used on television shows in the evening, it was later featured on Saturday mornings on shows like The Archies and The Banana Splits. Name that additional television sound.
The Laugh Track
59. What did Tommie Smith and John Carlos do, after winning, respectively, the gold and bronze medals in the Olympic Men’s 200-meter event?
Raise their fists in a black power salute while on the platform.
60. Which celebrity did not appear to Batman and Robin through a window while they were climbing a wall: Art Linkletter, Ted Cassidy (as Lurch), Dick Clark, or Liberace?
Liberace (May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987)
61. The 1968 film Planet of the Apes had how many direct sequels?
Four – Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and Battle for the Planet of the Apes.
62. What was the Top-Rated TV Show in the 1967/1968 season?
The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
63. Prior to NBC’s Law and Order, what was the longest-running crime show in television history?
Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980)
64. In Speed Racer, who was the secret identity of Racer X (The Masked Racer)?
He was Speed’s older brother, Rex Racer.
65. Fred Rogers was the star of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, and he was also a minister. What religious denomination?
He became a Presbyterian minister in 1963.
66. Who was the Pope in 1968?
Pope Paul VI, from June 21, 1963 – August 6, 1978
67. Who was the trenchcoat-wearing detective who debuted on February 20, 1968, on (NBC)?
Columbo (Lt. Frank Columbo, according to his badge)
68. The 1968 film, Oliver! was based on what 1838 novel?
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Trivia Team Bonus Questions:
1. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, how many did Oliver! win?
6 – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Score of a Musical Picture, Best Sound and Honorary Award (choreography)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey was based on what 1948 story by Arthur C. Clarke?
3. Super Bonus Question: You get one point for each of the members of television’s The Banana Splits that you can name.
Fleegle (guitar, vocals), Bingo (drums, vocals), Drooper (bass, vocals), and Snorky (keyboards, effects)
4. What was Granny’s full name on The Beverly Hillbillies?
Daisy ‘May’ Moses (played by Irene Ryan)
5. Who was the American Vice-President in 1968?
Hubert Humphrey (January 20, 1965 – January 20, 1969)
6. What company used the slogan: “All Because The Lady Loves Milk Tray”?
7. Who were the 1968 NBA Champions?
For the 1967-68 Season, Champion Boston Celtics won 4 games to 2 over the Los Angeles Lakers
8. Held in Grenoble, France, how many medals did the US win in the 1968 Winter Olympics?
1 Gold, 5 Silver, 1 Bronze.
9. Held in Mexico City, Mexico, how many medals did the US win in the 1968 Summer Olympics?
45 Gold, 28 Silver, 34 Bronze.
10. What Horse won the Kentucky Derby in 1968?