What Happened In 1951?
51 Trivia Questions and Answers for 1951 History
1. What was the Biggest Number One Song of 1951?
Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page
2. What was the Second Biggest Number One Song of 1951?
Cry by Johnnie Ray
3. Who was Tony the Tiger the mascot for, starting in 1951?
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal
4. In 1951, what was the average life expectancy in the United States?
Men – 65.6 years, Women – 71.4 years.
5. Who was President of the United States in 1951?
Harry S. Truman (April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953)
6. 1951 Catchphrase: Who said “This is the city …”?
Joe Friday on Dragnet
7. To the nearest quarter, what was the average movie theater ticket price in 1951?
8. For Americans 14 years old and over receiving any money income, what was the average income in 1951?
9. What was the name of the area, on North American soil, where they tested atomic bombs?
Nevada Proving Grounds (also Nevada Test Site). Between 1951 and 1992, there have been nearly 1,000 nuclear tests above and under-ground conducted in Nevada
10. What tourist-filled city was nearby the Nevada Proving Ground?
Las Vegas. They even offered special “atomic cocktails” and “Dawn Bomb Parties” for people who watched the above-ground explosions.
11. What was the Bestselling Fiction Book in 1951?
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
12. This 1951 Sci-Fi classic was based on the 1940 science fiction short story Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates…
The Day The Earth Stood Still
13. Although his show was canceled in 1956, this comedian continued to earn $200,000 a year through August 31, 1981, due to his 30-year contract signed in 1951. Name that funnyman.
14. What was the highest-grossing film of 1951?
15. How many people lived in the United States in 1951?
The population was an estimated 154,877,889 people.
16. How many people lived in the World in 1951?
The estimated world population in 1951 was 2,572,850,917 people.
17. This 1951 film was Elia Kazan’s adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play. Name that film.
A Streetcar Named Desire
18. This 1951 British-American adventure film was adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C.S. Forester…
The African Queen, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn
19. What Amendment to the Constitution passed in 1951?
The 22nd Amendment limited the number of times a person can be elected President.
20. Who won the Stanley Cup in 1951?
In 1951, The Toronto Maple Leafs won over the Montreal Canadiens (4 games to 1)
21. This once-popular office product for correcting mistakes was created by Bette Graham Nesmith in 1951.
Liquid Paper (also Mistake-Out or White-Out)
22. This famous human sound has been heard in over 400 films, from Westerns to Star Wars. Name that yell…
The Wilhelm Scream
23. This garment, created in 1951, is usually made of foamed neoprene, to provide thermal protection for people engaging in water activities…
24. True or False, the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Laboratory toy sold for under $50, and included radioactive uranium.
25. Based in Texas, Geophysical Service Incorporated changed its name to what in 1951?
26. How much did a gallon of gas cost in 1951?
$0.27 per gallon
27. This Major League baseball legend had a 56 game winning streak during his final season in 1951.
28. What was the Top-Rated TV Show in the 1950/1951 season?
Texaco Star Theater (NBC)
29. What company has been reporting television ratings since the 1950/1951 season?
Nielson (Nielson Media)
30. Walt Disney’s 13th animated feature film opened in 1951. Name that film…
HINT: Tim Burton released a live-action version in 2010.
Alice In Wonderland
31. Davey Law in the UK, and Hal Ketcham in the US, introduced two different characters with the same name in 1951. Name that character…
Dennis The Menace. Both even debuted the same day – March 12, 1951.
32. How much did a Dozen Eggs cost in 1951?
33. Which celebrity was NOT born in 1951: Janice Dickinson, Chrissie Hynde, Bootsy Collins, or Mark Hamill?
Janice Doreen Dickinson (born February 16, 1955)
34. In 1952, the 4th Emmy Award ceremonies were hosted by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz for the 1950-1951 TV season. How many Emmys did I Love Lucy win for the 1950/1951 season?
35. Who won the 1951 World Series?
In 1951, The New York Yankees won, beating the New York Giants (4 games to 2)
36. This major sporting event in the Americas, occurring every four years, began in 1951.
The Pan American Games (Pan Am Games)
37. Who was the Time Magazine Man of the Year in 1951?
38. What is the fastest game bird in Europe, the golden plover or the red grouse?
The Golden Plover
39. What best-selling book was inspired by the golden plover or red grouse speed question?
The Guinness Book of World Records
40. This kitchen storage company became popular with in-home product demonstrations. What are those demonstrations called?
41. The 74-minute length of Wilhelm Furtwangler’s recording of Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 from the 1951 Bayreuth Festival was the targeted playing time for what digital platform?
The CD (compact disc)
42. This English actor appeared in over 400 films between 1914 and 1951, including 114 with his comedy partner…
43. Who was Oliver Hardy’s comedy partner?
44. New York Giants player Bobby Thomson’s home run to win the National League pennant on October 3, 1951 was better known as what?
The “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”
45. This show, starring a real-life husband and wife team debuted on CBS and went on to become the most-watched show of the early 1950s. Name that show…
I Love Lucy
46. First presented to the US Census Bureau, what was the name of the first general business computer?
The UNIVAC I
47. What novel featured a fictional character named Holden Caulfield?
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
48. This Broadway show, introduced in 1951, was based on a novel Anna and the King of Siam, by Margaret Landon…
The King and I
49. What actor played the King of Siam in the show and later the film version of The King and I?
50. The characters of what television show inhabited the fictional town of Doodyville.
Howdy Doody Show
51. What time did every Howdy Doody Show start at?
Howdy Doodie Time
Trivia Team Bonus Questions:
1. Who were the 1951 NBA Champions?
For the 1950-51 Season, Champion Rochester Royals won 4 games to 3 over the New York Knicks
2. Who was the spokesperson for Carling Black Label?
Mabel the waitress
3. Who were the 1951 NFL Champions?
Los Angeles Rams
4. What Horse won the Kentucky Derby in 1951?
5. In 1951, Mary Reeser was one of the first modern examples of what unfortunate, but rare, lethal occurrence?
Spontaneous Human Combustion
6. On television’s I Love Lucy, who were Lucy and Ricky’s neighbors and best friends?
Fred and Ethel Mertz (William Frawley and Vivian Vance)
7. Who was the Pope in 1951?
Pope Pius XII, March 2, 1939 – October 9, 1958
8. What was the name of the 8-foot robot in The Day The Earth Stood Still?
9. This long-running soap opera started on CBS on September 3, 1951, and concluded on NBC, 35 years later, on December 26, 1986.
Search For Tomorrow
10. Who was the American Vice-President in 1951?
Alben W. Barkley (January 20, 1949 – January 20, 1953)