Can You Ace This Quiz About Life In The 60s?

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The sixties changed the world as we know it, what with its many medical firsts, the constantly-shifting powers, and more. But do you remember what really went down? Let's take a step back in time and see just how much you know about life in the sixties.

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1. Which blonde bombshell seductively sang "Happy Birthday" to John F. Kennedy?

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  1. Marilyn Monroe
  2. Sandra Bullock
  3. Sophia Bush
  4. Kerry Washington
Sex symbol Marilyn Monroe famously sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy in 1962. It was rumored that the two had an affair.
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2. What cosmetic implant started turning heads in the 1960s?

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  1. Hairline
  2. Foot
  3. Breast
  4. Armpit
Timmie Lindsey was the first woman to ever receive breast implants (in 1962). Her surgeon was Dr. Frank Gerow. With his help, she went up one bra size.
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3. Which former First Lady and passionate human rights activist passed away in 1962?

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  1. Melania Trump
  2. Michelle Obama
  3. Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. Hillary Clinton
Eleanor Roosevelt was the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She had four terms under her belt, making her the longest-serving First Lady in U.S. history. She died of tuberculosis in 1962.
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4. What did the Supreme Court BAN in public schools during the 60s?

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  1. Using slang
  2. Doing homework
  3. Praying
  4. Napping
In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to force children to pray in school. Why? A clause in the first amendment grants U.S. citizens freedom of religion.
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5. The U.S. military discharged this "King of Rock and Roll" in 1960:

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  1. Yoko Ono
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Bob Marley
  4. Elvis Presley
Elvis was already a star by the time he was drafted into the Army as a private in Arkansas. He was honorably discharged on March 2nd, 1960.
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6. Which peace-loving subculture is forever associated with the 60s?

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  1. Preps
  2. Gangsters
  3. Hippies
  4. Flappers
Hippies rose in prominence in the 1960s. They rebelled against the norm and were all about free love and rock n' roll.
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7. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" comes from:

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  1. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson
  2. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
  3. Penn and Teller
  4. Scott Kelly and Eileen Collins
NASA's Apollo program was created to allow humans to land on the moon. Six of these missions were considered successful (Apollo 11-17).
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8. Back in 1962, about how much was the tuition for a semester at Harvard?

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  1. $150,000
  2. $1
  3. $1500
  4. $100
Today, the tuition at Harvard, one of the best Ivy League schools in the entire country, is around $46,000. It rises to $67,000 with room and board.
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9. What 1960s war triggered massive peace demonstrations nationwide?

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  1. The Vietnam War
  2. WWII
  3. WWI
  4. Byzantine War
The Vietnam War went on for almost 20 years. But it wasn't until the sixties that the United States got involved.
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10. What bestselling book by Harper Lee became a movie in 1962?

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  1. Lord of the Rings
  2. 007: Casino Royal
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird
  4. Harry Potter
To Kill A Mockingbird teaches many important lessons. It's probably why this book is still being widely read in many schools today.
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11. Getting ready for a big date? Why not put on a:

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  1. Mature woman dress
  2. A peter pan collar
  3. Jumpsuit
  4. American Girl Doll dress
"Demure" peter pan collars were huge trends in the 1960s! Of course, they weren't so demure when coupled with a baby doll dress.
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12. Which iconic muscle car, named after a horse, was introduced in 1964?

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  1. Plymouth Barracuda
  2. Chevrolet Bison
  3. Mercury Cougar
  4. Ford Mustang
When the Ford Mustang debuted in 1964, it was only sold for $2,368. These days, a new Mustang is worth almost $27,000!
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13. Football was never the same after they invented this fake grass in 1965:

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  1. Lemongrass
  2. Wheat
  3. AstroTurf
  4. Barley
When AstroTurf was first invented in 1965, it was called "ChemGrass."
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14. In 1963, you could buy a gallon of gas for only...

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  1. $7
  2. 30¢
  3. $10
  4. $100
Everyday items were very cheap back in the day. In addition to a gallon of gas being only 30 cents, a loaf of bread went for around 22 cents.
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15. The Rolling Stone magazine focused on the latest trends in what?

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  1. Travel
  2. Architecture
  3. Music
  4. Medicine
From the 1960s and some of the 1970s, the Rolling Stone magazine covered primarily music. Politics was also in the mix.
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16. JFK's administration was fondly named after King Arthur's court:

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  1. Hogwarts
  2. Camelot
  3. Winterfell
  4. Arendelle
JFK's dashing good looks and intellect made it easy for him to be compared to heroes of old. Thus, his short-lived administration was called "Camelot."
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17. Which Alfred Hitchcock classic was released in 1960?

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  1. The Shining
  2. Psycho
  3. Iron Man
  4. Creature from the Black Lagoon
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, although released more than sixty years ago, is still considered to be one of the best films of all time.
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18. Which anti-anxiety drug, also known as Diazepam, was launched in 1963?

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  1. Crestor
  2. Valium
  3. Nexium
  4. Ibuprofen
Diazepam, otherwise known as Valium, was patented in 1959 and launched in 1963. It is still one of the most prescribed medications in the world today.
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19. Which WWII hero was the president when the 60s started?

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  1. Bill Clinton
  2. Dwight Eisenhower
  3. Abraham Lincoln
  4. George Bush
As the sixties were ushered in, Dwight Eisenhower was president of the United States. He left the White House in 1961.
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20. Which of these inventions changed the way we recorded and listened to music?

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  1. Floppy disk
  2. View Finder
  3. DVD
  4. Cassette
Cassette tapes came in and replaced the reel-to-reel system that people at the time had gotten used to. They were invented in 1962.
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21. The very first woman in space was from:

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  1. Soviet Union
  2. Australia
  3. Mexico
  4. France
In June of 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. She spent nearly three days in a space capsule orbiting the earth.
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22. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on what socio-economic issue?

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  1. Violent video games
  2. Extraterrestrials
  3. Poverty
  4. Low birthrates
During Lyndon B. Johnson's State of the Union address on January 8th 1964, he declared a war on poverty.
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23. Sesame Street aired in 1969. Which birthday did the show recently celebrate?

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  1. 3rd
  2. 25th
  3. 50th
  4. 100th
The first episode of Sesame Street aired in November of 1969. It has gone on to win almost 200 Emmy Awards.
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24. Which city was divided by East and West in 1961?

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  1. London
  2. Toronto
  3. Beijing
  4. Berlin
The Berlin Wall was 12 feet high and went on for 27 miles, separating East and West Berlin.
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25. Which British band rocked out on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964?

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  1. The Beatles
  2. The Jonas Brothers
  3. Green Day
  4. Foo Fighters
Rock only gained popularity in the US in the 1960s, which is why the Beatles made their first appearance in that decade. Their first song on the Ed Sullivan Show was "All My Loving."
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26. When was Malcolm X, a notable civil rights activist, assassinated?

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  1. May 1957
  2. September 1948
  3. February 1965
  4. March 1933
Malcolm X was shot and killed while speaking at a rally on February 21st, 1965. Reports state that he was shot more than 20 times.
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27. What green and gold team won the very first Super Bowl back in 1967?

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  1. Dallas Cowboys
  2. Green Bay Packers
  3. Philadelphia Eagles
  4. Kansas City Chiefs
After the NFL and AFL merged in 1966, they came up with a championship game that would decide the best team each season. In 1967, that was the Green Bay Packers.
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28. Mod fashion took which groovy British city by storm?

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  1. Tokyo
  2. London
  3. Milan
  4. Chicago
Mod fashion featured brightly-colored clothing, similar to what has been shown in many Austin Powers films.
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29. The U.S. invaded which Cold War country during the "Bay of Pigs"?

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  1. Kenya
  2. Venezuela
  3. Cuba
  4. China
The Bay of Pigs invasion took place on the southern coast of Cuba. It happened between April 17th and 20th, 1961.
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30. Who was the South African president sentenced to prison in 1964?

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  1. Napoleon
  2. John F. Kennedy
  3. Nelson Mandela
  4. Harry Truman
Nelson Mandela was sentenced to prison in 1964 for his part in the Apartheid. Although he was sentenced to life in prison, he served 27 years. He is seen as one of the greatest civil rights heroes of all time.
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31. Which webslinging superhero made his debut in the sixties?

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  1. Spider-Man
  2. Iron Man
  3. Batman
  4. The Flash
Spider-Man made his first appearance in the 15th installment of the Amazing Fantasy comic books, published in August of 1962.
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32. What cult leader orchestrated the murder of Sharon Tate and at least 5 others?

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  1. Al Capone
  2. Tom Horn
  3. Ted Bundy
  4. Charles Manson
Charles Manson was sentenced to life in prison for the gruesome crimes that he and members of his "family" committed. He died in 2017 at age 83.
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33. This "roaring" team made a huge comeback and won the World Series in 1968:

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  1. Houston Astros
  2. Detroit Tigers
  3. St. Louis Cardinals
  4. New York Yankees
The Tigers faced the Cardinals and were at a 3-1 deficit before ultimately winning the World Series.
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34. Who was the very first African-American Supreme Court Justice?

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  1. Bill Gates
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. Thurgood Marshall
  4. Ernest Hemingway
On October 2nd 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American to be appointed to the high court.
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35. Who opened the very first Walmart in 1962?

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  1. Billie Holiday
  2. Henry Ford
  3. Sam Walton
  4. Mark Twain
The very first Walmart was built in Sam Walton's home state of Arkansas. It opened on July 2nd, 1962.
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36. Which soul singer, who lost his life in 1964, was known as the "King of Soul"?

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  1. Usher
  2. Prince
  3. Sam Cooke
  4. Stevie Wonder
Sam Cooke's iconic music went on to influence other legends such as Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin. He died at a motel in California from a gunshot wound.
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37. When did Huey Newton & Bobby Seale form the Black Panther Party?

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  1. 1952
  2. 1966
  3. 1971
  4. 1945
The Black Panther political organization was founded in 1966 in Oakland, California. It existed until 1982.
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38. Artists like Andy Warhol were responsible for which art movement?

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  1. Surrealism
  2. Renaissance art
  3. Pop art
  4. Cubism
Pop art was commonly made using images of celebrities or consumer products -- sometimes a combination of the two.
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39. Who did JFK defeat in the 1960 presidential election?

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  1. Donald Trump
  2. Richard Nixon
  3. Ben Franklin
  4. Jimmy Carter
In 1960, Democrat John F. Kennedy ran against Republican Richard Nixon. JFK won by just under 90 electoral votes.
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40. Which US government service invented ZIP codes in 1963?

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  1. Emergency Services
  2. Homeland Security
  3. Environmental Protection
  4. United States Postal Service
ZIP codes were first put into place in 1963. It is a postal code used by the United States Postal Service.
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41. Boxer Muhammad Ali was actually given this old Roman name at birth:

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  1. Floyd Mayweather
  2. Cassius Clay
  3. Jason Momoa
  4. Mike Epps
Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
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42. In 1967, the Supreme Court legalized:

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  1. Interracial marriage
  2. Freedom of speech
  3. Public displays of affection
  4. Space travel
Interracial marriages were finally legalized in 1967 courtesy of Loving v. Virginia. This Supreme Court case was one that was just waiting to happen, since discrimination was banned only a few years before.
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43. This popular comedy first aired in the 1960s:

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  1. The Beverly Hillbillies
  2. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  3. Full House
  4. Riverdale
The Beverly Hillbillies first aired in 1962. It was a show about a backwoods family who moved to Beverly Hills.
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44. Rumor has it that JFK almost lost the presidential race because he followed:

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  1. Catholicism
  2. Buddhism
  3. Hinduism
  4. Islam
Voters were worried that JFK would put the Pope (the leader of his religion) before the American people. However, he still won the election.
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45. Where did Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his "I Have A Dream" speech?

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  1. Washington D.C.
  2. Boston
  3. Orlando
  4. Juneau
Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic speech at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th 1963.
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46. The very first heart transplant happened in 1967 in which country?

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  1. Jamaica
  2. South Africa
  3. Fiji
  4. Haiti
The very first heart transplant was performed in South Africa by a man named Dr. Christiaan Barnard. Unfortunately, the patient only lived for 18 days following the surgery.
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47. Which US president signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

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  1. James Buchanan
  2. Lyndon B. Johnson
  3. Ulysses S. Grant
  4. Calvin Coolidge
President Lyndon B. Johnson was responsible for signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an act which banned discrimination when it came to religion, race, sex and nationality.
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48. Which of these bands was NOT at Woodstock in 1969?

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  1. Jimi Hendrix
  2. Grateful Dead
  3. The Beatles
  4. Janis Joplin
The Beatles did not perform at Woodstock. Everything from rumors about them being denied entry into the country to demands that Yoko Ono's band not be accepted were thrown around.
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49. This soap opera, following the lives of several small-town families, debuted in 1965:

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  1. Juegos de Fuego
  2. The Bold & the Beautiful
  3. Days of Our Lives
  4. Gossip Girl
Days of Our Lives is one of the longest-running soap operas on television. New episodes are still being made today.
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50. Three inmates famously escaped from this "inescapable" prison:

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  1. Azkaban
  2. Robben Island
  3. Alcatraz
  4. Fort Knox
One June night in 1962, prisoners Frank Morris, along with brothers Clarence and John Anglin, managed to escape Alcatraz using dummy heads to fool the guards. They left the island on a makeshift raft.
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