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This is an American musical fantasy film that is based on a novel, starred Judy Garland, used Technicolor, and was nominated for six Academy Awards.

Gone with The Wind

King Kong

The Wizard of Oz

It Happened One Night

The Wizard of Oz
Judy Garland’s Dorothy will always be remembered for her simple farm-girl look, but when the production first began for The Wizard of Oz, Garland was given a traditional Hollywood treatment.

Which British rock band performed for American audiences for the first time in 1964 on the Ed Sullivan Show?

The Rolling Stones

The Who

Led Zeppelin

The Beatles

The Beatles
Rock gained popularity in the 1960s and television helped its growth. The Beatles brought its quick, simple, yet risky music to American consumers at that time. During their Ed Sulivan performance, they started with “All My Loving” and ended with “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

Who were the first two astronauts to walk on the lunar surface of the moon?

Jim Lovell and Fred Haise

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin

Sally Ride and Michael Collins

Eugene Ceranan and Pete Conrad

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
Apollo 11 was launched on July 16, 1969, to get the first human landing on the moon. Commander Neil Armstrong with lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, and Armstrong became the first person to land on the moon’s surface six hours and 39 minutes later.

She received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and was canonized as a saint in 2016. What is the name of this nun who passed away in 1997?

Mother Katherine

Mother Elizabeth

Mother Teresa

Mother Angelica

Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa, is a missionary and founder of the Order of Missionaries of Charity. She dedicated her life to serving the poor.

Who became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in his role in the film: ‘Lilies of the Field’?

Sidney Poitier

Charles Dutton

Louis Gosset, Jr.

Billy Dee Willams

Sidney Poitier
Who became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in his role in the film: ‘Lilies of the Field’?

The Cuban Revolution was a revolt against the regime of Fulgencio Batista. Who led the revolution?

Romulo Gallegos

Fidel Castro

Daniel Ortega

Salvador Allende

Fidel Castro
Cuba became a revolutionary socialist state after the removal of Fulgencio Batista. Since Batista is a US-backed dictator, it changed Cuba’s relationship with the U.S.

What is the name of the iconic pop culture and music magazine that was founded in San Francisco in 1967?

The Atlantic

The New Yorker

Entertainment Weekly

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone
The magazine was used in the 1960s through the 1970s to cover music and politics at that time. The name Rolling Stones is believed to be inspired by a Bob Dylan song.

Under Executive Order 9055, the US government removed a particular group of people from their homes, work, and neighborhoods forcing them to relocate to internment camps after World War 2 ended. What are these particular groups of people?

Russian Americans

Japanese Americans

Native Americans

African Americans

Japanese Americans
In the 1944 Supreme Court case (Korematsu v. the United States), the court sided with the US government stating the executive order was constitutional, regardless of their citizenship.

What was the name of the World Heavy Weight boxing champion before he was known as Muhammad Ali?

Cassius Clay

Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray Robinson

Joe Louis

Cassius Clay
The heavyweight champion was concerned that Cassius would stray from the Nation of Islam; thus, Elijah Muhammad offers him a new name to secure his allegiance: Muhammad Ali.

Cabbage Patch


Polly Pocket

American Girl

Barbie has sold more than 1 billion Barbie dolls to date. It is the most profitable line of toys ever created.

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while in a presidential motorcade in what state?





JFK was accompanied by the Texas governor and his wife. JFK and the governor were both shot, but Kennedy was fatally wounded. JFK was declared dead 30 minutes later.

What is this 1942 American romantic drama-comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart?

Gone With the Wind


Citizen Kane

It’s a Wonderful Life

Casablanca won 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture. It is widely considered the greatest film of all time.

Dirty Dancing


Saturday Night Fever

Can’t Stop the Music

Saturday Night Fever
The film Saturday Night Fever was released in 1977 and directed by John Badham. The film that’s a tremendous effect on the popular culture of the 1970 and it helped significantly to popularize disco music.

Saturday Night Live

The Kids in The Hall


In Living Color

Saturday Night Live
SNL performs satirical news, shorts, comedic sketches, and popular musical acts which capture current pop culture.

After years of working to find a cure, scientists developed the successful vaccination for what disease in 1952?





Jonas Salk and his team developed the vaccine at the University of Pittsburgh. The vaccine reduced the number of reported cases each year from 350,000 in 1988 down to 33 in 2018.

What law provided benefits such as tuition assistance, and low-cost mortgages to American soldiers returning home after World War II?

The G.I. Bill

Manpower Development and Training Act

The Lend-Lease Act

Family Support Act

The G.I. Bill
The G.I Bill is officially known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1994. Though this law is helpful to most, it excluded many black veterans.

What water-resistant adhesive was invented and used in World War II? It has helped soldiers repair weapons and other devices quickly during the war.

Scotch Tape

Duct Tape

Gorilla Glue

Sticky Tack

Duct Tape
Duct tape was used by soldiers during the war to keep their things water-resistant. Invented by Johnson and Johnson, it is one of the most versatile materials around the world today.

What is this medical contraption that was first used in 1928 on patients suffering from polio?

Leg Crutches


Back Brace

Iron Lung

Iron Lung
Patients were put inside the iron lung to compress and depress the chest to stimulate natural breathing patterns.

What is the largest parade in the world? It started in the fall of 1924.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Dublin

Dia De Los Muertos Parade, Mexico

The Philadelphia Mummers Parade, Pennsylvania

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC
The parade is frequented by Americans every thanksgiving. This three-hour parade is held in Manhattan and ends outside Macy’s Herald Square.

What famous skyscraper was completed in 1931?

Shanghai Tower

Empire State Building

Chrysler Building

John Hancock Tower

Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is a 102-acre Art Deco skyscraper located in New York City. It was designed by Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon.

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