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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane and See How Well You Know the 60s

The 1960s were not simply about protests and flower power. Find out how much you can recall about the era that the Baby Boomers created!

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What country seized the espionage ship USS Pueblo in 1968?

Vietnam

North Korea

South Korea

Cambodia

North Korea
On January 23, 1968, the USS Pueblo was seized. During the Cold War, 83 crew members were kidnapped and detained for 11 months in the Pueblo incident. North Korea still controls the Pueblo today.

In 1969, the Manson family group killed this beautiful movie star in her own home. What was this actress’s name?

Judy Garland

Sharon Tate

Marilyn Monroe

Jayne Mansfield

Sharon Tate
Sharon Tate was a rising celebrity in Hollywood. She’d been nominated for a Golden Globe and had a few leading roles under her belt. She was murdered by the Manson family while she was just 26 years old and pregnant.

Three detainees escaped from what “impossible” jail in 1962?

Fort Knox

Alcatraz

The Tower of London

Attica

Alcatraz
Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin hid dummies in their mattresses, crept down a utility tunnel, and escaped the island on a raft in the middle of the night in June 1962. Nobody knows if they made it to land or if they drowned in the turbulent waters of San Francisco Bay.

Dark Shadows

Another World

Days of Our Lives

One Life to Live

Days of Our Lives
The daytime drama ‘Days of Our Lives premiered on November 8, 1965, and continues to this day. It has aired almost 13,500 episodes over its run.

Who was the new host of ‘The Tonight Show in 1962?

Johnny Carson

Jack Paar

Fred Allen

Jay Leno

Johnny Carson
In 1962, Johnny Carson succeeded Jack Paar as host of the Tonight Show. After that, he hosted it for 30 years before Jay Leno took over.

Who is this USSR leader that after the world came dangerously near to nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis, this Soviet commander had a direct phone line to President Kennedy?

Vladimir Lenin

Nikita Khrushchev

Mikhail Gorbachev

Joseph Stalin

Nikita Khrushchev
From 1958 until 1964, Nikita Khrushchev served as President of the Soviet Union. His de-Stalinization policies laid the foundation for future ties with the West.

The United States Postal Service assigned a new number to addresses across the country in 1963 in order to speed up sorting and mail delivery. What is it called?

Street Name

Street Code

ZIP Code

Area Code

ZIP Code
The use of ZIP codes revolutionized postal delivery. They improved the speed and efficiency of letter delivery. Legislative districts, school zoning, and statistics all utilize ZIP codes now. Zone Improvement Plan Codes is their full name.

In 1962, who was the famous singer that sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy?

Jayne Mansfield

Eartha Kitt

Marilyn Monroe

Barbara Eden

In 1960, which of the Alfred Hitchcock films was released?

The Birds

Notorious

Psycho

Spellbound

Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock directed Psycho, which was released in 1960. It is largely regarded as one of the best films ever made.

Andy Warhol stunned the art world in 1962 with a show of his paintings of what?

Self Portrait

Soup Cans

Brillo Blocks

Softdrinks

Soup Cans
Warhol showed paintings of soup cans “displayed together on shelves, like items in a shopping aisle,” according to the Museum of Modern Art. His pop art style became one of the decade’s emblems.

Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” address from the steps of where exactly in Washington DC?

US Capitol Building

Lincoln Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

National Archives

Lincoln Memorial
The speech was delivered on August 28, 1963, at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. “I have a dream today,” he continued, “that my four young children will one day live in a country where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

The US Air Force issued a study in the late 1960s concluding that extraterrestrial UFOs did not exist. What was the title of this document?

The Green Files

The Area 64 Report

Project Blue Book

The Commission Report

Project Blue Book
Following instances like those at Roswell, New Mexico, popular interest in the existence of UFOs triggered government response.

During the Summer of Love in 1967, people gathered in this San Francisco neighborhood to produce art, use drugs, and protest the Vietnam War. What was the name of it?

Haight-Ashbury

Ashbury Beach

Noting Hill

Mission District

Haight-Ashbury
During the summer of 1967, around 75,000 individuals poured into the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. It was primarily a meeting place for the developing counterculture, which comprised of young, idealistic individuals who opposed the war and were interested in yoga, meditation, and healthy eating.

In 1960, this member of a prominent American family was elected as the country’s youngest president:

John F. Kennedy

Donald Trump

Richard Nixon

George Washington

John F. Kennedy
At the age of 43, John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. Kennedy, a Democrat, beat Richard Nixon, the incumbent Vice President and Republican Party contender at the time.

A contemporary rendition of Romeo and Juliet, this dance spectacular musical premiered in 1961. Jerome Robbins choreographed it, while Leonard Bernstein composed the music. What was the title of this musical film?

La La Land

Hairspray

Mamma Mia!

West Side Story

West Side Story
In 1957, West Side Story premiered on Broadway. The Jets gang’s white, blue-collar members clash with the Sharks gang’s Puerto Rican members, placing Tony and Maria in the midst. The film won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

This film franchise, which began with a 1963 novel and ended with a 1968 picture, is still going strong today. It’s a dystopian science fiction film in which humanity loses control of the planet. What’s the title of this show?

Planet of the Apes

Ultraman

Star Wars

Apollo 11

Planet of the Apes
In 1963, a French novelist wrote Planet of the Apes. The 1968 picture starring Charlton Heston was a box office success, spawning a $2 billion dollar series of films. The original script was written by Rod Serling, the host, and creator of The Twilight Zone.

What was the average price of a gallon of gas in 1963?

17 cents

30 cents

63 cents

12 cents

30 cents
Gas was just 30 cents a gallon, and bread was only 22 cents a loaf, but the average weekly pay was only $84 so it all balances out.

The first African-American Supreme Court Justice was sworn in on October 2, 1967. What was his name?

Marin Luther King

Thurgood Marshall

Thomas Nuttall

Malcolm X

Thurgood Marshall
On October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in. Lyndon B. Johnson nominated him. until 1991, he was a Supreme Court Justice. He argued the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case before the Supreme Court before being appointed.

In 1966, which iconic science-fiction series premiered?

Thunderbirds

Star Trek

The Outer Limits

Dune

Star Trek
‘Star Trek: The Original Series,’ created by Gene Roddenberry, premiered on CBS on September 8, 1966. It has now spawned five additional series and thirteen feature films.

In 1969, which of these bands did not perform at Woodstock?

Sha Na Na

Santana

Iron Butterfly

The Who

Iron Butterfly
Woodstock featured 32 performances, including Santana, Grateful Dead, The Who, and others, but Iron Butterfly was not among them.

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