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Test Your Knowledge of the 1960s by Going Down Memory Lane

A Stroll Down on Memory Lane, Can you answer every question correctly about everything from the 1960s?

Dr. Christiaan Barnard conducted the first organ transplant in South Africa in 1967. What was the organ transplant?

Spleen

Heart

Brain

Liver

Heart
The first heart transplant patient of Dr. Barnard lasted barely 18 days, whereas the second lived for more than 19 months.

This anti-war folk singer was nicknamed the Shakespeare of his time and enjoyed the best hits of his career in the ’60s:

Bob Dylan

Chas Newby

Paul McCartney

George Harrison

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan began his career in the 1960s and has since won several Grammy awards, an Academy Award, and the Nobel Prize for Literature. “The Voice of a Generation” has been his moniker.

Where did the most violent earthquake ever recorded occur in 1960?

Japan

North America

Chile

Hawaii

Chile
On May 22, 1960, the Valdivia earthquake struck with a magnitude of 9.5 on the Richter scale. It resulted in worldwide tsunamis and massive devastation in South America.

In 1965, what film received the Oscar for Best Picture?

Sabrina

My Fair Lady

Becket

West Side Story

My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film that was adapted from the long-running Broadway musical of the same name and was a critical and commercial success. It took home the award for Best Picture. It also took home accolades for Best Actor, Best Director, and five other categories.

Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panthers political movement in what year?

1966

1968

1965

1960

When did the first episode of “Sesame Street” air?

1960

1969

1966

1965

1969
On November 10, 1969, the first episode was broadcast. It has earned 189 Emmy Awards and 11 Grammy Awards since its inception.

The first female contraceptive was made available to the general population in 1960. It paved the way for the Sexual Revolution and the Free Love movement. What does the name of this contraceptive?

Diaphgram

The Pill

IUD

Spermicide

The Pill
2.3 million women were on the pill within three years after its availability. While the pill’s primary purpose is to prevent conception, it is now frequently recommended to women with PCOS and as acne therapy.

Who was the United States 36th president?

Richard Nixon

George Washington

Jimmy Carter

Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson
The 36th president of the United States was Lyndon B. Johnson. Later, he was elected president on his own and remained as Commander in Chief until 1969.

For his portrayal in Lilies of the Field, he became the first African American to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards in 1964. What was his name, exactly?

Morgan Freeman

Sidney Poitier

Will Smith

Denzel Washington

Sidney Poitier
In the 1960s, Sidney Poitier was the go-to African American actor. Many of his roles dealt with race relations directly. Queen Elizabeth II knighted him, and President Barack Obama gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

This anti-war phrase originated in the 1960s in response to the Vietnam War. The peace symbol was frequently depicted on it. What is the catchphrase?

Peace Love Rock and Roll

Peace is Patriotic

Make Love Not War

Stop War

Make Love Not War
During the 1960s antiwar movement, the phrase “Make Love Not War” became famous. “Make Art Not War” was another variant. Both represented the Hippie Movement’s values.

Atticus Finch and Boo Radley appear in this classic story. The book, written by Harper Lee in 1960, is regarded as an American classic. What is the name of it?

To Kill a Mockingbird

Go Set a Watchman

A Wrinkle in Time

In Cold Blood

To Kill a Mockingbird
While many people assumed Truman Capote penned To Kill a Mockingbird, it was really written by Harper Lee, a renowned reclusive novelist, in 1960. She also authored a prequel, Go Set a Watchman, which was released posthumously in 2015 to great acclaim.

In 1960, which candidates participated in the first televised Presidential debate?

Kennedy vs. Nixon

McGovern vs. Wallace

Humphrey vs. Nixon

Johnson vs. Goldwater

Kennedy vs. Nixon
The debates benefited Kennedy because he was far more charismatic on television than Nixon. 70 million Americans tuned in, and they greatly contributed to Kennedy’s victory.

Diamonds are said to be a girl’s best friend, yet no amount of diamonds could stop this cursed actress from dying at the age of 36. What was the name of this Hollywood beauty?

Marilyn Monroe

Tina Louise

Ann-Margret Olsson

Urusla Andress

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was a well-known model and actress throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Despite her beauty, celebrity, and power, she died of a drug overdose of antidepressant prescription medications.

What year was the first person murdered attempting to break through the Berlin Wall?

1965

1961

1969

1967

1961
In August 1961, Ida Siekmann was the first of 98 individuals to die attempting to cross the wall when she attempted to jump from the fourth story of her flat and perished.

What store’s lunch counter was the site of a civil rights sit-in in 1960?

Marshall Field’s

Mervyn’s

Schwann’s

Woolworth’s

Woolworth’s
Four black college students sat in at Woolworth’s on February 1, 1960, to protest being denied service. The civil rights rally aided in the expansion of the sit-in movement across the United States.

Japan introduced the 0 Series Shinkansen Bullet Train in 1964. What was the top speed?

240 MPH

130 MPH

375 MPH

500 MPH

130 MPH
The Shinkansen trains were initially introduced for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and could only go 130 miles per hour. Some test runs today can reach speeds of 375 miles per hour.

Cassius Clay, the world heavyweight champion, changed his name to what in 1964?

Muhammad Ali

Dick Tiger

Joe Frazier

Sonny Liston

Muhammad Ali
Cassius Clay was born Muhammad Ali in 1942. He changed his name 22 years later to recognize his status in the Nation of Islam. In 2016, he passed away.

In this iconic 1965 musical set during the Nazi period, Julie Andrews plays a singing nun. What was the title of this Oscar-winning film?

West Side Story

Singin’ in the Rain

The Sound of Music

My Fair Lady

The Sound of Music
One of the most well-known film musicals of all time is The Sound of Music. Julie Andrews’ stardom was cemented after the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

In 1967, which NFL club won the first Super Bowl?

Green Bay Packers

Buffalo Bills

Philadelphia Eagles

Dallas Cowboys

Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 on January 15, 1967. Bart Starr was selected as MVP of the game.

John F. Kennedy made a speech in May 1961 that established what ambitious goal?

Going to the moon

Defeating Communism

Getting out of Vietnam

Racial Segregation

Going to the moon
As part of the Space Race with the Soviet Union, Kennedy established the objective of landing on the moon. “We choose to go to the Moon and do the other things in this decade not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one that we are unwilling to postpone, and one that we intend to win, and the others, too,” he said.

Failed. Are you even born during that time?

Well Done. But not quite. Do you want to try again?

Awesome. You’re great at this!

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