1. What year was the bikini swimsuit unveiled to the public?
a. 1943, Casablanca.
b. 1947, Honolulu.
c. 1946, Paris.
2. What method did women adapt to look as if they were wearing stockings when none was available due to rationing during W.W.II?
b. Leg painting.
c. Wearing slacks.
3. Which Paris designer gained fame in the 1940s for his "New Look?"
a. Lewis Comfort Tiffany.
b. Christian Dior.
c. Yves St. Lurant.
4. How did famous '40s bandleader, Glenn Miller, die?
a. Pneumonia caught when his trombone's spit valve backfired.
b. Heart attack when hearing that June Allyson was to play his wife in a movie.
c. Plane crash over the English Channel.
5. What was the nickname given to the women who worked in the USA's war production plants during W.W.II?
a. Contentious Clara, the commander.
b. Bodacious Betty, the blue-collar bomb.
c. Rosie the Riveter.
6. Who was Bill Haley and what was the name of his group?
a. World War II General, wounded leader of the Italian Campaign.
b. Democratic candidate for Congress in 1958.
c. 1950s Rock and Roll singer and guitarist, leader of "Bill Haley and the Comets."
7. What was a DA?
a. Hairstyle featuring hair combed into a "duck ass" in the back.
b. District Attorney.
c. The name of a '50s rock group.
8. What does LSMFT stand for?
a. Lets Share More Fun Times
b. Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco
c. Leisure Strides Make Feet Tingle
9. During the Korean War, name the date of the US Marine assault on the port of Inchon?
a. July 4, 1949
b. September 6, 1951
c. October 1, 1950
10. Name the two stars of "The African Queen," and the year the movie debuted.
a. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1950
b. Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, 1956.
c. Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, 1951.
11. What phenomena made popular in the 1950s allowed everyone to become an artist?
a. Paint-by-Number sets.
b. Paint Rollers.
c. Feathery brushes.
12. In the early days of TV, how was program audience size measured?
a. Viewers would call the Roper Poll.
b. Water pressure was measured in various cities to see when the most toilet flushes occurred, thus indicating when the most popular program ran its commercials.
c. George Gallup had all early TVs wired to his "GallopingMeasuraBoard."
1. c) 1946, Paris. The bikini got its name from the South Pacific atoll where the atomic bomb was tested.
2. b) Leg painting, including black lines on the back of the leg to resemble seamed stockings. A whole industry developed around leg painting as it was thought the height of fashion to look as if you were wearing the impossible-to-get nylon stockings.
3. b) Christian Dior. After the war years with their masculine fashions, Christian Dior designed a line of clothing featuring nipped waists and long "Flower Petal" skirts topped with head-hugging hats. Mamie Eisenhower adopted this style and, along with her bangs, became the world's most avid fan of the "New Look."
4. c) Plane crash. It has never been established whether his plane was shot down, or crashed due to weather or mechanical failure.
5. c) Rosie, the riveter. These wives, mothers, and girlfriends of the men fighting overseas become the deciding factor in the production of war material, and share in America's final victory.
6. c) "Haley and the Comets," early rockers. They debuted on American Bandstand and helped usher in the Rock and Roll age, much to the consternation of parents and clergy worldwide.
7. a) High school boys' hairstyle popular in the 1950s. Hair was worn long, greased up, and combed into a V formation at the back of the head. Elvis wore his DA well.
8. b) Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco, an advertising slogan used after the cigarette's wartime, "Lucky Strike Green has gone to War." Because Luckies and Camels were given to GI's during the war, they were the most popular brands for many years after.
9. c) October 1, 1950. This audacious invasion behind enemy lines closed the port and helped push the North Koreans north of the 38th Parallel.
10. c) Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. One of Hollywood's most tender love stories, Bogart's Mr. Olnot remains one of the screen's most enduring and endearing characters.
11. a) Paint-by-Number sets. Complete with brushes and pots of oil paints, and a picture, with numbers corresponding to the colors, these masterpieces were destined to hang in living rooms all over the country, until, like all fads, it thankfully died out.
12. b) Water pressure was measured in various cities to see when the most toilet flushes occurred, thus pointing out when the most popular program ran its commercials.
1.Which president of the United States was in office from January 20, 1953 to January 20, 1961?
2.Which disease did Dr. Jonas Salk successfully create a vaccine for in 1952?
3.What was the name of the first satellite launched into orbit by Russia in 1957?
4.Who overthrew Fulgencio Batista in 1959 and became dictator of Cuba?
1.Which famous song sung by Doris Day was introduced in the 1956 Hitchcock thriller, The Man Who Knew Too Much?
2.Which singer had a hit with Sixteen Tons in 1955?
3.Which group had a hit with Twilight Time in 1958?
4.Which smoky-voiced singer sang Too Young in 1951?
1.Which aspiring rock and roll singer appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in 1956, but could only be shown from the waist up because of his suggestive dance moves?
2.Which rising young star from the movie Rebel Without a Cause died in an automobile accident in 1955?
3.Which television game show first aired in 1956 and is still running today?
1.Who was the first African American named Supreme Court Justice in 1967?
2.In 1964, Jack Ruby was convicted of murdering which other accused assassin?
3.Israeli forces defeated Arab forces in this extremely short but decisive war that took place in June of 1967. Name it.
1.Which film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1960?
2.Which actor won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird?
3.Which film was the highest grossing release of 1963, yet still lost money because it was one of the most expensive films ever made?
1.Which iconic blonde actress, and rumored lover of President John F. Kennedy, was found dead in her bedroom on August 5, 1962?
2.Which former First Lady married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis on October 20, 1968?
3.In which year did the Woodstock Festival take place?
4.Which product did Proctor and Gamble launch in 1966 that revolutionized baby care?
Don't take a look at these answers until you're sure you're finished answering the questions above.
1950s Trivia Answers
1.Dwight D. Eisenhower; 2.Polio; 3.Sputnik 1; 4.Fidel Castro
1. Que Sera, Sera; 2.Tennessee Ernie Ford; 3.Nat King Cole
1.Elvis Presley; 2.James Dean; 3.The Price Is Right
1960s Trivia Answers
1.Thurgood Marshall; 2.Lee Harvey Oswald; 3.Six Day War
1. The Apartment; 2.Gregory Peck; 3. Cleopatra
1.Marilyn Monroe; 2.Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; 3.1969; 4.Pampers disposable diapers