Quiz: Can You Answer One Historical Question About Every Year Since 1950?

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How well do you know about​ past events and people? Take this fun and challenging quiz to test your history skills!

 Aug 07, 2018

1 of 68In 1950...

NATO, created in Brussels, Belgium in 1950, stands for _____.
North American Trade Organization
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
New Australian Tax Organization

2 of 68In 1951...

Disney's animated film _____ featuring the Cheshire Cat was released in 1951.
Alice in Wonderland
Beauty and the Beast
Cinderella

3 of 68In 1952...

The English version of _____'s "The Diary of a Young Girl" was published in 1952.
Shirley Temple
Helen Keller
Anne Frank

4 of 68In 1953...

Which royal was coronated as Britain's head of state in 1953?
Marie Antoinette
Queen Elizabeth II
Princess Diana

5 of 68In 1954...

Which landmark Supreme Court case ended racial segregation in public schools in 1954?
Loving v. Virginia
Roe v. Wade
Brown v. Board of Education

6 of 68In 1955...

Which American civil rights leader refused to give up her seat in 1955?
Harriet Tubman
Maya Angelou
Rosa Parks

7 of 68In 1956...

Which actress married Prince Ranier of Monaco in 1956?
Audrey Hepburn
Grace Kelly
Marilyn Monroe

8 of 68In 1957...

What was the name of Russia's first artificial satellite that was launched in 1957?
Sputnik 1
Vladmir I
Putin I

9 of 68In 1958...

Which popular entertainer known as the King of Rock and Roll was inducted into the US army in 1958?
Johnny Cash
Elvis Presley
Paul McCartney

10 of 68In 1959...

Which Communist leader came to power after the Cuban Revolution in 1959?
Adolf Hitler
Fidel Castro
Benito Mussolini

11 of 68In 1960...

Who did John F. Kennedy defeat in the US Presidential election in 1960?
Richard Nixon
Bill Clinton
Abraham Lincoln

12 of 68In 1961...

Construction of what divisive German landmark began in 1961?
Berlin Wall
Hohenschwangau Castle
Alexanderplatz

13 of 68In 1962...

The _____ involved a stand-off between the U.S. and the USSR that nearly ended in nuclear war in 1962.
Revolutionary War
Vietnam War
Cuban Missile Crisis

14 of 68In 1963...

U.S. President _____ was assassinated in 1963.
Gerald Ford
John F. Kennedy
Ronald Reagan

15 of 68In 1964...

Which South African leader was sentenced to life in prison in 1964?
Martin Luther King Jr.
Nelson Mandela
Mahatma Gandhi

16 of 68In 1965...

The Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing _____ the right to vote became law in 1965.
children
prisoners
African Americans

17 of 68In 1966...

The black liberation political organization _____ was formed in 1966.
Black Panthers
Brown Bears
White Tigers

18 of 68In 1967...

In 1967, what band released an album entitled Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?
Queen
The Rolling Stones
The Beatles

19 of 68In 1968...

Civil Rights leader _____ was assassinated in 1968.
Malcom X
Rosa Parks
Martin Luther King Jr.

20 of 68In 1969...

Who become the first man to set foot on the moon in 1969?
Buzz Lightyear
Sally Ride
Neil Armstrong

21 of 68In 1970...

In 1970, what space mission to the moon was abandoned after mechanical issues?
Jupiter 1
Apollo 13
Neptune 9

22 of 68In 1971...

The voting age in the US was lowered to _____ in 1971 when the 26th Amendment was added to the US Constitution.
15
18
25

23 of 68In 1972...

In 1972, White House operatives were arrested for burglarizing DNC offices during Nixon's presidency, which became known as _____.
The Snowden Scandal
The Seventies Scandal
The Watergate Scandal

24 of 68In 1973...

What was the name of the 1973 Supreme Court case that declared abortion to be a constitutional right?
Roe v. Wade
Loving vs. Virginia
Moms v. America

25 of 68In 1974...

The Sears Tower in what U.S. city became the world's tallest building in 1974?
Chicago, Illinois
Cleveland, Ohio
Kansas City, Missouri

26 of 68In 1975...

What war ended in 1975?
World War II
World War I
Vietnam War

27 of 68In 1976...

What computer company was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976?
Banana
Orange
Apple

28 of 68In 1977...

The first _____ film written and directed by George Lucas premiered in 1977.
Star Wars
Lord of the Rings
Harry Potter

29 of 68In 1978...

The musical _____ starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John premiered in 1978.
Grease
Hairspray
Rent

30 of 68In 1979...

What woman was first elected Prime Minister in the United Kingdom in 1979?
Hillary Clinton
Margaret Thatcher
Nancy Pelosi

31 of 68In 1980...

Which former Beatle was shot dead outside his New York apartment in 1980?
Paul McCartney
John Lennon
Ringo Starr

32 of 68In 1981...

Charles, Prince of Wales, married _____ in 1981.
Lady Diana Spencer
Kate Middleton
Meghan Markle

33 of 68In 1982...

Disney's futuristic park, _____, was opened in 1982.
FUTURAMA
NASA
EPCOT

34 of 68In 1983...

Who was the first woman to travel to space in 1983?
Ada Lovelace
Marie Curie
Sally Ride

35 of 68In 1984...

The 1984 Winter Olympics were held in what location that no longer exists today?
Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Constantinople, Byzantium
Carthage, Tunisia

36 of 68In 1985...

Who became the new Soviet leader in 1985?
Mikhail Gorbachev
Boris Smirnov
Donald Trump

37 of 68In 1986...

In 1986, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, commonly called _____, was identified following a British epidemic.
Swine Flu
Mad Cow Disease
Bird Flu

38 of 68In 1987...

General Manual Noriega of _____ was charged with drug smuggling and money laundering in 1987.
Canada
Australia
Panama

39 of 68In 1988...

In 1988, archaeologists uncovered what Shakespearean building in London?
The Louvre
The Globe Theatre
The Colosseum

40 of 68In 1989...

Massive protests 1989 on either side of the _____ in Germany eventually lead to its being torn down.
Reichstag
Elbphilharmonie
Berlin Wall

41 of 68In 1990...

What range of cars that shares a name with a planet and a Roman god was launched by GM in 1990?
Jupiter
Saturn
Neptune

42 of 68In 1991...

Queen frontman _____ died of AIDS in 1991.
Freddie Mercury
Justin Timberlake
Paul McCartney

43 of 68In 1992...

In 1992, the largest mall in the US, _____, opened in Minnesota.
The Point
Mall of America
The Grove

44 of 68In 1993...

What royal building in London opened its doors to the public in 1993.
Big Ben
Buckingham Palace
The Shard

45 of 68In 1994...

In 1994, famous athlete _____ fled police in his white ford bronco after his wife Nicole was found murdered.
OJ Simpson
Michael Jordan
LeBron James

46 of 68In 1995...

_____ was the first ever wholly computer generated film which premiered in 1995.
Frozen
Toy Story
Up

47 of 68In 1996...

What was the name of the first sheep to be successfully cloned in 1996?
Dolly
Janice
Sarah

48 of 68In 1997...

Which royal was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 while fleeing the paparazzi?
Kate Middleton
Sarah Ferguson
Princess Diana

49 of 68In 1998...

In 1998, US President Bill Clinton denied having "sexual relations" with which White House intern?
Selina Meyer
Monica Lewinsky
Olivia Pope

50 of 68In 1999...

In 1999, Boris Yeltsin resigned as President of Russia, and was replaced by _____.
Vladimir Putin
Boris Smirnov
Donald Trump

51 of 68In 2000...

In 2000, former first lady, _____, was first elected to the US Senate representing New York.
Condoleezza Rice
Monica Lewinsky
Hillary Clinton

52 of 68In 2001...

In 2001, the US invaded what country after the September 11th terrorist attacks?
Japan
Afghanistan
Scotland

53 of 68In 2002...

In 2002, _____ won Season 1 of American Idol.
Kelly Clarkson
Justin Bieber
Madonna

54 of 68In 2003...

In 2003, what famous actor was elected Governor of California?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Ronald Reagan
Tom Cruise

55 of 68In 2004...

George W. Bush beat which Democratic hopeful in the 2004 presidential election?
Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders
John Kerry

56 of 68In 2005...

In 2005, _____ devastated the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coastal regions.
Hurricane Katy Perry
Hurricane Katniss
Hurricane Katrina

57 of 68In 2006...

In 2006, _____ was downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union?
Venus
Earth
Pluto

58 of 68In 2007...

The final Harry Potter book, _____, was published in 2007.
Harry Potter and the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Phantom Tollbooth

59 of 68In 2008...

_____ was the first African American to be elected President of the United States in 2008.
Ray Charles
Barack Obama
Nelson Mandela

60 of 68In 2009...

The King of Pop, _____, died in 2009.
Paul McCartney
Michael Jackson
Justin Timberlake

61 of 68In 2010...

In 2010, President Obama repealed the _____ policy that banned homosexuals from openly serving in the military.
Rainbow
Dont Ask Don't Tell
Shhhhh

62 of 68In 2011...

The royal wedding between Prince William and _____ took place in the United Kingdom in 2011.
Meghan Markle
Victoria Beckham
Kate Middleton

63 of 68In 2012...

In 2012, President Barack Obama was re-elected after running against _____.
Mitt Romney.
Donald Trump
George W. Bush

64 of 68In 2013...

_____ admitted to doping in all of his Tour de France wins during his cycling career in 2013.
Lance Armstrong
Tiger Woods
Michael Jordan

65 of 68In 2014...

Host _____ ended his time on The Tonight Show in 2014.
Seth Myers
Jimmy Kimmel
Jay Leno

66 of 68In 2015...

The Supreme Court voted to allow _____ nationwide in 2015.
same sex marriage
legal marijuana
free healthcare

67 of 68In 2016...

_____ was elected President of the United States in 2016.
Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump
Bernie Sanders

68 of 68In 2017...

The _____ movement that called out widespread sexual assault and misconduct began in 2017.
#NoWay
#ImWithHer
#MeToo
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