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

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 Aug 07, 2019

1 of 68In 1950...

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

3 of 68In 1952...

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

4 of 68In 1953...

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

5 of 68In 1954...

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

6 of 68In 1955...

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

7 of 68In 1956...

Which actress married Prince Ranier of Monaco in 1956?
Grace Kelly
Audrey Hepburn
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?
Elvis Presley
Johnny Cash
Paul McCartney

10 of 68In 1959...

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

11 of 68In 1960...

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

12 of 68In 1961...

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

13 of 68In 1962...

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

14 of 68In 1963...

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

15 of 68In 1964...

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

16 of 68In 1965...

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

17 of 68In 1966...

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

18 of 68In 1967...

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

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?
Neil Armstrong
Sally Ride
Buzz Lightyear

21 of 68In 1970...

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

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.

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?
Moms v. America
Loving vs. Virginia
Roe v. Wade

25 of 68In 1974...

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

26 of 68In 1975...

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

27 of 68In 1976...

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

28 of 68In 1977...

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

29 of 68In 1978...

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

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?
John Lennon
Ringo Starr
Paul McCartney

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.

34 of 68In 1983...

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

35 of 68In 1984...

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

36 of 68In 1985...

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

37 of 68In 1986...

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

38 of 68In 1987...

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

39 of 68In 1988...

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

40 of 68In 1989...

Massive protests 1989 on either side of the _____ in Germany eventually lead to its being torn down.
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?

42 of 68In 1991...

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

43 of 68In 1992...

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

44 of 68In 1993...

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

45 of 68In 1994...

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

46 of 68In 1995...

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

47 of 68In 1996...

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

48 of 68In 1997...

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

49 of 68In 1998...

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

50 of 68In 1999...

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

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?

53 of 68In 2002...

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

54 of 68In 2003...

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

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 Katrina
Hurricane Katy Perry
Hurricane Katniss

57 of 68In 2006...

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

58 of 68In 2007...

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

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.
Justin Timberlake
Michael Jackson
Paul McCartney

61 of 68In 2010...

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

62 of 68In 2011...

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

63 of 68In 2012...

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

64 of 68In 2013...

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

65 of 68In 2014...

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

66 of 68In 2015...

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

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.
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