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The Sixties Quiz

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The 60s was jammed-packed with huge events that helped shape the lives and thoughts of 76 million baby boomers. If you're a boomer, this quiz will test your memory. If you're not a boomer, it will help give you an idea of what made the 60s so special for our generation.

Can you identify which events occurred in the 60s?

Respond to each, one at a time; “Yes” if you think it happened in the sixties (1960-1969); “No” if you think it was not in the 60s. We’ll provide the correct answer right on the spot. Don’t worry, we’re not keeping score here. (Well, actually, we are... but it’s just between you and me.) When you answer the last one, we’ll tally up your score.

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1.  Dwight Eisenhower had a heart attack while serving as president.
        Yes     No

2.  Rebels backed by the U.S. attempted a coup to overthrow Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in what became known as the “Bay of Pigs invasion.”
        Yes     No

3.  President Kennedy challenged his country to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
        Yes     No

4.  Marilyn Monroe died.
        Yes     No

5.  Johnny Carson began a 30-year reign as host of the “Tonight Show.”

      Listen:

        Yes     No

6.  Elvis had his first number 1 hit.
        Yes     No



Listen:

7.  Elvis went into the Army.
        Yes     No

8.  Dr. Christian Barnard performed the world’s first heart transplant in South Africa.
        Yes     No

9.  President Kennedy was assassinated.
        Yes     No

10.  Bobby Kennedy was assassinated.
        Yes     No

 
11.  Martin Luther King was assassinated.
        Yes     No

 
12.  Alabama Governor George Wallace was shot and paralyzed while running for president.
        Yes     No

 
13.  Richard Nixon lost the presidential election by a razor-thin margin.
        Yes     No

 
14.  Richard Nixon won the presidential election.
        Yes     No

 
15.  Richard Nixon was forced to resign from office in disgrace.
        Yes     No

 
16.  Three U.S. astronauts died in a fire on the launchpad.
        Yes     No

 
17.  Alan Shepard became the first American to fly into space.
        Yes     No

18.  John Glenn orbited the earth three times in the “Friendship 7.”
        Yes     No

19.  The U.S. landed a man on the moon.

          Here; listen:

        Yes     No

20.  Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev warns the U.S., "History is on our side. We will bury you!”
        Yes     No

21.  An American spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union, giving the Russian leader all the reason he needed to cancel disarmament talks with the U.S.
        Yes     No

22.  250,000 protesters marched against the war in Washington, D.C.
        Yes     No

 
23.  Four protesters were shot and killed by members of the National Guard during a demonstration against the war at Kent State University.
        Yes     No

 
24.  The U.S. surgeon general declared that cigarette smoking, a habit “enjoyed” by 60% of the adult population, is a major health hazard.
        Yes     No

 
25.  Ted Kennedy made a run for the presidency, but didn’t get very far.
        Yes     No

 
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26.  The National Guard was required to oversee the integration of the University of Mississippi.
        Yes     No

 
27.  Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the so-called Symbionese Liberation Army.
        Yes     No

28.  Elvis died.
        Yes     No

29.  The president declares war on poverty in the U.S.
        Yes     No

30.  The U.S. nearly went to war against the Soviet Union because of the presence of Russian nuclear missiles in Cuba.
        Yes     No

 
31.  Charles Manson directed members of his cult to brutally murder actress Sharon Tate and several others.
        Yes     No

32.  Abbey Hoffman, Tom Hayden, Bobby Seale, and Jerry Rubin are among the “Chicago 7” who were arrested during violent demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention.
        Yes     No

33.  “Airport,” “Jaws,” and “The Exorcist” entice and thrill a boomer audience hungry for exciting entertainment.
        Yes     No

 
34.  Dr. Martin Luther King, preaching non-violence, offered his “I Have a Dream” speech before a audience of 200,000 in Washington, D.C.
        Yes     No

35.  Huge and horrible race riots in Detroit surpassed those in the Watts section of Los Angeles two years earlier, in terms of both financial cost and lives lost. Forty-one people died; Detroit’s mayor said, “It looks like Berlin in 1945.”
        Yes     No

36.  The first Super Bowl was played.
        Yes     No

 
37.  The Twist became the newest dance craze:

      Listen:

        Yes     No

38.  The Beatles led the “British invasion,” landed in New York, and changed rock music forever.
        Yes     No

39.  The women’s liberation movement took off with the publishing of “The Feminine Mystique” by Betty Friedan.
        Yes     No

40.  Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record.
        Yes     No

 
41.  Disneyworld, a huge theme park outside of Orlando, opened to the public.
        Yes     No

 
42.  The landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade, gave women the legal right to have an abortion.
        Yes     No

 
43.  The minimum voting age in the U.S. is officially lowered from 21 to 18.
        Yes     No

 
44.  With hundreds of American soldiers dying every week, the “troop strength” in Vietnam increased to 475,000.
        Yes     No

 
45.  Ted Kennedy nearly died in a plane crash.
        Yes     No

 
46.  Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge, killing the passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne.
        Yes     No

 
47.  Under the direction of the Soviet Union, East Berliners were trapped by a 26-mile long cement wall, effectively imprisoning its residents.
        Yes     No

48.  Hawaii became the 50th state of the union.
        Yes     No

49.  Jackie Kennedy married Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
        Yes     No

 
50.  Israel clobbered its Arab neighbors who wanted to destroy it in the “Six Day War.”
        Yes     No

 
51.  Hugh Hefner published the first issue of his controversial magazine, “Playboy.”
        Yes     No

And, in Summary:


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