When you think of the 1960s, hippies, the Beatles, JFK and Woodstock might be the first things that come to mind. There was, however, a lot more to the era that a huge knock-on effect for later generations. The compact cassette changed the way people listened to music. The world’s first Automatic Teller Machine was opened in London. Charles Manson earned notoriety in the world of true crime. The bikini came into fashion in the early 60’s and is still wildly popular among beach-goers today.
Were you born in the era? Were you in your care-free teenage hey-day? Or maybe you were born later and have a fascination for the era. Whatever the case, 1960s trivia is sure to make you think, make you laugh and make you reminisce.
1. In what year was the “Summer of Love”?
2. In what year did approximately 700 American advisory forces first arrive in Vietnam?
3. The Six Days War was a war between what country and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria? [I—–]
4. The Bay of Pigs Invasion, in April 1961, was an unsuccessful action by a CIA-trained force in an attempt to overthrow the government of what nation?
5. On October 16, 1964, what country detonated its first nuclear weapons test?
- South Africa
6. For what reason were the Nixon/Kennedy US Presidential debates unique?
- They were the first formal debates between tw
- They were the first debates broadcast on the
- They were the first debates broadcast on tele
- They were the last debates held between Presi
Answer: They were the first debates broadcast on tele
7. Following the election of Alexander Dubcek as First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, a series of reforms were enacted in the country, including the loosening of restrictions on speech and travel. The period of liberalization continued until the Soviet invasion on 21 August 1968. This time period is known as the _?
Answer: Prague Spring
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8. The 1960 Valdivia earthquake is to date the most powerful earthquake ever recorded, rating 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale. In which country did it occur?
9.The first human to travel into space and subsequently to orbit the earth did so on April 12, 1961. What was his name?
- Yuri Gagarin
- Alan Shepard
- John Glenn
- Sergey Korolyov
Answer: Yuri Gagarin
10.The first heart transplantation operation was done in 1967 by Professor Christiaan Barnard in which country?.?
- South Africa
- The Netherlands
- United States of America
Answer: South Africa
11. Who wrote the book “”The Feminine Mystique””? “
- Helen Gurley Brown
- Gloria Steinem
- Betty Friedan
- Diana Vreeland
Answer: Betty Friedan
12.In 1967, French president Charles De Gaulle visited Canada. What did he do there that caused a significant diplomatic rift between the two countries?
- Spat out a mouthful of poutine, while on live
- Gave a speech in which he gave tacit support
- brought his mistress as his official escort,
- Greeted the Tory House Leader before the Libe
Answer: Gave a speech in which he gave tacit support
13.In what year did the Beatles arrive in the USA?
14. There were two FIFA World Cups held in the 1960s, one was hosted by England. Who hosted the other?
15. Libya’s monarchy was overthrown on September 1, 1969, and a radical new government took power. What was the name of the army officer who led the coup?
- Sayyid Muhammad al-Mahdi as-Senussi
- Omar Mukhtar
- Muammar al-Gaddafi
- Hasan ar Rida
Answer: Muammar al-Gaddafi
1960s Trivia About UK History
1. In 1969 The News of the World was bought by?
- Conrad Black
- Rupert Murdoch
- Ted Turner
- Keith Murdoch
Answer: Rupert Murdoch
2. The Mau Mau Uprising ended in 1960. In which country did it occur?
- South Africa
3. In April 1960 60,000 protestors staged a demonstration in London against?
- Apartheid South Africa
- Food Rationing
- Increased Taxation
- Nuclear Weapons
Answer: Nuclear Weapons
4. In which year in the 1960s did the farthing cease to be legal tender?
5. In 1969 The Beatles released the last album they recorded together, it was called?
- Abbey Road
- Let It Be
- With The Beatles
- Rubber Soul
Answer: Abbey Road
6. The UK developed Ariel 3 was launched in 1967, what was it?
Answer: A satellite
7.In June 1967 Keith Richards is jailed for a year for?
- Assault and Affray
- Tax Evasion
- Contempt of Court
- Drug Possession
Answer: Drug Possession
8. Name the twin brothers who were arrested in 1965 on suspicion of running a protection racket in London.
Answer: The Krays
9. In 1964 which film set in Africa and starring Michael Caine and Stanley Baker was released?
10. In 1964 the book A Caribbean Mystery was published, who was the author?
Answer: Agatha Christie
11. In August 1963 which famous crime took place?
Answer: The Great Train Robbery
12. In the late 60s, Virginia Wade was a successful British?
- Tennis Player
- Figure Skater
- Chess Grandmaster
Answer: Tennis Player
13. In the 60s, Jackie Stewart was a successful British?
- Tennis Player
- Racing Car Driver
Answer: Racing Car Driver
14. The 1964 children’s book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was written by which author? A man who is more well known for writing spy thrillers.
Answer: Ian Fleming
15. In 1960 Michael Woodruff performed the first successful?
- Heart transplant in the UK
- Kidney transplant in the UK
- Bone marrow extraction in the World
- Conjoined twin separation in the UK
Answer: Kidney transplant in the UK
16. A particular type of star was first discovered in this year which at first led scientists to believe it was a sign of life, due to the regular signal it emits. What is its name?
Answer: A Pulsar
17. Cunard launched one of the last great liners at Clydebank this year, what was its name?
Answer: The Queen Elizabeth II
18. Desmond Morris published a controversial book about the human species in this year – what was its name?
Answer: The Naked Ape
19. The Super Bowl was held for the first time this year. Who won the first and second title?
Answer: The Green Bay Packers
20. What operation was legalised in the UK in 1967, the bill having been sponsored by David Steel?
21. What was the name of the device, introduced in this year, which allowed the police to measure a driver’s alcohol level at the roadside for the first time?
Answer: The breathalyser
22. What was the name of the oil tanker which ran aground close to Lands End and was bombed by the RAF?
Answer: Torrey Canyon
23. Which artiste released the singles ‘It’s all over’, ‘I’ll come running’, ‘The day I met Marie’ and ‘All my love’?
Answer: Sir Cliff Richard
24. Which ‘cult’ album by the Beatles was released in this year, having taken a then-exceptional 500 hours to record?
Answer: Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
25. Who completed the first single-handed voyage around the world in this year, and was knighted by Drake’s sword?
Answer: Sir Francis Chichester
26. Who was the surgeon who performed the world’s first heart transplant operation in this year (1967), in South Africa?
Answer: Sir Christian Barnard