1960s Trivia Quiz – 20 Questions

Random Trivia Quiz w/ British Focus

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This random quiz game contains 1960s trivia quiz questions about everything from the decade that changed the world.

Politics, events, music, movies, persons, sports, TV, disasters, and more.

Each set of 1960s trivia quiz questions is picked from hundreds of questions in our database.

# 1: Who won the Women’s 100 m. event at the 1960 Summer Olympics?

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The women's 100 metres sprint event at the 1960 Olympic Games was won by Wilma Rudolph (United States). Dorothy Hyman (Great Britain) finished second, and Giuseppina Leone (Italy) finished third.

Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games.

# 2: Eden Kane was the stage name of which British singer?

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Eden Kane was a pseudonym for Richard Sarstedt. He had a number one hit in U.K. in 1961 with Well I Ask You.

# 3: Who wrote these lyrics: I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch, he said to me, You must not ask for so much.

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Bird on the Wire is one of Leonard Cohen's signature songs. It was recorded 26 September 1968 in Nashville and included on his 1969 album Songs from a Room.

# 4: What year did RCA Victor Records start releasing all pop singles in both mono and stereo?

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RCA Victor Records is the first record company to release pop singles in mono and stereo simultaneously. Elvis Presley's Stuck on You becomes RCA's first mono/stereo release in March 1960.

# 5: All of these writers received the Nobel Prize in Literature during the sixties, except:

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Henry Miller did not received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

John Ernst Steinbeck was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize, Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded in 1964, but refused to accept the prize, and Samuel Beckett was awarded in 1969.

# 6: Which studio album by the Beatles included the song Get Back?

Get Back was originally released as a single on 11 April 1969 and credited to The Beatles with Billy Preston. A second version of the song was later included as the closing track of Let It Be (1970).

# 7: In 1961, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) started building what?

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The Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. German Democratic Republic started constructing the wall starting on 13 August 1961.

# 8: Who topped the charts with the song Runaway in 1961?

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Runaway was a number one hit by Del Shannon in 1961. It was written by Shannon and keyboardist Max Crook, and became a major international hit, reaching number one in USA, UK, Canada, and Australia.

# 9: She was only fifteen when her version of Shout reached the UK charts in 1964. Her name?

Scottish pop singer Lulu had a #7 UK hit with the song in 1964 (attributed to Lulu and the Luvvers). She also reached the charts in 1986 with a re-recorded version.

# 10: Who plays the leading role as Catherine Holly in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)?

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Suddenly, Last Summer is a 1959 American film based on the play of the same title by Tennessee Williams. The film was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and produced by Sam Spiegel. Elizabeth Taylor plays Catherine Holly, a young woman institutionalized for a severe emotional disturbance after her cousin, Sebastian Venable, died on summer holiday in Europe. The late Sebastian's wealthy mother, Violet Venable, is played by Katharine Hepburn.

Both Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor were nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Actress in a leading role, but did not win. Simone Signoret (Room at the Top) was awarded the Oscar that year.

# 11: Who composed the Monkees hit I’m a Believer?

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I'm a Believer is composed by Neil Diamond and recorded by The Monkees in 1966 with the lead vocals by Micky Dolenz. It was a number one hit world wide.

# 12: Willy Wonka is a character in which of these novels?

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964 children's novel by British author Roald Dahl. It tells the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka.

# 13: What hit starts with the line: We’re caught in a trap?

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Elvis Presley's hit Suspicious Minds starts:

We're caught in a trap
I can't walk out
Because I love you too much, baby


Suspicious Minds is written Mark James, who also recorded the song. Elvis made it a number one hit in 1969, and one of the most notable hits of his career.

# 14: The Oscar winning song Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head is featured in which film?

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Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head is written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach for the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970.

The song became a number one hit with B. J. Thomas.

# 15: Which song was the Beach Boys’ first number one hit in USA?

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I Get Around was The Beach Boys' first number-one hit song in the United States. The single peaked at number seven in the United Kingdom.

Surfer Girl peaked at number 7 in 1963, California Girls reached number 3 in 1965, and Barbara Ann reached number 2 in 1965.

# 16: Who plays the title character in Zorba the Greek?

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Zorba the Greek is a 1964 film written, produced, edited, and directed by Cypriot Michael Cacoyannis and starring Anthony Quinn as the title character.

# 17: Steve McQueen has a leading role in all of these movies, except:

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For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italian western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volonté.

The film is the second part of what is known as the Dollars Trilogy, following A Fistful of Dollars and preceding The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

# 18: Can you name the artists behind the 1968 hit You’re All I Need to Get By?

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You're All I Need to Get By is a song recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and released on Motown Records' Tamla label in 1968.

# 19: The film West Side Story is based on which famous story?

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West Side Story is a 1961 musical drama directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name. The story is inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

The film stars Richard Beymer, George Chakiris, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, and Natalie Wood. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture.

Some of the songs from the film include Somewhere, Maria, and America. None for nominated for an Award.

# 20: You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.‘ The quote is from what 60s movie?

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The quote is from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach.

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  1. Great quiz. Thanks

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