1960s Random Trivia Quiz – 20 Questions

 

Sixties trivia quiz - 20 questions

Sixties Trivia Quiz Questions

This random quiz game contains 60s trivia questions about everything from the decade that changed the world.

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

Each set of 60s trivia quiz questions is picked from hundreds of questions in our database.

 

# 1: Who topped the charts in 1961 with the song Let’s Twist Again

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Let's Twist Again is a song released by Chubby Checker in 1961. It reached number on the NME charts in UK. It also reached number one in several European countries. The highest position on Billboard Hot 100 was #8. In 1962, it received the Grammy Award for Best Rock & Roll Recording.

The song is written by Kal Mann and Dave Appel.

# 2: Which American author was awarded the1962 Nobel Prize in Literature?

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John Ernst Steinbeck was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception. He is widely known for the novels The Grapes of Wrath (1939), Cannery Row (1945), and East of Eden (1952).

The Nobel Prize in literature has not been awarded to Eugene O'Neill, F. Scott Fitzgerald or John Updike.

# 3: In what year was John F. Kennedy assassinated?

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John F. Kennedy was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, in November 1963.

# 4: Who had a Top Ten hit with Sweet Nothin’s in both UK and US in 1960?

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Sweet Nothin's is a 1959 song by Brenda Lee. It is written by Ronnie Self and released on the Decca label in United States. It peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also charted on the Official Singles Chart in UK, peaking at number 4 again.

# 5: Which Oscar-winning film from 1961 stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, and Rita Moreno?

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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.

# 6: Which was the first film in the James Bond series NOT to star Sean Connery as James Bond?

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) is the sixth film in the James Bond series. Eon Productions selected an unknown actor and model, George Lazenby, to play the part of James Bond. Lazenby would play the role of Bond only once.

# 7: 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.

# 8: Which was the first film in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions?

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Dr. No is the first James Bond film produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, a partnership that would continue until 1975. The film is based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. It stars Sean Connery as James Bond and Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder.

# 9: 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.

# 10: The following films were all nominated for Best Picture at the 38th Academy Awards (1966). Which film won the Award?

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The Sound of Music is a 1965 musical film directed and produced by Robert Wise. Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer play the leading roles.

The film and the Broadway musical are based on the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.

The film features several popular songs written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, including Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, and Do-Re-Mi.

# 11: Who did John F. Kennedy defeat to win the presidential election in 1960?

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John F. Kennedy defeated Vice President and Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. Presidential Election. He took the oath of office on a cold January 20, 1961.

# 12: In 1969, this baseball player was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated:

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In 1969, Seaver and the New York Mets won their first World Series championship. Seaver finished runner-up to Willie McCovey for the League's Most Valuable Player Award. At the end of the year, Seaver was presented with the Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of the year and Sportsman of the Year award.

# 13: It was The Animals’ first number 1 hit in UK, US and Canada:

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The House of the Rising Sun is the second single by The Animals, released in 1964. It went to the top of the UK pop singles chart in July 1964, reached number 1 on Hot 100 two months later, where it stayed for three weeks. It was The Animals' breakthrough hit in both countries and later became their signature song.

# 14: The 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is recorded by:

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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is the third studio album by Simon & Garfunkel. It was produced by Bob Johnston and released in October, 1966.

# 15: With The Twist he gave birth to the Twist dance craze in the early 60s:

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Chubby Checker's 1960 cover version of the Twist became a number one hit on Billboard Hot 100 on September 19, 1960, and then again in January, 1962.

Checker re-recorded the song several times, and also made variations on the twist-theme, such as Let's Twist Again to keep the craze alive.

In September 2008 the song topped Billboard's list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut in 1958.

# 16: Which pop group had a number one hit with Cathy’s Clown in both US and UK in 1960?

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Cathy's Clown is written and recorded by The Everly Brothers. It was their first single for Warner Bros. and it became the duo's biggest hit. It topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks in 1960 and spent seven weeks as number one in the UK Singles Chart.

# 17: 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).

# 18: At the 1964 Summer Olympics, swimmer Dawn Fraser won the 100 m freestyle event for the third time in a row. Fraser represented which country?

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At the 1964 Summer Olympics, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser won the 100 m freestyle event for the third time in a row. She was named the Australian of the Year the same year and was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1965.

# 19: The original Woodstock Festival in New York was held in what year?

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The Woodstock Festival was held in the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to 18, 1969.

# 20: The Oscar winning song Moon River is featured in which movie?

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Moon River is composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics written by Johnny Mercer. It got an Oscar for Best Original Song at the 34th Academy Awards in 1962. The song is featured in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's and was performed by Audrey Hepburn in the film. It also won the 1962 Grammy Award for Record of the Year and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

It was a hit single for Jerry Butler in late 1961, reaching number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. A recording by Mancini himself reached the same spot. In UK, South African singer Danny Williams reached number one with his version of the song. The best remembered version of the song, however, is perhaps the one recorded by Andy Williams.

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