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: What hit by Elvis Presley 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.

# 2: The film Doctor Zhivago, directed by David Lean, is based on the novel by which novelist?

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Boris Pasternak was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. He is perhaps best known as the author of Doctor Zhivago (1957), a novel which takes place between the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the First World War. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958.

The 1965 British-American film is directed by David Lean. It stars Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. The film won five Academy Awards:
  • Best Art Direction (John Box, Terence Marsh, Dario Simoni)
  • Best Cinematography (Freddie Young)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Bolt)
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Original Score (Maurice Jarre)

# 3: The following lyrics are from which famous hit song: I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day?

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California Dreamin is a song by The Mamas & the Papas, first released in 1965.

The lyrics: All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.

I've been for a walk on a winter's day.

I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A.

California dreamin' on such a winter's day.

# 4: Which group had a number one hit with Baby Love in 1964?

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Baby Love is a 1964 song recorded by the Supremes. It peaked at No. 1 in both United Kingdom and United States.

# 5: This is a hit song by Roy Orbison. What’s the title?

In Dreams is a song by Roy Orbison. Released as a single on Monument Records in February 1963. It topped the charts in Australia and Ireland, peaked at No. 7 on Billboard Hot 100, and at No. 6 in U.K.

# 6: This is the intro to which song by the Rolling Stones?

Try a Little Harder is written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It was recorded in 1964 and released on Metamorphosis, the third compilation album of The Rolling Stones from 1965.

# 7: Who plays the title character in the Perry Mason TV series?

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Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character is played by Raymond Burr.

# 8: The debut album Songs of Leonard Cohen was released in what year?

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Songs of Leonard Cohen is the debut album of Canadian musician Leonard Cohen. It was released in 1967. The album had little success in United States, but reached #13 in UK and spent nearly a year and a half in the UK album charts.

# 9: Who directed the 1968 war film The Green Berets?

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The Green Berets is an American movie about the Vietnam war. It was released in 1968, the same year as the Tet offensive against the largest cities in South Vietnam. It was produced to present the pro-military position. John Wayne, George Takei, David Janssen, Jim Hutton and Aldo Ray played the leading characters in the movie. John Wayne also directed the movie.

The Deer Hunter was released in 1978. The movie stars Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale, Meryl Streep, and George Dzundza.

Platoon is a 1986 movie written and directed by Oliver Stone with Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen in leading roles.

Hamburger Hill was released in 1987 and stars Dylan McDermott, Steven Weber, Courtney B. Vance, Don Cheadle and Michael Boatman.

# 10: 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.

# 11: Who won her first Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in BUtterfield 8 (1960)?

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BUtterfield 8 is a 1960 drama film directed by Daniel Mann. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Harvey. After being nominated four years in a row, Elizabeth Taylor won her first Academy Award in the category Best Actress in a leading role.

The capitalized 'B' and 'U' in the title derives from the pattern of old telephone exchange names in the United States and Canada.

# 12: Which city hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics?

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Rome hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics.

# 13: In 1969, Brian Jones leaves the Rolling Stones and is replaced by:

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Michael Taylor is perhaps best known as a former member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the Rolling Stones. He joined the Rolling Stones in after Brian Jones left the band in 1969. Taylor appears on the classic albums Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St.

# 14: This a detail from a sixties music album recorded by:

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Love in a Mist is the 5th studio album by Marianne Faithfull, released in 1967. Michael Cooper is credited for the design and photography.

# 15: Listen to the clip. This is a hit song recorded by:

Paul Jones had several Top 10 hits with Manfred Mann before going solo in July 1966. He released I've Been a Bad, Bad Boy in 1967, which peaked at no. 5 in United Kingdom.

# 16: 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.

# 17: Shirley MacLaine stars in all of these movies, except:

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) stars Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Hepburn.

# 18: Which was the second film in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions?

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From Russia with Love is the second James Bond film made by Eon Productions and the second to star Sean Connery as James Bond.

# 19: Who plays the leading character Baby Jane Hudson in the 1962 version of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich. The film stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The film was remade in 1991 as a television film starring real-life sisters Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave.

It was nominated five Academy Awards, including Best Actress, winning only one (Best Costume Design, Black and White).

# 20: What triggered the 100 Hour War between El Salvador and Honduras in 1969?

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The brief war fought by El Salvador and Honduras in 1969 is known as the Football War, the Soccer War, or 100 Hour War. Honduras and El Salvador met in the second North American qualifying round for the 1970 FIFA World Cup. A final, third game, between the countries took place in Mexico City on 26 June 1969. El Salvador won after extra time. After the game, El Salvador dissolved all diplomatic ties with Honduras. The war began on 14 July 1969.

Even though the games triggered more tension between the countries, the causes of the war go deeper.

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