Sixties Quiz – Random General Knowledge – 10 Questions
#1. Which city hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics?
Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics
#2. Which group served as house band in the TV series Where the Action Is?
Paul Revere & the Raiders appeared regularly on national television in the U.S. , most notably on Dick Clark’s Where the Action Is, Happening ’68, and It’s Happening. Where the Action Is had its own stable of performers, most notably Paul Revere & the Raiders, who served as the de facto house band. When the group departed the show in 1966, they were replaced by The Robbs.
#3. Who plays the leading role as Catherine Holly in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)?
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.
#4. Who made these lyrics famous: "I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway"?
Glen Campbell’s hit Rhinestone Cowboy starts:
I’ve been walkin’ these streets so long
Singin’ the same old song
I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway
Where hustle’s the name of the game
And nice guys get washed away like the snow and the rain
There’s been a load of compromisin’
On the road to my horizon
But I’m gonna be where the lights are shinin’ on me…
#5. The Oscar winning song The Windmills of Your Mind is featured in which film?
The Windmills of Your Mind is a song with music by French composer Michel Legrand. It was featured as the theme for the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the leading roles.
The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1968. Noel Harrison reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart with his version of the song. Dusty Springfield’s version reached number 31 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has also been recorded by numerous artists, such as Neil Diamond, Val Doonican, The Anita Kerr Singers, Alison Moyet, Elaine Paige, Jimmie Rodgers, the Sandpipers, Barbra Streisand, Vanilla Fudge, and Edward Woodward.
The French lyrics are written by Eddy Marnay and the English lyrics by Americans Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman.
#6. What's the name of this singer?
Running Scared is a song Roy Orbison. It is written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson. It was released in March 1961 and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In Britain, it peaked at No. 9.
#7. Who became Prime Minister of India in January, 1966?
Indira Gandhi was the first female Prime Minister of India and central figure of the Indian National Congress party. She served from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984.
#8. In which country did Georgios Papadopoulos seize power in 1967?
Georgios Papadopoulos was the head of the military coup in Greece in 1967. The military junta ruled the country from 1967 to 1974.
#9. All of these writers received the Nobel Prize in Literature during the sixties, except:
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.
#10. A memorial in New York's Central Park is named after what Beatles song?
Strawberry Fields is a landscaped section in New York City’s Central Park that is dedicated to the memory of former Beatle John Lennon. It is named after the Beatles’ song Strawberry Fields Forever written by Lennon.
1960s Random General Knowledge Quiz
Difficult Sixties General Knowledge Questions
This 1960s general knowledge quiz has 10 random questions about memorable people and events from a decade that changed the world.
Questions range from politics, movies, events, sports, and TV shows to simple trivia.
Each set of questions is drawn from a pool of 300 questions in our database, which means that each quiz will be unique and different from the previous.
The quiz is considered hard and the average score is just above 50 percent.
What Kind of Questions are on the Sixties Quiz?
Many questions are about entertainment, like 1960s pop music, films, and TV series. Like these ones:
- Who plays the role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho from 1960?
- Who gets her oats in the Beatles song “Two of Us”?
- Who had a Top Ten hit with “Sweet Nothin’s” in 1960?
Other questions focus on famous persons like celebrities, politicians, writers, and painters.
- Who wrote “A Spaniard in the Works“, a book first published in 1965?
- Who was President of France between 1959 and 1969?
- Who hosted the TV show “American Bandstand“?
This quiz was originally published as “trivia questions for the 1960s” on Ultimate60s.com, a website that was discontinued in 2021.
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