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1955 Trivia Quiz – Questions With Answers

 

What happened to José Antonio Remón Cantera, president of Panama?
A: He was assassinated at a race track in Panama City.

Who then became president of Panama?
A: José Ramón Guizado.

Who was the first African-American singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City?
A: Marian Anderson.

USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, does what?
A: Puts to sea for the first time, from Groton, Connecticut.

What board game makes its debut?
A:  The game Scrabble.

The Pentagon announces a plan to do what?
A: Develop ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) armed with nuclear weapons.

United States Congress authorizes President Dwight D. Eisenhower to do what?
A: To use force to protect Formosa from the People's Republic of China.

The United States Seventh Fleet helps the Republic of China do what?
A: Evacuate Chinese Nationalist army and residents from the Tachen Islands to Taiwan.

U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends what to South Vietnam?
A: The first U.S. advisors.

Jim Henson builds the first version of what?
A:  Kermit the Frog.

KXTV of Stockton, California, signs on the air in the United States, becoming what?
A: 100th commercial television station in this country.

Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for what reason?
A: Ill-health at the age of 80.

The Salk polio vaccine, having passed large-scale trials earlier in the United States, receives what?
A: Full approval by the Food and Drug Administration.

Where does Ray Kroc open his first McDonald's?
A: In Des Plaines, Illinois.

West Germany joins what?
A: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

What television quiz program premiered on CBS-TV in the United States?
A: The $64,000 Question.

What Disney animated film, premiered in Chicago?
A: Lady and the Tramp.

Ruth Ellis is hanged for murder in London, becoming the what?
A: Last woman ever to be executed in the United Kingdom.

What amusement park opens to the public in Anaheim, California?
A: Disneyland.

The first nuclear-generated electrical power is sold commercially, partially powering what town?
A: The town of Arco, Idaho.

What hurricane hits the northeastern United States, killing over 200 people?
A: Diane.

First edition of what book is published in London?
A: Guinness Book of Records.

What famous actor dies in a car wreck?
A: James Dean.

What long-running TV western debuts on the CBS-TV network?
A: Gunsmoke.

What happened to Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States?
A: He suffered a coronary thrombosis while on vacation in Denver, Colorado.

What hugely popular Disney TV show debuts on the ABC-TV network in the United States?
A: The Mickey Mouse Club.

The Brooklyn Dodgers finally do what?
A: Win the World Series, defeating the New York Yankees 2–0 in Game 7 of this year's baseball playoff.

The Soviet battleship Novorossiysk explodes at moorings in Sevastopol Bay, killing how many?
A: 608, the Soviet Union's worst naval disaster.

In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger and is what?
A: Arrested, leading to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge to become what?
A: The AFL–CIO.

General Motors becomes the first American corporation to do what?
A: Make a profit of over one billion dollars in one year.