Trivia Questions About Things From The 50s (1958)

Free fun 50s trivia questions about things that took place in the year 1958.


Trivia Questions About Things From The 50s - 1958

Edmund Hillary's Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition completes what?
A: The third overland journey to the South Pole.

Sputnik 1 after being launched on October 4, 1957, does what?
A: Falls to Earth from its orbit and burns up.

Who wins the United States Chess Championship?
A: 14-year-old Bobby Fischer.

Anne de Vries releases the fourth and final volume of what?
A: Journey Through the Night.

Hall of Fame baseball player Roy Campanella is involved in a what?
A: An automobile accident that ends his career and leaves him paralyzed.

The first successful American satellite, Explorer 1, is what?
A: Launched into orbit.


What is lost in the waters off Savannah, Georgia?
A: A 7,600 pound Mark 15 hydrogen bomb.

Ruth Carol Taylor is the first what?
A: African American woman hired as a flight attendant.

What does Pope Pius XII declare?
A: Saint Clare the patron saint of television.

The U.S. Army inducts Elvis Presley, transforming The King Of Rock & Roll into what?
A: U.S. Private #53310761.

The Bridge on the River Kwai wins how many Academy Awards?
A: Seven, including Academy Award for Best Picture.

In 1958 what does Nikita Khrushchev become?
A: The  Premier of the Soviet Union.


What does the satellite Sputnik 2 do in space after several orbits?
A: It disintegrates.

The San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8–0 at San Francisco's Seals Stadium, in the first Major League Baseball regular season game ever played where?
A: In California.

The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup after defeating whom?
A: The Boston Bruins in six games.

An F-104 Starfighter sets a world speed record of what?
A:  1,404.19 mph.

Who is brought out of retirement to lead France by decree for 6 months?
A: Charles de Gaulle.

What does Iceland do with its fishing limits?
A: Increases them to 12 miles.


What food outlet is founded?
A: Pizza Hut.

Who is hanged for treason in Hungary?
A: Imre Nagy.

What does President Dwight D. Eisenhower do?
A: He signs the Alaska Statehood Act into law.

The first  what opens in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles?
A: International House of Pancakes (IHOP).

In Lebanon, who lands in the capital Beirut in order to protect the pro-Western government there?
A: 5,000 United States Marines.

Elizabeth II gives her son and heir apparent The Prince Charles what?
A: The customary title of Prince of Wales.


What does the U.S. Congress formally create?
A: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus becomes the first vessel to do what?
A: Cross the North Pole under water.

In 1958 Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Federal Aviation Act, transferring all authority over aviation in the USA to what newly created agency?
A: The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA, later renamed Federal Aviation Administration).

What did Jack Kilby invent?
A: The first integrated circuit.

What country declares itself independent from France?
A: Guinea.

What happened to Pope Pius XII?
A: He dies.


Who does the Nobel Committee announce as the winner of the 1958 Prize for Literature?
A: Boris Pasternak.

What Pope succeeds Pope Pius XII as the 261st pope?
A: Pope John XXIII.

Harry Winston donates what to the Smithsonian Institution?
A: The Hope Diamond.

Ted Kennedy marries who?
A: Virginia Joan Bennett at St. Joseph's Church in Bronxville, New York.

Adolfo López Mateos takes office as what?
A: President of Mexico.

The right-wing John Birch Society is founded in the United States by whom?
A: Robert W. Welch, Jr., a retired candy manufacturer.

The United States launches what?
A: SCORE, the world's first communications satellite.

A message from U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower is broadcast from where?
A: The SCORE satellite.

Who is elected president of France with 78.5% of the votes?
A: General Charles de Gaulle.

USA, USSR and Great Britain agree to stop testing what for 3 years?
A: Atomic bombs.

What food item goes on sale for the first time?
A: Instant noodles.