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1960 Trivia Quiz - Questions With Answers

 

U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA) announces his what?
A: Candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Construction begins in Egypt on what project?
A: The Aswan High Dam.

What is signed between the United States and Japan in Washington, D.C.?
A: The Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.

A mine collapses at Coalbrook, South Africa, killing how many miners?
A: 500.

Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh descend into what?
A: The Mariana Trench in the bathyscaphe Trieste, reaching the depth of 35,797 feet.

They  became the first human beings to reach what?
A: The lowest spot on Earth.

In Greensboro, North Carolina, what did four black students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University do?
A: They begin a sit-in at a Segregated Woolworth's lunch counter.

A section of lunch counter from the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth's is now preserved where?
A:  In the Smithsonian.

The first CERN "what" becomes operational in Geneva, Switzerland?
A: Particle accelerator.

Joanne Woodward receives the first "what" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
A: Star.

Where does France test its first atomic bomb?
A: In the Sahara Desert of Algeria.

Where do the 1960 Winter Olympics begin?
A: At the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, in Placer County, California.

Elvis Presley returns home from Germany, after being where?
A: Away on military duty for 2 years.

Lucille Ball files for divorce from whom?
A: Desi Arnaz after 19 years of marriage.

Elvis Presley receives his what from the U.S. Army?
A: Honorable discharge.

The United States announces that how many American soldiers will be sent to Vietnam?
A: 3,500.

What do Arthur Leonard Schawlow & Charles Hard Townes receive?
A: The first patent for a laser.

Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev meets whom?
A:  French president Charles de Gaulle in Paris.

The United States launches the first  what?
A: Weather satellite, TIROS-1.

At the 32nd Academy Awards ceremony, what movie wins a record number of Oscars, including Best Picture?
A: Ben-Hur.

What Elvis Presley song is recorded for the first time?
A: Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Several Soviet surface-to-air missiles shoot down an American what?
A:  Lockheed U-2 spy plane.

What happened to its pilot, Francis Gary Powers of the Central Intelligence Agency?
A: He is captured.

Dwight D. Eisenhower signs what act into law?
A: The Civil Rights Act of 1960.

The U.S. nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton, under the command of Captain Edward L. Beach, Jr., completes what?
A: The first underwater circumnavigation of the Earth.

What satellite is launched into orbit by the Soviet Union?
A: Sputnik 4.

Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion announces what?
A: That Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann has been captured.

What begins broadcasting in the city of Auckland?
A: New Zealand's first television station.

U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy wins what?
A: The California Democratic primary.

What pizza restaurant is founded?
A: Domino's.

The new 50-star Flag of the United States is first what?
A: Officially flown over Philadelphia.

Harper Lee publishes what novel?
A: To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Woolworth Company's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, does what?
A: Serves a meal to its first black customer.

Niger becomes independent from what country?
A: France.

In response to a United States embargo against Cuba, Fidel Castro does what?
A: Nationalizes all American and foreign-owned property in Cuba.

Chad becomes independent from what country?
A:  France.

Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico from about what altitude?
A: About 102,800 feet.

The Mediterranean island of Cyprus receives its independence from what country?
A: The United Kingdom.

The trial of whom begins in Moscow?
A: The American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers.

American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is sentenced to how long in prison for espionage?
A: 10 years.

Where do the 1960 Summer Olympic Games begin?
A:  In Rome.

Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) wins the Olympic gold medal in what?
A: Light-heavyweight boxing.

The countries of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela form what organization?
A: OPEC.

The leading candidates for President of the United States, Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, make the first what?
A: Televised debate.

What TV cartoon sitcom debuts on ABC?
A: The Flintstones.

Nigeria becomes the 99th member of what?
A: The United Nations.


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