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1960s Trivia Quiz Questions About 1961 With Answers

1961 Trivia quiz questions with answers from things that happened in the 1960s.

 

1960s Trivia Quiz Questions About 1961 With Answers

President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces that the United States has done what?
A: Severed diplomatic and consular relations with Cuba.

What happened at the National Reactor Testing Station near Idaho Falls?
A: Atomic reactor SL-1 explodes, killing 3 military technicians.

John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as what?
A: President of the U.S.

January 24 – A B-52 Stratofortress, with two nuclear bombs does what?
A: Crashes near Goldsboro, North Carolina.

The United States tests its first what?
A:  Minuteman I intercontinental ballistic missile.

Where do the Beatles perform for the first time?
A: At The Cavern Club.

A Sabena Boeing 707 crashes near Brussels, Belgium, killing 73, including the entire what?
A: United States figure skating team and several coaches.

 

What does President Kennedy establish?
A: The Peace Corps.

The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing what?
A: Residents of Washington, D.C. to vote in presidential elections.

Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to go where?
A: Into space, orbiting the Earth once.

The Bay of Pigs Invasion of what country begins?
A: Cuba.

Where does Judy Garland perform in a legendary comeback concert?
A:  At Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Swedish ship Vasa is removed from the water after being sunk how much earlier?
A: 333 years.

U.S. Freedom Riders begin interstate bus rides to test what?
A: The new U.S. Supreme Court integration decision.

 

Alan Shepard becomes the first American to go where?
A: Into space.

A Freedom Riders bus is fire-bombed near Anniston, Alabama and the civil rights protestors are what?
A: Beaten by an angry mob.

Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to do what?
A: Fly-by another planet by passing Venus.

Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for "disturbing the peace" after what?
A: Disembarking from their bus.

President Kennedy announces before a special joint session of Congress his goal to put a man where?
A: On the Moon before the end of the decade.

President John F. Kennedy meets with whom in Paris?
A: Charles de Gaulle.

What Russian ballet dancer requests asylum in France while in Paris with the Kirov Ballet?
A: Rudolf Nureyev.

 

Where does the Soviet submarine K-19 reactor leak occur?
A: In the North Atlantic.

Gus Grissom, piloting the Mercury-Redstone 4 capsule Liberty Bell 7, becomes the second American to do what?
A: To go into space (sub-orbital).

The Six Flags Over Texas theme park officially what?
A: Opens to the public.

Construction of the Berlin what begins?
A: The Berlin Wall.

The Tom and Jerry cartoons make a return with their first episode since when?
A: 1957.

Military rulers in Turkey hang whom?
A: Former prime minister Adnan Menderes.

Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hits his 61st what?
A: Home run in the last game of the season.

 

What is abolished in New Zealand?
A: The death penalty.

Catch-22 is first published by whom?
A:  Joseph Heller.

Stalingrad is renamed to what?
A: Volgograd.

Who disappears in the jungles of New Guinea?
A:  Michael Rockefeller, son of New York Governor and later Vice President Nelson Rockefeller.

President Kennedy sends how many military advisors to South Vietnam?
A: 18,000.

The American involvement in the Vietnam War officially what?
A: Begins, as the first American helicopters arrive in Saigon along with 400 U.S. personnel.

An Israeli war crimes tribunal sentences Adolf Eichmann to what?
A: To die for his part in The Holocaust.

"Barbie" gets a boyfriend when what is introduced?
A: The "Ken" doll is introduced.