1947 Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers From The 40s
Proceedings of the United States Congress are what?
A: Televised for the first time.
The United Nations takes control of what?
A: The free city of Trieste.
Elizabeth Short, an aspiring actress nicknamed the "Black
Dahlia", is found what?
A: Brutally murdered in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. The case remains unsolved to this day.
Who is inaugurated as president of France?
A: Vincent Auriol.
Who founds a monarchist government in Athens?
A: Dimitrios Maximos.
Where is the lowest air temperature in North America (-63
degrees Celsius) recorded?
A: In Snag in the Yukon Territory.
Who becomes the first African-American news correspondent
allowed in the United States House of Representatives and Senate press
A: Percival Prattis.
Who becomes the President of Poland?
A: Bolesław Bierut.
In Paris, peace treaties are signed between the World War
II Allies and whom?
A: Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Finland.
What creates an impact crater in Sikhote-Alin, in the
A: A meteor.
The Voice of America begins to transmit radio broadcasts
A: Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
Edwin Land demonstrates the first what, to a meeting of the
Optical Society of America?
A: "instant camera", his Polaroid Land Camera.
What Tom and Jerry cartoon is released?
A: Cat Fishin'.
John C. Hennessy, Jr., brings the first what to the United
A: Volkswagen Beetle.
Where does the United States grant France a
A: In Casablanca.
Wernher von Braun marries whom?
A: His first cousin, the 18-year-old Maria von Quirstorp.
The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread
At the 19th Academy Awards what film wins best picture?
A: Best Years of Our Lives.
Jackie Robinson, the first African American in Major League
Baseball since the 1880s, signs a contract whith what baseball team?
A: With the Brooklyn Dodgers.
King George II of Greece is succeeded by whom?
A: His brother King Paul I.
The British Royal Navy detonates 6,800 tons of explosives
in an attempt to demolish what?
A: The fortified island of Heligoland, Germany.
What Academy-Award winning Tom and Jerry cartoon is
released to theatres?
A: The Cat Concerto.
What movie, a Christmas time classic, is first shown in
A: Miracle on 34th Street.
Harry S. Truman signs an Act of Congress that implements
A: The Truman Doctrine.
David Lean's film Great Expectations, based on the
Charles Dickens, opens where?
A: In the United States.
Where does Secretary of State George Marshall outlines the
Marshall Plan for American reconstruction and relief aid to Europe?
A: In a speech at Harvard University.
What company in Sweden produces its first automobile?
Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported what?
A: UFO sighting. Near Mount Rainier, Washington.
What rifle enters production and becomes the most produced
gun in history?
A: The AK-47 assault rifle.
President Harry S. Truman signs what into law?
A: The Presidential Succession Act.
President Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947
into law, creating what?
A: The Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council.
In Greece, who takes over the government?
A: General Markos Vafiadis.
A moth lodged in a relay is found to be the cause of a
malfunction in what?
A: The Harvard Mark II electromechanical computer, the first computer "bug".
National Security Act of 1947 becomes effective creating
A: The United States Air Force, National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency.
What two countries join the United Nations?
A: Pakistan and Yemen.
President Truman delivers the first what?
A: Televised White House address speaking on the world food crises.
Captain Chuck Yeager, flies a Bell X-1 rocket plane faster
than what for the first time?
A: The speed of sound.
In Long Beach, California, the designer and airplane pilot
Howard Hughes carries out the one and only flight of the what?
A: The Hughes H-4 Hercules, the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built and flown.
This flight only lasted how long?
A: Eight minutes.
The program Meet the Press makes its television debut on
what TV network?
A: The NBC-TV network.
The Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth II), the daughter
of George VI, marries whom?
A: The Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom.
Who resigns as the Prime Minister of France?
A: Paul Ramadier.
The United Nations General Assembly votes to partition
Palestine between Arab and Jewish regions, which results in what?
A: The creation of the State of Israel.
The Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire,
starring Marlon Brando in his first great role, opens where?
A: At the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway.
The first practical "what" is demonstrated by Bardeen,
Brattain, and Shockley of the United States?
A: Electronic transistor.
The House Un-American Activities Committee begins its
investigations into what?
A: Communism in Hollywood.
Mikhail Kalashnikov's AK-47 assault rifle is accepted as
A: The standard small arm of the Soviet military.
Raytheon produces the first what?
A: Commercial microwave oven.
Women's suffrage is granted in what country?