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quizballs 120 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes

'Silent Generation' quiz (see generational theory) - a quiz focused on the mid-1930s through to the mid-1970s - in which older folk, mothers and fathers of Baby Boomers, could perhaps score quite high...

Question 15 was corrected to 1971 (typo 1961) - thanks M Worthington - 29 Oct 2010.

  1. Name the ballet dancer who requested asylum in France while in Paris with the Kirov Ballet, in June 1961? Rudolph Nureyev
  2. In February 1967, Ronald Ryan became the last man to be hanged in which country, for murdering a guard while escaping from prison in 1965? Australia
  3. The first Butlins holiday camp opened in which English seaside resort? Skegness (1936)
  4. In February 1942, Antonio Oscar Carmona was re-elected as president of which European country? Portugal
  5. What was the nickname of the largest fixed-wing flying boat ever built, the Hughes H-4 Hercules, flown by Howard Hughes in November 1947, for just eight minutes, its only ever flight? The Spruce Goose
  6. Who was the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California? Amelia Earhart (1935)
  7. In May 1941, who parachuted into Scotland from Germany claiming to be on a peace mission? Rudolph Hess
  8. What was the small British militant group responsible for a series of letter bomb attacks between 1970 and 1972, whose targets included banks, embassies and the homes of Conservative MPs? The Angry Brigade
  9. Which American expatriate poet and author was arrested by American soldiers in Italy in May 1945 for treason? Ezra Pound
  10. In June 1952, a nuclear test was held in which US desert? Nevada Desert
  11. Except for their 'rooftop concert' in 1969, which US city saw the last live performance of the Beatles? San Francisco (August 1966)
  12. What was the ship carrying over 900 Jewish refugees from Hamburg, Germany, denied permission to dock in Florida in June 1939, having previously been turned away from Cuba? St Louis (fully, MS St Louis - a German ship - subsequently also denied entry to Canada, it returned to Europe, where the refugees were given sanctuary - the events formed the basis of the 1976 movie Voyage of the Damned)
  13. Norman Rockwell's illustration of which US iconic World War II heroine appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in May 1943? Rosie the Riveter
  14. What were the names of the British spies who resurfaced in the Soviet Union in February 1956, after being missing for five years? Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean
  15. In March 1971, who defeated boxer Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden? Joe Frazier
  16. What was Thornton Wilder's play performed for the first time ever in 1938 in Princeton, New Jersey? Our Town
  17. Who made the 'I Am Prepared to Die' speech at the opening of the Rivonia Trial in April 1964? Nelson Mandela
  18. In October 1973, who resigned as Vice President of the US, and then pleaded no contest to the charges of income tax evasion in a federal court in Baltimore? Spiro T Agnew
  19. In April 1946, Derby County beat which football team in the first FA Cup final since the end of the war? Charlton Athletic
  20. What became the name of the crime in which eleven thieves stole more than $2 million in a heist in Boston, Massachusetts, in January 1950? Great Brinks Robbery
  21. Who did Marilyn Monroe marry in January 1954? Joe Dimaggio
  22. In October 1960, Dr Michael Woodruff carried out the first successful transplant of what at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in the UK? Kidney
  23. In 1974, what was the title of Stephen King's first published novel? Carrie
  24. Name Britain's Minister of War, dismissed from the War Office in January 1940? Isaac Leslie Hore-Belisha (the man who introduced the Belisha beacon flashing road sign used at Zebra crossings)
  25. Who founded Tamla Motown Records in January 1959? Berry Gordy Jr
  26. What was the US spacecraft first to return images of Mars to Earth, in July 1965? Mariner 4
  27. In Britain, the Education Act of March 1944 provided free what in schools to all children in the UK under the age of 18? Milk (a third of a pint a day)
  28. In March 1951, which comic strip by Hank Ketcham appeared in newspapers accross the US for the first time? Dennis the Menace
  29. In which country were the 1948 Winter Olympics held? Switzerland
  30. The Treaty of where established the European Economic Community in March 1957? Rome
  31. What was the name of the Coca-Cola Company's first diet drink, launched in 1963? TaB (the capitalization of last letter was/is part of the TaB branding - apparently it was first called Tabb, resulting from a massive branding exercise to identify possible four-letter names, but shortened to three letters before launch)
  32. In a Los Angeles court, in March 1969, who admitted killing presidential candidate Robert Kennedy? Sirhan Sirhan
  33. On the 15th March 1949, the rationing of what ended in Britain? Clothes and textiles
  34. Published in August 1953, what is the name of the Report on 'Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female'? The Kinsey Report
  35. Who became Prime Minister of Britain in April 1955? Anthony Eden


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