The Ultimate 1950s Genre Quiz

How much can you remember from the 50s? From historical events to Fashion, TV, Music and celebrities during the decade. You’ll find 50 questions divided into 5 rounds, so gather round for some nostalgic quizzing.

Round 1 – 50s Trivia

1 – Who was president of the US for the majority of the 1950s?

2 – Which vaccine was developed in the early 1950s by American physician Jonas Salk?

3 – Which fashion designer created the famous 50s collection named ‘The New Look’?

4 – Which country won the 1950 FIFA world cup?

5 – Which Soviet Union leader nicknamed ‘mass murderer of the century’ died in 1953?

6 – Which human organ was the first ever to be transplanted in 1954?

7 – Alaska became a part of the U.S.A in which year?

8 – Name one of the two countries that hosted the Summer Olympics in the 1950s?

9 – Name one of the two countries that hosted the Winter Olympics in the 1950s?

10 – Which continent became a protected, scientific preserve in 1959?

Round 2 – TV, Film & Showbiz

1 – Which 1951 TV show starred Lucille Ball as the lead character?

2 – Which American Western television series starred Duncan Renaldo?

3 – Which 50s TV cowboy has a horse named Trigger?

4 – Which actress played Annie Oakley in the TV series of the same name?

5 – Which 1954 TV series follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog?

6 – Which Disney princess film was released in 1950?

7 – In 1957 Anna Kashfi married which ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ actor?

8 – In which film did Marilyn Monroe play the character ‘Sugar Kane’?

9 – Who is Sofia Costanza Brigida Villani Scicolone better known as?

10 – Which 1957 TV show starred Guy Williams as masked avenger?

Round 3 – Music

1 – Teddy Boys listened to which genre of music?

2 – Which group released ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’ in 1959?

3 – Which artist had the most success in the 50s?

4 – What was the biggest selling song of the 1950s?

5 – What was Jiles Perry Richardson Jr. better known as?

6 – Which brothers released ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ in 1958?

7 – Who released the song ‘Tutti Frutti’ in 1957?

8 – A 1959 plane crash claimed the life of Ritchie Valens and which other Rock & Roll icon?

9 – ‘Lipstick on Your Collar’ was a 1959 hit by which singer?

10 – Which artist has a 1958 hit with ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’?

Round 4 – Historical Events

1 – The North Sea flood of which year killed 307 people in the UK?

2 – Name one of the three hurricanes that hit the US & Haiti in the 1950s?

3 – In 1959, which Dam in Fréjus, southern France collapsed killing 412 people?

4 – Which UK prime minister succeeded Winston Churchill in 1955?

5 – In 1957, the Soviet Union launches to space the first artificial satellite, what was it called?

6 – The 1953 coronation of Elizabeth II took place in which church?

7 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by the US government in 1953 for what crime?

8 – Which war started on June 25th 1950?

9 – In which year did Harold Macmillan become prime minister for the UK?

10 – In 1952, ‘The Great Smog’ affected which City in the UK?

Round 5 – True or False

1 – The double-helix structure of DNA was discovered in the 1950s – True or False?

2 – Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the US – True or False?

3 – The 50s was known as the Fat Fifties – True or False?

4 – The first hydrogen bomb was made in Russia – True or False?

5 – Lava lamps were invented in 1951 – True or False?

6 – Colour TV broadcasting began in 1953 – True or False?

7 – King George VI died in 1952 – True or False?

8 – Birth Control Pills were made illegal in the UK in 1954 – True or False?

9 – The Vietnam War ends in 1955 – True or False?

10 – The Hula Hoop was invented in 1953 – True or False?




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Claire Roach is a professional quizzer, gamer and developer who turned her passion for knowledge into a hub for FREE quizzes!

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