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1950s General Knowledge

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1950's?
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What rebel without a cause died in a car crash?
James Dean
What was Norma Jeane Mortenson better known as?
Marilyn Monroe
What became the 50th U.S. state?
Hawaii
For what disease did Jonas Salk create a vaccine?
Polio
What was Sputnik?
a Satellite
What was J. D. Salinger's most famous novel?
The Catcher in the Rye
What region did China annex?
Tibet
Who starred as Moses in "The Ten Commandments"?
Charlton Heston
What rich chocolately product allowed kids to send in for "secret decoder rings"?
Ovaltine
What rocker died in a plane crash along with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens?
Buddy Holly
What singer was managed by Colonel Tom Parker?
Elvis Presley
What art movement was exemplefied by Jackson Pollock?
Abstract Expressionism
What group of people wore berets and turtlenecks, played bongos,
and smoked marijuana?
Beatniks
What country had an "economic miracle"?
West Germany
What were 78's, 45's, and 33's?
Records
What general landed at Inchon?
Douglas MacArthur
What was the world's largest corporation?
General Motors
In what (modern-day) country did The Mau Mau Uprising occur?
Kenya
What pact was the Communist equivalent to NATO?
Warsaw Pact
Who sang "Johnny B. Goode"?
Chuck Berry
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level 76
Jun 6, 2015
What was Sputnik? Spaceship, space probe, rocket ship, first man-made object in space....tried everything but satellite!
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level 69
Jun 10, 2015
Apparently, the first man-made object in space was a manhole cover. It was covering the shaft down which an atomic bomb was lowered for underground testing, and when the bomb went off the cover was launched at such a velocity that it would have cleared the atmosphere and pootled off into space.
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level 77
Dec 10, 2017
that seems implausible.. source?
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level 75
Dec 10, 2017
@kalbahamut xkcd mentions it here: https://what-if.xkcd.com/35/ It also says that it probably disintegrated before it made it to space though.
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level 75
Dec 10, 2017
Nope.
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level 67
Dec 10, 2017
Urban myth time again.
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level 63
Dec 13, 2017
Why are there no 'rural myths' and only 'urban myths?' (sigh)
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level 68
Jun 17, 2015
Me too!
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level 38
Dec 7, 2017
Same here.
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level 66
Jun 9, 2015
I put "beat" but didn't put the "niks." D'OH! :(
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level ∞
Mar 4, 2017
Beat will work now
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level 59
Jun 9, 2015
It's People! Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape! Just could not remember Charleton Heston.
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level 67
Dec 10, 2017
Omega Man
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level 61
Mar 11, 2017
For some reason I was thinking Zulus for MauMaus. Is that racist?
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level 56
Mar 11, 2019
no
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level 68
Nov 2, 2017
Many countries had "economic miracles" in the 1950s including Mexico, Spain, Greece, Italy, etc. This questions should be removed or replaced.
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level 72
Dec 10, 2017
qm refers to the 'Wirtschafswunder', which literally translates as economic miracle.
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level 70
Dec 1, 2018
The Italian boom is also referred to as an 'economic miracle' in their language: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracolo_economico_italiano
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level 63
Dec 10, 2017
I thought Ovaltine was made of malt?
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level 76
Dec 10, 2017
I don't remember any secret decoder rings from Ovaltine. I thought they were always pins or badges.
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level 51
Dec 11, 2017
Hey, didn't Bill Wurtz tell me that Japan also had a post-war economic miracle?
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level 57
Aug 20, 2019
You should accept Marty McFly, because he sang "Johnny B. Goode" on November 12, 1955.