The other questions represent much more interesting and/or useful trivia - about war, government, culture, etc.
Those awesome Australians! Is there anything they're not the best at?
On a related topic, what's the point of continuing the Olympic Games if the best one EVER has already taken place? What compliments can be given to others- "they were ok" "what a waste of two weeks" "congratulations, not as good as Sydney but you tried hard"
The World Cup was not held in 1968.
I agree though that perhaps there are more interesting or educational questions. (when, how, why or by whom certain things were invented and famous firsts). but I have no problem with olympic hosts questions. (Definitely not with all the american footbal questions around) asking for the city is general enough (not like who became first in twirling in 1968..) and it is a worldwide thing.
During WW2 Iran, which was seen as friendly to the Nazis and Axis powers, was occupied by the British and Soviets. They pressured the Shah to abdicate in favor of his son, who was more Western friendl
At this point, the US finally became nominally involved. The USA was fighting the Korean War at the time and the Cold War and needed British support in both. They were worried about Iran being taken over by Communists and wished the Shah to remain in power (he had been since '41 remember).
My own version is also very simplified (and still probably overlong).. it wasn't exactly BP in '08 for example but APOC, etc, but not as bad as your version.