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Current Events by Year, 1950-1969

Based on the clues, guess these things that happened in each year.
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Last updated: December 12, 2019
First submittedAugust 27, 2013
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Year
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1969
This person becomes the first human to walk on the moon
Neil Armstrong
1968
Viet Cong forces launch a major offensive on this Vietnamese holiday
Tet
1967
This rock musical, about a "tribe" of New York hippies, debuts off-Broadway
Hair
1966
This "Revolution" begins, replacing traditional Chinese values with Maoist ones
Cultural Revolution
1965
This black nationalist leader is assassinated in Harlem
Malcolm X
1964
"Mania" ensues as this band visits the U.S.
The Beatles
1963
President Kennedy is assassinated in this American city
Dallas
1962
This actress sings "Happy Birthday” to President Kennedy
Marilyn Monroe
1961
The U.S. sponsors the Bay of Pigs invasion of this country
Cuba
1960
This still-running British soap opera airs for the first time
Coronation Street
1959
This state becomes the 50th in the U.S.
Hawaii
1958
This former general becomes President of France.
Charles de Gaulle
1957
This Russian satellite becomes the first man-made object to orbit Earth
Sputnik
1956
Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of this country.
Monaco
1955
The Soviet Union signs this military agreement with seven Eastern Bloc countries
Warsaw Pact
1954
Bell Labs demonstrates this silicon device; modern computer chips have billions
Transistor
1953
This Soviet leader dies
Joseph Stalin
1952
Elizabeth II succeeds this king as British monarch
George VI
1951
This television show, starring Lucille Ball, debuts on CBS
I Love Lucy
1950
A major war begins on this Asian peninsula
Korea
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level 54
Dec 21, 2013
Ohh... It is MalcoLm x. I'm so stoopid!
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level 49
Dec 21, 2013
Yes, I knew how to spell it, but just neglected to put in the second 'L." Thankfully, I knew the answer was correct and just had to go back and respell it correctly--only cost a second or two. 20/20 2:48
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level 73
Jan 22, 2014
the nice thing is that if you just type 'X' you will get it. :-)
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level 43
Dec 21, 2013
Requiring the "The" in the Beatles is pretty stingy.
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level ∞
Dec 22, 2013
That would be stingy indeed, but it's not required.
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level 65
Jan 26, 2020
The s however is required I typed beatle first since it is beatle mania, surprised it wasnt accepted, then went ah but the group is called the beatleS. Still, given how the question is phrased I think it is fair to accept beatle as an answer.
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level 51
Jan 26, 2020
As of this date just "Beatles" is still not accepted. I suggest you allow us to type in just "Beatles", as I typed it several times, and even misspelled it but it still wasn't accepted. Never thought to add "The". I assumed I was wrong and gave up, when in fact I was right.
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level ∞
Jan 27, 2020
You were not correct, and in fact you did spell it incorrectly. I just double-checked and pasted "Beatles" directly from your comment. It does work.
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level 22
Dec 21, 2013
This quiz relates so much to my IB History course this was like revision
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level 55
May 8, 2014
Oh...Korea is a peninsula.
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level 45
Dec 30, 2015
What on earth is 'I Love Lucy'!?
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level 81
May 8, 2016
A TV show that aired in the '50s.
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level 77
May 12, 2016
One of the iconic US shows starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz that is still being played today. The episodes about Vitameatavegamin and working in the chocolate factory are classic episodes. On the other hand, I've never heard of Coronation Street, but if it's that good I'm surprised there isn't a US knockoff version.
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level 73
May 20, 2016
It isn't good - it's a soap which is just as mind-numbingly pointless as the rest of them
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level 78
Nov 26, 2016
One of the most influential works of contemporary media, particularly on comedy and specifically the television sitcom, in history. The show that really marked the transition between Americans going out to the cinema or other places for entertainment and instead sitting at home around the television set.
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level 69
Jan 18, 2020
But kalbahamut, roleybob is absolutely right - it's just entertainment. Opinions as to it's value are divided but this quiz purports to be about historical events and if you look at the items for 1951, 1960, 1962 and 1967, you will see that it's diluted by trivia.
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level 78
Jan 26, 2020
entertainment that signaled a profound change to society and the way that people live. And, considering modern humans spend something like 30-50% of their time on entertainment, what do you mean by "just entertainment?"
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level 78
Jan 26, 2020
and where did you get the idea that the quiz was about something other than trivia? All of these things happened in the years given.
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level 73
Jan 28, 2020
CardinalSin - I was talking about Coronation Street, not I Love Lucy
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level 50
May 8, 2016
Surprised so many people don't know the Transistor. Guess I can't talk, I didn't know the city in which Kennedy was assassinated
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level 59
May 8, 2016
I tried "chip" and "microchip," wouldn't have thought of "transistor" - associate that more with radios.
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level 67
Jan 27, 2020
A microchip would have millions of transistors on it.
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level 67
May 9, 2016
I tried about 8 different things before getting transistor.
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level 56
May 9, 2016
I hate to be picky, but Malcolm X was killed at the Audubon Ballroom at 165th Street & Broadway, which is firmly in Washington Heights, not Harlem. I know because I live nearby! It's a minor detail, I know, but he definitely was not killed in Harlem.
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level 37
Feb 5, 2018
You're absolutely right; but who is going to associate him with anywhere else but Harlem? - Perhaps if quizzes would identify it as Washington Heights, people would memorize it.
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level 18
May 11, 2016
I typed malcom x in lowercase please accept
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level 77
May 12, 2016
Try malcolm x in lower case.
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level 64
May 13, 2016
Or just x
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level 53
Jan 26, 2020
X will just give it to em.
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level 37
Mar 9, 2019
^ "malcolm" would have worked in lower or upper case. You apparently forgot the second "l" in his name.
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level 58
Jan 26, 2020
You're not alone. The writers of the end credits for the original Star Wars (episode IV) wrote Malcom for Christopher Malcolm's last name.
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level 65
Dec 24, 2016
a bit amero-centric, I think
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level 53
Jan 26, 2020
Once your country lands on the moon we can talk! USA USA USA! Just kidding though yeah he should change it to current events - USA.
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level 45
Jan 26, 2020
It's a bit dissapointing that the event for 1956 is just the marriage of some actress to the prince of a microstate. Instead of the famous Hungarian revolution of 1956 or the Suez crisis
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level 43
Jan 27, 2020
Just like 62 is about somebody singing to a president, and not for example the Cuban Missile crisis, or the independence of Algeria or Jamaica.
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level 71
Jan 26, 2020
Here is a Non-US, Non-UK Events quiz for the complainers.
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level 43
Jan 27, 2020
Thank you. I'm not saying the USA or UK didn't do anything that should be mentioned, like the assassination of JFK, Korean and Vietnam wars, Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile crisis, but a lot of the American things mentioned are way too trivial and way more interesting or important things happened in those years.
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level 71
Jan 28, 2020
On one hand, I agree that some things mentioned are trivial compared to other world events. However, trivia is often useful when learning about a country's culture, and I'd rather learn something new than always answer the same questions. Also, if there was a Russian/French/Chinese Jetpunk, it would be just as self-centered as US Jetpunk (perhaps a bit less, because of the international dominance of US culture).
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level 42
Jan 26, 2020
Check out my 100-question version for the entire century - https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/212340/20th-century-events
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