1959 General Knowledge Trivia

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General Knowledge Quizzes & Trivia

So many things happened in 1959. This quiz is a fun way to test your general knowledge about events that happened 50 years ago! Select the correct answer by ticking either A, B, C or D. There is only one correct answer for each question. The person, or team with the most correct answers wins a prize!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who was the Prime Minister of Australia in 1959?
    • A. 

      John Curtin

    • B. 

      William Slim

    • C. 

      Robert Menzies

    • D. 

      Humpty Dumpty

  • 2. 
    What was the population of Australia in 1959?
    • A. 

      12 million

    • B. 

      10 million

    • C. 

      8 million

    • D. 

      One hundred

  • 3. 
    Which movie took home the most Oscars in 1959?
    • A. 

      Ben Hur

    • B. 

      North by Northwest

    • C. 

      On the Beach

    • D. 

      Star Wars

  • 4. 
    Who won the Gold Logie for most popular TV personality on Australian Television in 1959?
    • A. 

      Gregory Peck

    • B. 

      Graham Kennedy

    • C. 

      Bert Newton

    • D. 

      Big Bird

  • 5. 
    Why was Australia Day 1959 significant for Darwin?
    • A. 

      It was granted city status

    • B. 

      It reached a poplulation of 1 million

    • C. 

      It officially recorded the highest temperature in Australia

    • D. 

      The first McDonalds opened

  • 6. 
    Which fashion product was introduced by Glen Raven Mills in 1959?
    • A. 

      Sack Dress

    • B. 

      Pantyhose

    • C. 

      Mini Skirt

    • D. 

      Undies

  • 7. 
    In what state of America did the plane carrying rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper crash on February 3, 1959?
    • A. 

      Illinois

    • B. 

      Minnesota

    • C. 

      Iowa

    • D. 

      Disneyland

  • 8. 
    Where did Vice President Nixon and Soviet Leader Khrushchev have their famous 'kitchen debate' on July 24, 1959?
    • A. 

      Washington D.C, America

    • B. 

      Canberra, Australia

    • C. 

      Moscow, Soviet Union

    • D. 

      In the toilets of the Roosevelt Hotel

  • 9. 
    The United States first weather satellite was launched in February, 1959. What was the name of the weather satellite?
    • A. 

      Echo 1

    • B. 

      Explorer 1

    • C. 

      Telstar

    • D. 

      Pluto-Dupo

  • 10. 
    Which Disney animated classic movie premiered in 1959?
    • A. 

      Sleeping Beauty

    • B. 

      Lady and the Tramp

    • C. 

      Cinderella

    • D. 

      The Muppets in Space

  • 11. 
    Which day of the week was Tony born on (13th June, 1959)?
    • A. 

      Friday

    • B. 

      Sunday

    • C. 

      Saturday

    • D. 

      D Day

  • 12. 
    What is the correct way to write the year 1959 in Roman Numerals?
    • A. 

      MCMLIIX

    • B. 

      MCMLIXX

    • C. 

      MCMLIX

    • D. 

      MCMCMCMIIZZ

  • 13. 
    The Boeing 707 Jet Liner came into service in 1959. How much time did it cut from the transatlantic flight?
    • A. 

      8 hours

    • B. 

      8 days

    • C. 

      8 minutes

    • D. 

      80 days

  • 14. 
    Who came into power in Cuba in 1959 after revoloution with the first communist state in the west?
    • A. 

      Archbishop Makarios

    • B. 

      Fidel Castro

    • C. 

      Dalai Lama

    • D. 

      Barbie

  • 15. 
    The first known human died from a contagious disease in Conga in 1959. What was the disease?
    • A. 

      HIV

    • B. 

      Measles

    • C. 

      Flu

    • D. 

      Rodent Flu

  • 16. 
    The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, fleed his country in 1959 and obtained political asylum in which country?
    • A. 

      Africa

    • B. 

      America

    • C. 

      India

    • D. 

      Antartica

  • 17. 
    Which precious synthetic stone did Debeers manufacture for the first time in 1959?
    • A. 

      Diamond

    • B. 

      Sapphire

    • C. 

      Ruby

    • D. 

      Limestone

  • 18. 
    Which Australian Personality does NOT share their 50th birthday with Tony this year?
    • A. 

      Anthony La Paglia

    • B. 

      Sigrid Thornton

    • C. 

      Wally Lewis

    • D. 

      Errol Flynn

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