Quiz: America Since The 1950s Quiz
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America Since The 1950s Quiz
By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping ... into the future! It's hard to believe the 2010s -- or 20-teens, or whatever you like to call them -- are nearly over! Once, we were lining up for tickets to that rock festival on an upstate New York dairy farm (Woodstock, we think they called it), then we were queueing up for gas during the OPEC oil crisis, and then for a newfangled DVD player to replace our VHS machine. Now, we ... what do we line up for nowadays? Nothing. Let's just stay home and watch a cat on a Roomba via YouTube!

Changes in culture have come thick and fast. In politics, it has been a little slower. In 2008, America finally elected its first nonwhite president; however, it took until 2016 to get a woman at the top of a major party ticket (and she didn't win). Still, attitudes are changing. Gay marriage is legal now in all 50 states, and marijuana looks to be headed for decriminalization across America in the next decade or so. 

How far back do you remember into America's history? And what, specifically, do you remember? We've got a quiz that'll answer that question. It'll test you on entertainment, politics, sports, technology, and more. Are you ready? Let's go!

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How many presidents has the U.S. had since Eisenhower left office in January 1961?
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The Rubik's Cube drove the country mad with frustration in which decade?
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Which of these fireballing pitchers took an MLB mound first?
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A groundbreaking ad for Apple's Macintosh, aired during the 1984 Super Bowl, was based on what novel?
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In which decade did Volkswagen reintroduce the Beetle?
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In 1976, which of these figure skaters not only won an Olympic gold medal but inspired a popular haircut?
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You'd most likely hear the term "domino theory" in a discussion of what?
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Which groundbreaking TV series bowed out in 1983, after 11 years on the air?
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Which of these women was the first to be on a major-party presidential ticket, as a VP candidate?
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By what romantic term was John F. Kennedy's term in office called?
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The early-'60s "Mod" culture spread to America from which country?
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Which of these actresses was NOT one of the original "Charlie's Angels"?
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What kind of candy does E.T. love in Spielberg's "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"?
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In 1980, the whole TV-watching world was wondering "Who shot ___?"
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In which sport did Carl Lewis dominate in the 1984 Olympics?
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Which director launched the "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise?
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Which of these was America's first man in space?
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Who was eventually revealed to be Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto?
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Which classic car came in a "1964 1/2" model?
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Which sport did Tiger Woods dominate in the late 1990s through the 2000s?
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Who edged out David Letterman as Johnny Carson's replacement on "The Tonight Show" in 1992?
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Which book stayed on the New York Times business bestseller list for five years?
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Whose sportswear, often bright and colorblocked, dominated early 1990s fashion?
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Who was elected president in 1976?
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How many years passed between "Star Trek" going off the air and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" premiering?
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Who was Barack Obama's Republican opponent in 2008?
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Whose political slogan was "It's Morning in America"?
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In which decade did the Atkins Diet catch fire?
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The race to map the human genome was largely run in which decade?
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As of 2000, what couldn't you do on any U.S.-based airline flight?
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How many recent presidents were born in 1946?
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What romantic novel dominated the bestseller list in the early 1990s?
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From which Oscar-winning picture is this quote taken: "I believe God made me for a purpose. But he also made me fast"?
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In what year was the International Space Station decommissioned?
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