Quiz: Can You Pass a 1956 Trivia Quiz?
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Can You Pass a 1956 Trivia Quiz?
By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

It was more than 50 years ago. 1956 was a tumultuous time in the history of the world. 

How much do you remember about it? Did you live through it, or do you possess book knowledge about it?

Both will come in handy in our 1956 Trivia Quiz, a devilish collection of questions that will test your knowledge of just about anything.

In sport, do you know the name of the Czech tennis player who was born in 1956? She went on to win more than 20 Grand Slam titles. Or which team were crowned Major League Baseball champs. Perhaps you know who won the National Football League championship, even though there was no Super Bowl yet.

But there are so many more interesting questions, including records, culture and politics.

For example, who was the United States president in 1956? His vice-president? Which little piece of water almost caused an international flare up and who famously said: "We will bury you!"

Finally, a quote you would have heard many times before. But who actually said 'Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse'?

So what are you waiting for? Each question has four potential answers and a hint for when you are really stumped!

Good luck!


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Where were the 1956 Summer Olympic Games held?
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Who appeared on TV in 1956, in an event that was watched by 82.6 percent of American households at the time?
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Name the team that won the World Series in 1956, please.
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Which Hollywood star said the following: "Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse"?
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Which of these was invented in 1956, much to the delight of schoolchildren and even secretaries around the world.
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A famous American painter died in an alcohol-related car crash​ on August 11, 1956. Who was he?
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Still a children's favorite today, which toy became popular in 1956?
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Best Picture at the 1956 Academy Awards was won by ________.
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Best Actor at the 1956 Academy Awards was awarded to which of the​ actors below?
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What was the most popular TV show in 1956?
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Can you tell us which team was crowned NFL Champions in 1956?
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From the options below, please identify the U.S. President in 1956.
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Who is the politician who famously said, "We will bury you"?
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What did Chrysler offer on its vehicles in 1956? It lasted only for a year as an added option.
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Which American TV corporation introduced a multi-colored peacock to its logo to entice people to buy color TVs?
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What did Grace Kelly's family have to do in order for her to marry Prince Rainier?
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In 1956, IBM introduced a computer with its own hard drive. How much could it store?
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Which professional boxer retired in 1956 with a record of 49 wins, 0 losses?
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How many fights did Rocky Marciano win by knockout?
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An international focal point during 1956, what canal prompted an uproar in the Middle East, Europe, ​and Africa?
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Identify the NBA winner in 1956 from these options.
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Which song contest was held for the first time in 1956?
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Who was President Dwight D. Eisenhower's running mate during the 1956 election?
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Which Hollywood epic starring Yul Brynner as Ramses was released in 1956?
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One of the longest-running soap operas began in 1956. It ran for another 54 years. Can you name it?
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Broadway played host to which famous play that opened on February 15, 1956?
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President Eisenhower signed an agreement that allowed for the construction of what?
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1956 saw a dance craze sweep not only the USA, but the world. What was it?
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Identify the country that became an Islamic republic in 1956.
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Of the options below, which did U.S. Air Force Captain Milburn Apt achieve on September 27, 1956?
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Where in the Pacific Ocean did the United States have a nuclear test in 1956?
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Which famous female tennis player was born in Czechoslovakia on October 18, 1956? She went on to win Wimbledon nine times!
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