Only People Who Grew Up in the ‘60s Will Remember These Things

The ‘60s were a pivotal time in history and a great time to grow up. Man first walked on the moon, The Beatles first appeared on television and miniskirts became the hottest fashion trend. 

The social rules of the ‘50s began to change into a new free spirited nature that showed itself in every aspect of society. If you grew up absorbing the TV, music and fashion of the 1960s, you’ll ace this quiz!

What was this must-have gift?

  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Miniature Autoclave
  • Little Tikes Log Cabin
  • Barbie's Dreamhouse

The Easy-Bake Oven was first sold in 1963 and it is still manufactured today, but current models no longer use a light bulb as a heating source.

What are these classic toys called?

  • Naggy Gnomes
  • Troll dolls
  • Radio Flyer
  • Cabbage Patch Kid

The Troll doll brand was bought by DreamWorks Animation, who released the movie “Trolls” in 2016 and its very successful sequel “Trolls World Tour” in 2020.

What is this peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich called?

  • Sweet tooth
  • Fluffernutter
  • Bit o' Honey
  • Sugar Daddy

The fluffernutter was invented during World War I in Massachusetts when Emma Curtis published a recipe for what was then called the “Liberty Sandwich.”

What was this toy called?

  • Etch A Sketch
  • Powder Box
  • See 'n Say
  • Shrinky Dinks

The Etch A Sketch was first sold in 1960 and it went on to sell over 600,000 units that year. It was sold for just $2.99, which would be equal to $26 in 2019.

What musical movie premiered in 1965?

  • “The Sound of Music”
  • “Hello, Dolly!”
  • "Cats"
  • "A Star is Born"

“The Sound of Music” broke box-office records across the world when it premiered in 1965. The film grossed $286,000,000 on a budget of $8.2 million.

What was this weird food?

  • Fruit cake
  • Jell-O salad
  • Slinky
  • Spam

Jello-O salads originated in the early 1900s when Mrs. John E. Cook of Pennsylvania submitted a recipe called “perfection salad” to the “Better Homes & Gardens” recipe contest.

What is this style called?

  • Tie-dye
  • Color wave
  • Plaid
  • Polka dots

Tie-dyeing became popular in the ‘60s, but was introduced in the United States in 1909 by Professor Charles E. Pellow, who gave a lecture on the technique.

What was this toy called?

  • Super Ball
  • Crystal Ball
  • Pet rock
  • Water Balloon

The Super Ball was invented in 1964 by chemist Norman Stingley. The balls are made of synthetic polymer polybutadiene, hydrated silica, zinc oxide and steric acid.

What was this kind of bicycle called?

  • Flat-foot bike
  • Banana bike
  • Motorcycle
  • Scooter

Also known as a wheelie bike, the banana bike was designed in the ‘60s to resemble a motorcycle. The Schwinn Sting-Ray was one of the most popular models.

What was this ‘60s hairstyle called?

  • Bouffant
  • Atom Bomb
  • Mullet
  • Fade

The word bouffant comes from the French word bouffante, which means to puff or puff out. It is thought that the hairstyle was first created for the Queen of France Marie Antoinette.

What is this groovy decor called?

  • Zero-gravity Jell-O
  • Lava lamp
  • Salt lamp
  • Silly Putty

Lava lamps are made up of a special colored wax mixture inside of a glass container. The heat of a light bulb inside of the lamp caused the wax to move around inside.

What classic children’s show premiered in the ‘60s?

  • “Sesame Street”
  • “Paw Patrol”
  • "Fraggle Rock"
  • "Adventure Time"

When “Sesame Street” was created in the ‘60s, its goal was to “master the addictive qualities of television and do something good with them.”

What fashion trend blew up in the ‘60s?

  • Miniskirts
  • Scrunchies
  • Leg warmers
  • Acid-wash jeans

Although there is no designer credited with inventing the miniskirt, London designer Mary Quant reportedly named and popularized it in the ‘60s.

Which Motown band is this?

  • The Jackson 5
  • The Temptations
  • The Supremes
  • Four Tops

During their career, the Temptations won three Grammy awards. The group also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and as of 2020, the group still performs.

What is this toy that was sold in the back of comic books called?

  • X-Ray Specs
  • Future Vision Goggles
  • Hula Hoop
  • Virtual reality headset

The patent for X-Ray Specs were held by Harold von Braunhut, who also held the patents for Amazing Sea-Monkeys, Crazy Crabs, Invisible Goldfish and Amazing Hair-Raising Monsters.

What musical is this?

  • “Hairspray”
  • “Hair”
  • "Kinky Boots"
  • "Hamilton"

The musical “Hair” made its off-Broadway debut in 1967 before it moved to Broadway in 1968 where it ran for 1,750 performances. “Hair” also won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2009.

What did everyone watch on TV in 1969?

  • The Live Aid concert
  • The moon landing
  • "The Sound of Music Live!"
  • The Royal Wedding

The Apollo 11 spaceflight was not just a major cultural achievement, it was also a major television event. The mission was viewed by 53 households and an estimated 650 million people worldwide.

What is this style of pants called?

  • Bell bottoms
  • Flag pants
  • Long trousers
  • Cargo pants

Bell bottom pants were originally worn by sailors in the U.S. Navy as early as 1813. They were also worn for centuries by European carpenters because they prevented sawdust from falling onto their feet.

What is this outdoor amusement called?

  • Drive-in theatre
  • Car museum
  • Grocery store
  • Parking lot

Attendance for drive-in theaters has increased greatly in 2020 because they are the only movie theaters where social distancing guidelines can be followed.

Which cultural revolution happened in the ‘60s?

  • Revolutionary War
  • British Invasion
  • The Renaissance
  • The Day the Music Died

Musical acts who got famous in America during the British Invasion included groups like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Who, the Kinks, Herman’s Hermits and the Animals.

What was the first video game called?

  • Spacewar!
  • Pac-Man
  • Galaga
  • Tennis for Two

Spacewar! was a game that was invented in 1962 by Steve Russell, a computer programmer from MIT. The game took over 200 hours to write the code for.

Who is this beautiful model?

  • Twiggy
  • Cher
  • Miley
  • Coco Rocha

Twiggy retired from modeling in 1970, when she was just 21 years old. Prior to that she had modeled in France, Japan and the United States and appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine.

What is this classic car?

  • Shelby Cobra
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • Ford Mustang
  • Lamborghini Miura

Known across America as the “bug,” the VW Beetle is an iconic two-door economy car and was manufactured by Volkswagen from 1938 until 2003.

What was this long-running television series?

  • “Laugh-In”
  • “Bonanza”
  • "Rick and Morty"
  • "The Big Bang Theory"

Even though “Bonanza” aired 14 seasons with 431 episodes, it is still the second longest-running western series on network televisions behind “Gunsmoke.”

What is this object called?

  • Throwable Fortune Teller
  • Magic 8-Ball
  • Paper weight
  • Soccer ball

The billiard ball shaped fortune telling toy was a massive hit among children. Over a million magic 8-balls are still sold every year, making it one of the most profitable toys of all time.

What was the most popular hair spray of the ‘60s?

  • Aqua Net
  • Maybelline
  • Estée Lauder
  • Dove

Used by everyone from The Ronettes to Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, Aquanet hair spray made the sky high hairdos of the ‘60s possible, that is, if you could get over its smell.

Who wrote the 1960 book “To Kill a Mockingbird?”

  • Stephen King
  • Harper Lee
  • Rege VanCleif
  • Clemmens Sidewell

Despite the fact that she only published two books during her life, Harper Lee is a celebrated author and the film adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” won three Academy Awards.

Which actress passed away in 1962?

  • Judy Garland
  • Glouster Hommeroy
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Constance Kuntz

Marilyn Monroe was given her stage name by the head of talent of Fox Studios, Ben Lyon. He chose the name Marilyn and she chose Monroe, which was her grandmother’s last name.

Which famous news program debuted in 1968?

  • “CNN News”
  • “60 Minutes”
  • “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
  • “Meet the Press”

“60 Minutes” pioneered many aspects of investigative journalism including hidden cameras, editing interviews and “gotcha journalism.”

What safety device did Allen Breed invent in 1968?

  • The airbag
  • The seatbelt
  • Brannock device
  • Occlusal splint

Although versions of the airbag have existed since the early 20th century, Allen Breed invented the automatic airbag that we know today.

The first VCR home video recorder was introduced by which company in 1964?

  • Apple
  • Sanyo
  • Radioshack
  • Sony

Sony’s CV-2000 was the first videotape recorder meant for home use. This model cost $730 when it was sold in 1967.

Famous boxer Muhammed Ali was originally called what?

  • Cassius Clay
  • Jack Johnson
  • David Blaine
  • Steve D. Deeds

Ali was named after politician Cassius Marcellus Clay, who worked to abolish slavery during the American Civil War.

Who became the first black man to win an Oscar in 1964?

  • Eddie Murphy
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Denzel Washington
  • Apollo Creed

At 93 years old, Poitier is the oldest living person to win the Best Actor Academy Award and he was also the first Afro-Bahamian actor to win the award.

What magazine was founded in 1967?

  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • Discovery Kids
  • Rolling Stone
  • The Green Egg

The name of the magazine comes from the ’50s blues song “Rollin’ Stone,” by Muddy Waters and Bob Dylan’s 1965 hit single “Like a Rolling Stone.”

Who is this ‘60s actress?

  • Jane Seymour
  • Ursula Andress
  • Sandy Duncan
  • Audrey Hepburn

Andress was born in Switzerland and her breakout role was as the first Bond girl Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, “Dr. No.”

Which year was the Civil Rights Act signed into law?

  • 1964
  • 1969
  • 1961
  • 1962

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin and also prohibited unequal application of voter registration requirements.

Which team won the first Super Bowl in 1967?

  • New England Patriots
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Baltimore Ravens

The first Super Bowl was played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in California where the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.

Where did the first Walmart open in 1962?

  • Arkansas
  • South Carolina
  • West Virginia
  • Alaska

Although Sam Walton had run stores since the ‘40s, it was not until 1962 that he opened the first Walmart Discount City store at 719 W. Walnut Street in Rogers, Arkansas.

Who became the first African American Supreme Court Justice in 1967?

  • Paul Robeson
  • Billy Dee Williams
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Redd Foxx

Both James Earl Jones and Laurence Fishburne portrayed Thurgood Marshall in a one-man play which was written by George Stevens Jr.

What style of art was popularized by Andy Warhol in the ‘60s?

  • Art Deco
  • Pop art
  • Soup art
  • Impressionist

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist and it holds both Warhol’s art and his personal items.

In what year was the Bay of Pigs invasion?

  • 1961
  • 1965
  • 1969
  • 1960

According to a Gallup poll taken in 1960, only 3% of Americans supported military action at the time, but Kennedy’s general approval rating increased after the invasion.

What was the name of the ship on “Gilligan’s Island?”

  • S. S. Mary Ann
  • S. S. Gilligan
  • S. S. Marshmallow
  • S. S. Minnow

The United States Coast Guard received frequent telegrams from concerned citizens about the whereabouts of the S. S. Minnow, which were all forwarded to the show’s producer Sherwood Schwartz.

Which groundbreaking science fiction film premiered in 1968?

  • “Star Wars”
  • “Dune”
  • “2001: A Space Odyssey”
  • “Star Trek”

In July 2020, a silver space suit used in “2001: A Space Odyssey” was sold at auction for $370,000.

Which western series featured the characters Gil Favor and Rowdy Yates?

  • “Gunsmoke”
  • “Rawhide”
  • “Bonanza”
  • “Walker, Texas Ranger”

“Rawhide” was the sixth longest-running American television Western, falling behind “Wagon Train,” “The Virginian,” “Bonanza,” “Death Valley Days” and “Gunsmoke.”

Which 1961 movie was loosely based on “Romeo and Juliet?”

  • “Blue Hawaii”
  • “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
  • “West Side Story”
  • “Mothra”

“West Side Story” was the highest grossing film of 1961 in the United States. It was also nominated for 11 Academy Awards, out of which it won 10.

What was this colorful toy set called?

  • Tupperware Zoo-it Yourself
  • Build-a-Zoo
  • Animal Farm
  • Safari Sidekicks

Each set of Zoo-it Yourself animals included a plastic dog, an elephant and a giraffe with interchangeable body parts that could be combined in any way!

What were these candy dispensers called?

  • Candy sticks
  • Candy characters
  • PEZ
  • Sixlets

In the ‘60s, PEZ debuted plenty of new characters and unique flavors such as licorice, flowers and chlorophyll.

Who played Batman in the 1960s television series?

  • Burt Ward
  • Adam West
  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • George Clooney

A lot of music was produced for the TV series, including a song titled “Miranda,” which was performed at many venues by an in-costume Adam West.

In which television series was the main character’s catchphrase “book ‘em, Danno!”?

  • “Hawaii Five-O”
  • “Columbo”
  • “Adam 12”
  • “Car 54, Where Are You?”

When “Hawaii Five-O” concluded its 279 episode run, it was the longest-running police drama in American television history. Its reboot, “Hawaii Five-0” lasted nearly as long at 240 episodes.

Which film, based on a stage play, won the Best Picture Oscar in 1966?

  • “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
  • “Stagecoach”
  • “The Sound of Music”
  • “A Man for All Seasons”

The film depicting the life of Sir Thomas More, a 16th-century Lord Chancellor of England, was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won six of them.

Who was the first Doctor Who in the BBC series?

  • William Hartnell
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Tom Baker
  • David Tennant

13 actors have portrayed The Doctor since 1963, including the first woman to take on the role, Jodie Whittaker.
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