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  Adventures and Misadventures    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
U.S. Policies (1920-1940)
During the approximately 20 years between the end of WWI and the beginning of WWII, the U.S. was involved in some questionable policy decisions. These policies were those of the Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Franklin Roosevelt administrations.
Average, 10 Qns, ncterp, Jun 05 24
ncterp gold member
Jun 05 24
226 plays
Sounds of the Century
  Sounds of the Century   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Many sounds of the 20th century are no longer heard in the 21st century. Can you use the photo clues to identify the sounds that were once heard in the USA, but have disappeared at this point?
Easier, 10 Qns, Trivia_Fan54, Mar 12 22
Trivia_Fan54 gold member
Mar 12 22
890 plays
  From the 1970s   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Things that happened in the 1970s mostly in America. How many do you recall?
Easier, 10 Qns, HeavensArrow, Jun 23 15
HeavensArrow gold member
13061 plays
  Scandals That Rocked the Nation   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Everyone loves a scandal, or at least reading about it in the newspaper or watching it on the news. See how many of these scandals you can identify.
Average, 10 Qns, nmerr, Jun 03 12
nmerr gold member
4952 plays
  20th Century USA   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
Interesting trivia about 20th century America.
Difficult, 25 Qns, Sprink1234, Apr 18 11
16542 plays
  The Swingin' Sixties   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How well do you remember the 1960s?
Average, 10 Qns, nyirene330, May 23 22
May 23 22
2506 plays
  Buggy Whips & Other Bygones : 2   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Unless you are over 45 year old, you may have difficulties with these questions about common things of yesteryear.
Average, 10 Qns, rblayer, Jun 08 18
Jun 08 18
8346 plays
  20th Century U.S.   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In which U.S. state or territory did this 20th century historical event take place?
Easier, 10 Qns, emmymom, Oct 30 15
5442 plays
  1950s All American History   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Calling all American Baby Boomers! How much do you remember the days of poodle skirts, cars with fins and the birth of rock 'n' roll?
Average, 10 Qns, brewster76, Nov 09 10
7086 plays
  After World War II    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is about events that happened after WWII. Good luck!
Easier, 10 Qns, dizzyfingers15, Aug 23 23
Aug 23 23
7358 plays
trivia question Quick Question
What was a party line?

From Quiz "Buggy Whips & Other Bygones : 2"

  Buggy Whips & Other Bygones : 1   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
To a "baby boomer" growing up in America, the buggy whip was the epitome of obsolescence. Anyone under the age of 45 may have trouble with this quiz about people, places and things of yesteryear.
Average, 10 Qns, rblayer, Aug 24 19
Aug 24 19
7526 plays
  Bizarre 1970s U.S. History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Archibald Cox. Muskie and the "Canuck" letter. Ellsberg's shrink. Gemstone. The pardon. Executive privilege. Butterfield's testimony. Grits & Fritz. The good old days.
Average, 10 Qns, coolupway, Dec 11 10
9064 plays
  Scandals That Rocked the Nation Part 2   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a follow-up to another quiz with the same title.
Easier, 10 Qns, nmerr, Aug 25 13
nmerr gold member
2581 plays
  1940s All American History: 2   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is my second quiz on the decade that brought forth WWII, the atomic bomb and the birth of regular television broadcasts. Hope you enjoy it!
Average, 10 Qns, brewster76, Nov 20 10
6002 plays
  Race and Means   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz attempts to take an unbiased look at the history of affirmative action in American society and politics, from the latter half of the twentieth century to 2000s. It shouldn't require any expert knowledge, though.
Average, 10 Qns, adams627, Jan 10 15
2573 plays
  America in the Roaring Twenties   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is about all the fun stuff that happened in America just before the Great Depression. Come along, as we learn about the "roaring" decade.
Average, 10 Qns, shahzy1022, Oct 16 17
Oct 16 17
2233 plays
  Famous American 20th Century Firsts   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Do you know when certain historical events in U.S. History first occurred in the 20th century? This quiz will test that knowledge. Ready? Here we go.
Difficult, 15 Qns, AirBossJohnson, Apr 12 17
6082 plays
  History of the United States of America Part 3    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz covers U.S. history from the early 1900's.
Easier, 10 Qns, Computer100, Apr 05 17
1395 plays
  Living in the Past   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
At the age of 75, I offer a look back at the 1940s and 1950s when I was growing up. Which of these questions about living in the past can you answer?
Average, 10 Qns, lowtechmaster, Apr 18 16
1760 plays
  History of the United States of America Part 4   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz covers US history from the 1950s to the early 2000s.
Easier, 10 Qns, Computer100, Apr 25 19
Apr 25 19
1947 plays
  1950s All American History 2   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Calling all Baby Boomers - again! Let's see how much you know about the decade of "Loving Lucy" and "Liking Ike"!
Average, 10 Qns, brewster76, Dec 29 12
4450 plays
  Back to Twentieth Century USA   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
For this venture into US history, I'll follow my tried and tested UK format of one question per decade. Good luck.
Average, 10 Qns, rossian, Sep 17 18
rossian editor
Sep 17 18
708 plays
  20th Century U.S. : One Question per Decade!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The 20th century had many major events. How many of them are you knowledgeable about?
Tough, 10 Qns, orangeglacier, Sep 04 10
4356 plays
  The Fifties   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This quiz is based in large part on information in David Halberstam's fine book, called simply "The Fifties".
Average, 15 Qns, chessart, Mar 13 10
chessart gold member
1490 plays
  1930s All American History   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Thanks to my grandmother for her stories of survival during the Great Depression that piqued my interest in this decade in the American experience. This quiz requires general knowledge of the US from 1930-39.
Tough, 10 Qns, brewster76, Dec 16 08
3644 plays
  Police Investigator II : Case Review   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You'll start your training as a Police Investigator II by reviewing a few of the classic, high profile investigations of the late 20th century. Do you remember the facts of these page one newspaper cases?
Tough, 10 Qns, MaceoMack, Mar 08 19
Mar 08 19
1696 plays
  1940s All-American History 1   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
My three quizzes on the 1930s received a good response so here is the follow-up quiz which requires general knowledge of the decade that changed the focus of world power.
Tough, 10 Qns, brewster76, Feb 14 09
3013 plays
  Tragedy at Kent State   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Test your knowledge on REAL American History and the tragedy that often comes with it.
Tough, 15 Qns, twista, Apr 26 13
3563 plays
  Important Dates in American History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This will be my second time travel quiz. These events may be a little more obscure than my easy history quiz, so this time you only need to know the year of the event.
Average, 10 Qns, Nightf10182003, Sep 20 09
2317 plays
  D B Cooper, Where Are You?   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
November 24, 2011 marked the fortieth anniversary of the unsolved plane hijacking by Mr D B Cooper. How much do you remember of his exploits?
Average, 10 Qns, tadpoles_uk, Sep 27 21
Sep 27 21
1437 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is all about the many ideological shifts that feminism has experienced throughout the 20th century in the United States. It touches on all three waves of feminism and key events that defined and divided the movements. Best of Luck!
Average, 10 Qns, KatieK54, Apr 16 11
KatieK54 gold member
625 plays
  American History by Decade: The 1910s    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The modern world was starting to take shape. How much do you know about U.S. history from 1910-1919?
Average, 10 Qns, LIBGOV, Apr 02 20
LIBGOV gold member
Apr 02 20
351 plays
  1960s: UC Berkeley   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The University of California at Berkeley became a focal point of change in education, student activities, politics, civil rights, and entertainment. This quiz introduces you to some major figures and events. Which of them do you remember?
Tough, 10 Qns, windswept, Jan 12 16
windswept gold member
1054 plays
  American History by Decade: The 1920s    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
It's the Jazz Age where you might see Al Capone doing the Charleston on top of a flag pole while playing mahjong. How much do you know about the 1920s?
Average, 10 Qns, LIBGOV, Feb 24 20
LIBGOV gold member
Feb 24 20
464 plays
  American History by Decade: The 1950s    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Crazy Daddy-O! In the 1950s you might have seen a beatnik wearing a coonskin cap while gyrating a hula hoop in time with Elvis. What do you know about U.S. History in the 1950s?
Average, 10 Qns, LIBGOV, Mar 05 20
LIBGOV gold member
Mar 05 20
590 plays
  Incident at Oglala    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The "Incident at Oglala" is based on the 1992 documentary and other public information regarding it.
Average, 10 Qns, Rehaberpro, Jun 23 18
Jun 23 18
424 plays
  It Happened in the 30s    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The 1930's is one of my favorite decades to learn about - hope you enjoy my quiz!
Average, 10 Qns, funnybuni, Jan 23 15
2070 plays
  Events of the 1980s    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz of news worthy events in the 1980's. Good luck. It's my first quiz, so go easy on me..=)
Tough, 10 Qns, Amanda1995, Oct 02 11
7626 plays
  Do You Remember AP US History?    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
A quiz on twentieth century U.S. history. I was going to make a quiz about U.S. history in general, but I misplaced my notebook from AP U.S. History on pre-1900 U.S. history.
Tough, 15 Qns, chairmanmeow, Aug 02 20
Aug 02 20
2465 plays
  American History by Decade: The 1930s    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The 1930s, where you might have seen an Okie reading "Gone With the Wind" in the unemployment line. How much do you know about American history in the 1930s?
Average, 10 Qns, LIBGOV, Feb 27 20
LIBGOV gold member
Feb 27 20
427 plays
  OMG! It's Hells Angels (U.S)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The FBI calls the Hells Angels an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG). An aspect of American culture often romanticized, they are mysterious and dangerous. If you see a group of them thundering down the highway, it will send chills down your spine!
Average, 10 Qns, Vanya98, Mar 04 18
Mar 04 18
761 plays
  Easy Dates in American History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Think you know American history? I will travel back in time and give you clues to an event, and you must give me the date.
Average, 10 Qns, Nightf10182003, Sep 17 09
2248 plays
  American History by Decade: The 1940s    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
It's the 1940s when you might have seen a bobby-soxer writing "Kilroy was here" in her Victory Garden. How much do you know about U.S. History from 1940-49?
Average, 10 Qns, LIBGOV, Feb 29 20
LIBGOV gold member
Feb 29 20
435 plays
  It happened in 1994    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
See how much you remember of the people and events in 1994.
Difficult, 20 Qns, addytude, Sep 27 11
7166 plays
  World War 2: The American Home Front   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The events and conditions that the home folks in the U.S. had to cope with during the Second World War.
Difficult, 10 Qns, clemmydog, Oct 02 17
Oct 02 17
424 plays
  Life in America (1905)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
It has been over 100 years since 1905. Just how different are things today? Let's find out.
Tough, 10 Qns, subsquid, May 17 22
May 17 22
259 plays
  Collect the Century 1900-1909    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
In 1998, the U.S. Postal Service started issuing a series of stamps called Celebrate the Century. These stamps highlight people, events and inventions of each decade in the 1900's. This quiz is inspired by the stamps concerning 1900-1909.
Average, 15 Qns, golfmom08, May 10 19
golfmom08 gold member
May 10 19
704 plays
  Symbionese Liberation Army   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Symbionese Liberation Army, or S.L.A., was an American group active in the 1970s that engaged in terrorism through guerrilla warfare for what they believed was a better society.
Tough, 10 Qns, star_gazer, Mar 09 10
973 plays
  Major 20th Century American Riots   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
American history has no lack of violence. The 20th century had its share of urban riots. In this quiz, I will stick to the 20th century, but if it is well received, I'll do others.
Tough, 10 Qns, sirfrank, Apr 06 16
778 plays
  Violet Crimes   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Before they became the whole rhythm section in Jailhouse Rock, the Purple Gang was one of the most notorious organized crime mobs of the Prohibition Era. Answering these ten questions will help you wow the tour guides next time you're at Graceland.
Tough, 10 Qns, dbb, Feb 12 13
657 plays
  Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Civilian Conservation Corps was the most popular program of Roosevelt's "New Deal" to address the plight of the country during the 1930s Great Depression.
Average, 10 Qns, Rehaberpro, Jul 23 16
314 plays
  American History by Decade: The 1900s    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
It's a new century. How much do you know about the decade from 1900-1909?
Average, 10 Qns, LIBGOV, Feb 20 20
LIBGOV gold member
Feb 20 20
347 plays
  Potpourri of 20th Century American History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz represents a mixture of American figures and events in history. Some are vital while others are fun, but all are interesting. Enjoy
Difficult, 10 Qns, MaceoMack, Sep 26 12
904 plays
  The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In 1963, The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabamba, was bombed by a KKK breakaway group.
Average, 10 Qns, mamallama128, Mar 24 16
693 plays
  American History, 1920-1932    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This quiz will challenge your knowledge of: 'The Jazz Age', Prohibition, The Wall Street crash and many more interesting topics.
Tough, 15 Qns, butterfrog, Jan 02 18
Jan 02 18
2684 plays
  U.S. History in the 1980s    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The 1980s! Each question will list a year and three significant events that happened during that year. Select the event that DID NOT take place during the year listed. Good luck!
Difficult, 10 Qns, jessesky1969, May 17 10
5531 plays
  Smedley Darlington Butler    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quick quiz about one of the most facinating characters in early 20th century history.
Tough, 10 Qns, Tohemp, Aug 06 10
342 plays
  Early 20th Century U.S.    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Turn of a century American AP History - and some little known facts.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, LTCJ, Sep 22 10
Very Difficult
1941 plays
  20th Century US History House Party    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You've been invited to a 20th century history party. Every room in the house is devoted to a different decade. Let's see what each room is like.
Difficult, 10 Qns, LIBGOV, Dec 18 11
LIBGOV gold member
686 plays
  The Roaring 20s    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about the 1920s?
Difficult, 10 Qns, rae1980, Sep 04 23
Sep 04 23
3368 plays
  American History 1940s    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here is a ten question quiz about the 1940's. Good luck.
Tough, 10 Qns, steiny1, Jul 07 12
2544 plays
  The Iran-Contra Affair    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a challenging quiz which will test your depth of knowledge of a period in American History that many would soon forget. Best of Luck!
Difficult, 10 Qns, Yankeegirl742, Sep 22 10
716 plays

USA in the 20th Century Trivia Questions

1. What was the average life expectancy in the U.S. in 1905?

From Quiz
Life in America (1905)

Answer: 47 years

In the next 100 years, the life expectancy had increased by 30 years. Medical advances, healthier lifestyles, and proper eating have given Americans (and people throughout the world) much longer, healthier lives.

2. In May 1950, the Kefauver Committee began congressional hearings that included a large number of very high profile witnesses. What phrase entered the American lexicon as a result of the Kefauver Committee hearings?

From Quiz American History by Decade: The 1950s

Answer: Capo di tutti capi

The Kefauver Committee on Organized Crime interviewed an all-star list of American criminals including Mickey Cohen, Frank Costello, and Meyer Lansky, and was fictionalized in a scene in "The Godfather Part II". The American public first learned the term "capo di tutti capi" (boss of all bosses) during the hearings to denote the head of the New York mafia families.

3. Several American icons all make their first films in 1940. What were their names?

From Quiz American History by Decade: The 1940s

Answer: Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, and Tom & Jerry

In a strange coincidence, four extremely popular American cartoon characters made their first shorts in 1940: Bugs Bunny for Warner Brothers, Woody Woodpecker for Universal, and Tom & Jerry for MGM. Mel Blanc provided the original voice for both Bugs Bunny and Woody Woodpecker.

4. In the 1920 presidential election, Republican Senator Warren Harding of Ohio delivered a landslide victory over Democratic Governor James Cox (also from Ohio!). What was unique about the election of 1920?

From Quiz American History by Decade: The 1920s

Answer: The first presidential election in which women could vote

The 19th Amendment allowing women the right to vote had passed Congress in 1919. Harding won popular vote 60% to 34% which is the largest margin in U.S. Presidential election history.

5. The presidential election of 1912 was a three way race between Democrat Woodrow Wilson, Republican William Taft, and Bull Moose candidate Theodore Roosevelt. What is special about the presidential election of 1912?

From Quiz American History by Decade: The 1910s

Answer: It was the last in which one of the top two finishers was neither a Republican nor Democrat

During the Taft presidency, a rift had developed between fellow Republicans Taft and Roosevelt. Roosevelt broke away to form his Bull Moose party with other progressive Republicans and came in second in the 1912 election to Wilson. American political parties came and went throughout the 19th century, but after the 1912 election, the U.S. settled into the current Republican-Democrat two party system.

6. On June 5, 1900 a woman received a religious vision telling her to "Go to Kiowa". What was she supposed to do when she got to Kiowa, Kansas?

From Quiz American History by Decade: The 1900s

Answer: Destroy three saloons with a hatchet

Although saloons were illegal in Kansas, the law was rarely enforced. Radical Temperance activist Carrie Nation received a vision from God telling her to "take something in your hands" and smash the saloons in Kiowa. Nation continued her path of destruction throughout Kansas despite being frequently jailed. The Temperance movement was gaining steam at the turn of the century and would culminate in the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1919.

7. The international exposition held in St Louis in 1904 is generally known by the name of St Louis's World Fair. What is its official title?

From Quiz Back to Twentieth Century USA

Answer: Louisiana Purchase Exposition

The event ran from the end of April 1904 until the beginning of December, with exhibitors from 62 countries and nearly all of the then forty-three US states. The exposition was linked to the centenary of the Louisiana Purchase, in 1803. On display were the then new-fangled telephone, X-ray machine and automobiles.

8. In what year was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) first introduced to Congress?

From Quiz Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

Answer: 1933

President Franklin Roosevelt had established a similar program while governor of New York. On April 5, 1933 it was passed by voice vote by Congress. Robert Fechner of the machinist union was appointed as the first director. It seemed that its complicated structure might be a deterrent to its success since it required cooperation among four cabinet divisions--War, Labor, Agriculture, and Interior--but the CCC Advisory Council had overall supervision. The only opposition to the CCC came from unions that feared that the program would replace needed job training programs. They were assured that the CCC would only require basic manual labor skills.

9. In the early 1940s when I was very young, some evenings my mother would pull down all the window shades, draw drapes across the windows, and turn off nearly all of the lights in the house. Which term was used to describe such actions?

From Quiz Living in the Past

Answer: Blackout

A blackout was mandated every time the air raid siren went off. The idea was to prevent enemy planes from having a lighted target to bomb. When the alarm sounded, my father would put on a white helmet and go to his station as an Air Raid Warden. Another siren signaled the end of the blackout. As a small boy, all of this was frightening, as it must have been for adults, because each drill could have been for real.

10. 1960: The American U2 spy plane was shot down over Russia. Who was the pilot?

From Quiz The Swingin' Sixties

Answer: Francis Gary Powers

The plane was downed on May 1, 1960 when Eisenhower was President. Eichmann was captured in Argentina ("don't cry for him"). Kennedy beats Nixon. Fraser beats Laver at Wimbledon. A first class stamp is four cents. Paul Tibbets was the pilot of the Enola Gay in 1945. Charles Sweeney piloted Bock's Car over Nagasaki in 1945. Wiley Post was the first pilot to fly solo around the world in 1933.

11. The Purple Gang, unlike many of the other crime "families," was predominantly made up of members of this heritage.

From Quiz Violet Crimes

Answer: Jewish

The Purple Gang put the "Mispucha" in the mob. The founders of the group were four brothers: Abe, Joe, Raymond and Izzie Bernstein.

12. What airline operated the plane that was hijacked by D B Cooper in 1971?

From Quiz D B Cooper, Where Are You?

Answer: Northwest Orient

The Northwest Orient flight was a Boeing 727 originating in Portland, OR with Seattle as its destination.

13. In what U.S. state was the first atomic bomb detonated?

From Quiz 20th Century U.S.

Answer: New Mexico

Scientists had been hard at work developing the bomb at nearby Los Alamos, New Mexico. The test blast was detonated on July 16, 1945 and code-named "Trinity." This date is considered the beginning of the atomic age.

14. Oglala is in what state and Indian Reservation?

From Quiz Incident at Oglala

Answer: Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is in the southwest corner of South Dakota on the Nebraska border and covers 3,468 square miles larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined. This reservation is among the poorest in the nation. The population of Sioux Indians is estimated at less than 40,000, most of whom live in small settlements and about 120 miles from the nearest city, Rapid City. Both the Mount Rushmore Memorial and the Crazy Horse Memorial are tourist attractions. In 2011 economic development still lagged. For instance, there are no banks or discount stores on the reservation.

15. The Hells Angels are known for riding which make of motorcycle?

From Quiz OMG! It's Hells Angels (U.S)

Answer: Harley-Davidson

Hells Angels have been associated with Harley-Davidson motorcycles (also called "Hogs") since their inception. Harley started making motorcycles in 1903. A proud American company, it hasn't always been happy about its association with the Angels, since they are seen by most people as criminals.

16. America saw four presidents in the 1920s. Which of them served longest as president during the 1920s?

From Quiz America in the Roaring Twenties

Answer: Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge was president of the U.S. from 1923-1929, a total of six years. He was vice president for Harding who had a heart attack and died, making Coolidge the president in 1923. He was reelected president in 1924 with the slogan "Keep cool with Coolidge." Wilson had served as president till 1921, Harding served from 1921-1923, and Hoover was elected in 1928.

17. What is the only American city that had to bring in the US Army, not once, but twice in the 20th century to quell a major riot ? (The years were 1943 and 1967).

From Quiz Major 20th Century American Riots

Answer: Detroit

In 1943, the US Army was called in and put an immediate stop to the racial rioting. Detroit at the time was the "Arsenal of Democracy" and the riot brought war material production to a halt. In 1967, once again the army was called in as the level of violence had reached a point where martial law was seriously considered. Of all the urban riots that occurred in the 60's, the 1967 Detroit riot was unique in that it was not a true race riot; blacks and whites rioted side by side. It was also 'number one' for the level of sniper incidents. At times, entire sections of the city were pinned down by snipers, and at one point, 400 National Guardsman were pinned down at Henry Ford Hospital. It has been estimated that over one million bullets were fired over the course of the riot by all sides. Incidentally, the US Army was never called in any other 20th century riot.

18. What is the name of the main street for UC Berkeley activities? It featured Moe's Books, the Café Mediterranean, various eateries and people spending time on the streets talking to each other, "hanging out," as it came to be known.

From Quiz 1960s: UC Berkeley

Answer: Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue during the 1960 was a compact four block area full of students, compatible shops with a proximity to Oakland and the Bay Bridge to San Francisco. This was a time when one could run across Joan Baez shopping or see Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters. It was a center point of the student movement and the emerging core of counter culture.

19. The first stamp features a man who has been called the "Father of our National Parks".

From Quiz Collect the Century 1900-1909

Answer: John Muir

John Muir (1838-1914) was originally from Scotland and his writings are said to be the inspiration behind the development of our National Park System by President Theodore Roosevelt. William Bartram (1739-1823) was the first, great American-born naturalist and author of "Bartram's Travels" a book that Muir pronounced "interesting". Charles Sargent (1841-1927) was an American botanist and the first director of Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. James Harkin (1875-1955) served as Canada's first commissioner of National Parks and helped establish the world's first park service.

20. In the Spring of 1970, four California police officers, James E. Pence, Roger D. Gore, Walt C. Frago, and George M. Alleyn, made headline news in what has become known as "The Newhall Incident". What happened on that fateful evening?

From Quiz Police Investigator II : Case Review

Answer: the four officers were killed in the same gun battle

This tragic episode in California law enforcement history unfolded on a Sunday evening, April 6, 1970, in the small community of Newhall, about 35 miles north of Los Angeles. Case Particulars: Two California Highway Patrol officers, Walt Frago and Roger Gore, were on routine patrol when they monitored a broadcast on their police radio, of a vehicle traveling in their area that possibly contained an occupant who had been seen brandishing a firearm. The officers spotted a vehicle matching the description given, radioed for assistance (back-up), and proceeded to initiate a "traffic stop" of the vehicle in the parking lot of "J's Coffee Shop and Standard Station", just off of the Interstate 5 freeway. Once stopped, the officers approached the vehicle, one officer on each side of the vehicle. The door on the passenger side unexpectedly swung open, and the passenger exited the vehicle, pointed a gun at Officer Frago, and fired two shots, point blank, striking him in the chest. Frago was killed instantly. Officer Gore, who was on the drivers side of the vehicle, surprised by the sound of the gun shots, pulled his service weapon, and fired one shot at the suspect. At the same time, the driver of the vehicle fired two shots at Gore, mortally wounding him. Within seconds, the back-up police unit arrived. Not seeing either the suspects or the fallen officers, the two responding officers, James Pence and George Alleyn, immediately found themselves under gunfire. Officer Pence was able to radio what would be his last radio message, "11-99" (officers need help) "shots fired". Following a brief, violent gun battle, both officers were killed, and the two suspects escaped. The two gun battles lasted less than five minutes total. Law enforcement officers in the area flooded the location and launched a massive dragnet. Some eight hours later, the suspects were located, barricaded in a house, nearly four miles from the original shooting scene. Officers from the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department quickly surrounded the house. When a sheriff's department tactical team breached the house, one suspect, Jack Wright Twining, committed suicide by placing the muzzle of the shotgun he had taken from Officer Frago under his chin, and pulling the trigger. The second suspect, Bobby Augustus Davis, surrendered, and was taken into custody. Final outcome/Disposition of Case: * Bobby Davis, was convicted of four counts of murder, and sentenced to die in the California Gas Chamber. In 1972, the California Supreme Court ruled the death penalty to be "cruel and unusual" and Davis' sentence, along with those of all other inmates on California's death row, was commuted to a "life sentence". * A thorough investigative review of the incident resulted in sweeping changes in law enforcement procedures, especially regarding the stopping and approaching of hi-risk or felony subjects, the use of bulletproof vest, and methods used to place suspects under arrest. * CHP Officer James E. Pence was killed in the line of duty. (gunshot wound) * CHP Officer Roger D. Gore was killed in the line of duty. (gunshot wound) * CHP Officer Walt C. Frago was killed in the line of duty. (gunshot wound) * CHP Officer George M. Alleyn was killed in the line of duty. (gunshot wound) * Jack Wright Twining, suspected killer of four CHP Officers, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to avoid capture by law enforcement officers.

21. This Native American served as Vice President of the United States. Who was it?

From Quiz Early 20th Century U.S.

Answer: Charles Curtis

Kansas Senator and Republican Majority leader in the Senate, this Topeka citizen's mother was a Kaw Indian. He was Vice President under Herbert Hoover (March 4, 1929 till March 3, 1933).

22. What happened in the last few months of 1929 that triggered disastrous results throughout the 30's?

From Quiz It Happened in the 30s

Answer: The stock market crashed

On October 29, 1929, the stock market crashed. Americans became very worried about money, so they stopped spending it. That means they didn't buy cars, which means the car companies had to go out of business. The men who worked in the car companies didn't have jobs, so they couldn't pay the doctors, so the doctors had to go out of business, and so on.

23. In 1950 science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard published the book "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health." What church was founded, based on this book and Hubbard's other writings?

From Quiz 1950s All American History

Answer: Scientology

Celebrity followers of Sceintology include John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Leah Remini, Kirstie Alley, Isaac Hayes and, most famously, Tom Cruise.

24. The GI Bill of Rights enabled millions of what kind of people to enroll in schools?

From Quiz After World War II

Answer: veterans

This Bill also allowed them to take out low-interest loans.

25. Which treaty was proposed to Colombia in 1903 for United States access to the Panama Canal area?

From Quiz 20th Century U.S. : One Question per Decade!

Answer: Hay-Herran Treaty

Colombia turned down the Hay-Herran Treaty, hoping for the U.S. to submit a better deal. Instead, the U.S. helped Panamian revolutionaries rebel, and then made a deal with the revolutionaries.

26. On which college campus were four students killed during anti-war demonstrations on May 4, 1970?

From Quiz From the 1970s

Answer: Kent State University, Ohio

On May 4, 1970, National Guardsmen opened fired on students at Kent State killing four students and injuring nine others. Shortly after this Neil Young wrote a song which is a protest song about the killings and has become an anthem of the generation. He was with the group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

27. Vice-President Harry Truman was sworn in as President on April 12, 1945 following the death of Franklin Roosevelt. Who then assumed the American vice-presidency?

From Quiz 1940s All American History: 2

Answer: No one - there was no vice-president until after the 1948 election

The office of vice-president remained unfilled until the 1948 election. President Harry Truman's vice-president was Kentucky Congressman Alben Barkley. They were sworn into office in January, 1949. Barkley has the distinction of being the first vice-president to marry while in office.

28. No quiz on the 1940s would be complete without some questions on THE big event of the decade, WWII. Who was the American Vice-President when the US entered the war?

From Quiz 1940s All-American History 1

Answer: Henry Wallace

The US declared war on Japan immediately following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and war with Germany and Italy followed within a few days. Henry Wallace had succeeded John Nance Garner as vice-president in January, 1941. He was replaced on the 1944 Democratic ticket by Missouri Senator Harry Truman because party leaders feared for President Roosevelt's health and felt Truman was a more neutral choice should he succeed Roosevelt as president.

29. Who formed the S.L.A.?

From Quiz Symbionese Liberation Army

Answer: Donald Defreeze

Dondald DeFreeze escaped from Soledad State Prision and then hid in San Francisco with various leftist revolutionaries; two of these were Willie Wolf and Russ Little who would later join the S.L.A. He then met and fell in love with another future member, Patricia Michelle Soltysik, and these two lived together while he wrote the S.L.A. manifesto. DeFreeze believed in the S.L.A. as a black group intent on over throwing a white dominated America. This black group accepted people of all races to achieve its goals that would at first require violence.

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