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1. In 1958 Columbia University instructor Charles Van Doren admitted that he had received answers prior to his numerous appearances on a television game show. A congressional committee investigating rigged quiz programs followed the next year. Which show was accused of providing the popular and telegenic Van Doren the answers in an effort to boost ratings?
2. In 1956 Warren Buffet put $5,000 into a limited partnership that would eventually finance his purchase of what would become the world's most profitable conglomerate holding company, Berkshire Hathaway. What is Buffet's nickname that alludes to his investing genius?
3. Dwight Eisenhower's Secretary of State John Foster Dulles had a well-known brother named Allen. What was Allen Dulles' claim to fame?
4. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame credits Bill Haley with being the "Father of Rock and Roll" based on his hit song that was #1 on the Billboard charts for two months in 1955 after it was popularized in the movie "The Blackboard Jungle." What is this possibly first-ever rock and roll chart topper?
5. This American teenager, who was the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Champion of 1952-1954, was the first woman to win all four Grand Slam tennis events in one calendar year. Tragically, her career ended at the age of 19 following a horseback riding accident. Who was this '50s phenomenon?
6. On September 28, 1953 the notorious kidnapping and murder of Bobby Greenlease, the son of a wealthy Kansas City Cadillac dealer, captured the nation's attention. The alleged kidnappers were caught on October 6, 1953 and confessed. What was the length of time from the commission of the crime to the perpetrator's execution?
7. In April, 1951 Matthew Ridgway became well known for his new job. What was it?
8. On March 31, 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein's only musical written for television, "Cinderella", was broadcast live on CBS. Who starred in the title role of this production?
9. In 1955 this former German scientist became a naturalized American citizen. Who would later be known as the father of the US Space Program, but could also be called the original "Rocket Man"?
10. On the last day of the 1950s this future thespian was born. He would later portray Simon Templar, Jim Morrison and Doc Holliday. Can you spot him?
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