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1. It was the best of times: Many Americans felt optimistic when the young John Fitzgerald Kennedy took office as President. Which of the following quotes was contained in his inaugural address?
2. It was the worst of times: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on 22 November, 1963. Which of the following has NOT become widely associated with conspiracy theories about this historic event?
3. It was the best of times: In 1960, a major British publishing house, Penguin Books, released an edition of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' although the book had previously been considered a violation of the Obscene Publications Act. What was the result?
4. It was the worst of times: In some countries bans on 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' had been lifted by 1964, but in that year bookseller Ranjit Udeshi was charged and convicted for selling a copy of the novel. In which country did this occur?
5. It was the best of times: On the happy occasion of accepting the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, the winner said: 'I must ask why this prize is awarded to a movement which is beleaguered and committed to unrelenting struggle; to a movement which has not won the very peace and brotherhood which is the essence of the Nobel Prize'. Who was this champion of equal rights for all citizens in his native country?
6. It was the worst of times: In 1964 three civil rights activists, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney, were murdered and members of the Ku Klux Klan were involved. In which American state did this occur?
7. It was the best of times: The Beatles got their first record contract when George Martin signed them to the EMI Parlophone label in 1962. Which British record company had refused to sign the group after auditioning them just months earlier?
8. It was the worst of times: Relations between the members of The Beatles were at an all time low during recording sessions held in January 1969. After struggling to agree on an appropriate location for what would end up being their final live performance, where did the group eventually give the show?
9. It was the best of times: The New York Mets overcame a shaky start to the team's existence by winning which important sports title in 1969?
10. It was the worst of times: In 1962 the New York Mets set an abysmal twentieth century record in their sport. What was it?
11. It was the best of times: The year 1967 marked a very important step forward for the Aboriginal people of Australia. What happened?
12. It was the worst of times: During the 1960s some things were improving for Aboriginal people in Australia, but they were still suffering very high rates of forced child removal. By what name are the Aboriginal victims of forced separation often known today?
13. It was the best of times: In 1967 Dr. Christiaan Barnard made medical history when he performed the first successful human transplant of which of these body parts?
14. It was the worst of times: In an international medical catastrophe, many pregnant women took a drug called Thalidomide up until 1961, when this use of the drug was halted because it was found to cause severe birth defects. What had Thalidomide been prescribed to treat in these women?
15. It was the best of times: In 1960, no fewer than seventeen African nations claimed independence from colonial powers. Which of the following countries did NOT relinquish a colonial possession in Africa that year?
16. It was the worst of times: On 21 March 1960, thousands of Africans approached a police station in Sharpeville to protest restrictive pass laws. The police opened fire and continued shooting even as the crowd scattered, killing sixty-nine people. In which country did this occur?
17. It was the best of times: Happily, on 24 July, 1969, the men who were the first people to walk on the moon returned safely to earth. Which U. S. President had a speech ready to deliver should the astronauts have been stranded on the lunar surface?
18. It was the worst of times: The retroactively-named Apollo 1 mission was supposed to be the first manned flight of a command module that would get man to the moon. Why did the mission fail to accomplish its goal?
19. It was the best of times: Organisers of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair assured local authorities that they were expecting no more than 50,000 people, yet they set up a sound system designed to cater for between 150,000 and 200,000. Approximately how many people actually attended the event?
20. It was the worst of times: The iconic Woodstock festival of 1969 was marred by which natural phenomenon?
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