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1. The year is 1984. The location is New York City. A 37-year-old white man shoots four African-American teens on the subway. All four teens are badly injured but survive. The shooter is tried and acquitted of all charges except carrying an unlicensed gun. What is the name of this man who took the law into his own hands?
2. In 1938 a well-known actor/director produced a particularly realistic radio show on Halloween night. It was so realistic that it caused widespread panic. It was also an act of deception. American citizens were fooled into believing that earth was being taken over by aliens. Which actor was behind the hoax?
3. The PTL (Praise the Lord) Club, a TV show that was a mix of sermon, talk show, and fundraising, began in 1976. Headed by a charismatic televangelist who owned the PTL Network, the show ran for many years. As the PTL Network coffers increased, so did the lavish lifestyle he enjoyed with his wife and business partner, Tammy Faye. It all came crashing down in 1987. Name this disgraced televangelist.
4. Back in 1994, a former pro football player was accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Defended by a "Dream Team" of lawyers, which ex-ballplayer was eventually acquitted of all criminal charges?
5. Imagine that you are watching a TV quiz show in 1956. The show is called "Twenty-One." Every correct answer is rewarded in cash. However, the questions are so difficult that many contestants don't score at all. The show becomes boring. The lone sponsor, Geritol, threatens to withdraw from the show. Then a winner emerges. He is handsome, intelligent, and comes from a famous literary family. Who is he?
6. This head-turning movie star was born Julia Jean in 1921. She had one child, a daughter, from her marriage to Stephen Crane. When the actress became mixed up with a gangster who became increasingly more violent with her, her daughter fatally stabbed him during one of his violent rages. It was a lurid scandal that made headlines. What is the name of the actress involved in the scandal?
7. The year was 1919. Engaging in gay sex was against the law. In an attempt to remove gay men from the Navy, officer Ervin Arnold, with the full knowledge and support of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, came up with an undercover scheme that scandalized the nation and put the Navy itself on trial. Who was Assistant Secretary of the Navy at the time of the scandal?
8. Anyone with a TV set in 1991 will remember the constant replaying of the beating of an African American man by three white L.A.P.D. officers. The man had been pulled over for drunk driving. A civilian onlooker shot a home video of the beating that was replayed over and over on news reports. Who was the man that was badly beaten?
9. He's a rock'n'roll pioneer, country music singer, songwriter and is known as "The Killer." In 1957 he became known for something else. He married his thirteen-year-old cousin, Myra. Who is this controversial singer?
10. During the 1920s, in the southern region of the U.S., syphilis was a big problem for poor, uneducated African American communities. Since syphilis was incurable at that time, the U.S. Public Health Service decided to start a program to deal with the problem. The P.H.S. got together with a well known African American university to carry out a program that was supposedly aimed at helping those communities affected by the disease. What resulted was an unethical study that betrayed African American men and their families. Which university took part in this unethical study?
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