Thursday, December 31, 2015
1. Jan. 7, A terrorist attack on what French publication prompted international outrage?
2. What Mediterranean nation faced repeated debt and financial crises?
3. Feb. 1 Who won Super Bowl XLIX?
4. Apr 4 Whose videotaped shooting (while unarmed) by a police officer in Charleston, SC, sparked national outrage and resulted in a murder charge against the office?
5. Apr. 19 The death of what black man while in police custody resulted in massive protests in Baltimore and elsewhere?
6. May 14 What blues guitarist, who had a mega-hit with "The Thrill is Gone," died?
7. June 26 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled state laws that did what were unconstitutional?
8. July 10, In response to a massacre at a black church by a white supremacist, what was removed from the S.C. capital grounds?
9. Sept 28 NASA scientists confirmed the existence of liquid flowing water on what planet?
10. Dec. What was the name of the Texas teen fugitive who was captured in Mexico with his (ugh!) mother?
11. Dec. Who was the celebrity who was finally formally charged with sexual assault after years of allegations?
1. What are the only two nations whose flags are squares?
2. What is the only nation whose flag is not a square or rectangle?
3. Who was the first U.S. President to sport a beard while in office?
4. If it is midnight on the international date line, what time is it on the prime meridian?
5. What feature in Russia is typically viewed as the dividing line between Asia and Europe?
6. Who are the only two U.S. Presidents buried in California?
7. What CA site is typically the most-visited place in the U.S. national park system each year?
8. What is the capital of Cameroon?
9. Who resigned as U.S. Speaker of the House in 2015?
1. What group had hits with "Fallen Angel," and "Ride the Wind"?
2. What hard rock group had hits with "Dreams," "Can't Stop Loving You,"
"Right Now," and "Why Can't This Be Love"?
3. What group had hits with "Comfortably Numb," "Whole Lotta Lovin'" and their only #1 hit with "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)"?
4. What group had a hit with an 8-minute song called "Stairway to Heaven"?
5. What group, started in 1964, had Roger Daltrey as lead singer and Pete Townsend as guitarist?
6. What rock giant died on Dec . 8, 1980?
7. What group had a hit in 1969 with "Pinball Wizard"?
These are some of my favorite soft rock/slow songs
1. What female folk singer had hits in the 60's and 70's with "Amazing Grace," "Send in the Clowns," and "Both Sides Now"?
2. What male country artist had a hit with "Unanswered Prayers"?
3. What black female singer had cover hits with "I will Always Love You," and the "Star Spangled Banner"?
4. Who was the lead singer for Van Halen's 1988 hit "When It's Love"?
5. On the soundtrack for the movie "The Lost Boys," who had a great rendition of "Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me"?
6. What male soloist had a hit with "Eyes Without a Face"?
7. What group had a hit with "Love Walked In"?
8. What group had a hit with "Don't Stop Believing"?
9. Who wrote and first recorded "I Will Always Love You"?
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
2. What AC/DC hit has the line "She told me to come, but I was already there"?
3. Who had a hit with "Purple Haze"?
4. What group had a soundtrack (Flashdance) hit called "Seduce Me Tonight" which included the line "Show me all the secrets between your thighs"?
5. What group had hits with "Hot for Teacher," "Finish What You Started"
and "Everybody Wants Some"?
6. What rock giant died Aug. 16, 1977 from a prescription drug overdose?
7. What rock giant lost paternity suits brought by Luciana Morad and Marsha Hunt?
8. What was the title of a 1992 song about a drug released by Billy Idol
which was a cover for a song written and previously recorded by Lou Rawls?
9. What artist and backup group did a cover of "Fire Down Below," and had hits with "The Fire Inside," and "Night Moves"?
10. What famous rock band front man died of a heroin overdose on July 3, 1971?
1. What famous play by James Barrie premiered in London?
2. 1612 Who first viewed the planet Neptune but erroneously classified it as a star?
3. 1890 American troops attempting to disarm a group of Sioux Indians massacred over 400 men, women and children at what location in South Dakota?
4. 2006 After trial, what former dictator was executed by hanging?
5. 1991 What nation was officially dissolved?
6. 1863 What historic act was undertaken by Pres. Lincoln?
7. 1872 LDS (Mormon) leader Brigham Young (71) was arrested for having how many wives?
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
1. 1860 What was the first state to secede from the U.S.?
2. 1946 What classic Christmas movie starring Jimmy Steward first debuted?
3. 1898 Pierre and Marie Curie discovered what radioactive element? Radium
4. 1913 The first crossword puzzle appeared in what New York Newspaper?
5. 1937 Walt Disney premiered the first full-length animated feature which had what title?
6. 1988 270 people died when a Pan Am flight exploded over what Scottish city?
7. 1989 American troops invaded what country?
8. 1961 Who was reported to be the first U.S. soldier to die in Viet Nam?
9. 1984 What was the name of the New York City resident who shot four alleged robbers on the subway, and who case became a cause celebre?
10. 1886 Who was the famous author of the novel Vanity Fair who died on this date?
11. 1814 The War of 1812 ended with the signing of what treaty?
12. 1979 The Soviet Union invaded what country?
13. 1776 George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River and surprised and defeated the Hessians in what battle the next day?
14. 1868 What President issue an unconditional pardon to all Confederate military personnel?
2. It's a Wonderful Life
4. The New York World
5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
8. James David (RIP)
9. Bernhard Goetz
10. William Makepeace Thackeray
11. Treaty of Ghent
13. Battle of Trenton
14. Andrew Johnson
1. What group named after a hair-cut had a hit in 1955 with "Earth Angel."
2. What group had a 1955 hit with "Only You"?
3. What group had hits with "Little Darlin'" (1957) and "The Stroll" in 1959?
4. The Dell-Viking biggest hit of 1957 was what song?
5. Who had a hit in 1958 with "Little Star"?
6. In 1958, the Four Preps had a hit with what song whose title was a distance?
7. What song was the Fleetwoods biggest hit of 1959?
8. What group had a hit with "There Goes My Baby" in 1959?
9. In 1959, The Impalas biggest hit was what song?
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
1. In what year was Thanksgiving first celebrated as a national holiday in the U.S.?
2. How long did it take Lincoln to deliver his famous Gettysburg address?
3. Who was the black sailor killed by the British in the Boston Massacre in 1770?
4. What was the first English settlement in America (1607)?
5. In what U.S. Supreme Court decision did the Court declare the Missouri Compromise of 1820 unconstitutional?
6. In 1920, in what Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote?
7. Founded in 1909, what was America's first national black civil rights organization?
8. What city is the capital of Alabama and was the first capitol of the Confederacy?
1. Who holds the NFL record for most passing yards in game by a QB who did not start the game?
2. Who was the youngest man to win a world heavyweight boxing championship?
3. Who was the first quarterback to win 4 Super Bowls?
4. What NBA team hold record for most consecutive wins to start the regular season?
5. In 2015 what horse became the first one of win the triple crown since "Affirmed" in 1978?
6. In 2015 what college football team won the first College Football National Championship game?
7. Who holds the rushing record (204 yds.) for a Super Bowl?
8. What NBA player is #1 in total career rebounding and tied for # 1 in career scoring average per game?
1. 1961 What famous, 101 year-old painter of "American primitives" died on this day?
2. 1911 Who was the first human to reach the South Pole?
3. 1791 What part of the U.S. Constitution went into effect?
4. 1773 What famous American political demonstration took place on this date?
5. 1967 Who was the Australian Prime Minister who disappeared while swimming and whose body was never found?
6. 1865 What amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery took effect?
7. 1732 Who began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac"?
8. 1997 What blockbuster romance film with a one-word title and famous soundtrack debuted in the U.S.?
Thursday, December 10, 2015
These are some of my favorite hard-rock tunes.
1. Who had a 2011 hit with "The Edge of Glory"?
2. What group had a hit with "Notorious"?
3. What group had a hit with "Devil Inside"
4. What group had a great live version of "You shook me All night Long"?
5. What trio had hits with "Gimme all your Lovin'" and "Sharp-Dressed Man"?
6. What was AC/DC's all-time highest charting single (1992)?
7. What solo artist had these 6 great hard rock songs? "Dancing with Myself," "Mony Mony," "Rebel Yell," "White Wedding," "To Be a Lover,"
and "Don't you (Forget About Me")?
8. What group had a hit in 1987 with "Sweet Child O' Mine"?
9. In 1966 what group had a hit with "Gimme Some Lovin"?
10. In 1966, The Bobby Fuller Four had their biggest hit with what song?
1. 1774 What country established the first nationwide public education system?
2. 1941 How many aircraft carriers were in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack?
3. 1982 What was the first state to use lethal injection for executions?
4. 1980 Who shot and killed John Lennon?
5. 1990 Who was elected President of Poland in that nation's first-ever direct election of a President?
6. 1901 What famous international awards/prizes were first awarded in Sweden?
7. 1979 What female was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?
8. 1936 What British King abdicated?
9. 1963 What famous singer was released after his father paid a $240,000 ransom?
10. 1915 What famous singer was born on this date?
11. Who patented the hovercraft?
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
1. 1582 William Shakespeare married whom?
2. Who made the first flight over the Notrth Poll?
3. 1940 Actress Lucille Ball married whom?
4. 1834 The slaves in what British colony were emancipated?
5. 1640 What country became independent upon expelling Spanish occupiers?
6. 1823 President Monroe announced what foreign policy bombshell?
7. 1984 A chemical spill/leak from what U.S. company's chemical plant in Bhopal India resulted in an estimated 3,000 deaths?
8. 1967 Who was the head of the surgical team that completed the world's first heart transplant?
9. 1915 the state of Georgia gave official recognition to what group?
10. 1933 What U.S. constitutional amendment was finally ratified, repealing what prior constitutional amendment?
1. Anne Hathaway
2. Richard E. Byrd
3. Desi Arnaz
4. British Cape Colony
6. "Hands Off" policy, no more European colonies in N. or S. American
7. Union Carbide
8. Christaan Barnard
9. Ku Klux Klan
10. 21st repealed 18th
Friday, November 27, 2015
1. Who is the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?
2. What U.S. Supreme Court decision radically changed all state criminal justice systems and police departments by making the federal exclusionary mandatory for all states?
3. Most federal civil rights civil cases are brought under what civil rights statute?
4. The equal protection clause is found in what Constitutional Amendment?
5. What U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawed racial segregation in American public schools?
6. What U.S. Chief Justice of the 1800's is generally regarded as America's greatest?
7. What Amendment to the Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishments?
8. What is the name of the ancient and current writ by which one challenges the legality of their confinement by government?
9. What is the trial court of general jurisdiction in the federal court system?
10. The state of Texas is covered by which U.S. Court of Appeals?
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1. John Roberts
2. Mapp v. Ohio (1961)
3. Title 42 United States Code, sec. 1983
5. Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
6. John Marshall
8. Habeas Corpus
9. United State District Court
10. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
2. In 1945, what German General was captured when U-234 surrendered to the Americans?
3. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, how many U.S. aircraft carriers were in the harbor.
4. What nation had the largest number of military and civilian casualties in WW II?
5. What WWII U.S. ship received the most awards?
6. The Pact of Steel was an alliance between what 2 WWII combatants?
7. In terms of number of planes and ships involved, what was the biggest naval battle of WWII?
8. Japan had the 2 largest battleships in history. What were their names?
9. Who was Hitler's military Chief of Staff during WWII?
10. The Nov. 1942 Allied Landings in N. Africa had what code name?
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
1. 1990 Who was the 'Junk Bond King' sentenced to 10 years in prison?
2. 1963 How old was Pres. Kennedy when he was assassinated?
3. 1814 U.S. Veep Eldridge Gerry died in office. He was the second VP of what President to die in office?
4. 1859 Who first published his famous book, "Origin of the Species"?
5. 1865 Following the end of the Civil War which state first passed draconian anti-black laws termed "Black Codes"?
6. 1991, Freddie Mercury, died. He was the lead singer of what rock group?
7. 1906. Which U.S. President returned home from a Central American trip which made him the first sitting President to travel outside the U.S.?
8. 1940 The Nazi began forcing thousands of Jews into a walled ghetto that was called what?
Monday, November 16, 2015
1. What duo had a hit in 1976 with "Nights are Forever?"
2. Who had a huge hit in 1962 with "He's so fine"?
3. Who had a hit in 1986 with "Tonight will be all right"?
4. Who had a #1hit in 1979 with "Still"?
5. What singer and backup group recorded the first release version of "All cried out"?
These songs are some of my oldie favorites. Have I dated myself? (No, but I have taken myself to the movies on many occasions)
1. What doo-wop group had a hit in 1956 with "In the Still of the Night"?
2. What group had a #1 hit in 1958 with "To know him is to love him"?
3. What group had a #1 hit in 1958 with "At the Hop"?
4. What group had an up-tempo doo-wop hit with "Denise" in 1963?
5. What group's biggest hit was the 1968 hit "Midnight Confession"?
6. What country artist had a pop hit in 1958 with "It's only make believe"?
7. Famous producer and song writer Phil Spector was a member of what singing group?
1. The book Moby Dick was first published. Who was its author?
2. 1956 What was the name of Elvis Presley's first film?
3. 1864 What Union General ordered the civilian evacuation and then burning of Atlanta?
4. 1907 What U.S. Territory became the 46th state?
5. 1952 In the Peanuts comic strip, what famous antic took place?
6. 1960 When this handsome actor died he was eulogized as "The King of Hollywood." What was his name?
7. 1869 What famous waterway opened?
8. 1913 The first ship through the Panama Canal had what name?
9. 1973 Pres. Nixon uttered what four famous words?
10. 1988 Who was the first female to be elected head of state in an Islamic country?
11. 1874 What famous women's organization was officially started in Cleveland Ohio?
12. 1928 What famous cartoon character first appeared in what was the first successful sound-synchronized film.
13. 1861 Who composed "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"?
14. 1863 Who delivered what masterful and historic speech?
15. 1818 Who formally declared Venezuela an independent state?
16. 1973 What animated, classic Thanksgiving story first aired on TV?
17. 2003 What celebrity was arrested on charges of child molestation?
2. Love Me Tender
3. William Tecumseh Sherman
5. Lucy pulls the ball away at the last second as Charlie Brown is running towards it to kick it.
6. Clark Gable
7. Suez Canal
9. "I am not a crook"
10. Benazir Bhutto
11. Women's Christian Temperance Union
12. Mickey Mouse in "Steamboat Willie"
13. Julian Ward Howe
14. Abraham Lincoln, "Gettybsburg Address
15. Simon Bolivar
16. "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"
17. Michael Jackson
Saturday, November 14, 2015
ROCK AND ROLL QUESTIONS I
1. Just before starting a fabulous solo career, Lionel Richie was the lead singer in what group?
2. What was Van Halen's only #1 hit song.
3. Billy Idol's best-selling single was what song?
According to Rolling Stone magazine,
4. Who is the #1 greatest guitarist?
5. Who is/are the # 1 greatest artists (solo or group)?
6. What is the greatest song?
7. What is the greatest album?
8. What ZZ Top hit has the same title as the slang term for a particular sex act?
9. What was the Rolling Stones' first #1 international hit?
10. What was Lionel Richie's first solo U.S. #1 hit?
11. Who was the drummer in the Beatle's early hit "Love Me Do"?
1. Who was the first Vice President to later be elected President?
2. What city was the territorial and first capital of the state of Oklahoma?
3. The Liberty Bell was removed from Philadelphia by Revolutionary forces and temporarily hidden in what city?
4. in 1963, a white supremacist bomb exploded in a black church and killed 4 black girls in what U.S. city?
5. Who was U.S. President on the date of the U.S. Bicentennial?
6. Who was the second Vice-President of the U.S.?
7. What 1862 Civil War battle is considered the bloodiest/deadliest day in U.S. history?
8. Who was the only American to serve as both President and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?
9. On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee ordered that a flag of surrender be carried to Union lines. Having no such white flag, Lee ordered that what be used instead?
10. Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered on Apr. 9, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse, VA, at whose home?
11. What 6 U.S. Presidents served at least part of a term without a Vice President?
1. John Adams
3. Allentown, PA
4. Birmingham, Alabama
5. Jimmy Carter
6. Thomas Jefferson
7. Battle of Antietam
8. William Howard Taft
9. a white towel
10. Wilbur McLean
11. John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester A. Arthur, Richard Nixon and Lindon Johnson
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
3. 1966 Who was the first black elected U.S. Senator?
5. 1938 Many Jewish communities in Germany suffered through a night of terror that, in German, became known as what?
7. 1831 Who was the leader of a slave revolt who was hanged?
8. 1944 What WW II German battleship was sunk in a Norwegian fjord?
10. 1775 Who wrote the famous quote “Nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes”?
6. Sesame Street
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
11. 1956 Soviet tanks crushed a revolt in what eastern European nation?
Saturday, October 31, 2015
What is this condition?
2. What Catholic religious order built the "Alamo," and other missions in Texas?
3. What city was the territorial capital and first state capital of Oklahoma?
4. What is the Periodic Table symbol for the element copper?
5. Who was the 15th President of the U.S.?
6. What Amendment to the Constitution protects against unreasonable searches and seizures?
7. Who was the last President of the U.S. who was not nominated by the Republican or Democratic parties?
8. The metric measure "tonne" is equivalent to how many U.S. pounds?
9. The Roman numeral "D" stands for what number?
10. Besides, Centigrade and Fahrenheit, was is the other widely used measure of temperature?
Thursday, October 29, 2015
2. In 1607, the Mayflower was headed for Virginia, but mistakenly landed where?
3. In 1520, what Spanish Conquistador conquered the Aztecs in Mexico?
4. In 1532, what Spanish Conquistador conquered the Incas in Peru?
Monday, October 26, 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
1. What was Michelangelo’s (1475-1564) last name?
2. Who created/invented calculus?
3. Who invented the mechanical printing press (around 1440 A.D.)?
4. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) was a master of many fields, including painting. Which painting is Da Vinci’s “masterpiece?”
5. What was Philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli’s (1469-1527) most famous book?
6. During the 1500’s-1600’s, what 3 astronomers revolutionized the field?
7. What famous Renaissance writer stressed that science must be based on observation and mathematics?
8. In reaction to the Renaissance and Reformation, the Catholic Church set up brutal inquisitions. The most notorious was in what country ?
Thursday, October 22, 2015
2. What Frankish King led the forces that defeated the Arabs at the battle of Poitiers in 732 A.D. and prevented Arab domination of Europe?
3. Who was the first Holy Roman Emperor?
4. In what year was the Battle of Hastings where the Normans defeated the Anglo-Saxons?
5. What ancient empire is credited with the invention of gunpowder, paper money and the magnetic compass?
6. The political, economic and social system that dominated Europe during the Dark Ages was called what?
7. What was the name of the series of European wars that lasted 116 years?
8. Who was the founder of the Ottoman Empire?
9. Whos is generally regarded as the Father of the Renaissance?
10. What was the name of the famous English legal document that was signed by the King in 1215 A.D.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
2. No is the symbolic what element in the periodic table?
3. The month named January is named after what Roman God?
4. The day of the week named Friday is named after what Norse Godess?
5. What is the birthstone for the month of January?
6. What state in the U.S. has the motto "Live Free or Die"?
7. What is the state flower of Texas?
8. What does the Latin phrase 'non compos mentos' mean in English?
9. Who wrote 'cogito ergo sum' (I think, therefore I am)?
10. How many kilometers are there in a mile?
1. What is the capital of Belarus?
2. The Faeroe (Faroe) islands are a self-governing region of what nation?
3. What nation is the only one to have a firearm on its national flag?
4. Uruguay is located between what 2 other countries?
5. The Pitcairn islands are an overseas territory of what nation ?
6. What is the capitol of Viet Nam?
7. What is the capitol of Azerbaijan?
8. What nation whose name ends on "stan" has the largest land area?
9. Sakhalin Island is part of what country?
10. What is the capital of the state of Delaware?
Saturday, October 17, 2015
1. Civilization first appeared around 5,000 BC in the area known as _______________.
2. The first written legal code appeared in the 1700's B.C. It was named after the Babylonian Emperor at that time. It is referred to as the ____________________.
3. The earliest civilization was created on the island of Crete and is known as what?
4. The sole still standing survivor(s) of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World are the ___________.
5. In 332 B.C. Alexander the Great Conquered Egypt. He named its new capital ________.
6. The defeat of what group/empire was celebrated by construction of the Parthenon in Athens?
7. Democracy first appeared the city-state of ______.
8. Who was the first Roman Emperor?
9. What Roman Empire first divided the empire into east and west divisions?
10. Who was the last Roman Emperor?
11. "Buddha" founded his religion around 2500 years ago. What was his real name?
12. What ancient civilization is given credit for creating the game of Chess?
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY 10/17-10/23
ON OCT. 17
(Q. 1) 1814, 320,000 gallons of beer from ruptured vats reportedly killed 9 people when it rushed into the streets of the St. Giles District of what city?
(Q. 2) 1898, the U.S. formally took possession of what territory?
(Q. 3) 1977, Who tied Babe Ruth's record of 3 home runs in a single World Series game?
(Q. 4) 1781, British General Cornwallis surrendered at the Last Battle of the American Revolution, the battle of _____________________.
(Q. 5) 1789, who was sworn in as the First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?
(Q. 6) 1740, this woman became the ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia upon the death of her father.
(Q. 7) 1977, in plane crash, the lead singer (Ronnie Van Zant) guitarist (Steve Gaines) and 4 other members of what rock group died?
(Q. 8) 1805, British Admiral Sir Hortio Nelson died in the fighting but nonetheless scored a crucial victory against the French in what battle
(Q. 9) 1879, who invented the light bulb?
(Q. 10) 1966, who/what was the first all-female singing group to have a #1 selling album?
(Q. 11) Article I, sec. 9, cl. 2 of the Constitution provides: "
The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it." On this date in 1861 Pres. Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus for all military-related cases for what city/area?
2. Puerto Rico
3. Reggie Jackson
4 . Yorktown (Virginia)
5. John Jay
6. Maria Teresa
7. Lynyrd Skynyrd
9. Thomas Edison
10. The Supremes ("Supremes A-Go-Go")
11. District of Columbia