Hispanic Americans Quiz
Who is the first Hispanic to have won the Pulitzer Prize?
- Oscar Hijuelos earned a Pulitzer for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989), the story of Cuban musicians in New York in the early 1950s, when Latin music first swept the United States.
Who is the first Hispanic to have served in the U.S. Congress?
- Joseph Marion Hernandez was a delegate from the Spanish territory of Florida. He served in Congress just over five months, from September 1822 to March 1823.
Who is the first Hispanic woman to become an astronaut?
- Ellen Ochoa became an astronaut for NASA in 1990.
Roberto C. Goizueta is credited with improving visibility worldwide and greatly increasing the stock price of what major U.S. company?
- Roberto C. Goizueta was the chairman of Coca-Cola for 16 years. During his tenure, stock prices increased over 7,000%.
This musician/composer/actor ran for president in his native country.
- In 1994, Ruben Blades ran an unsuccessful campaign for the presidency of Panama.
Who is the first Hispanic player voted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame?
- Roberto Clemente is often considered baseball’s greatest right fielder and is beloved for the humanitarian work he pursued in his lifetime.
This singer helped popularize folk music and has spent a lifetime promoting nonviolence and humanitarian causes.
- In the 1960s Joan Baez started The Institute for the Study of Nonviolence, which is now called the Resource Center for Nonviolence.
This journalist received the Robert F. Kennedy award for her story, Manhood Behind Bars, which ran on National Public Radio.
- Maria Hinojosa is a CNN correspondent and hosts NPR’s Latino USA.
This nine-fingered guitarist has a devoted fan base and was honored with an eponymous Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor.
- Jerry Garcia’s band, The Grateful Dead, epitomized the San Fransisco sound of the 1960s.
Luis Walter Alvarez won a Nobel Prize in:
- In 1968, Luis Walter Alvarez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on a radio distance and direction indicator.