1960s America Quiz
Who led the Civil Rights Movement and delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963?
- Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963. His speech came towards the end of the Civil Rights Movement, which King was integral to.
What nearly started WWIII?
- A 13-day confrontation between the US and the Soviet Union in October 1962 became known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. This crisis began after Cuba allowed the Soviet Union to build ballistic missiles on the island.
What country was targeted in the Bay of Pigs Invasion?
- The Bay of Pigs Invasion occurred 1961 in Cuba, as Cuban exiles opposed Fidel Castro's Cuban Revolution. The failed invasion was financed and directed by the US government, increasing Cold War tensions.
Which president was assassinated in 1963?
- On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while driving in his motorcade in Dallas, Texas. JFK was shot in the head and neck.
What milestone did NASA reach in 1969?
- On July 20, 1969, NASA beat Russia in the Space Race, landing the first people on the moon. Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first people to go to the moon, and Armstrong became the first person to land on the moon.
What did the Civil Rights march from Montgomery to Selma become known as?
- In 1965, nonviolent protesters marched 3 separate times from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama to gain voting rights for African Americans. The march on March 7 became known as Bloody Sunday after state troopers attacked the marchers.
Which famous death shocked the country in 1962?
- Marilyn Monroe died August 4, 1962, just over a year before JFK's assassination. Monroe's overdose shocked the country because it was rumored that she was having an affair with JFK.
Which Civil Rights leader was killed in 1965?
- Malcolm X, after moving away from the Nation of Islam, believed that people were after his life. He was right. Four NOI members assassinated him in 1965.
Which band took the country by storm in 1964, kicking off the British Invasion of popular music?
- The Beatles overturned the face of music in the United States in a lot of ways, not least in paving the way for dozens of other British acts who would see great success in the following years.
Who was the first televised presidential debate between?
- On September 26, 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon had their first general election debate in Chicago. This debate became the first televised presidential debate.