Testing your 1960s knowledge

Published 11:46 am Thursday, July 16, 2015

This is a test.

No, you will not need paper or pencil, or to turn on your radio or TV. This is a test of  your memory of the events of the 1960s. The answers will appear at the end of this column.

You may claim that you weren’t even born yet, or you were too small to remember any of these events. Well, the questions I am asking, every one should know just from history.

• What was the name of the famous rock festival held in 1969 and where was it held?

• Who invented the laser?

• What famous wall was built in Germany?

• What was the name of the group that was sent to foreign countries to provide technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand American culture and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries?

• What four famous men were assassinated?

• Where was the first Super Bowl held and what teams played in the game?

• What war took place in the 60s?

• Where did men go who did not want to serve in the Army?

• What group came from England and became a big hit on the Ed Sullivan Show?

• Who was the first woman to go into space?

• What did the first man on the moon say when he landed on the moon?

• Who became the world heavyweight boxing champion?

• Who wrote and published the “Feminine Mystique?”

• Where did the first Wal-Mart open?

• Who played 007 in the first James Bond movie?

• What famous painting did Andy Warhol paint?

• What were the Black Panthers?

• Who is Charles Manson and what did he do?

• What is the Civil Rights Act ?

• What monumental achievement did Dr. Christiaan Bernard perform?

• These are 20 good questions that should give you  a good view of the history of the 1960s. Since the Edwardsburg Museum is featuring the 1960s, all of the answers appear there in the new display “News, Views, and Events of the 1960s.” The new display is up now and will be featured until Aug. 29.

• The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  on Saturday.

• Good luck finding the answers. I lied, you have to find them yourself at the museum.


Jo-Ann Boepple works at the Edwardsburg Area History Museum.