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North Korea - The Korean War was a proxy war with both North Korea and South Korea sponsored by external powers.In 1950, war broke out when South Korea was invaded by which country?

       a. North Korea
       b. United States
       c. Japan
       d. France


Ferdinand Porsche - Porsche suffered a stroke and did not fully recover. He died on 30 January 1951 at the age of 75.In 1951, in Germany, what designer of Hitler's 'Peoples Car', and of an impressive sports car, died?

       a. Lucien Rosengart
       b. Ferdinand Porsche
       c. Henry Ford
       d. Wunibald Kamm


William Randolph Hearst - Hearst's life story was a source of inspiration for the lead character in Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane.In the U.S, which newspaper tycoon died in 1951?

       a. Andrew Carnegie
       b. William Randolph Hearst
       c. John D. Rockefeller
       d. Henry Ford


J.R.R Tolkien - In 2009, Forbes ranked Tolkien the 5th top-earning dead celebrity.Which English philologist published his first part of the trilogy The Lord of the Rings in 1954?

       a. J.R.R Tolkien
       b. John Steinbeck
       c. J.D. Salinger
       d. Harper Lee


Rock Around The Clock - 'Rock Around the Clock' is a 12-bar-blues-based song written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers.In 1955, the film entitled, "The Blackboard Jungle" launched a rock song destined to become a classic. What is the song called?

       a. Ballad of Davy Crockett
       b. Unchained Melody
       c. Rock Around The Clock
       d. The Great Pretender


Humphrey Bogart - Bogart's last movie was The Harder They Fall. One of Hollywood's favourite "tough guys" lost his battle against cancer in 1957. What is his name?

       a. James Dean
       b. Rock Hudson
       c. Humphrey Bogart
       d. Cary Grant


Fidel Castro - The United States tried to overthrow him through multiple assassination attempts and the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961.Which charismatic rebel leader defeated the dictator of Cuba, turning it into a communist state in 1959?

       a. Fidel Castro
       b. John A. Costello
       c. Juscelino Kubitschek
       d. Gustavo Rojas Pinilla


Gigi - Based on the 1944 novella of the same name, Gigi won nine Oscars.Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevallier co-starred in which movie released in 1958?

       a. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
       b. Gigi
       c. Vertigo
       d. The Defiant Ones


Harold Macmillan - Harold Macmillan was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 10 January 1957 to 18 October 1963.In Britain, who was Prime Minister Anthony Eden's successor when he resigned in 1957?

       a. Winston Churchill
       b. Clement Attlee
       c. Harold Macmillan
       d. Alec Douglas-Home


Melbourne - The 1956 Olympic Games were the first to be held outside Europe and North America.The 16th modern Olympic games that took place in 1956 where staged in which city?

       a. New York
       b. Paris
       c. Melbourne
       d. Calgary


Rosa Parks - Parks refused to obey the bus driver's order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger.In 1955, a woman in Alabama, U.S.A was arrested for violating the segregated seating laws on a bus. What was her name?

       a. Rosa Parks
       b. Louise Parkton
       c. Betty Parker
       d. Veronica Parker


Crick and Watson - Knerr and Melin invented the Hula-hoop in 1958.Who announced the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953?

       a. Crick and Watson
       b. Chaplin, Fuller and Pearson
       c. Kilby and Noyce
       d. Knerr and Melin


Rocky Marciano - Rocky Marciano is the only champion boxer to hold the heavyweight title and go undefeated throughout his career at 49 wins.Which heavyweight defeated Joe Walcott to become World Champion in 1952?

       a. Rocky Marciano
       b. Jake LaMotta
       c. Joe Louis
       d. Rocky Graziano



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