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The 1950s: a quiz

I remember the 1950s – just! Having been born in 1952, I was still at primary school when 1960 dawned, but I do have memories of some of the events in the latter part of the decade. Even if you’re not as ancient as me, you might still have some knowledge of what happened during the decade that formed the bridge between postwar austerity and the “Swinging Sixties”. Here’s your chance to find out!

  • What was the name of the first space satellite, launched by the Russians in 1957?

    • Vostok
    • Sputnik
    • Soyuz
    • Kosmos
  • During the Suez Crisis of 1956, three nations joined forces against Egypt. Britain and Israel were two of them, but which was the third?

    • France
    • Syria
    • Germany
    • Libya
  • Who did Harold Macmillan succeed as UK Prime Minister in 1957?

    • Winston Churchill
    • Clement Attlee
    • Anthony Eden
    • Alec Douglas-Home
  • Who wrote “Lord of the Flies”, published in 1954?

    • Graham Greene
    • Kinglsey Amis
    • Ian Fleming
    • William Golding
  • The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in which year?

    • 1951
    • 1953
    • 1955
    • 1957
  • A struggle for independence in which country led to the collapse of the French Fourth Republic in 1958?

    • Morocco
    • Tunisia
    • Algeria
    • Libya
  • Which Caribbean island became a Communist state in 1959?

    • Cuba
    • Trinidad
    • Anguilla
    • Jamaica
  • Which composer died on the same day as Joseph Stalin (5 March 1953)?

    • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • Sergei Prokofiev
    • Dmitri Shostakovich
    • Igor Stravinsky
  • Which “first” was achieved on 29 May 1953?

    • South Pole reached
    • Solo sail round world
    • Manned space flight
    • Mount Everest conquered
  • The first four minute mile was run by Roger Bannister in 1954. In which UK city?

    • Bristol
    • Edinburgh
    • Oxford
    • Lincoln

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  1. 7 out of 10! The first year I was conscious of it being, was 1960, but I remember being three which was mostly in 1959. One of my earliest non-personal memories was of the coins which came out in 1961, where the year remained the same even if you held them upside down!

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