Trivial Twenty 50 - 1950s Stats

Can you answer these twenty questions about the people and culture of the 1950s of varying difficulty?

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In 1959, which two states became the 49th and 50th states admitted into the United States?Alaska and Hawaii
94.7%
On July 17, 1955, which theme park first opened its' gates in Anaheim, California?Disneyland
90.2%
In 1955, Jonas Salk officially created the first vaccine for which disease?Polio
83.3%
Which future president originally served as vice president under Dwight D. Eisenhower?Richard Nixon
81.7%
In 1954, Joseph Murray completed the first successful transplant of which organ?Kidneys
81%
The first issue of Playboy, released in December 1953, featured which
actress on the cover?
Marilyn Monroe
80.9%
In 1951, J.D. Salinger published which
novel, documenting the life of
16-year-old Holden Caufield?
The Catcher in the Rye
79.9%
In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled Brown v. Board of Education, officially prohibiting what?School segregation
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What famed film director was also the host of an anthology series, which beared his name, premiering in 1955?Alfred Hitchcock
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In 1957, which 'Tutti Frutti' singer left the music business in favor of becoming a preacher?Little Richard
64.3%
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Premiering in 1959, which Western series
took place at the Ponderosa ranch?
Bonanza
62.1%
On January 6, 1957, Elvis Presley made his final appearance on which popular TV series - notably being filmed primarily only from the waist up?The Ed Sullivan Show
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What was the surname of the couple who, in 1953, were executed for their military crimes and espionage?Rosenberg (Julius and Ethel)
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Robert Menzies served as Prime Minister of which country throughout the 1950s?Australia
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In 1958, the Wham-O company released the first modern version of which popular, circular toy?Hula Hoop
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Name any Olympic host city of the 1950s.Helsinki...
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What was the name of the dog who, in 1957, became the first animal to orbit Earth?Laika
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Which 1958 classic science fiction film featured the first lead role of soon-to-be legend Steve McQueen?The Blob
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In 1956, a mid-air collision between two planes occured above which U.S. landmark?Grand Canyon
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1953 saw the first Oscar ceremony to be televised. Which Cecil B. DeMille film (unexpectedly) won Best Picture?The Greatest Show on Earth
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