Thursday, July 31, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On July 31, 1971, David R. Scott and James B. Irwin did something nobody had ever done before. What?
A: They became the first astronauts to ride a vehicle on the moon. They traveled five miles on the lunar surface in a moon buggy.

Q: Best known as the founder of the American Red Cross, she had a number of other careers in her life. She taught school for eighteen years, then became the first full-time clerk in the U.S. Patent Office. During the Civil War, she became a legend as the "Angel of the Battlefield." Who was she?
A: Clara Harlowe Barton.

Q: What major battle took place 18 days after a treaty had been signed ending the War of 1812?
A: It was the famed Battle of New Orleans.

Q: Who was the first actress to win a second Best Actress Oscar?
A: Luise Rainer won her first award in 1936 for her appearance in "The Great Ziegfeld." The following year she won her second Oscar for her role in "The Good Earth."

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on JULY 30, 1947. Can you name the SECOND movie in when he appeared (in 1994) with Danny De Vito?
A: Junior (First was Twins)

Q: Can you name the only predominately Christian Asian country?
A: The Philippines are 81 percent Roman Catholic and 9 percent Protestant.

Q: Who is the only WWII veteran to walk on the moon?
A: Alan Shepard

Monday, July 28, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Who was the NFL's all-time winningest coach?
A: It was Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins, with 347 games racked up.

Q: Who was the first film star to win a second Best Actor Oscar?
A: Spencer Tracy won his first award in 1937 for "Captains Courageous," then took home a second Oscar in 1938 for "Boys Town."

Q: The first major international TV broadcast took place in 1953. What event was it?
A: It was the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: On July 25, 1978, Louise Brown was born. Why was her birth historic?
A: She was the world's first test-tube baby.

Q: She is one of the great originators of modern dance. In her book, My Life, She talks of the conflict between art and life for the woman artist (1877-1927), Who is she?
A: Isadora Duncan

Q: How many of our Presidents never attended college?
A: Nine. Washington, Jacksons, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, A. Johnson, Cleveland, and Truman. The college that has the most presidents as alumni (six in total) is Harvard: J. Adams, J.Q. Adams, T. Roosevelt, F. Roosevelt, Kennedy, and G.W. Bush (business school). Yale is a close second, with five presidents as alumni: Taft, Ford (law school), G.H.W. Bush, Clinton (law school), and G.W. Bush

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: She was born on July 24, 1898. She was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. She disappeared in the Pacific during an attempted round the world flight. Who was she?
A: Amelia Earhart

Q: Why wouldn't the U.S. Table Tennis Association call its sport Ping-Pong?
A: Parker Brothers already owned the rights to the name.

Q: What freshwater fish is capable of killing cattle and humans, notably in the Amazon?
A: the vicious fish is called the piranha, or caribe.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On July 23, 1961, actor Woody Harrelson was born. Can you name the 1996 movie for which he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination?
A: The People vs Larry Flynt

Q: She was born in 1894 and died in 1927. She called herself the Empress of the Blues- others called her the greatest female blues singer. Who is she?
A: Bessie Smith

Q: She wrote about contemporary problems such as women's suffrage, temperance, prison reform and child labor. She was best known for her book, Little Women. Who is she?
A: Lousia May Alcott

Q: In 1939 she was to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington. The hall was owned by Daughters of the American Revolution and they said no black singers could appear there. She then asked to sing at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday. Over fifteen thousand people gathered on the steps to hear her sing. The incident marked a turning point for black artist. Who is she?
A: Marian Anderson

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On July 22, 1934, which famous gangster was gunned down by FBI agents in Chicago?
A: John Dillinger.

Q: Fluffy or lumpy clouds are called what?
A: Cumulus clouds.

Q: What university was founded in 1746 as the College of New Jersey?
A: Princeton University.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: In 1955 she swam the Channel from England to France in 13 hours 55 minutes, a record for both women and men. Who is she?
A: Florence May Chadwick.

Q: On July 21, 1955, the last episode of a popular radio program aired. The show had been one of radio's most popular programs since its debut in 1944. The star of the show was Leonard Slye, whom we knew as??
A: Roy Rogers. He was born in Cincinnati in 1911. He first came to Hollywood in the 1920s as a migrant fruit picker. In the early 1930s, he joined a singing group called Uncle Tom Murray's Hollywood Hillbillies, which first playd on the radio in 1931. Rogers went on to sing with other similar groups, including the Sons of the Pioneers, which recorded hits like "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." The Sons of the Pioneers group was recruited for low-budget western films, and Rogers was soon playing bit parts for Republic Pictures, the same studio where cowboy star Gene Autry worked. When Autry quit over a dispute with the studio in 1937, Rogers gained more exposure. Starring with his trick horse Trigger and his frequent co-star Dale Evans, Rogers soon became one of the top ten moneymakers in Hollywood.

Q: On July 21, 1987, which TV personality insured her legs for $2 million?
A: Mary Hart of "Entertainment Tonight."

Q: On July 21, 1925, the "Trial of the Century" drew national attention. What was the trial about?
A: School teacher John T. Scopes was convicted of violating Tennessee's law against teaching evolution in public schools. The case, debated in the so-called "Trial of the Century," was never really in doubt; the jury conferred for only a few moments in the hallway before returning to the courtroom with a guilty verdict. Nevertheless, the supporters of evolution won the public relations battle that was at stake.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: According to tradition, which city burned to the ground on July 18, 64BC
A: Rome (While Emperor Nero fiddled)

Q: What is the style that is closely identified with musicians like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach?
A: Bebop. Most jazz historians credit the musicians recording strike of the early 1940s with the birth of bebop. Without the industry's pressure to create commercial music, elite jazz players in the seeing bands began to explore more advance musical possibilities, including extended harmonies and increase improvisations away from a compositions original melody while staying (mostly) are melodies built on arpeggios, smaller ensembles (usually piano, bass and drums, with 1-3 horn players), and the real abandonment of "dancibility" in most cases. Bebop was almost self-consciously "art" music, as opposed to "dance" or "pop" music.

Q: What is a autodidact?
A: Someone who is self taught.

Q: According to Congressional Quarterly's recently published reference, Politics in America 2008: The 110th Congress, how many former members of the Peace Corps are currently serving in Congress?
A: 6, evenly split into the two parties.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Which famous music festival opened for the first time on JULY 17, 1954
A: The Newport Jazz Festival (In Newport, RI)

Q: How hot is lighting?
A: A return streak of lighting can reach temperatures of 70,000 degrees F.

Q: The commercial heyday of jazz came in the 1930s and '40s, when jazz forms were the dominant music for dances and social events. What was the term most commonly applied to the mainstream jazz of his era?
A: Swing

Q: When is the lowest temperature of the day usually observed?
A: The lowest temperature is usually observed at sunrise

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Who was our tallest President, and who was our shortest President?
A: President Lincoln at 6'4 was the tallest; at 5'4", Madison was the shortest

Q:On July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb was tested. Do you remember in what state?
A: In Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico. The blast kicked up so much dirt -- half of New Mexico blew into Old Mexico

Q: How many of our President served as Vice-Presidents: J.Adams, Jefferson, Van Buren, Tyler, Fillmore, A. Johnson, Arthur, T. Roosevelt, Coolidge, Truman, Nixon, L. Johnson, Ford, and George H.W. Bush.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) The movie, "The King and I" was set in the country of Siam.
Siam is now called ____________.

2) Which of the Virgin Islands are the three largest?

3) What famous artist was born this date in 1606?


1) Thailand

2) St. Croix, St. Johns and St. Thomas

3) Rembrandt

Monday, July 14, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: July 14, 1789 was a big day in Paris, France. Why?
A: The French Revolution began.

Q: Terminus was once the name of which state capital?
A: Atlanta, Georgia.

Q: Which city, formerly named Lakes Crossing, Nevada, is now named in honor of a Union Civil War general?
A: Reno bears the name of General Marcus Reno.

Q: Portuguese visitors named this land Formosa. What is its current name?
A: Taiwan or the Republic of China.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Movie actor Yul Brynner was borne July 11, 1915 (died 1985)(. During the Second World War, Brynner worked for the U.S. government -- doing what?
A: He was French speaking radio announcer, broadcasting propaganda to occupied France.

Q: What is the motto of the United States?
A: The United States' motto is "In God We Trust"

Q: Which country originated the driver' test?
A: The driver's test was invented in France. In 1893, drivers of all self-propelled vehicles had to undergo an exam that included driving ability and vehicle repair.

Q: Whose commemorative U.S. Postage Stamp was the bestselling of all time?
A: The bestselling stamp ever was the Elvis Presley stamp issued in 1003. There were 122.3 million of the King's imaged stamps sold.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: July 10, 1962 was a big day in Earth orbit. What happened?
A: The Earth's first telecommunications satellite, Telstar, was launched by the United States.

Q: What was the First Radio Sound Effect?
A: The first recorded sound effect was of Big Ben striking 10:30, 10:45, and 11:00. It was recorded on a brown wax cylinder by technicians at Edison House in London. It was recorded July, 16 1890. This is also one of the very few recordings currently in public domain.

Q: Who was the first sitting US President to visit South American?
A: On July 10, 1934 FDR went to Colombia

Q: Name the famed editor of the New York Tribune, who was often quoted as saying: "Go west, young man. Go west," even though he wasn't the first to say it.
A: Horace Greeley was that editor

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Which country has the most post offices?
A: The country with the most post offices is India with over 152,792, compared with just 38,000 in the United States

Q: What was the significance of the Shakespeare stamp?
A: The first person other than royalty to be portrayed on a British stamp was William Shakespeare in 1964.

Q: How much is it estimated that will sea levels rise if the ice caps melt?
A: If today's ice caps melted completely, sea level would rise across the world by between 200 and 230 feet. This means the Statue of Liberty would be immersed up to her armpits, and the clock face on the houses of Parliament in London would be under water.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) Which is the world's largest mountain?

2) Dr. John Gorrie of Appalachicola, Florida invented something back in 1851 which we still use today. He patented his device on May 6th, 1851, and there is a statue honoring him in the Statuary Hall of the Capitol building in Washington, DC. What did he invent?

3) Which bird did Benjamin Franklin want to be the national bird?

4) On July 8th, 1874, the first public zoo in the US opened. In which city was this first American zoo?


1) The Hawaiian islands are the protruding tops of the biggest mountain range in the world. Mauna Kea, on the island of Hawaii is the largest mountain on the earth as measured from the ocean floor. It is 4,000 feet taller than Mt. Everest.

2) Mechanical refrigeration. Gorrie is considered the Father of Modern Air Conditioning

3) Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be the U.S. feathered symbol. He considered the eagle to be a "bird of bad moral character" because it lives by "sharping and robbing."

4) Philadelphia

Monday, July 07, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) In film industry lingo, what's a "walla-walla" scene?

2) What is the deadliest animal in Africa?

3) What do Americans prefer to drink?


1) A "walla-walla" scene is one in which the extras in the background pretend to be talking. When they say "walla-walla" it gives the appearance of real conversation.

2) The seemingly docile-looking hippotamus. Hippos have killed more than 400 people in Africa - more than any other wild animal.

3) #1 favorite is the soft drink followed by water. Third is milk. The average American drinks about 52 gallons of soft drinks a year.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Who was the first U.S. President to use a telephone?
A: James Garfield

Q: Who was the first U.S. President to be born in a hospital?
A: Jimmy Carter

Q: Who was the first U.S. President to be heard on radio?
A: In June of 1922, Warren G. Harding became the first president to be heard using radio.

Q: Who was the first U.S. President to be send an e-mail?
A: Bill Clinton, he sent it in March of 1993.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: How man justices are there on the U.S. Supreme Court?
A: There are eight associate justices and one chief justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, a total of nine.

Q: Who was the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?
A: John Jay was the first, serving from 1789 to 1795.

Q: Who was the first African American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?
A: In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American to serve as a Supreme Court Justice

Q: History should have labeled this famed battle by its proper name as the Battle of Breed's Hill at Charlestown, Mass. What name is improperly applied to the battle site?
A: History referred to is as The Battle of Bunker Hill.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) On July 1st, 1941, NBC aired the first FCC-sanctioned TV commercial. Which company and product did it promote?

2) Duke Ellington called him the "Picasso of Jazz." Who was it?

3) Born Ruth Lee Jones, this singer performed jazz and soul without distinguishing between the two. She started with Lionel Hampton, then recorded a string of R&B hits. She continued to record with Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderly and Wynton Kelly. Her most famous hit was "What a Difference a Day Makes." Who was she?

4) Born this date in 1952, this comic actor and SNL alum starred in Ghostbusters, Driving Miss Daisy and Trading Places. Who is he?


1) Bulova watches paid $9.00 to air their ad during a Dodgers-Phillies game.

2) Miles Davis

3) Dinah Washington

4) Dan Aykroyd