Monday, June 30, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) Which President was nicknamed "Ol' Three stars"?

2) Which President was known as "The Father of the Constitution"?

3) Which President died on the Fourth of July?

4) When did the term "First Lady" come into usage and who was first called the "First Lady"?


1) Ulysses S. Grant. He had other nicknames as well, including "Unconditional Surrender" Grant.

2) James Madison was given that nickname to acknowledge his work on the constitution. He was also called "The Sage of Montpelier"by his fellow Virginians.

3) Adams, Jefferson and Monroe all passed on the Fourth of July; Coolidge was born on that day.

4) The first reference to "First Lady" was in 1877, and applied to Lucy Ware Webb Hayes (most First Ladies, including Jacqueline Kennedy, are said to have hated the label).

Friday, June 27, 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 visit all 50 states while in office?
A: Richard Nixon

Q: Who was the only former U.S. president buried in Washington D.C.?
A: Woodrow Wilson. He is buried in the National Cathedral

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Who was the only person to serve as both Cheif Justice and President of the United States?
A: William Howard Taft

Q: Who was the only U.S. president who never went to school?
A: Andrew Johnson

Q: Who was the first U.S. president to travel outside of the country while in office?
A: Woodrow Wilson in 1918, he went to the Versailles Peace Conference in France.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: With the slogan "Works Better, Plays Better" what was released on JUNE 25th 1998?
A: The Microsoft operating system, Window '98

Q: At his heaviest, what did U.S. President James Madison weigh?
A: 98 pounds!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: NBC gave network television its first western on June 24, 1949 with the debut of what show?
A: Hopalong Cassidy. Hoppy wore black clothes and a white hat, had white hair, and rode a white horse. He wasn't that colorful, but in those days you only had two choices. All the women wore black lipstick, which may explain why Hoppy didn't date much. "Hopalong Cassidy" starred William Boyd and Edgar Buchanan. Edited theater films had been shown earlier on local New York City television.

Q: Which U.S. presidents are portrayed on U.S. coins and which on paper currency?
A: Lincoln, Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, Washington, Kennedy, and Eisenhower are portrayed on U.S. coins. Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Jackson, Grant, McKinley, Cleveland, Madison, and Wilson are portrayed on U.S. paper currency.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

1) 52 years ago today the #1 song in the U.S. was "The Wayward Wind." Who recorded this hit which remained at the #1 spot for 8 weeks?

2) For two years the nation was run by a president and a vice president who were not elected by the people (prior to 2000). Who were they?

3) Who are the only two presidents buried in Arlington National Cemetery?

4) Who was the first African-American nominated for vice-president?


1) Gogi Grant

2) After VP Spiro Agnew resigned in '73, Nixon appointed Gerald Ford as Vice President. The following year Nixon resigned, leaving Ford as President. Ford appointed Nelson Rockefeller as his VP.

3) Kennedy and Taft

4) In 1872 Frederick Douglass was nominated as the Vice-Presidential candidate for the Equal Rights Party ticket with Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Who was the only president never to marry?
A: James Buchanan. Five presidents remarried after the death of their first wives- two of whom, Tyler and Wilson, remarried while in the White House. Reagan was the only divorced president. Six presidents had no children. Tyler - father of fifteen- had the most.

Q: How many Presidents won the popular vote but lost the presidency?
A: Four Presidents Andrew Jackson won the popular vote but lost the election to John Quincy Adams (1824); Samuel J. Tilden won the popular vote but lost the election to Rutherford B. Hayes (1876); Grover Cleveland won the popular vote but lost the election to Benjamin Harrison (1888); Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the election to George W. Bush (2000)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: JUNE 19, 1946 was a historic day for the sport of boxing. Why?
A: The first prizefight to be televised. (Joe Louis vs Billy Conn)

Q: In what film did Kathleen Turner receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in?
A: Peggy Sue Got Married, in 1986

Q: What game did U.S. President Warren G. Harding play almost every day?
A: Ping pong

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Martin Van Buren was the first vice president elected president, but was also the first vice president to lose re-election. Who was the only vice president to repeat both feats?
A: George H.W. Bush, 41st President (1989-1993)

Q: George W. Bush is our 43rd President, but there actually have only been 42 presidents: what happened?
A: Cleveland was elected for two nonconsecutive terms and is counted twice, as our 22nd and 24th president.

Q: Isabella Rossellini was born on JUNE 18, 1952. Can you name the 1997 TV series for which she was nominated as Outstanding Guest Actress?
A: Chicago Hope

Q: Who was the first American woman in space?
A: On JUNE 18, 1983, Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: At one time, Barry Manilow was the pianist for which singer?
A: Bette Midler.

Q: How many presidents served as vice-presidents?
A: Fourteen: John Adams, Jefferson, Van Buren, Tyler, Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, Teddy Roosevelt, Coolidge, Truman, Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Ford, and George H.W. Bush.

Q: How many of our presidents never attended college?
A: Nine: Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Cleveland, and Truman.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: What do most U.S. adults consider the most important product introduced during the last century to be?
A: Eighty-three percent say the computer; 9 percent the telephone; and 5 percent the television (Roper Starch Worldwide, New York).

Q: On June 16, 1995, "Batman Forever" opened in the U.S. Who played the Riddler in this film?
A: Jim Carrey.

Q: Who was the first U.S. president to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.?
A: Thomas Jefferson.

Q: Who was the first U.S. president to be a Rhodes Scholar?
A: Bill Clinton.