Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This Parisian tourist destination opened on this date in 1889. What was it?

2) In 1962, Herb Alpert took a $200 demo, dubbed bullfight crowd noises over it, and renamed the tune, "The Lonely Bull." What was the song's original title?


1) The Eiffel Tower.

2) "Twinkle Star."

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1867, Secretary of State William H. Seward made a purchase for $7.2 million. That purchase was referred to as "Seward's Folly." What did he buy?

2) The TV game show, Jeopardy debuted this date in 1964. Who was the original host?

3) Dr. Crawford Long became the first surgeon to use this substance on this date in 1842. What was it?

4) Amerigo Vespucci was the man from whom our country got its name. What was his profession?


1) Seward purchased Alaska from Russia for .02 per acre.

2) Art Fleming

3) He was the first to use a general anesthetic in order to perform surgery, specifically, ether.

4) Vespucci was a cartographer.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What was the original color of Coca Cola?

2) On this date in 1961 the 23rd amendment to the Constitution was ratified. What did it provide?

3) This first lady's maiden name was Claudia Alta Taylor. Who was she?

4) In a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill coined a phrase that was often used during the Cold War. What was it?


1) Green

2) Residents of Washington, D.C. were given the right to vote in presidential elections.

3) LadyBird Johnson, wife of Lyndon Baines Johnson.

4) Churchill first used the term "Iron Curtain" to describe the Soviet Union and Communism in general.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia, March 19, 2010

Q: This actress, born March 19, 1936, appeared in Dr. No, What's New Pussycat, and Clash of the Titans. Her name?
A: Ursula Andress.

Q: On March 19, 1931, in an effort to ease the hard times of the Great Depression, what did the Nevada legislature do?
A: They voted to legalize gambling.

Q: What mythical beast had a single horn in the center of its forehead?
A: The unicorn.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This date in 1850 was the first day these were issued.

2) Howard Hughes bought a movie studio on this date in 1954. Which one was it?

3) What is the term for an affirmative form of a statement?


1) American Express Travelers Cheques

2) Hughes purchased RKO Pictures for $23,000,000.

3) An oath.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What is the population of Ireland according to the 2006 census?

2) Who starred in the first movie western?


1) Ireland's population in 2006 was just under 6 million.

2) Buffalo Bill Cody - Thomas Edison operated the camera.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Actor Eric Estrada was born this date in 1949. What character did he play on CHiPS?

2) Folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary had a number of top ten hits, but only one made #1. What was it?

3) When she set sail to meet Marc Antony, Cleopatra added a little special something. What was it?

4) Freedom's Journal was first published on this date in 1827. What was special about it?


1) Francis "Ponch" Poncherello

2) "Leavin' On a Jet Plane." "Puff, the Magic Dragon" and "Blowin' in the Wind" both peaked at #2.

3) Cleopatra had the ship's sails sprinkled with her perfume.

4) Freedom's Journal was the first black newspaper in the U.S.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which major league team had two players to hit more than 50 home runs in the same season?

2) On this date in 1869 this team became the first all professional baseball team. Who were they?

3) Who was the the first president to govern all 50 states?


1) The New York Yankees in the 1961 season. Roger Maris hit 61 home runs and Mickey Mantle hit 54.

2) The Cincinnati Red Stockings

3) Dwight Eisenhower was president at the time Hawaii and Alaska were designated as states.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Today is Girl Scout Day. Juliette Gordon Low founded the organization on this day in 1912; the group's first name was what?

2) As recently as when was it said "there is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."


1) Girl Guides

2) "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home” was said by Ken Olson, President, Chairman and Founder of Digital Equipment Co. in 1977.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) The first man to drive a car faster than 300 mph was born this date in 1885. Who was he?

2) She was known as the first lady of song. Who was she?

3) In computer-speak, what does DHTML mean?



1) Sir Malcolm Campbell

2) Ella Fitzgerald

3) Dynamic HyperText Markup Language

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Actress Sharon Stone was born this date in 1958. In 1995 she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in which movie?

2) "Mr. Watson, come here. I need you." Who said that?

3) For what did Harry Houdini receive a patent?


1) Casino

2) Alexander Graham Bell uttered these words during the first successful telephone transmission.

3) A diving suit in 1921.

Alan Rock's Trivia! (for Tues., Mar. 9)


1) If you are an eriff, what are you and how old are you?

2) On this date in 1969, CBS canceled The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The network felt that while the show garnered high ratings, its controversial material made it more trouble than it was worth. What was the show that replaced it?

3) Which is the largest, most comprehensive art museum in the world?

4) Which president was re-elected by a landslide of both electoral and popular votes?


1) You are a canary that's two years old.

2) Hee Haw

3) New York Metropolitan Museum of Art (founded 1870).

4) Ronald Reagan's re-election won 525 electoral votes and carried 49 states.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Only two presidents won elections as a result of action on the part of the House of Representatives. Who were they?

2) This movie star's real name was Norma Jean Mortenson. Who was she?

3) What is broadcast history's first spinoff show?


1) Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams

2) Marilyn Monroe (You may recall Elton John's "Goodbye, Norma Jean." It was a tribute to Marilyn; later he modified the lyrics and title to honor Princess Diana.)

3) The Great Gildersleeve was a spinoff of Fibber McGee and Molly.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this day in 1993, an athlete was banned for life from competition by the International Amateur Athletics Federation. Who was it?

2) Who was the first president to host a radio talk show?

3) Name the Great Lakes.

4) The USS Constitution was launched out of Boston Harbor in 1797. The ship took part in battles against Tripoli and endured other skirmishes during the War of 1812, inspiring the poet to give her what nickname?


1) After testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was banned. He was disqualified from competing in the Olympics in the 1988 due to a failed drug test.

2) Jimmy Carter - on this date in 1977. Co-hosted by Walter Cronkite, he took call-in questions on Ask President Carter.

3) It's easiest to remember by using this mnemonic device: HOMES. Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior.

4) "Old Ironsides"

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the U.S. fighter pilot who shot down 26 enemy planes in WW1?

2) On this date in 1917, Jeanette Rankin was sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives. This is noteworthy - why?

3) Who was the first president to be inaugurated in Washington, DC?

4) Sonny and Cher's daughter was born this day in 1969. What was her name?


1) Edward "Eddie" Rickenbacker

2) She was the first woman to serve in Congress.

3) Thomas Jefferson was the first president to be inaugurated in DC, on this date in 1801.

4) Chastity Bono. Chastity's impending sex change will also mean a name change - she will henceforth go by "Chaz."

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, was born this date in 1847. Where?

2) On this date in 1879, attorney Belva Ann Lockwood became the first woman to do what?

3) This state was the 27th to join the union on today's date in 1845. Which state was it?

4) What was Elvis Presley's first TV movie?


1) Edinburgh, Scotland

2) Belva Ann Lockwood was the first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court. She also was the country's first female presidential candidate.

3) Florida

4) Louisiana Hayride in 1955.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the only person to have been elected governor in two states?

2) Which state ratified the Bill of Rights on this date in 1939?


1) Sam Houston was elected governor in both Tennessee and Texas, though he did not serve a full term in either state.

2) Most states ratified the bill in 1789, but Massachusetts got on board March 2, 1939.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia, March 1, 2010

Q: Who was the first president to be born as a U.S. citizen?
A: Martin Van Buren, who was born in Kinderhook, New York in 1782.

Q: Who was the first president to be photographed while serving in the White House?
A: James Polk, in 1849.

Q: Name the first president to address the nation on the radio.
A: Warren Harding, in 1922.