Monday, April 30, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1952, the first toy commercial appeared on television. What toy was it?

2) Who was the only artist to perform live instead of the standard lip-synching on American Bandstand?

3) What is the record for longesr time between the births of triplets?

4) On this date in 1864, this state became the first to charge a fee for hunting licenses.


1) Mr. Potato Head

2) Jerry Lee Lewis performed live in 1957.

3) On April 30, 1993 a Vancouver, BC woman gave birth to the first child; the other two were delivered 45   days later.

4) New York

Friday, April 27, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who is the only heavyweight boxing champion to retire undefeated, with a perfect record of having gone unbeaten in 49 professional fights?

2) On this date in 1937, the U.S. started issuing these payments.

3) In the original Grecian Olympics, runners were naked, with some exceptions, who wore what?

4) On this date in 1981, Ringo Starr married this model/actress.


1) Rocky Marciano retired at the age of 32 on this date in 1956.

2) Social Security payments

3) Shoes

4) Barbara Bach

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This person is credited with saying, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

2) There were many factors contributing to the decline of the Big Band era: converting from a war-time economy to peace-time, the emergence of civil rights affected the type of music played, the expenses associated with maintaining and transporting a big band, and shifts in taste to featured singers and smaller ensembles.

3) How many sides does a heptagon have?

4) On this date in 1950 the Boston Celtics, in the second round of the NBA draft selected the first African-American player to play in the NBA. Who was he?


1) Voltaire

2)  People mostly blame the two-year musicians' strike for the decline of the Big Band era.

3) Seven

4) Chuck Cooper of Duquesne University

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On April 3rd, 1981,  this item preceded IBM's by four months.

2)  He was the only president to have a Ph.D in political science.

3) On this date in 1959, the Drifters released this song.

4)  Barbie got her first car in 1962. What kind of car was it?


1)  The personal computer. This was the Osborne I, made by the Osborne Computer Corporation; it was introduced at the 7th annual computer fair in San Francisco. IBM's first personal computer came out August.12th of the same year.

2) Woodrow Wilson

3) "There Goes My Baby."

4)  She got a coral Austin Healy

Monday, April 23, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1781, George Washington moved into the first "executive mansion." Where was it and what was it called?

2) Who played "The Cisco Kid," both on television and in the movies?

3) Who was the only president never to have married?

4) On this date in 1975, B.J Thomas's hit song hit #1 on the Billboard pop chart. The song also bore the distinction of having the longest name of any song to have reached the top spot. What was the song's name?


1) It was called "The Franklin House," and was located in New York.

2) The actor's name was Duncan Renaldo (4/23/1904 - 9/3/1980).

3) James Buchanan (born on this day in 1791)

4) The song was "(Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song."

Friday, April 20, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia

QUESTIONS: 1) On April 20, 2008, Danica Patrick became the first female driver to win an Indy car race. Which race did she win? 2) Who was the first world leader to send an e-mail? 3) How long did the Wright Brothers' first successful, powered, piloted flight last? In what year did it take place? ANSWERS: 1) The Indy Japan 300. 2) Queen Elizabeth II. 3) Twelve seconds, in 1903.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What event occurred on April 6, 1917?

2) This scale is to tornados what the Richter scale is to earthquakes.

3) Which city was the first to reach a population of 1 million?

4) This famous tragedy occurred on April 14, 1912.


1) Congress declared war on Germany, which led to U.S. involvement in World War I.

2) The Fujita scale measures tornados on a scale ranging from F0 (minor) to F5 (devastating).

3) Rome

4) The Titanic struck an iceberg that night shortly before midnight.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the first African-American to be named as player-coach in the NBA?

2) On this date in 1902 this country became the first to adopt fingerprinting.

3) Actress Barbara Hale played the role of Della Street, Perry Mason's capable assistant from 1957 to 1966, then later in 30 Perry Mason made-for-TV movies from 1985 - 1995. There was a brief Perry Mason series from 1973 - 74 that tried out a new assistant. Who was the actress meant to fill Barbara Hale's shoes?

4) On this date in 1775 this man rode from Charlestown to Lexington to warn Massachusetts colonists of the arrival of British troops.


1) Bill Russell, who won 11 championships with the Celtics was named player-coach on this date in 1966.

2) Denmark

3) Sharon Acker played Della Street and Monte Markham played Perry Mason during that brief and unsuccessful attempt at a new cast. That version is not even seen in reruns.

4) Paul Revere.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This new car was introduced at the New York World Fair on this date in 1964.

2) She was the first woman to completely circumnavigate the earth by air on this date in 1964.

3) This Apollo spacecraft miraculously returned home on this date in 1970, even though it was discovered that there was a major malfunction on its way to the moon.


1) The Ford Mustang

2) Jerrie Mock. She completed her journey after 291 days, 21 stopovers and covered 50,300 km. Born in Ohio, she called her relatively light aircraft the Spirit of Columbus.

3) NASA's Apollo 13 suffered an explosion in an oxygen tank and for the duration of the mission everyone was in suspense as to whether the astronauts would survive re-entry.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1962, Walter Cronkite began anchoring The CBS Evening News. Who was he replacing?

2) On this date in 1994, the first woman was inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame. Who was she?

3) According to USA Today, which luxury car is favored by the majority of CFO's in this country?


1) Douglas Edwards

2) Grand Ole Opry veteran and philanthropist, Minnie Pearl.

3) Lexus is the most faved, followed by Mercedes and BMW.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia


1)Why was The Muppet Show banned in Saudi Arabia?

2) Who was the first African-American to win an Oscar for best actor?

3) On April 13, 1782, a town was incorporated and named after George Washington -- the first of many "Washington's" in the U.S. In which state was the first town located?

4) What U.S. state bears the nickname "Ocean State"?


1) One of its stars was a pig.

2) Sidney Poitier.

3) North Carolina.

4) It's Rhode Island, which is also lovingly known as "Little Rhody."

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This TV show was the first to feature an African-American co-star.

2) This was the first jazz quartet to practice racial integration, using African-American and Caucasian players.

3) How many events are in the Olympic Decathlon? Hint: the event is called a "Decathlon."


1) The show was I Spy and starred Robert Culp and Bill Cosby.

2) The Benny Goodman Quartet featured Goodman, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton.

3) The Decathlon from the Latin "deca," meaning "ten," and "athlon," which is Greek for "contest," is comprised of 10 track and field events. They are: 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1,500-meter run.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This state, situated on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, has registered 16 earthquakes since 1974.

2) When naming aircraft, what do the letters "T," "F" and "B" stand for?

3) This jazz trumpet player was nicknamed the "Prince of Darkness" by interviewers thanks to his limited patience with uncomprehending critics and media representatives.


1) Maine

2) "Trainer," "Fighter" and "Bomber."

3) Miles Davis

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This song was #1 on the Billboard Pop chart on this date in 1967. It bears the distinction of being the first father-daughter duet to top the charts. What was the name of the song and who sang it?

2) This popular American singer was attacked and severely beaten on this date in 1956 while onstage at the Municipal Hall in Birmingham, Alabama.

3) Who was the youngest player to hit 400 home runs?


1) "Somethin' Stupid" was a hit for Frank Sinatra and his "Boots Were Made for Walkin'" daughter, Nancy.

2) Nat King Cole.

3) On this date in 2000, Ken Griffey, Jr. hit his 400th home run. He was 30 years and 141 days old, making him the youngest player to have achieved that milestone.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) The Golf Hal of Fame opened on this date in 1974 in what city?

2) This baseball park opened on this date in 1913. The fans had to wait an hour to get in, because no one had brought the key.

3) On this date in 2005, Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles. What became her title?

4) Professional baseball's first indoor game was played on this date in 1965. Where?


1) Pinehurst, North Carolina

2) Ebbets Field which was home to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

3) The Duchess of Cornwall

4) The Houston Astrodome. President Lyndon Johnson was there, but Texas governor John Connally threw out the first ball.