Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This president signed Medicare into law on this date in 1965.

2)  This fighter knocked out Mike Tyson in the 4th round on this date in 2004.

3)  What film roles got Hilary Swank her two Best Actress Oscars?

4)  This composer has garnered over 40 Academy Award nominations for his musical scores. You will recognize his music from Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars.


1)  President Lyndon Baines Johnson

2)  Danny Williams

3)  She won for breakthrough portrayals in Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby.

4)  John Williams

Monday, July 29, 2013

Alan Rock's trivia!


1)  "Fax" is the abbreviated term for what word?

2)  Jack Paar debuted as The Tonight Show host on this date in 1957. Who were the two hosts to precede him?

3)  This former NFL player was later appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

4)  This actress was the first to have won the Best Actress Academy Award twice.


1)  facsimile

2)  Steve Allen and Ernie Kovaks

3) Byron "Whizzer" White

4)  Luise Rainer won two Best Actress awards two consecutive  years: in 1936 for her role in The Great Ziegfeld and in 1936 for the lead in The Good Earth.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1984, this nightly program became the first U.S. television show to broadcast in stereo.

2)  What was Pierce Brosnan's last film as James Bond?

3)  How many hearts does an earthworm have?


1)  The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

2)  Die Another Day

3)  An earthworm has five hearts.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Louise Joy Brown set a precedent for being what?

2)  Who was the first American officer to reach the rank of general?

3)  How many English Kings named George have there been?

4)  He was the first actor to win three Oscars.


1)  Born on this day in 1978, Louise Joy Brown was the first test tube baby.

2)  Ulysses S. Grant

3)  6

4)  Walter Brennan

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many official languages are there in the U.S.?

2)  What time of day (London, GMT) was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son born?  The new baby is third in line to the throne.

3)  What was Oscar de la Hoya's sport?

4)  What is the #1 favorite musical instrument Americans like to play?


1)  Trick question: there are no languages designated as "official."

2)  4:24 PM

3)  boxing

4)  piano

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  She was the first woman to pilot a space shuttle.

2)  In South America, this country's leader is remembered as "The Liberator."

3)  This crime story author created the popular detective Phillip Marlowe in a series of books which included The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely and The Long Goodbye.

4)  He was the first criminal to have been designated by the FBI as "Public Enemy Number One."


1)  In February 1995, after several years of training with NASA, Eileen Collins became the first female astronaut to pilot a space shuttle mission when she served as second-in-command of the shuttle Discovery during its unprecedented rendezvous with the Russian space station Mir. In May 1997, Collins piloted her second mission, on the shuttle Atlantis, during its delivery of 7,000 pounds of equipment to Mir.
Collins had logged 419 hours in space by the time she was chosen by NASA to become its first female shuttle commander. The shuttle Columbia, under Collin's command, made history on July 23, 1999, when it blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on its way to the deployment of a $1.5 billion telescope into earth's orbit. (source: biography.com)

2)  Simon Bolivar

3)  Raymond Chandler

4)  John Dillinger

Monday, July 22, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What was the original title of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind?

2)  On this date in 1934, this famous gangster was gunned down by FBI
 agents in Chicago.

3)  She was 19 when she became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

4)  This university began as the "College of New Jersey."


1)  Tomorrow Is Another Day was Mitchell's original choice for the title.

2)  John Dillinger

3)  The year was 1926 when Gertrude Ederle made her historic swim across the Channel.

4)  The "College of New Jersey"  is now Princeton University.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Prior to her success as a comedienne, Phyllis Diller had aspirations of becoming what?

2)   What major league baseball team was the first to have two triple plays in one game?

3)  Joe DiMaggio got hits in how many consecutive games?

4)  What is the name of Neptune's largest moon?


1)  A concert pianist. She attended Chicago's Sherwood Music Conservatory. Here she plays a duet with Liberace.

2)  It was on this date in 1990 that the Minnesota Twins had two triple plays in one game.

3)  56

4)  Triton

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1963 the U.S. Postal Service began using zip codes. "ZIP" is an acronym that stands for what?

2)  On this date in 1945, a plutonium device equivalent to 15,000 tons of TNT became the the first atomic bomb. Where was it detonated?

3)  This television series holds the record for longest running Western.

4)   Mary Baker Eddy was born on this date in 1821.  She is regarded as this movement/organization's founder.


1)  "Zone Improvement Plan"

2) Alamogordo, NM. The blast was visible from as far as 180 miles away.

3)  Gunsmoke

4)  the Church of Christian Science

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which monarch was the first to reside at Buckingham Palace?

2)  Whose picture is on the American twenty dollar bill?

3)  What was the name of the U.S. vice president who shot Alexander Hamilton to death in a duel on July 11, 1804?

4)  How many novels are in the Harry Potter series?


1) Queen Victoria

2) Andrew Jackson

3) Aaron Burr. 

4) seven

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Andy Murray is the first Brit to win the Wimbledon Tournament singles title in how many years?

2)  How many U.S. presidents have been assassinated?

3)  After China and India, which country is the most populous?

4)  Which of the canonical New Testament gospels is the briefest?


1)  Many of the headlines around the world have heralded the Murray victory with sentiments such as, "Andy Murray wins Wimbledon, ends 77-year British drought" and "Inspired Murray ends 77 years of British hurt."  However, if you count women as people, it has actually been only 36 years. Murray is the first male to win in 77 years. Virginia Wade won at Wimbledon in 1977.

2)  Four: Garfield, McKinley, Lincoln and Kennedy.

3)  The U.S.

4)  The Gospel of St. Mark

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This architect designed his iconic geodesic dome for residential use.

2)  What language is spoken in the Canary Islands?

3)  Tom Hanks is a big collector of these.

4)  What gemstone signifies a 40th wedding anniversary?


1)  Buckminster Fuller

2)  Spanish

3)  Tom Hanks collects typewriters

4)  The ruby

Monday, July 08, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What elected official heads the American Red Cross?

2)  He was the youngest tennis player to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon.

3)  How long was the Statue of Liberty closed in the aftermath of super storm Sandy?

4)  Beginning in 1904, he wrote, composed, produced, and appeared in more than three dozen Broadway musicals. One of his most popular songs, "Over There," was a favorite for soldiers serving in WWI. Who was this composer?


1)  the President

2)  Boris Becker was 17 when he won the title in 1985.

3)  8 months - the landmark reopened in time for the Fourth of July.

4)  George M. Cohan

Friday, July 05, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1947,  this African-American baseball player became the first to sign with an American League team (Cleveland Indians).

2)  On this date in 1865, William Booth founded this "religious regiment" in London.

3)  The Peabody Award recognizes achievement in what field?


1)  Larry Doby

2)  The Salvation Army

3)  The Peabody is awarded to recognize achievements in broadcasting, both for journalism and entertainment.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)   a) How many individuals signed the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776? b) Who was the first to sign the document?

2)  Both of these famous patriots died on this date in 1826.

3)  The first ten amendments to the Constituion are known as what?

4)  Will Smith starred in this 4th of July-themed movie.


1)  Two. John Hancock was the first, signing on behalf of Congress. Charles Thomson, Secretary, was the the witnessing signature.

2)  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

3)  The Bill of Rights

4)  Independence Day

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Varieties of this fruit include "Ambrosia," "Smitten" and "Lemonade."

2)  This plant's lesser known names are "sunroot" and "sunchoke."

3)  This book represented the beginnings of Scientology.

4)  Who was the composer of the opera, Il Barbiere di Seviglia (The Barber of Seville)?


1)  apple

2)  the artichoke

3)  Dianetics

4)  Rossini

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1776, delegates from the 12 colonies signed the Declaration of independence. On July 3rd and 4th, the delegates did some tweaking to the Declaration then signed it again on the Fourth.  One of the Founding Fathers thought Independence Day should be celebrated on the 2nd, the date when the delegates convened and originally signed the document.

2)  Thurgood Marshall was born on this date in 1908. He was the first African-American to be appointed to this position.

3) What did President Lyndon Johnson sign into law on July 2, 1964?

4)  In U.S. history: A U.S. president was assassinated on this date - which one?


1)  John Adams thought the 2nd was the better choice to commemorate the occasion. He wrote to his wife Abigail, "The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epochs in the history of America... It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more."

2)  Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American to serve as a United States Supreme Court Justice.

3)  The Civil Rights Act of 1964.  In the speech he gave prior to signing this act into law, President Johnson said, "We believe that all men are created equal, yet many are denied equal treatment... let us close the springs of racial poison."

4)  James Garfield was shot and killed July 2, 1881 by embittered attorney, Charles Guiteau.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1941 the first FCC-sanctionedTV commercial aired during a Dodgers-Phillies baseball game. What product did the commercial feature?

2)  In which decade was the first Coca-Cola served?

3)  How many official federal holidays are observed in the U.S.?

4)  In the flag, the "canton" refers to which part?


1)  Bulova watches

2)  1880s

3)  There are 11 observed holidays: New Years Day, MLK, Inauguration Day (every 4 years), Persidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.

4)  The blue field is the canton.