How old were you in 1969? What, you weren’t even born yet?! Or is it old enough to know better but too young to resist? Or somewhere in between? Whichever age category you fall into, if you want to be considered as being culturally literate, you really need to know some things about the year 1969. This quiz is designed to test and challenge your trivia knowledge, and if it turns out you’re illiterate, it’s a good way to learn some of the more important points of this seminal year in modern history.
1969 was one of the most important milestones of the 20th century. It marked the end of a turbulent and psychedelic decade, the year that people began to realize that the Age of Aquarius might not happen, the year the music died. It was the end of an age and the beginning of a new one, where an entire generation would lose its innocence and its optimism and begin to face harsh realities.
In 1969, Richard Nixon was sworn in as the 37th President of the U.S. Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and Neil Armstrong made his “giant leap for mankind”. The Vietnam war was still raging and hippies were still protesting, and the Manson family committed gruesome murder in California.
On the cultural scene, the Woodstock festival made rock-n-roll history by attracting 350,000 flower children to a farm in New York state, and the Beatles gave their last public performance. 1969 saw the birth of the Internet, and one of the coolest of the ‘muscle cars’, the Dodge Challenger, was introduced. It was still a Golden Age for TV and movies and music.
These are just a fraction of the things that made that year special. So how much do you know about 1969? Take the quiz and find out!