TRIVIA

  • Which country first tried unsuccessfully to build the Panama Canal? (France)
  • Which king of England had a mother and a son who were both beheaded? (James I)
  • What former Soviet leader studied for the priesthood but was expelled from the seminary? (Joseph Stalin) In which year did Brunei gain independence fro Britain? (1984)
  • What country sold land including the present-day states of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma to the USA in 1803? (France)
  • How many days after the end of the Civil War was President Abraham Lincoln shot? (Five)
  • What was the first permanent English settlement in the New World, now in ruins? (Jamestown)
  • Which Axis Power changed sides during World War II, declaring war on Germany in October 1943? (Italy)
  • What was the name of the basalt slab that became the key for deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics? (Rosetta Stone)
  • In what month was the attack on Pearl Harbor? (December)
  • How much did President Roosevelt pay so that the Panama Canal could be built? ($40 million)
  • Who founded the American Institution of Public Opinion in 1935? (Gallup)
  • How long did it take to construct a Model T Ford in 1914? (95 minutes)
  • Where was the first nuclear reactor built, by Enrico Fermi? (Chicago)
  • The Rotary Club was founded in 1905 in which American City? (Chicago)
  • What was the name of the son in Sandford and Son? (Lamont)
  • On which river is the USA's highest concrete dam? (Colorado)
  • What are the names of Donald Trumps siblings? (Maryanne, Elizabeth, Robert, and Fred Jr.)
  • What are the three most frequently sung songs n the English language, according to the Guinness Book of World Records? ("Happy Birthday," "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" and "Auld Lang Syne")
  • What was Beatle John Lennon's middle name? (Winston, after Winston Churchill)
  • What was the site of the Beatles' last performance on August 29, 1966? (Candlestick Park, San Francisco)
  • This famous American songwriter could compose music and play the piano only in the key of F. Who was it? (Irving Berlin)
  • What pop rock singer-songwriter helped launch Bette Midler's career? (Barry "I Write the Songs" Manilow; who was the Divine Miss M's accompanist-arranger)
  • What rock superstar left $2,500 in her will for a farewell party "so my friends can have a ball after I'm gone?" (Janis Joplin)

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