1 First developed by John Salk, the vaccine for which childhood illness was first tested in 1952? Poliomyelitis
2 What age was Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation in 1953? 27
3 In 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of which mountain? Everest
4 In 1958, which author had to refuse the Nobel Prize for Literature because he was told he would be refused re-entry into his country if he accepted it? Boris Pasternak
5 What is the brand name of the fabric hook-and-loop fastener which had its commercial introduction in the late 1950’s? Velcro
6 What was the name of the 42 year old African-American who became famous for refusing to give her seat up to a white bus passenger in Alabama in 1955? Rosa Parks
7 Who became Prime Minister of Cuba in 1959? Fidel Castro
8 The first credit card charge, using which credit card, was made in February 1950 at Major’s Cabin Grill in New York? Diners Club
9 What was Elvis Presley’s first number one hit single, released in January 1956? Heartbreak Hotel
10 The first issue of which British children’s comic was published in April 1950? Eagle
11 In 1954, which British athlete broke the Four Minute Mile? Roger Bannister
12 In which US state did the first Disney theme park open in 1955? California
13 Which US actor, who appeared in the film ‘East of Eden’, died in a car accident in 1955? James Dean
14 What type of animal was Laika, who was the first living animal to orbit the Earth in Sputnik 2, launched by Russia? Dog
15 Which film, starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr, was released in June 1956? The King and I
16 Born on 20th July 1956, who was the original drummer in the punk rock band The Sex Pistols? Paul Cook
17 Invented by Dr David Warren in the 1950’s, what is the ‘Flight Data Recorder’ better known as? The ‘Black Box’
18 The 1951 ‘Treaty of Peace With Japan’ which served to officially end World War II, is commonly known as what? San Francisco Peace Treaty
19 Named after her daughter, Ruth Handler invented which doll in 1959? Barbie
20 In 1958, British artist Gerald Holtom designed the logo for which British organisation, which became an international peace symbol? CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament)