On This Day Trivia Quiz – 1 May

Test your knowledge, and/or learn some interesting facts about events that have happened on 1 May.

1. Who wrote the play School for Scandal?  It premiered in London on
1 May 1777.

2. Who composed the opera Marriage of Figaro? It was first performed in Vienna on 1 May 1786.

3. Issued in Great Britain on 1 May 1840, what was the name of the world’s first adhesive postage stamp?

4. Which siblings published the first part of their German Dictionary on
1 May 1852?  It was fully completed in 1961.

5. Which baseball player hit his 50th MLB home run on 1 May 1920?  It was his first for the New York Yankees.

6. Which New York skyscraper opened on 1 May 1931?

7. Which Canadian coin was circulated for the first time 1 May 1935?

8. Which super-hero appeared in Detective Comics #27 on 1 May 1939?

9. Which sporting event (scheduled to be held in the city of Helsinki) was cancelled on 1 May 1940 because of WWII?

10. Which Orson Welles movie premiered in New York City on 1 May 1941?

11. On 1 May 1941, General Mills introduced an oat-based ready to eat (cold) breakfast cereal called Cheeri-Oats.  By what name is known today?

12. Which toy was introduced on 1 May 1952?

13. Who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird on
1 May 1961?

14, Which rock group released the song Brown Sugar on 1 May 1971?

15. Who wrote the historical romance novel Jewels?  It was published on
1 May 1992.

16. Which Australian cricketer scored a career best 200, including a partnership of 231 with his brother Mark (126) in the team’s 4th Test win against the West Indies on 1 May 1995?

17. Who was elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on 1 May 1997?

18. Which movie directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, premiered in (in Los Angeles) on 1 May 2000?

19. Which Italian tenor sang for the Pope on 1 May 2000?

20. Which British model launched a clothing line with the Topshop chain on the 1 May 2007?

Which Canadian singer wrote Summer of ’69?  He received the Governor-General’s Performing Arts Awards for his 30 years of contributions to the arts on 1 May 2010.


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