225 Easy Senior Trivia Questions from the Last 100 Years

Playing trivia games is a fun and mentally beneficial pastime. The excitement of competition, the ability to outperform other players, and winning at something, are very gratifying emotions. There are also excellent mental health benefits in playing trivia. Answering questions correctly in a competitive environment produces dopamine in your brain, which is the neurotransmitter that plays a role in how we feel pleasure.

Beyond the positive chemical brain reactions that contribute to a healthy mental state, trivia is also an excellent way to maintain strong recollection faculties. In other words, the more you play trivia, the more your memory should improve. Playing trivia is essentially exercise for your brain.

As we age, it is important to be cognizant of our brain function and maintaining our mental health. Much like for most of us, any form of exercise is a chore. Trivia is a great way into tricking your brain into learning and increasing your capacity to recall. Because of this, it is an excellent game to play with senior citizens; they will have fun, they will keep their brains happy, it can help with increasing memory, and it provides for a fun competitive pastime they can enjoy with friends and family.

In order to use trivia in this capacity, it is important that we are mindful of our audience. That is to say, we should use trivia that is relevant to the times that seniors relate to the most, or I should say, they will likely have the most memories of. For the sake of convenience, here are 225 trivia questions for seniors that I guarantee they will love. Feel free to print the page and take them with you for a fun trivia night. I warn you now, if you play with grandma or grandpa, you’re probably going to lose!

225 Senior Trivia Questions

1. Who was the charismatic and handsome democratic candidate who became president of the United States on January 20th, 1961?

John F. Kennedy

2. This cat started as a comic strip, then went on to spawn 3 TV series, and two films.

Garfield

3. In October 1962, leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff over the Soviet installation of nuclear missiles on Cuba. What was this event called?

The Cuban Missile Crisis

4. What was the name of Michael Jackson’s famous chimp pet?

Bubbles the Chimp

5. On April 17th, 1961, this CIA-backed failed mission, meant to push Cuban leader Fidel Castro from power, was a complete failure. What was this event called?

The Bay of Pigs Invasion

6. Who was the newly inaugurated president who, on March 4th, 1933, during his first inaugural address said, “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”?

Franklin D. Roosevelt

7. This artist produced drip abstractions by laying his canvases flatt on the floor, flinging and dribbling paint, a technique that would become known as action painting.

Jackson Pollock

8. After John F. Kennedy’s assassination who took presidential office?

Lyndon B. Johnson

9. How long does one day on the planet Venus last?

One year

10. In 1960, what was America’s biggest company (hint it is an Automobile company)?

General Motors

11. This is Auguste Rodin’s most famous sculpture around the world.

The Thinker

12. Where were the 1960 Olympic games held?

Rome, Italy

13. How much did a McDonald’s hamburger cost in 1948?

15 cents

14. This artist painted the fresco ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Michelangelo

15. Archaeologists discovered this lost city off the coast of Egypt in 2000 that.

Thonis/Heracleion

16. What is the title of this 1959 American religious film, starring Charlton Heston, which won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture?

Ben-Hur

17. What is the name of the 1960 Harper Lee novel that won a Pulitzer- Prize?

To Kill a Mockingbird

18. Who is the only woman to appear on a U.S. currency note?

Martha Washington

19. This van from Scooby- Doo is the vehicle of the Mystery Kids.

The Mystery Machine

20. What was the most popular TV show from 1960-61?

Gunsmoke

21. Which amendment ended prohibition for good?

The 21st Amendment

22. This is Batman’s primary vehicle in the comics and movies.

The Batmobile

23. The first Hollywood star went to this actress?

Joanne Woodward

24. O.J Simpson was originally offered this role as a cyborg assassin in this cyborg movie.

The Terminator

25. Who was Lucille Ball married to in 1940?

Desi Arnaz


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26. Which five-and-dime store lunch counter became desegregated on July 25th, 1960, after six months of sit-ins?

Woolworth

27. This shark movie is famous for the quote “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

Jaws

28. Who was the 1960 Summer Olympic athlete, that won the gold medal in light-heavyweight boxing?

Muhammad Ali (known as Cassius Clay at the time)

29. The 1946 American Christmas fantasy, It’s a Wonderful Life, starred this actor.

Jimmy Stewart

30. Which two presidential candidates participated in the first televised debate on September 26, 1960?

President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy

31. Which New York Yankee player would go on to break Babe Ruth’s 60 home run record in a season, in 1961?

Roger Maris

32. The Canary Islands are named after this animal (hint, it is not the bird).

Dog

33. How many kinds of musical instruments are there?

5

34. Who was the famous chef, author, and television personality, that made French cuisine accessible to American audiences?

Julia Child

35. Who assumed the presidency following the resignation of Richard Nixon?

Gerald Ford

36. Which 1938 tennis player was the first to win all four majors in a single year?

Don Budge

37. How much does it cost to manufacture a penny?

$0.02

38. Who introduced Johnny Carson as the new host of the tonight show in 1962?

Groucho Marx

39. This US presidential candidate had the highest popular vote ever.

Ronald Reagan

40. Which San Francisco Bay prison closed in 1963 due to having high operation costs?

Alcatraz

41. Where was American Cheese invented?

Switzerland

42. What was the name of the 1964 UK band that made their American debut on the Ed Sullivan show?

The Beatles

43. Who was Elizabeth Taylor’s first husband?

Conrad “Nicky” Hilton

44. This is the most popular name in the world.

Muhammad

45. What is the name of the expo that opened on April 21th, 1964, in Flushing Meadows, Queens, featuring exhibitions, restaurants, and pavilions?

The New York World’s Fair

46. Where were French Fries invented?

Belgium

47. What is the international language of flight?

English

48. Who was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize?

Martin Luther King Jr.

49. What is the worlds most popular meat?

Goat

50. Who won the first super bowl in 1967?

The Packers


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51. This animal is not mentioned in the Bible.

Cats

52. What is currently the best selling video game of all time?

Minecraft

53. What was the name of the first successful manned 1968 NASA space mission that was launched into orbit?

Apollo 7

54. Nicholas Cage changed his name from Coppola in order to separate himself from his famous uncle. What comic book character inspired his stage name?

Luke Cage

55. Psychologically speaking, how long does it take to fall in love?

4 minutes

56. Which president signed legislation that officially banned cigarette ads on television and radio?

Richard Nixon

57. What is the Westernmost and Easternmost State in the U.S?

Alaska

58. Which now-defunct company made its first commercial jumbo-jet passenger trip from New York to London in a Boeing 747?

Pan-Am

59. Which U.S. bill has all 50 states listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial?

$5 bill

60. Who was the world’s first space power, beating the USA?

Soviet Union

61. In 1970, how much did a copy of Sports Illustrated cost?

15 cents

62. Which rock and roll king visited President Richard Nixon in the White House Oval Office?

Elvis Presley

63. What was the most popular TV show from 1970-71?

Marcus Welby, M.D.

64. Who were the 1970 NBA champions?

The New York Knicks

65. Where is the deepest place recorded on earth?

The Pacific Ocean

66. Standing at 33,400 feet high, what is the highest mountain on the ocean?

Mauna Kea

67. Which movie premiered on May 25, 1977, and popularized the sci-fi movie genre?

Star Wars

68. Who was the first President in US history to have resigned from office?

Richard Nixon

69. Hot water freezes faster than cold water and cold water heats up faster than hot water. What is the name of this phenomenon?

Mpemba effect

70. In 1973 Chicago, which building was the tallest building in America at the time?

Sears Tower

71. Which character from 1978 Garfield comics was Odie’s owner?

Lyman

72. Who is the first company to manufacture a handheld mobile phone?

Motorola

73. 68% of the people suffer from this syndrome, the feeling that one’s phone is vibrating when it’s not.

Phantom Vibration Syndrome

74. The highest peak in Europe at 18,510 feet above sea level is in what country?

Russia

75. Established in 1919, this is the world’s oldest airline.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines


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76. What was the name of the portable music player, which was created out of a desire by Sony’s co-founder for a device that he could listen to while walking around?

The Walkman

77. Who was the American chess player that beat the Russian master, Boris Spassky, for the championship title at the World Chess Championship on July 11th, 1972?

Bobby Fischer

78. This holiday takes place on November 11th, and commemorates men and women who have fought in the United States armed forces.

Veterans day

79. Who was the first American football team to win a championship and a super bowl with an undefeated record?

The Miami Dolphins

80. In what year did the internet start?

1991

81. What is the name of the 1975 founded computer software company created by Bill Gates and Paul Allen?

Microsoft

82. What is the name of the popular late-night comedy sketch show that made its debut on October 11th, 1975?

Saturday Night Live 

83. Christians believe in how many gods?

One

84. What was the name of Steve Wozniak’s partner who’s core business was the manufacturing of personal computers at Apple?

Steve Jobs

85. Charles Dickens wrote this famous Christmas story.

A Christmas Carol

86. Who starred as Archie Bunker in the 1971 sitcom, All in the Family?

Carroll O’Connor

87. What was the name of the Russian dancer that left the Soviet Union in 1977 and eventually joined the New York City Ballet?

Mikhail Baryshnikov

88. What is the most widely translated book?

The Bible

89. Boxing legend Rocky Marciano invented this important office communication device.

The fax machine

90. What was the name of the NASA launched mission, which was supposed to be the third moon landing, but an oxygen tank explosion forced the crew to return to Earth six days later?

Apollo 13

91. Which two letters do not appear on the periodic table?

J & Q

92. Which planet in our solar system has more volcanoes than any other?

Venus

93. What is the most widely spoken native language in Europe?

German

94. What is the largest ocean on earth?

The Pacific Ocean

95. What is the title of this very successful 1984 martial arts film, which was originally a DC Comics superhero name?

The Karate Kid

96. What was the first video game console played in space?

Gameboy

97. What is the name of the comet, that was first observed via spacecraft in 1986?

Halley’s Comet

98. What was the first printed book?

The Diamond Sutra

99. Who was the musician that accepted a role on General Hospital after recording his album, “Working Class Dog”?

Rick Springfield

100. In what year was Space Invaders first released?

1978

101. What are the most amount of things you can remember at a time?

Four

102. What is the name of the American television sitcom that aired from 1986 to 1990, whose title character crash-lands in the garage of a suburban middle-class family?

ALF

103. This Hawaiian word means both hello and goodbye.

Aloha

104. Who is the famous actress that encouraged people to wear leg warmers in her very first workout video?

Jane Fonda

105. What is the name of this dance movie that is famous for starting the collarless sweatshirt style?

Flash Dance

106. Jesus was born in a manger, where?

In Bethlehem

107. This classic rhyming children’s book was written using only 50 words.

Green Eggs and Ham

108. What is the most-selling album of all time?

Michael Jackson’s Thriller

109. What is the hottest planet in our solar system?

Venus

110. What is the name of this 1984 sound-activated electrical switch, with a very famous commercial jingle?

The Clapper

111. What is the name of the Jim Henson puppet TV show, which was actually HBO’s first original series?

Fraggle Rock

112. What is a 1/100th of a second called?

A jiffy

113. What are the only 2 planets in our solar system that have no moons.

Mercury & Venus

114. What is the second most followed religion in the world?

Islam

115. What is the smallest prime number?

2

116. What is the name of the 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by a Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture?

The Rubik’s Cube

117. At 32 day which U.S. president had the shortest term of office?

William Henry Harrison

118. How many rings are in the Olympic emblem?

Five

119. What is the name of the song which was a charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985?

We Are the World

120. What is the name of the music channel that was launched on August 1st, 1981, beginning its first day on air with a broadcast of the song “Video Killed the Radio Star”?

MTV

121. What is the name of the news network, launched by media mogul Ted Turner, which was the first-ever 24-hour news network?

CNN or Cable News Network

122. What is the deepest recorded point on the ocean floor at a depth of nearly 36,000 feet called?

The Mariana Trench

123. What explains the phenomenon where water can boil and freeze at the same time?

Triple Point

124. How many feet are in a mile?

5,280 feet

125. What is the title of the 1985 novelty song performed by the Chicago Bears?

The Super Bowl Shuffle

126. What is the name of the 80s comic book about four fictional anthropomorphic mutant reptiles named after Italian Renaissance artists?

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

127. Which president earned the Medal of Honor, the highest honor in the military?

Teddy Roosevelt

128. What is the state, that became the 49th state in the USA on January 3, 1959?

Alaska

129. What is the name of the theme park, designed by one of the world’s greatest animation creators, that opened in Anaheim, California on July 17th, 1955?

Disneyland

130. Which is the only city where all the major sports teams (MLB, NHL, NFL) have the same colors: Black and gold?

Pittsburgh

131. In what year was the Continental Army officially established and led by George Washington?

1775

132. Who refused to give up her bus seat on December 1st, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama?

Rosa Parks

133. What is the title of the George Orwell published dystopian social science fiction novel in 1949?

Nineteen Eighty-Four

134. The Secret Service was originally made to fight which crime?

Counterfeiting

135. Who is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

136. What is the most counterfeited denomination of money?

$20 bill

137. What is the name of these plastic containers that department stores began selling in 1946?

Tupperware

138. Which company created the first smartphone?

IBM

139. In what year was the United States of America officially established?

1776

140. Who won a 1943 Academy Award for his animated short film Der Fuehrer’s Face?

Walt Disney

141. Who is the only enlisted President who didn’t become an officer?

James Buchanan.

142. What is the name of the 1941 Marvel Comics superhero who was a patriotic soldier of the USA?

Captain America

143. Who is the largest employer in the U.S.?

The Department of Defense or the DoD

144. What are the six emotions that are universally expressed?

Happiness, anger, sadness, fear, disgust, and surprise

145. What was the period called between 1946 and 1964, post World War II, where the United States experienced a greatly elevated birth rate?

The Baby Boom

146. Which city is often called the Home of Country Music?

Nashville in Tennessee

147. In what year was the first email sent?

1971

148. This number is known as the magic number because if you multiply a number by this number and add all the digits of the new number together, the sum will always add up to this number.

9

149. Which president had the longest term of office for 12 years?

Franklin D. Roosevelt

150. Who was the first African-American author to win a Pulitzer Prize for her book “Annie Allen” in 1950?

Gwendolyn Brooks

151. What was the first video game to be made into a movie?

Super Mario Brothers

152. What is the sequence in math where adding the two preceding numbers in the sequence gives you the next?

Fibonacci sequence

153. What is the name of the comic strip, which features a social circle of young kids, illustrated by Charles M. Schulz?

Peanuts

154. What was the first ever book written on a typewriter?

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

155. What is the title of the 1951 J. D. Salinger published novel featuring the protagonist, Holden Caulfield?

The Catcher in the Rye

156. This is the longest English word without a vowel.

Rhythm

157. What is the fear of flying called?

Aviophobia

158. What is the only mammal that truly has wings and can fly?

A bat

159. Which major American electronics company broadcasted the first color TV episode on June 25th, 1951?

RCA (Radio Corporation of America)

160. What was the first novel ever written on a typewriter?

Tom Sawyer

161. What did the case of Brown vs. Board of Education succeed in ending at public schools?

Segregation

162. Who became the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932?

Amelia Earhart

163. This is the national language of the Philippines.

Tagalog

164. Who did Marilyn Monroe marry on January 14th, 1954?

Joe DiMaggio

165. The language with the most extensive alphabet in the world belongs to this Cambodian language?

Khmer

166. What was the name of this famous frog puppet that debuted on “Sam and Friends” on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C?

Kermit the Frog

167. This holiday is a week long celebration held in the United States to honor universal African heritage and culture, taking place from December 26 to January 1 every year.

Kwanzaa

168. What is the highest mountain discovered, which is located on Mars?

Olympus Mons

169. Where is the Bermuda Triangle located?

The Atlantic Ocean

170. Who invented and flew the first airplane in 1903?

The Wright brothers

171. What was the name of the actor who is remembered for starring in “Rebel Without a Cause” in 1955?

James Dean

172. The Candy Cane is shaped in the letter “J” after which important religious figure?

Jesus

173. Who is the rock-and-roll superstar that purchased Graceland on March, 26th, 1957?

Elvis Presley

174. Which two computer scientists are credited with inventing the internet?

Vinton Cerf and Bob Kahn

175. In the southern United States, this holiday occurs on the Tuesday before the Christian season called ‘Lent.’ It is often called ‘Fat Tuesday.

Mardi Gras

176. What is the only sport that has ever been played on the moon?

Golf

177. This president of the Articles of Confederation is sometimes arguably called the first president of the Unites States?

John Hanson

178. Which baseball teams moved from New York to California in 1957?

The Giants and the Dodgers

179. This Sea has 8 to 9 times more salt than the oceans and seas of the world, which creates a buoyancy that causes you to float.

The Dead Sea

180. When a person dies, how long do they still have brain activity for?

7 minutes

181. What dance-inspired toy did the company Wham-O begin selling in 1958?

The Hula Hoop

182. This continent spans all four hemispheres.

Africa

183. Who was the first African-American appointed to the Supreme Court, in 1967?

Thurgood Marshall

184. In 1979, Toru Iwatani of Namco thought of the iconic game Pac-Man while looking at this food.

Pizza

185. What is the title of this 1962 spy movie series, originally starring Sean Connery?

James Bond (Dr. No)

186. The classic character has appeared in over 120 of Nintendo’s video games to date.

Mario

187. Diana Ross left this female singing group in 1970 to embark on a solo career?

The Supremes

188. The first usage of this word, meaning a foolish person who lacked social skills, was in print in the 1951 Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo.

Nerd

189. What is the title of the Beatles’ last album, which was released on April 10th, 1970?

“Let It Be”

190. Where were fortune cookies created?

San Francisco

191. What was the 1970s American sitcom television series where the lead actress’ name was in the title and the audience was told in the theme song, “she’s gonna make it after all”?

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

192. What is honey from a honey bee?

Bee Vomit

193. What is the more commonly known “doing business as” name of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation?

Amtrak

194. What is the most spoken language on the planet?

Mandarin Chinese

195. Who was the famous rock star that married Bianca Rosa Perez-Mora in St. Tropez on May 13th, 1971?

Mick Jagger

196. Name one of the two other countries besides the United States that don’t use the metric system.

Liberia or Myanmar

197. Who played the character of Willy Wonka in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory?

Gene Wilder

198. Who leads an orchestra?

A conductor

199. This famous cola cannot be purchased in North Korea or Cuba.

Coca-Cola

200. How many notes are there in music?

Eight

201. Who was the first of the Axis powers to surrender during World War II?

Italy

202. This famous dog was paid more than the munchkins in The Wizard of Ozz.

Toto

203. Who was the first African American player to play in Major League Baseball?

Jackie Robinson

204. These Star Wars characters appear in another famous George Lucas franchise about adventure and finding treasure.

R2-D2 and C-3PO

205. Which scientific theory of how the universe began was publicly introduced in 1948 by British astronomer Fred Hoyle?

The Big Bang Theory

206. The General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard was what kind of vehicle?

A Dodge Charger

207. What was the name of the German-Dutch diarist of Jewish origin who gained fame after her death when her journal was published as “The Diary of a Young Girl”?

Anne Frank

208. This hotdog shaped vehicle is the official car of Oscar Myer.

The Wienermobile

209. What is the name of the colossal granite sculpted memorial of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln?

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

210. This automaker was featured as the primary vehicle of time travel in this 1985 film about going back in time to fix the future.

The DeLorean

211. Who is the famous comedian that set himself on fire and ran down his neighborhood street?

Richard Pryor

212. This is Expressionist artist Edvard Munch’s most famous work, depicting a person holding their face in horror at night.

The Scream

213. Who was this “King of Reggae” that succumbed to cancer in 1981, and left fans mourning for years?

Bob Marley

214. What is the holy book of Islam?

The Quran

215. This artist depicted The Starry Night while as a patient in the Saint Paul de Mausole psychiatric hospital.

Vincent van Gogh

216. Which royal marriage took place on July 29th, 1981, which many considered to be the “wedding of the century”?

Prince Charles married Lady Diana

217. This famous TV horse spoke to his owner.

Mr. Ed

218. Who was the first female supreme court justice, appointed on September 21st, 1981?

Sandra Day O’Connor

219. This mouse made his film debut in 1928s “Steamboat Willie”, an animated short film.

Mickey Mouse

220. Who became the first American woman in space as part of the Space Shuttle Challenger crew?

Sally Ride

221. Who became the first monkey in space in 1961?

Ham the Chimp

222. Who were the American allies of World War II?

France, Poland and the United Kingdom

223. What is the oldest monolithic religion?

Judaism

224. How many bones are there in the human body?

206

225. What is currently the best selling video game console of all time?

The Playstation 2

Alex Romeo

I am a life long learner, trivia connoisseur, writer, and entertainment enthusiast. I have researched and written over 4,000 trivia questions to play on Triviamastermind.com. I hope you enjoy my website!

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