Can You Pass This General Knowledge Quiz From 1979?

By: Isadora Teich

Can You Pass This General Knowledge Quiz From 1979?
Image: Wiki Commons by White House Photographic Office

About This Quiz

So much happened and changed in the 1970s that it almost seems like it was 10 decades in one. From major world conflicts to shocking crimes to social revolutions and major changes in pop culture and politics, this decade was truly jam-packed with fascinating events that changed the world forever. But this quiz focuses in on just one year, the final year of the decade, and puts your 1979 general knowledge to the test.

From massive global events to small weird happenings that you might not believe, 1979 was truly a wild end to a complex and tumultuous decade. Whether you are interested in TV, technology, pop culture, sports, science, art, or politics, this year has a wealth of innovations and interesting tidbits in almost all of those areas. The '70s were a time of massive change and growth for societies in various ways all around the world. Many of the things people enjoy or take for granted today have their roots in this single amazing year that ended the 1970s!   

If you are a history fan who thinks you know this famous decade both inside and out, put your general knowledge of 1979 to the test with this quiz! 

Which of these kid-friendly networks was born in 1979?
Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon began on April 1, 1979. It was developed by Dr. Vivian Horner and Warner Cable CEO Gus Hauser. Horner had worked as director of research on the PBS series, "The Electric Company."
Cartoon Network
PBS
The Disney Channel

Advertisement

What was the life expectancy for men in the U.S. in 1979?
61
70
The life expectancy for men in the U.S. in 1979 was 70 years. Currently, it is 78.7 years. In 1979, the life expectancy for women was 77.8 years. Today, the life expectancy for women is 81.6 years.
76
81

Advertisement

The Knack wrote which of these songs, which was the top song of 1979?
"All Along The Watchtower"
"My Sharona"
"My Sharona" was certified gold, topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, and was No. 1 on Billboard's 1979 Top Pop Singles year-end chart. This often parodied song was written from the perspective of a young teenage boy.
"Hot Stuff"
"Misty Mountain Hop"

Advertisement

Which of these horror movies was big in 1979?
"The Exorcist"
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
"Scream"
"The Amityville Horror"
This 1979 horror classic was based off the best selling novel of the same name by author Jay Anson. In this film, a young family is chased from their home by evil entities after they move in.

Advertisement

The U.S. officially began diplomatic relations with which country in 1979?
Venezuela
The U.K.
India
China
In January of 1979, the U.S. and China established full diplomatic relations. This occurred under the Carter administration. Historically, the relationship between these countries has been relatively stable on the surface, with a few periods of open conflict.

Advertisement

Which of these occurred in February of 1979?
A total solar eclipse
On February 26, 1979, a total solar eclipse was visible from North America. During a total solar eclipse, the moon appears to wholly block the sun's light from a certain area on earth. Total solar eclipses are not often visible in the same location on most of planet Earth.
The Chrysler Building was built
Big Ben collapsed
The Moon landing

Advertisement

Which TV network was born in 1979?
CBS
ABC
Dumont
ESPN
ESPN (The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) began broadcasting on September 7, 1979. ESPN was founded by Bill Rasmussen, his son, Scott Rasmussen, and an Aetna insurance agent named Ed Eagan.

Advertisement

What was the estimated world population in 1979?
2 billion
3.5 billion
4.3 billion
In 1979, the estimated population of the entire world was about 4.3 billion. Today, there are about 7.5 billion people on Earth. Within the coming years, it is expected that we will double the 1979 population number.
5.7 billion

Advertisement

The team from which of these cities won the 1979 World Series?
Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Pirates won the 1979 World Series, beating the Baltimore Orioles four games to three in the best of seven series. While this was the team's fifth World Series victory, the Pirates have not won another MLB World Series championship since then.
Philadelphia
Saint Louis
Oakland

Advertisement

In 1979, who was Time Magazine's Man of the Year?
Clint Eastwood
Ayatollah Khomeini
Ayatollah Khomeini was an Iranian politician who founded the Islamic Republic of Iran. His 1979 Iranian Revolution ended more than 2,000 years of Persian monarchy in Iran. He was the political and religious leader of Iran until his death in 1989.
Alexander Butterfield
Muhammad Ali

Advertisement

What did Kylene Barker achieve in 1979?
Won Miss America
Miss America 1979 was the 52nd Miss America Pageant. It was won by Kylene Barker of Virginia, who was the first-ever Miss Virginia to win the crown. Her talent at the pageant was gymnastics.
Invented the computer
Wrote code for NASA
Won an Oscar

Advertisement

Which of these '70s fashion icons did Yves Saint-Laurent describe as his "dream woman"?
Stevie Nicks
Janice Dickinson
Jessica Lange
Iman
Iman was an iconic supermodel of the 1970s and 1980s. She was born Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid in Mogadishu, Somalia. She was a sought-after high-fashion model for more than a decade and married David Bowie in 1992.

Advertisement

Match the famous quote to the film: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."
"Apocalypse Now"
"Apocalypse Now" is a controversial 1979 epic war film directed, produced and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola. This line was spoken by Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore, played by Robert Duvall, and has become a popular cultural meme.
"Alien"
"Kramer vs. Kramer"
"The China Syndrome"

Advertisement

Which pope visited the U.S. in 1979?
Pope Benedict XIV
Pope Francis
Pope Pius X
Pope John Paul II
From October 1-8, 1979, Pope John Paul II visited the United States of America. He visited several cities, including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Des Moines​ and New York City.

Advertisement

Which band played an iconic New Year's Eve show that ended at dawn on Jan. 1, 1979?
The Who
Jethro Tull
The Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead played the last show at the Winterland venue in San Francisco on New Year's Eve 1978. The show lasted over eight hours and ended with a hot buffet breakfast on New Year's Day 1979.
Led Zeppelin

Advertisement

Who was the President of the United States in 1979?
Bill Clinton
Richard Nixon
JFK
Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States of America. He served only one term, from 1977 until 1981. He was president during a time of high inflation and rising energy costs and, therefore, was not extremely popular.

Advertisement

One of the earliest home improvement shows, "This Old House," aired on which network?
FOX
CBS
PBS
"This Old House" was one of the earliest of what would eventually become a massive television phenomenon. This show was initially disliked by building contractors, who thought it gave away building trade secrets.
NBC

Advertisement

Where was there a mysterious nuclear explosion in 1979?
The Indian Ocean
In 1979, a mysterious nuclear flash occurred in the Indian Ocean near the Prince Edward Islands, which are off Antarctica. While no country has ever claimed ownership of the blast, it is called the Vela Incident and is believed to be an unauthorized nuclear test carried out by Israel.
The Pacific Ocean
The Gulf of Mexico
The Mediterranean Sea

Advertisement

In 1979, the original Australian "Mad Max" film was released in the U.S. What was changed about the film for its U.S. release?
It was dubbed
Producers believed that American audiences were incapable of understanding Australian accents. This is why they dubbed the film for U.S. release, even though it was created in Australia and was already in English.
Half an hour cut
Sexual situations edited out
The score

Advertisement

In 1979, New Zealand offered which of these to tourists for the last time. What were they?
Whale rides
Scenic Antarctic flights
Between 1977 and 1979, New Zealand offered scenic Antarctic flights. This came to an end in 1979 when one of their planes crashed, killing the 257 people on board. It's said that the wreckage of the disastrous flight is still there to this day.
Opium
Hot air balloon rides

Advertisement

Which major chain retailer known for its sexy apparel opened in 1979?
Torrid
Victoria's Secret
The first Victoria's Secret stores opened in 1979. They went national in 1982 after being acquired by Limited Brands. Once a major cultural force known for their fashion shows, it is not as popular as it once was and the company is closing dozens of stores in 2019.
Old Navy
Gap

Advertisement

In 1979, Swedish people were calling out of work in protest of what?
Anti-gay regulations
Throughout most of the 20th century, it was not uncommon for homosexuality to be considered illegal or a mental illness in many countries. In 1979, many Swedes called out of work, claiming they felt gay,​ to protest homosexuality being considered an illness in their country.
Child labor law violations
Unfair treatment of women
Working conditions

Advertisement

Which famous fictional kid turned 8 in 1979?
Charlie Bucket
Dennis the Menace
Matilda
Charlie Brown
When the "Peanuts" began in 1950, Charlie Brown was 4 years old. He has grown older arbitrarily several times throughout the years. In 1957, he was aged to 6 years old. Since 1979, he has been about 8 years old.

Advertisement

What was odd about the winter of 1978-1979 in the U.S.?
The birth rate spiked
The pandemic that occurred
How mild it was
How cold it was
From December 1978 to February 1979, the entire U.S. was colder than it had been in generations. In the contiguous U.S., it was the coldest winter since Victorian times, in the 1890s.

Advertisement

Which rough-living music icon died in 1979?
Robert Plant
Janis Joplin
Sid Vicious
Punk icon Sid Vicious, born John Simon Ritchie, died of a heroin overdose in New York City on February 2, 1979. Before his death, he is believed to have stabbed and killed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
Adam Ant

Advertisement

Of these iconic songs, which was one of the biggest hits of spring 1979?
"On The Radio"
"I Will Survive"
From March 10, 1979, to March 23, 1979, Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" topped the charts. This song had the most staying power of almost any hit of that year and has been covered by countless artists over the ​years.
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
"Le Freak"

Advertisement

Which groundbreaking sci-fi film came out in 1979?
"Star Wars"
"Alien"
This 1979 film blended horror and sci-fi seamlessly to become a critical and cult hit. This film launched both a franchise that continues to this day and Sigourney Weaver's acting career, as it was her first lead role.
"Dune"
"Blade Runner"

Advertisement

What did Sony introduce in 1979?
The boombox
The Walkman
In 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman. This changed how people listened to music forever and set the stage for the invention of other personal music devices. They were popular for more than 20 years.
The iPod
The tape deck

Advertisement

Of these iconic books, which one came out in 1979?
"The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy"
"The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" is an absurdist cult sci-fi novel by Douglas Adams, created from his radio series. This is the first of a five-book series which has spawned a film, TV series and video game.
"The Kite Runner"
"The Great Gatsby"
"The Catcher In The Rye"

Advertisement

Who was the Vice President of the United States in 1979?
Al Gore
Walter Mondale
In 1979, Jimmy Carter was president and Walter Mondale was the Vice President of the United States of America. He was a Democratic senator from Minnesota prior to becoming vice president.
George Bush
Lyndon B. Johnson

Advertisement

What was roughly the average cost of a new house in the U.S. in 1979?
$40,000
$60,000
$70,000
In 1979, the average cost of a new house in the United States was $71,800. In 2017, the average cost of a new house in the U.S. was $384,900 according to annual census data from the U.S. government. It rises almost every year.
$100,000

Advertisement

Which music icon released a breakthrough album in 1979?
Diana Ross
Michael Jackson
His career began as a child star in the family singing group, The Jackson 5, but in the mid-70s, Michael Jackson launched his solo career. His 1979 solo album, "Off The Wall," established Jackson as a talented and mature artist and musician.
John Lennon
John Denver

Advertisement

In which unusual place did it snow in 1979?
The Sahara Desert
Snow was reportedly seen during a freak storm in Ain Sefra, Algeria, known as "The Gateway to the Desert," in 1979. This almost never happens on the hot red dunes of the Sahara, and is only known to have happened in 1979 and 2016.​
Key West, Florida
Hawaii
Southern Spain

Advertisement

Saddam Hussein became the leader of which country in 1979?
Afghanistan
Morocco
Qatar
Iraq
Saddam Hussein was the president of Iraq from 1979 until 2003. He was born in 1937 and died in 2006, sentenced to death by hanging for crimes against humanity by the Iraqi Special Tribunal. His controversial execution was filmed and seen around the world.

Advertisement

The first ________ in Britain opened in 1979.
Gun shop
Indian restaurant
Nude beach
In 1979, the first-ever British nudist beach was opened in the city of Brighton, England. This beach town is famously alternative and bohemian and known for its beaches and a unique royal palace.
Ice skating rink

Advertisement

You Got:
/35

Featured