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1914 Babies

1914 Babies

See how many famous faces you recognise in this 1914 Babies quiz!

The First World War began in 1914, and so did the lives of many people. Try this quiz about some of the famous faces who appeared on earth in the year that the war started.

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1.
The man pictured is Mohammed Zahir Shah. He was born on October 15th 1914, and was the last king of which country?
Pakistan
Uzbekistan
Turkmenistan
Afghanistan
He became Shah, or king, on 8th November 1933 when he was 19 years old, following the assassination of his father. He reigned until 17th July 1973 when Afghanistan became a republic. He died on 23rd July 2007, aged 92
2.
The Norwegian, Thor Heyerdahl, was born on October 6th 1914. For what did he become most famous?
He flew across the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon
He walked to the South Pole on his own
He crossed the Pacific Ocean on a hand-built raft
He climbed Mount Everest with no guides
Heyerdahl was a scientist who, in 1947, crossed the Pacific from South America to Polynesia, a distance of 5,000 miles (8,000 km) on a small wooden raft. He did this amazing feat in order to demonstrate how ancient people were capable of making long sea journeys. Heyerdahl died on April 18th 2002, aged 88
3.
The man pictured was a swashbuckling film star of the 1930s-1950s who was born on May 5th 1914. Some of his films include The Mark of Zorro, A Yank in the R.A.F. and King of the Khyber Rifles. What was his name?
Rudolf Valentino
Tyrone Power
Douglas Fairbanks
Errol Flynn
On November 15th 1958, whilst on set recording a fighting scene for the film Solomon and Sheba, Tyrone Power suffered a heart attack from which he died on his way to hospital. He was 44 years old
4.
Joe DiMaggio, born on November 25th 1914, was an American sports star renowned for his skills in baseball. He was married to which iconic film star?
Elizabeth Taylor
Audrey Hepburn
Marilyn Monroe
Greta Garbo
The marriage was a short one, with Marilyn filing for divorce within a year. DiMaggio died on March 8th 1999, aged 84. His last words were allegedly, "I'll finally get to see Marilyn"
5.
Clayton Moore was born on September 14th 1914 and is most famous for playing the Lone Ranger on TV during the 1950s. What was his first show-business job, which he started at the age of 8?
He was a lion tamer in a circus
He was an acrobat in a circus
He was a juggler in a circus
He was a clown in a circus
Later on Moore worked as a trapeze artist, a stuntman and a model before becoming an actor. He died on December 28th 1999 aged 85
6.
Richard Widmark was a successful American actor during the twentieth century. How many films did he appear in?
He appeared in more than 70 films
He appeared in more than 60 films
He appeared in more than 50 films
He appeared in more than 40 films
Widmark often played the roles of cowboys, gangsters, policemen or soldiers but, ironically, he was opposed to guns. He said in 1976, "It seems incredible to me that the United States are the only civilized nation that does not put some effective control on guns." Widmark died on March 24th 2008 aged 93
7.
George Reeves, the first man to play the role of Superman on TV, was born on January 5th 1914. Reeves was his stage name but what was his real name?
George Tippler
George Brewer
George Cooper
George Vintner
He died of a gunshot wound on June 16th 1959. The official verdict on his death was that it was suicide, though some believe that Reeves was a victim of murder. He was only 45 years old
8.
Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet and writer, was born on 27th October 1914. In which city is the pictured statue of Thomas?
Photograph courtesy of Tony in Devon at Wikipedia
Cardiff
London
Swansea
New York
Thomas wrote many poems, including Do not go gentle into that good night and the play Under Milk Wood. He died in New York on 9th November 1953 whilst on tour. He was 39 years old
9.
Who is this man, born on 2nd April 1914? In later life he was a Jedi Knight.
Photograph courtesy of Allan Warren at Wikipedia
Sir Alec Guinness
Peter Cushing
Christopher Lee
Ewan McGregor
Sir Alec became a famous actor, appearing in films such as The Bridge on the River Kwai and Doctor Zhivago. He played Fagin in Oliver Twist and is perhaps best remembered as Jedi Knight Obi Wan Kenobi who he played in the original three Star Wars films. Sir Alec died on 5th August 2000, aged 86
10.
William S. Burroughs (pictured) was a science fiction author born on February 5th 1914. Which of these was one of his novels?
Photograph courtesy of Marcelo Noah at Wikipedia
The Day of the Triffids
2001: A Space Odyssey
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead
A film was to be made of the novel, for which pop group Duran Duran were to write the soundtrack, but the film was never made. The 1984 Duran Duran hit The Wild Boys, was inspired by the novel. Burroughs died on August 2nd 1997, aged 83
Author:  Graeme Haw

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