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1915 Babies

1915 Babies

This 1915 Babies quiz has quite a few actors – see if you know them!

In 1915 the First World War was to enter its second year and many famous people made their entrances into the world. This quiz is about just some of the babies born that year who grew up to become household names.

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1.
Brigadier General Paul Tibbets of the United States Air Force was born on February 23rd 1915. During his career he piloted the aeroplane which dropped the first nuclear bomb on Japan in World War II. What was his aeroplane named?
Winged Demon
Enola Gay
Winged Angel
Eleanor Grace
The aircraft, a B-29 Bomber, was named by Tibbets after his mother. The atomic bomb which Tibbets dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima was codenamed 'Little Boy'. Tibbets died on November 1st 2007 at the age of 92
2.
Pictured is a statue of the fictional Captain Mainwaring from the BBC sitcom Dad's Army. Mainwaring was played by which actor, who was born on 22nd September 1915?
Clive Dunn
Ian Lavender
Arthur Lowe
John Le Mesurier
As well as having a successful TV career (Lowe appeared in Coronation Street and provided the voice for The Mr Men cartoons) he appeared in over 40 films. Arthur Lowe died on 15th April 1982 when he was 66 years old
3.
Augusto Pinochet was born on 25th November 1915. Following a coup which overthrew the elected leader, Pinochet became the dictator of which country?
Photograph courtesy of Emilio Kopait at Wikipedia
Chile
Argentina
Peru
Uruguay
Pinochet took power in 1973 and was the president of Chile from 1974 until 1990. He died on 10th December 2006 aged 91
4.
Sir Fred Hoyle was an astronomer and science fiction writer who was born on 24 June 1915. Which of these things was not named after him?
Photograph courtesy of Joseph Krol at Wikipedia
A spacecraft
A species of bacteria
A dual carriageway
An asteroid
There is a dual carriageway in Bingley named Sir Fred Hoyle Way, a species of bacteria called Janibacter hoylei and an asteroid with the title 8077 Hoyle. Sir Fred died on 20th August 2001 at the age of 86
5.
John Profumo was a Conservative MP and Secretary of State for War who was born on 30th January 1915. He had to resign from his post in 1963 following a notorious scandal involving Christine Keeler (pictured). What job did Profumo do for the rest of his life?
Photograph courtesy of Open Media Ltd at Wikipedia
He was a solicitor
He was a toilet cleaner
He was an accountant
He was a dustman
He worked as a volunteer for a charity based in the East End of London and part of his job involved cleaning toilets. He died on 9th March 2006 when he was 91 years old
6.
The famous Hollywood actress, Ingrid Bergman, was born on 29th August 1915. In what country was she born?
The United States of America
Norway
The United Kingdom
Sweden
During her career Bergman won two Oscars for Best Actress and one for Best Supporting Actress. Among the films she made are Casablanca, Spellbound and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness. She died on 29th August 1982, aged 67
7.
Born on 4th February 1915, Sir Norman Wisdom was an actor famous for his comedy roles. He was popular in which country, where his films were the only ones featuring Western actors allowed to be shown?
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Bulgaria
North Korea
Albania
China
In 1995 Wisdom was given the freedom of the Albanian capital, Tirana and the British capital, London. He continued to act until he was 90 years old and he died on 4th October 2010, aged 95
8.
The pictured plaque is a tribute to Nobel Prize winning chemist Henry Taube who was born on November 30th 1915. He was the first chemist from which country to receive the award?
Photograph courtesy of SriMesh at Wikipedia
The Ukraine
The United States of America
Germany
Canada
Taube's parents were of German heritage and they emigrated to Canada from the Ukraine. Taube himself was Canadian but he moved to America in his twenties. He died on November 16th 2005 when he was 89 years old
9.
The American singer Billie Holiday was born on April 7th 1915. What style of music did she perform?
Jazz
Gospel
Soul
Motown
Also known as Lady Day, Billie Holiday was hugely influential in her field. One critic wrote that she "changed the art of American pop vocals forever." Holiday died on July 17th 1959 from complications caused by cirrhosis of the liver. She was only 44
10.
Frank Sinatra, the legendary singer and actor, was born on December 12th 1915. By what nickname was he also known?
Ol' Handsome
Ol' Brown Hair
Ol' Smiler
Ol' Blue Eyes
Sinatra is among the highest selling artists with a reputed 150 million records sold. He died on May 14th 1998 when he was 82 years old

 

Author:  Graeme Haw

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