Did these things happen in 1955 or 1975?

Was this when Happy Days was set… or when Happy Days aired?


Happy Days was the hottest new sitcom of the 1974-75 television season. Of course, with its drive-ins, tail-fins, letterman jackets and the Fonz, the hit show sparked nostalgia for the 1950s. 

The series begins around 1955 in Milwaukee… and became a pop culture phenomenon in 1975. 

That got us wondering — can you tell the two eras apart? Guess if these things happened in 1955 or 1975!

  1. The first wireless television remote control is introduced by Zenith.
  2. Frankie Valli hits No. 1 on the charts with his song "My Eyes Adored You."
  3. Puppeteer Jim Henson introduces his "Muppets" to television on the show 'Sam and Friends.'
     Image: The Everett Collection
  4. Kellogg's Special K cereal first hits store shelves.
  5. Bubble Yum gum is introduced to the market.
  6. Elizabeth Montgomery — best known as Samantha on 'Bewitched' — makes her big-screen debut in the movie 'The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell.'
     Image: Olive Films
  7. Tennessee Ernie Ford spends six weeks at No. 1 on the charts with his tune "Sixteen Tons."
  8. The first-ever sports bra, the "Free Swing Tennis Bra," is introduced.
  9. Marvel introduces the superhero character "Storm" to its comic books.
     Image: 20th Century Fox
  10. The game show 'Wheel of Fortune' makes its television debut.
     Image: The Everett Collection
  11. E.L. Doctorow's nostalgic novel 'Ragtime' is a publishing sensation, spending 13 weeks as a No. 1 bestseller.
     Image: Random House
  12. The polio vaccine is introduced.
  13. Captain Kangaroo makes his debut on television.
     Image: The Everett Collection
  14. Country Time Lemonade is first sold in stores.

Did these things happen in 1955 or 1975?

Your Result...

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murgatroid45 2 months ago
The Ernie Ford record shown must've been a re-release. I don't think Elvis Presley had his own publishing company for the original.
DerekBird 37 months ago
You got 12 out of 14
Did you score an "Aaaaayyyyy!"?
Craigg 37 months ago
You got 13 out of 14
Did you score an "Aaaaayyyyy!"?
CaptainDunsel 45 months ago
I remember the old TV remotes. They used sound, not electronics. Pushing a button tripped a hammer mechanism against a metal bar, sort of like one half of a tuning fork. Four different bars produced four different tones for up and down on channel and volume.
kimmer 47 months ago
11/14....Hmmmmm....gotta love my era trivia!!!
EllisClevenger 47 months ago
You got 14 out of 14
Did you score an "Aaaaayyyyy!"?
AnitaSeekford 48 months ago
The question about Frankie Valli I knew that one,because my sister wouldn't shut up about that STUPID song. I still hate it!!!!
mcfarlanejb 48 months ago
13/14–missed the one about Ragtime, never heard of it!
RobertK 48 months ago
11/14. Again, I sped through the questions too fast.. Interesting though, there were a few surprises, the Muppets and the TV remote threw me off. Well put together and another fun quiz!!
Dario 48 months ago
13 out of 14! I missed the first question. 😀😀😀😀😀
Voyage_Lover_32 48 months ago
12/14 not bad since I don't know to much about back then!
JERRY6 48 months ago
10 of 14 AAAAAAyyyyy , really bad should have done better
BrentwoodJon 48 months ago
I thought Frankie Valli died in a plane crash in the 50's
I never listen to bubblegum.
The rest EZ
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