Celebrate National Trivia Day on Jan. 4

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A 1940s radio program called “Take It or Leave It” probably set the stage for the trivia craze as we know it today.

The iconic television quiz show “Jeopardy!” premiered in 1964 and furthered trivia madness, which sparked trivia nights at college campuses across the United States.

By the 1970s, pubs in the United Kingdom were holding trivia quizzes to draw people in during traditionally slow nights.

In 1979, Canadian journalists Chris Haney and Scott Abbott invented the board game Trivial Pursuit in Montreal. The men devised the game because their Scrabble game was missing key pieces. Trivial Pursuit debuted in 1981, took the world by storm and cemented the popularity of knowing and sharing obscure, sometimes irrelevant, but often interesting, facts.

The first National Trivia Day, named by Robert L. Birch of Puns Corps, took place in 1980, a year before Trivial Pursuit debuted in Canada, according to nationaltoday.com/national-trivia-day/.

Fun ways to celebrate National Trivia Day include playing trivia games at home with friends and family, going to a trivia night at a bar of café, watching television game shows or devising trivia games with a broad range of categories and subjects to play online.

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