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5-Minute Quests

1. Which state was admitted on this date in 1959 as the 49th state of the Union? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1938, who established the March of Dimes? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Houghton Mifflin, to which art school did Chris Soentpiet win a scholarship? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a political or social leader born on this date:

1. Who became the first women inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on this date in 1987? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Smithsonian Institution, which anti-slavery organization did Lucretia Mott found? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the U.S. Congress, in what years did Alonzo Ransier serve as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a book illustrated by Chris Soentpiet (according to Houghton Mifflin):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the BBC, why did J.R.R. Tolkien write the Hobbit?

2. According to Centennial of Flight, in what city did T. Claude Ryan establish the Ryan Flying School in 1922?

3. According to the History Channel, how many slaves were there in the state of Delaware on this date in 1861?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1967 work by J.R.R. Tolkien (according to the Authors' Calendar):
Lucretia Mott
Lucretia Mott
Born on This Date 1793

[New York Times]

Human Rights

Alonzo Ransier
Alonzo Ransier
Born on This Date 1834

[Picture History]

U.S. Congress

J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien
Born on This Date 1892

[Birmingham UK]


T. Claude Ryan
T. Claude Ryan
Born on This Date 1898

[Horatio Alger Assoc]

Charles Lindbergh

Chris Soentpiet
Chris Soentpiet
Born on This Date 1970

[Official Website]

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Alaska: Admission Day
(Commemoration of the addition of Alaska as the 49th state: 01/03/1959)
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1892 J.R.R. Tolkien (English Author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) J.R.R. Tolkien Young-adult Authors
1898 Carolyn Haywood (Pennsylvania-born Children's Author) Carolyn Haywood Primary Children's Authors
1926 Joan Walsh Anglund (Illinois-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Joan Walsh Anglund Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1929 Anthony Chen (Jamaican-born Asian-American Children's Author, Illustrator) Anthony Chen American Artists Asian-American Heritage
1934 Patricia Lee Gauch (Michigan-born Children's Author) Patricia Lee Gauch Primary Children's Authors Young-adult Authors
1938 Alma Flor Ada (Cuban-born Latin-American Children's Author) Alma Flor Ada Primary Children's Authors Hispanic Heritage
1960 J. Otto Siebold (Los Angeles-born Children's Author, Illustrator) J. Otto Siebold American Artists
1970 Chris Soentpiet (South Korean-born Asian-American Children's Author, Illustrator) Chris Soentpiet Primary Children's Authors Artists Asian-American Heritage
Authors, Poets and Journalists
106 B.C. Marcus Tullius Cicero (Roman Orator, Writer) Cicero
1886 John Gould Fletcher (Arkansas-born Poet) Arkansas Authors Poetry
1904 Boris Kochno (Russian-Born French Ballet Librettist, Critic) Boris Kochno Ballet
1922 Morten Nielsen (Danish Poet) Morten Nielsen Poetry World War II
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1913 Gardner Read (Illinois-born Composer) Illinois Composers American Composers
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1823 Robert Whitehead (English Inventor of a Self-propelled Underwater Torpedo) Robert Whitehead Inventors & Inventions Submarines
1886 Grigory Nikolaevich Neujmin (Russian Astronomer) Grigory Nikolaevich Neujmin Astronomy
1898 T. Claude Ryan (Kansas-born Aviation Expert: Built the Spirit of St. Louis for Charles Lindbergh) T. Claude Ryan Inventors & Inventions Charles Lindbergh
1906 William Wilson Morgan (Tennessee-born Astronomer) William Wilson Morgan Astronomy
Philosopher, Educators, Religious Leaders
1869 John Reynolds (Arkansas-born President of Hendrix College) Arkansas Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Hendrix College
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1793 Lucretia Mott (Massachusetts-born Rights Activist, Abolitionist) Lucretia Mott Quaker Religion Human Rights/Civil Rights Women Abolition
1834 Alonzo Jacob Ransier (South Carolina-born African-American Member of the U.S. Congress) Alonzo Jacob Ransier U.S. Congress African American Political and Social Leaders
1840 Father Damien (Belgian Missionary to Hawaiian Lepers) Father Damien Hawaii Leprosy
1871 Mary Magdalena Lewis Tate (Tennessee-born African-American Religious Leader) Mary Magdalena Lewis Tate Religious Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders
1883 Clement Attlee (Prime Minister of England from 1945 to 1951) British Political and Social Leaders
1901 Dinh Diem Ngo (Premier and President of South Vietnam) Dinh Diem Ngo
1916 Betty Furness (New York City-born Consumer Advocate) New York City Performing Artists Actors U.S. Government Consumer Economics
1935 Millard Fuller (Alabama-born Founder of Habitat for Humanity) Millard Fuller Community Service Organizations Housing Habitat for Humanity
The Notorious
1918 Jeane Dixon (Wisconsin-born Astrologer, Psychic) Notorious Persons of Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society
Performing Artists
1865 Henry Alfred Lytton (English Operatic Performer) Henry Alfred Lytton Opera
1886 Josephine Hull (Massachusetts-born Actress) Josephine Hull Actors
1909 Victor Borge (Danish Pianist, Humorist) Victor Borge Musicians Actors Television
1916 Maxene Andrews (Minnesota-born Popular Singer; The Andrews Sisters) Minnesota Performing Artists Popular Musicians Minnesota Historical Society
1922 Bill Travers (English Actor) Bill Travers Actors Film
1932 Dabney Coleman (Texas-born Actor) Dabney Coleman Actors Film Television
1945 Stephen Stills (Texas-born Popular Musician: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) Stephen Stills Popular Musicians
1946 Victoria Principal (American Actress: "Dallas") Victoria Principal Television Film
1956 Mel Gibson (New York-born Actor, Filmmaker) Mel Gibson Actors Filmmakers 1996Academy Award for Directing: Braveheart
1975 Danica McKellar (California-born Actress: Winnie in The Wonder Years) Danica McKellar Actors Television
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1923 Hank Stram (Chicago-born Football Coach: Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Hank Stram Professional Football Hall of Fame
1939 Bobby Hull (Canadian Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame) Bobby Hull Hockey Hall of Fame
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1795 Josiah Wedgwood (English Artists, Designer Who Founded Wedgwood Pottery) Josiah Wedgwood Wedgwood
1946 William Joyce (New York City-born Nazi Propagandist Hanged by the British for Treason) William Joyce Propaganda World War  II World Crimes
1967 Jack Ruby (Chicago-born Assassin of Lee Harvey Oswald) Jack Ruby Assassination of John F. Kennedy
1980 Joy Adamson (Austrian Author of Born Free Killed by a Servant in Kenya) Joy Adamson Kenya Authors Lions
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1521 Martin Luther Is Excommunicated by Pope Leo X Martin Luther Pope Leo X Religion Concordia
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1624 William Tucker, the First African-American Born in America, Is Baptized in Jamestown Colony Jamestown Colony African-American History Historic Firsts African American Registry Find-a-Grave
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1777 George Washington Routs Cornwallis's Forces At the Battle of Princeton Charles Cornwallis George Washington The American Revolution New York Times
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Soome Snow to day; 8 men go to hunt the buffalow, killed a hare & wolf Several Indians visit us to day & a Gross Ventre came after his wife, who had been much abused, & come here for Protection.

Ordway: Snowed this morning, Several men went out hunting this morning as
the Savages Informed us that the Buffalow were comming in towards the River, but they went out first with their horses & Scared them off after killing five of them. one of our party killed a woolf they Sd Saw a nomber of buffalow. & killed one old Bull.—

Whitehouse: This morning some Buffalo came near our fort, the officers sent out 9 Men to hunt them, they returned but had killed none, One of the hunters killed a beautiful white hare, which is common in this Country.—

Lewis & Clark Map: 10/14/04 North Dakota Map: 10/26/04
Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Fort Mandan Native American Tribes Snow

Buffalo Wolves Rabbit

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: At 11 A. M. we were visited by our near neighbours, Chief or Tiá, Co-mo-wool; alias Conia and six Clatsops. they brought for sale some roots buries and three dogs also a small quantity of fresh blubber. this blubber they informed us they had obtained from their neighbours the Callamucks who inhabit the coast to the S. E. near whose vilage a whale had recently perished. this blubber the Indians eat and esteeme is excellent food.

our party from necessaty have been obliged to subsist some length of time on dogs have now become extreemly fond of their flesh; it is worthy of remark that while we lived principally on the flesh of this anamal we were much more healthy strong and more fleshey than we had been since we left the Buffaloe country. for my own part I have become so perfectly reconciled to the dog that I think it an agreeable food and would prefer it vastly to lean Venison or Elk.

a small Crow, the blue crested Corvus and the smaller corvus with a white brest, the little brown ren, a large brown sparrow, the bald Eagle and the beatifull Buzzard of the columbia still continue with us.—

Sent Sergt. Gass and George shannon to the saltmakers who are somewhere on the coast to the S. W. of us, to enquire after Willard and Wiser who have not yet returned.

Reubin Fields Collins and Pots the hunters who set out on the 26th returned this evening after dark. they reported that they had been about 15 Miles up the river at the head of the bay just below us and had hunted the country from thence down on the East side of the river, even to a considerable distance from it and had proved unsuccessful having killed one deer and a few fowls, barely as much as subsisted them.

this reminded us of the necessity of taking time by the forelock,

[In Roman mythology Opportunity, or Time (Saturn), was represented as having hair on the front of the head, but being bald behind. The expression has been used by Rabelais, Spenser, and Shakespeare.]

and keep out several parties while we have yet a little meat beforehand.—

I gave the Chief Commowooll a pare of sattin breechies with which he appeared much pleased.—

Clark: The Sun rose fair this morning for the first time for Six weeks past, the Clouds Soon obscure it from our view, and a Shower of rain Suckceeded—

last night we had Sharp lightening a hard thunder Suckceeded with heavy Showers of hail, and rain, which Continud with intervales of fair moon Shine dureing the night.

Sent out Sergt. Gass & 2 men to the Salt makers with a vew to know what is the Cause of the delay of 2 of our party Willard & Wiser who we are uneasy about, as they were to have been back 6 days ago.

Gass: The weather is still cloudy and wet.

I set out this morning with one of the men to go to the salt-works, to see what progress those engaged in that business had made; and why some of them had not returned, as they had been expected for some time.

We proceeded along a dividing ridge, expecting to pass the heads of some creeks, which intervened. We travelled all day and could see no game; and the rain still continued. In the evening we arrived at a place where two of the men had killed an elk some time ago. Here we struck up a fire, supped upon the marrow-bones and remained all night.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 11/07/05 Clatsop County, Oregon Fort Clatsop Clatsop Indians
The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
1823 Joseph Hernandez Seated as Florida Territory's First U.S. Congressional Representative Florida U.S. Congress Hispanic Heritage Florida Historical Society
1831 "The Waverly", the First Steamboat on Arkansas' White River, Arrives in Batesville Batesville, Arkansas Steamboats Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
1833 British Seize Control of the Falkland Islands Great Britain New York Times
1834 Mexican Government Imprisons Stephen F. Austin in Mexico City Mexico Texas History Channel
1841 Herman Melville Sets Sail for the Pacific As a Seaman on the Whaling Ship "Acushnet" Herman Melville American Authors History Channel Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1842 Lincoln Provides Love Advice in Letter to His Friend Joshua Speed Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Logs
1846 Edgar Allan Poe Publishes the Final Issue of Broadway Journal Edgar Allan Poe American Authors Journalism Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore
1848 In Minnesota, a Sewing Club—the St. Paul Circle of Industry—Is Formed to Raise Money for a New School Building St. Paul, Minnesota Education Economics Minnesota Historical Society
1850 Presidio County, Texas Is Created Presidio County, Texas Texas States Historical Association
1856 The First Train From Chicago Enters Iowa City Chicago, Illinois Iowa City, Iowa Railroad Historic Firsts State Historical Society of Iowa
1861 Florida Delegates Convene in Tallahassee to Consider Secession Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
Delaware State Legislature Overwhelmingly Votes to Remain in the Union Delaware American Civil War History Channel
Georgia's Savannah Volunteer Militia Seizes Fort Pulaski on Cockspur Island Georgia American Civil War National Park Service University of Georgia
Lincoln Writes Seward It Is Safest Not to Arrive in D.C. Until After Official Vote Count Abraham Lincoln American Presidency 1860 Presidential Election Lincoln Logs
1862 President Lincoln Transmits to Senate Treaty with Tribe of Potawatomi Indians U.S. Congress Abraham Lincoln Potawatomi Indians Lincoln Logs
1865 U.S.S. Kanawha Captures Confederate Schooner Mary Ellen Off Florida's Gulf Coast Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1866 Edwin Booth Appears As Hamlet Is His First Role Since His Brother's Assassination of President Lincoln Maryland Performing Artists Assassination of President Lincoln American Performing Artists Theater History
1868 Meiji Restoration Re-establishes Japan's Emperor Heralding Fall of Shoguns Japan History Channel
1870 Construction Begins on the Brooklyn Bridge The Brooklyn Bridge Bridges
1871 Henry Bradley of Binghamton, New York Is Issued Patent 110,626 for Oleomargarine New York Scientists & Inventors Foods & Nutritions Lemoyne College
1888 Marvin Stone Patents the Paraffin-covered Paper Drinking Straw Patents and Trademarks Inventors & Inventions Foods & Nutrition Technology and Society
1895 19 Hopi Leaders From Arizona Are Imprisoned in California for Failure to Comply with U.S. Government Rules Arizona California Hopi Crime Learn California
1897 John E. Rickards Ends His Four-Year Term As Governor of Montana Montana History Buff
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1900 Frederick Weyerhaeuser Purchases 900,000 Acres of Washington State Timberlands Washington Trees Business Weyerhaeuser History Link
1905 Minnesota's State Legislature Meets for the First Time in the Present Capitol Building Minnesota State Capitol Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1910 Horace H. Lurton Sworn in As Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court Kentucky Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1911 8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 450 in Central Asia Earthquakes Death USGS
Willis Van Devanter Sworn in As Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court Indiana Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
Joseph R. Lamar Sworn in As Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1921 West Virginia's State Capitol in Charleston Is Destroyed by Fire West Virginia Fire Safety West Virginia Archive
Joseph W. Dixon Begins a 4-Year Term as Governor of Montana Montana History Buff
1924 Explorer Howard Carter Discovers King Tutankhamen's Sarcophagus in Egypt Howard Carter Egypt King Tut's Tomb Archaeology History Channel
1938 U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt Establishes March of Dimes to Fight Polio March of Dimes President Franklin Roosevelt Polio Historic Firsts New York Times
1940 The Marlborough Apartment-Hotel Burns in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Killing At Least 18 Minneapolis, Minnesota Fire Death Minnesota Historical Society
1942 Parker Pen in Janesville, Wisconsin Is Awarded a Contract for 35 Million Parts for Anti-Aircraft Shell Fuses Janesville, Wisconsin Business World War  II Parker Pen Wisconsin Historical Society
1945 MacArthur and Nimitz Given Command of U.S. Forces in the Pacific Douglas MacArthur Chester Nimitz World War  II History Channel
1946 William Joyce Is Hanged in London for Broadcasting Nazi Propaganda Great Britain Propaganda World War  II World Crimes Death
Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited Is Published Evelyn Waugh Authors Writer's Almanac
1947 Opening Session of Congress Televised in Philadelphia, D.C. & New York City U.S. Congress Television Historic Firsts New York Times
1949 U.S. Supreme Court Rules Closed Union Shops Are Illegal U.S. Supreme Court Labor History Channel
John W. Bonner Succeeds Samuel C. Ford Ends As Governor of Montana Montana History Buff
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1955 Iris Faircloth Blitch Sworn in as First Georgia Woman Elected for a Full Term in Congress Georgia U.S. Congress Women Historic First University of Georgia
1959 President Eisenhower Signs Proclamation Admitting Alaska As the 49th State Alaska President Eisenhower History Channel New York Times Alaska Historical Society
1961 United States Severs Diplomatic Relations with Cuba Fidel Castro President Eisenhower Cold War History Channel
1962 Pope John XXIII Excommunicates Fidel Castro Fidel Castro Pope John XXIII Religion
1963 Robert Frost Is Notified of His Selection As Winner of the Bollington Prize for Poetry Robert Frost Poetry The Bollington Prize American Collection
1966 General Lamizana Assumes Power of Burkina Faso, Suspends Constitution Burkina Faso Encarta
1967 U.S. Patent Awarded for Solar Heating and Cooling a House Solar Energy Patents & Trademark Inventors & Inventions USPTO
1972 Alabama's Legislative Districts Are Reapportioned by Federal Court Order Alabama Government U.S. Congress Voting Law & Legal Resources Alabama State Archive
1973 Andrew Young Sworn in As Georgia's First African-American Congressman Since 1871 Georgia Andrew Young U.S. Congress African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1980 Afghanistan President, Babrak Karmal, Defends Soviet Invasion of His Country Afghanistan Soviet Union BBC
Author Joy Adamson (Born Free) Killed in Kenya by Servant Joy Adamson Kenya Authors Lions New York Times
1986 NASA Researchers Use Voyager 2 Data to Discover Uranus Moons Juliet and Portia Uranus NASA USGS
1987 Allan Hendrickse Protests South Africa's Apartheid with Swim at Whites-only Beach South African Political and Social Leaders Apartheid South African History Online
Aretha Franklin Is First Woman Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Aretha Franklin Women African-American Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame History Channel
1989 The Arsenio Hall Show Premieres Television African-American Performing Artists The Internet Movie Database
1990 Ousted Panamanian Dictator, Manuel Noriega, Surrenders to U.S. Troops Manuel Noriega Hispanic Heritage New York Times
1991 Great Britain Expels 8 Iraqi Officials Great Britain Iraqi War on Terrorism BBC
1993 President Bush and Russian President Yeltsin Sign Missile Treaty in Moscow Boris Yeltsin President George Bush Arms Control Historic World Documents BBC
1995 U.S. Postal Service Raises Price of First-class Stamp to 32 Cents U.S. Postal Service Stamp
1999 NASA Launches Two Probes to Test the Sub-surface Properties of Mars Space Exploration Mars NASA
NASA Launches Polar Lander to Test for Long-term Climate Changes on Mars Space Exploration Mars NASA
Historic Events that have occurred from 2000 to present
2000 The Last Original Daily ''Peanuts'' Comic Strip Appears in 2,600 Newspapers Charles Schulz Cartoons & Comics Journalism History Channel
2003 At the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona, Ohio State Defeats Miami 31-24 in Double Overtime to Win the National Championship Arizona Football Ohio State University University of Miami Fiesta Bowl ESPN