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5-Minute Quests

1. What are the names given to the three moons of Uranus discovered on this date in 1986? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Which two countries officially end their Yuletide seasons on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. Name two Civil War battles in which Napoleon Bonaparte Burford participated. (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of an author, poet or journalist born on this date:

1. Two devastating earthquakes occurred on this date in two different countries 86 years apart. What were the two countries? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Library of Congress, who appointed Salmon P. Chase as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the History Channel, Horatio Alger made his name synonymous with what American ideal? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an 1870 work by Horatio Alger (according to the chronological bibliography provided by the Horatio Alger Society)

(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Yale Alumni Magazine, what did Ross Granville Harrison discover?

2. According to the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, why was Kaj Munk murdered by Gestapo agents?

3. According to Emory University, from which university did Flora Nwapa receive her Bachelor of Arts degree?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1965 work by Shahnon Ahmad (according to the Authors' Calendar)
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Salmon P. Chase
Born on This Date 1808

[Tulane University]

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Horatio Alger
Born on This Date 1832

[Horatio Alger Society]

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Ross Granville Harrison
Born on This Date 1870

[New York Times]

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Kaj Munk
Born on This Date 1936

[Bethesdas Boghandel]

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Flora Nwapa
Born on This Date 1931

[Emory University]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a Cold Clear Day (great number of Indians move Down the River to hunt) those people Kill a number of
Buffalow near their Villages and Save a great perpotion of the meat, it is their Custom that all meat is shared in common among all members of the tribe, instead of being the property of the man who killed it and his family, and leaves them more than half of their time without
meat Their Corn & Beans &c they Keep for the Summer, and as a reserve in Case of an attack from the Soues, which they are always in dread, and Sildom go far to hunt except in large parties, about ˝ the Mandan nation passed this to day to hunt on the river below, they will Stay out Some Days,

Mr. Chabonee (our inturpeter) and one man that accompanied him to Some loges of the Minatarees near the Turtle Hill returned, both frosed in their faces.

Chaboneu informs that the Clerk of the Hudsons Bay Co. with the Me ne tar res has been Speaking Some fiew expressns. unfavourable towards us, and that it is Said the N W Co. intends building a fort at the Mene tar re's— he Saw the Grand Chief of the Big bellies [Hidatsa or Gross Ventre Indians] who Spoke Slightly of the Americans, Saying if we would give our great flag to him he would Come to See us.

Ordway: a clear cold morning. 2 men went last evening a hunting. the Savages visit us as meat is Scarce among them they Intrude on us and we use them as well as possable. Mr Sharbinow arived in the evening with the horses loaded with Grees fat meat &.C.

Gass: A clear cold day. A number of the natives went down the river to hunt with our men. In the evening one of our interpreters and another Frenchman who had gone with him to the Assiniboins for fur returned. They had their faces so badly frost bitten that the skin came off, and their guide was so badly froze that they were obliged to leave him with the Assiniboins. This nation live near the Rocky Mountains, and about 90 miles from fort Mandan.

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: This morning I took all the men who could be spared from the Fort and set out in quest of the flesh of the seven Elk that were killed yesterday, we found it in good order being untouched by the wolves, of which indeed there are but few in this country; at 1 P. M. we returned having gotten all the meat to the fort.

this evening we exhausted the last four candles, but fortunately had taken the precaution to bring with us moulds and wick, by means of which and some Elk's tallow in our possession we do not yet consider ourselves destitute of this necessary article; the Elk we have killed have a very small portion of tallow.

The traders usually arrive in this quarter, as has been before observed, in the month of April, and remain untill October; when here they lay at anchor in a bay within Cape Disappointment on the N. side of the river; here they are visited by the natives in their canoes who run along side and barter their comodities with them, their being no houses or fortification on shore for that purpose.

The bay in which this trade is carryed on is spacious and commodious, and perfectly secure from all except the S. and S. E. winds, these however are the most prevalent and strong winds in the Winter season fresh water and wood are very convenient and excellent timber for refiting and reparing vessels.—

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1888 National Geographic Society Is Founded in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. National Geographic
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1893 Britain's Independent Labor Party, Meets for the First Time Great Britain Elections Historic Firsts BBC
1898 Émile Zola's Defense of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, ''J'accuse,'' Is Published in Paris Émile Zola Judaism History Channel
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1906 American Motor Car Manufacturers Association Opens First Auto Show in NYC New York City Automobiles Historic Firsts Antique Automobile Club of America
1910 Enrico Caruso Is Broadcast Live from the New York Metropolitan Opera Enrico Caruso New York Metropolitan Opera Opera Radio History of Technology History Channel
1913 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Is Founded by 22 Collegiate Women at Howard University Women African-American Heritage Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Howard University African American Registry
1915 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Avezzano, Italy: 29,980 Die Italy Earthquakes Death USGS
1916 British Attack Turkish Positions on the Banks of Mesopotamia's Wadi River Iraq Turkey Great Britain World War I History Channel
1922 Allied Governments Agree to Temporarily Postpone Germany's Reparations Payments Germany World War I Economics Indiana University
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1930 The First Mickey Mouse Comic Strip Is Published in the New York Mirror Walt Disney Cartoons & Comics Historic Firsts USPTO
1931 In Delaware, Estelle Tschudy of Smyrna Takes Her Seat as the First Downstate Woman Elected to the General Assembly Delaware Government American Women in Politics Elections Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1935 90% of Saar Region Voter Choose to Incorporate into Germany Rather than France Germany France Voting European History Humanitas International
1937 The First Shipment of Gold Bullion Is Made to the Fort Knox Bullion Depository Kentucky Fort Knox Gold Historic Firsts U.S. Treasury
1939 Vivien Leigh Signs to Play Scarlett O'Hara in Movie "Gone With The Wind" Gone with the Wind Internet Movie Database University of Georgia
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1943 Construction of the Pentagon Is Completed in Arlington County, Virginia Arlington County, Virginia The Pentagon World War II Virginia Historical Society
1944 The Wife of the Mayor of Duluth, Minnesota Christens the Military Cruiser Duluth Launched in Newport News, Virginia Newport News, Virginia Duluth, Minnesota Naval Military History World War II Minnesota Historical Society
1946 In Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News Is Established with Norman Brown as Editor and Publisher Anchorage, Alaska Journalism Anchorage Daily News Alaska Historical Society
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1957 Wham-O Company Begins Mass-Production of the Frisbee Hobbies and Games Inventors & Inventions Ultimate
1960 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 57 in Southern Peru Peru Earthquakes Death USGS
1961 Federal Judge Orders University of Georgia to Re-admit Two African-American Students Georgia Education African-American Heritage University of Georgia University of Georgia
Convair B-58 Hustler Jet Bomber Breaks Six World Speed Records Aviation History Historic Firsts NASA
1963 Togo President Olympio Is Assassinated in an Uprising of Non-commissioned Army Officers Togo Death U.S. Department of State
1964 More Than 100 Die in Hindu-Muslim Rioting in Calcutta, India India Hinduism Islam Death BBC
1966 Robert C. Weaver Is First African-American to Hold a Cabinet Position (HUD) Lyndon Johnson U.S. Government African-American History Historic Firsts History Channel
1967 Togo President Nicholas Grunitzky Is Ousted in Bloodless Military Coup Togo U.S. Department of State
1972 Nixon Announces 70,000 U.S. Troops to Leave Vietnam over Next Three Months President Nixon Vietnam War U.S. Army
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1974 The Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport Officially Opens Texas Aviation Official Website Texas State Historical Association
1976 First Computer Capable of Translating Printed Text into Speech Is Demonstrated History of Computer Technology Blindness Kurzweil Technologies
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1978 NASA Selects Its First Women Astronauts Astronauts Women Historic Firsts NASA
1979 U. S. Postal Service Issues Stamp Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. United States Postal Service University of Georgia
1982 737 Crashes into the Potomac after Take-off From Washington, D.C.: 78 die Washington, D.C. Air Disasters Death New York Times
Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson Are Voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Henry Aaron Texas Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures New York Times
1986 NASA Researchers Discover Uranus Moons Desdemona, Rosalind & Belinda Uranus NASA
1988 Supreme Court Rules (5-3) Public School Officials May Censor Students The U.S. Supreme Court Education Children's Rights Oyez
1990 Douglas Wilder Is First Elected & Inaugurated African-American Governor Douglas Wilder Elections African-American History Historic Firsts New York Times
2.5 Magnitude Earthquake Is Largest in Maryland's Recorded History Maryland Earthquakes USGS
1991 Vilnius Demonstrators Slain after Lithuania Declares Independence from Soviet Union Lithuania The Soviet Union Death BBC
1992 Japanese Apologize for the Enslavement of Korean Women During World War II Japan Korea Slavery Women War Crimes New York Times
1993 American, British and French Fighter Jets Bomb Southern Iraq Iraq Great Britain France Gulf War Aviation History BBC
NASA Launches Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-54) on 6-Day Mission Space Exploration NASA
1994 GTE Announces It Will Cut 17,000 Jobs Businesses & Corporations Labor General Electric EconEdLink
1995 The Menominee Tribe Sues the State of Wisconsin for Violation of Treaty Rights Wisconsin Menominee Tribe Law and Legal Resources Historic Documents Wisconsin Historical Society
1997 Left-wing Guerrillas Open Fire on Police Outside the Japanese Embassy in Lima Peru Japan Terrorism BBC
1999 Michael Jordan Announces His Retirement from Professional Basketball Michael Jordan Basketball Famous African Americans PBS
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2000 Bill Gates Resigns As Microsoft CEO/President, Replaced by Steve Ballmer Bill Gates Businesses and Corporations CNN
2001 Earthquake of 7.6 Magnitude Devastates El Salvador: 840 Die El Salvador Earthquakes Death USGS BBC
2002 President Bush Chokes on Pretzel & Faints While Watching Football Game George W. Bush The American Presidency CNN
The Fantasticks Closes Off-Broadway after 17,162 Shows Over Nearly 42 Years Official Website Theatre History