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5-Minute Quests

1. On this date in 1961, what poem did Robert Frost recite at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1945, which American president was inaugurated for a record fourth term? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to his Scholastic biography section, where did Tedd Arnold take his first art lessons? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a children's author or illustrator born on this date:

1. In what year on this date was Martin Luther King Day first celebrated as a Federal Holiday? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Pittsburg State University, from what university did Eva Jessye receive a lifetime certificate for teaching? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Elsa Canada, what is perhaps Joy Adamson's greatest gift to wildlife? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1904 work by Johannes V. Jensen (according to Authors' Calendar)

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

1. According to NASA, from what university did Buzz Aldrin receive a doctorate in astronautics?

2. According to his Cornell University faculty home page, what are David Lee's research areas?

3. According to the Academy of American Poets, what was Maya Angelou's name at birth?

Use all of these letters to spell the English title of a 1953 film by Federico Fellini (according to Author's Calendar)
Eva Jessye
Born on This Date 1895

[University of Michigan]


Joy Adamson
Born on This Date 1910

[Late Bloomers]


Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin
Born on This Date 1930



David Lee
Born on This Date 1931

[Nobel Foundation]

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Tedd Arnold
Born on This Date 1949

[Tedd Arnold Website]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a Cold fair day Several Indians at the fort to day

a miss understanding took place between the two inturpeters on account of their Squars, one of the Squars of Shabownes [Toussaint Charbonneau] Squars
being Sick, I ordered my Servent
[Ben York] to, give her Some froot Stewed
and tee at dift Tims which was the Cause of the misundstd

Gass: I went up with one of the men to the villages. They treated us friendly and gave us victuals. After we were done eating they presented a bowlful to a buffaloe head, saying, "eat that." Their superstitious credulity is so great, that they believe by using the head well the living buffaloe will come and that they
will get a supply of meat.

Whitehouse: We still continued to have clear cold weather.

some of our Men went up to the 1st Mandan Indian Village, on their return they informd us, that they had been well used by the Indians of that Town, and that they had given them, plenty to eat, of buffalo Meat, beans, & pounded Corn boil'd.—

They informed us, that after they had finish'd eating That the Mandan Indians
put a quantity of the same Victuals into a Woodin Bowl. they then brought forward the Head of a buffalo, which they fell down & Worshipped, and then set before it, the Bowl of Victuals, and said (as our Interpreter who was with us told us) Eat this, and tell the live Buffaloes, to come in to us, so that we may get plenty of Buffalo meat to Eat.— They let this Bowl remain before the head of the buffalo, 'till our Men left their Village.— The party who was at this Village also say that those Indians, possess very strange and uncommon Ideas of things in general, They are very Ignorant, and have no Ideas of our forms & customs, neither in regard to our Worship or the Deity &ca.

They are Indians of very Quick apprehension, of anything in their way; and Conceited in themselves to a fault.—

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Visited this morning by three Clatsops who remained with us all day; the object of their visit is mearly to
smoke the pipe.

on the morning of the eighteenth we issued 6 lbs. of jirked Elk pr. man, this evening the Sergt. repoted that it was all exhausted; the six lbs. have therefore lasted two days and a half only. at this rate our seven Elk will last us only 3 days longer, yet no one seems much concerned about the state of the stores; so much for habit.

we have latterly so frequently had our stock of provisions reduced to a minimum and sometimes taken a small touch of fasting that three days full allowance excites no concern. In those cases our skill as hunters afford us some consolation, for if there is any game of any discription in our neighbourhood we can track it up and kill it. most of the party have become very expert with the rifle.

The Indians who visited us today understood us sufficiently to inform us that the whites did not barter for the pounded fish; that it was purchased and consumed by the Clatsops, Chinnooks, Cathlahmah's and Skillutes.

The native roots which furnish a considerable proportion of the subsistence of the indians in our neighbourhood are those of a species of Thistle, fern and rush; the Liquorice, and a small celindric root the top of which I have not yet seen, this last resembles the sweet pittatoe very much in it's flavor and consistency.

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1880 Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House Premieres at the Christiania Theatre in Oslo, Norway Henrik Ibsen Plays Historic Firsts Theatre History
1881 In Delaware, Wilmington Replaces the City of New Castle as the County Seat of New Castle County Wilmington, Delaware State of Delaware
1887 U.S. Senate Approves Agreement to Lease Hawaii's Pearl Harbor as Naval Base Hawaii Naval History U.S. History New York Times
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1936 Britain's King George V Dies and Is Succeeded by Edward VIII British History King Edward VIII New York Times
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1981 Ronald Reagan Is the Oldest President to take Office (69 years and 349 days). President Ronald Reagan The American Presidency History Channel
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1982 Seattle's First General Interest Newspaper for the Chinese Community Is Issued Seattle, Washington Asian-American Heritage Seattle Chinese Post History Link
A 3-day Snowstorm Begins That Will Drop 3' of Snow on the Minnesota Twin Cities Minnesota Snow Minnesota Historical Society
1986 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Is Celebrated as a Federal Holiday for the First Time Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holidays African-American History Historic Firsts New York Times
Lesotho Chief Jonathan Is Overthrown in a Coup by Major General JM Lekhanya Lesotho South Africa Lesotho Parliament
Britain and France Announce Plans to Build the Channel Tunnel. Great Britain France Channel Tunnel New York Times
NASA Researchers Discover Uranus Moons Cordelia & Ophelia Uranus NASA
1987 Lebanese Islamic Militia Kidnap Church of England Peace Envoy, Terry Waite Lebanon Islam Terrorism BBC History Channel
1989 George H.W. Bush Inaugurated as 41st U.S. President President George Bush The American Presidency New York Times
1993 Maya Angelou Recites "On The Pulse of the Morning" at Clinton Inauguration President Bill Clinton The American Presidency Maya Angelou Poetry New York Times
1996 Yasser Arafat Is First Democratically-elected Leader of Palestinian People Palestine Yasser Arafat History Channel
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1998 Researchers Engineer Two Cloned Calves to Produce High-protein Milk Cows Genetics Cloning Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
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