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5-Minute Quests

1. In what year did the Concorde jet begin commercial air service on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Which two baseball players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on this date in 1969? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to her autobiographical sketch, who was Carol Beach York's only reader when she first began writing? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a sports figure born on this date:

1. In what year on this date did the U.S. Census Bureau identify Hispanics as the largest minority group in the United States? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the University of Georgia, for which political party was John C. Fremont the first Presidential candidate? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to USA Today, in which two years did Hakeem Olajuwon lead the Houston Rockets to consecutive NBA Championships? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a Carol Beach York book (according to E-Reads):

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

1. According to the University of Houston, by 1790 John Fitch was using his steamboat between what two cities?

2. According to the Library of Congress, Stonewall Jackson taught military tactics and natural philosophy at which university?

3. In what year was T.S. Eliot awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Use all of these letters to spell the name of an historic person who died on this date:
John Fitch
Born on This Date 1743

Mississippi River Museum


John C. Fremont
Born on This Date 1813


Westward Expansion of the U.S.

Stonewall Jackson
Born on This Date 1824

[New Geneva Center]

The American Civil War

Carol Beach York
Born on This Date 1928

Young-adult Authors
Hakeem Olajuwon
Born on This Date 1963



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1928 Carol Beach York (Chicago-born Children's Author) Carol Beach York Young-adult Authors
1953 Huck Scarry (Connecticut-born Children's Author/Illustrator) Connecticut Authors American Artists
1895 Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish Dress Designer) Spanish Artists Artists, Architects and Designers
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1840 Sophia Jex-Blake (English Physician) English Scientists & Inventors Medical Professions
1855 John Browning (Utah-born Gun Designer) Utah Scientists & Inventors Inventors and Inventions Gun Control History Channel
1738 Ethan Allen (Connecticut-born Revolutionary War Hero) Ethan Allen Vermont The American Revolution History Channel
1824 Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (West Virginia-born Confederate General) Stonewell Jackson American Civil War
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1947 Jill Eikenberry (Connecticut-born Actress) Connecticut Performing Artists Actors Television Film Intenet Movie Database
1956 Geena Davis (Massachusetts-born Actress) Massachusetts Performing Artists Actors Television Film Intenet Movie Database
1965 Jason Mizell "Jam Master Jay" (New York City-born African-American Rapper) New York City Performing Artists Popular Music African-American Performing Artists Intenet Movie Database African American Registry
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1940 Jack Nicklaus (Ohio-born Member of the Golf Hall of Fame) Ohio Sports Figures Golf Hall of Fame
1955 Peter Fleming (New Jersey-born Professional Tennis Player) New Jersey Sports Figures Tennis
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1892 John Couch Adams (English Astronomer; co-Discoverer of Neptune) English Scientists and Mathematicians Space & Astronomy Neptune
1924 Vladimir Lenin (Russian Bolshevik; Head of the First Government of the (USSR) Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) Vladimir Lenin Soviet Union
1927 John McCausland (West Virginia-born Confederate General) West Virginia Military Figures American Civil War West Viriginia State Archive
1928 John Kimberly (New York-born Founder of Wisconsin-based Kimberly-Clark) New York Business Leaders Wisconsin Business Business Kimberly Clark Paper Industry Hall of Fame Wisconsin Historical Society
1931 Eliza Frances Andrews (Georgia-born Writer, Educator) Georgia Authors American Authors University of Georgia
1950 George Orwell (English Novelist) George Orwell Authors
1959 Cecil B. De Mille (Massachusetts-born Pioneer Filmmaker) Cecil B. De Mille Filmmakers
1971 Richard Russell (Georgia-born U.S. Senator) Georgia Political and Social Leaders U,.S. Congress
1984 Jackie Wilson (Detroit-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Jackie Wilson Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists
1991 Harold "Red" Grange (Illinois-born Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Illinois Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame
1997 Colonel Tom Parker (Elvis Presley's Manager) Dutch Performing Artists Elvis Preseley Internet Movie Database
2002 Peggy Lee (North Dakota-born Popular Singer) North Dakota Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
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1785 In Ohio, the Treaty of Fort McIntosh Cedes Large Indian Territories to the U.S. Government Ohio Native-American Heritage Forts Historic U.S> Documents Ohio Historical Society
1789 Printed in Boston, Power of Sympathy Is the First Novel by an American to be Published in America Boston, Massachusetts American Authors Historic Firsts History Channel
1793 King Louis XVI Is Executed by Guillotine in the Place de la Revolution in Paris French Political and Social Leaders French Revolution Death Chambers Book of Days History Channel
1799 Public Trials Begin of Edward Jenner's Smallpox Vaccination Procedure Edward Jenner Small Pox Historic Firsts London Ancestor
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1800 The Delaware General Assembly Authorizes a Ferry to be Operated over the Christina River at Newport Newport, Delaware Boats State of Delaware
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a number of Indians here to day a fine day nothing remarkable

Ordway: moderate weather

the hunters all came in had killed 3 Elk 4 Deer & one fox two porcupines & a hare. they Brought in three horse loads of the Meat.

the Savages bring considerable Corn to day, to pay for their Black Smiths work.

2 men went up to the Grossvarntares village to trade Some woolf Skins with the N. W. Compy Traders for Tobacco. they Got 3 feet of twist tobacco for each Skin.—

Whitehouse: The weather still continued Clear and Cold,

the two Men that was sent to the hunting Camp returned to the Fort, having the three horses loaded with Elk meat and Venison, they returned on the Ice on the River.—

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Two of the hunters Shannon & Labuish returned having killed three Elk. Ordered a party to go in quest of the meat early tomorrow morning and the hunters to return and continue the chase.

the Indians left us about 12 O'Clk.

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1846 In London, Charles Dickens Publishes the First Edition of the Daily News Charles Dickens Journalism Historic UK
1854 Georgia's Governor Signs an Act Creating Fannin County as the State's 107th County Fannin County, Georgia University of Georgia
1855 In Springfield, Illinois, Snow and Wind Maroon Trains, Down Telegraph Lines and Close Church Services Springfield, Illinois Snow Wind Lincoln Log
1856 The Know-Nothing Party of Texas Meets in the Public for the First Time in Austin Austin, Texas Politics Texas State Historical Association
1861 Jefferson Davis and Four Others Resign from the U.S. Senate Jefferson Davis U.S. Congress New York Times Florida Historical Society
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1862 The Confederate Schooner Olive Branch Bound from Florida's Cedar Key to Nassau Is Captured by the USS. Ethan Allen Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1863 In Texas, Confederates Recapture the Port of Sabine Pass Texas First Battle of  Sabine Pass History Channel
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1864 At a State Dinner, President and Mrs. Lincoln Entertain the Members of Cabinet, Justices of Supreme Court, and Their Wives The White House President Abraham LIncoln U.S. Supreme Court Lincoln Log
1865 The Washington Territorial Legislature Establishes Yakima County Yakima County HistoryLink
1867 Emperor Norton Is Arrested for Insanity by a San Francisco Policeman Notorious British San Francisco Crime BBC
1877 Mason County Courthouse Burns, Destroying All Early County Records Mason County, Texas Fire Texas State Historical Association
1895 Landmark Court Decision Weakens Sherman Anti-Trust Act Anti-Trust Law U.S. Supreme Court Oyez History Channel
1899 Opel Automobile Works Opens Automobiles Germany Business & Economics History Channel
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1903 The Last Installment of Frank Norris' Novel The Pit Is Run Posthumously in the Saturday Evening Post Frank Norris American Authors Journalism National Council of Teachers of English
1911 In Alaska, Mount Wrangell Erupts and an Earthquake Shakes Central Alaska Alaska Volcano Earthquake Alaska Historical Society
1915 The First Kiwanis Club Is Founded in Detroit, Michigan Community Organizations Detroit Kiwanis International Historic Firsts New York Times
1919 Controlling 73 of 105 Irish Seats in the British House of Commons Sinn Fein Declares Ireland's Independence Ireland British History BBC
1925 Japan Formally Recognizes the Government of the Soviet Union Japan Soviet Union League of Nations
1927 President Calvin Coolidge Signs the Act to Survey a Waterway from Cumberland Sound, Georgia, and Florida to the Mississippi River Florida Georgia President Calvin Coolidge Rivers Florida Historical Society
1930 Planet Pluto Is Discovered by C. M. Tombaugh at the Lovell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona Flagstaff, Arizona Space and Astronomy Pluto Greenwich Guide
1934 Atlanta's Citizens Trust Bank Is the City's First African-American Bank to be a Member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Atlanta, Georgia Business Historic Firsts African-American Heritage Citizens Trust Bank FDIC University of Georgia
1939 Harold Arlen's Song "Over the Rainbow" Is Copyrighted Harold Arlen American Composers and Songwriters Wizard of Oz Patents and Copyrights USPTO
1942 Count Basie and His Orchestra Record "One O'clock Jump." Count Basie Popular Music Jazz African-American Heritage New York Times
1945 The Medal of Honor Is Awarded Posthumously to Sergeant Truman C. Olson of Cambridge, Wisconsin Wisconsin Military Figures Congressional Medal of Honor World War  II Wisconsin Historical Society
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1950 Alger Hiss Is Convicted of Perjury Alger Hiss Richard Nixon Law & Legal Resources McCarthyism History Channel
T S Eliot's "Cocktail Party" Premieres at New York City's Henry Miller Theater T S Eliot New York City Plays Internet Broadway Database
1952 Seattle University Chieftains Defeat the Harlem Globetrotters Seattle, Washington Harlem Globetrotters Seattle University Chieftains HistoryLink
1954 The First Atomic Submarine, the USS Nautilus, Is Launched at Groton, Connecticut Groton, Connecticut Submarines Historic Firsts New York Times
1959 A Tornado Strikes the Chickamauga And Chattanooga National Military Park, Destroying 2,000 Trees Tennessee Parks Georgia Parks Tornado Trees Chickamauga And Chattanooga National Military Park University of Georgia
1964 NASA :Launches Relay 2 Communications Satellite Equipped to Map the Trapped Radiation Belt Space Exploration Radiation NASA
1968 Battle for Khe Sanh Begins Vietnam War History Channel
1969 Roy Campanella & Stan Musial Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Roy Campanella Baseball Hall of Fame Baseball Library
1971 Sid Richardson Hall on the Campus of the University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas University of Texas Texas State Historical Association
1976 The Concorde Jet Begins Commercial Air Service Aviation History Historic Firsts History Channel
1977 President Jimmy Carter Pardons Most Vietnam War Draft Dodgers Jimmy Carter Vietnam War PBS History Channel University of Georgia
1985 Don DeLillo's White Noise Wins the American Book Award New York City Authors American Authors History Channel
1987 Aretha Franklin Is the First Woman Inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Aretha Franklin American Woman Performing Artists Historic Firsts Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists Michigan
1992 United Nations Threatens Libya with Sanctions United Nations Libya BBC
1994 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 7 People in Indonesia, Injuring 40 injured and Damaging 550 Houses Indonesia Earthquake Death USGS
1996 An Overloaded Ferry Sinks in an Unexpected Storm Off the Coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, Killing 340 People Indonesia Boats Death History Channel
1997 Newt Gingrich Is Fined as the First Speaker of the House to be Disciplined for Ethical Misconduct Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives Historic Firsts New York Times
In Southern Xinjiang, China, a 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Kills At Last 12 People, Injures 40 and Leaving 2,500 Families Homeless China Earthquake Death USGS
1998 Pope John Paul II Begins His First Visit to Cuba Cuba Pope John Paul II Religion Historic Firsts New York Times
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2001 Bush Administration Rescinds Federal Recognition of Seattle's Duwamish Tribe Seattle, Washington President Bush Duwamish Tribe Official Website History Link
Fire Destroys Seattle, Washington's Historic Coe Elementary School Seattle, Washington Education Fire Coe Elementary School HistoryLink
2003 The U.S. Census Bureau Announces Hispanics Have Surpassed African-America's as America's Largest Minority Group U.S. Census Bureau Demographics Latin-American Heritage African-American Heritage Historic Firsts New York Times