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1. What kind of satellite was launched by NASA on this date in 2003? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1924, where were the first winter Olympic Games opened? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Farrar, Straus & Giroux, what medium does Roy Gerrard describe as the "true medium"? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book written by Debbi Chocolate (according to

1. Which television network began broadcasting on this date in 1980? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Franklin Institute, what was the registered trademark of the first perfumed toilet soap sold by William Colgate? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the African American Registry, what show gave Florence Mills her big break in 1921? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a novel by Gloria Naylor (according to African American Registry):
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1. According to the Chemical Heritage Foundation, what was the title of Robert Boyle's first published scientific work?

2. According to the Scottish Library Association, what was the title of the first song written by Robert Burns?

3. According to Spartacus, who were the members of Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury Group?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1925 work by Virginia Woolf (according to the Authors' Calendar):
Robert Boyle
Robert Boyle
Born on This Date 1627

[Mount Royal College]

Robert Boyle

Robert Burns
Robert Burns
Born on This Date 1759

[University of Houston]


William Colgate
William Colgate
Born on This Date 1783


Colgate Palmolive

Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf
Born on This Date 1882



Debbi Chocolate
Debbi Chocolate
Born on This Date 1954

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a verry fine warm Day Several Indians Dine with us and are much Pleased— one man taken violently Bad with the Plurisee, Bleed & apply those remedeis Common to that disorder.

Ordway: clear & cold this morning. the men generally employed at cutting and Splitting coal wood & Setting up the
pit &.C.

Gass: All hands were employed in cutting away the ice, which we find a tedious business.

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Commowooll and the Clatsops departed early this morning.

At meridian Colter returned and repoted that his comrade hunter Willard had continued his hunt from point Adams towards the salt makers; and that they had killed only those two deer which the Indians brought yesterday.

In the evening Collins one of the saltmakers returned and reported that they had mad about one bushel of salt & that himself and two others had hunted from the salt camp for five days without killing any thing and they had been obliged to subsist on some whale which they procured from the natives.

The native fruits and buries in uce among the Indians of this neighbourhood are a deep purple burry about the size
of a small cherry called by them Shal-lun, a small pale red bury called Sol'-me the vineing or low Crambury, a light brown bury reather larger and much the shape of the black haw; and a scarlet bury about the size of a small cherry

I have lately learned that the natives whome I have heretofore named as distinct nations, living on the sea coast S. E. of the Killamucks, are only bands of that numerous nation, which continues to extend itself much further on that coast than I have enumerated them, but of the particular appellations of those distant bands I have not yet been enabled to inform myself; their language also is somewhat different from the Clatsops Chinnooks and Cathlâhmâhs; but I have not yet obtaind a vocabulary which I shall do the first oportunity which offers.

[The Tillamooks belonged to the coastal division of the Salishan-language family. South of them along the coast were some small groups belonging to the Alsean, Siuslawan, and Coosan-language families; the Alseas and the Yaquinas, the Siuslaws, the Coos, and the Umpquas]

Gass: The morning was cloudy and some showers of snow fell in the course of the day; and in the night it fell to the depth of 8 inches.

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