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1. What country was formed on this date in 1961? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Which university newspaper was first published on this date in 1878? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Bookwire, how old was Vera B. Williams when she illustrated her first book for publication? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Vera B. Williams (according to Reading Is Fundamental):

1. What agreement went into effect on this date in 1973? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Fact Monster, King Henry VII was the founder of which English royal dynasty? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Twins Foundation, what ballooning feat was accomplished by Auguste Piccard's grandson Bertrand? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of work by Jackson Pollock (according to the Web Museum):

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1. According to the Falling Water web site, what is the title of the Richmond Barthé work of art included at Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water?

2. According to the Guggenheim, although Jackson Pollock was born in Wyoming, in which two states did he actually grow up?

3. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in what year did astronaut Ronald McNair earn his Ph.D. from MIT?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Richmond Barthé (according to Long Island University):
King Henry VII of England
Born on This Date 1457


the British Monarchy

Auguste & Jean Felix Piccard
Born on This Date 1884

[Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Zürich]

Hot-air Balloons

Richmond Barthé
Born on This Date 1901

[Smithsonian Institution]

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Jackson Pollock
Born on This Date 1912

ZDF Germany

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Vera B. Williams
Born on This Date 1927

[University of Wisconsin]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: attempt to cut through the ice &c get our Boat and Canoo out without Suckcess,

Several Indians here wishing to get war hatchets made

the man Sick yesterday is getting well

Mr. Jessome our interpeter was taken verry unwell this evening warm day

Ordway: Clear and cold. all hands employed cutting the Ice from round the Barge. Got large pry bars & attempted to Shake hir loose but found that we could not move hir without considerable more cutting or other means.

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Drewyer and Baptiest La Page set out this morning on a hunting excurtion. about noon Howard and Werner returned with a supply of salt; the badness of the weather and the difficulty of the road had caused their delay. they inform us that the salt makers are still much straitened for provision, having killed two deer only in the last six days; and that there are no Elk in their neighourhood. The party that were sent this morning up Netul river for the Elk returned in the even ing with three of them only; the Elk had been killed just before the snow fell which had covered them and so altered the apparent face of the country that the hunters could not find the Elk which they had killed. the river on which Fort Clatsop stands we now call Ne-tul, this being the name by which the Clatsops call it.

The Cranbury of this neighbourhood is precisely the same common to the U' States, and is the production of marshey or boggy grounds. The light brown berry, is the fruit of a tree about the size shape and appearance in every rispect with that in the U. States called the wild crab apple; the leaf is also precisely the same as is also the bark in texture and colour. the berrys grow in clumps at the end of the small branches; each berry supported by a seperate stem, and as many as from 3 to 18 or 20 in a clump. the berry is ovate with one of it's extremities attatched to the peduncle, where it is in a small degre concave like the insertion of the stem of the crab apple. I know not whether this fruit can properly be denominated a berry, it is a pulpy pericarp, the outer coat of which is in a thin smoth, tho' firm tough pillecle; the pericarp containing a membranous capsule with from three to four cells, each containing a seperate single seed in form and colour like that of the wild crab. The wood of this tree is excessively hard when seasoned. the natives make great uce of it to form their wedges with which they split their boards of pine for the purpose of building houses. these wedges they also employ in spliting their fire-wood and in hollowing out their canoes. I have seen the natives drive the wedges of this wood into solid dry pine which it cleft without fracturing or injuring the wedge in the smallest degree. we have also found this wood usefull to us for ax handles as well as glutts or wedges. the native also have wedges made of the beams of the Elk's horns which appear to answer extremely well. this fruit is exceedingly assid, and resembles the flavor of the wild crab.

Gass: A clear cold morning, and the weather continued cold all day. About half of our men were employed in bringing home meat; and it was found a very cold uncomfortable business. The two men who lately went to the salt works returned with a small supply.

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1958 Roy Campanella Is Paralyzed in Auto Accident Roy Campanella Baseball Hall of Fame Automobile Safety Special Needs Education Famous African Americans
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1982 U.S. Conducts Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons
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1990 In Romania, Thousands Demonstrate Against the Interim Government of Ion Iliescu. Romanian Political and Social Leaders Cold War BBC
1996 The Dallas Cowboys Defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX Texas Sports Figures Pittsburgh Sports Figures Football NFL New York Times
1997 Appearing Before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Four Police Officers Admit to Killing Black anti-Apartheid Leader Stephen Biko 1997 South African Political and Social Leaders Apartheid Crime Law and Legal Resources History Channel