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5-Minute Quests

1. On this date in 1936, who were the first five members inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Which Edgar Allen Poe poem was first published on this date in 1845? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to her Scholastic biography, what was the title of the first book published by Rosemary Wells? (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 Rosemary Wells (according to Houghton Mifflin):

1. Who patented the first gasoline-driven automobile on this date in 1886? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Fact Monster, why was Thomas Paine dismissed from service in 1772? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to CNN, what was the first year that the Oprah Winfrey Show was nationally syndicated? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a poem by Edgar Allen Poe:

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

1. According to the White House, how many years did William McKinley serve in the U.S. House of Representatives?

2. According to the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, in what three cities did Allen DuMont's 1947 television network have stations?

3. From what site was the Soviet Union's Phobos II mission launched on this date in 1988?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1919 work by H.L. Mencken (according to the Authors' Calendar):
Thomas Paine
Born on This Date 1737

[Smithsonian Institution]

the American Revoluton

William McKinley
Born on This Date 1843


the American Presidency

Allen Du Mont
Born on This Date 1901

[Horatio Alger Association]

the Television

Rosemary Wells
Born on This Date 1943


Primary Authors

Oprah Winfrey
Born on This Date 1954

[Black Voices]


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1915 Bill Peet (Indiana-born Children's Author, Illustrator for Disney) Indiana Authors & Illustrators Primary Authors American Artists Disney
1930 Christopher Collier (New York City-born Children's Historical Author) Christopher Collier Young-adult Authors
1943 Rosemary Wells (New York-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Rosemary Wells Primary Authors American Artists
Authors and Poets
1737 Thomas Paine (English-born American Patriot Pamphleteer) Thomas Paine Journalism The American Revolution
1860 Anton Chekhov (Russian Playwright, Short Story Writer) Anton Chekhov Plays
1895 Muna Lee (Mississippi-born Poet) Mississippi Authors and Illustrators Poetry Mississippi Writers Page
1866 Romain Rolland (French Novelist, Dramatist; 1915 Nobel Laureate for Literature) French Authors and Illustrators 1915 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1919 N.F. Simpson (English Writer) English Authors and Illustrators
1927 Edward Abbey (Pennsylvania Novelist, Essayist, Environmentalist) Pennsylvania Authors & Illustrators Earth and Environmental Sciences Florida State University Writer's Almanac History Channel
1939 Germaine Greer (Australian Feminist Author) Australian Authors Women
1962 Virgil Suarez (Cuban-born American Short Story Writer, Poet) Cuban Authors Poetry Latin-American Authors Florida State University Writer's Almanac
Classical Composers and Performers
1862 Frederick Delius (English Operatic Composer) British Composers Composers Operas
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1700 Daniel Bernoulli (Dutch-born Swiss Mathematician, Physicist) Daniel Bernoulli Swiss Scientists & Mathematicians Mathematics Physics
1901 Allen Du Mont (New York City-born Pioneer in Early Television) Allen Du Mont Inventors and Inventions Television
1947 Linda B. Buck (Washington-born 2004 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Science) Linda B. Buck Smell 2004 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Science
Military  Leaders
1717 Jeffery Amherst (English Army Commander) British Military Leaders French & Indian War
1756 Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee (Virginia-born Statesman, Cavalry Soldier) Virginia American Civil War
1688 Emanuel von Swedenborg (Swedish Scientist, Theologian, Mystic) Emanuel von Swedenborg Philosophy Religion
1873 Charles Henry Mills (English-American Music Educator in Wisconsin) English Porfessional and Social Leaders Wisconsin Education Educators of Note Music Wisconsin Historical Society
1892 Harmon Caldwell (Georgia-born Educator; President of the University of Georgia: 1935-48) Georgia Education Educators of Note University of Georgia University of Georgia
Political and Social Leaders
1843 William McKinley (Ohio-born 25th President of the United States) Ohio Polticial and Social Leaders William McKinley The American Presidency
1844 Richard Greener (Pennsylvania-born African-American Attorney; First African-American Graduate of Harvard) Pennsylvania Polticial and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders Harvard Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1845 Charles Frederick Crisp (English-born Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives: Namesake of Crisp County, Georgia) English Political and Social Leaders Crisp County, Georgia U.S. Congress University of Georgia
1849 Newton Blanchard (Governor of Louisiana: 1904-1908) Louisiana Political and Social Leaders American Political and Social Leaders Louisiana Secretary of State
1869 J. Y. Sanders (Governor of Louisiana: 1908-1912) Louisiana Political and Social Leaders American Political and Social Leaders Louisiana Secretary of State
1874 John D., Jr. Rockefeller (Ohio-born Philanthropist) Ohio Polticial and Social Leaders Philanthropy
1878 Walter F. George (Georgia-born U.S. House Senator, Statesman) Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress University of Georgia
1909 George Thomas (Welsh-born British Statesman) Welsh Polticial and Social Leaders British Polticial and Social Leaders The BBC
Performing Artists
1880 W.C. Fields (Pennsylvania-born Comedic Actor) W.C. Fields Actors Film
1885 Huddie Ledbetter "Lead Belly" (Louisiana-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Louisiana Performing Artists Jazz and Blues African-American Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall  of Fame African American Registry
1913 Victor Mature (Kentucky-born Actor) Kentucky Performing Artists Actors Film
1923 Paddy Chayefsky (New York City-born Author, Producer, Composer) New York Performing Artists Filmmakers Internet Movie Database
John Forsythe (New Jersey-born Actor: Charlie in Charlie's Angels) New Jersey Performing Artists Actors Film Television
1942 Katharine Ross (California-born Actress) California Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1945 Tom Selleck (Michigan-born Actor) Michigan Performing Artists Actors Film Television
1948 Cristina Saralegui (Cuban-born American Journalist, Talk Show Host) Cristina Saralegui Journalism Television Latin-American Studies
1954 Oprah Winfrey (Mississippi-born African-American Television Talk Show Host) Oprah Winfrey Television Business African American Performing Artists
1970 Heather Graham (Wisconsin-born Actress) Wisconsin Performing Artists Actors Film Wisconsin Historical Society
Sports Figures
1878 Barney Oldfield (Ohio-born Race Car Driver) Barney Oldfield Auto Racing
1960 Greg Louganis (California-born Member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame) California Sports Figures International Swimming Hall of Fame The Olympic Games
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1738 George III, King of England English Political and Social Leaders George III
1934 Fritz Haber (German-born 1918 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) German Scientists and Mathematicians Chemistry 1918 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
1956 H. L. Mencken (Maryland-born Journalist, Editor, Critic) H. L. Mencken American Authors Journalism
1962 Fritz Kreisler (Austrian Composer) Austrian Composers Classical Music
1963 Robert Frost (San Francisco-born Poet) Robert Frost Poetry The New York Times
1980 Jimmy Durante (New York City-born Comedic Actor, Composer, Songwriter) Jimmy Durante American Performing Artists Film Television
1997 Thomas Daniel Young (Mississippi-born Educator, Biographer) Mississippi Authors and Illustrators Education American Authors Mississippi Writers Page
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1535 In Paris, a Mob of French Catholics Hang and Burn Six Protestants Paris, France Religion Death Concordia
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1685 France's Louis XIV Revokes the Edict of Nantes That Gave Religious Freedom to non-Catholics French Government Religion Concordia
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1777 Americans Retreat from Fort Independence in New York New York American Revolution Forts History Channel
1779 British Forces under Lt.-Col. Archibald Campbell Capture Augusta, Georgia Great Britain Augusta, Georgia American Revolution University of Georgia
1791 Delaware's General Assembly Gives the State's Counties Authority to Establish Almshouses (Poor Houses) Delaware Community and Human Resources Economics State of Delaware
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1802 President Jefferson Appoints John Beckley First Librarian of Congress President Thomas Jefferson Historic Firsts Library of Congress
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Nothing worthy of notice occurred today. our fare is the flesh of lean elk boiled with pure water, and a little salt. the whale blubber which we have used very sparingly is now exhausted. on this food I do not feel strong, but enjoy the most perfect health;— a keen appetite supplys in a great degree the want of more luxurious sauses or dishes, and still render my ordinary meals not uninteresting to me, for I find myself sometimes enquiring of the cook whether dinner or breakfast is ready.—

Gass: We had a cold clear morning; and the day continued clear throughout

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 11/07/05 Clatsop County, Oregon Fort Clatsop Clatsops Snow
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1815 Thomas Jefferson Writes Charles Clay About "The Loathesome Combination of Church and State" President Thomas Jefferson Separation of Church and State Religion Concordia
1822 William Becknell, Founder of the Santa Fe Trail, Returns to Franklin, Missouri., After His First Trading Expedition to Santa Fe Franklin, Missouri Santa Fe, New Mexico Business New Mexico Magazine
1834 President Jackson Sends Federal Troops to Quiet Violence Erupting from B&O Railroad Strike President Andrew Jackson Railroads Labor Job Actions History Channel
1845 Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" Is Published and Becomes a Sensational Hit Edgar Allen Poe Poetry American Collection History Channel
1848 Ferdinand II Offers Sicilians a Constitution Modeled after the French Constitution of 1830 Sicilian Political and Social Leaders Ohio University
1850 Henry Clay Proposes Senate Slavery Compromise Bill Henry Clay U.S. Senate Slavery University of Georgia
Ralph Waldo Emerson Lectures on "The Spirit of the Times" to a Huge Crowd in New York City New York City Ralph Waldo Emerson American Authors American Collection
1851 Ripon College Is Incorporated Wisconsin Education Education Ripon College Wisconsin Historical Society
1856 A Royal Warrant Creates the British Victoria Cross for Reward Bravery British Military Figures Queen Victoria Imperial War Museum
1861 Kansas Is Admitted as the 34th State of the United States Kansas The American Civil War Library of Congress History Channel
The Secession Convention of the State of Texas Votes Overwhelmingly to Secede from the United States Texas The American Civil War Texas State historical Association
1862 U.S. Storeship Supply Captures Confederate Schooner Stephen Hart South of Sarasota, Florida Sarasota, Florida Naval Military History The American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1873 The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Is Completed from Huntington, West Virginia to Richmond, Virginia Huntingtoin, West Virginia Richmond, Virginia Railroads West Virginia State Archives
1879 Custer Battlefield (Little Bighorn) National Monument Is Dedicated as a National Cemetery Montana George Armstrong Custer National Park Service Lewiston School District
1881 Texas Rangers Ambush Fugitive Guadalupe Apaches at Hueco Tanks Texas Apache Indians Hueco Tanks State Historic Site Texas State historical Association
1886 Karl Benz Patents the First Successful Gasoline-driven Car German Scientists and Inventors Automobiles Patents and Trademarks Historic Firsts European Automotive Hall of Fame History Channel Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1891 Hawaii Proclaims Liliuokalani as Its Queen: She Will Reign for Four Yrs Hawaii History Channel
1892 The Coca-Cola Company Is Incorporated by a Charter from the Fulton County, Georgia Superior Court Fulton County, Georgia Coca Cola Business University of Georgia
1896 Chicago Researcher, Émil Grubbe, Is the First to Use Radiation to Treat Breast Cancer Chicago Women's Health Breast Cancer Radiation Historic Firsts American Cancer Society (pdf)
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1900 Baseball's American League, Consisting of Eight Teams, Is Organized in Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Baseball Major League Baseball New York Times
Fire Destroys Much of the Business Section of Morristown, Minnesota Morristown, Minnesota Fire Minnesota Historical Society
1902 Carnegie Institution Founded to Support Exceptional People in Every Area of Study Research Carnegie Institution
1914 Juneau Camp No. 4 of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Is Organized in the Native School House Juneau, Alaska Native-American Heritage Alaska Native Brotherhood Alaska Historical Society
1915 German Lieutenant Erwin Rommel Leads Daring Mission in France France Erwin Rommel World War I History Channel
1919 U.S. Secretary of State Polk Certifies the Ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 18th Amendment to the Constitution Drug and Substance Abuse U.S. Treasury University of Georgia
1922 Accumulated Snowfall from a Blizzard Collapses the Knickerbocker Theatre in Washington, D.C., Killing 108 Washington, D.C. Stage & Theater Snow Death History Channel
1924 Carl R. Taylor of Cleveland, Ohio Receives a Patent for an Ice Cream Cone Rolling Machine Ohio Scientists and Inventors Ice Cream Inventors and Inventions Patents and Trademarks What's Cooking America
1929 The Seeing Eye Is Incorporated Blindness Dogs Official Website
1936 Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson First Members of Baseball HOF Ty Cobb Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame History Channel
1940 South Africa's Reunited National Party Is Founded South Africa South African History
1942 Iran Signs Treaty of Alliance with Great Britain and the Soviet Union Iran Great Britain Soviet Union World War II History Channel
1947 Arthur Miller's All My Sons Opens on Broadway Arthur Miller Plays Internet Broadway Database
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1952 Lake Sidney Lanier Is Named in Honor of the Georgia Poet Georgia Authors Poetry Lakes U.S. Army University of Georgia
1958 63-mile-an-hour Gale-Force Winds Hit Seattle, Washington Seattle, Washington Winds History Link
Actors Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman Are Married Georgia Performing Artists Ohio Performing Artists Actors History Channel
1959 Dense Fog Brings Transportation to a Standstill in England and Wales England Wales Weather Transportation The BBC
Walt Disney Releases Sleeping Beauty Walt Disney Film Comics and Cartoons Internet Movie Database
1964 Dr. Strangelove Premieres Film History Channel
1966 Neil Simon's Sweet Charity Premieres at the Palace Theatre in New York New York City Musical Theater Internet Broadway Database
1968 President Johnson Asks for Tax Increases & Additional Funding for Vietnam War President Lyndon Johnson Taxes Vietnam War History Channel
1970 USSR Conducts Nuclear Test in Kazakhstan/Semipalatinsk Kazakhstan Soviet Union Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1974 Fighting Continues in South Vietnam Despite Cease Fire Vietnam War History Channel
1976 The Muppet Show Premieres Family Television Puppets Internet Movie Database
1979 China's Deng Xiaoping and U.S. President Jimmy Carter Sign Accords Expanding Relations Between the Two Countries Deng Xiaoping President Jimmy Carter Cold War History Channel
1980 U.S. Postal Service Issues Stamp Honoring W.C. Fields W.C. Fields U.S. Postal Service Actors Film History Channel
1986 Yoweri Kaguta Moseveni Is Sworn In as President of Uganda Uganda Political and Social Leaders South African History
In Nova Scotia, U.S. Researchers Unearth the Largest Fossil Find In North American History Canada Fossils Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
1987 Philippine Government of President Corazon Aquino Suppresses Rebel Uprising Corazon Aquino The BBC
1989 USSR's Phobos II Enters Martian Orbit Soviet Space Program Mars Phobos II
1990 Former Exxon Valdez Skipper Joseph Hazelwood Goes On Trial for Alaskan Oil Spill Earth and Environmental Science Alaska Naval History Law and Legal Resources New York Times
Ramon Hnatyshyn Is Sworn In as Canada's 24th Governor General Canadian Political and Social Leaders Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
1995 The 49ers Defeat the Chargers As the First Team to Win Five Super Bowl Titles Football The Super Bowl Historic Firsts New York Times
1996 France Halts Nuclear Testing France Nuclear Weapons The BBC
204-year-old Venice Opera House, La Fenice, Destroyed by Fire Italy Opera Fire Safety
1998 Soyuz TM-27 Launched for 207-day MIR Mission Soviet Space Program Space Exploration Soyuz TM-27
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2002 President Bush Condemns Iran, Iraq and North Korea as the "Axis of Evil" Iran Iraq North Korea President Bush War on Terror History Channel
2009 The Illinois State Senate Votes Unanimously to Remove Governor Rod Blagojevich From Office Illinois Political and Social Leaders National Public Radio