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1. Whose library did James Madison approve purchasing on this date in 1815? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What was the mission of the Ranger 6 spacecraft launched by NASA on this date in 1964? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Children's Book Council, what is the title of the Lloyd Alexander book that was awarded the 1969 Newbery Medal? (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 Lloyd Alexander (according to Scholastic booklist):

1. What was the mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery flight that was completed on this date in 1992? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the White House, on what holiday were Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt married? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the BBC, which university did Dick Chaney drop out of? (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 Eugene O'Neill:

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1. According to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, what is Douglas Engelbart's patent number for the computer mouse?

2. According to the Washington Area Music Association, in what year was Ruth Brown inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

3. John Bardeen was awarded his first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1956 for the invention of the transistor, for what accomplishment was he awarded his second Nobel Prize for Physics in 1972?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Michael Dorris (according to the History Channel):
Franklin Roosevelt
Born on This Date 1882

[Smithsonian Institution]

the American Presidency

Lloyd Alexander
Born on This Date 1924

[National Book Foundation]

the Young-adult Authors

Douglas Engelbart
Born on This Date 1925

[National Inventors Hall of Fame]

the Computer Mouse

Ruth Brown
Born on This Date 1928

[Rosebud Agency]


Richard Cheney
Born on This Date 1941


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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: A cloudy morning. Some snow. At 8 am it was sixteen degrees. At sunset Lewis returned to camp with Mr. J. Hay and Mr. Jo Hays of Kohokia. The hunters killed 5 deer today.
Missouri Illinois Deer Camp DuBois
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Nothing transpired today worthy of notice.

we are agreeable disappointed in our fuel which is altogether green pine. we had supposed that it burn but illy, but we have found that by spliting it that it burns very well.

The dress of the Clatsops and others in this neighbourhood differs but little from the discribed of the skillutes; they never wear leggins or mockersons which the mildness of this climate I presume has rendered in a great measure unnecessary; and their being obliged to be frequently in the water also renders those articles of dress inconvenient.

they wear a hat of a conic figure without a brim confined on the head by means of a string which passes under the chin and is attatched to the two opsite sides of a secondary rim within the hat. the hat at top terminates in a pointed knob of a connic form also.

these hats are made of the bark of cedar and beargrass wrought with the fingers so closely that it casts the rain
most effectually in the shape which they give them for their own uce or that just discribed. on these hats they work various figures of different colours, but most commonly only black and white are employed. these figures are faint representations of whales the canoes and the harpoonneers striking them. sometimes squares dimonds triangles &c.

The form of knife which seems to be prefered by these people is a double edged and double pointed daggar; the handle being in the middle, and the blades of unequal lengths, the longest usually from 9 to ten inches and the shorter one from four to five. these knives they carry with them habitually and most usually in the hand, somtimes exposed but most usually particularly when in company with strangers, under their robes with this knife they cut and lense their fish make their arrows &c. A is a small loop of a strong twine through which they sometimes insert the thumb in order to prevent it's being wrested from their hand.

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1933 President Hindenburg Names Adolph Hitler German Chancellor German History Adolph Hitler World History History Channel
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1934 The Gold Reserve Act Is Passed to Stabilize the Value of the Dollar U.S. Congress The Great Depression Economics History Channel EconEdLink
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1935 Martin Luther King Sr. Protests Segregated Elevators in Georgia's Fulton County Courthouse Fulton County, Georgia Martin Luther King, Jr. Racism Human Rights/Civil Rights University of Georgia
1936 The Swedish Newspaper Svenska Posten Begins Publication in Seattle, Washington Seattle, Washington Journalism Immigration History Link
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1945 In the Philippines, U.S. Troops Liberate Camp Cabanatuan and Prisoners of War from Japan The Philippines Japan Prisoners of War World War II New Mexico Magazine
1946 The First Roosevelt Dime Is Issued Franklin Roosevelt Currencies U.S. Treasury
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1956 Elvis Presley Records "Blue Suede Shoes" Elvis Presley Popular Music
1957 University of Minnesota Surgeon, C. Walton Lillehei, Makes First Clinical Use of a Heart Pacemaker Minnesota Scientists and Mathematicians The Heart Historic Firsts University of Minnesota Cardiothoracic Surgery Network
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Montgomery, AL Home is Bombed by Segregationists Montgomery, Alabama Martin Luther King, Jr. Racism Alabama Archives
1958 Minnesota and North Dakota Agree Not to Tax Income Earned in Their State by Persons Living in the Other State Minnesota North Dakota Labor Taxes Minnesota Historical Society
1959 William Faulkner's Requiem for a Nun Opens in New York's John Golden Theatre William Faulkner American Authors Mississippi Writers Internet Broadway Database
1961 In His First State of the Union Address, President Kennedy Invites All Countries to Cooperate in Space President John F. Kennedy Space Exploration National Archives and Records Administration
1962 Two Members of the "Flying Wallendas" Balancing Act Fall to Their Death in Detroit Detroit Circus Death State of Michigan
1964 NASA Launches Unmanned Ranger 6 for Lunar Crash Landing with Cameras on Board Space Exploration Lunar Exploration Photography NASA
1965 A State Funeral Is Held for Winston Churchill Winston Churchill BBC
1966 New Market, Alabama Experiences Coldest Temperature in the State's Recorded History (-27F) Montgomery, Alabama Temperature Historic Firsts Alabama Archives
1968 Viet Cong & North Vietnamese Launch Tet (New Year) Offensive Vietnam War History Channel
1969 Beatles Last Concert Is an Impromptu Appearance on Their Studio Roof The Beatles Popular Music History Channel
1972 British Forces Kill 13 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland Demonstration Ireland British History Death History Channel BBC
Pakistan Withdraws from the British Commonwealth, Protesting Recognition of Bangladesh Pakistan Bangladesh British Commonwealth World History Today in Asian History
1973 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 52 Near Coast of Michoacan, Mexico Mexico Earthquakes Death USGS
Gordon Liddy & James McCord Convicted of Watergate Crimes Richard Nixon Watergate Scandal Washington Post
1974 USSR Performs Underground Nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakhstan The Soviet Union Kazakhstan Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1976 George Bush Replaces William Colby as Director of the CIA George Bush The CIA
1978 Mutual Broadcasting Begins Airing the Late Night "Larry King Show" on Radio Radio Museum of Broadcast Communication
In Delaware, the Du Pont Company Sells the News Journal to the Gannett Company for $60M Delaware Media Journalism Business DuPont Gannett State of Delaware
1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Invited to Return to Iran from Exile in France Iran New York Times
NASA Launches (SCATHA) to Investigate Electrical Charging of Spacecraft at High Altitude Space Exploration Static Electricity NASA
1991 11 U.S. Marines Die in First Ground Battle of the Gulf War Iraq Gulf War Death BBC
1992 Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) Completes 8-day Microgravity Lab Mission The Space Shuttle STS-42 NASA
1993 Monica Seles Defeats Steffi Graf to Win Her Third Straight Australian Open Yugoslavian Sports Figures Tennis New York Times
1995 National Institutes of Health Announces Drug Treatment for Sickle Cell Anemia Sickle Cell Anemia Blood African-American Health National Institutes of Health
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2000 Kenya Airways Jet Crashes into the Atlantic Ocean: 169 Die Kenya Air Disasters Death New York Times
2001 Georgia's State Senate Votes 34-22 to Adopt a New State Flag Georgia University of Georgia
2003 British "Shoe Bomber" Sentenced to Life in Prison for Attempted American Airlines Bombing Notorious British Aviation History Terrorism BBC
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