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1. On this date in 1978, who was the first African-American women to be commemorated on a U.S. stamp? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1960, in what city did four African-American college students stage a lunch counter sit-in? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the University of Washington, what television shows inspired Michael Anderson to be an astronaut? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of an African-American performing artist born on this date:

1. Who were the seven astronauts aboard when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on this date in 2003? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Academy of American Poets, where was Langston Hughes living when he first began to write poetry? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the African American Registry, what event did Charles Remond attend while in England in 1840? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a classic blues singer that James Johnson backed up on the piano (according to Red Hot Jazz):
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1. According to the BBC, what style of jazz piano was James Johnson's specialty?

2. According to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, in what year was Althea Gibson the first African American to ever appear in the U.S. Tennis Championships at Forest Hills?

3. According to the African American Registry, what position did Azie Taylor Morton hold in President Carter's cabinet?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Langston Hughes (according to the Academy of American Poets):
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Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes
Born on This Date 1902


Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson

James P(rice) Johnson
James P(rice) Johnson
Born on This Date 1891

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a cold windey Day

our hunters returnd. haveing killed only one Deer, a war Chief of the Me ne tar ras Came with Some Corn requested to have a War hatchet made, & requested to be allowed to go to war against the Souis & Ricarres [Recorees - Arikara Indians] who had Killed a mandan Some time past— we refused, and gave reassons, which he verry readily assented to, and promised to open his ears to all we Said

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: This morning a party of four men set out with Joseph Fields; Sergt. Gass with a party of five men again set
out up the Netul river in surch of the Elk which had been killed some days since, and which could not be found in consequence of the snow.

The Canoes of the naives inhabiting the lower portion of the Columbia River make their canoes remarkably neat light and well addapted for riding high waves. I have seen the natives near the coast riding waves in these canoes with safety and apparently without concern where I should have thought it impossible for any vessel of the same size to lived a minute.

they are built of whitecedar or Arborvita generally, but sometimes of the firr. they are cut out of a solid stick of
timber, the gunwals at the upper edge foald over outwards, and stand horrizontally forming a kind of rim to the canoe to prevent the water beating into it.

they are all furnished with more or less crossbars in proportion to the size of the canoe. these bars are round sticks about half the size of a man's arm, which are incerted through holes made in either side of the canoe just below the rim of the gunwall and are further secured with strings of waytape; these crossbars serve to lift and manage the
canoe on land. when the natives land they invariably take their canoes on shore, unless they are heavily laden, and then even, if they remain all night, they discharge their loads and take the canoes on shore.

some of the large canoes are upwards of 50 feet long and will carry from 8 to 10 thousand lbs. or from 20 to thirty persons and some of them particularly on the sea coast are waxed painted and ornimented with curious images at bough and Stern; those images sometimes rise to the hight of five feet; the pedestals on which these immages are fixed are sometimes cut out of the solid stick with the canoe, and the imagary is formed of seperate small peices of timber firmly united with tenants and motices without assistance of a single spike of any kind.

when the natives are engaged in navigating their canoes one sets in the stern and steers with a paddle the others set by pears and paddle over the gunwall next them, they all kneel in the bottom of the canoe and set on their feet. their paddles are of a uniform shape of which this is an imitation these paddles are made very thin and the middle of the blade is thick and hollowed out siddonly and made thin at the sides while the center forms a kind of rib. the blade occupys about one third of the length of the paddle which is usually from 4˝ to 5 feet.

I have observed four forms of canoe only in uce among the nations below the grand chatarac of this river they are as follows.

this is the smallest size about 15 feet long and calculated for one or two persons, and are most common among the Cathlahmahs and Wâck ki a cums among the marshey Islands.

the bow and the stern of the seocnd kind are from twenty to thirty five feet and from two ˝ to 3 feet in the beam and about 2 feet in the hole; this canoe is common to all the nations below the grand rappids. it is here made deeper and shorter in proportion than they really are.— the bowsprit is brought to a sharp edge tapering gradually from the sides.

The most common form of the canoe in uce among the Indians from; the Chil-luck-kit-te-quaw inclusive to the Ocean and is usually about 30 or 35 feet long, and will carry from ten to twelve persons. 4 men are competent to carry them
a considerable distance say a mile without resting.

The fourth form of canoe we did not meet with untill we reached tidewater or below the grand rappids. from thence down it is common to all the nations but more particularly the Killamucks and others of the coast. these are the largest canoes. their immages are representations of a great variety of grotesque figures, any of which might be
safely worshiped without committing a breach of the commandments.

They have but few axes among them, and the only too usually imployed in felling the trees or forming the canoe, carving &c is a chiseel formed of an old file about an Inch or an Inch and a half broad. this chissel has sometimes a large block of wood for a handle; they grasp the chissel just below the block with the right hand holding the edge
down while with the left they take hold of the top of the block and strick backhanded against the wood with the edge of the chissel.

a person would suppose that the forming of a large canoe with an instrument like this was the work of several years; but these people make them in a few weeks. they prize their canoes very highly; we have been anxious to obtain some of them, for our journey up the river but have not been able to obtain one as yet from the natives in this neighbourhood.—

today we opened and examined all our ammunition, which had been secured in leaden canesters. we found twenty seven of the best rifle powder, 4 of common rifle, three of glaized and one of the musqut powder in good order, perfectly as dry as when first put in the canesters, altho' the whole of it from various accedents has been for hours under the water. these cannesters contain four lbds. of powder each and 8 of lead.

had it not have been for that happy expedient which I devised of securing the powder by means of the lead, we
should not have had a single charge of powder at this time. three of the canesters which had been accedentally bruized and cracked, one which was carelessly stoped, and a fifth that had been penetrated with a nail, were a little dammaged; these we gave to the men stock to last us back; and we always take care to put a proportion of it in
each canoe, to the end that should one canoe or more be lost we should still not be entirely bereft of ammunition, which is now our only hope for subsistence and defence in a rout of 4000 miles through a country exclusively inhabited by savages.—

Gass: We had a fine clear cold morning. A number of the men went out to bring meat to the fort, and to take some
to the saltworks.

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1996 Ernest Just Is Commemorated on U.S. Postage Stamp South Carolina Scientists & Mathematicians African-American Scientists & Mathematicians US Postal Service (pdf)
Congress Enacts Communications Decency Act to Regulate Internet Usage U.S. Congress Law and Legal Resources The Internet The Electronic Privacy Information Center
George Walker's Pulitzer Prize-Winning "Lilacs" for Voice and Orchestra Is First Performed by Soprano Faye Robinson and the Boston Symphony Boston Symphony Washington, D.C. Composers American Composers Historic Firsts African-American Composers 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Music American Public Media
1999 Monica Lewinsky Gives Deposition In Clinton Impeachment Hearing Impeachment of President Bill Clinton The American Presidency Law & Legal Resources New York Times
Historic Events that have occurred from 2000 to present
2003 Space Shuttle Columbia Disintegrates Upon Re-entry: All Aboard Perish The Space Shuttle STS-107 Disaster Death History Channel BBC