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1. For what device was P. Walker awarded patent 577,153 on this date in 1897? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Which two performing artists were born on this date 1957? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Indianapolis Star, how much money did Major Taylor earn at the height of his cycling success? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a performing artist born on this date:

1. Who did Joe Frazier knock out to win the world heavyweight boxing title on this date in 1970? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Harvard University, how old was Ruby Bridges when she was depicted in a Norman Rockwell painting? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the African American Registry, what part did James Baskett play when he was the first live actor to hired by Walt Disney? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a city where Denyce Graves has performed her signature role as Carmen (according to the Metropolitan Opera New England Region):

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1. According to the University of Illinois, Arna Bontemps accepted a teaching position in Harlem at the height of what artistic period?

2. According to the African American Registry, for what reason was Henry McBay awarded the Elizabeth Norton prize at the University of Chicago?

3. According to Abilene Christian, for what two titles roles is Denyce Graves' particularly well known?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1930s work by Arna Bontemps (according the University of Illinois):
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Separation Bar
Arna Bontemps
Arna Bontemps

African-American Authors

Henry McBay
Henry McBay

African-American Scientists

Denyce Graves
Denyce Graves


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Ruby Bridges

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Major Taylor

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a fine morning, visited by but fiew Indians to day,

at Dusk two of the Indians who wint down with Capt Lewis returned, Soon after two others and one man (Capt Lewis) with his feet frosted, and informed that the Inds. who Commited the roberry of the 2 horses was So far a head that they could not be overtaken, they left a number of pars of Mockersons which, the Mandans knew to be Souix mockersons,—

This war party Camped verry near the last camp I made when on my hunting party, where they left Some Corn, as a deception, with a view to induc a belief that they were Ricarras [Recorees - Arikara Indians] . Capt Lewis & party proceeded on down the meat I left at my last Camp was taken.

Ordway: clear cold morning one of our men got lame and turned back. the Indians all returned also,

we proceeded on about 6 mls. to where their was Some lodges where Mr Gravelleens men was Robed last fall by some of the Mandanes. when we came in Site we Saw a Smoak which we expected that they were all their waiting
for another oppertunity to Seel more horses or to attach us.

we then went up the bank of the river a considerable distance above the place in to the bushes. left the horse, sled & baggage even our blankets.

Capt Lewis Sent a Sergt. with a part of the men a little back from the River with orders to advance immediately after hearing the horn Sound which would be the Signal for us to fire in case of an attack.

Capt Lewis went with the rest of the party down the bank of the River untill we came to the lodges, where we found
that they had left place 24 hours before that, & had Set 2 of the largest lodges on fire which caused the Smoak.

I then Sounded the horn the other party came up, we found they had tore down the meat pen which our men had
built & left 2 Elk in it. they took the meat all away, except a fiew small peaces of buffaloe meat which they left in
the small lodge which they broiled.

we found that they had left the River here and took up a Steep bluff in to the praries we concluded not to follow them any further, but to turn in to hunting.

Some proceeded on down the River. 4 men went down this bottom to hunt. we marched about 10 miles and camped
at the upper end of a bottom on S. S. the hunters came up one of them had killed a Deer which he brought in with
him 2 or 3 men of the hunters went out towards evening. one of them killed a deer & a wolf.—

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Sent Shannon Labiesh and frazier on a hunting excurtion up the Kil-haw-a-nak-kle river which discharges
itself into the head of Meriwethers Bay. no word yet of Sergt. Gass and party.

Bratton is verry weak and complains of a pain in the lower part of the back when he moves which I suppose
proceeds from debility. I gave him barks and Salt peter.

Gibsons fever Still Continues obstinate tho' not verry high; we gave him a dose of Dr. Rushes pills which in maney instancis I have found extreamly efficacious in fevers which are in any measure Caused by the presence of boil.

[Rush's pills, a concoction of Benjamin Rush, Lewis's medical advisor]

the niter has produced a perfuse perspiration this evening and the pils opperated late at night his feaver after which abated almost intirely and he had a good nights rest.

The Indian Dogs are usually small or much more so than the common cur. they are party coloured; black white
brown and brindle are the more usual colours. the head is long and nose pointed eyes Small, ears erect and pointed like those of the wolf, hair Short and Smooth except on the tail where it is as long as that of the Cur dog and streight. the nativs do not eate them, or make any further use of them than in hunting the Elk as has been before observed.

Shannon an Labiesh brought in to us to day a Buzzard or Vulture of the Columbia which they had wounded and
taken alive. I believe this to be the largest Bird of North America.

[California Condor]

it was not in good order and yet it wayed 25 lbs had it have been so it might very well have weighed 10 lbs. more or
35 lbs. between the extremities of the wings it measured 9 feet 2 Inches; from the extremity of the beak to that of
the toe 3 feet 9 inches and a half. from hip to toe 2 feet, girth of the head 9 inches ¾. Girth of the neck 7½ inches; Girth of the body exclusive of the wings 2 feet 3 inches; girth of the leg 3 inches. the diameter of the eye 4½/10ths
of an inch, the iris of a pale scarlet red, the puple of a deep Sea green or black and occupies about one third of the diameter of the eye the head and part of the neck as low as the figures 1 2 is uncovered with feathers except that portion of it represented by dots foward and under the eye.

the tail is Composed of twelve feathers of equal length, each 14 inches. the legs are 4¾ inches in length and of a whiteish colour uncovered with feathers, they are not entirely Smooth but not imbricated; the toes are four in
number three of which are foward and that in the center much the longest; the fourth is Short and is inserted near the inner
of the three other toes and reather projecting foward.

the thye is covered with feathers as low as the Knee. the top or upper part of the toes are imbricated with broad scales lying transversly; the nails are black and in proportion to the Size of the bird comparitively with those of the Hawk or Eagle, Short and bluntly pointed—.

the under Side of the wing is Covered with white down and feathers. a white Stripe of about 2 inches in width, also marks the outer part of the wing, imbraceing the lower points of the feathers, which cover the joints of the wing through their whole length or width of that part of the wing. all the other feathers of whatever part are of a Glossy Shineing black except the down, which is not glossy, but equally black.

the Skin of the beak and head to the joining of the neck is of a pale orrange Yellow, the other part uncovered with feathers is of a light flesh Colour. the Skin is thin and wrinkled except on the beak where it is Smooth.

This bird fly's very clumsily. nor do I know whether it ever Seizes it's prey alive, but am induced to believe it does not. we have Seen it feeding on the remains of the whale and other fish which have been thrown up by the waves on the Sea Coast. these I believe constitute their principal food, but I have no doubt but that they also feed on flesh.

we did not meet with this bird untille we had decended the Columbia below the great falls; and have found them
more abundant below tide water than above. this is the Same Species of Bird which R. Field killed on the 18th of Novr. last and which is noticed on that day tho' not fully discribed then I thought this of the Buzzard Specis.

I now believe that this bird is reather of the Vulture genus than any other, tho' it wants Some of their characteristics particularly the hair on the neck, and the feathers on the legs. this is a handsom bird at a little distance. it's neck is proportionably longer than those of the Hawks or Eagle.

Shannon also brought a Grey Eagle which appeared to be of the Same kind common to the U, States. it weighed
15 pds. and measured 7 feet 7 inches between the extremities of the wings—.

Shannon and Labiesh informed us that when he approached this Vulture after wounding it, that it made a loud noise very much like the barking of a Dog. the tongue is long firm and broad, filling the under Chap and partakeing of its transvirs curvature, or its Sides forming a longitudinal Groove; obtuse at the point, the margin armed with firm cartelagenous prickkles pointed and bending inwards.

Whitehouse: We had hard rain during last night. Three Men were sent out hunting in order to try & kill some fowl or Elk for the sick Men. We are employed at the fort, in making Cloathing &ca.

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1826 Louisiana's General Assembly Passes Resolution Opposing the Gradual Emancipation of Slaves Louisiana Slavery Louisiana Secretary of State
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1906 Astronomer August Kopff Discovers Asteroid 585 Bilkis German Scientists & Mathematicians Space and Astronomy Asteroids NASA
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1918 Lithuanian Declaration of Independence Is Signed Lithuanian Declaration of Independence New York Times
1923 Archaeologist Howard Carter Opens Doorway to King Tut's Burial Chamber Howard Carter Tomb of King Tutankamun Archaeology New York Times
1927 Arthur Jerome Drossaerts Is Consecrated as First Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio San Antonio, Texas Catholicism Religion Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
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1946 Inaugural Flight Is Made of the First Commercial Helicopter, the Sikorsky S51 Aviation History Historic Firsts Royal Australian Air Force Museum
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1960 The U.S. Nuclear Submarine Triton Begins an Underwater Round-the-World Trip Submarines Cold War U.S. Navy
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1968 The Nation's First 911 Emergency Telephone System Is Placed from the Mayor's Office in Haleyville, Alabama Alabama Telephone Health Care Crime Historic Firsts
1970 Joe Frazier KOs Jimmy Ellis for World Heavyweight Boxing Championship International Boxing Hall of Fame Noted African American Sports Figures Britannica
1972 British Miners' Strike Turns off the Lights Great Britain Labor Energy BBC Greenwich Guide
1978 Statue Honoring Reconstruction-Era African-American Legislators Unveiled at Georgia's State Capitol Georgia's Political and Social Leaders Art Reconstruction African-American Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia
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1980 Scott Hamilton Wins the Gold Medal for Men's Figure Skating in Lake Placid Scott Hamilton Figure Skating 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid USA Today
1984 Bill Johnson Wins the Sarajevo Olympic Gold Medal in Downhill Skiing Oregon Sports Figures Skiing 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid USA Today New York Times
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