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5-Minute Quests

1. What is the purpose of Japan's Hina Matsuri festival? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. In what state was Helen Keller born? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Bookwire, who was the real Sarah in Patricia MacLachlan's book Sarah, Plain and Tall? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a children's author born on this date:

1. In what year on this date was Belva Lockwood the first woman to be admitted to appear before U.S. Supreme Court? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the White House, what school did Anne Sullivan attend? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Sacramento Bee, what inspired Jackie Joyner-Kersee to compete in multiple events? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a selected work by Patricia MacLachlan (according to the Educational Paperback Association):

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

1. According to the National Women's Hall of Fame, what disease was first identified by Dorothy Andersen?

2. According to her Internet Movie Database mini-biography, what was Jean Harlow's real name?

3. According to the National Women's Hall of Fame, how old was Belva Lockwood when she decided to study law?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a film in which Jean Harlow appeared (according to TVNow):
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Picture of Patricia MacLachlan
Patricia MacLachlan
Born on This Date 1938

[Ed Paperback Assoc]

Young-adult Author1986 Newbery Medal for Sarah, Plain and Tall

Dorothy Andersen
Dorothy Andersen

[Gale Group]

Cystic Fibrosis
Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow
Born on This Date 1911


Belva Lockwood
Belva Lockwood

[Pan Am Expo]

Law & Legal Resources
Picture of Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Born on This Date 1962

[Greater Talent Inc.]

Olympic Track & Field Champion

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Bulgaria: National Day
(Celebration of Treaty of San Stefano that liberated Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire: 03/03/1878)
Bulgaria Russo-Turkish War U.S. Department of State
Japan: Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival)
(Observed annually on March 3 to pray for the health and happiness of girls)
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Malawi: Martyrs' Day
(Observed annually on March 3 to honor the nation's heroes)
Malawi U.S. Department of State

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1913 Cliff Faulknor (Canadian Children's Author) Cliff Faulknor Young-adult Authors
1938 Patricia MacLachlan (Wyoming-born Children's Author) Patricia MacLachlan Young-adult Authors 1986 Newbery Medal for Sarah, Plain and Tall
1940 Suse MacDonald (Illinois-born Children's Author) Illinois Authors Primary Authors
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1652 Thomas Otway (English Poet, Playwright) English Authors & Illustrators Poetry Plays
1756 William Godwin (English Philosopher, Novelist) English Authors & Illustrators Philosophy Stanford University Writer's Almanac
1836 Henry Clay Bruce (Virginia-born African-American Author) Virginia Authors & Illustrators African-American Authors and Illustrators Slavery University of North Carolina African American Registry
1878 Edward Thomas (English Poet) English Authors & Illustrators Poetry Writer's Almanac
1899 Yury Olesha (Ukrainian Playwright) Yury Olesha Plays
1906 William T. Brannon (Mississippi-born Journalist) Mississippi Authors & Illustrators Journalism
1926 James Merrill (New York City-Writer Awarded the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: "Divine Comedies") James Merrill Poetry 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Divine Comedies
1938 Charles F. Longino, Jr. (Mississippi Author, Educator) Mississippi Authors & Illustrators Education
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1913 Margaret Bonds (Chicago-born African-American Pianist, Composer, Arranger) Chicago Composers & Songwriters Classical Musicians American Composers & Songwriters African-American Composers & Songwriters African American Registry
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1831 George Pullman (New York-born Railroad Developer, Industrialist) George Pullman Inventors and Inventions Railroads
1847 Alexander Graham Bell (Scottish Inventor of the Telephone) Alexander Graham Bell Inventors and Inventions The Telephone
Military Leaders
1895 Matthew Ridgway (Virginia-born General Who Served as the Supreme Allied Commander in Korea and Europe) Virginia Military Figures American Military Figures World War II Korean War
Political and Social Leaders
1795 E. D. White (Tennessee-born Governor of Louisiana) Tennessee Political and Social Leaders Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Politics Louisiana Secretary of States
1819 Alexander Crummell (New York City-born Minister, Advocate of Black Nationalism) New York City Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1873 William Green (Ohio-born Labor Leader) Ohio Political and Social Leaders Labor Unions AFL-CIO History Channel
1875 Walter Jodok Kohler (Wisconsin-born Industrialist, State Governor) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Politics Business Kohler Wisconsin Historical Society
Performing Artists
1911 Jean Harlow (Missouri-born Actress) Jean Harlow Actors Film
1920 James Doohan (Canadian Actor) Canadian Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1958 Miranda Richardson (English Actress) English Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1970 Julie Bowen (Maryland-born Actress) Maryland Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database
1982 Jessica Biel (Minnesota-born Actress) Minnesota Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1884 John Baxter Taylor Jr. (Washington, D.C.-born First African American to Win an Olympic Medal) Washington, D.C. Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures Track and Field 1908 Summer Olympics The Ivy League African American Registry
1962 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Illinois-born Member of the Track and Field Hall of Fame) Jackie Joyner-Kersee Track and Field Hall of Fame The Olympic Games African American Sports Figures
Herschel Walker (Georgia-born Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Georgia Sports Figures College Foootball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures University of Georgia
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1703 Robert Hooke (English Scientist) Robert Hooke Physics Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1932 Alfieri Maserati (Italian Founder of the Maserati Luxury Automobile) Italian Business Leaders) Automobiles
Joseph Mackey Brown (Former Governor of Georgia) Georgia Government Politics University of Georgia
1959 Lou Costello (New Jersey-born Comedic Actor) Lou Costello Actors Film
1963 Dorothy Andersen (North Carolina-born Pediatrician, Pathologist; First Scientist to Identify the Disease, Cystic Fibrosis) Dorothy Andersen Cystic Fibrosis
1979 Mustafa Barzani (Iraqi Kurdish Leader) Mustafa Barzani
Historically Significant Events Historically Significant Events
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1791 The First Internal Revenue Act Establishes System of Excise Taxes U.S. Government Taxes U.S. Treasury
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1801 Georgia's David Emanuel Becomes the First Jewish Governor of Any U.S. State Georgia Political and Social Leaders Politics Judaism Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1802 Ludwig van Beethoven Publishes "Moonlight Sonata" Ludwig van Beethoven Classical Music Writer's Almanac
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a fine Day wind from the W, a large flock of Ducks pass up the River—visited by the black Cat, Chief of the Mandans 2d Cheif and a Big Belley, they Stayed but a Short time we informed those Chiefs of the news recved from the Ricaras, all hands employd

Ordway: clear & pleasant. Some men employed making coal, and Some makeing toing lines for the perogues. Some men who are makeing perogues came to the Fort for provisions. The 1st and 2nd chief of the 2nd village Came to visit our officers. A nomber others came with corn &.C.

Lewis & Clark Map: 10/14/04
Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Fort Mandan Map Native American Tribes

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Two of our Canoes have been lately injured very much in consequence of the tide leaveing them partially on Shore. they Split by this means with their own weight. we had them drawn out on Shore.

our convalessents are Slowly on the recovery. La page is taken Sick. gave him Some of Scotts Pills which did not opperate.

no movement of the party to day worthy of notice. every thing moves on in the old way and we are Counting the
days which Seperate us from the 1st of April, & which bind us to Fort Clatsop.—.—.

Gass: It rained all this day and the following. Our sick men are getting better, but slowly, as they have little or no suitable nourishment.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 11/07/05 Clatsop County, Oregon Fort Clatsop Native Americans
The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
1813 Thomas Posey, U.S. Senator from Louisiana, Is Appointed to Succeed William Henry Harrison as Governor of the Indiana Territory Posey County, Indiana Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Indiana Historical Society
1817 Congress Divides Mississippi Territory into the State of Mississippi and the Alabama Territory Alabama Mississippi U.S. Congress Alabama State Archives
1820 U.S. House Passes Missouri Compromise, Admitting Missouri as a Slave State Missouri Maine U.S. House of Representatives Missouri Compromise History Channel African American Registry
1821 East and West Florida Are Unified under the Control of General Andrew Jackson Florida Andrew Jackson Florida Historical Society
1832 U.S. Supreme Court Gives Federal Government Rights over Cherokees Located in Georgia Georgia U.S. Supreme Court Cherokee Indians University of Georgia Oyez
1835 Congress Authorizes U.S. Mints in Charlotte, Dahlonega and New Orleans Charlotte, North Carolina Dahlonega, Georgia New Orleans, Louisiana U.S. Congress Currency U.S. Treasury
1836 Under Siege by Seminole Indians, American Soldiers in Florida Kill Their Horses and Mules for Food Florida Seminole Indians War Horses Florida Historical Society
1837 Andrew Jackson Appoints Alcée Louis La Branche as First U.S. Diplomat to the Republic of Texas Republic of Texas U.S. Government President Andrew Jackson Texas State Historical Society
1841 U.S. Congress Appropriates $1,061,816 to Support the Second War Against the Seminole Indians Florida Seminole Indians War Economics Florida Historical Society
1845 President Tyler Signs the Act Admitting Florida as the 27th State Florida President John Tyler Florida Historical Society
Congress Overrides a Presidential Veto for the First Time U.S. Congress President John Tyler Historic Firsts American Heritage Magazine
1849 President James K. Polk Signs the Minnesota Territory into Existence with a Population of About 10,000 Indians and 5,000 Euro-American Settlers Minnesota President James K. Polk Native-American Heritage Westward Expansion The New York Times Minnesota Historical Society
U.S. Congress Creates the Home Department, Forerunner of Interior Department U.S. Congress U.S. Government Agencies and Offices The New York Times
Congress Approves Minting a $1 Gold Coin U.S. Congress Currency Gold U.S. Treasury
1851 Congress Approves Minting a 3-cent Coin U.S. Congress Currency U.S. Treasury
1853 Congress Establishes the United States Assay Office in New York New York U.S. Congress U.S. Government U.S. Treasury
In Minnesota, Fillmore County Is Created, Honoring President Millard Fillmore Fillmore County, Minnesota President Millard Fillmore Minnesota Historical Society
1855 In Minnesota, St. Louis County Is Created and Named for the St. Louis River St. Louis County, Minnesota Rivers Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Legislature Approves Sending a Commissioner to New York City to Encourage Immigrants to Settle in Minnesota Minnesota Government New York City Immigration Westward Expansion Minnesota Historical Society
1857 The James Clinton Is the First Steamboat to Cruise the Willamette River Traveling for 3 Days From Eugene to Corvallis Oregon Steamboats Willamette River Historic Firsts SalemOregon
1859 400 Men, Women and Children Are Sold At the Largest Slave Auction in U.S. History Georgia History Slavery Economics African-American Heritage Library of Congress
1861 President-elect Lincoln Gives a Dinner for Members of His New Cabinet Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Papers
1862 President Lincoln Transmits to Congress His Communication to Italy About the Trent Affair Italy U.S. Congress Abraham Lincoln Trent Affair Lincoln Papers
Forces from the U.S.S. Ottawa Capture Confederates' Fort Clinch on Florida's Amelia Island Amelia Island, Florida American Civil War Forts Naval History Florida Historical Society
Federal Forces in Florida Capture Confederate Steamer Darlington Loaded with Military Supplies Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1863 U.S. Congress Establishes Construction Standards for the Transcontinental Railroad U.S. Congress Railroad Standard of Measurement National Park Service
U.S. Congress Passes Civil War Conscription Act U.S. Conscription American Civil War History Channel
Congress Authorizes a U.S. Mint in Carson City, Nevada Carson City, Nevada U.S. Congress Currency U.S. Treasury
The National Academy of Sciences Is Approved by President Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln The National Academy of Science Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Approves Granting Public Lands to Kansas for Railroad and Telegraph Construction Kansas Abraham Lincoln Railroad Telegraph Lincoln Papers
1864 President Lincoln Receives the Endorsement of the Maine Legislature for a Second Term Maine Abraham Lincoln Politics Presidential Elections Lincoln Papers
1865 President Lincoln Discusses Letter from Lee to Grant Proposing End to Hostilities Abraham Lincoln Ulysses S. Grant Robert E. Lee American Civil War Lincoln Papers
Freedmen's Bureau Is Created to Oversee Slavery-to-Freedom Transition Abraham Lincoln Slavery The History Channel Lincoln Papers
U.S.S. Honeysuckle Captures Blockade Runner Phantom at Florida's Suwannee River Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
Federal Forces Launch Unsuccessful Assault on St. Marks Fort Near Tallahassee, Florida Florida American Civil War Forts Florida Historical Society
Congress Authorizes the Mint to Place "In God We Trust" on all Gold and Silver Coins U.S. Congress Currency Religion Separation of Church and State U.S. Treasury
1866 Virginia's General Assembly Agrees to Promote Immigration to Strengthen the State's Labor Force Virginia Government Immigration Labor Virginia Historical Society
1870 State Legislature Votes to Establish the West Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind West Virginia Education Education Special Needs Education West Virginia Archive
Officials Vote to Reopen Delaware College (University of Delaware) Which Had Closed for 11 Years Due to Lack of Money and Students Delaware Education Education University of Deleware State of Deleware
1873 Congress Passes Comstock Law Prohibiting Obscene Material in the U.S. Mail U.S. Congress U.S. Postal Service The History Channel
1874 Georgia Law Authorizes Persons and Companies to "Lease" Convicts for Up to Five Years Georgia Government Prisons Law Economics University of Georgia
1875 Georges Bizet's Opera ''Carmen'' Premieres in Paris Georges Bizet Opera Writer's Almanac
Congress Authorizes the Minting of a 20-cent Coin U.S. Congress Currency U.S. Treasury
Congress Makes Michigan's Mackinac Island the Nation's Second National Park Michigan Parks U.S. Congress Mackinac State Historic Parks State of Michigan
1878 Treaty of Stefano Ends Two-year Russo-Turkish War Bulgaria Russia Turkey Russo-Turkish War Britannica
1879 Congress Establishes the U.S. Geological Survey U.S. Congress U.S. Geological Survey The History Channel
Belva Lockwood Is First Woman Admitted to Appear before U.S. Supreme Court Belva Lockwood U.S. Supreme Court Women Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts FindLaw
1883 Paragould, Arkansas Is Incorporated Paragould, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1885 California Is the First State to Establish a Board of Forestry California Governor Trees Earth and Environmental Science Historic Firsts Learn California
1887 Anne Sullivan Arrives At Keller Home to Teach Their 6-year-old Daughter Helen Helen Keller Anne Sullivan Special Needs Education Educators of Note Helen Keller Birthplace
1888 The anti-Catholic Group, American Protective Association, Is Founded at Clinton, Iowa Clinton, Iowa Religion Catholicism State Historical Society of Iowa
1891 U.S. Congress Establishes the Bureau of Immigration as a Branch of the Treasury Department U.S. Congress Immigration U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service U.S. Treasury
In New Mexico, the U.S. Congress Establishes the Court of Private Land Claims to Validate Spanish and Mexican Land Grants Spain Mexico New Mexico U.S. Congress Economics Law and Legal Resources Hispanic Heritage New Mexico Magazine
North Carolina's General Assembly Establishes Elizabeth City State University North Carolina Education Education African-American Heritage Elizabeth City State University African American Registry
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1905 The Tallahassee Democrat Is Founded Tallahassee, Florida Journalism Tallahassee Democrat Florida Historical Society
1913 The First Alaska Territorial Legislature Convenes in the Elks Lodge Building at Juneau Juneau, Alaska Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1915 D.W. Griffith's Controversial Film The Birth of a Nation Premieres in New York City New York City D.W. Griffith Racism Birth of a Nation Library of Congress History Channel
U.S. Congress Establishes the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics to Study Problems of Flight U.S. Congress Aviation NASA
1918 Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany & Austria Ends World War I for Russia Germany Austria Russia World War I History Channel
1919 William E. Boeing and Eddie Hubbard Deliver the First International U.S. Air Mail: Vancouver to Seattle Vancouver, Canada Seattle, Washington Aviation History Historic Firsts History Link
1926 The International Greyhound Racing Association Is Formed in Miami, Florida Miami, Florida Dog Racing Greyhound Racing Association of America Florida Historical Society
1927 U.S. Congress Establishes the Bureau of Customs within the Treasury Department U.S. Congress U.S. Government U.S. Customs Service U.S. Treasury
1931 President Hoover Signs Bill Designating "Star Spangled Banner" As National Anthem President Hoover The Star Spangled Banner U.S. History History Channel
1936 State Code Sets Minimum Hourly Wages in Janesville, Wisconsin at $1 for Masons, 80¢ for Cement Finishers and 85¢ for Carpenters Janesville, Wisconsin Labor Business Law and Legal Resources Wisconsin Historical Society
1945 Finland Declares War on Germany Finland Germany World War II The History Channel
1949 The Tucker Automobile Corporation Closes Its Doors Automobiles Businesses and Corporations Hot Rod Magazine
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1952 Supreme Court Upholds NY Barring Communist Teacher from Public Schools New York ADLER V. NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION Education McCarthyism The History Channel
1959 NASA Launches Pioneer 4, the First U.S. Spacecraft Placed into Solar Orbit Space Exploration The Sun Historic Firsts NASA
1965 U.S. Jets Bomb the Ho Chi Minh Trail Vietnam War The History Channel
1966 BBC Announces Plans to Begin Color Television Broadcasts Great Britain Television BBC
1969 NASA Launches Apollo 9 for the First Manned Flight of the Lunar Module Lunar Exploration Historic Firsts NASA
1971 U.S. Special Forces Troops Leave South Vietnam Vietnam War The History Channel
China Launches Its First Satellite China Space Exploration Historic Firsts Asian History
1972 General Motors Workers in Lordstown, Ohio Begin a Strike Lordstown, Ohio Labor Strikes United Auto Workers General Motors Ohio Historical Society
1974 Turkish Airlines DC-10 Crashes after Takeoff from Paris: Nearly 350 Die Paris Turkey Aviation Disasters Death BBC
1982 Queen Elizabeth Opens London's £153m Barbican Arts Centre London Queen Elizabeth II Barbican Arts Centre BBC
1985 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 177 Near the Coast of Central Chile Chile Earthquake Death U.S. Geological Survey
British Miners Call Off Year-Long Strike Great Britain Labor Strikes BBC
90 mph Winds Whip 15" of Snow into Mountainous Drifts Along the Duluth Harbor Area Duluth, Minnesota Snow Minnesota Historical Society
1988 South Africa's Envoy Accuses United Nations of a "Vindictive Vendetta" Against His Country United Nations South Africa Apartheid South African History
1990 An American Dog-Sled Team Is the First to Traverse 3,800 Miles Across Antarctica At Its Widest Distance Antarctica Minnesota Sports Figures Dogsledding Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
In a Referendum Vote, Estonians Vote Overwhelmingly for Independence Estonia Soviet Union Votes and Voting Rights Estonica
1991 Beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles Police Officers Is Captured on Amateur Video Los Angeles Law Enforcement Racism African-American Heritage Television New York Times History Channel African American Registry
1998 Bill Gates Testifies Before Congress That Microsoft Is Not a Monopoly U.S. Congress Microsoft Anti-trust Trial CNN
Historic Events that have occurred  on this date from 2000-present
2000 Dictator General Augusto Pinochet Arrives in Chile after 16 Months in Britain Augusto Pinochet Great Brtiain PBS
2001 Johnny Ruiz Defeats Evander Holyfield in 12 Rounds to Become the First-Ever Latino WBA Heavyweight Champion Massachusetts Sports Figures Georgia Sports Figures Boxing Historic Firsts Latin-American Sports Figures Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
2002 The Swiss Abandon 200 Years of Neutrality, Voting to Join the United Nations The United Nations Switzerland CNN
2008 The Congressional Medal of Honor Is Posthumously Awarded to Woodrow Wilson Keeble, the First Sioux Indian to Receive the Medal South Dakota Military Figures Native-American Military Figures Sioux Indians American Military Figures Historic Firsts Governor of North Dakota