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5-Minute Quests

1. In what year on this date were the first women assigned to duty aboard a U.S. combat ship? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What did England's Queen Elizabeth II do on this date in 1997? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Texas Women's Hall of Fame, what does the Zina Garrison Foundation do? (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 or illustrator who was born on this date:

1. In what country was Kiri Te Kanawa born on this date in 1944? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Starkville High School, why did Belle Kearney have to quit school? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Authors' Calendar, what is the title of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's greatest work? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of an Indian tribe recorded by Frances Densmore (according to Minnesota State University):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Official Website of the British Monarchy, why is the Royal Household exempt from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act?

2. According to PBS, how many women were assigned to the Eisenhower on this date in 1994?

3. According to the New England Conservatory, what organization was founded by Sarah Caldwell?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a poem from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese (according to the University of Toronto):
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Separation Bar

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Born on This Date 1806

[University of Texas]


Frances Densmore
[Smithsonian Institution]


Sarah Caldwell
Born on This Date 1824

[Immaculata University]


Belle Kearney
Born on This Date 1863

[University of North Carolina]

Women's Suffrage

Zina Garrison

[Texas Women's Hall of Fame]


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Children's Authors & Illustrators
1949 Kathleen Hague (California-born Children's Author) California Authors & Illustrators Primary Authors
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1959 Chris Raschka (Pennsylvania-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Chris Raschka Primary Authors American Artists
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1619 Savien Cyrano de Bergerac (French Author) French Authors
1806 Elizabeth Barrett Browning (English Poet) Elizabeth Barrett Browning Poetry
1885 Ring (Ringgold Wilmer) Lardner, Sr. (Michigan-born Writer) Ring Lardner, Sr.
1928 Gabriel García Márquez Gabriel García Márquez 1982 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1954 Wang Anyi (Chinese Novelist and Short-Story Writer) Chinese Writers
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1475 Michelangelo (Italian Artist) Michelangelo Italian Artists
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1924 Sarah Caldwell (Missouri-born Operatic Conductor) Sarah Caldwell Classical Music Opera
1930 Lorin Maazel (French Classical Conductor) French Performing Artists Classical Music Internet Movie Database
1932 John Philip Sousa (Washington, D.C.-born Composer, Conductor) John Philip Sousa
1944 Kiri Te Kanawa (New Zealand-born Operatic Soprano) New Zealand Opera
1948 Stephen Schwartz (New York City-born Composer, Lyricist) New York City Composers American Composers
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1787 Joseph von Fraunhofer (German Physicist) Joseph von Fraunhofer Physics Spectroscopy
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1927 Gordon Cooper (Oklahoma-born Astronaut) Gordon Cooper Astronauts
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1831 Phil Sheridan (New York-born Union General) New York-born Military Figures American Civil War
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1926 Alan Greenspan (New York-born Chairman of U.S. Federal Reserve Board) Alan Greenspan Economics
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1724 Henry Laurens (South Carolina-born Member of the Continental Congress) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders Colonial America Continental Congress
1797 Gerrit Smith (New York-born Philanthropist, Abolitionist) New York Political and Social Leaders Philanthropy Abolition African American Registry
1816 Elbert English (Alabama-born Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court) Alabama Political and Social Leaders Arkansas Political and Social Leaders Law and Legal Resources Arkansas History Commission
1828 Johnson Newlon Camden (West Virginia-born Industrialist, U.S. Senator) West Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Senate Business West Virginia Archive
1838 Benjamin William Arnett, Jr. (Pennsylvania-born African-American Religious, Political and Educational Leader) Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders Politics African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1863 Belle Kearney (Mississippi-born Women's Suffragist) Belle Kearney American Women Political and Social Leaders Women's Suffrage
1936 Marion Barry (Mississippi-born African-American Mayor of Washington, D.C.) Mississippi Political and Social Leaders Washington, D.C. Political and Social Leaders Politics African-American Political and Social Leaders
Performing Artists
1908 Lou Costello (New Jersey-born Comedic Actor) Lou Costello Actors Film
1923 Ed McMahon (Detroit-born Television Personality: Tonight Show with Johnny Carson) Detroit Performing Artists Television
1927 Wes Montgomery (Indiana-born African-American Jazz Guitarist) Indiana Performing Artists Jazz Popular Musicians Famous African Americans African American Registry
1937 Merle Haggard (California-born Country & Western Performer) Merle Haggard Country & Western Musicians
1947 Rob Reiner (New York City-born Actor, Writer, Director) New York City Performing Artists Actors Film Television Winner of Four Emmy Awards
1959 Tom Arnold (Iowa-born Comedic Actor) Iowa Performing Artists Actors Television
1969 Amy Pietz (Wisconsin-born Actress) Wisconsin Performing Artists Actors Television Film Wisconsin Historical Society
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1900 Lefty Grove (Maryland-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Maryland Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1941 Willie Stargell (Oklahoma-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Oklahmoa Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures Seminole Indians African American Registry
1947 Dick Fosbury (Oregon-born Member of the Track & Field Hall of Fame) Oregon 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics Track & Field Hall of Fame
1966 Maurice Ashley (Jamaican-born African-American Chess Grand Master) Jamaican Sports Figuress Chess African American Sports Figures African American Registry
1972 Shaquille O'Neal (New Jersey-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Shaquille O'Neal Basketball Famous African Americans
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1836 Jim Bowie (Kentucky-born Frontiersman: Defender of the Alamo) Jim Bowie The Alamo
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William Barret Travis (South Carolina-born Commander of Texas Troops at the Alamo) William Barret Travis The Alamo
1844 Gabriel Duvall (Maryland-born Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) Maryland Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1888 Louisa May Alcott (Pennsylvania-born Author) Louisa May Alcott American Authors
1900 Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler (German Automotive Pioneer) German Scientists & Inventors Automobiles Mercedes Center for the Study Technology and Society
1929 David Buick (Scottish-American Automotive Pioneer) Scottish Scientists & Inventors Automobiles Buick Center for the Study Technology and Society
1932 John Philip Sousa (Washington, D.C.-born Composer, Stars and Stripes Forever) John Philip Sousa American Composers
1933 Anton Cermak (Czech-born Mayor of Chicago: Gunshot Wounds Suffered in Attempted Assassination of FDR) Czech Political and Social Leaders Chicago Political and Social Leaders President Franklin Roosevelt Florida Historical Society
1935 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Massachusetts-born Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr. U.S. Supreme Court
1964 Paul I, King of Greece Greek Political and Social Leaders Britannica
1967 Nelson Eddy (Rhode Island-born Popular Singer) Rhode Island Popular Performers Internet Movie Database History Channel
1973 Pearl S. Buck (American Author) Pearl S. Buck American Authors Asian-American Literature
1982 Ayn Rand (Russian-American Author) Ayn Rand Authors
1986 Georgia O'Keeffe (New Mexico-born Artist) Georgia O'Keeffe American Artists
2005 Hans Bethe (German Astrophysicist) Hans Bethe Physics Space and Astronomy 1967 Nobel Laureate for Physics
2006 Kirby Puckett (Chicago-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Chicago Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Famous African Americans
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Historic Events of the 1500s that Occurred on this Date
1521 Magellan Lands at Guam Guam Ferdinand Magellan Explorers Naval History Guam On Line
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1788 22 British (15 convicts) Arrive to Settle Norfolk Island Norfolk Island British History Australia Bellarine Peninsula
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: This morning, the fishing and hunting party's Set out agreeably to their instructions given them last evening.

At 11 a. m. we were visited by Commowoll and two boys Sons of his. he presented us with Some Anchovies which had been well Cured in their manner, we found them excellent. they were very acceptable perticularly at this moment.

we gave the old mans Sones a twisted wire to ware about his neck, and I gave him a par of old glovs which he was much pleased with. this we have found much the most friendly and decent Indian that we have met with in this neighbourhood.

Hall had his foot and ankle much injured yesterday by the fall of a log which he had on his Sholder; the bones are fortunately not broken, I expect he will be able to walk again Shortly.

Bratten is now weaker than any of the convalessants, and complains verry much of his back, all of them recovering Slowly in consequence of the want of proper diet, which we have it not in our power to precure.—

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
1808 The First Collegiate Orchestra Is Formed At Harvard Massachusetts Education Education Music Historic Firsts Harvard University
1819 In McCulloch v. Maryland U.S. Supreme Court Rules Federal Government Is Exempt from State Taxes <I>McCulloch v. Maryland</I> Law and Legal Resources Taxes Oyez
1820 Missouri Enabling Act Forbids Creation of Northern Slave States U.S. Congress Slavery Missouri Compromise W.W. Norton
1830 Abraham Lincoln's Family Crosses the Wabash River on Its Move from Indiana to Illinois Indiana Illinois Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Papers
1831 Edgar Allan Poe Is Dismissed from the Military Academy at West Point for Refusing to Obey Orders Edgar Allan Poe American Authors U.S. Military Academy American Collection
1834 The Canadian City of York Is Incorporated As Toronto Toronto, Canada Toronto, Canada New York Times
1836 The Alamo Falls to Mexican Troops Texas The Alamo
Darwin's HMS Beagle Reaches King George's Sound, Australia Charles Darwin Australia The Complete Works of Darwin
Caldwell Parish, Louisiana Is Created Caldwell Parish, Louisiana Caldwell Parish, Louisiana Louisiana Secretary of States
1837 Florida's Seminole Chiefs Agree to Cease Hostilities and to Relocate in Oklahoma Florida Oklahoma Seminole Indians Florida Historical Society
Nathaniel Hawthorne Publishes Twice Told Tales, Stories Previously Published in Magazines Nathaniel Hawthorne American Authors American Collection
1847 The 900-Man First Regiment of New York Volunteers Lands in San Francisco, California San Francisco, California New York Military Figures The Mexican-American War LearnCalifornia
1848 Abraham Lincoln Sends Letter of His Family History to Solomon Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Papers
1851 Manitowoc, Wisconsin Is Chartered as a Village Manitowoc, Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society
1852 In Minnesota, Hennepin County Is Formed and Named for Franciscan Missionary Louis Hennepin Hennepin County, Minnesota Religion Minnesota Historical Society
1853 Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata Opens in Venice Giuseppe Verdi Opera Historic Firsts New York Times American Public Media
1856 Towns County, Georgia Is Created as the State's 118th County Towns County, Georgia Towns County, Georgia University of Georgia
1857 In Dred Scott v Standford, U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Slaves Are Not Citizens Law and Legal Resources Slavery African-American Heritage DRED SCOTT v. SANDFORD Minnesota Historical Society Georgia Historical Society
1860 Presidential Candidate Abraham Lincoln Campaigns in New Haven, Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut Abraham Lincoln Politics New Haven, Connecticut Lincoln Papers
1861 President Abraham Lincoln Holds His First Cabinet Meeting, Receives Delegations from Several States Abraham Lincoln American Presidency Lincoln Papers
1862 Lincoln Recommends to Congress Compensation for States Willing to Gradually Emancipate Slaves U.S. Congress Abraham Lincoln Slavery Economics of Slavery Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln Papers
At New York's Cooper Institute, James A. Hamilton, Son of Alexander Hamilton, Presides at a Meeting Supporting Emancipation New York City Slavery Emancipation Proclamation New York Historical Society
U.S.S. Pursuit Captures the Schooner Anna Belle Off Coast of Apalachicola, Florida Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
Wisconsin's Fourth Cavalry Embarks to Join the "Army of the Gulf" Below New Orleans Wisconsin Military Leaders New Orleans American Civil War Wisconsin Historical Society
Episcopal Bishop Henry B. Whipple Writes a Letter to President Abraham Lincoln on Behalf of the Indians of Minnesota Minnesota Abraham Lincoln Religion Native American Heritage Minnesota Historical Society
1865 President Lincoln Attends Inauguration Ball at the Patent Office Abraham Lincoln American Presidency Lincoln Papers
Federal Troops Fail in Attempt to Capture Tallahassee, Florida Tallahasee, Florida American Civil War Tallahasee, Florida Florida Historical Society
1867 General Philip Sheridan Assumes Command of the Fifth Military District (Louisiana and Texas) Louisiana Texas American Civil War Louisiana Secretary of States
1868 In Minnesota, Grant, Lyon, and Wilkin Counties Are Formed; Each Named for an Officer of the Union Army Minnesota American Civil War Minnesota Historical Society
1871 In Minnesota, Lac qui Parle County and Yellow Medicine County Are Formed Minnesota Minnesota Historical Society
1882 Virginia State University Is Chartered by the State Legislature Virginia Education African American Heritage Virginia State University HBCU Network African American Registry
1886 9,000 Railroad Workers Strike Against the Southwestern Railroad Labor Job Actions Railroad History Channel
1896 Charles B. King Drives the First Automobile in Detroit Detroit Automobiles Historic Firsts State of Michigan
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1903 In Wisconsin, Work Commences on the Janesville Public Library, Financed Primarily by a $30,000 Grant from Andrew Carnegie Andrew Carnegie Janesville, Wisconsin Libraries and Reference Resources Wisconsin Historical Society
1904 Japanese Fleet Bombards Vladivostok, Russia Russia Japan War
1922 The Oregon Home Protective League Is Organized with the Purpose of Abolishing Dancing in School Buildings Oregon Education Dance
1924 Seattle's Herman Horowitz Begins Publication of The Jewish Transcript Seattle, Washington Journalism Judaism The Jewish Transcript History Link
1929 Turkey & Bulgaria Sign Friendship Treaty Turkey Bulgaria Indiana University
1930 Clarence Birdseye Begins Test Marketing Prepackaged Frozen Food in Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield, Massachusetts Clarence Birdseye Historic Firsts Birdseye Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1933 A Nationwide 4-day Bank Holiday Begins as Declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt President Franklin Roosevelt Economics Great Depression U.S. Treasury Georgia Historical Society
Production of Silver Dollar Coins Is Halted Currency Great Depression U.S. Treasury
Chicago Mayor, Anton Cermak, Dies of Gunshot Wounds Suffered in Attempted Assassination of FDR Czech Political and Social Leaders Chicago Political and Social Leaders President Franklin Roosevelt Death Florida Historical Society
1939 Edgehill, Georgia Is Incorporated Edgehill, Georgia Georgia Historical Society
1942 John Steinbeck's Novel, The Moon Is Down , Is Published by Viking Press John Steinbeck American Authors American Collection
1944 Heavy Bombers Stage the First American Raid on Berlin Berlin, Germany World War II Aviation History Historic Firsts New York Times
Texas Medal of Honor Winner, John Cary Morgan, Is Shot Down over Berlin Berlin, Germany World War II Aviation History U.S. Military Figures Texas State Historical Society
1945 Georgia Creates the Veterans Resettlement Corporation to Help War Veterans Purchase Homes, Farms and Business Property Georgia Government Economics Housing Farming World War II Georgia Historical Society
1946 The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules That Primus E. King, an African American, May Vote in the Georgia Democratic Primary Georgia Voting Rights Human Rights/Civil Rights Law African-American Heritage Georgia Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1951 The Espionage Trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Begins Ethel and Julius Rosenberg The Cold War History Channel
1953 Georgi Malenkov Is Named to Succeed Josef Stalin as Premier of the Soviet Union Soviet Political and Social Leaders Cold War History Channel
1957 Former British Colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland Unite as the Independent State of Ghana Ghana British History BBC South African History African American Registry
1962 U.S. Conducts Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons The Cold War Geoscience Australia
60 mph Winds Hit Delaware Beaches Destroying Homes and a Boardwalk, Killing 7 People Delaware Storms Wind Death State of Delaware
1964 Constantine Succeeds His Father, Paul I, as King of Greece Greek Political and Social Leaders Britannica
Elijah Muhammad Renames Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali Elijah Muhammad Famous African Americans Islam University of Georgia
1970 British Announce Ban on Importation of Domestic Pets Following Rabies Case Great Britain Disease Pets BBC
Beatles Release "Let it Be" in UK The Beatles Popular Music
1973 In Alaska, Don Young Is Elected to Replace U.S. Representative Nick Begich, Who Died in a Plane Accident Alaska Political and Social Leaders Elections U.S. Congress Alaska Historical Society
1974 British Coal Workers End Four-Week Strike Following 35% Pay Increase Great Britain Labor Job Actions Economics BBC
1975 Iran and Iraq Sign the Algiers Accord, Settling Border Dispute Iran Iraq Mideast Web
Tennessee Williams' Kingdom of Earth Is Performed at Princeton's McCarter Theatre Tennessee Williams Plays McCarter Theatre American Collection
1979 Remains of Kurdish Leader Mustafa Barzani Are Buried in Iran Iran Mustafa Barzani Middle East Quarterly
1981 Walter Cronkite Retires from the CBS Evening News Missouri Authors & Journalists Television Journalism CBS New York Times
France Conducts 5kT Underground Nuclear Test at Muruora Island France Nuclear Weapons The Cold War Geoscience Australia
1982 F W de Klerk Becomes Leader of the National Party (NP) in South Africa's Transvaal Province F W de Klerk South African History
1983 Helmut Kohl Is Chancellor of West Germany German Political and Social Leaders Elections History Channel
1986 NASA's Vega-1 Satellite Makes a Flyby of Halley's Comet Space Exploration Halley's Comet NASA
1987 British Channel Ferry 'Herald of Free Enterprise' Capsizes Leaving Zeebrugge, Belgium: 180 Die Zeebrugge, Belgium Great Britain Naval History Death Historic UK BBC
7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Leaves 1,000 Dead, 4,000 Missing, 20,000 Homeless in Colombia & Ecuador Colombia Ecuador Earthquake Death USGS
Excavation Begins on Seattle, Washington's Underground Metro Tunnel Seattle, Washington History Link
1988 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake Damages Ships, Creates Small Tsunami in Gulf of Alaska Alaska Earthquake Tsunami USGS
1990 Russian Parliament Approves First Free Enterprise in 70 Years Fall of Communism Economics TV News Archive
Coup Attempt Fails to Depose Afghanistan President Najibullah Afghanistan TV News Archive
Jennifer Capriati (13 yrs 11 m) Is the Youngest Professional Tennis Tournament Finalist Jennifer Capriati Tennis Child Advocacy New York Times
1992 PC's Around the World Are Stricken with the Michelangelo Virus Internet in the Classroom History of Technology Carnegie Mellon University
1993 Hundreds Dies in Battle Between Unita Rebels and Angolan Government Forces Angola Death BBC
1994 First Women Are Assigned to Permanent Duty on U.S. Combat Ship Naval History Women Women in the Military Historic Firsts PBS TV News Archive
1997 Queen Elizabeth Opens the Official Royal Website of the British Monarchy British History Queen Elizabeth II History of Technology Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Historic Events that occur from 2000-2009 on this date
2000 After More Than a Century of Evening Publication, The Seattle Times Moves to a Morning Edition Seattle, Washington Journalism The Seattle Times History Link
Duluth, Minnesota Is the First City in the U.S. to Ban the Sale of Mercury Thermometers Duluth, Minnesota Temperature Mercury Minnesota Historical Society