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5-Minute Quests

1. What is the name of the children's author born on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What is the name of the race car driver born on this date in 1938? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Internet Broadway Database, who played the role of Ella Peterson in the opening night cast of Bells Are Ringing? (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 Joanne Rocklin (according to her Scholastic booklist): ROUEN YOYO FLYERS

1. In what state was Janet Guthrie born? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Gale Group, what historic first was achieved by Nellie Ross in 1924? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Scholastic, Joanne Rocklin is a founding member of what organization? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a company with which Denyce Graves has performed her signature roles of Carmen and Samson et Dalia (according to her official website): SEPARATE NOTHING HOW
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1. According to the Nobel Foundation, for what achievement was Linda Buck chosen as a 2004 Nobel laureate in medicine or physiology?

2. According to USOperaWeb, in what city was Denyce Graves a member of the Grand Opera Studio?

3. According to the University of Southern Mississippi's original story, how did Oseola McCarty earn the $150,000 she gave to the university?

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a dancer in the opening night cast of Bells Are Ringing (according to the Internet Broadway Database): PARK TRAIT

National Women's History Month
Separation Bar

Joanne Rocklin
Born on This Date 1946

[Official Website]

Children's Author

Linda B. Buck
Linda B. Buck
[Washington University]

Smell 2004 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Science

Denyce Graves
Born on This Date 1964

[Official Website]
Operatic Mezzo-soprano
Nellie Ross
Nellie Ross
Born on This Date 1876

[Wyoming State Archives]

American Political Leaders

Janet Guthrie
Janet Guthrie
Born on This Date 1938

[Class Act]
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1785 Alessandro Manzoni (Italian Poet) Italian Authors and Illustrators Poetry
1889 Ben Ames Williams (Mississippi-born Novelist and Short Story Writer) Mississippi Authors and Illustrators
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1936 Georges Perec (French Author) French Writers
1952 William Boyd (Ghanian Novelist) Ghana Authors and Illustrators Writer's Almanac
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1964 Bret Easton Ellis (Los Angeles-born Novelist) California Authors and Illustrators Writer's Almanac
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1802 Edwin Henry Landseer (English Painter, Sculptor) English Artists Historic UK
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1875 Maurice Ravel (French Composer) Maurice Ravel Composers
1964 Denyce Graves (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Operatic Mezzo-Soprano) Denyce Graves Opera Famous African-Americans
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1765 Joseph Nicéphore Niepce (French Lithographer Who Took the World's First Photograph) French Scientists & Mathematicians Photography Technology and Society
1787 Henry Draper (New York City-born Astronomer, Photographer) New York City Scientists & Mathematicians Astronomy Photography
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1811 Increase Allen Lapham (New York-born Naturalist, Educator, Author; Chief Geologist for Wisconsin: 1873 - 1875) New York Scientists and Mathematicians Wisconsin Scientists and Mathematicians Geology Wisconsin Historical Society
1845 Daniel David Palmer (Canadian Who Founded Chiropractics) Canadian Scientists and Mathematicians Health Care IntelliHealth
1849 Luther Burbank (Massachusetts-born Horticulturist) Luther Burbank Botany
1857 Julius Wagner-Jauregg (Austrian Psychiatrist, Neurologist) Austrian Scientists & Mathemaitcians Psychiatry 1927 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine
1938 Albert Fert (French Physicist; 2007 Nobel Laureate for Physics) Albert Fert Quantum Mechanics Computer Technology 2007 Nobel Laureate for Physics
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1942 Michael Eisner (New York-born Business Leader: Former President of Walt Disney) New York Business Leaders Walt Disney
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1827 Henry DeLamar Clayton (Georgia-born Confederate General) Georgia Military Figures The American Civil War University of Georgia
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1908 Oseola McCarty (Mississippi-born African-American Laundry Women Philanthropist) Mississippi Political and Social Leaders Philanthropy African-American Political and Social Leaders University of Southern Mississippi African American Registry
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1908 Anna Magnani (Italian Actress) Italian Performing Artists Actors Film 1955 Academy Award for Best Actress for The Rose Tattoo Internet Movie Database
1934 Willard Scott (Virginia-born Television Personality: The Original Ronald McDonald) Virginia Performing Artists Weather/Meteorology Television Internet Movie Database
1940 Daniel J. Travanti (Wisconsin-born Actor) Wisconsin Performing Artists Actors Television Winner of 1981 & 1982 Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy Awards for Hill Street Blues Wisconsin Historical Society
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1938 Janet Guthrie (Iowa-born Sports Car Driver) Janet Guthrie Auto Racing Women Sports Figures
1950 Franco Harris (New Jersey-born African-American Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) New Jersey Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1952 Lynn Swann (Tennessee-born African-American Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Tennessee Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1960 Joe Carter (Oklahoma-born African-American Professional Baseball Player) Oklahoma Sports Figures Baseball Famous African-Americans
Ivan Lendl (Czech Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame) Czech Republic Sports Figures International Tennis Hall of Fame
1965 Jesper Bo Parnevik (Swedish Professional Golfer) Sweden Golf
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1274 Thomas Aquinas (Italian Philosopher, Religious Leader) Thomas Aquinas Religion Philosophy
1767 Jean Baptiste de Bienville (French Governor of the Louisiana Colony) French Political and Social Leaders Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Colonial America
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1830 Jacques Villere (Former Governor of Louisiana) Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Politics Louisiana Secretary of  State
1985 Robert Woodruff (Georgia-born Former CEO of Coca-Cola) Georgia Business Leaders Business Coca-Cola University of Georgia
1986 Jacob Javits (New York City-born Member of the U.S. Senate) New York City Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress
1997 Norman Adrian de Bruyne (English Inventor of Glue and Adhesives) English Scientists and Mathematicians Inventors and Inventions Technology and Society
1999 Stanley Kubrick (New York City-born Filmmaker) New York City Performing Artists Film Makers History Channel
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1530 Pope Clement VII Rejects Henry VIII's Request to Divorce Catherine of Aragon English Political and Social Leaders Henry VIII Catholicism Concordia
1539 Fray Marcos de Niza and Estevan the Moor Leave Culiacan, Mexico to Explore New Mexico Mexican Explorers New Mexico North American Explorers New Mexico Magazine
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1638 Anne Hutchinson and 19 Other Exiles from Massachusetts Bay Colony Settle in Rhode Island Anne Hutchinson Massachusetts Rhode Island Colonial America Religion Concordia
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1734 Salzburgers (Persecuted Protestants from Salzburg) Arrive in Charles Town, South Carolina Salzburg, Austria Charleston, South Carolina Religion University of Georgia
1778 Captain James Cook First Sights Oregon Coast at Cape Foul Weather Oregon Captain James Cook Captain Cook Society
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a little Cloudy and windey N E. the Coal visited us with a Sick child, to whome I gave Some of rushes Pills—

Shabounar returned this evening from the Gross Vintres & informed that all the nation had returned from the hunting—

he our menetarre interpeter had received a present from Mr. Chaboilleiz of the N. W. Company of the following articles 3 Brace [1] of Cloath 1 Brace of Scarlet a par Corduroy Overalls 1 Vests 1 Brace Blu Cloth 1 Brace red or Scarlet with 3 bars, 200 balls & Powder, 2 bracs Tobacco, 3 Knives.—[The brace as a measure of length equaled the span of the two extended arms; the French brasse was about sixty-four inches.

Ordway: clear but Some colder than it has been for Several days past. Some of the perogue men who came to the Fort last night for provisions returned back this morning. two men went up to the villages to day.

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

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Kentucky University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: The wind was So high that Commowol did not leave us untill late this evening.

Drewyer & Labiesh returned at Sunset haveing killed one Elk only. they report that there are Some Scattering mail Elk in the neighbourhood of the place they killed this one or about 5 miles up the Netul river on the west Side—.

Bratten is much worst to day he complains of a violent pain in the Small of his back, and is unable in consequence of it to Set up. we gave him one of our flanel Shirts. I applied a bandage of flanel to the part and rubed it well with Some volatile linniment which was prepared with Sperits of wine, camphire, Sastile Soap, and a little laudinum. he felt himself better in the evening at which time I repeated the linnement and bathed his feet, to restore circulation which he complaind of in that part.

John Shields Reubin Fields & Robert frasure measured 2 trees of the fur kind one 37 feet around, appears sound, has but fiew limbs for 200 feet it is East of the Netul abt 280 feet high.

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
1835 Sheriff Puts Abraham Lincoln's Surveying Tools and Horse Up for Sale in New Salem, Illinois New Salem, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Consumer Economics Lincoln Papers
1848 A Train Carrying the Remains of Former President John Quincy Adams Passes through Wilmington, Delaware Wilmington, Delaware John Quincy Adams Railroad State of Delaware
1849 Abraham Lincoln Argues His First Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court Abraham Lincoln U.S. Supreme Court Historic Firsts Lincoln Papers
1850 Daniel Webster's Landmark Speech Urges Slavery Compromise Daniel Webster Congress Slavery New York Times
In Ohio, Urbana University Is Founded Urbana, Ohio Education Urbana University Ohio Historical Society
1857 Baseball Rules That 9 Innings Constitute an Official Baseball Game, Not 9 Runs Baseball Baseball Library
1859 U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney Overrules the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Upholding the Federal Fugitive Slave Law Wisconsin U.S  Supreme Court Slavery Fugitive Slave Law Wisconsin Historical Society
1860 Presidential Candidate Abraham Lincoln Campaigns in Meriden, Connecticut Meriden, Connecticut Abraham Lincoln Politics Meriden, Connecticut Lincoln Papers
1861 President Lincoln Addresses the Foreign Diplomatic Corps Abraham Lincoln The American Presidency Lincoln Papers
Georgia's Secession Convention Reconvenes in Savannah to Adopt New State Constitution Georgia The American Civil War University of Georgia
1862 Union Forces Defeat the Confederates at Pea Ridge, Arkansas Arkansas Battle of Pea Ridge History Channel
President Lincoln and General McClellan Discuss Strategy for Capture of Richmond, Virginia Richmond, Virginia George McClellan Abraham Lincoln The American Civil War Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Discusses the Appointment of a Commissioner for Hawaii Hawaii Abraham Lincoln The American Presidency Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Transmits to Congress an Indian Treaty Signed in Paola, Kansas Paola, Kansas Abraham Lincoln Native American Heritage Historic Documents Lincoln Papers
1864 President Lincoln Establishes the Starting Point of Union Pacific Railroad on Iowa's Western Boundary Iowa Abraham Lincoln Railroad Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Attends Edwin Booth's Performance in "The Fool's Revenge" at Grover's Theatre Abraham Lincoln Stage and Theater Lincoln Papers
1865 President Lincoln Sends a Congressional Resolution of Gratitude to General Grant U.S. Congress Abraham Lincoln Ulysses S. Grant Lincoln Papers
1866 Georgia's General Assembly Appoints a Committee to Develop a Common School System Georgia Department of Education Education University of Georgia
U. S. Congress Approves the Transfer of Berkeley and Jefferson Counties from Virginia to West Virginia Virginia West Virginia Berkeley County, West Virginia Almanac Jefferson County, West Virginia Almanac West Virginia Almanac
1876 Alexander Graham Bell Receives Patent #174,465 for the Telephone Alexander Graham Bell Trademarks and Patents Telephone PBS Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1877 First Train Runs on the Seattle & Walla Walla Railroad Line from Seattle to Renton, Washington Washington Railroad Historic Firsts History Link
1882 The Minnesota State Butter and Cheese Association Is Organized in Rochester Rochester, Minnesota Farming and Agriculture Cheese Minnesotsa Historical Society
1883 Seattle, Washington's First Telephone System Begins Operation with 90 Subscribers Seattle, Washington Telephone Historic Firsts History Link
1885 Kansas Closes Border to Texas Cattle Drives from Mar 1 - Dec 1 Kansas Texas Westward Expansion History Channel
1888 The First Electric Trolley in Wilmington, Delaware Makes Its First Run Wilmington, Delaware Transportation Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1889 Arkansas Accepts Federal Funding for Establishment of Agricultural Experiment Stations Arkansas U.S. Government Farming and Agriculture Economics Arkansas History Commission
1896 Gilbert & Sullivan's Last Operetta, "The Grand Duke," Opens at London's Savoy Theater London Stage & Theater Opera MIT American Public Media
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1901 The Texas Legislature Proclaims the Bluebonnet the State Flower Texas State Flower Botany Texas State Historical Association
1902 Boers Capture a British General and 600 Troops at Battle of Tweebosch South Africa Boer Wars South African History
1909 California Celebrates the State's First Arbor Day in Commemoration of the Birth Date of Horticulturalist Luther Burbank California Luther Burbank Arbor Day Historic Firsts Learn Califronia
1911 Seattle Voters Approve Purchase of Rainier Valley Interurban Seattle, Washington Railroads Economics History Link
1912 Roald Amundsen Cables His Party Reached the South Pole in December Roald Amundsen Antarctica
1914 Ring Lardner Publishes His First Story "A Busher's Letters Home," in the Saturday Evening Post Ring Lardner Journalism Baseball Historic Firsts American Collection
1916 Two German Manufacturers Merge to Form What Will Be BMW Germany Businesses & Corporations BMW
1918 Germany and White Finns Sign Treaty Guaranteeing German Assistance in the Finnish Civil War. Finland Germany League of Nations Archive
1923 Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods..." First Published in The New Republic Robert Frost Poetry Historic Firsts The New Republic Writer's Almanac
1926 First Successful Transatlantic Radio Telephone Call Placed between New York City and London London New York City Radio History of Technology Historic Firsts New York Times
1927 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 3,020 in Tango, Japan Tango, Japan Earthquakes Death USGS
1929 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Fox Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
Earthquake Kills 1 in El Paso, Texas El Paso, Texas Earthquakes Death Texas State Historical Association
1932 Communist Party March Against the Ford Motor Company Turns Violent Detroit Ford Motor Labor History Channel State of Michigan
1935 Malcolm Campbell Sets a World Speed Record of 276 mph at Daytona Beach, Florida Daytona, Florida Auto Racing Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1936 Hitler Sends Troops into the Rhineland Violating Treaty of Versailles Nazi Germany Hitler Treaty of Versailles European History History Channel
1939 Guy Lombardo & Royal Canadians First Record "Auld Lang Syne" Popular Music WAMU
1941 50,000 British Troops Land in Greece Greece Britain World War II History Channel
1942 Japanese Forces Capture Rangoon, Burma Rangoon, Burma Japan World War II Asian History
Port of Seattle Agrees to Build New Regional Airport Seattle, Washington Shipping Economics History Link
1945 U.S. 9th Armored Division Crosses the Rhine at Remagen Nazi Germany United States World War II New York Times
U.S. Forces Complete the Capture of the First Major German City, Cologne Germany World War II University of Illinois
German V2 Rocket Lands in Greenwich, England, Injuring 94, Destroying 20 Homes Greenwich, England World War II Greenwich Guide
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1950 Soviet Union Denies Klaus Fuchs Served As Its Spy Soviet Union Cold War History Channel
1951 In Detroit, Ezzard Charles Defeats Jersey Joe Walcott to Retain the World Heavyweight Championship Detroit, Michigan Georgia Sports Figures Ezzard Charles Jersey Joe Walcott University of Georgia
1955 Peter Pan First Broadway Play to Be Televised in Color <I>Peter Pan</I> Television Historic Firsts Museum of Broadcast Communications
1956 In Virginia, the State's Constitution Is Amended to Permit the Payment of Public Funds to Private, Segregated Schools Virginia Education Education Racism Laws African-American Heritage Virginia Historical Society
1958 Ground Is Broken for the Globe of the Great Southwest Texas Stage and Theater William Shaekspeare Globe of the Great Southwest Texas State Historical Association
1959 Bells Are Ringing Closes in New York (924 performances) Musical Theater Stage & Theater Internet Broadway Database
1960 William Faulkner's Play "Tomorrow" Is Broadcast by CBS-TV William Faulkner American Authors CBS Internet Movie Database American Collection
1962 NASA Launches First Orbiting Solar Observatory (OSO-1) Space Exploration The Sun NASA
1964 At a Roman Parish Church, Pope Paul VI Celebrates Mass in Italian Instead of Latin Rome, Italy Catholicism Religion Historic Firsts Concordia
1965 Civil Rights Marchers Are Attacked on the Edmund Pettis Bridge Outside of Selma, Alabama March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Heritage Alabama State Archives
1966 U.S. Conducts 20kT Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons The Cold War Geoscience Australia
6.75 Magnitude Earthquake Causes Considerable Damage in Northeastern China China Earthquakes USGS
1969 Golda Meir Has Been Elected the First Female Prime Minister of Israel Israeli Political and Social Leaders Golda Meir Women Elections Historic Firsts BBC
50,000 Soviets Protest at the Chinese Embassy in Moscow Soviet Union China Cold War Chinese Embassy, Moscow Asian History
USSR Conducts 20-150kT Underground Nuclear Test in Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Nuclear Weapons The Cold War Geoscience Australia
1971 Egypt Refuses to Renew Suez Cease Fire Suez Canal World History TV News Archive
1973 Sheikh Mujib Rahman Wins Landslide Victory in Bangladesh's First General Elections Bangladesh Elections Historic Firsts History Channel
1974 Duke University Anthropologists Locate the U.S. Civil War Ship, Monitor North Carolina American Civil War Naval History TV Archive
1975 Senate Revises Votes Needed to Stop Filibuster (2/3 to 60) U.S. Senate New York Times
U.S. Conducts 20-200kT Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons The Cold War Geoscience Australia
1977 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin Meets President Carter Israel Jimmy Carter Carter Presidential Library
1979 "Georgia on my Mind" Is Adopted as the Official State Song by the State's General Assembly Georgia State Song Music University of Georgia
1982 The Salvador Dali Museum Opens in St. Petersburg, Florida Salvador Dali St. Petersburg, Florida Salvador Dali Museum Florida Historical Society
1988 In Alaska, Vern Tejas of Anchorage Completes the First Solo Ascent of Mt. McKinley Alaska U.S. Mountains Mountain Climbing Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
Honda Ships the First American-built Japanese Cars from Its Ohio Plant to Japan Japan Ohio Business Honda Asian History
1989 Chinese Police Open Fire on Tibetan Demonstrators in Lhasa, Killing 12 Tibet China Human Rights/Civil Rights Death Asian History
1991 Federal Judge Blocks Timber Sales in National Forests to Protect the Northern Spotted Owl Washington Endangered Species Law Business History Link
1994 David Kpomakpor Is Appointed Head of Liberia's National Transitional Government Liberia PBS
U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Parodies Do Not Violate Copyright U.S. Supreme Court Law and Legal Resources Copyright Writer's Almanac Oyez
1995 New York Is 38th State to Adopt the Death Penalty New York Crime Capital Punishment State of New York
1996 Hubble Telescope Provides First Surface Photos of Pluto Hubble Telescope Photography Pluto Space Telescope Science Institute
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2010 Kathryn Bigelow Is the First Woman to Receive the Academy Award for Best Director ("The Hurt Locker") Kathryn Bigelow American Women in Performing Arts Filmmakers Academy Awards Historic Firsts NPR