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1. In what year was the first Barbie Doll displayed at the New York Toy Fair on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. In what state was children's author/illustrator Margot Apple born? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Children's Literature Network, what was Alexandria LaFaye's motivation for writing? (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/illustrator born on this date:

1. Who was sworn in as the first female U.S. Surgeon General on this date in 1990? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Horatio Alger Association, who took Carol Burnett to Hollywood when Carol was seven-years-old? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame, Margaret Murray Washington was the first president of what organization? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book by Alexandria LaFaye (according to the books section of her official web site):
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1. According to the Office of the Surgeon General, in what city and state did Antonia Novello have her private practice from 1976-1978?

2. According to McCoy Rigby Entertainment, Cathy Rigby was a member of which two U.S. Olympic teams?

3. According to the Authors' Calendar, what is the best known poem written by Vita Sackville-West?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Keri Hulme (according to Authors' Calendar):
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Alexandria LaFaye
Alexandria LaFaye
Born on This Date 1970

[Official Web Site]

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Antonia Novello
[Rensselaer Polytechnic]

Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett

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Margaret Murray Washington
Margaret Murray Washington
Born on This Date 1861

[African American Registry]

Booker T. Washington

Cathy Rigby
Cathy Rigby

[Kepler Associates]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a Cloudy Cold and windey morning wind from the North—

walked up to See the Party that is makeing Perogues, about 5 miles above this, the wind hard and Cold on my way up I met The Main Chief of the Manitarres** with four Indians See us, I requested him to proceed on to the fort where he would find Capt. Lewis I should be there my Self in corse of a fiew hours, Sent the interpeter back with him and proceeded on my Self to the Canoes

found them nearly finished, the timber verry bad, after visiting all the perogues where I found a number of Indans I
wind to the upper mandan Village & Smoked a pipe the greatest mark of friendship and attention with the Chief and returned

on my return found the Manitarree Chief** about Setting out on his return to his village, having recieved of Captain M. Lewis a medel Gorget [Originally a piece of armor to protect the throat, by the eighteenth century the gorget had become a purely ornamental plate hung around the neck to symbolize officer status. It was also used as merchandise in the Indian trade and as a gift to chiefs.] & Some Cloths & a flag &c. &c. &c. for which he was much pleased Those Things were given in place of Sundery articles Sent to him which he Sais he did not receive 2 guns were fired for this Great man

[**Le Borgne, or One Eye, was easily the most notorious chief—among whites—on the upper Missouri at this period. He had a formidable, and largely bad, reputation. Traders' and travelers' accounts agree in describing him as ugly, brutal, lecherous, bad-tempered, and homicidal, while generally acknowledging his leadership ability and prowess in war. Alexander Henry the Younger seems one of the few to have given a positive evaluation of him. He was less than cordial to Lewis and Clark but was far more favorable toward the British traders, being particularly helpful to Franois-Antoine Larocque, when the rest of the tribe opposed the trader's proposed trip to the Yellowstone in 1805. When he chose to accept someone as his guest, he protected that person with all the force of his character and reputation. The Hidatsas finally threw him out of power in 1813, after which he withdrew and established a separate village of only a few lodges. Some time later he was reportedly killed by another Hidatsa chief, Red Shield.]

Ordway: the wind high from the N. W. cold. Capt. Clark went up to the perogue party for to See the perogues. a nomber of the Savages called the Big Belleys [Hidatsa or Gross Ventre Indians] , chiefs came to the Fort to See the Commanding officers

Lewis & Clark Map: 10/14/04
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: This morning the men Set out at day light to go in quest of the Elk which Collins had killed, they returned at 11 A. M

Bratten complains of his backs being very painfull to him to day. we Still apply the linnement & flannel; in the evening he was much better.

Jos: Field & Drewyer returned not haveing found any Elk.

Sergt. Pryor and the fishing party not yet returned, Suppose they are detained by the winds.

we are visited by 3 Clatsop men who brought a Dog, Some fish and a Sea otter Skin for Sale. we Suffered them to remain all night. we Set Shields at work to make Some Sacks of Elk Skin to contain my papers, and various articles which we wish kept Dry.

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1932 China's Last Emperor Is Installed as Regent of the Japanese Puppet State of Manchukuo China Japan History Channel Asian History
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1966 Andrew Brimmer Becomes the First African-American Member of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board Louisiana Business Leaders Business African-American Business Leaders Historic Firsts Federal Reserve Board
1967 Svetlana Stalin, Daughter of the Soviet Dictator, Requests Asylum at the US Embassy in India India Josef Stalin Cold WAr BBC
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1974 Japanese Lt. Onoda Hirô Surrenders in the Philippines, 29 Years after the End of World War II Japan The Philippines World War II Asian History
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1977 Hanafi Muslims Take 130 Hostages in Washington D.C., Kill One Washington, D.C. Islam Terrorism Death New York Times
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