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5-Minute Quests

1. On this date in 1866, which state passed a law that would allow wives to maintain separate bank accounts from their husbands? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What was the title of the movie released on this date in 1938? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to her official website, in what gymnastics event did Shannon Miller win an individual gold medal in the 1996 Olympics? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a political or social leader born on this date. PICK ELM BALM

1. Who was convicted of treason on this date in 1949? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Central State University, at what institution did Hallie Quinn Brown serve as Dean of Women? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Jewish Virtual Library, what was the name of the settlement founded by Lillian Wald? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a magazine with which Clare Boothe Luce was associated (according to PBS): FIT VAIN RAY
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1. According to ClassicScifi, what degree did Sharon Stone earn from Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania?

2. According to the New York Times, what state did Clare Boothe Luce represent in the U.S. Congress?

3. Bette Davis won an Oscar for the movie Jezebel, released on this date in 1938. According to the History Channel. for what movie did Bette Davis win an Oscar in 1935?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Hallie Quinn Brown (according to the University of Minnesota): TY SOLD FEATHER MALT
National Women's History Month
Separation Bar

Clare Boothe Luce
Born on This Date 1903

[Clare Booth Luce
Policy Institute]


Lillian Wald
Born on This Date 1867

[American Nurses Association]

Healthcare Professionals

Sharon Stone
Born on This Date 1958

American Women Performing Artists

Hallie Quinn Brown
Born on This Date 1850

[Central State University]


Shannon Miller
Born on This Date 1977

[Official Website]

Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast

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1920 Jack Kent (Iowa-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Jack Kent Primary Authors American Artists
1948 Ilene Cooper (Chicago-born Children's Author) Chicago Authors and Illustrators Young-adult Authors
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1772 Friedrich von Schlegel (German Author) Friedrich von Schlegel
1858 Henry W. Fowler (English Author of the Dictionary of Modern English Usage) English Authors and Illustrators Dictionaries Writer's Almanac
1903 Clare Boothe Luce (New York City-born Playwright, Diplomat) Clare Boothe Luce American Authors Journalism Plays Politics
1920 Boris Vian (French Playwright) Boris Vian Plays Jazz
1934 John Rechy (Texas-born Novelist) Texas Authors and Illustrators Writer's Almanac
1940 David Rabe (Iowa-born Playwright) David Rabe Plays Filmmakers
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1839 Dudley Buck (Connecticut-born Composer) Connecticut Composers American Composers
1903 Bix Beiderbecke (Iowa-born Composer, Jazz Cornetist) Bix Beiderbecke Jazz
Explorers, Pioneers, Aviators and Astronauts
1961 Laurel Blair Salton Clark (Iowa-born Astronaut Aboard the Columbia Disaster) Iowa Aviators and Explorers Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster Technology and Society
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1762 Jeremias Benjamin Richter (German Chemist) Jeremias Benjamin Richter Law of Definite Proportions
1858 Marshall B. Lloyd (Minnesota-born Inventor, Businessman) Minnesota Scientists and Inventors Business Inventors and Inventions
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1928 James Earl Ray (Illinois-born Assassin of Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr.) James Earl Ray The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Crime Law and Legal Resources
1957 Osama bin Laden (Saudi Arabian Terrorist) Osama bin Laden Destruction of the New York City World Trade Center War on Terrorism
Political and Social Leaders
1850 Hallie Quinn Brown Pennsylvania-born African-American Educator, Lecturer, Writer) Hallie Quinn Brown Educators of Note Women's Rights African American Poliitical and Social Leaders
1867 Lillian Wald (Ohio-born Nurse, Anti-War Activist) Lillian Wald Medicine World War I
1909 LeRoy Collins (33rd Governor of Florida ) Florida Political & Social Leaders Politics
1947 Kim Campbell (First Female Prime Minister of Canada) Canadian Political & Social Leaders
1964 Prince Edward of England English History British Royalty British Royal Website
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1920 Kenneth Burns (Georgia-born Musician; Jethro of "Homer and Jethro") Georgia Performing Artists Country Musicians University of Georgia
1940 Chuck Norris (Oklahoma-born Actor) Oklahoma Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database
1958 Sharon Stone (Pennsylvania-born Actress) Sharon Stone Actors Film
1964 Jasmine Guy (Massachusetts-born African-American Actress) Massachusetts Performing Artists Actors Television African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1966 Edie Brickell (Texas-born Singer, Songwriter) Texas Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
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1977 Shannon Miller (Missouri-born Gymnast; Olympic Gold Medalist) Shannon Miller Gymnastics The Olympic Games
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1792 John Stuart (Earl of Bute, Advisor to King George III of England) English Political and Social Leaders King George III American Revolution The History Channel
1861 Taras Shevchenko (Poet Laureate of Ukraine) Taras Shevchenko Poetry
1865 William H.C. Whiting (Mississippi-born Confederate General; Died in Federal Prison) William H.C. Whiting American Civil War The History Channel
1890 Juliet Opie Hopkins (Virginia-born Superintendent of Confederate Civil War Hospitals) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Medical Professionals American Civil War Alabama Archive
1913 Harriet Tubman (Maryland-born African-American Conductor on the Underground Railroad) Harriet Tubman The Underground Railroad Famous African Americans
1921 Francis Upton (Massachusetts-born Mathematician, Inventor) Francis Upton Thomas Edison The Light Bulb
1948 Jan Masaryk (Czechoslovakian Foreign Minister) Jan Masaryk The Cold War The History Channel
Zelda Fitzgerald (Alabama-born Wife of American Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald) Alabama F. Scott Fitzgerald American Authors American Collection
1953 Alexander Groesbeck (3-time Governor of Michigan) Michigan Political and Social Leaders Politics State of  Michigan
1985 Konstantin U. Chernenko (Russian-born Leader of the Soviet Union) Konstantin U. Chernenko The Cold War
1988 Andy Gibb (Popular English Musician; Member of "The BGs") English Performing Artists Popular Musicians The History Channel
1991 Etheridge Knight (Mississippi-born African-American Poet) Etheridge Knight Poetry African-American Authors and Illustrators
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1302 Italian Poet, Dante Alighieri, Is Sentenced to be Burned to Death - a Fate He Avoids by Accepting Life Exile Dante Alighieri Poetry Catholic Encyclopedia Concordia
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1496 Columbus Ends Second Visit West, Setting Sail from Hispaniola for Spain Christopher Columbus Dominican Republic Haiti Spain World History New York Times
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1521 Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, Orders the Writings of Martin Luther to be Burned Catholicism Martin Luther Concordia
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1628 Virginia's First General Assembly Authorized by the King Convenes in Jamestown Virginia Government Jamestown, Virginia Historic Firsts Virginia Historical Society
1629 King Charles I Dissolves British Parliament, Not to Be Called Back for 11 Years British History British Monarchy New York Times
1681 William Penn, Receives a Charter from Charles II Making Him Sole Proprietor of What Will Be Pennsylvania William Penn Pennsylvania Colonial Pennsylvania British Monarchy Concordia
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1734 Salzburgers (Persecuted Protestants from Salzburg) Reach Georgia's Savannah River Salzburg, Austria Savannah, Georgia Religion University of Georgia
1748 British Slave Ship Captain, John Newton, Is Converted to Christianity - Will Write "Amazing Grace" British Political and Social Leaders Slavery Religion Music Concordia
1785 Thomas Jefferson Appointed Minister to France, Succeeding Benjamin Franklin France U.S. Government Thomas Jefferson Benjamin Franklin New York Times
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1804 The Upper Louisiana Territory Is Formally Transferred from France to the United States in a Ceremony in St. Louis France Louisiana Purchase Minnesota Historical Society
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

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

a Cold winday Day. we are visited by the Black mockersons, Chief of the 2d Manetarre Village and the Chief of the Shoeman Village those Chiefs Stayed all day and the latter all night and gave us many Strang accounts of his nation &c this Little tribe or band of Menitaraies Call themselves Ah-nah-hâ-way or people whose village is on the hill. nation formerleyed lived about 30 miles below this but beeing oppressed by the Assinniboins & Sous were Compelled to move 5 miles near the Minitaries, where, the Assinniboins Killed the most of them

those remaining built a village verry near to the Minitarries at the mouth of Knife R where they now live and Can raise about 50 men, they are intermixed with the Mandans & Minatariers— the Mandans formerly lived in 6 large villages at and above the mouth of Chischeter or Heart River five Villages on the West Side of the Missouri & two on the East one of those Villages on the East Side of the Missouri & the largest was intirely Cut off by the Sioux & the greater part of the others and the Small Pox reduced the others.

Ordway: a nomber of the Grossvantares called the bigbelleys Stayed with us all last night. Capt. Lewis Gave a chief
a Meddel, and Some Small Presents. The day clear and cold high winds.—

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: about 1 P. M. it became fair and we Sent out two parties of hunters on this Side of the Netul, one above and the other below, we also derected a party to Set out early in the morning and pass Meriwethers Bay and hunt beyond the Kilhow anak kle. from the last we have considerable hope, as we have as yet hunted but little in that quarter.

it blew hard all day, in the evening the Indians departed. The Hunters, who were over the netul the other day informed us that they measured a 2d tree of the fir Speces (No. 1) as high as a man Could reach, was 39 feet in the girth; it tapered but very little for about 200 feet without any Considerable limbs, and that it was a very lofty above the Commencement of the limbs. from the appearance of other Species of fir, and their account of this tree, I think it might safely estimated at 300 feet. it had every appearance of being perfectly Sound in every part—.

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1845 The Florida Legislature Creates Levy County, Florida as the State's 26th County Levy County, Florida Levy County, Florida Florida Historical Society
1846 Edward Baker Lincoln, Second Child, is Born to Abraham and Mary Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois Springfield, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Papers
1848 U.S. Senate Ratifies Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Ending War with Mexico Mexico U.S. Congress Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Lincoln Papers
1849 Abraham Lincoln Submits a Patent Application for an Improved Method of Lifted Vessels Over Shoals Abraham Lincoln Patents and Trademarks Boats and Boating Lincoln Papers
1854 In Wisconsin, Abolitionists Rescue Missouri Slave, Joshua Glover, From the Milwaukee Jail and Safely Transport Him to Canada Canada Milwaukee, Wisconsin Missouri Abolition Underground Railroad University of Wisconsin Library Wisconsin Historical Society
1860 Presidential Candidate Abraham Lincoln Campaigns in Bridgeport, Connecticut Bridgeport, Connecticut Abraham Lincoln Politics Bridgeport, Connecticut Lincoln Papers
1862 President Lincoln and His Staff Focus on Review of Prior Day's Battle of the Monitor and. Merrimac Virginia Abraham Lincoln Monitor v. Merrimac Naval History Lincoln Papers
Confederate Troops Evacuate St. Augustine, Florida - Union Attack is Considered Imminent St. Augustine, Florida American Civil War St. Augustine, Florida Florida Historical Society
In Santa Fe, New Mexico, Confederate Troops Occupy the Palace of the Governors, Raising the Confederate Flag over the Palace Santa Fe, New Mexico American Civil War New Mexico Magazine
1863 President Lincoln, Cabinet Members and Senators Discuss Sending Troops to Protect Arizona Arizona Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Proclaims Amnesty to Soldiers Absent without Leave Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
A Federal Force, Primarily of African-American Troops, Reoccupies Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville, Florida American Civil War African-American Military Figures Jacksonville, Florida Florida Historical Society
U.S.S. Gem of the Sea Captures the Sloop Petee at Florida's Indian River Inlet Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
The All-African-American 54th Infantry of Massachusetts Is Created Massachusetts The American Civil War African-American History The African American Registry
England's Prince Albert Edward Marries Princess Alexandra of Denmark Denmark Great Britain British Royalty
1864 President Lincoln Promotes Ulysses S. Grant to Commander of the Union Armies Abraham Lincoln Ulysses S. Grant The American Civil War Lincoln Papers The History Channel
Federal Forces Occupy Palatka, Florida Palatka, Florida American Civil War Palatka, Florida Florida Historical Society
President and Mrs. Lincoln Attend Grover's Theatre to See Edwin Booth in "Richard III" Abraham Lincoln Richard III Stage and Theater Lincoln Papers
In Oregon, the Willamette Valley and Cascade Mountain Wagon Road Is Incorporated as a Toll Road" Oregon Business Transportation Business
Montana Vigilantes Hang Jack Slade Montana Crime Notorious Americans The History Channel
1866 Georgia Law Allows Wives to Maintain Separate Bank Accounts (Less Than $2,000) from Their Husbands Georgia Government Law and Legal Resources Women University of Georgia
1876 Bell Makes the First Phone Call: "Mr. Watson -- come here -- I want to see you." Alexander Graham Bell Inventors and Inventions The Telephone Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1880 Eight Salvation Army Emissaries Land in New York City to Begin U.S. Mission" New York City The Salvation Army Concordia
1884 Henry Adams' Novel, Esther, Is Published Henry Adams American Authors American Collection
1890 John Sealy Training School for Nurses Opens in Galveston, the First Nursing School in Texas Galveston, Texas Medical Professions Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1893 Ivory Coast and French Guinea Are Made Colonial Members of French Federation of West Africa France Equatorial Guinea Ivory Coast Florida State University (pdf) Florida State University (pdf)
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1902 Thomas Edison Loses Lawsuit Claiming He Invented the Movie Camera Thomas Edison Inventors and Inventions Film Law and Legal Resources Library of Congress
U.S. Government Files Anti-trust Suit Against Northern Securities Company President Theodore Roosevelt Anti-trust Law The History Channel
1905 Japan Captures Northeastern Chinese City of Mukden (Shenyang) During Russo-Japanese War China Japan Russo Japanese War Asian History
1912 General Yuan Shikai Replaces Sun Yatsen as Provisional President of the Republic of China Chinese Political and Social Leaders Asian History
1913 African-American North Pole Explorer, Matthew Henson, Joins the U.S. Customs Service Matthew Henson African-American Explorers U.S. Treasury
1915 Battle of Neuve-Chapelle Begins World War I Brigham Young University
1917 Turkish Troops Begin Evacuation of Baghdad Turkey Iraq World War II The History Channel
1918 Warner Brothers Releases Its First Film, Four Years in Germany Film Business The Internet Movie Database
1920 West Virginia Ratifies 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Giving Women the Right to Vote West Virginia Government 19th Amendment Women Voting Rights West Virginia Archives
1922 India's British Governors Arrest Mahatma Gandhi for Sedition Mohandas Gandhi Great Britain Law and Legal Resources Asian History
Striking South African Mine Workers Turn Violent, Attacking Post Offices and Power Stations South Africa Labor Actions South African History
F. Scott Fitzgerald Publishes "The Hill," in the Mississippian F. Scott Fitzgerald American Authors American Collection
1929 Hearts in Dixie, First African-American Film, Premieres Film African-American History Historic Firsts Internet Movie Database
1937 Thomas Wolfe's Story "I Have a Thing to Tell You" Is Published in The New Republic Thomas Wolfe American Authors The New Republic American Collection
1938 For First Time Academy Award Winners are Kept Secret Until the Ceremony Film The Academy Awards The History Channel
Jezebel Is Released: The Movie That Won Bette Davis an Oscar Bette Davis Jezebel Academy Awards The Internet Movie Database
1940 Britain's Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain Rejects U.S. Peace Proposal Neville Chamberlain World War II The History Channel
1945 300 U.S. B-29 Bombers Firestorm Tokyo, Killing Tens of Thousands Japan Aviation History World War II Death Asian History The History Channel
1948 Herbert Henry Hoover Is the First Civilian Pilot to Exceed the Speed of Sound Tennessee Pioneers and Aviators Aviation History Sound Historic Firsts NASA
Body of Czechoslovakia's Anti-Communist Foreign Minister, Jan Masaryk, Is Found in Prague Jan Masaryk The Cold War The History Channel
Itasca County, Minnesota Reports a Temperature of -44° F Itasca County, Minnesota Temperature Minnesota History Society
1949 Nazi Broadcaster Mildred E. Gillars, ''Axis Sally,'' Is Convicted of Treason Germany Axis Sally Propaganda World War II New York Times
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1952 General Fulgencio Batista Overthrows the President of Cuba, Carlos Prěo Socarrás Cuban Political and Social Leaders ThinkQuest
1956 Riots Break Out in Cyprus after British Authorities Deport the Head of Island's Greek Orthodox Church Cyprus Political and Social Leaders Great Britain BBC
1959 The Alaska House of Representatives Votes to Give the Governor of the New State a Salary of $25,000 a Year Alaska Government Economics Law Alaska Historical Society
Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth Premieres at New York's Martin Beck Theatre New York City Tennessee Williams Plays The Internet Broadway Database
1964 The First Ford Mustang Is Produced Ford Motor Company The History Channel
1965 Neil Simon's Play ''The Odd Couple'' Opens on Broadway New York City Plays The Internet Broadway Database
1966 Protests Mar Wedding of Dutch Princess Beatrix to German Claus von Amsberg Dutch Political and Social Leaders Germany Dutch Royal Family
1969 James Earl Ray Waives Trial, Pleads Guilty to Murder of Martin Luther King Jr. The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Crime Law and Legal Resources BBC The History Channel
1970 U.S. Army Presses Charges Against Five for 1968 My Lai Massacre My Lai Massacre War Crimes The History Channel
1972 First National Black Political Convention Is Held in Gary, Indiana Gary, Indiana Politics African-American History The African American Registry
Cambodian Premier Lon Nol, Recovering from Stroke, Retakes Control of Government Cambodian Political and Social Leaders TV News Archive
1973 British Governor of Bermuda Assassinated on the Grounds of Government House Bermuda Government BBC
1974 Revival of the Musical Candide Opens on Broadway Dante Alighieri New York City Stage & Theater Internet Broadway Database
1977 Uranus' Rings Discovered from Observations Made Aboard a Modified C-141 Jet Uranus Aviation History Smithsonian Institution
1982 All Nine Planets Align within 98 Degrees on Same Side of the Sun The Solar System Astronomy ABC Radio National Television News Archive
1984 Miami, Florida Erupts in Riots When Jury Acquits Hispanic Policeman of Slaying of an African-American. Miami, Florida Hispanic Heritage African-American Heritage Miami, Florida Florida Historical Society
1988 England's Prince Charles Narrowly Avoids Death in Swiss Avalanche Switzerland English Political and Social Leaders Prince Charles Snow Death BBC
1989 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake in Malawi Leaves 9 Dead, 100 Injured, 50,000 Homeless Malawi Earthquake Death USGS
1990 Iraqi Court Condemns British Journalist, Farzad Bazoft, to Death for Espionage Iraq Great Britain Law and Legal Resources BBC
Haitian President Prosper Avril Resigns 18 Months after Seizing Power in a Coup Haitian Political and Social Leaders TV News Archive
1993 Pensacola, Florida's Dr. David Gunn Is First Medical Professional to be Assassinated by Anti-Abortion Terrorists Pensacola, Florida Abortion Terrorism Death Intellihealth
Historic Events that have Occurred on this Date from 2000 to present
2005 Hong Kong Leader, Tung Chee-hwa, Resigns Hong Kong CNN
2006 NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Goes into Orbit Around Mars Space Exploration Mars NASA CNN