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5-Minute Quests

1. Who was unanimously confirmed to be the U.S. Attorney General on this date in 1993? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What women's college was established on this date in 1850 by the Pennsylvania legislature? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Princeton University, what first did Mae Jemison achieve with NASA? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Wanda Gág (according the Minnesota Historical Society selected works): NAPPY DAN SNIP SPY

1. What is the name of the Lorraine Hansberry play that premiered on this date in 1959? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the University of Minnesota, at which school of art did Wanda Gág study for three years? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to PBS, Wilma Rudolph was the first American woman to achieve what feat in a single Olympics? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Lorraine Hansberry (according to the Authors' Calendar): SCAN BELLS
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1. According to Bowling Green State University, what was the stage name of Dorothy Gish's friend, Gladys Smith?

2. According to the biography at her U.S. Senate web page, what are the names of Hillary Rodham Clinton's parents?

3. According to the University of Michigan, for what progressive Black newspaper did Lorraine Hansberry work?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1920 Dorothy Gish film (according to the Internet Movie Database): FIG TAN PLY
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Wanda Gág
Wanda Gág
Born on This Date 1893

[Minneapolis Public Library]

Children's Author/IllustratorAmerican Artists

Lillian Gilbreth
Lillian Gilbreth

[Purdue University]


Dorothy Gish
Dorothy Gish
Born on This Date 1898

[Silent Ladies]


Hillary Rodham Clinton

[Barnes & Noble]

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Wilma Rudolph
Wilma Rudolph

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: A Cloudy Cold windey day, Some Snow in the latter part of the day, we deturmin to have two other Perogues made for us to transport our Provisions &c.

We have every reason to believe that our Menetarre interpeter, (whome we intended to take with his wife, as an interpeter through his wife to the Snake Indians of which nation She is) has been Corupted by the Companeys &c Some explenation has taken place which Clearly proves to us the fact, we give him to night to reflect and deturmin whether or not he intends to go with us under the regulations Stated

[The captains may have assumed that the Hudson's Bay and North West companies wished to sabotage their expedition in the interests of securing the Indian trade to themselves. To this they attributed Charbonneau's decision to quit. Larocque and McKenzie make no reference to such maneuvers, and Larocque gives the impression that he and Bunch (or Budge), the Hudson's Bay man, were far more interested in competing with each other than in forestalling the Americans. It is hard to say whether the captains' suspicions were more than mere Anglophobia.]

Ordway: clear Moderate weather.

The head chief of the Water Souix Stayed in the Fort last night. one of the perogue party who came in last night returned with provisions this morning. had orders for two more perogues to be made

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Early this morning Sergt. Pryor arrived with a Small Canoe loaded with fish which he had obtained from the Cath-lah-mah's for a very Small part of the articles he had taken with him. the wind had prevented his going to the fishery on the opposit Side of the river above the Waukie-cum's, and also as we had suspected, prevented his return as early as he otherwise would have been back. The dogs of the Cathlahmah's had bitten the throng assunder which confined his canoe and she had gorn adrift. he borrowed a Canoe from the Indians in which he has returned. he found his canoe on the way and Secured her, untill we return the Indians their Canoe—Sent Sergt. Gass and a party in Serch of one of our Canoes which was reported to have been lost from a hunting party of Shields R. Field & Frazier when they were last out on the opposit Side of the Netul. they returned and reported that they Could not find the Canoe which had broken the Cord with which it was attached, and was caried off by the tide. Drewyer Jo. Field & Frazier Set out by light this morning to pass the bay in order to hunt as they had been directed last evening. we once more live in Clover; Anchovies fresh Sturgeon and Wappatoe. the latter Sergt. Pryor had also procured a fiew and brought with him. The Deer of this Coust differ from the Common Deer, fallow Deer or Mule Deer as has beformentioned.
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1810 Emperor Napoleon of France Is Married by Proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria Austrian Poliitcal and Social Leaders French Poliitcal and Social Leaders Napoleon New York Times
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1938 Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg Resigns in Response to an Ultimatum Issued by German Chancellor Adolf Hitler Nazi Germany Austria League of Nations
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1964 The International Labour Organisation Suspends South Africa for Its System of Racial Discrimination and Labour Practices South Africa Apartheid Labor South African History
1965 A Grand Jury Indicts Talmadge Hayer, Norman 3X Butler, and Thomas 15X Johnson for the Murder of Malcolm X Malcolm X Law and Legal Resources Famous African Americans New York Public Library
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1990 A Free Parliament Declares Lithuania to be a Sovereign State Lithuania Fall of Soviet Communism Government of Lithuania
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