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5-Minute Quests

1. What is the name of the children's author born on this date in 1952? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What organization held its first meeting on this date in 1912? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Girl Scouts of the USA, by what nickname was Julliette Low known to her friends and family? (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 Virginia Hamilton (according to Houghton Mifflin): EIGHTH GARNET


1. On this date in 1993, who was sworn in as the sworn in as the first female U.S. Attorney General? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the University of Minnesota, how old was Naomi Shahib Nye when she published her first poem? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the African American Registry, what were the two activities that Virginia Hamilton participated in during high school? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a poem written by Naomi Shahib Nye (according to the Academy of American Poets): SIGMA FAN KIT

(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Nobel Foundation, which high school did Barbara McClintock attend in Brooklyn, New York?

2. According to Artcyclopedia, what was artist Elaine de Kooning's husband's name?

3. According to the Office of the President of the United States, how many adult volunteers participate in the Girl Scouts of the USA?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a portrait painted by Elaine de Kooning and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery (according to Artcyclopedia): RON GARBLED SHORE

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Virginia Hamilton
Born on This Date 1936

[Official Website]

Young-adult Author

Barbara McClintock
[Nobel Foundation]

1983 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology

Naomi Shihab Nye
Born on This Date 1952

[Academy of American Poets]


Juliette Low
Juliette Low

[Girl Scout Music]

Girl Scouts of America

Elaine de Kooning
Born on This Date 1918



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1925 Ann Zwinger (Indiana-born Children's Author) Indiana Authors Primary Authors Ball State University
1933 Arlene Alda (New York City-born Photographer, Children's Author) New York City Authors Primary Authors Photography BookPage Official Web Site
1936 Virginia Hamilton (Ohio-born African-American Children's Author) Virginia Hamilton Young-adult Authors African American Authors & Illustrators
Daniel Cohen (Chicago-born Children's Author) Chicago Authors Young-adult Authors University of Southern Mississippi
1952 Naomi Shihab Nye (Missouri-born Poet, Children's Author) Naomi Shihab Nye Poetry Primary Authors Young-adult Authors
1954 Jim McCafferty (Mississippi-born Children's Author) Mississippi Authors Primary Authors Mississippi Writers Project
1956 Diane Gonzales Bertrand (Texas-born Latin-American Novelist, Children's Author) Texas Authors Primary Authors Young-adult Authors Latin-American Authors & Illustrators
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Authors, Poets and Journalists
1626 John Aubrey (English Author) English Authors
1685 George Berkeley (Anglo-Irish Anglican Bishop, Philosopher, Scientist) Ireland Philosophy
1858 Adolph Simon Ochs (Ohio-born Publisher of the New York Times) Adolph Simon Ochs Journalism New York Times
1863 Gabriele D'Annunzio (Italian Novelist, Dramatist, Journalist, Political Leader) Italian Authors Journalism
1889 Philip Guedalla (English Author) English Authors
1912 Irving Layton (Romanian-born Canadian Author, Poet) Romanian Authors & Illustrators Canada Poetry
1922 Jack Kerouac (Massachusetts-born Beat Generation Novelist and Poet) Jack Kerouac Poetry
1928 Edward Albee (Washington, D.C.-born Pulitzer & Tony Award-Winning Playwright) Edward Albee Plays Pulitzer Prizes Tony Awards
1953 Carl Hiaasen (Florida-born Novelist, Columnist) Florida Authors Journalism Official Website Writer's Almanac
1963 Randall Kenan (New York City-born African-American Author) New York City Authors African American Authors & Illustrators Tanya Bickley Enterprises University of North Carolina Mississippi Writers Project
Artists, Designers and Architects
1613 Andre Le Notre (French Landscape Architect Who Designed the Gardens at the Palace of Versailles) French Artists & Drsigners Château de Versailles Greenwich Guide
1918 Elaine de Kooning (Pennsylvania-born Painter, Educator, Art Critic) Elaine de Kooning Educators of Note American Artists
Classical Composers and Performers
1710 Thomas Arne (English Composer Who Wrote Rule Britannia) English Composers Composers
1888 Hall Johnson (Georgia-born African-American Choral Director) Georgia Performing Artists Music African-American Performing Artists Internet Broadway Database University of Georgia
1890 Vaslav Nijinsky (Ukrainian Ballet Dancer) Vaslav Nijinsky Ballet
1921 Ralph Shapey (Pennsylvania-born Composer) Pennsylvania Composers American Composers
1927 Mstislav Rostropovich (Russian Composer) Russian Composers Composers
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1790 John Frederic Daniell (English Meteorologist, Inventor) English Scientists Meteorology Inventors and Inventions Center of the Study of Technlogy and Society
1824 Gustav Robert Kirchhoff (Russian Physical Chemist, Spectroscoper) Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Physics Spectroscopy Cesium Rubidium
1838 William Henry Perkin (English Chemist Who Discovered the First Artificial Dye) English Scientists Chemistry Center of the Study of Technlogy and Society
1925 Leo Esaki (Japanese Physicist: 1973 Nobel Laureate for Physics) Japanese Scientists Physics 1973 Nobel Laureate for Physics
Explorers, Pioneers and Astronauts
1923 Walter M Schirra, Jr. (New Jersey-born Astronaut) Walter Schirra Astronauts
Business Leaders
1831 Clement Studebaker (Pennsylvania-born Automotives Pioneer) Clement Studebaker Automobiles History Channel
Military Leaders
1823 William Flank Perry (Georgia-born Confederate General, Educator) Georgia Military Leaders American Civil War Education University of Georgia
1864 Charles Young (Kentucky-born African-American Military Leader, Musician, Writer) Kentucky Military Leaders Spanish American War African American Military Figures African American Registry
Philsopher, Educators, Religious Leaders
1935 David Kirk (Mississippi-born Religious Leader, Author, Civil Rights Activist) Mississippi Political and Social Leaders Catholicism American Authors Human Rights/Civil Rights Mississippi Writers Project
Political and Social Leaders
1821 John Abbott (Canadian Lawyer, Statesman, Prime Minister) Canadian Political and Social Leaders
1854 George Bullen Shaw (New York-born Member of the U.S. Congress from Wisconsin) New York Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
1877 Wilhelm Frick (German Statesman; Hitler's Minister of the Interior) German Political and Social Leaders Nazi Germany World War II
1922 Lane Kirkland (South Carolina-born Labor Leader, Rights Activist) South Carolina Political & Social Leaders Labor
1932 Andrew Young (New Orleans-born African-American Statesman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia) Andrew Young Atlanta, Georgia U.S. Civil Rights United Nations African American Political and Social Leaders
The Notorious
1832 Charles Cunningham Boycott (Ostracized English Land Agent, Namesake for the Term Boycott) Notorious English
Performing Artists
1921 Gordon MacRae (New Jersey-born Actor, Singer) New Jersey Performing Artist Popular Musicians Musical Theater Film Internet Movie Database
1931 William "Buckwheat" Thomas (Los Angeles-born African-American Actor) Los Angeles Performing Artist Actors Film African American Performong Artists Internet Movie Database
1932 Barbara Feldon (Pennsylvania-born Actress) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1940 Al Jarreau (Wisconsin-born African-American Popular Jazz Vocalist) Wisconsin Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists
1946 Liza Minnelli (Los Angeles-born Actress, Singer) Los Angeles Performing Artists Actors Film History Channel
1948 James Taylor (Massachusetts-born Popular Singer) Massachusetts Performing Artists Folk Musicians
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1864 Bobby Marshall (Minnesota-born African-American Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Minnesota Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures African American Registry
1938 Johnny Rutherford (Texas-born Auto Racer) Texas Sports Figures Auto Racing
1942 Bert Campaneris (Cuban-born Major League Baseball Executive) Cuban Sports Figures Baseball
1971 Raul Mondesi (Dominican Republic-born Major League Baseball Player) Dominican Republic Sports Figures Baseball
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565 Belisarius (Byzantine General ) War Chambers Book of Days
1898 Johann Jakob Balmer (Swiss Physical Chemist, Spectroscoper) Johann Jakob Balmer Physics Spectroscopy
1914 George Westinghouse (New York-born Inventor, Manufacturer, Founder of the Westinghouse Corporation) New York Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors Businesses & Corporations
1925 Sun Yat-sen (Chinese Revolutionary Leader) Sun Yat-sen Social Revolutions & Revolutionaries
1929 Asa Griggs Candler (Georgia-born Coca-Cola Executive, Philanthropist) Georgia Business Leaders Coca-Cola Philanthropy University of Georgia
1935 Michael Pupin (Austrian-American Inventor, Pioneer in Telephony and Telegraphy) Austrian Scientists and Mathematicians Inventors & Inventions Telegraph Telephone
1955 Charlie Parker (Kansas-born African-American Jazz Saxophonist) Charlie Jazz African American Performing Artists
1911 Lillian Masediba Ngoyi (South African Labor and Civil Rights Activist) South African Political & Social Leaders Labor Human Rights/Civil Rights South African HIstory
1985 Eugene Ormandy (Hungarian-American Symphonic Conductor) Hungary Composers
1987 Woody Hayes (Ohio-born Football Coach, Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Ohio Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame
1999 Yehudi Menuhin (New York City-born Violinist) New York City Performing Artists Classical  Musicians BBC
2001 Robert Ludlum (New York City-born Spy Adventure Novelist) Robert Ludlum American Authors
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Historic Events of the 1300s that Occurred on this Date
1365 The University of Vienna Is Founded by Rudolph IV, Duke of Austria Austrian Education Education University of Vienna Catholic Encyclopedia
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1488 At Kwaaihoek, Portuguese Navigator Bartholomew Dias Erects a Stone Cross, South Africa's Oldest Monument South Africa Bartholomew Dias Explorers South African HIstory
Historic Events of the 1600s that Occurred on this Date
1610 Galileo Publishes Sidereus Nuncius Announcing Discovery of 4 Moons of Jupiter Italian Scientists and Mathematicians Galileo Galilei Jupiter Space & Astronomy University of Cambridge
1612 England's King James I Issues the Third Charter of the Virginia Company of London England King James I Virginia Colonial Virginia Virginia Historical Society
1664 King Charles II of England Grants Land to His Brother James, the Duke of York, Creating the Colony of New Jersey English Political and Social Leaders New Jersey Charles II Colonial New Jersey New York Times
1689 Deposed English, King James II, Lands in Kinsale, Ireland Kinsale, Ireland Great Britain James II University College Cork
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1734 The First Group of German Salzburger Immigrants Reached Savannah, Georgia and Are Greeted with Cannon Salutes Germany Savannah, Georgia Colonial Georgia German Immigrants Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1737 Galileo's Body Is Moved to the Church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy Italian Scientists and Mathematicians Galileo Galilei NASA
1739 James Oglethorpe Reaffirms His Support of Georgia's Ban on Slavery Georgia Colonial Georgia Slavery University of Georgia
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1803 The Town of Port Gibson, Mississippi, Is Established Mississippi Mississippi Writers Project
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: We Sent a party again in Serch of the Canoe but they returned unsucksessfull as yesterday Sent one hunter out on this Side of the Netul he did not return this evening. Our party are now furnished with 358 par of Mockersons exclusive of a good portion of Dressed leather, they are also previded with Shirts Overalls Capoes of dressed Elk Skins for the homeward journey.
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The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
1812 Hoping to Help Drive Out the Spanish, Patriots Proclaim the Independent Territory of East Florida Florida History Florida Historical Society
1850 First US $20 Gold Piece Is Minted Currency Historic Firsts The Smithsonian
West Virginia's Wheeling Hospital Is Incorporated Wheeling, West Virginia Health Care Wheeling Hospital West Virginia Archive
1857 Abolitionist, John Brown, Addresses a Crowd in Concord, Massachusetts Concord, Massachusetts John Brown Abolition Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1862 Arrival of the Steamship Brother Jonathan in Victoria, British Columbia Triggers Smallpox Epidemic That Kills 14,000 Native Americans Victoria, British Columbia Naval History Smallpox Native American Heritage Death History Link
1863 President Lincoln Transmits to Senate Treaty with Chiefs and Headmen of Chippewa Indians U.S. Senate Abraham Lincoln Chippewa Indians Historic U.S. Documents Lincoln Logs
1864 Union Troops Begins Ill-fated Campaign Up Louisiana's Red River Lousiana Red River Campaign History Channel
President Lincoln Assigns U.S. Grant as Commander of the Armies of United States Abraham Lincoln Ulyesses S. Grant American Civil War Lincoln Logs
Residents of Portland, Oregon Celebrate the Arrival of Telegraph Service to the City Portland, Oregon The Telegraph
Round Table Prints Emily Dickinson's Poem "Some keep the Sabbath going to church." Emily Dickinson Poetry Journalism American Collection
1868 Basotholand is Declared a British Territory after King, Moshoeshoe Asks Britain for Protection British History South Africa African History South African HIstory
1877 Having Suffered a Loss of Population, Duluth, Minnesota Reverts From a City Back into a Town Duluth, Minnesota Minnestoa Historical Society
1888 A 36-Hour Blizzard Dumps 40" of Snow on New York City, Causing the Deaths of 400+ People NYC Snow Death Writer's Almanac History Channel
China Agrees to Treaty Banning Chinese Labors from Immigrating to the U.S. for 20 years China Immigration Labor Historic U.S. Documents Asian-American Heritage History Channel
1894 Coca-cola Is First Sold in Bottles Coca-Cola Businesses & Corporations Historic Firsts Soda Pop Collectibles
1897 Langston University Is Founded in Oklahoma Langston, Oklahoma Education African American Heritage Langston University African American Registry
1898 The City of Atlanta Accepts George Gress' Gift of the Cyclorama Painting of the Battle of Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia American Civil War Art City of Atlanta University of Georgia
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1901 Andrew Carnegie Gives New York City $5.2M to Build 65 Branch Libraries Andrew Carnegie NYC Philanthropy Libraries Salon Writer's Almanac Library of Congress History Channel
1904 Hudson River Tunnel Is Completed New York City New Jersey
1908 Frederick Walker "Casey" Baldwin Is the First Canadian to Fly an Airplane Taking Off From Frozen Lake Keuka Canadian Explorers and Aviators Aviation History Historic Firsts Center of the Study of Technlogy and Society
1912 In Savannah, Georgia, Juliet Gordon Low Meets with 18 Girls for the First Meeting of the Girl Scouts of America Juliette Low Girl Scouts Historic Firsts Presidential Proclamation University of Georgia
1913 Foundation Stone Is Laid for the Australia's Capital City, Canberra Australia National Archive of Australia
1914 President Woodrow Wilson Signs the Bill Creating the State-Owned Alaska Railroad Alaska President Woodrow Wilson Railroads The Alaska Railroad Alaska Historical Society
1917 The Russian Army Sides with Rebels, Forcing the Resignation of the Imperial Government Russia History Channel
1920 The International Longshoremen's Association Goes on Strike Labor Strikes International Longshoremen's Association Texas State Historical Association
1923 Phonofilm Is Demonstrated as the First Film Capable of Taping Sound Film Sound Historic Firsts History Channel
1926 The Danish Parliament Votes for Unilateral Disarmament Denmark League of Nations Photo Archive
The Savoy Ballroom Opens in New York City's Harlem District New York City Dance African American Heritage Historic Firsts PBS African American Registry
1928 The Los Angles St. Francis Dam Gives Way, Killing 500+ Los Angeles Dams Water Death University of Southern California
1930 Mohandas Gandhi Begins 200-mile March to Protest British Salt Tax Indian Political and Social Leaders Mohandas Gandhi Taxes Human Rights/Civil Right History Channel
1933 8 Days After His Inauguration President Franklin Roosevelt Delivers First Radio Fireside Chat Franklin Roosevelt Radio Propaganda History Channel
1934 The Largest Earthquake in Utah History (6.54) Occurs in Hansel Valley Utah Earthquakes USGS
1938 Hitler Announces the Anschluss (Annexation) of Austria Adolph Hitler Austria European History History Channel
1939 Pope Pius XII Is Crowned in Ceremonies at the Vatican Italian Political and Social Leaders Catholic Popes Religious Leaders and Theologians New York Times
1940 Soviet Forces Breach Finland's Defenses Forcing Surrender and Peace Treaty Finland Soviet Union League of Nations Archive
Richard Wright Delivers a Talk Titled "How `Bigger' was Born" at Columbia University Richard Wright American Authors African-American Authors Columbia University American Collection
1945 The Part of Transylvania That Was Under Russian Military Rule Is Returned to Romania Romania Soviet Union Cluj-Napoca Online
1947 The Truman Doctrine Is Announced Before a Joint Session of Congress U.S. Congress Truman Doctrine Cold War History Channel New York Times
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1953 James Watson Writes a Letter to Max Delbruck Describing the Structure of DNA James Watson DNA Oregon State University
1954 Southwestern Minnesota Experiences a Yellow Snowstorm Caused by Dust From Texas Minnesota Texas Snow Wind Earth Science Minnestoa Historical Society
1956 Dow Jones Index Reaches 500 for First Time Markets & Investments Historic Firsts Dow Jones Indexes
101 Southern Members of the U.S. Congress Pledge to "Use All Lawful Means" to Overturn Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Congress Brown v. the Board of Education Education Human Rights/Civil Rights Law and Legal Resources Virginia Historical Society
1957 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Occurs Off Alaska's Andreanof Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
1959 The Act to Provide for the Admission of the State of Hawai'i is Signed by President Eisenhower Hawaii President Eisenhower State of Hawaii
1963 Seattle Voters Reject Proposal to Fluoridate the City's Drinking Water Seattle, Washington Voting Water Fluorine History Link
1964 Jimmy Hoffa, President of the Teamsters Union, Is Sentenced to Eight Years in Jail for Bribery Indiana Political and Social Leaders Labor Teamsters Crime Law and Legal Resources BBC
1965 U.S. Air Force Launches Photo-Surveillance Satellite from California's Vandenberg AFB California Space Exploration The Cold War NASA
Missouri Wins the First NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships Held in Detroit's Cobo Hall Detroit, Michigan Track & Field Historic Firsts Missouri Track and Field NCAA Track & Field Championships Michigan Historic Society
1966 U.S. Conducts 20 kT Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons The Cold War Geoscience Australia
1967 Rejected Portrait of President Johnson Draws Record Crowd President Lyndon Johnson The American Presidency Art Texas State Historical Association
1968 Mauritius Gains Its Independence from Great Britain Mauritius Great Britain Business Africa
In Miami, Gunmen Hijack a National Airlines DC-8 and Force the Crew to Fly It to Havana Cuba Florida History Aviation History Terrorism Florida Historical Society
The Gabonese Democratic Party Is Established Gabon Penn State University
U.S. Conducts 1.1 kT Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons The Cold War Geoscience Australia
Simon and Garfunkel Receive Grammy for Best Song with "Mrs. Robinson" from the Movie The Graduate Popular Music Film The Grammys History Channel
1969 Beatles Singer/Songwriter, Paul McCartney, Marries Linda Eastman in London Paul McCartney The Beatles BBC
1970 U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Lower Legal Voting Age from 21 to 18, Pending House Approval U.S. Senate Voting Law and Legal Resources Television News Archive
Three Manhattan Skyscrapers Are Rocked by Separate, Connected Bombs New York City Terrorism Television News Archive
1971 Andromeda Strain Is Released Film Internet Movie Database
1972 Australian Troops Are Withdrawn from Vietnam Australia The Vietnam War History Channel
The Detroit Red Wings Retire Gordie Howe's Number 9 Detroit, Michigan Ice Hockey National Hockey League Michigan Historic Society
1974 Due to Concerns About the Safety of School Children, Michigan Exempts Itself from Federal Daylight Savings Time Michigan State Government Time Zones Education State of Michigan
1981 Soviet Soyuz T-4 Transports Cosmonauts to the Salyut-6 Orbital Station Soviet Space Program Astronautix
1984 British Mine Workers Begin 51-week Strike British History Labor BBC
1985 Armenian Revolutionaries Storm the Turkish Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, Killing a Guard and Taking Hostages Turkish Embassy, Ottawa Turkey Armenia Terrorism Death Candian Broadcasting Corporation
1987 Coca-Cola and Boeing Added to the Dow Industrial Average Boeing Businesses Markets & Investments Dow Indexes (pdf)
1987 Les Miserables Opens on Broadway New York City Musical Theater Internet Broadway Database
1988 Sudden Hail Storm Creates Stampede at Katmandu Soccer Match: 70 Die, Hundreds Are Injured Nepal Soccer Storms Death History Channel
1990 African-American, Clarence Thomas, Takes the Oath of Office for the District of Columbia Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals Washington, D.C. Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders Law and Legal Resources U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit University of Georgia
1993 Several Bombs Go Off in Bombay, India: 300 Die India Terrorism Death BBC
Three-Day Superstorm Begins That Will Paralyze the Eastern Half of the U.S.: 270 Die Storms Snow Death Weather Channel (pdf) University of Illinois
Janet Reno Is Sworn In as the First Female U.S. Attorney General Florida Political and Social Leaders U.S. Attorney General's Office Law and Legal Resources Female American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts History Channel Court TV
1994 The Church of England Ordains 32 Females as Its First Women Priests English History Religion Women Historic Firsts Church of England New York Times
1997 Police Arrest Suspect for Fatal Shooting of Ennis Cosby Los Angeles Bill Cosby Death CNN
1999 Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic Join NATO Poland Hungary Czech Republic NATO CNN
Historic Events that have occurred on this date from 2000 to present
2002 Shuttle Columbia (STS-109) Lands Completing 11-day Hubble Service Mission Space Shuttle Hubble Telescope NASA