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5-Minute Quests

1. What is the name of the Irish playwright born on this date in 1852? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What was the profession of Diane Arbus, who was born on this date in 1923? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Lapeer County Library, what is the title of the book that earned Marguerite deAngeli the Newbery Medal in 1950? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a scientist, mathematician or medical professional born on this date:

1. Who was the actress who died on this date in 1975? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to World Book, from what college did Lucy Beaman Taylor Hobbs receive her degree in 1866? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to PBS, for what organization did Fannie Lou Hamer become vice-chairperson in 1964? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of an event in which Babe Didriksen Zaharias set an American Record (according to the Track and Field Hall of Fame):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Lakewood Public Library, Isadora Duncan is known as the "mother" of what?

2. According to the National Women's Hall of Fame, what organization did Babe Didriksen Zaharias helped found in 1949?

3. According to the FBI "10 Most Wanted" Facts Page, who was the first woman to appear on the list?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book by Marguerite de Angeli (according to the University of Southern Mississippi list of her books from 1936-1964):
National Women's History Month
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Marguerite de Angeli
Born on This Date 1889

[Gale Group]

Young-adult Author 1950 Newbery Medal Winner

Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor
Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor
Born on This Date 1833


Health Care Professionals

Isadora Duncan
Isadora Duncan

[Museum of San Francisco]


Fannie Lou Hamer
Fannie Lou Hamer


American Civil Rights

Babe Didriksen Zaharias
"Babe" Didriksen Zaharias


Track & Field Hall of Fame

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Mathematics: Pi Day
(03/14 = 3.14))
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Andorra: Constitution Day
(Commemoration of the approval of the constitution: 03/14/1993)
Andorra Expedia
Japan: White Day
(Observed annually on March 14. Men give chocolates & candies to women)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: National Heroes Day
(Observed annually on this date since 2002 to commemorates the death of the country's first national hero, Carib Chief Joseph Chatoyer who was killed in 1795)
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Children's Authors & Illustrators
1889 Marguerite de Angeli (Michigan-born Children's Author) Marguerite de Angeli Young-adult Authors 1950 Newbery Medal Winner
1945 Malka Drucker (New Mexico-born Rabbi, Children's Author) New Mexico Authors Judaism
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1836 Isabella Beeton (English Author) English Authors & Illustrators Historic UK
1852 Lady Augusta Gregory (Irish Author, Playwright) Irish Writers W. B. Yeats Plays
1869 Algernon Blackwood (English Author) English Authors & Illustrators
1887 Sylvia Beach (Maryland-born Publisher) Maryland Authors and Illustrators Writer's Almanac History Channel
1916 Horton Foote (Texas-born Playwright, Screenwriter) Texas Authors and Illustrators Plays Film 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Young Man from Atlanta Writer's Almanac
1919 Max Shulman (Minnesota-born Author, Humorist, Screenwriter Who Created the Character "Dobie Gillis") Minnesota Authors and Illustrators Television Writer's Almanac
Classical Composers and Performing Artists
1681 Georg Philipp Telemann (German Composer) German Composers Composers
1804 Johann Strauss (Austrian Composer of Waltzes) Austrian Composers Composers
Artists, Desingers and Architects
1903 Adolph Gottlieb (New York City-born Painter) New York City Artists American Artists
1920 Hank Ketcham (Washington-born Cartoonist: Creator of "Dennis the Menace") Hank Ketcham Cartoons and Comics
1923 Diane Arbus (New York-born Photographer) Diane Arbus Photography
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1833 Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor (New York-born First Female American Dentist) Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor Women Medicine
1854 Paul Ehrlich (German Medical Researcher: 1908 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine) German Scientists & Mathematicians Medical Research 1908 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine
1879 Albert Einstein (German Theoretical Physicist: 1921 Nobel Laureate for Physics) German Scientists & Mathematicians Albert Einstein Physics 1921 Nobel Laureate for Physics
Explorers, Pioneers and Astronauts
1928 Frank Borman (Indiana-born Astronaut) Frank Borman NASA Astronauts
1931 Eugene A Cernan (Chicago-born Astronaut) Eugene A Cernan NASA Astronauts
Business Leaders
1841 William Dunwoody (Pennsylvania-born Businessman, Philanthropist) Pennsylvania Busines Leaders Minnesota Busines Leaders Philanthropy Minnesota Historical Society
1864 Haymon Krupp (Lithuanian-born Texas Business Leader) Lithuania Busines Leaders Texas Busines Leaders Texas State Historical Assocation
Political and Social Leaders
1813 Joseph P. Bradley (New York City-born Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) New York City Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1854 Thomas Marshall (Governor of Indiana, Vice-President of the United States) Indiana Political and Social Leaders Woodrow Wilson Politics
1868 Emily Murphy (Canadian Jurist: First Female Judge in the British Empire) Canada Law Women
1945 Prince Albert of Monaco Monaco Political and Social Leaders BBC
The Notorious
1864 John Luther "Casey" Jones (Kentucky-born Railroad Engineer) Casey Jones Railroads
Performing Artists
1912 Les Brown (Pennsylvania-born Orchestral Conductor) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Popular Music Internet Movie Database
1933 Quincy Jones (Chicago-born African-American Musician, Composer, Arranger, Producer) Quincy Jones Popular Music American Composers Famous African Americans
Michael Caine (English Actor) English Performing Artists Actors Film
1945 Jasper Carrott (English Comedian) English Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1948 Billy Crystal (New York-born Comedian, Actor) New York Performing Artists Actors Film Television History Channel Internet Movie Database
1983 Jordan Taylor Hanson (Oklahoma-born Popular Singer) Oklahoma Peforming Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1914 Lee Petty (North Carolina-born Auto Racer) North Carolina Sports Figures Auto Racing
1931 Bob Goalby (Illinois-born Professional Golfer) Illinois Sports Figures Golf
1936 Bob Charles (New Zealand-born Professional Golfer) New Zealand Golf
1946 Wes Unseld (Kentucky-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Kentucky Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame African Americans Sports Figures
1961 Kirby Puckett (Chicago-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Chicago Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame African Americans Sports Figures
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1883 Karl Marx (German Philosopher, co-Author of the Communist Manifesto) Karl Marx Philosophy
1932 George Eastman (New York-born Photographic Pioneer) George Eastman Photography
1953 Robert N Kotzé (South African Mining Engineer) South African Scientists & Mathematicians South African History
1973 Chic Young (Chicago-born Cartoonist: Creator of Blondie) Chic Young Cartoons and Comics
1975 Susan Hayward (New York City-born Actress) New York City Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1976 Busby Berkeley (Los Angeles-born Choreographer) Busby Berkeley Dance
1978 Hubert H. Humphrey (South Dakota-born U.S. Congressman from Minneapolis; Vice President of the United States) Hubert H. Humphrey Minnesota Political and Social Leaders President Lyndon Johnson U.S. Congress Minnesota Historical Society
Historically Significant Events Historically Significant Events
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1737 British Prime Minister Robert Walpole Appoints Samuel Horsey Governor of South Carolina English Political and Social Leaders South Carolina Political and Social Leaders South Carolina Colonial History University of Georgia
1743 First American Town Meeting Is Held at Boston's Faneuil Hall Massachusetts U.S. History Historic Firsts New York Times
1757 British Admiral John Byng Is Executed on Board Monarch for Cowardice in the Face of the Enemy English Military Leaders Naval History Capital Punishment Greenwich Guide
1776 Alexander Hamilton Is Named Captain of Artillery Company Alexander Hamilton American Revolution History Channel
1780 After Only a Day of Resistance the British Commander at Fort Charlotte Surrenders Mobile to Spain Great Britain Spain Mobile, Alabama Alabama Archives
1794 Eli Whitney Patents the Cotton Gin Eli Whitney Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks African American Registry Technology and Society Massachusetts Foundation  for the Humanities
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a fine day Set all hands to Shelling Corn &c. Mr. McKinsey leave us to
day maney Indians as usial. wind west river Still riseing

Ordway: clear & warm. Mr. Sharbono a frenchman who we expected would go with us has lately took another notion and has pitched a lodge outside of the Garrison and moved out. Mr Gravelleen has joined in his place.—

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

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: This morning we dispatched a party after two Elk which Collins killed last evening, they returned with them about noon. Jos: Field, Collins, Go:

Shannon & Labiesh went in quest of the Gang of Elk out of which Collins had killed the 2 yesterday. this evening
we herd upwards of twenty Shot and expect they have fallen in with and killed Several of them.

Reuben Field and Thompson returned this evening unsuksessfull haveing killed only one Brant.

late in the evening Geo: Drewyer arrived with a party of the Clatsops who brought an indifferent Canoe, three hats
and Some roots for Sale we could not purchase the Canoe without giveing more than our Stock of merchandize would lisence us. Capt Lewis offered his laced uniform Coat for a verry indiferent Canoe, agreeable to their usial way of tradeing his price was double.

we are informed by the Clatsops that they have latterly Seen an Indian from the Quin-na-chart Nation who reside Six days march to the N. W and that four vessels were there and the owners Mr. Haley, Moore, Callamon & Swipeton were tradeing with that noumerous nation, whale bone Oile and Skins of various discription.

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
1812 The U.S. Issues Its First War Bonds War of 1812 United States Economics & Business Historic Firsts History Channel
1840 Whig Party of Sangamon County Nominates Abraham Lincoln for the Illinois State Legislature Sangamon County, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Politics Sangamon County, Illinois Lincoln Papers
1841 Scottish Physician/Explorer/Missionary David Livingstone Arrives in Cape Town, South Africa Scottish Explorers South Africa Explorers Concordia
1844 Florida's Territorial Legislature Creates Marion and Brevard Counties Florida Brevard County, Florida Marion County, Florida Florida Historical Society
1860 Presidential Candidate Abraham Lincoln Returns Home to Illinois from New England Campaign Illinois Abraham Lincoln Politics Lincoln Papers
1862 Union Forces Capture New Bern, North Carolina North Carolina Battle of New Bern History Channel
President Lincoln Shows Compensated Emancipation Is Cheaper Than the Cost of War Abraham Lincoln Slavery Economics American Civil War Lincoln Papers
1864 Union Troops Capture Louisiana's Fort DeRussy Louisiana Forts Fort DeRussy National Park Service
President Lincoln Orders Draft for 200,000 Men for Military Services Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
1865 President Lincoln Is Ill. The Cabinet Meets in His Bedroom Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Papers
Michigan's Brunson Harbor Is Renamed Benton Harbor Benton Harbor, Michigan Benton Harbor, Michigan State of Michigan
1869 President Grant Appoints Ebenezer Bassett to Service as the First African-American Diplomat (Haiti) Haiti Connecticut Political and Social Leaders President Grant African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Haitian Internet
1870 William Strong Is Sworn in as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Connecticut Political and Social Leaders President Grant U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1872 Journalist Henry Stanley and Explorer David Livingstone Part After Five Months in Africa English Scottish Africa" Concordia
1885 Gilbert & Sullivan's Mikado Premieres at the Savoy Theatre in London London, Musical Theater Opera Historic Firsts Theater History
1891 A Mob Lynches 11 Men for Allegedly Murdering New Orleans' Chief of Police New Orleans Crime Capital Punishment Louisiana Secretary of State
1896 Sutro's Public Baths Open in San Francisco San Francisco Library of Congress
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1900 The U.S. Officially Adopts the Gold Standard Fixing the Value of the Dollar Against Gold Currencies Standards Gold New York Times U.S. Treasury
1903 President Roosevelt Creates Pelican Island National Refuge as First National Wildlife Refuge Florida Parks and Landmarks President Theodore Roosevelt Earth and Environment Historic Firsts Pelican Island National Refuge, Florida
1915 Cornered Off the Coast of Chile, the Crew of Germany's Dresden Sinks the Ship Chile Germany World War I Naval History History Channel
1919 Max Brand Publishes His First Novel, The Untamed Washington Authors and Illustrators American Authors History Channel
The Return of Buck Gavin by Thomas Wolfe (Age 19) is Produced at the University of North Carolina Thomas Wolfe Plays University of North Carolina American Collection
1923 Warren G. Harding Is the First U.S. President to File Income Tax Warren G. Harding The American Presidency Taxes Historic Firsts New York Times
1927 Pan American Airlines Incorporates Business Aviation History Centennial of Flight
1929 International Airways Inaugurates Air Passenger Service Between Seattle and Alaska Alaska Seattle, Washington Aviation History Alaska Historical Society
1931 Trans-Lux Modern Theatre Opens in New York City as the First Theater with Rear Projection New York City Film Historic Firsts Cinema Treasures
1932 Benjamin Cardozo Is Sworn in as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court New York City Political and Social Leaders President Herbert Hoover U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1936 First Issue of the Federal Register Is Published U.S. Government Historic Firsts Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.
1937 Pope Pius XI Issues an Encyclical Against the Nazi "Cult" Nazi Germany Catholicism Religion Concordia
1939 Slovakia Declares Independence from Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Slovakia European History New York Times
1940 American Quarter Horse Association Is Founded in Fort Worth, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Horses American Quarter Horse Association Texas State Historical Assocation
1943 Germans Recapture Kharkov, the Second Largest City in Ukraine Soviet Union Ukraine Germany World War II History Channel
Aaron Copland's ''Fanfare for the Common Man'' Is Premiered in New York City Aaron Copland American Composers Historic Firsts New York Times
Ernest Hemingway Marries His Fourth and Final Wife, Mary Welsh, in Havana, Cuba Cuba Ernest Hemingway American Authors American Collection
1947 Striking Workers Shut Down Washington's Puget Sound Ferries for Six Days Washington Naval History Labor Job Actions History Link
1948 The Freedom Train, Displaying Historic U.S. Documents, Arrives in San Francisco San Francisco, California Historic U.S. Documents Railroad Freedom Train Museum
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1950 The FBI Issues Its First "10 Most Wanted" List The FBI Crime Historic Firsts History Channel
1951 US/UN Troops Recapture Seoul in Korea Korean War New York Times
5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Euskirchen, Germany Earthquakes Germany Royal Observatory of Belgium
1955 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Andreanof Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
1957 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Andreanof Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
1957 U.S. Conducts An Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons The Cold War Geoscience Australia
1958 Perry Como Receives the First Gold Record from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Pennsylvania Peforming Artists The Phonograph Recording Industry Association of America History Channel
1959 William Faulkner Fractures His Right Collarbone in a Fall From His Horse in Charlottesville, Virginia Virginia William Faulkner American Authors Horses American Collection
1960 British Radio Telescope Sets Record Contacting Pioneer V Satellite 407,000 Miles Away Great Britain Space Exploration History of Technology BBC
1961 Iowa Legislature Chooses the Oak as Iowa's Official Tree Iowa Oak Trees State Historical Society of Iowa
1964 Jack Ruby Is Found Guilty of the Murder of Lee Harvey Oswald Assassination of John F. Kennedy Crime Law and Legal Resources History Channel Texas State Historical Assocation
1967 President John Kennedy's Body Is Moved to a Permanent Memorial Assassination of John F. Kennedy History Channel
1972 NASA Announces Florida and California Will Be the Space Shuttle's Launch and Landing Sites Florida California Space Shuttle NASA
1975 Bernard Slade Newbound's Same Time, Next Year Premieres in New York Canadian Authors and Illustrators New York City Plays Internet Broadway Database
1976 U.S. Conducts 1000 kT Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons The Cold War Geoscience Australia
1978 Israel Invades South Lebanon Lebanon Israel Television News Archive
1979 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake Kills Five Near the Coast of Guerrero, Mexico Guerrero, Mexico Earthquakes Death USGS
1980 All Members of U.S. Amateur Boxing Team Die in Polish Air Crash Poland Air Disasters Boxing History Channel
1982 South African Government Bombs the African National Congress Office in London London, England South Africa Terrorism South African History
1984 Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams, Attacked and Shot in Belfast, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Crime BBC
1990 Soviet Congress Elects Mikhail Gorbachev President Mikhail Gorbachev History Channel
Massachusetts' Susan Butcher Wins Her Fourth Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Five Years Massachusetts Sports Figures Dog Sledding The Iditirod New York Times
1991 Emir of Kuwait Returns after Gulf War Gulf War Kuwait Television News Archive
Appeals Court Releases the "Birmingham Six" from English Prison after 16 Years Great Britain Ireland Law and Legal Resources History Channel BBC
1995 Astronaut Norman Thagard Is First American to Enter Space Aboard a Russian Soyuz Spacecraft Russian Space Program Space Exploration Historic Firsts New York Times
1997 President Clinton Has Surgery to Repair a Torn Quadriceps Tendon in His Right Knee President Bill Clinton Health Care IntelliHealth
1998 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Kills Five, Destroys 2,000 Homes in Northern Iran Iran Earthquakes Death USGS
Historic Events that occurr 2000-2009 on this date
2001 125-car Pileup Kills 5 and Shuts Down a Foggy I-75 in North Georgia Georgia Automobile Safety Death University of Georgia