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5-Minute Quests

1. What was the name of the production in which Barbra Streisand made her Broadway debut on this date in 1962? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Who was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony on this date in 1638? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the National Women's Hall of Fame, in what year did Sally Ride become the first American woman in space? (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. What action was taken with the Equal Rights Amendment on this date in 1972? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation, at what age did Nancy Lopez begin playing golf? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the New York Times, of the 80 tennis matches played between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, how many were won by Evert and how many were won by Navratilova? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the English title of a Gabrielle Roy novel (according to Harvard University):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Manitoba Heritage Council, what was the French title of Gabrielle Roy's first novel?

2. According to, what is Reese Witherspoon's full name?

3. According to Stanford University, Ella Josephine Baker was involved in two organizations with Dr. King: SCLC and SNCC. What were the full names of these two organizations?

Use all of these letters to spell the name of an actress who appeared with Barbra Streisand in I Can Get It for You Wholesale in 1962 (according to the Internet Broadway Database):
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Separation Bar
Gabrielle Roy
Gabrielle Roy
Born on This Date 1909

[Manitoba Heritage Council]


Sally Ride


 Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
Born on This Date 1976



Ella Josephine Baker
Ella Josephine Baker

Civil Rights Leader

Nancy Lopez
Born on This Date 1957


World Golf Hall of Fame

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Visited by the 2nd Chief of the Grand Village of the Minetarrees to
whome we gave a medal & Some Clothes acknowledging him as a 2d Chief, he Delayed all night, & Saw the men Dance, which is common amusement with the men he returned the 23rd with Mr. La Rocque & McKinsey two of the N W. Companys Clerks— Some few Drops of rain this evening for the first time this Winter visited by many Indians to day—

Ordway: a clear pleasant morning. the wind from the S. E. Savages continue to bring us Some corn a nomber of the Grossvantares Savages came to visit our officers with Mr. McKinzey & Mr Larouck. our Captains made a chief & Gave him a meddel and an artillery coat a Shirt knife &.C.

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Drewyer and the two Fieldses departed this morning agreably to the order of last evening. we Sent out Six hunters this morning in different directions on both Sides of the Netul.

about 10 A. M. we were visited by Que-ne-o alias Commorwool 8 Clatsops and a Kil-a-mox; they brought Some dried Anchovies, a common Otter Skin and a Dog for Sale all of which we purchased. the Dog we purchased for our Sick men, the fish for to add to our Small Stock of provision's, and the Skin to cover my papers.

those Indians left us in the evening. the air is perfectly temperate, but it continues to rain in Such a manner that there is no possibillity of getting our canoes completed in order to Set out on our homeward journey. The Clatsops inform us that Several of their nation has he Sore throat, one of which has laterly died with this disorder.

the Hunters Sent out to day all returned except Colter unsessfull.

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1822 The S.S. Eagle Is the First Steamboat to Reach Little Rock, Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas Steamboats Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
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1834 British Parliament Decides to Create a National Gallery by Purchasing the Angerstein Collection Great Britain Art Economics National Gallery Greenwich Guide
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1841 England's Orlando Jones Patents Cornstarch Great Britain Foods & Nutrition Patents & Trademarks U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
1848 Abraham Lincoln Explains His Opposition to the Mexican-American War Abraham Lincoln Mexican-American War Lincoln Papers
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1874 The Young Men's Hebrew Association Is Founded in New York City New York City Judaism Historic Firsts Jewish Encyclopedia New York Historical Society
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1881 The State of Delaware Pledges $2,400 of Taxpayers' Money Annually for the Support of African-American Schools Delaware Education Racism Education Economics African-American Heritage State of Delaware
1882 Congress Passes Edmunds Act Excluding Polygamists from Voting U.S. Congress Law and Legal Resources New York Times
1886 Seattle Electric Company Turns on the First Incandescent Light Bulb West of the Rocky Mountains Seattle, Washington Electricity The Light Bulb Historic Firsts History Link
1893 Smith Freshmen 5, Sophomores 4 in First Official Women's Basketball Game Massachusetts Women Basketball Historic Firsts Smith College
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1894 Montreal Amateur Athletic Association Defeats the Ottawa Generals to Win the First Stanley Cup Canada Hockey Historic Firsts The Stanley Cup New York Times History Channel
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1904 In Oregon, Oakville Independent Telephone Completes Their Line Supporting 11 Phones Oregon Telephone
1905 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Near Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
Edith Wharton Writes in Her Diary, "Finished House of Mirth" Edith Wharton American Authors National Council of Teachers of English
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1907 Mohandas Gandhi Leads Protest Against Act Requiring Indians to Carry Pass Books in South Africa South African Government India Mohandas Gandhi Civil Rights South African History Asian History
1913 The State of Washington Abolishes the Death Penalty Washington Government Capital Punishment History Link
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1916 Fire Destroys 32 City Blocks in Downtown Augusta, Georgia, Leaving 3,000 Homeless Augusta, Georgia Fire Safety Augusta Georgia University of Georgia
1922 In Delaware, the Harrington Town Council Forbids All Sunday Sales Except in Hotels, Drug Stores, Restaurants, and Boarding Houses Harrington, Delaware Religion Economics Law State of Delaware
1929 Will Rogers Signs First Talkie Contract for $600,000 to Make Four Movies Will Rogers Film Economics & Business Will Rogers Memorial Museums History Channel
1933 The Iowa General Assembly Designates the Eastern Goldfinch as the State Bird Iowa State Symbols Eastern Goldfinch Historical Society of Iowa
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1942 British Statesman, Stanford Cripps, Meets with Mohandas Gandhi to Discuss Indian Independence India British Political and Social Leaders Mohandas Gandhi History Channel
1945 U.S. 3rd Army Crosses the Rhine at Nierstein Nazi Germany World War II U.S. Army
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1946 Britain Signs Treaty Granting Independence to Transjordan Jordan Great Britain The Royal Hashemite Court New York Times
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1947 President Truman Orders Loyalty Checks of Federal Employees President Harry Truman Bill of Rights McCarthyism History Channel
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1954 First Shopping Mall Opens in Southfield, Michigan Business & Economics Michigan Historic Firsts Michigan Historical Center
1956 Dr. Martin Luther King Is Convicted of Organizing the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Crime U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Heritage BBC
1957 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Fox Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
1958 Eight-Year-Old Hank Williams Jr. Makes His Stage Debut in Swainsboro, Georgia Georgia Performing Artists Country & Western Music Our Georgia History
1960 Arthur Schawlow & Charles Townes Receive First Patent for a Laser Arthur Schawlow South Carolina Scientists & Mathematicans Patents & Trademarks Lasers Bell Laboratories U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
1962 Barbra Streisand Makes Broadway Debut in I Can Get it For You Wholesale Barbra Streisand Actors Internet Broadway Database
1963 Beatles Release Their First Album: Please Please Me The Beatles Popular Musicians The Guardian
1966 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered in Northeastern China China Earthquakes USGS
1971 USSR Conducts Underground Nuclear Test in Kazakhstan Soviet Union Kazakhstan Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1972 The U.S. Congress Sends the Proposed Equal Rights Amendment for Women to the States for Ratification U.S. Congress Women U.S. Constitution History Channel New York Times
1973 Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova Play the First of 80 Matches Against Each Other Martina Navratilova Chris Evert American Women Sports Figures Tennis New York Times
1978 France Conducts Underground Nuclear Test France Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Seattle Schools' Right to Implement a Busing Plan for Integration Seattle Washington U.S. Suipreme Court Education U.S. Civil Rights 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Oyez
1979 Israeli Parliament Approves Peace Treaty with Egypt Israel Egypt World History Jewish Virtual Library
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1981 U.S. Postage Rates Increase ($.15 to $.18 an ounce) U.S. Postal Service Business & Economics Alliance of Non-profit Mailers
Soviet Soyuz 39 Takes First Mongolian into Space Mongolia Soviet Union Russian Space Program NASA
1982 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Columbia (ST-3) to Test Shuttle Systems Manned Space Exploration NASA
1983 The Knesset Elects Chaim Herzog to Be the Sixth president of Israel Israel The Jewish Agency for Israel
1985 NASA Launches Intelsat 5A F-10 Communications Satellite Space Exploration History of Technlogy NASA
1994 The NFL Adds the Two-point Conversion as an Option After Touchdowns Football NFL New York Times
1995 Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov Lands in Soyuz TM-21 Ending 438 Days in Space Soviet Union Russian Space Program NASA
1996 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis 16 (STS 76) to Link with Russia's MIR Space Station Manned Space Exploration Russian Space Program NASA
1997 Comet Hale-Bopp Makes Its Closest Approach to Earth (197,000,000 Km) Space & Astronomy Comet Hale-Bopp NASA
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