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1. In which state was children's author Mary Stolz born on this date in 1920? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Who are the two social/political leaders named Dorothy born on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. What was Molly Pitcher's real name? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a city which hosted an Olympic Games attended by Peggy Fleming (according to the International Olympic Committee):

1. Which British monarch died on this date in 1603? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Ohio Biography, how old was Maya Lin when she submitted her design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the U.S. Olympic Committee, in what years did Peggy Fleming win five consecutive U.S. Figure Skating championships? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a Maya Lin work (according to Artcyclopedia): CHEEP PALACE
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1. According to the Heinz Awards, Dorothy Height was the only woman at the table when strategy was mapped for what movement?

2. According to the History Channel, how long was Shannon Lucid's stay aboard the Russian space station MIR in 1996?

3. In the same year that John Wesley Powell was born, who became the first female federal employee to be given equality?

Use all of these letters to spell the name of an opening-night cast member of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on this date in 1955 (according to the Internet Broadway Database): INCLUDED DR MONK
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Molly Pitcher

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Star Jones
Star Jones
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Dorothy Height
Born on This Date 1912

[No Child Left Behind]

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Peggy Fleming

[U. of South Carolina]

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1834 John Wesley Powell (New York-born Western Explorer, Pioneer) John Wesley Powell Westward Expansion
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1882 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Maine-born Poet) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poetry
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a Cloudy morning wind from the N E the after part of the Day fair, Several Indians visit us to day, prepareing to Set out on our journey Saw Swans & wild Gees flying N E this evening

Ordway: 6 men Sent up to take the perogues down to the Fort, but they returned about noon without them as they were not corked nor made ready. two men making cages for the Magpyes and the prarie hens which is to be Sent down the River

[Lewis and Clark sent live specimens of four black-billed magpies, a prairie dog (not mentioned here), and a sharp-tailed grouse, Tympanuchus phasianellus, to Jefferson in April 1805. The grouse did not survive, but Jefferson did receive a lone magpie and a single prairie dog.]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Sent out 15 men verry early this morning for the flesh of the two Elk killed by Drewyer and Fields yesterday. they returned at 8 oClock,

after taking a Slight brackfast we Set out at half past 9 a. m. and proceeded to the Cath lah mah Village at 1 P. M. and remained untill after 3 p. m.

[On Cathlamet Bay, in the vicinity of Knappa, Clatsop County, Oregon; the people were Cathlamets]

at this village we purchased a fiew wappato and a Dog for our Sick men Willard and Bratten who are yet in a weak State.

at this Village I saw two very large elegant Canoes inlaid with Shills, those Shills I took to be teeth at first View, and the nativs informed Several of the men that they the teeth of their enemies which they had killed in War. in examineing of them Closely haveing taken out Several pices, we found that were Sea Shells they also deckerate
their Smaller wooden vessles with those Shells which have much the appearance of humane teeth, Capt Cook may have mistaken those Shills verry well for humane teeth without a Close examination.

The Village of these people is the dirtiest and Stinkingest place I ever Saw in any Shape whatever, and the inhabitants partake of the characteristic of the Village.

we proceeded on through Some difficult and narrow Channels between the Seal Islands [Karlson and Marsh islands
in the Columbia River]
, and the south side to an old village on the south side opposit to the lower War ki a com village, and Encamped. to this old villg. a very considerable deposit of the dead at a Short distance below, in the
usial and Customary way of the nativs of this Coast in Canoes raised from the ground as before described.

Soon after we made our Camp 2 Indians visited us from the opposite Side, one of them Spoke Several words of English and repeeted the names of the traders, and many of the Salors.

made 16 Miles

Ordway: I and 14 men went out eairly this morning and brought in the flesh of the 2 Elk killed by the hunters yesterday.

Gass: After a bad night's rest, on account of the rain 15 men went out and brought the meat of the two elk to our camp.

The morning was fair and after breakfast they all embarked, except the men belonging to my canoe which the tide had left aground. The hunters went on in the small canoe ahead, and I had to wait for the rising of the tide. In about two hours I was able to follow the other canoes, and proceeded on about 12 miles, to a village of the Cath-la-mas where the rest of the party had halted.

When I arrived we all proceeded on again, and in the evening encamped at an old village, which had been vacated.

[Northeast of Brownsmead, Clatsop County, Oregon. The village is discussed at Clark's entry of November 11, 1805]

Whitehouse: This morning early, Our officers sent 15 of our party out, in order to bring in the Meat of the 2 Elk,
which our hunters had killed; that party returned & brought it in with them, about 8 O'Clock A. M.

At half past 9 o clock A. M. we embarked & proceeded on to an Indian Village of the Cath-le-mah Tribe, which lay
on the South side of the River. this village consisted of about 9 Lodges & about 100 Inhabitants. We delayed at this village about 2 Hours, and proceeded on, & passed through a number of Islands called the Seal Islands, which lay on the So side of the River, and came to where stood an old Indian Village which is on the So. side of the River, opposite to the lower War-ki-a Cum Village.

We continued on about One Mile & encamped on the So. side of the River, Towards evening two of the Natives
came to our Camp. These natives could speak some words of english & mentioned the Names of some of the Traders, Sailors &ca. who had been trading among them.

We saw a large burying place of the Natives a short distance below where we were encamped. The method that the Natives take to deposit their Dead is, by placing them in a Canoe. The body of the deceased is rolled up in Skins of some kind of Animal. The Canoe is raised on forks & poles some distance up from the ground, & all the property that the deceased died possessed of is put into the Canoe, with the body of the deceased Indian.

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1849 Virginia Slave, Henry "Box" Brown, Completes His Escape from Richmond to Philadelphia Inside a Shipping Crate Richmond, Virginia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Slavery Virginia Historical Society
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1853 William Rufus King of Selma, Alabama, Is Inaugurated as Vice President of the United States in Cuba Cuba Alabama Political and Social Leaders Franklin Pierce The American Presidency Alabama Archives
1858 The Printing Press of the St. Cloud Visiter Is Destroyed by a Mob Supporting a Local Slave Owner St. Cloud, Minnesota Journalism Slavery Terrorism Minnesota Historical Society
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1873 In Arkansas, Baxter and Clay Counties Are Created Arkansas Cities and Counties Arkansas History Commission
1874 In Portland, Oregon, Members of the Women's Temperance Prayer League Begin Invading Local Saloons Portland, Oregon Women Religion Substance Abuse
1875 Delaware Governor John Cochran Appoints James H. Groves of Smyrna as the First State Superintendent of Schools at $1,800 Per Annum Delaware Education Education Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1882 Dr. Robert Koch Announces Discovery of the Bacteria Responsible for Tuberculosis Dr. Robert Koch Tuberculosis The New York Times IntelliHealth
1883 Long-Distance Telephone Service Is Inaugurated Between Chicago and New York City Chicago New York City Telephone Historic Firsts The New York Times
1888 The Nation's Oldest Athletic Conference, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Is Founded Michigan Sports Historic Firsts MIAA
1890 U.S. Supreme Court: States May Not Cap Railroad Profits U.S. Supreme Court Railroads Buisness and Economics The History Channel
1899 President and Mrs. William McKinley Visit Tallahassee, Florida Tallahassee, Florida President William McKinley Tallahassee, Florida Florida Historical Association
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1900 Carnegie Steel Company Incorporates in Defiance of the Sherman Anti-Trust Law Andrew Carnegie Anti-Trust Law The History Channel
1910 Mount Hope, West Virginia Is Destroyed by Fire Mount Hope, West Virginia Fire Safety Mount Hope, West Virginia West Virginia Archives
1911 Arkansas' First Auto License Act Is Passed by the State Legislature Arkansas Government Automotives Law Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
1917 Detroit Northwestern Wins Michigan's First Boys Basketball State Championship Detroit, Michigan Basketball Historic Firsts Detroit Northwestern Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1918 German Forces Cross the Somme River Germany Second Battle of the Somme The History Channel
1921 Arkansas' Old Legislature Is Converted into the State War Memorial Arkansas Museums Museums Memorial Day/Veteran's Day Old State House Museum Arkansas History Commission
1923 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 5,000 in China China Earthquakes Death USGS
1934 U.S. Congress Passes Tydings-McDuffie Act Granting Independence to the Philippines, July 4, 1946 The Philippines U.S. Congress League of Nations Archive
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1936 The Detroit Red Wings Win the Longest Stanley Cup Game in History Detroit, Michigan Hockey NHL State of Michigan
1939 The Georgia General Assembly Ratifies the U.S. Bill of Rights Georgia Government U.S. Bill of Rights University of Georgia
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1941 Native Son, Based on the Book by Richard Wright, Opens on Broadway at the St. James Theatre New York City Richard Wright <I>Native Son</I> African-American Authors & Illustrators Internet Broadway Database
1944 Nazis Kill 335 Italian Civilians in Retaliation for Bombing a SS Unit in Rome Rome, Italy Nzai Germany World War II Death History Channel
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1949 President Harry Truman Authorizes $16M in Aid for Displaced Palestinian Refugees Palestine Israel President Harry Truman International Trade The History Channel
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1955 Tennessee Williams' Play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Opens in New York New York City Tennessee Williams <I>Cat on a Hot Tin Roof</I> The History Channel Internet Broadway Database
1958 King Saud of Saudi Arabia Signs Over Executive Power to Faisal Saudi Arabia Library of Congress
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1959 Charles Townes Is Granted a Patent for the Maser, the Precursor to the Laser South Carolina Scientists and Mathematicians Laser Patents and Trademarks USPTO
1961 NASA Successfully Launches Mercury Redstone Booster Rocket in Preparation for a Manned Mission Space Exploration NASA
1962 Emile Griffith Kills Benny Paret in a World Welterweight Boxing Championship Fight Boxing Hall of Fame Death New York Times
1964 The First Kennedy Half Dollar Coins Are Released into Circulation Currency Historic Firsts U.S. Treasury
1965 A White Selma-Montgomery Marcher Is Killed by Klansmen Selma-Montgomery March U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Heritage Death Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
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1966 in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections, US Supreme Court Rules Poll Taxes Are Unconstitutional U.S. Supreme Court Law and Legal Resources Voting Taxes Oyez
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1976 The President of Argentina, Isabel Peron, Is Deposed by Her Country's Military Argentina Government The New York Times
President Ford Signs Public Law Enacting Covenant of Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands President Gerald Ford Northern Mariana Commonwealth Law Revision Committee
1977 Morarji Desai Replaces Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi Embassy of India, Washington, D.C.
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1978 The Amoco Cadiz Splits Spilling 1.6M Gallons of Oil into the Ocean off the French Coast France Earth and Environmental Sciences BBC
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1989 Exxon Valdez Dumps 270,000 Barrels of Oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound Alaska Earth and Environmental Sciences The New York Times BBC The History Channel
1992 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-45) on Scientific Mission Space Exploration Earth and Environmental Science NASA
After 151 Years Britain's Punch Magazine" Prints Final Issue British History Journalism BBC
1996 Shannon Lucid Is the First Female U.S. Astronaut to Live in a Space Station (MIR) MIR Space Station Shannnon Lucid Women Historic Firsts The History Channel
1999 NATO Initiates Air Strikes Control Serbian Hostilities Against Ethnic Albanians Kosovo The History Channel
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