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1. In what state was Reba McEntire born on this date in 1955? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. In what state was Byrd Baylor born on this date in 1924? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Cinco Puntos Press, what do Byrd Baylor's books celebrate? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a performing artist born on this date:

1. Who was the author who died on this date in 1941? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to, what song did Reba McEntire sing at the 1974 National Rodeo Finals? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the BBC, what title did Michelle Wie win at the age of 11? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of 2003 film in which Julia Stiles appeared (according to the Internet Movie Database):
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1. According to the National Women's Hall of Fame, what anatomical defect did Helen Taussig correct with the Blalock-Taussig operation?

2. According to E! Online, for which two movies did Dianne Wiest receive the academy awards for best supporting actress in 1985 and 1995?

3. According to the Smithsonian Institution, what organization did Lucretia Mott found in the 1830s?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1994 movie in which Dianne Wiest appeared (according to the Internet Movie Database):
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Byrd Baylor
Born on This Date 1924

[Harcourt School]

Primary Children's Author American Women Artists/Illustrator

Helen Brooke Taussig
Helen Brooke Taussig

[Gale Group]


Reba McEntire
Born on This Date 1955

[Official Website]

Country Singer Winer of Two Grammy Awards: 1986 and 1993

Lucretia Mott
Lucretia Mott

[New York Times]

Human Rights

Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie


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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: It is a very cloudy morning. All people are working to prepare for the voyage up the Missouri. Captain Louis arrived at 4 o'clock from St. Louis.
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: The ice has Stoped running owing to Som obstickle above, repare the Boat & Perogues, and prepareing to Set out but few Indians visit us to day they are now attending on the river bank to Catch the floating Buffalow

[The carcasses of buffalo drowned in the river were an important source of meat for the tribes of the upper Missouri, and a fairly advanced state of decomposition added to the attraction.]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: This morning we set out very early and at 9 A. M. arrived at the old Indian Village on Lard side of Deer Island where we found our hunters had halted and left one man with the two canoes at their camp; they had arrived last evening at this place and six of them turned out to hunt very early this morning; by 10 A. M. they all returned to camp having killed seven deer.

these were all of the common fallow deer with the long tail. I measured the tail of one of these bucks which was upwards of 17 Inches long; they are very poor, tho' they are better than the black tailed fallow deer of the coast. these are two very distinct speceis of deer. the Indians call this large Island E-lal-lar or deer island which is a very appropriate name. the hunters informed us that they had seen upwards of a hundred deer this morning on this island.

at ½ after ten A. M. it became fair, and we had the canoes which wanted repairing halled out and with the assistance of fires which we had kindled for the purpose dryed them sufficiently to receive the pitch which was immediately put on them; at 3 in the evening we had them compleat and again launched and reloaded. we should have set out, but as some of the party whom we had permitted to hunt since we arrived have not yet returned we determined to remain this evening and dry our beding baggage &c. the weather being fair.

Since we landed here we were visited by a large canoe with ten natives of the quathlahpahtle nation who are numerous and reside about seventeen miles above us on the lard. side of the Columbia, at the entrance of a small river. they do not differ much in their dress from those lower down and speak nearly the same language, it is in fact the same with a small difference of accent.

we saw a great number of snakes on this island they were about the size and much the form of the common garter snake of the Atlantic coast and like that snake are not poisonous. they have 160 scuta on the abdomen and 71 on the tail.

the men who had been sent after the deer returned and brought in the remnent which the Vultures and Eagles had left us; these birds had devoured 4 deer in the course of a few hours. the party killed and brought in three other deer a goose some ducks and an Eagle. Drewyer also killed a tiger cat.

Joseph Fields informed me that the Vultures had draged a large buck which he had killed about 30 yards, had skined it and broken the back bone.

we came five miles only today.—

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1965 Martin Luther King Leads Alabama Marchers from Selma to the Steps of the Capital in Montgomery Selma to Montgomery March Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Heritage BBC
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1967 At 23y 3m, Dennis J. Patrick O'Grady Is the Youngest Person Ever Elected to the Florida State Senate Florida Government Elections Politics Florida Historical Society
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1972 Georgia Governor, Jimmy Carter, Signs "Sunshine Law" Requiring Open Public Meetings Georgia, Government Jimmy Carter Law and Legal Resources University of Georgia
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1975 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered in Eastern Idaho Idaho Earthquakes USGS
1979 Britain's Callaghan Government Loses Parliamentary Vote of Confidence Great Britain BBC
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1981 France Conducts 20kT Underground Nuclear Test at Fangataufa Atoll France Nuclear Weapons The Cold War Geoscience Australia
1982 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Near the Coast of Peru Kills 3 Peru Earthquakes Death USGS
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1988 Georgia Ratifies the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Georgia, Government 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution University of Georgia
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