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1. Who did John Rolfe marry on this date in 1614? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. In which state was Richard Peck born? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the History Channel, where was Booker T. Washington born? (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 or illustrator born on this date: SAGA AWES YOU

1. April 5th is Arbor Day in what country? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Fordham University, where did Joseph Lister receive his general education? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Ohio Reading Trip, HM Hoover's parents shared the same occupation. What was it? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of an actor or actress born on this date:
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1. According to Oregon State University, Thomas Hobbes' premature birth was hastened by his mother's fear of what?

2. According to Scholastic, from which high school did Colin Powell graduate?

3. According to the History Channel, Chiang Kai-Shek was President of what government from 1928 to 1949?

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a book by Richard Peck:

Joseph Lister
Born on This Date 1827

[San Jose State University]


Booker T. Washington
Born on This Date 1856

[National Park Service]

Educator/Social Leader

Richard Peck
Born on This Date 1934


Young-adult Authors 2001 Newbery Medal for A Year Down Yonder

HM Hoover
Born on This Date 1935

[Gale Group]

Young-adult Authors

Colin Powell
Born on This Date 1937


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1917 Robert Bloch (Chicago-born Children's Author) Robert Bloch Young-adult Authors
1933 Yasuo Segawa (Japanese Children's Author, Illustrator) Japanese Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Artists
1934 Richard Peck (Illinois-born Children's Author Awarded the 2001 Newbery Medal for A "Year Down Yonder") Richard Peck Young-adult Authors 2001 Newbery Medal for A Year Down Yonder
1935 HM Hoover (Ohio-born Children's Author) HM Hoover Young-adult Authors
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1837 Charles Algernon Swinburne (English Poet) English Authors Poetry Writer's Almanac
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1926 Joseph Rykwert (Polish Author) Polish Authors Writer's Almanac
1929 Hugo Claus (Belgian Author) Hugo Claus
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1908 Jagjivan Ram (Indian Politician, Rights Activist, Spokesman for the Untouchables) Indian Political and Social Leaders Hinduism Civil Rights/Human Rights
1923 Nguyen Van Thieu (President of South Vietnam) Nguyen Van Thieu
1937 Colin Powell (New York-born African-American Statesman, Military Leader) Colin Powell President George Bush President George W. Bush American Military Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders
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1900 Melvyn Douglas (Georgia-born Actor) Georgia Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database University of Georgia
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1967 Herman Muller (New York City-born 1946 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology) New York City Scientists & Mathematicians Genetics Radiation 1946 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology
1975 Chiang Kai-Shek (Chinese Political Leader) Chiang Kai-Shek
1976 Howard Hughes (Texas-born Aviator, Business Leader) Howard Hughes Aviation American Business Leaders The History Channel
1981 Mark Foster Ethridge (Mississippi-born Journalist, Publisher) Mississippi Authors & Illustrators Journalism
1982 Abe Fortas (Tennessee-born Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) Tennessee Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1992 Sam Walton (Oklahoma Business Leader: Founder of Wal-Mart) Sam Walton American Business Leaders Wal-Mart
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1614 Pocahontas Marries English Colonist John Rolfe in Virginia Colonial Virginia Pocahontas Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities The History Channel
1621 The Mayflower Sets Sail for Return Trip to England  Plymouth Colony Great Britain Naval History The New York Times
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1768 20 Merchants Found America's First Chamber of Commerce Is Formed in New York City New York City Business Colonial New York Business Historic Firsts Greater New York Chamber of Commerce Partnership for New York City New York Times
1774 Benjamin Franklin Publishes "An Open Letter to Lord North" English Political and Social Leaders Benjamin Franklin Colonial History The History Channel
1778 Shawnee Indians Take Daniel Boone to Detroit as a British Prisoner Detroit, Michigan Daniel Boone Shawnee Indians American Revolution State of Michigan
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: we have our 2 perogues & Six Canoes loaded with our Stores & provisions, principally provisions. the wind verry high from the N W. a number of Mandans visit us to day

Ordway: clear and pleasant. we Sorted all our loading and divided a proportion of each Sort for each perogue, and loaded all the perogues and got ready for a Start, on our Journey. the wind high from the N. W.— .

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

Lewis: This morning was so cloudy that I could not obtain any lunar observations with Aquila as I wished.

Joseph Fields and Drewyer departed this morning agreeably to their orders of last evening. at 9 A. M. we Sent Sergt. Ordway and a party to assist Sergt. Pryor in bringing in the meat of four Elk which he had dryed. at 1 P. M the party returned with the meat. it had been so illy dryed that we feared it would not keep. we therefore directed it to be cut thinner and redryed over a fire this evening, as we purpose setting out early in the morning.

the deerskins which we have had cased for the purpose of containing our dryed meat are not themselves sufficiently dryed for that purpose, we directed them to be dryed by the fire also. the weather has been so damp that there was no possibility of pounding the meat as I wished.—

we were visited today by several parties of the natives as usual; they behaved themselves in a very orderly manner.

Observed Magnetic Azimuth and altitude of the with Circumferenter and Sextant. immediately after this observation
the sun was suddenly obscured by a cloud and prevented my taking Equal Alitudes. I therefore had recourse to two altitudes in the evening which I obtained as the sun happened to shine a few minutes together through the passing clouds.

Saw the Log cock [pileated woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus], the hummingbird, gees ducks &c today. the tick has made it's appearance it is the same with those of the Atlantic States. the Musquetoes have also appeared but are not yet troublesome.—

this morning at 10 OClock Sergt. Gass returned with Collins and Windsor they had not succeeded in killing the female bear tho' they brought the three cubs with them. the Indians who visited us today fancyed these petts and gave us wappetoe in exchange for them. Drewyer informed me that he never knew a female bear return to her young when they had been allarmed by a person and once compelled to leave them.

The dogwood grows abundantly on the uplands in this neighbourhood. it differs from that of the United States in the appearance of it's bark which is much smoother, it also arrives here to much greater size than I ever observed it elsewhere sometimes the stem is nearly 2 feet in diameter. we measured a fallen tree of fir No. 1 which was 318 feet including the stump which was about 6 feet high. this tree was only about 3 ½ feet in diameter.

we saw the martin, small gees, the small speckled woodpecker with a white back, the Blue crested Corvus, ravens, crows, eagles Vultures and hawks. the mellow bug and long leged spider have appeared, as have also the butterfly blowing fly and many other insects. I observe not any among them which appear to differ from those of our country or which deserve particular notice.—


Sergt. Gass & 2 other of the hunters returnd. with 3 Small black cubs which was sold to the Savages

I and 5 more men went over to the S. Side and climbed a high River hill on which is excelent rich land. went to the Camp of our hunters and brought in the meat. three more hunters Sent on a head with their Small canoe a hunting

great numbers of Savages visited the Camp continually Since we have lay in at this Camp, who were passing down
with their famillys from the country above into the vally of Columbia in Search of food. they inform us that the natives above the great falls have no provisions and many are dieing with hunger. this information has been so repeatedly given by different parties of Indians that it does not admit of any doubt and is the cause of our delay in this neighbourhood for the purpose of procureing as much dryed Elk meat as will last us through the Columbia plains in which we do not expect to find any thing to kill &C.

the River hills are high above Quick Sand River Some of the clifts is 200 feet high. on the tops of those hills the land
is excessively rich and thickly timbred with different Species of Fir intermixed with white cedder. I Saw one of the Fir trees which is 100 and 4 feet in length.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 11/07/05 Clark County, Washington Native Americans
The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
1805 Count Nikolai Rezanov Arrives at the San Francisco Presidio Aboard the Russian Brig Juno Hoping to Establish Trade Relations with the Spanish Russia Spain San Francisco International Trade Latin-American Heritage Learn California
1824 The United States and Russia Sign a Convention Opening the North Pacific to Fishing and Trade Russia Alaska Fishing International Trade Historic U.S. Documents Alaska Historical Society
1830 In Boston. William J. Snelling Publishes Tales of the Northwest, the First Work of Fiction Set in Minnesota Boston, Massachusetts Minnesota American Authors Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1849 A Wagon Train Leaves Fort Smith, Arkansas for the California Gold Fields Fort Smith, Arkansas California California Gold Rush Arkansas History Commision
1853 Iowa School for the Blind Opens in Iowa City Iowa City, Iowa Education Blindness The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School Historical Society of Iowa
1859 Darwin Completes First Three Chapters of Origin of Species Charles Darwin Evolution Origin of Species The History Channel
1860 Wisconsin Congressman and Abolitionist, John F. Potter, Is Challenged to a Duel by Virginia Representative Roger Pryor Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Abolition Wisconsin Historical Society
1861 The 1st Florida Infantry Regiment (500 Men) Is Mustered into Confederate Service in Chattahoochee Chattahoochee, Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
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1862 McClellan's Union Troops Place Yorktown, Virginia under Siege Virginia General George McClellan Siege of Yorktown The History Channel
1863 President Lincoln Visits with General Hooker at Falmouth, Virginia Virginia President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Liincoln Letters
1864 President Lincoln Responds to Petition from Mrs. Horace Mann That All Slave Children Be Freed President Abraham Lincoln Slavery African-American Heritage Liincoln Letters
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1865 President Lincoln Returns to City Point, Virginia from Richmond Virginia Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
1873 Garland County, Arkansas Is Founded Garland County, Arkansas Arkansas History Commision
1874 Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr. Is First Performed in Vienna Austrian Composers Opera Historic Firsts Theater History
1881 Patent Granted for a Centrifugal Separator --the Creamer Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights Inventors and Inventions Foods U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
1885 Fire Destroys the First Hospital in Forth Worth, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Health Care Fire Safety Texas State Historical Society
1887 Annie Sullivan Teaches Helen Keller the Meaning of W-A-T-E-R Helen Keller Anne Sullivan Education Special Education American Foundation for the Blind
1892 English Literary Journal Black and White Publishes "The Real Thing," a Short Story by Henry James Henry James American Authors Journalism National Council of Teachers of English
1894 Connellsville, Pennsylvania Miners Strike Turns Violent, Killing 11 Pennsylvania Business Labor Strikes Death The History Channel
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1895 Chi Omega Sorority Is Founded at the University of Arkansas Arkansas Education Education Women University of Arkansas Chi Omega Arkansas History Commision
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1900 Attempted Assassination of Prince of Wales Fails in Belgium Belgium Great Britain British Monarchy The Guardian
1909 The Neurological Institute of New York Opens with Alexander H. Candlish, Director New York City Brain and Nervous System Neurological Institute of New York IntelliHealth
1916 Congress Hears Testimony in Favor of Establishing a National Park Service U.S. Congress National Park Service Library of Congress
1917 Women Gain Voting Rights in British Columbia, Canada Canada Women Suffrage Parks Canada
The First Airplanes Land at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas San Antonio, Texas Aviation#HIST Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Society
1918 Germans Abandon Their Positions Ending the Battle of Somme France World War I Western Front Association The History Channel
1925 William Faulkner Publishes "Cheest," in the New Orleans Times-Picayune William Faulkner American Authors Journalism National Council of Teachers of English
Ellen Glasgow's "Van Doren on Cabell" Appears in the New York Herald Tribune Virginia Authors American Authors Journalism National Council of Teachers of English
1926 H.L. Mencken Is Arrested for Selling a Magazine That Has Been Banned in Boston Boston, Massachusetts H.L. Mencken Journalism Crime Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1929 A Tornado Kills Three People in Minnesota Minnesota Tornados Death Minnesota Historical Society
1931 Fox Studios Drops John Wayne As Unpromising Talent John Wayne Film The History Channel
1933 Public Is Required to Return All Gold Coins to the Government U.S. Government Franklin Roosevelt Coins & Currency U.S. Treasury
1936 Tornado Levels Tupelo, Mississippi: 216 Die Mississsippi Tornados Death NOAA The History Channel
1937 200 Protestors Occupy the Minnesota State Capitol Demonstrating for a Depression Relief Bill Minnesota Great Depression Economics Minnesota Historical Society
1943 Aircraft Carrier Casablanca Is Launched from the Kaiser Shipyard in Vancouver, Washington Vancouver, Washington World War II Naval History History Link
1945 Yugoslavia's Tito Signs "Friendship" Treaty with the Soviet Union Josep Broz Tito Soviet Union Cold War European History The History Channel
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1951 Julius & Ethel Rosenberg Are Sentenced to Die for Espionage Ethel & Julius Rosenberg Law & Legal Resources Cold War The History Channel The New York Times
1955 Winston Churchill Resigns as Prime Minister of Britain British History Winston Churchill BBC The History Channel
Richard J. Daley Becomes Mayor of Chicago Chicago Political and Social Leaders Illinois Historical Society
1968 Atlanta, Georgia Prepares for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Funeral Atlanta, Georgia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. University of Georgia
1969 100,000 Anti-War Demonstrators March in New York City New York City Vietnam War The History Channel
1970 Guerrillas of the Rebel Armed Forces Murder West Germany's Ambassador to Guatemala Guatemala German Political Leaders Terrorism Death BBC
1971 Seattle City Council Gives Preliminary Approval for a New City Aquarium Seattle, Washington Fish Aquaria and Marine Parks History Link
1973 U.S. Launches Pioneer 11 to Jupiter, Saturn and Beyond Space Exploration Jupiter Saturn NASA
1976 James Callaghan Wins the Labour Leadership to Become Britain's New Prime Minister British Political and Social Leaders Elections BBC
1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Becomes the Highest-scoring Player in NBA History: 31,421 Career Points  New York Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame  African-American Sports Figures The New York Times
1985 8,000 Radio Stations Simultaneously Play "We Are the World" Radio Popular Music USA for Africa
1986 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 16 and Destroys 2,000 Houses in the Cuzco, Peru Area Peru Earthquakes Death USGS
Bomb Kills Two Americans in West Berlin Discotheque Berlin Terrorism BBC
1987 Fox Broadcasting Makes Its Prime-Time TV Debut  Television Fox Broadcasting Historic Firsts The New York Times
1988 Islamic Terrorists Hijack a Kuwaiti Jumbo Jet, Beginning a 16-day International Hostage Crisis Islam Aviation History Terrorism BBC
Tracy Chapman Releases "Fast Car" Ohio Perfroming Artists Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists The History Channel
1989 Polish Round Table Legalizes Solidarity, Schedules Multi-party Elections Poland Labor Cold War University of Michigan
1991 U.S. Begins Air Drops to Kurdish Refugees in Northern Iraq Iraq Gulf War Aviation History
Former Texas Senator, John Tower, and 22 Others Die in Georgia Commuter Plane Crash Georgia Texas Political and Social Leaders Air Disasters Death The New York Times
NASA Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis and Deploys 17-ton Compton Gamma Ray Observatory Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-37) Space Exploration NASA
1992 Abortion Rights Advocates March on Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Abortion/Birth Control Civil Rights/Human Rights The History Channel
1993 Newly Formed Florida Marlins Baseball Team Plays Its First Game, Defeating the Dodgers 6-3 Miami, Florida Baseball Historic Firsts Major League Baseball Florida Historical Society
1994 Penguin Publishing Pays $2.5M for Rights to Bill Gates' Road Ahead Bill Gates Literature Economics & Business
1999 Libya Surrenders Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Suspects to U.N. Representatives United Nations Libya Pan Am Flight 103 Terrorism Law and Legal Resources The New York Times
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2000 Yoshiro Mori Is Elected President of Japan's Ruling Liberal Democratic Party Japanese Political and Social Leaders CNN
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