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5-Minute Quests

1. The first Arbor Day was held in which state on this date in 1872? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Haley Joel Osment was born on this date in what year? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Educational Paperback Association, as a young boy David Adler dreamed that a Major League scout would sign him to play for which baseball team? (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 born on this date:

1. Which O. Henry story was published on this date in 1906? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Pulitzer Foundation, Joseph Pulitzer was a passionate crusader against what? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the U.S. House of Representatives, after the Civil War Robert E. Lee served as president of what college? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a Haley Joel Osment film (according to KidActors):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the U.S. House of Representatives, to what country did Lew Wallace serve as a minister?

2. According to the Gale Group, Dolores Huerta is the cofounder and first vice president of what organization?

3. According to the Library of Congress what was the original title of W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues"?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1923 work of Kahlil Gibran (according to the Author's Calendar):


Lew Wallace
Born on This Date 1827

[New Mexico Magazine]

Author Military Leader

Joseph Pulitzer
Born on This Date 1847

[National Institutes of Health


Robert Burns Woodward
Born on This Date 1917

[The Nobel Foundation]

Organic Chemist 1965 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry

Dolores Huerta
Born on This Date 1930

[Washington University, St. Louis]

Civil Rights LeaderLabor Leader

David Adler
Born on This Date 1947

[Educational Paperback Association]

Young-adult Author

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1897 Eric Knight (English-American Journalist, Novelist: Author of Lassie Come Home) English Authors Young-adult Authors Journalism Dogs
1903 Clare Newberry (Oregon-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Oregon Authors Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1922 Harvey Weiss (New York City-born Children's Author, Illustrator) New York City Authors Primary Children's Authors Young-adult Authors American Artists
1941 Martin Waddell (Northern Ireland Children's Author) Irish Authors Young-adult Authors
1947 David Adler (New York City-born Children's Author) David Adler Young-adult Authors
1952 Wendy Anderson Halperin (New York-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Wendy Anderson Halperin Primary Children's Authors American Artists
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1778 William Hazlitt (English Author) English Authors
1810 Benjamin H. Day (Massachusetts-born Printer, Journalist; Founder of The New York Sun) Massachusetts Authors and Illustrators Journalism
1847 Joseph Pulitzer (Hungarian-American Publisher, Founder of the Pulitzer Prize) Joseph Pulitzer Journalism The Pulitzer Prize
1934 David Halberstam (New York City-born Author) David Halberstam
1941 Paul Theroux (Massachusetts-born Author) Paul Theroux (Massachusetts-born Author)
1949 Gregory Nava (California-born Latin-American Screenwriter) Gregory Nava American Authors Filmmakers Latin-American Studies
Artists, Architects and Designers
1855 Jacob Fjelde (Norwegian-American Sculptor) Norwegian Artists Artists
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1838 Frank Baldwin (Connecticut-born Inventor; Known for the Monroe Calculator) Conncticut Scientists & Inventors Mathematics
1917 Robert Burns Woodward (Massachusetts-born 1965 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) Massachusetts Scientists and Mathematicians Organic Chemistry Medical Research 1965 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
Military Leaders
1794 Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry (Rhode Island-born American Military Leader) Rhode Island U.S. Military Leaders
1806 Leonidas Polk (North Carolina-born Confederate General) North Carolina Military Leaders Civil War North Georgia University of Georgia
Political and Social Leaders
1583 Hugo Grotius (Dutch Jurist, Scholar; Wrote "On the Law of War and Peace") Dutch Political and Social Leaders Law Authors Merriam-Webster
1735 Button Gwinnett (English-American Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia) English Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders Declaration of Independence University of Georgia
1827 Eliza Bryant (North Carolina-born African-American Nursing Home Advocate in Cleveland, Ohio) North Carolina Political and Social Leaders Ohio Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders Find-a-Grave African American Heritage
Lew Wallace (Indiana-born Statesman, Military Leader, Author of Ben Hur) Lew Wallace New Mexico Mexcian-American War U.S. Civil War American Authors
1882 Frances Perkins (Boston-born U.S. Secretary of Labor) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders President Franklin Roosevelt Labor American Women Political Leaders Massachusetts Foundation for the Humnities
1908 William Booth (English Founder of the Salvation Army) William Booth The Salvation Army
1930 Dolores Huerta (New Mexico-born Latin-American Labor Leader) Dolores Huerta Human Rights Labor Latin-American Studies
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1868 George Arliss (English Actor) English Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1915 Harry Morgan (Michigan-born Actor, Colonel Potter in M*A*S*H) Michigan Performing Artists M*A*S*H Internet Movie Database State of Michigan
1921 Chuck Connors (New York-born Actor) New York Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1926 Junior Samples (Georgia-born County Music Performer) Georgia Performing Artists Country Musicians Internet Movie Database
1929 Max von Sydow (Swedish Actor) Swedish Performing Artists Actors Film
1932 Omar Sharif (Egyptian Actor) Egypt Actors Film
1951 Steven Seagal (Michigan-born Actor) Michigan Performing Artists Actors Film
1983 Ryan Merriman (Oklahoma-born Actor) Oklahoma Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1984 Mandy Moore (New Hampshire-born Actress) New Hampshire Actors Film
1988 Haley Joel Osment (Los Angeles-born Actor) Haley Joel Osment Actors Film
Sports Figures
1936 John Madden (Minnesota-born Football Coach, Sportscaster) Minnesota Sports Figures Football Hall of Fame Television
1938 Don Meredith (Texas-born Football Player, Sportscaster) Texas Sports Figures Football Television
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879 Louis II, King of France French Political and Social Leaders
1813 Joseph-Louis Lagrange (Italian Mathematician) Joseph-Louis Lagrange Calculus
1919 Emiliano Zapata (Leader of Mexican Peasants, Assassinated by Government Forces) Mexican Political Leaders History Channel
1931 Kahlil Gibran (Lebanese Poet) Kahlil Gibran Poetry
1955 William Jacobsen (Iowa-born Member of the U.S. Congress) Iowa Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress
1958 W. C. Handy (Alabama-born African-American Composer, Ragtime Songwriter) W.C. Handy American Composers Famous African Americans
1969 Harley Earl (California-born Designer of the Corvette) California Artists and Designers American Artists and Designers Historical Society of Michigan
1975 Marjorie Main (Indiana-born Actress) Indiana Performing Artists Actors Film
1997 Michael Dorris (Kentucky-born Native-American Author) Kentucky Authors Native-American Authors American Authors
2010 Lech Kaczynski (President of Poland: Killed in Plane Crash) Polish President Lech Kaczynski Killed in Plane Crash Air Disasters Death BBC
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1633 The First Bananas in England Go on Sale in London London, England Foods and Nutrition Business Historic Firsts Historic UK
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1768 Marqués de Rubí Recommends Reorganization of Spain's Mexican Frontier Mexico Spain Texas Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1778 Commander John Paul Jones Sets Sail to Raid British Warships in the Irish Sea Great Britain John Paul Jones Revolutionary War Naval History History Channel
1795 Missionary Priest, Father Jean Francois Rivet, Arrives in Vincennes, Indiana Vincennes, Indiana Religious Leaders and Theologians Indiana Historical Society
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: We set out early and droped down the channel to the lower end of brant Island from whence we drew them up the rapid by a cord about a quarter of a mile which we soon performed; Collins and Gibson not having yet come over we directed Sergt. Pryor to remain with the cord on the Island untill Gibson arrived and assist him with his crew in geting his canoe up the rapid, when they were to join us on the oposite side at a small village of six houses of the
Clah-clah'lahs where we halted for breakfast.

in passing the river which is here about 400 yds. wide the rapidity of the currant was such that it boar us down a considerable distance notwithstanding we employed five oars.

on entering one of these lodges, the natives offered us a sheepskin for sail, than which nothing could have been more acceptable except the animal itself. the skin of the head of the sheep with the horns remaining was cased in such manner as to fit the head of a man by whom it was woarn and highly prized as an ornament. we obtained this cap in exchange for a knife, and were compelled to give two Elkskins in exchange for the skin.

this appeared to be the skin of a sheep not fully grown; the horns were about four inches long, celindric, smooth, black, erect and pointed; they rise from the middle of the forehead a little above the eyes. they offered us a second skin of a full grown sheep which was quite as large as that of a common deer. they discovered our anxity to purchase and in order to extort a great plrice declared that they prized it too much to dispose of it. in expectation of finding some others of a similar kind for sale among the natives of this neighbourhood I would not offer him a greater price than had been given for the other which he refused.

these people informed us that these sheep were found in great abundance on the hights and among the clifts of the adjacent mountains. and that they had lately killed these two from a herd of 36, at no great distance from their village. we could obtain no provision from those people except four white salmon trout.

at ten oclock Sergt. Pryor and Gibson joined us with Collins who had killed 3 deer. these were all of the blacktailed fallow kind.

we set out and continued our rout up the N. side of the river with great difficulty in consequence of the rapidity of the current and the large rocks which form this shore; the South side of the river is impassable. as we had but one sufficient toerope and were obliged to employ the cord in geting on our canoes the greater part of the way we could
only take them one at a time which retarded our progress very much.

by evening we arrived at the portage on the North side where we landed and conveyed our bagage to the top of the hill about 200 paces distant where we formed a camp. we had the canoes drawn on shore and secured. the small canoe got loose from the hunters and went a drift with a tin vessel and tommahawk in her; the Indians caught her at the last village and brought her up to us this evening for which service we gave them a couple of knives; the canoe overset and lost the articles which were in her.—

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 11/07/05 Skamania County, Washington Native Americans
The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
1815 Indonesia's Tambora Volcano Sends Ash 20 Miles into the Atmosphere Indonesia Volcanoes History Channel
1816 Congress Authorizes the Creation of a Second National Bank U.S. Congress Economics U.S. Treasury
1825 The Marquis de Lafayette Arrives in New Orleans Marquis de Lafayette New Orleans, Louisiana American Revolution Louisiana Secretary of State
1833 First Homeopathic Medical Society, the Hahnemann Society, Is Organized in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Health Care Historic Firsts IntelliHealth
1841 Horace Greeley Launches the New York Tribune New York City Media Horace Greeley Journalism New York State Historical Society
1845 Over 1,000 Buildings Damaged by Fire in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Fire Safety Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
1849 Walter Hunt of New York City Receives U.S. Patent 6,281 for His Safety Pin New York City Scientists and Inventors Patents and Trademarks Inventors and Inventions Technology and Society USPTO
1861 26 Volunteers from Sauk County Depart for Madison to Become part of the First Wisconsin Infantry, Company F Wisconsin Military Figures Civil War Wisconsin Historical Society
1862 Florida's 1st Cavalry Captures 6 Union Soldiers, Kill 1, Near Amelia Island Amelia Island, Florida Civil War Death Florida Historical Association
Union Forces Bombard Georgia's Fort Pulaski Georgia Civil War Forts University of Georgia
1864 Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian Accepts the Crown as Emperor of Mexico Mexcio Austria Austrian Mint
1865 Crowds Serenade President Lincoln throughout the Day. He Makes Extemporaneous Speeches President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Asks That Flags and a Navy Sword Be Provided for His Son Tad President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
Robert E. Lee Bids His Troops Farewell Robert E. Lee Civil War History Channel
1866 ASPCA Is Organized Service Organizations Animals New York Times
1872 The First Arbor Day Is Celebrated in Nebraska Nebraska Arbor Day Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1885 Dr. Sheldon Jackson Is Appointed General Agent of Education for Alaska Alaska Education Education Alaska Historical Society
1887 Pope Leo XIII Formally Approves the Catholic University of America Catholicism Education Catholic University of America
1895 The Ocean Liner St. Paul Is Launched in Philadelphia by the International Navigation Company Philadelphia, Pennsylvania St. Paul, Minnesota Naval History Minnesota Historical Society
1899 The Second Regiment West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Is Mustered Out of Service West Virginia Military Figures Spanish-American War West Virginia Archives
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1906 A Monument Is Unveiled Marking the Spot Where the Oregon Trail Passed over the Hill Near Present-Day La Grande, Oregon La Grande, Oregon Oregon Trail
O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi" Is Published O. Henry Writing History Channel
1908 The Washington Forest Fire Association Is Formed Washington Trees Fire Safety History Link
1909 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Rat Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
1912 Luxury Ship RMS Titanic Sets Sail from Southampton, England British History The Titanic New York Times
1918 The Congress of Oppressed Nationalities Comes to a Close in Rome Italy World War I History Channel
1919 Emiliano Zapata, Leader of Mexican Peasants, Is Assassinated In Morelos by Government Forces Mexican Political Leaders Death History Channel
1920 Oil Is Discovered in Stephens, Arkansas Stephens, Arkansas Business Arkansas History Commission
1924 Simon & Schuster Is Started by Publishing a Crossword Puzzle Book Puzzles Simon & Schuster
Arkansas' State Flag Is Adopted Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald Publishes The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Literature Bookrags National Council of Teachers of English
1929 An F5 Tornado Kills 23 People in Northeast Arkansas Arkansas Tornadoes Death National Weather Service Arkansas History Commission
1930 Arnold Collins Mades the First Synthetic Rubber Called Polychloroprene or Neoprene Organic Chemistry Historic Firsts LeMoyne College
1932 Paul von Hindenburg Is Elected First German President; Hitler Finishes Second Paul von Hindenburg Adolf Hitler New York Times
1933 The Civilian Conservation Corps Is Created FDR The Great Depression History Channel
1938 Austria Is Made a State of Germany Germany Austria European History World War II
1941 Independent State of Croatia Is Created in Occupied Yugoslavia Croatia Yugoslavia World War II History Channel
Hooverville, Seattle's Depression-era Shantytown, Burns Down Seattle, Washington The Great Depression Fire Safety History Link
1942 U.S. & Filipino Soldiers Begin 65-mile Bataan Death March The Fall of Bataan Japan World War II History Channel
1944 Harvard University Researchers Produce the First Synthetic Quinine for Treatment of Malaria Organic Chemistry Malaria Historic Firsts Harvard University IntelliHealth
1945 New York Drama Critics Choose Tennessee Williams' Glass Menagerie as Best Play of the Year New York Tennessee Williams Plays Theatre History
1947 The Brooklyn Dodgers Purchase the Contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals Jackie Robinson Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Major League Baseball New York Times
1949 Atlanta, Georgia's Last Streetcar Makes Its Final Run Atlanta, Georgia Transportation University of Georgia
Sam Snead Wins the Masters Virginia Sports Figures World Golf Hall of Fame The Masters Sports Illustrated
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1951 President Truman Removes Douglas MacArthur from Command of U.N. Forces in Korea Korean War President Harry Truman Douglas MacArthur Asian History
1953 House of Wax Premieres as the First 3-D Color Film New York City Film Internet Movie Database
Austrian Actress Hedy Lamarr Becomes a U.S. Citizen Hedy Lamarr Actors Film Immigration Theatre History
1957 Ricky Nelson First Sings on Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in the "Rick the Drummer" Episode Television Popular Music
1958 Bobby Darin Records "Splish Splash" Popular Music Official Web Site
1959 Japan's Crown Prince Akihito Marries Commoner Japan New York Times
1960 Arnold Palmer Wins His Second Masters Title Arnold Palmer World Golf Hall of Fame The Masters Sports Illustrated
1961 South African Gary Player Is the First non-U.S. Golfer to Win the Masters Gary Player World Golf Hall of Fame The Masters Sports Illustrated
1962 4.2 Magnitude Earthquake Is Largest in Vermont's Recorded History Vermont Earthquakes USGS
1963 U.S. Nuclear Sub Thresher Sinks 220 Miles East of Boston Naval History Nuclear Weapons Death History Channel
1966 10,000 Marchers Arrive in Sacramento, California in Gain Support of Farm Workers' Strike California Cesar Chavez Farming and Agriculture Labor Unions Human Rights UCLA
1968 Fifty-one People Die as Storm Capsizes Ferry in New Zealand's Wellington Harbor New Zealand Storm Naval History Death BBC
1970 Paul McCartney Leaves the Beatles Paul McCartney The Beatles History Channel
1971 U.S. Table Tennis Team Begins One-week Tour of China China The Cold War Table Tennis History Channel
1972 70 nations, Including the U.S. and Soviet Union, Ban Biological Warfare Historic World Documents Cold War Crimes Technology and Society
U.S. B-52 Bombers Hit Targets in North Vietnam for First Time in Four Years Vietnam War Aviation History TV News Archive
7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Kills over 5,000 in the Iranian State of Fars Iran Earthquakes Death BBC USGS
Charlie Chaplin Receives Honorary Academy Award English Performing Artists Charlie Chaplin Actors Filmmakers Academy Award History Channel
1974 Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir Resigns Israeli Political and Social Leaders Golda Meir Writer's Almanac
1975 Lee Elder Is First African-American Golfer to Compete in the Masters Texas Sports Figures Golf African-American Sports Figures New York Times
1977 Tom Watson Wins the Masters Missouri Sports Figures World Golf Hall of Fame The Masters Sports Illustrated
1978 Independent State of Transkei Breaks All Diplomatic Relations with South Africa South African Government South African History
1979 Soviet Union Launches Soyuz 33 with the First Bulgarian Cosmonaut Aboard Bulgaria Explorers & Pioneers Russian Space Program Space Exploration Historic Firsts South NASA
1981 Computer Timing Error Postpones the First Space Shuttle Lunch (Columbia STS-1) Space Shuttle Computer Technology NASA
Northern Ireland Elects Dying IRA Hunger Striker to the British Parliament Northern Ireland British Government Elections BBC
1982 NASA Launches INSAT-1 Satellite to Provide Telecommunications Support for Remote Areas of India Space Exploration History of Technology NASA
1984 Space Shuttle Challenger Crew Successfully Retrieves Dysfunctional Solar Max Satellite for Repairs Space Shuttle Space Exploration NASA TV News Archive
1987 South Africa Signs a Security Pact with the Independent States of Transkei and Ciskei South African Government South African History
1988 Self-Rule Peace Accord Reached for Northern Ireland Ireland Great Britain BBC
1993 ANC Leader Is Assassinated on the Eve of South Africa's First Democratic Elections South Africa Crime Death South African History
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2000 Beth Henley, Family Week, Opens at New York's Century Theatre for the Performing Arts Beth Henley Plays Mississippi Writers
2001 8-Months Pregnant, Jane Swift Becomes First Female Governor of Massachusetts Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders American Women Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts CNN
2005 Tiger Woods Wins His Fourth Masters Championship Tiger Woods Golf African-American Sports Figures Asian-American Sports Figures The Masters
2006 Across the U.S. Tens of Thousands Protest Proposed Legislation to Criminalize Illegal Immigrants Congress Immigration Civil Rights/Human Rights CNN
2010 Polish President Lech Kaczynski Killed in Plane Crash Polish President Lech Kaczynski Killed in Plane Crash Air Disasters Death BBC