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BEGINNERS

1. What significant event in space exploration occurred on this date in 1981?
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2. Who was the first man launched into space on this date 1961?
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3. According to the Academy of Achievement, what did Jonas Salk intend to study when he entered the City College of New York? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book written by Beverly Cleary (according to Scholastic's booklist):
LUNAR HARP WAY
INTERMEDIATE

1. In which state was Clara Barton born? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the University of Groningen, what was Henry Clay's most consuming ambition? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to his White House biography, who was Franklin Roosevelt's fifth cousin? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book by Gary Soto (according to Eduplace):
KING DEA SITS
EXPERT
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1. According to the International Association for Jazz Education, where did Lionel Hampton receive his first musical training?

2. According to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, how many Americans had been crippled by polio in 1954?

3. According to the Yugoslavia Institute of Physics, Galileo was the first man to use what instrument to study the skies?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work of Scott Turow (according to Time Warner Bookmark):
JURIES RINSE PANOL
 
 

Henry Clay
Born on This Date 1777

[New Geneva Center]


U.S. Congress


Lionel Hampton
Born on This Date 1908

[International Association
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Jazz


Beverly Cleary
Born on This Date 1916

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Peter Safar
Born on This Date 1924

[University of Pittsburgh]

CPR


Gary Soto
Born on This Date 1952

[Hispanic Heritage
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Set out at an early hour. our peroge and the Canoes passed over to the Lard side in order to avoid a bank
which was rappidly falling in on the Stard. the red perogue contrary to my expectation or wish passed under this
bank by means of her toe line where I expected to have seen her carried under every instant. I did not discover that
she was about to make this attempt untill it was too late for the men to reembark, and retreating is more dangerous than proceeding in such cases; they therefore continued their passage up this bank, and much to my satisfaction arrived safe above it. this cost me some moments of uneasiness, her cargo was of much importance to us in our present advanced situation— We proceeded on six miles and came too on the lower side of the entrance of the little Missouri on the Lard shore in a fine plain where we determined to spend the day for the purpose of celestial observation. we sent out 10 hunters to procure some fresh meat.

George Drewyer shot a Beaver this morning, which we found swiming in the river a small distance below the entrance
of the little Missouri. the beaver being seen in the day, is a proof that they have been but little hunted, as they always keep themselves closly concealed during the day where they are so.— found a great quantity of small onions in the plain where we encamped; had some of them collected and cooked, found them agreeable. the bulb grows single, is
of an oval form, white, and about the size of a small bullet; the leaf resem[bles] that of the shive, and the hunters returned this eving with one deer only. the country about the mouth of this river had been recently hunted by the Minetares, and the little game which they had not killed and frightened away, was so extreemly shy that the hunters could not get in shoot of them.

The little Missouri disembogues on the S. side of the Missouri 1693 miles from the confluence of the latter with the Mississippi. it is 134 yards wide at it's mouth, and sets in with a bould current but it's greatest debth is not more than 2½ feet. it's navigation is extreemly difficult, owing to it's rapidity, shoals and sand bars. it may however be navigated with small canoes a considerable distance. this river passes through the Northern extremity of the black hills where it
is very narrow and rapid and it's banks high an perpendicular. it takes it's rise in a broken country West of the Black hills with the waters of the yellow stone river, and a considerable distance S. W. of the point at which it passes the black hills. the country through which it passes is generally broken and the highlands possess but little timber

there is some timber in it's bottom lands, which sonsists of Cottonwood red Elm, with a small proportion of small Ash and box alder. the under brush is willow, red wood, (sometimes called red or swamp willow—) the red burry, and Choke cherry— the country is extreamly broken about the mouth of this river, and as far up on both sides, as we could observe it from the tops of some elivated hills, which stand between these two rivers, about 3 miles from their junction. the soil appears fertile and deep, it consists generally of a dark rich loam intermixed with a small proportion of fine sand. this river in it's course passed near the N. W. side of the turtle mountain, which is said to be no more than 4 or 5 leagues distant from it's entrance in a straight direction, a little to the S. of West.— this mountain and the knife river have therefore been laid down too far S. W. the colour of the water, the bed of the river, and it's appearance in every respect, resembles the Missouri; I am therefore induced to believe that the texture of the soil of the country in which it takes it's rise, and that through which it passes, is similar to the country through which the Missouri passes after leaving the woody country, or such as we are now in.— on the side of a hill not distant from our camp I found some of the dwarf cedar of which I preserved a specimen (See No. 2). this plant spread it's limbs alonge the surface of the earth, where they are sometimes covered, and always put forth a number of roots on the under side, while on the upper there are a great number of small shoots which with their leaves seldom rise higher than 6 or eight inches. they grow so close as perfectly to conceal the eath. it is an evergreen; the leaf is much more delicate than the common Cedar, and it's taste and smell the same. I have often thought that this plant would make very handsome edgings to the borders and walks of a garden; it is quite as handsom as box, and would be much more easily propegated.— the appearance
of the glauber salts and Carbonated wood still continue.

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1806
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: It rained the greater part of last night and still continued to rain this morning. I therefore determined to take up the remaining perogue this morning for which purpose I took with me every man that could be of any service.

a small distance above our camp there is one of the most difficult parts of the rapid. at this place the current sets with great violence against a projecting rock. in hawling the perogue arround this point the bow unfortunately took the
current at too great a distance from the rock, she turned her side to the stream and the utmost exertions of all the
party were unable to resist the forse with which she was driven by the current, they were compelled to let loose the cord and of course both perogue and cord went a drift with the stream. the loss of this perogue will I fear compell us to purchase one or more canoes of the indians at an extravegant price.

after breakfast all hands were employed in taking our baggage over the portage. we caused all the men who had short rifles to carry them, in order to be prepared for the natives should they make any attempts to rob or injure them. I went up to the head of the rapids and left Capt. C. below.

during the day I obtained a vocabulary of the language of the War-clel-lars &c. I found that their numbers were
precisely those of the Chinnooks but the other parts of their language essentially different.

by 5 P. M. we had brought up all our baggage and Capt. C. joined me from the lower camp with the Clahclellah cheif.

there is an old village situated about halfway on the portage road; the fraim of the houses, which are remarkably large one 160 by 45 feet, remain almost entire. the covering of the houses appears to have been sunk in a pond back of the village. this the chief informed us was the residence occasionally of his tribe. these houses are fraimed in the usual manner but consist of a double set as if oune house had been built within the other. the floors are on a level with the ground.

the naives did not croud about us in such numbers today as yesterday, and behaved themselves much better; no doubt the precautions which they observed us take had a good effect.

I employed sergt. Pryor the greater part of the day in reparing and corking the perogue and canoes.

it continued to rain by showers all day. about 20 of the Y-eh-huhs remained with me the greater part of the day and departed in the evening. they conducted themselves with much propryety and contemned the conduct of their relations towards us. We purchased one sheepskin for which we gave the skin of an Elk and one of a deer. this animal was killed by the man who sold us the skin near this place; he informed us that they were abundant among the mountains and usually resorted the rocky parts. the big horned animal is also an inhabitant of these mountains. I saw several robes of their skins among the natives.—

as the evening was rainy cold and far advanced and ourselves wet we determined to remain all night.

the mountains are high steep and rocky. the rock is principally black. they are covered with fir of several speceis and the white cedar. near the river we find the Cottonwood, sweet willow, broad leafed ash, a species of maple, the purple haw, a small speceis of cherry; purple currant, goosberry, red willow, vining and white burry honeysuckle, huckkle
burry, sacacommis, two speceis of mountain holley, & common ash. for the three last days this inclusive we have made only 7 miles.—

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