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1. On this date in 1912, who became the first woman to fly across the English Channel? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Which national monument was established on this date in 1908? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to "TIME 100", what recognition was given to Charlie Chaplin by a 1995 worldwide survey of film critics? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an Eleanora Tate book (according to African American Literature Book Club):

1. Who was the person responsible for first coining the term "Cold War" on this date in 1947? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to, what was the name of Charlie Chaplin's half brother? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, Wilbur Wright had two older brothers. What were their names? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1962 work by Kingsley Amis (according to the Authors' Calendar):
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1. According to his St. Andrews University biography, on what holiday was Isaac Newton born?

2. According to the Nobel Foundation, to whom did Dr. King send his letter written in a Birmingham jail on this date in 1963?

3. According to the African American Registry, what did Flora Batson Bergen become known as?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1994 recording by Selena (according to Warner Brothers):

Flora Batson Bergen
Born on This Date 1864

[University of North Carolina]
Opera Singer

Wilbur Wright
Born on This Date 1867

[Lucid Library]
Inventor of the Airplane

Charlie Chaplin
Born on This Date 1889

[Silents Majority]

Eleanora Tate
Born on This Date 1949

[Rowan Public Library, NC]
Primary Children's Author

Selena Quintanilla Pérez
Born on This Date 1971

[Warner Brothers]
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: About 8 A. M. Capt. Clark passed the river with the two interpreters, the indian woman and nine men in order to trade with the natives for their horses, for which purpose he took with him a good part of our stock of merchandize.

I remained in camp; sent out the hunters very early in the morning, and set Sergts. Gass and Pryor with some others at work to make a parsel of packsaddles.

twelve horses will be sufficient to transport our baggage and some pounded fish which we intend taking with us as a reserved store for the rocky mountains.

I was visited today by several of the natives, and amused myself in making a collection of the esculent plants in the neighbourhood such as the Indians use, a specemine of which I preserved. I also met with sundry other plants which were strangers to me which I also preserved, among others there is a currant which is now in blume and has yellow blossom something like the yellow currant of the Missouri but is a different speceis.

Reubin Feilds returned in the evening and brought with him a large grey squrrel and two others of a kind I had never before seen. they are a size less than the grey squirrel common to the middle atlantic states and of a pided grey and yellowish brown colour, in form it resembles our grey squrrel precisely. I had them skined leaving the head feet and tail to them and placed in the sun to dry.

Joseph Feilds brought me a black pheasant which he had killed; this I found on examination to be the large black or dark brown pheasant I had met with on the upper part of the Missouri.

our present station is the last point at which there is a single stick of timber on the river for a great distance and is the commencement of the open plains which extend nearly to the base of the rocky Mts.

Labuish returned this evening having killed two deer I sent and had them brought in.

this evening Capt. C. informed me by some of the men whom he sent over that that he had obtained no horses as yet of the natives. that they promised to trade with him provided he would remove to their village. to this he had consented and should proceeded to the Skillute village above the long narrows as soon as the men returned whom he had sent to me for some other articles. I dispatched the men on their return to capt. C. immediately with these articles and he set out with his party accompanyed by the natives to their village where he remained all night.—

the natives who had spent the day with me seemed very well disposed, they left me at 6 in the evening and returned to their rispective villages.

the hunters informed me that they saw some Antelopes, & the tracks of several black bear, but no appearance of any Elk. we were informed by the Indians that the river which falls in on the S. side of the Columbia just above the Eneshur village heads in Mount hood and dose not water the extensive country which we have heretofore calculated on. a great portion of that extensive tract of country to the S. and S. W. of the Columbia and it's S. E. branch, and between the same and the waters of Callifornia must be watered by the Multnomah river.—

Clark: Crossed the river and Sent Drewyer & Goodrich to the Skil lute village to envite the Indians to trade horses with us, also sent Frazer & Shabono to the Che-luck-kit-ti-quar village for the same purpose a number of Indians came of both nations and delayed the greater part of the day without tradeing a Single horse

the Great Chief of the Skillutes also came with Drewyer. he was lame and Could not walk he told me if I would go to his Town his people would trade with me. I Set out late and arrived at Sunset and informed. the natives that in the morning I would trade with them. he gave me onions to eate which had been Sweated. Peter played the violin and the men danced. Saw abt. 100 Stacks of fish. maney nations visit this place for trade. the discription of the houses, their dress habits &c. Smoked &c. I saw great numbers of horses

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