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1. Which state seceded from the Union on this date in 1861? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1492, which country commissioned Christopher Columbus to seek a westward passage to Asia? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to ABC, Daffy Duck has appeared in how many cartoons? (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. Who was arrested on this date in 1865 as a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Red Hot Jazz, Johnny St. Cyr recorded with Louis Armstrong as a key member of what two groups? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. In what year did the United States Postal Service issue a Daffy Duck stamp? (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 Jane Kurtz (according to Scholastic):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Pulitzer Foundation, in what years did Thornton Wilder win Pulitzer Prizes?

2. According to the History Channel, approximately how many Cuban exiles were involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion on this date in 1961?

3. According to the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, the Ford Mustang was the first automobile to win what award?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of one of the first five books published by Isak Dinesen (according to Authors' Calendar):

Johnny St. Cyr
Born on This Date 1890

[Red Hot Jazz]
Jazz Musician

Thornton Wilder
Born on This Date 1897

[Oberlin College]

Daffy Duck
Since This Date 1937

[Looney Tune Club]
Cartoons and Comics

Georges J.F. Köhler
Born on This Date 1946

[Nobel Foundation]
Immunologist1984 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine

Jane Kurtz
Born on This Date 1952

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: This morning early I sent out the hunters, and set several additional hands about the packsaddles.

I find that the sturgeon is not taken by any of the natives above the Columbean vally. the inhabitants of the rapids at this time take a few of the white salmon trout and considerable quantities of a small indifferent mullet on which they principally subsist. I have seen none except dryed fish of the last season in the possession of the people above that place, they subsist on roots principally with some dryed and pounded fish. the salmon not having made their appearance proves a serious inconvenience to us.

but few of the natives visited my camp today and those only remained a few hours.

even at this place which is merely on the border of the plains of Columbia the climate seems to have changed the air feels dryer and more pure. the earth is dry and seems as if there had been no rain for a week or ten days. the plain is covered with a rich virdure of grass and herbs from four to nine inches high and exhibits a beautifull seen particularly pleasing after having been so long imprisoned in mountains and those almost impenetrably thick forrests of the seacoast.

Joseph Feilds brought me today three eggs of the party coloured corvus, they are about the size and shape of those
of the pigeon. they are bluish white much freckled with dark redish brown irregular spots, in short it is reather a mixture of those colours in which the redish brwn predominates, particularly towards the larger end.—

This evening Willard and Cruzatte returned from Capt. Clark and brought me a note in which Capt. C informed me that he had sill been unsuccessfull having not obtained a single horse as yet from the natives and the state of our stores are so low that I begin to fear we shall not be enabled to obtain as many horses at this place as will convey our baggage and unless we do obtain a sufficient number for that purpose we shall not hasten our progress as a part of
our baggage must still be conveyed by water.

Capt. C informed me that he should proceed as far as the Eneshur village today and would return tomorrow and join
me at the Skillute village to which place I mean to proceed with the party tomorrow.

I dispatched Shannon with a note to Capt. Clark in which I requested him to double the price we have heretofore
offered for horses and if possible obtain as many as five, by this means we shall be enabled to proceed immediately with our small canoes and those horses to the villages in the neighbourhood of the mussel shell rapid where horses
are more abundant and cheaper; with the remainder of our merchandize in addition to the canoes we can no doubt obtain as many horses there as will answer our purposes. delay in the villages at the narrows and falls will be
expensive to us inasmuch as we will be compelled to purchase both fuel and food of the indians, and might the better enable them to execute any hostile desighn should they meditate any against us.—

all the hunters returned in the evening. Sheilds had killed one deer which he brought with him. the packsaddles were completed this evening. I had some Elkskins put in the water today make harnes for the packhorses but shall not cut them untill I know the number we can obtain.—

there is a species of hiasinth in these plains the bulb of which the natives eat either boiled baked or dryed in the sun. this bulb is white, not entirely solid, and of a flat form; the bulb of the present year overlays, or crowns that of the last, and seems to be pressed close to it, the old bulb is withered much thiner equally wide with that of the present year
and sends fourth from it's sides a number of small radicles.— this hiasinth is of a pale blue colour and is a very pretty flower. I preserved a specemine of it.

Clark: I rose early and took a position near to the village and exposed the artiles I had for Sale Great numbers of Indians Came from different derections, Some from below Some above and others across the Countrey from the Tapteet river

— I obtained a Sketch of the Columbia as also Clarks river.

I made a bargin with the Chief who has more horses than all the village besides for 2 horses. Soon after he Canseled his bargin, and we again bargined for 3 horses, they were brought forward, and only one fit for Service, the others had Such intolerable backs as to render them entirely unfit for Service. as I would not take the 3 he would not Sell the
good one to me, and we were off the bargin.

I then packed up and was about Setting out for the Falls when one Indian Sold me 2 horses and one other one horse, and Some others Said they w[ished] to trade which caused me to conclude to delay here one other night.

Maney of the natives from above Come and Said they would trade, but asked a higher price than I thought I could give or reather more than this nation asked.— Great numbers of Men.— I hed to purchase 3 dogs for the men to eate & Some Shap-per-lell.

I Sent Crusat, Wiser, Willard and McNeal back to Capt. Lewis informing him of my ill Suck'sess, and adviseing him to proceed on to this place as Soon as possible, and my intention of proceededing on to the falls to purchase horses if possible

Several Indians arived late this evening. Capt. Lewis Sent me a note by Shannon informing me that he would Set early on tomorrow morning early &c. &c.

I sleped in house of the 2d Chief and they had not any thing except fish to eate and no wood for fire. those people
have a number of buffalow robes. They have great number of Skimming nets

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1822 William Pope Duval Is Commissioned as Florida's First Territorial Governor by President James Monroe Florida President James Monroe Historic Firsts Florida Historical Association
1833 The American Premiere of Mozart's Opera "The Magic Flute" Is Performed at the Park Theatre in New York City Wolfgang Mozart New York City Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1838 In South Africa, Thousands of Zulu Warriors Trap and Slaughter a British Expeditionary Force South Africa British Military Figures War Death South African History
1856 The Minnesota Pioneer Guard, the State's First Volunteer Military Company, Is Organized in St. Paul St. Paul, Minnesota U.S. Military Figures Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1861 Virginia Secedes from the Union Virginia American Civil War West Virginia Archives University of Georgia Virginia Historical  Society
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1863 U.S.S. Wanderer Captures the Confederate Schooner Annie B Southwest of Florida's Egmont Key Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Association
1864 Confederates Capture Union Garrison at Plymouth, North Carolina North Carolina American Civil War History Channel
1865 Mary Surratt Is Arrested as Conspirator in Lincoln Assassination Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Surratt house Museum
1869 Northern Iowa Women's Suffrage Association Is Founded in Dubuque Dubuque, Iowa Women Dubuque, Iowa State Historical Society of Iowa
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1899 Arkansas' Governor Signs an Act Approving Construction of a New State Capitol Arkansas Government Arkansas History Commission
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1908 "Hail Hail the Gangs All Here" Is Copyrighted Popular Music Copyright USPTO
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1954 The Federation of South African Women Is Founded South Africa Women South African History
1955 Fats Domino's Releases "Ain't That a Shame" Fats Domino Popular Music Famous African Americans
1958 The National Party Wins a Third Successive South African General Election South Africa Elections South African History
1960 American Samoa's New Flag Is Dedicated American Samoa Government of American Samoa
1961 U.S. Bay of Pigs Invasion Fails to Overthrow Castro Cuba John F. Kennedy The Cold War History Channel New York Times BBC
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1964 Ford Introduces the Mustang Ford Motor Company Mustang History Channel
Columbus, Ohio's Geraldine Fredritz "Jerrie" Mock Is the First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World Columbus, Ohio Aviation American Women Explorers Historic Firsts New York Times Ohio Historical Society
1965 In St Paul, Minnesota, the Mississippi River Crests Nearly 10' Above Flood Stage Creating $88M in Damages Across the State St. Paul, Minnesota Mississippi River Flooding Economics Minnesota Historical Society
1967 U.S. Launches Surveyor 3 for Soft Lunar Landing Space Exploration The Moon NASA
1969 Alexander Dubcek Is Deposed as Czechoslovakia's Leader Czech Republic Slovakia History Channel
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21-year-old Bernadette Devlin Is Elected as the Youngest Woman to Serve in the British Parliament Great Britain British Government Women Elections BBC
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1972 Women Are Officially Included in the Boston Marathon for the First Time Boston, Massachusetts Distance Running Women Historic Firsts New York Times
1975 Pol Pot & Khmer Rouge Take Control of Cambodia Cambodia History Channel
1976 Helios 2 Satellite Approaches within 28M Miles of the Sun Space Exploration The Sun NASA
1980 Formal Ceremony Makes Rhodesia Independent from Great Britain: Name Changed to Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Great Britain TV news Archive African American Registry
1982 The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Is Placed into Effect Canada Great Britain Historic World Documents Canadian Government
1983 Warsaw Police Rout Solidarity Supporters Commemorating 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Poland Labor Human Rights/Civil Rights TV News Archive
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1986 British Journalist Kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon and Held Hostage for Five Years Beirut, Lebanon British Authors & Illustrators Terrorism BBC
1987 The Knobbed Whelk Is Adopted as Georgia's Official State Seashell Georgia's Official Seashell University of Georgia University of Georgia
1991 Dow Industrial Average Closes Above 3,000 for the First Time Markets & Investments Historic Firsts New York Times
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1998 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-90) Neurolab with 2000 Animals Aboard Space Shuttle Animals NASA
1999 Bomb Blast Injures 45 in London Great Britain Terrorism BBC