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1. In which two Massachusetts towns did the American Revolutionary War begin on this date in 1775? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Mswati III is the king of what country? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Brooklyn Expedition, what was the title of Javaka Steptoe's first book? (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. In what year did Charles Darwin die on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the BBC, in what year did Mswati III become King? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the National Park Service, how many years was Arlington House home for Robert E. Lee? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an Alfred Hitchcock film (according to the Museum of Modern Art filmography):
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1. According to the Woodrow Wilson Leadership Program in Chemistry, in which district of Los Angeles did Glenn T. Seaborg attend high school?

2. According to the Nobel Foundation, what great traditions did José Echegaray y Eizaguirre revive with his compositions?

3. According to the History Channel, how many people were killed in the mob violence that occurred in Baltimore on this date in 1861?

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a poet with whom Etheridge Knight contributed to the Black Arts Movement (according to the Academy of American Poets ):

Robert E. Lee
Born on This Date 1807

[National Park Service]

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José Echegaray Eizaguirre
Born on This Date 1832

[Universidad Complutense de Madrid]

Authors 1904 Nobel Laureate for Literature

Jean Lee Latham
Jean Lee Latham
Born on This Date 1902

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Glenn T. Seaborg
Born on This Date 1912

[Nobel Foundation]

Atomic Physicist 1951 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry

King Mswati III of Swaziland
Born on This Date 1968

[Official Swaziland Website]

King of Swaziland

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Letter from Sargeant John Ordway to his parents: Dear Parents: I am writing to you again to let you know where I am and where I am going. I am well thank God and in high spirits. I am under the command of Captain Lewis and Captain Clark who have been appointed by the presidnet to explore the western part of North America. We are planning to ascend the Missouri River with boat as far as possible. From then on, we will travel by foot until we hopefully reach the western ocean. Our party consists of 25 men from the army and country. I have been chosen as one of the men from the army. If I successfully return from this journey, I will be granted discharge from the army, my choice. We expect to be gone either 18 months of two years. In honor of our hard work, we receive 15 dollars a month and at least 400 acres of first class land. If we make great discoveries along our journey, the U'States has promised us great rewards.
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: The wind blew So hard this morning from N. W. that we dared not to venture our canoes on the river.— Observed considerable quantities of dwarf Juniper on the hill sides it seldom rises higher then 3 feet.—

the wind detained us through the couse of this day, tho' we were fortunate in having placed ourselves in a safe harbour.

the party killed one Elk and a beaver today. The beaver of this part of the Missouri are larger, fatter, more abundant and better clad with fur than those of any other part of the country that I have yet seen; I have remarked also that
their fur is much darker.—

Lewis & Clark Map: 10/14/04 Williams County, North Dakota
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The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: This morning early we had our small canoes drawn out, and employed all hands in transporting our baggage on their backs and by means of the four pack horses, over the portage. This labour we had accomplished by 3 P. M. and established our camp a little above the present Skil-lute village which has been removed a few hundred yards lower down the river than when we passed them last fall and like others below have the floors of their summer dwellings on the surface of the earth instead of those cellars in which they resided when we passed them.

there was great joy with the natives last night in consequence of the arrival of the salmon; one of those fish was
caught; this was the harbinger of good news to them. they informed us that these fish would arrive in great quantities in the course of about 5 days. this fish was dressed and being divided into small peices was given to each child in the village. this custom is founded in a supersticious opinion that it will hasten the arrival of the salmon.

with much difficulty we obtained four other horses from the Indians today, we wer obliged to dispence with two of our kettles in order to acquire those. we have now only one small kettle to a mess of 8 men. in the evening Capt. Clark set out with four men to the Enesher village at the grand falls in order to make a further attempt to procure horses.

these people are very faithless in their contracts. they frequently receive the merchandize in exchange for their horses and after some hours insist on some additional article being given them or revoke the exchange. they have pilfered several small articles from us this evening.—

I directed the horses to be hubbled & suffered to graize at a little distance from our camp under the immediate eye of the men who had them in charge. one of the men Willard was negligent in his attention to his horse and suffered it to ramble off; it was not to be found when I ordered the others to be brought up and confined to the picquits. this in addition to the other difficulties under which I laboured was truly provoking. I repremanded him more severaly for this peice of negligence than had been usual with me.

I had the remaining horses well secured by picquits; they were extreemly wrestless and it required the attention of the whole guard through the night to retain them notwithstanding they were hubbled and picquted. they frequently throwed themselves by the ropes by which they were confined. all except one were stone horses for the people in this neighbourhood do not understand the art of gelding them, and this is a season at which they are most vicious.

many of the natives remained about our camp all night.

Clark: I left Capt L. at the bason and proceeded to the village early this morning with a view to recive the horses which were promised to be brought this morning for articles laid by last evining. in the Course of this day I purchased four horses at the Village, and Capt Lewis one at the bason before he left it.

after the baggage was all Safely landed above the portage, all hands brought over the Canoes at 2 lodes which was accomplished by 5 P. M. as we had not a Sufficiency of horses to transport our baggage we agreed that I should proceed on to the Enesher villages at the great falls of the Columbia and if possible purchase as maney horses as would transport the baggage from that place, and rid us of the trouble and dificuelty of takeing our Canoes further.

I set out with Serjt Pryor, Geo Shannon Peter Crusat & Labiech at half past 5 P. M. for the Enesher Village at which place I arrived at 8 P. M.

Several Showers of rain in the after part of to day, and the S W wind very high.

I entered the largest house of the Eneeshers village in which I found all the enhabitents in bead. they rose and made a light of Straw, they haveing no wood to burn. many men Collected. we Smoked and I informed them that I had come to purchase a fiew horses of them. they promused to Sell me Some in the morning.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 11/07/05 Klickitat County, Washington Native Americans
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