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1. Which country gained its independence from France on this date in 1960? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Who set baseball's career strikeout record on this date in 1983? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to, in what year did Ludwig Bemelmans move to the United States? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a scientist, mathematician or inventor born on this date:

1. Which country gained its independence from Ethiopia on this date in 1993? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Library of Congress, what words did Samuel F.B. Morse use to transmit the first telegraph message? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the White House, which college did Ulysses S. Grant attend? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Ludwig Bemelmans (according to KidsReads):
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1. According to the Gale Group, what is the title of Coretta Scott King's autobiography?

2. According to the Black Collegian, when did August Wilson adopt his mother's maiden name?

3. According to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, what was Rocky Marciano's career record as a professional boxer?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by August Wilson (according to the Writer's Almanac):
Samuel F.B. Morse
Samuel F.B. Morse
Born on This Date 1791

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The Telegraph

Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant
Born on This Date 1822

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Ludwig Bemelmans
Ludwig Bemelmans
Born on This Date 1898


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Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King
Born on This Date 1927

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August Wilson
August Wilson
Born on This Date 1945

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: This morning I walked through the point formed by the junction of the rivers; the woodland extends about a mile, when the rivers approach each other within less than half a mile; here a beatifull level low plain commences and
extends up both rivers for many miles, widening as the rivers recede from each other, and extending back half a mile to a plain about 12 feet higher than itself; the low plain appears to be a few inches higher than high water mark and of course will not be liable to be overflown; tho' where it joins the high plain a part
of the Missouri when at it's greatest hight, passes through a channel of 60 or 70 yards wide and falls into the yellowstone river. on the Missouri about 2½ miles from the entrance of the yellowstone river, and between this high and low plain, a small lake is situated about 200 yards wide extending along the edge of the high plain parallel with the Missouri about one mile. on the point of the high plain at the lower extremity of this lake I think would be the most eligible site for an establishment.

[The American Fur Company's Fort Union (1828), the Sublette and Campbell post Fort William (1832), and the military post of Fort Buford (1866), were all built, not in the point as Lewis proposed, but on the north side of the Missouri,
in Williams County, North Dakota, probably to avoid the flooding which Lewis noted.]

I continued my walk on shore; at 11 A. M. the wind became very hard from
N. W. insomuch that the perogues and canoes were unable either to proceede
or pass the river to me; I was under the necessity therefore of shooting a goose and cooking it for my dinner. the wind abated about 4 P. M. and the party proceeded tho' I could not conveniently join them untill night. altho' game is very abundant and gentle, we only kill as much as is necessary for food. I believe that two good hunters could conveniently supply a regiment with provisions.

for several days past we have observed a great number of buffaloe lying dead
on the shore, some of them entire and others partly devoured by the Wolves and bears. those anamals either drowned during the winter in attempting to pass the river on the ice during the winter or by swiming acrss at present to bluff banks which they are unable to ascend, and feeling themselves too weak to return remain and perish for the want of food; in this situation we met with several little parties of them.—

beaver are very abundant, the party kill several of them every day.

The Eagles, Magpies, and gees have their nests in trees adjacent to each other; the magpye particularly appears fond of building near the Eagle, as we scarcely see an Eagle's nest unaccompanyed with two or three Magpies nests within
a short distance.— The bald Eagle are more abundant here than I ever observed them in any part of the country.

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: This morning we were detained untill 9 A. M. in consequence of the absence of one of Charbono's horses. the horse at length being recovered we set out and & at the distance of fifteen miles passed through a country similar to that of yesterday; the hills at the extremity of this distance again approach the river and are rocky abrupt and 300 feet high.

we ascended the hill and marched through a high plain for 9 miles when we again returned to the river, I now thought it best to halt as the horses and men were much fatiegued altho had not reached the Wallah wollah village as we had been led to beleive by our guide who informed us that the village was at the place we should next return to the river,
and the consideration of our having but little provision had been our inducement to make the march we had made this morning.

we collected some of the dry stalks of weeds and the stems of a shrub which resembles the southern wood; made a small fire and boiled a small quantity of our meat on which we dined; while here the principal Cheif of the Wallahwallahs joined us with six men of his nation. this Cheif by name Yel-lept' had visited us on the morning of the 19 of October at our encampment a little below this place; we gave him at that time a small medal, and promised him a larger one on
our return. he appeared much gratifyed at seeng us return, invited us to remain at his village three or four days and assured us that we should be furnished with a plenty of such food as they had themselves; and some horses to assist us on our journey.

after our scanty repast we continued our march accompanyed by Yellept and his party to the village which we found at the distance of six miles situated on the N. side of the river at the lower side of the low country about 12 ms. below the entrance of Lewis's river. This Cheif is a man of much influence not only in his own nation but also among the neighbouring tribes and nations.—

This Village consists of 15 large mat lodges. at present they seem to subsist principally on a speceis of mullet which weigh from one to three lbs. and roots of various discriptions which these plains furnish them in great abundance. they also take a few salmon trout of the white kind.—

Yellept haranged his village in our favour intreated them to furnish us with fuel and provision and set the example himself by bringing us an armfull of wood and a platter of 3 roasted mullets. the others soon followed his example with rispect to fuel and we soon found ourselves in possession of an ample stock. they birn the stems of the shrubs in the plains there being no timber in their neighbourhood of any discription.

we purchased four dogs of these people on which the party suped heartily having been on short allowance for near two days. the indians retired when we requested them this evening and behaved themselves in every rispect extreemly well. the indians informed us that there was a good road which passed from the columbia opposite to this village to the entrance of the Kooskooske on the S. side of Lewis's river; they also informed us, that there were a plenty of deer and Antelopes on the road, with good water and grass. we knew that a road in that direction if the country would permit
would shorten our rout at least 80 miles. the indians also informed us that the country was level and the road good, under these circumstances we did not hesitate in pursuing the rout recommended by our guide whos information was corroberated by Yellept & others. we concluded to pass our horses over early in the morning.—


made 31 miles to day—

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