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1. Who officially opened the Empire State Building on this date in 1931? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

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3. According to the Golden Age Batman, Batman first appeared in the 1939 Detective 27 comic book. What was the title of the story in which he first appeared? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a sports figure born on this date:

1. What is the name of the space capsule that was found in the Atlantic Ocean on this date in 1999? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Academy of American poets, Sterling Brown earned a master's degree from which university? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to The Atlantic, what part of Kentucky does Bobbie Ann Mason write about? (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 Bobbie Ann Mason (according to Writer's Almanac):
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1. According to Author's Calendar, Joseph Heller's book, Catch-22, influenced the development of what comedy movie and long-running TV show?

2. According to ABC, how many copies have been sold of Tim McGraw's album Not A Moment Too Soon?

3. According to the Illinois Labor History Society, how did Elizabeth Gurley Flynn describe Mother Jones?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Sterling Brown (according to the Academy of American Poets):

Johann Jakob Balmer
Born on This Date 1825

[San Benito CISD, TX]

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Mary Harris "Mother" Jones
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[Bucknell University]

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Sterling Brown
Born on This Date 1901

[Howard University]


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Bobbie Ann Mason
Born on This Date 1940

[Eastern Illinois University]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: This morning we collected our horses and made an early Start, haveing preveously Sent a hed 4 hunters with derections to proceed up the Creek and kill every Species of game which they might meet with. the Small portion of rain which fell last night Caused the road to be much furmer and better than yesterday.

the morning Cloudy and Cool. we proceeded up the Creek on the N. E. Side through a Countrey of less sand and
Some rich bottoms on the Creek which is partially Supplyed with Small Cotton trees, willow, red willow, choke Cherry, white thorn, birch, elder & honey suckle. Great portion of these bottoms has been latterly burnt which has entirely distroyed the timbered growth.

at the distance of nine miles we over took our hunters, they had killed one bever only

at this place the road forked, one leaveing the Creek and the Corse of it is nearly North. the Chopunnish who had accompanied us with his family informed us that this was our best way. that it was a long distance without water. and advised us to Camp on the Creek at this place and in the morning to Set out early. This information perplexed us a little, in as much as the idea of going a days march without water thro an open sandy plain and on a Course 50° out of our derection. we deturmined to unlode and wate for our Guide, or the Chopunnish man who had accompanied us from the long Narrows, who was in the rear with Drewyer our interpreter.

on his arrival we enquired of him which was the best and most direct roade for us to take. he informed us that the road pointed out by his cumerade was through a open hilly and Sandy Countrey to the river Lewis's River, and was a long ways around, and that we Could not git to any water to day. the other roade up the creek was a more derect Course, plenty of water wood and only one hill in the whole distance and the road which he had always recommended to us. Some words took place between those two men the latter appeared in great pation Mounted his horse and Set out up the Creek. we Sent a man after him and brought him back informed him that we believed what he Said and Should imedeately after dinner proceed on the road up the Creek with him. we gave the former man Some powder and ball which had been promised him, and after an early dinner Set out up the Creek with our guide leaveing the Chopunnish man and his family encamped at the forks of the road where they intended to Stay untill the morning and proceed on the rout he had recommended to us.

we traviled 17 miles this evening makeing a total of 26 mls. and encamped.

the first 3 miles of our afternoons march was through a Simaler Country of that of the fore noon; the Creek bottoms then became higher and wider; to the extent of from 2 to 3 miles. we Saw Several Deer of which Labiech killed one.
the timber on the Creek became more abundant and less burnt, and its extensive bottoms afford a pleasent looking Country. we Saw a Great number of Curloos, Some Crains, Ducks, prarie cocks, and Several Species of Sparrows common to the praries. I See Very little difference between the apparant face of the Country here and that of the
plains of the Missouri. only that those are not enlivened by the vast herds of Buffalow, Elk &c. which animated those
of the Missouri.

The Courses & distances of this day are N. 45° E. 9 mls. & N. 75° E. 17 Miles allong the North Side of this Creek to our encampment. Sometime after we had encamped three young men arrived from the Wallah wallah Village bringing with them a Steel trap belonging to one of our party which had been negligently left behind; this is an act of integrity rearly witnessed among Indians. dureing our Stay with them they Several times found the knives of the men which had been Carefully lossed by them and returned them. I think we can justly affirm to the honor of those people that they
are the most hospitable, honist and Sencere people that we have met with on our Voyage.—

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