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5-Minute Quests
BEGINNERS

1. Which ocean liner made its maiden voyage on this date in 1969 (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Where was the first National Negro League baseball game played on this date in 1920? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Goucher College, how many books has Susan Shreve written for children? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a performing artist born on this date:
VAN JOY NONE
INTERMEDIATE

1. Who was the author who lost her manuscript in a hotel fire on this date in 1936? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the National Inventors' Hall of Fame, how did Elijah McCoy's automatic lubricating device help the railroad industry? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Trenches on the Web, how many allied aircraft did Baron von Richthofen shoot down? (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 Susan Shreve in the 1980's (according to Key West Literary Seminar):
MAY CLAP RILE
EXPERT
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to Fordham University, how many square miles of territory did Catherine the Great add to the Russian Empire during her reign?

2. According to Biography.com, in what year did Dr. Benjamin Spock win an Olympic gold medal?

3. According to the National Park Service battle summary, what were the last names of the three principal commanders at the Battle of Chancellorsville fought on this date in 1863?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a novel by Susan Shreve (according to Goucher College):
MR G MILE
 
 

Catherine the Great
Born on This Date 1729

[Library of Congress]

Ruler of Russia


Elijah McCoy
Born on This Date 1844

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Baron Manfred von Richthofen
Born on This Date 1892

[Trenches on the Web]

World War I Flying Ace


Dr. Benjamin Spock
Born on This Date 1903

[New York Times]

Peditrician/Child Expert


Susan Shreve
Born on This Date 1939

[PreviewPort.com]

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1804
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis letter to Clark: I can not hear of any or find any hair pipes. The mail has not arrived yet. The Osages will set
out on the tenth. The pay of the men will commence from the dates of their last inlistments and will ve made up to
the last of November 1804 at the regular wage of soldiers, including the bounty that you are intitled to. Five dollars a month will also be sent as an advance on the score of cloathing and provisions not furnished by the government.
This is to commence those inlisted in Kentucky from the dates of their inlistment, all others from January 1, 1804. Mr. Choteau has procured seven engages to go as far as the Mandanes-but will not agree to go further.
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1805
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: The wind continued violent all night nor did it abate much of it's violence this morning, when at daylight it was attended with snow which continued to fall untill about 10 A. M. being about one inch deep, it formed a singular contrast with the trees and other vegitation which was considerably advanced. some flowers had put forth in the plains, and the leaves of the cottonwood were as large as a dollar.

sent out some hunters who killed 2 Deer 3 Elks and several buffaloe; on our way this evening we also shot three beaver along the shore; these anamals in consequence of not being hunted are extreemly gentle, where they are hunted they never leave their lodges in the day, the flesh of the beaver is esteemed a delecacy among us; I think the tale a most delicious morsal, when boiled it resembles in flavor the fresh tongues and sounds of the codfish, and is usually sufficiently large to afford a plentifull meal for two men.

Joseph Fields one of the hunters who was out today found several yards of scarlet cloth which had been suspended
on the bough of a tree near an old indian hunting camp, where it had been left as a sacrefice to the deity by the indians, probably by the Assinniboin nation, it being a custom with them as well as all the nations inhabiting the waters of the Missouri so far as they are known to us, to offer or sacrefice in this manner to the deity watever they
may be possessed off which they think most acceptable to him, and very honestly making their own feelings the test of those of the deity offer him the article which they most prize themselves. this being the most usual method of weshiping the great sperit as they term the deity, is practiced on interesting occasions, or to produce the happy eventuation of the important occurrances incident to human nature, such as relief from hungar or mallady, protection from their enemies or the delivering them into their hands, and with such as cultivate, to prevent the river's
overflowing and distroying their crops &c. screfices of a similar kind are also made to the deceased by their friends and relatives.

the winds are was very piercing this evening the water friezed on the oars as they rowed. the wind dying at 5 P. M. we set out.—

Lewis & Clark Map: 04/27/05 Roosevelt County, Montana
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The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

1806
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: This morning we dispatched two hunters a head.

we had much dificuelty in Collecting our horses. at 8 A. M. we obtained them all except the horse we obtained from the Chopunnish man whome we Seperated from yesterday. we apprehended that this horse would make Some attempts to rejoin the horses of this man and accordingly had him as we thought Scurely hobbled both before and at the Side, but he broke the Strings in the Course of the night and absconded.

we Sent Several men in different directions in Serch of him. and hired one of the men who joined us last night to prosue him and over take us & at ½ after 1 P. M. the indian and Joseph Fields returned with the horse they had
found him on his way back about 17 miles. I paid the Indian the price Stipulated for his Services and we imediately loaded up and Set forward East 3 miles over a hilly road along the N. Side of the Creek.

wide bottoms on the S. Side. a branch falls in on the S. side which runds from the S W. Mountains, which appear to be about 25 m. distant low yet Covered with Snow. N. 75° E. 7 m. through an extencive leavel bottom. more timber than usial on the Creek. Some pine of the long leaf kind appear on the Creek hills. also about 50 acres of well timbered pine land where we passed the Creek at 4 m. on the Course. N. 45° E. 9 m. passed the Creek at 4 M. and Continued up on the N. E. Side. the bottoms wide. the main creek bear to the S. and head in the Mountains. we passed a Small Creek at 8¾ m. from the Commencement of this Course and encamped on the N. Side in a little bottom. haveing traviled 19 miles to day.

at this place the road leaves the Creek and passes through the open high plains. this creek is 5 yds wide and bears East towards the Mts. I observed a Considerable quantity of the qua mash in the bottoms through which we passed this evening now in blume. there is much appearance of beaver & otter along these creeks. Saw two deer at a distance, also Sand hill Cranes, Curloos and fowls common to the plains. the Soil appears to improve as we advance on this road. our hunters killed a deer only.

The three young men of the Wallah wallah nation Continue with us in the Course of this day. I observed them cut the inner part of the young and succulent Stem of a large Corse plant with a ternate leaf, the leafest of which are three loabes and Covered with woolly pubersense. the flower and fructification resembles that of the parsnip. this plant is very common in the rich lands on the Ohio and its branches. I tasted of this plant found it agreeable and eate hartily of it without feeling any inconveniance.

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1939 Lou Gehrig's Streak of 2,130 Consecutive Games Played Ends New York City Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame New York Times
1942 Off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, the German U-boat 402 Torpedoes and Sinks the USS Cythera, Killing 66 of 68 Crew Members Germany Cape Hatteras, North Carolina Naval Military History Death World War II U.S. Navy
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1952 World's First Jet Airliner Begins Its Maiden Flight from London to Johannesburg London, England Johannesburg, South Africa Aviation History Historic Firsts BBC
1953 Hussein I Installed as King of Jordan Jordan Virtual Jewish Library
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1955 William Faulkner Is Awarded a Pulitzer Prizes for A Fable William Faulkner American Authors 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: A Fable Mississippi Writers
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1956 Near Dover, Delaware, the John Dickinson Mansion Is First Opened to the Public Dickinson Mansion John Dickinson State of Delaware
1957 A Moon for the Misbegotten, Eugene O'Neill's Last Play, Opens on Broadway Eugene O'Neill' American Authors Plays Internet Broadway Database
1963 South Africa's General Law Amendment Act No 37Allows Reduces Rights of Political Prisoners South African Government Law South African History
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1982 British Submarine Sinks Argentine Cruiser: 350 Die Great Britain Argentina Naval History BBC
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