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5-Minute Quests

1. Who was honored with a postage stamp on this date in 1969? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. In what state was Eloise Greenfield born? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Edward Jenner Institute, for whom did Edward Jenner serve as an apprentice beginning at the age of 14? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a country celebrating today as a holiday:

1. Which member of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery was almost bitten by a rattlesnake on this date in 1805? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Random House, how many times has Gary Paulsen taken part in the Iditarod dog sled race? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Women's Soccer World, when was Mia Hamm U.S. Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year for three consecutive years? (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 Eloise Greenfield (according to her Scholastic booklist):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to Soccer Times, how many goals did Mia Hamm score for the U.S. National Team in 1998?

2. According to the Mexican Embassy in the United Kingdom, Alfonso Reyes was a master of what form of writing?

3. According to the University of South Carolina, in what year did the World Health Assembly officially declare "the world and its peoples" free from endemic smallpox, thanks to the vaccine discovery of Edward Jenner?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book by Gary Paulsen:


Edward Jenner
Born on This Date 1749

[University of South Carolina]

Small Pox

Alfonso Reyes
Born on This Date 1889

[Columbia University]


Eloise Greenfield
Born on This Date 1929


Primary Children's Authors

Gary Paulsen
Born on This Date 1939

[Internet Public Library]

Young-adult Authors

Mia Hamm
Born on This Date 1972



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1929 Eloise Greenfield (North Carolina-born African-American Poet, Children's Author) Eloise Greenfield Primary Children's Authors Poetry African-American Authors
1939 Gary Paulsen (Minnesota-born Children's Author) Gary Paulsen Young-adult Authors
1939 Susan Gold Purdy (New York City-born Children's Author) New York Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Foods & Nutrition
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1889 Alfonso Reyes (Mexican Author) Alfonso Reyes Hispanic Authors and Illustrators
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1935 Dennis Potter (English Writer) Dennis Potter Television Writer's Almanac
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1866 Erik Satie (French Composer) French Composers Composers Writer's Almanac
1906 Zinka Milanov (Yugoslavian Operatic Soprano) Yugoslavian Performing Artists Opera Writer's Almanac
1918 Birgit Nilsson (Swedish Operatic Soprano) Swedish Performing Artists Opera Writer's Almanac
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1749 Edward Jenner (English Physician Who Developed a Vaccine for Smallpox) Edward Jenner Small Pox
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1936 Dennis Hopper (Kansas-born Actor) Kansas Performing Artists Actors Film The Internet Movie Database
1942 Taj Mahal (New York City-born African-American Performing Artist) New York City Performing Artists Popular Musician African American Performing Artists The Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1955 Bill Paxton (Texas-born Actor) Texas Performing Artists Actors Film The Internet Movie Database
1956 Bob Saget (Pennsylvania-born Actor) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Television Film The Internet Movie Database
1961 Enya (Irish Popular Singer) Irish Performing Artists Popular Musician The Internet Movie Database
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1909 Karl Schafer (Austrian Ice Skater; 1932 and 1936 Olympic Champion) Austrian Sports Figures Figure Skating Olympic Games
1956 Sugar Ray Leonard (North Carolina-born African-American Member of International Boxing Hall of Fame) North Carolina Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1972 Mia Hamm (Alabama-born Olympic Soccer Player) Mia Hamm Soccer The Olympic Games
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1955 Owen J. Roberts (Pennsylvania-born Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
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1602 English Explorer Bartholomew Gosnold Names Cape Cod English Explorers Cape Cod, Massachusetts Colonial Massachusetts North-American Explorers Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1637 Puritan Lawyer John Winthrop Is Elected to be the First Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony John Winthrop Massachusetts Colonial Massachusetts Elections Concordia
1673 Louis Jolliet, Father Jacques Marquette and Five French Voyageurs Begin Their Exploration of the Mississippi River Father Marquette Louis Joliet Mississippi River North American Explorers State of Michigan Wisconsin Historical Society
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

A few men were confined and punished for being absent without permission and behaving poorly at the Ball last night. After being found guilty, two men received twenty lashes on their naked back while John Collins received more severe punishment. The court was resolved thereafter.
Missouri Crime University of Nebraska
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Set out at an early hour, and proceeded on very well; we employed the
toe line the greater part of the day; the banks were firm and shore boald which favoured the uce of the cord. I find this method of asscending the river, when
the shore is such as will permit it, the safest and most expeditious mode of traveling, except with sails in a steady and favourable breze.

The country rugged, the hills high, their summits and sides partially covered
with pine and cedar, and the river on either side washing their bases. it is somewhat singular that the lower part of these hills appear to be formed of a dark rich loam while the upper region about 150 feet is formed of a whiteish brown sand, so hard in many parts as to resemble stone; but little rock or
stone of any kind to be seen in these hills. the river is much narrower than usual, the bed from 200 to 300 yards only and possessing a much larger proportion of gravel than usual. a few scattering cottonwood trees are the only timber near the river; the sandbars, and with them the willow points have almost entirely disappeared.

Capt Clark walked on shore this evening and killed an Elk; buffaloe are not so abundant as they were some days past. the party with me killed a female brown bear, she was but meagre, and appeared to have suckled young very recently. Capt. Clark narrowly escaped being bitten by a rattlesnake in the course of his walk, the party killed one this evening at our encampment, which he informed me was similar to that he had seen; this snake is smaller than those common
to the middle Atlantic States, being about 2 feet 6 inches long; it is of a yellowish brown colour on the back and sides, variagated with one row of oval spots of a dark brown colour lying transversely over the back from the neck to the tail, and two other rows of small circular spots of the same colour which garnis the sides along the edge of the scuta. it's bely contains 176 scuta on the belly and 17 on the tale.

Capt Clark saw an Indian fortifyed camp this evening, which appeared to have been recently occupyed, from which we concluded it was probable that it had been formed by a war party of the Menetares who left their vilage in March last with a view to attack the blackfoot Indians in consequence of their having killed some of their principal warriors the previous autumn.

we were roused late at night by the Sergt. of the guard, and warned of the
danger we were in from a large tree that had taken fire and which leant immediately over our lodge. we had the loge removed, and a few minutes after a large proportion of the top of the tree fell on the place the lodge had stood; had we been a few minutes later we should have been crushed to attoms. the wind blew so hard, that notwithstanding the lodge was fifty paces distant from the fire it sustained considerable injury from the burning coals which were thrown on it; the party were much harrassed also by this fire which communicated to a collection of fallen timber, and could not be extinguished.

Lewis & Clark Map: 04/27/05 Garfield County, Montana Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Native American Heritage

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: It rained the greater part of the last night and this morning untill 8 OCk. the water passed through flimzy covering and wet our bed most perfectly in short we lay in the water all the latter part of the night. unfortunately my chronometer which for greater security I have woarn in my fob for ten days past, got wet last night; it seemed a little extraordinary that every part of my breechies which were under my head, should have escaped the moisture except the fob where the time peice was.

I opened it and founded it nearly filled with water which I carefully drained out exposed it to the air and wiped the works as well as I could with dry feathers after which I touched them with a little bears oil. several parts of the iron and steel works were rusted a little which I wiped with all the care in my power. I set her to going and from her apparent motion hope she has sustained no material injury.—

at 9 A. M. Sergt. Pryor and Collins returned, Sergt. Pryor brought the Skin and flesh of a black bear which he had killed; Collins had also killed a very large variegated bear but his horse having absconded last evening was unable to bring it. they had secured this meat perfectly from the wolves or birds and as it was at a considerable distance we did not think proper to send for it today. neither of these bear were in good order.

as the bear are reather ferocious and we are obliged to depend on them pincipally for our subsistence we thought it most advisable to direct at least two hunters to go together, and they accordingly peared themselves out for this purpose. we also apportioned the horses to the several hunters in order that they should be equally rode and thereby prevent any horse being materially injured by being too constantly hunted.

we appointed the men not hunters to take charge of certain horses in the absence of the hunters and directed the hunters to set out in different directions early in the morning and not return untill they had killed some game.

it rained moderately the greater part of the day and snowed as usual on the plain. Sergt. Pryor informed me that it was shoe deep this morning when he came down. it is somewhat astonishing that the grass and a variety of plants which are now from a foot to 18 inches high on these plains sustain no injury from the snow or frost; many of those plants are in blume and appear to be of a tender susceptable texture.

we have been visited by no indians today, and occurrence which has not taken place before since we left the Narrows of the Columbia.— I am pleased at finding the river rise so rapidly, it now doubt is attributeable to the meting snows of the mountains; that icy barier which seperates me from my friends and Country, from all which makes life esteemable.— patience, patience

Clark: I frequently Consult the nativs on the subject of passing this tremendious barier which now present themselves to our view for great extent, they all appear to agree as to the time those Mountains may be passed which is about the Middle of June.

At the distance of 18 Miles from the river and on the Eastern border of the high Plain the Rocky Mountain Commences and presents us with Winter here we have Summer, Spring and Winter in the Short Space of twenty or thirty miles—.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 04/01/06 Lewis County, Idaho Bears Nez Percé
The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
1814 Norway Separates from Denmark to Become Independent State Norway Denmark World History Library of Congress
1820 John Tipton and Governor Jonathan Jennings Begin Surveying the Site of the New Capital of Indiana to Be Named Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana Historical Society
1826 John J. Audubon Sails from New Orleans to Seek a Publisher in Europe John J. Audubon New Orleans Birds American Artists Princeton Audubon
1827 Andrew Johnson Marries Eliza McCardle President Andrew Johnson The History Channel
1838 General Winfield Scott Instructs Troops to Begin Moving Georgia Cherokee West Georgia 1838 Trail of Tears Westward Expansion University of Georgia
1839 Lorenzo Adkins Patents a Water Wheel Trademarks & Patents Simple Machines Inventors & Inventions Water U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Texas Rangers Defeat Mexican Revolutionary at North San Gabriel River Mexico Republic of Texas Cherokee Indians Texas State Historical Society
1843 The Democratic Review Publishes "The Celestial Road," a Short Story by Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne American Authors Journalism American Collection
1845 Methodist Episcopal Church South Separates from the Methodist Episcopal Church over the Issue of Slavery Religion Slavery Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Concordia
1854 Wheeling, West Virginia's Suspension Bridge Is Destroyed by the Storm Wheeling, West Virginia Bridges Storms Wheeling, West Virginia West Virginia Archives
1859 Samuel Clemens' "River Intelligence" is Published by the New Orleans Crescent Mark Twain American Authors Journalism American Collection
1861 The California Legislature Votes to State with the Union California Government American Civil War Learn California
1863 Grant Defeats Confederates at Big Black River, Mississippi Mississippi Ulysses S. Grant Battle of Big Black River The History Channel
Union Forces Capture One Confederate Ship While a Second Is Burned and Sunk to Avoid Capture Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1864 Johnston's Confederates Inflict Heavy Casualties on Sherman's Forces at Adairsville, Georgia Adairsville, Georgia Battle of Adairsville University of Georgia
President Lincoln Sends a Chippewa Indian Treaty to the Senate U.S. Senate President Abraham Lincoln Chippewa Indians Historic U.S. Documents Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Orders a Draft for 300,000 More Troops President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
1865 Last 1,200 Union Soldiers Leave Camp Ford Confederate Prison Northeast of Tyler, Texas Tyler, Texas Prisoners of War American Civil War Texas State Historical Society
First International Telegraph Convention Creates International Telegraph Union Telegraph History of Technology Historic Firsts International Telecommunication Union
1866 The Atlantic Monthly Concludes "The Bigelow Papers, Second Series," by James Russell Lowell James Russell Lowell American Authors The Atlantic American Collection
1875 African-American Jockey Wins the First Kentucky Derby Aboard Aristides The Kentucky Derby Historic Firsts Library of Congress African American Registry
1877 Alexander Graham Bell Makes the First Interstate Telephone Call Between New York City and New Brunswick, New Jersey Alexander Graham Bell New York City New Brunswick, New Jersey Telephone Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1878 Booneville, Arkansas Is Incorporated Booneville, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1881 The English Revised Version of the New Testament (R.V. or E.R.V.) Is Sold in England Great Britain The Bible Religion Concordia
Stanley Matthews Is Sworn In As Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court Ohio Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court President James Garfield Oyez
1885 Apache Chief Geronimo Escapes His Arizona Reservation AZ Geronimo The History Channel
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1900 In South Africa, British Forces Break the 217-day Boer Siege of the Garrison at Mafeking South Africa Great Britain Boer Wars Historic UK
1906 Congress Passes the Alaska Native Allotment Act Providing Alaska Natives Inalienable and Non-Taxable Ownership of 160 Acres Alaska U.S. Congress Native American Heritage Economics Law Alaska Historical Society
1909 White Railroad Men Strike to Protest Hiring African Americans Georgia Railroad Racisim Labor Our Georgia History
1913 Domingo Rosillo Is the First Person to Fly Across the Straights of Florida from the U.S. to Cuba Cuba Florida Aviation History Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1922 The First U.S. Marine Band Radio Program Is Broadcast U.S. Marine Corps Music Radio Historic Firsts American Public Media
1924 First Giant Dipper Roller Coaster Opens in Santa Cruz, California California Roller Coasters Historic Firsts Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
1925 William Faulkner Publishes "Chance" in the New Orleans Times-Picayune William Faulkner American Authors Journalism American Collection
1928 The Australian Aerial Medical Service Begins with K. St. Vincent Welch as the Flying Doctor Australia Medical Professionals Aviation History Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Concordia
1932 U.S. Congress Changes Name of "Porto Rico" to Original "Puerto Rico" Puerto Rico U.S. Congress Library of Congress
1934 The Ave Maria Grotto Park is Dedicated at the St. Bernard Benedictine Abbey in Cullman, Alabama Cullman, Alabama Religion Ave Maria Grotto Alabama Archive
1939 Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Arrive in Canada Canada British Political and Social leaders King George VI New York Times
1940 Nazi Troops Move into Northern France & Lowland Countries, Occupy Brussels France Belgium Nazi Germany World War II Holocaust Project
1943 British Bombers Destroy Two German Dams in the Ruhr Great Britain Aviation History Dams World War II BBC
Memphis Belle Completes 25th & Final Bombing Mission Aviation History World War II The History Channel
1946 Truman Executive Order Puts Railroads under Federal Control - Averting Strike Harry Truman The American Presidency Railroads Labor Truman Library
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1953 Tennessee Williams' Play Camino Real Opens on Broadway Tennessee Williams Plays Internet Broadway Database
1954 Brown v. Board of Ed: Strikes Down Public School Segregation BROWN v. BOARD OF EDUCATION Human Rights/Civil Rights African-American History Oyez
1957 Lincoln Memorial Voting/Civil Rights Pilgrimage Draws 30,000 Lincoln Memorial Voting Rights Martin Luther King, Jr. Stanford University
1960 Big-4 Paris Summit Falls Apart Paris Great Britain Soviet Union Dwight Eisenhower The Cold War BBC
1965 Methane Explosion Kills 31 Coal Miners in Wales Wales Labor Methane Death BBC
1968 European Space Research Organization Launches First Satellite Space European History Space NASA
1969 Soviet Probe Venera 6 Transmits Data While Parachuting to Surface of Venus Soviet Space Program Space Venus NASA
W.C. Handy Is Honored with a U.S. Postage Stamp W.C. Handy U.S. Postal Service African-American Composers & Songwriters Ebony Society
Leonard Bernstein Conducts His Last Concert as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic New York Philharmonic Leonard Bernstein Classical Musicians American Public Media
1970 Norwegian Explorer, Thor Heyerdahl, Sails from Morocco to Cross Atlantic in Papyrus Boat Thor Heyerdahl Morocco Naval History The History Channel
Hank Aaron Is the First Player in Major League Baseball to Have 3,000 Hits and 500 Home Runs Hank Aaron Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1971 Pretoria, South Africa's Historic Melrose House Opens as a Museum Pretoria, South Africa Museums Official Website South African History
1973 Televised Congressional Watergate Hearings Begin U.S. Congress Watergate Scandal Television Museum of Broadcast Communication The History Channel
Florida's House of Representatives Censures the Lieutenant Governor for Improper Use of State Employees Florida Government Florida Historical Society
1974 Three Car Bombs Explode in Dublin, Ireland, Killing 23, Injuring 100+ Dublin, Ireland Terrorism Death BBC
NASA Launches SMS-1 Meteorological Satellite Space Exploration Meteorology NASA
1976 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 6, Leaves 10,000 Homeless in Uzbekistan and Surrounding Countries Uzbekistan Earthquakes Death USGS
1978 Charlie Chaplin's Casket and Body Are Stolen from His Grave in Switzerland Switzerland Charlie Chaplin Crime Death BBC
Philips Electronics Announces a New Digital Sound Reproduction System Called the "Compact Disc" History of Technology Business Philips Electronics American Public Media
1980 Miami, Florida's African-American Population Riots as Four White Policemen Are Acquitted of Murder Miami, Florida Law African-American Heritage African American Registry Florida Historical Society
1982 The Movie Annie Premieres in New York City New York City Film The Internet Movie Database
1983 Israel & Lebanon Sign Peace Treaty Ending the State of War Between the Two Israel Lebanon Rand Corporation
1987 Iraqi Jet Attacks U.S.S. Stark: 37 American Sailors Die Iraq Naval History Death Mayport Mirror New York Times
1990 Mikhail Gorbachev Meets with Lithuania's Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev Lithuania The History Channel
1991 The First Client-Server Software of the World Wide Web Is Installed and Used The Internet Historic Firsts CERN Technology and Society
1994 Fire Engulfs an Honduras Prison, Killing 103 Honduras Prison Fire Death The History Channel
Al Unser, Sr. Announces His Retirement from Professional Auto Racing New Mexico Sports Figures Auto Racing The History Channel
1996 President Clinton Signs "Megan's Law" Requiring Neighborhood Notification of Sex Offenders U.S. Government President Clinton Law Child Advocacy New York Times
1997 Rebel Laurent Kabila Proclaims Himself President of Zaire Ending 7-month War Zaire/Democratic Republic of the Congo CNN
1999 Ehud Barak Defeats Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israeli Election Israel Elections CNN
Washington's Makah Successfully Hunt a Grey Whale Off the Olympic Peninsula Washington Makah Whales Law History Link
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2000 Two Former Ku Klux Klansmen Are Arrested for Murder 1963 Birmingham, Alabama Church Bombing Alabama Racism African-American Heritage Crime CNN
The First British Explorers Reach the Geographic North Pole without Outside Support The Arctic British Explorers Historic Firsts BBC
2004 First Legal Same-Sex Marriage Is Performed in Massachusetts Massachusetts Government Law Historic Firsts The History Channel
2009 Tamil Tiger Guerillas Surrender, Ending 26-Year Civil War in Sri Lanka Tmail Tigers CNN
President Barack Obama Delivers Commencement Address at the University of Notre Dame Indiana President Barack Obama Education Abortion University of Notre Dame NPR