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5-Minute Quests

1. Which two states joined the Union on this date, but in different years? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1973, who was the first African-American to be elected Mayor of Los Angeles? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Scholastic, Eleanor Coerr first traveled to Japan as a reporter for which newspaper? (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/illustrator born on this date:

1. Which empire ended on this date in 1453? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the White House in what year did John F. Kennedy write Profiles in Courage? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to, in what Virginia county was Patrick Henry born? (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 in by T.H. White (according to the History Channel):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Kennedy Center, how many motion pictures was Bob Hope in?

2. According to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, in what church did Patrick Henry first state "give me liberty or give me death"?

3. According to the History Channel, in what year did Barbara Streisand portray Fanny Brice in the movie Funny Girl?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a Bob Hope movie (according to

Patrick Henry
Born on This Date 1736

[Archiving Early America]

Founding Father

Bob Hope
Born on This Date 1903


Henry McBay
Born on This Date 1914

[African American Registry]


John F. Kennedy
Born on This Date 1917

[New York Times]

35th President of the United States

Eleanor Coerr
Born on This Date 1922

[Personal Webpage]

Young-adult Author

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Bahá'í: Ascension of Baha'u'llah
(Commemorates the death of the founder of the Bahá'í Faith: 05/29/1892)
Bahá'í Faith BBC
Comoros: Anniversary of the Death of President Ali Soilih
(Commemorates the death of President Ali Soilih: 05/29/1978)
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England: Oak Apple/Royal Oak Day
(Commemorates the restoration of Charles II: 5/29/1660)
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(Iyar 27)
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(Rhode Island becomes 13th state: 5/29/1790)
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(Wisconsin becomes 30th state: 5/29/1848)
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Children's Authors & Illustrators
1839 Mary L. Molesworth (English Children's Author) English Authors
1906 T.H. White (English Novelist, Children's Author) T.H. White Young-adult Authors
1922 Eleanor Coerr (Canadian Children's Author) Eleanor Coerr Young-adult Authors
1924 Lila McGinnis (Ohio-born Children's Author) Ohio Authors and Illustrators Young-adult Authors
1928 Willo Davis Roberts (Michigan-born Children's Author) Willo Davis Roberts Young-adult Authors
1938 Brock Cole (Pennsylvania-born Children's Author) Pennsylvania Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists Educational Paperback
1949 Andrew Clements (New Jersey-born Children's Author) New Jersey Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Official Web Site
1964 Stephen T. Johnson (Wisconsin-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Wisconsin Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists Art and Ideas Richard Solomon Lawrence Arts Center
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1874 G.K. Chesterton (English Novelist, Essayist ) English Authors The American Chesteron Society Writer's Almanac
1880 Oswald Spengler (German Philosopher) Germany Writers Philosophy
1892 Alfonsina Storni (Argentinian Poet) Alfonsina Storni Poetry
1933 Abdelrahman Munif (Jordanian Novelist, Economist) Jordan Economics
1943 Melvin Dixon (Connecticut-born African-American Poet, Educator) Connecticut Authors African American Authors Poetry
Classical Artists, Architects and Designers
1904 Junzo Sakakura (Japanese Architect) Japan Architecture
1974 Aaron McGruder (Chicago-born African-American Cartoonist) Chicago Artists American Artists African-American Artists African American Registry
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1897 Eric Wolfgang Korngold (Czech-American Composer of Operas and Film Scores) Austrian Composers Composers Operas Film
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1716 Louis-Jean-Marie b. Daubenton (French Naturalist) French Scientists & Mathematicians
1767 Philippe Lebon (French Pioneer of Gas Lighting) French Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors and Inventions Center for the Study of  Technology  and Society
1794 Antoine Bussy (French Chemist) French Scientists Chemistry Magnesium
1826 Ebenezer Butterick (Massachusetts-born Inventor of the Tissue Paper Dress Pattern) Massachusetts Scientists & Inventors Inventors Art & Design
1860 Clarence Shaler (Wisconsin-born Inventor, Sculptor) Wisconsin Scientists and Inventors Inventors and Inventions American Artists Wisconsin Historical Society
1914 Henry C. McBay (Texas-born African-American Chemist) Henry C. McBay Chemistry Educators of Note Nuclear Weapons Notable African Americans
1932 Paul Ehrlich (Pennsylvania-born Ecologist, Author) Paul Ehrlich Earth and Environmental Sciences Population/Demographics
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1916 James J. Hill (Canadian-American Railroading and Shipping Magnate) Canadian Business Leaders Minnesota Business Leaders Railroads Naval History Business
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1857 Charles Richard Van Hise (President of the University of Wisconsin: 1903-1918) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note University of Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society
1896 Sister Augustine Scheele (Wisconsin-born Educator Who Helped Organize Alverno College) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Religious Leaders and Theologians Alverno College Wisconsin Historical Society
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1630 Charles II (King of England) English Political and Social Leaders Charles II
1736 Patrick Henry (Virginia-born Congressman, Governor) Patrick Henry Continental Congress American Revolution
1811 Trusten Polk (Delaware-born U.S. Senator From Missouri) Delaware Political and Social Leaders Missouri Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress
1896 Luther W. Youngdahl (Governor of Minnesota: 1947 to 1951) Minnesota Political and Social Leaders
1917 John Fitzgerald Kennedy (Massachusetts-born 35th President of the United States) John F. Kennedy Massachusetts
The Notorious
1955 John Hinckley Jr. (Oklahoma-born Would-be Assassin Who Shot President Ronald Reagan) Notorious People of Oklahoma Ronald Reagan Notorious Americans
Performing Aritsts
1894 Beatrice Lillie (Canadian Comedienne) Canadian Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
Josef von Sternberg (Austrian Director) Austrian Performing Artists Filmmakers Internet Movie Database
1903 Bob Hope (English-American Comedian, Actor) Bob Hope Actors Film Television
1904 Greg Toland (Illinois-born Cinematographer) Illinois Artists Film Internet Movie Database
1918 Herb Shriner (Ohio-born Humorist) Ohio Performing Artists Radio Internet Movie Database
1942 Kevin Conway (New York City-born Actor) New York City Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
1956 LaToya Jackson (Indiana-born African-American Popular Singer) Indiana Entertainers Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1958 Annette Bening (Kansas-born Actress) Kansas Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1959 Rupert Everett (English Actor) English Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
Adrian Paul (English Actor) English Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
1961 Melissa Etheridge (Kansas-born Popular Singer, Songwriter) Kansas Performing Artists Popular Musicians American Composers, Songwriters
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1910 Ralph Metcalfe (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Track & Field Hall of Fame; Congressman from Illinois) Georgia Sports Figures Illinois Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Track & Field Hall of Fame 1932 Summer Olympic Games African American Sports Figures University of Georgia
1938 Fay Vincent (Connecticut-born Commissioner of Baseball) Connecticut Sports Figures Baseball
1939 Al Unser Sr. (New Mexico-born Race Car Driver) New Mexico Sports Figures Auto Racing
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1814 Josephine (Empress of France, Wife of Napoleon) French Political and Social Leaders Napoleon Chambers Book of Days
1829 Humphry Davy (English Chemist) Humphry Davy Chemistry Center for the Study of  Technology  and Society
1908 William Arnold Anthony (Rhode Island-born Electrical Engineer, Physicist Who Pioneered Outdoor Electrical Lighting) Rhode Island Scientists and Mathematicians Physics Inventors and Inventions Electricity Center for the Study of  Technology  and Society
1911 W.S. Gilbert (English Composer, Gilbert & Sullivan) English Composers Stage & Theater Musical Theater
1942 John Barrymore (Pennsylvania-born Actor) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Actors Film
1951 Fanny Brice (New York City-born Performing Actress, Singer) Fanny Brice Actors Popular Musicians
1979 Mary Pickford (Canadian Actress) Mary Pickford Actors Film
1998 Barry Goldwater (Arizona-born U.S. Senator) Arizona Political and Swocial Leaders U.S. Senate
2010 Dennis Hopper (Kansas-born Actor) Kansas Performing Artists American Entertainers & Performing Artists Film Internet Movie Database National Public Radio
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1453 The Ottoman Turks Conquer Constantinople, Ending the Byzantine Empire Turkey World History Hellenic Electronic Center
Historic Events of the 1600s that Occurred on this Date
1546 In St Andrews Castle, Protestant Reformers Murder Cardinal Beaton, Lord High Chancellor of Scotland St. Andrews, Scotland Religious Leaders and Theologians BBC
1533 Anne Boleyn Is Crowned Queen of England English Political and Social Leaders Anne Boleyn Greenwich Guide
1586 English Sea Captain, Sir Francis Drake, Burns and Sacks St. Augustine, Florida Francis Drake St. Augustine, Florida Florida State Archive
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1660 Charles II Arrives in London to Restore the English Monarchy, Replacing Cromwell English Political and Social Leaders Charles II Chambers Book of Days Historic UK Greenwich Guide
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1721 South Carolina Is Incorporated As a Royal Colony of England English History South Carolina Colonial South Carolina University of Georgia
1765 The Creek Nations Meet with British Officials in Pensacola, Florida Great Britain Creek Indians Pensacola, Florida Florida State Archive
1778 Native Americans Attack Fort Donnally, Near Present-Day Lewisburg, West Virginia Lewisburg, West Virginia Native American Heritage Forts War West Virginia State Archives
1787 Edmund Randolph Presents the Virginia Plan at the Constitutional Convention James Madison Constitutional Convention Yale University
1790 Rhode Island Becomes Last of the Original 13 States Rhode Island U.S. History New York Times
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: No movement of the party today worthy of notice.

we have once more a good stock of meat and roots. Bratton is recovering his strength very fast; the Child and the Indian Cheif are also on the recovery.

the cheif has much more uce of his hands and arms. he washed his face himself today which he has been unable to do previously for more than twelvemonths. we would have repeated the sweat today had not been cloudy and frequently raining.

Ordway: rained the greater part of last night. a rainy morning. we took a light breakfast

Frazer got 2 Spanish mill dollars from a squaw for an old razer we expect they got them from the Snake Indians who live near the Spanish country to the South

we proceed. on Shortly arived at a fork of the kimoo-enim or Lewises river followed down it Some distance then left it and bore to the right up a creek. passd one lodge crossed a steep bad hill and descended down a long hill an a run pass a large lodge and descended the worst hills we ever saw a road made down.

towards evening we arived at the kimooenim or Lewises river at a fishery at a bad rapid. our chief told us to set down and not go in the lodge untill we were invited so we did at length they invited us in. spread robes for us to sit on and Set a roasted Salmon before us and Some of their white bread which they call uppah we eat hearty of this fat fish but did not eat ¼ of it. It was Set up for us.

this lodge is about 100 feet long and 20 wide and all in one but they have but fiew Salmon

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 04/01/06 Lewis County, Idaho Nez Percé
The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
1836 The U.S. Senate Ratifies the Treaty of New Echota U.S. Senate Cherokee Indians Historic U.S. Documents North Georgia University of Georgia
1843 John C. Fremont Leaves St. Louis on Second Western Expedition Missouri John C. Fremont Westward Expansion The History Channel
A Colonization Society Is Formed in Wilmington, Delaware for the Purpose of Transporting African-Americans Back to Africa Africa Wilmington, Delaware African-American Heritage State of Delaware
1848 Wisconsin Is Admitted as the 30th State Wisconsin U.S. History Wisconsin Historical Society Library of Congress The History Channel
Admission of Wisconsin to the Union Leaves Present-day Minnesota without a Government Until Establishment of the Minnesota Territory in 1849 Wisconsin Minnesota Minnesota Historical Society
Senator Lewis Cass Receives the Democratic Party's Nomination to Run Against Whig Candidate Zachary Taylor New Hampshire Political and Social Leaders Zachary Taylor American Presidents State of Michigan
1849 Abraham Lincoln Visits His Stepmother and Ailing Father in Charleston, Illinois Charleston, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Logs
1851 A Women's Suffrage Convention Is Held in Akron, Ohio Akron, Ohio Women Women's Suffrage Ohio Historical Society
1855 Washington's Territorial Governor Convenes the First Walla Walla Council with Native American Tribes of the Columbia River Basin Washington Government Native American Heritage HistoryLink
1856 Abraham Lincoln Receives Standing Ovation for Speech at the Whig Illinois State Convention Illinois Political and Social Leaders Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Logs
1862 Union Forces Occupy Baton Rouge, Louisiana as Confederate General Beauregard Retreats to Tupelo, Mississippi Baton Rouge, Louisiana Tupelo, Mississippi Civil War Louisiana Division of the Arts
1864 Lee's Troops Beats Grant to Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia Lee Grant Civil War The History Channel
1865 Andrew Johnson Issues General Amnesty for All Confederates Andrew Johnson The American Presidency Civil War The History Channel
1874 Switzerland's Adopts a Constitution Switzerland University of Bern
1885 In Massachusetts, African-American Inventor Jan Matzeliger Demonstrated a Machine That Will Dramatically Improve the Production of Shoes Massachusetts Scientists & Inventors Inventors and Inventions Business and Economics African-American Scientists & Inventors Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1886 The First Advertisement for Coca-Cola Appears in the Atlanta Journal Coca-Cola Journalism Propaganda Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1895 The City of High Springs Is Incorporated by the Florida Legislature Pensacola, Florida Florida State Archive
The First Free Public Library Is Approved for Oshkosh, Wisconsin Oshkosh, Wisconsin Libraries Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1897 The St. Paul Dispatch Runs a Photograph of the First Automobile in the Twin Cities St. Paul, Minnesota Journalism Photography Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1901 Booker T. Washington Petitions for African-American Representation in the Alabama Constitutional Convention Alabama Government Booker T. Washngton Historic U.S. Documents Alabama State Archives
1907 Seattle, Washington Annexes the City of Ballard Seattle, Washington HistoryLink
1910 In New York, Aviator Glenn Curtiss Wins a $10,000 Prize for Flying from Albany to New York City in 152 Minutes Glenn Curtiss Aviation History Economics New York Historical Society
1912 Seattle, Washington's First Airplane Fatality Occurs at the Meadows Racetrack Seattle, Washington Aviation History Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1913 Crowd Riots at Paris Premiere of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps Paris Igor Stavinsky Ballet The History Channel
1914 British Liner Empress of Ireland and Norwegian Freighter Storstad Collide in the Gulf of Canada's St. Lawrence River: 1,012 Die St. Lawrence Seaway Great Britain Norway Naval History Death The History Channel Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
1919 Arthur Stanley Eddington Uses Total Solar Eclipse to Confirms Einstein's Prediction That Gravity Can Bend Light English Scientists and Mathematicians Albert Einstein Astronomy Light The Sun NASA
1922 U.S. Supreme Court Rules Baseball Is a Sport Not Subject to Antitrust Laws Baseball U.S. Supreme Court Antitrust Laws New York Times
1925 Richard Wright Graduates as Class Valedictorian from Smith Robertson Junior High School, in Jackson, Mississippi Richard Wright American Authors Jackson Public Schools African-American Authors Mississippi Writers Page
1932 World War I Veterans Arrive in Washington, D.C. Demanding Retirement Bonuses Washington, D.C. World War I Great Depression Writer's Almanac The History Channel
1935 High-Speed Rail Service between Chicago and Minnesota's Twin Cities Begins with the Train Hiawatha Minnesota Chicago Railroads Minnesota Historical Society
1937 "Mr. Malone," a Story by Thomas Wolfe, Appears in The New Yorker Thomas Wolfe American Authors The New Yorker American Collection
1939 The Texas State Soil Conservation Board Is Organized Texas Government Earth Science Texas State Soil Conservation Board Texas State Historical Society
1941 Roxy Theatre Opens in Bremerton, Washington Bremerton, Washington Stage and Theater HistoryLink
1942 All Jews in Paris Are Forced to Sew Yellow Stars onto Their Jackets Paris Judaism WWII The History Channel
Members of Florida's Eau Gallie Yacht Club Rescue 8 Sailors from Ship Torpedoed by a German U-Boat in the Atlantic Florida World War II Naval Military History Eau Gallie Yacht Club Florida State Archive
Bing Crosby Records Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" Irving Berlin Bing Crosby American Composers Popular Music Christmas New York Times
1943 The U.S. Army Activates Post at Shemya, Alaska with 236 Officers and 4,565 Enlisted Men Alaska WWII Alaska Historical Society
1947 Hilton Hotels Is Incorporated Under Delaware Law Delaware Business Business Hilton Hotels Texas State Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1951 U.S. Navy Captain Charles Blair Flies from Norway to Alaska in First Solo Flight Over the North Pole Norway Alaska The Arctic Aviation History Historic Firsts Centennial of Flight
1953 Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay First to Reach Mt. Everest Summit Mt. Everest Historic Firsts The History Channel New York Times New York Times BBC Center for the Study of  Technology  and Society
First Episode of I Love Lucy Is Copyrighted Television Copyright USPTO
1957 Major League Baseball Owners Agree to Allow the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to Leave New York for California New York City California Baseball Major League Baseball Learn California
1965 NASA Launches Explorer 28 (IMP 3) Spacecraft for Interplanetary Exploration Space Exploration Solar System NASA
1968 Manchester United Is the First English Club to Win the European Cup England European Cup Manchester United BBC
1970 U.S. Customs Service Graduates First Class of Detector Dogs U.S. Customs Dogs Historic Firsts U.S. Treasury
1971 Mary Beth Boardman Marries Mark Whitman in Elkhart, Indiana Indiana Mark Whitman
Al Unser Wins the Indianapolis 500 New Mexico Sports Figures Auto Racing Indianapolis Motor Speedway The History Channel
1972 Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev Conclude Moscow Summit with Joint Communique Leonid Brezhnev Richard Nixon The History Channel
Three Japanese Terrorist Hired by Palestinians Kill 26 Tel Aviv, Israel Airport Ben Gurion Airport Japan Aviation History Terrorism Death BBC
1973 Tom Bradley Is Elected as the First African-American Mayor of Los Angeles Los Angeles Political and Social Leaders Elections Historic Firsts African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1975 Gerald Ford Vetoes Job Creation Bill U.S. Congress Gerald Ford The American Presidency Labor The History Channel
The Florida Senate Approves the Play The Cross and the Sword as the State's Official Play Florida Government Plays Florida State Archive
1976 Two Earthquakes Cause Extensive Damage Along the Burma - China Border Region Burma China Earthquakes USGS
1977 A.J. Foyt Wins His Fourth Indianapolis 500 Texas Sports Figures Auto Racing Indianapolis Motor Speedway The History Channel
1980 Civil Rights Leader, Vernon Jordan, Is Shot and Wounded in Fort Wayne, Indiana Fort Wayne, Indiana Crime African-American Political and Social Leaders Our Georgia History
1982 Pope John Paul II Visits Canterbury Cathedral Canterbury, England Pope John Paul II Canterbury Cathedral BBC
1984 British Police and Miners Clash Three Months into Strike England Labor Actions BBC
1985 Fans Riot at the European Cup Final Between England and Italy: 39 Die England Italy European History European Cup Death BBC New York Times
1988 Reagan Arrives in Moscow for First Summit with Mikhail Gorbachev Mikhail Gorbachev Ronald Reagan The American Presidency The Cold War Writer's Almanac The History Channel
1990 Boris Yeltsin Is Elected President of the Russian Republic Boris Yeltsin Elections New York Times
1992 The First Long-Distance Digital High-Definition Television (HDTV) Signal is Transmitted 75 Miles Television History of Technology Historic Firsts Center for the Study of  Technology  and Society
1995 U.S. Postal Service Issues POW-MIA Commemorative Stamp U.S. Postal Serivce University of Georgia
1996 Benjamin Netanyahu Is Elected Prime Minister of Israel Israel Elections New York Times
1998 Pakistan Conducts Five Nuclear Tests Pakistan India Nuclear Weapons CNN
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2001 U.S. Supreme Court Rules Disabled Golfer Casey Martin Has the Right to Ride in a Cart for PGA Tournament Play U.S. Supreme Court Golf Special Needs Education Law & Legal Resources New York Times