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5-Minute Quests Today's 5-Minute Quest

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5-Minute Quests

1. Why did the French ban the import of British beef on this date in 1990? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. In what year was the first U.S. Memorial Day celebrated on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Voice Chasers, which character's voice on The Flintstones was provided by Mel Blanc? (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 this date as a holiday:

1. In which state was the first U.S. daily newspaper published on this date in 1783? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, for what did Leo Szilard receive a patent in 1955? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Center for the Study of Technology and Society, how old was Peter the Great when he became sole ruler of Russia? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a cartoon character for which Mel Blanc provided the voice (according to Toonpedia):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the, in what year did the Judds move to Nashville?

2. According to the Chemical Heritage Foundation, from which university did Henry Aaron Hill earn his doctorate in organic chemistry?

3. According to Kuusankoski Public Library, how old was Christopher Marlowe when he was killed in a tavern brawl on this date in 1593?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of work by Countee Cullen (according to the Academy of American Poets):

Peter the Great
Born on This Date 1672

[University of Texas]

Tsar of Russia

Countee Cullen
Born on This Date 1903

[Academy of American Poets]


Mel Blanc
Born on This Date 1908

The Voice of Many Cartoon Characters

Henry Aaron Hill
Born on This Date 1915

[Princeton University]

Organic Chemist

Wynonna Judd
Born on This Date 1964

[Official Website]

Country Musician

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan
Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
Anguilla: Anguilla Day
(Commemorates the start of the Anguillian Revolution: 05/30/1967)
Anguilla Anguilla
Nicaragua: Mother's Day
(Observed annually on this date)
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Spain: Canary Islands Day
(Celebration of the Canary Islands)
Spain Expedia Gran Canaria
Trinidad & Tobago: Indian Arrival Day
(Commemorates the arrival of indentured laborers: 05/30/1845)
Trinidad-Tobago India U.S. Department of State
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1903 Gladys Conklin (Idaho-born Children's Science Author) Idaho Authors Science Young-Adult Authors
1912 Millicent Selsam (New York-born Children's Science Author) New York Authors and Illustrators Science Young-adult Readers
1951 Frances Barnes-Murphy (Children's Folklorist) Aesop Folktales Primary Children's Authors
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1847 Alice Stopford Green (Irish Historian) Irish Authors
1875 Giovanni Gentile (Italian Philosopher, Politician, Educator, Editor) Italy Philosophy Politics Educator
1901 Cornelia Otis Skinner (Illinois-born Actress, Author) Illinois Authors
1903 Countee Cullen (Kentucky-born African-American Harlem Renaissance Author) Countee Culleen Poetry The Harlem Renaissance
1912 Joseph Stein (New York City-born Writer: Fiddler on the Roof) Joseph Stein American Musicals
1951 Garrett Hongo (Hawaiian-born Poet) Hawaii Poetry
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1932 Pauline Oliveros (Texas-born Composer) Texas Composers American Composers
1953 Anne LeBaron (Louisiana-born Composer) Louisiana Composers American Composers
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1908 Hannes Alfven (Swedish Astrophysicist; 1970 Nobel Laureate for Physics) Swedish Scientists Cosmology 1970 Nobel Laureate for Physics
1912 Julius Axelrod (New York City-born Biochemist; 1970 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology) New York Scientists Biochemistry 1970 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology
1915 Henry Aaron Hill (Missouri-born African-American Organic Chemist) Henry Aaron Hill Organic Chemist African-American Scientists & Mathematicians
1916 Joseph Wm. Kennedy (American co-Discover of Plutonium) American Scientists Physics Plutonium
Business Leaders
1867 Arthur Vining Davis (Massachusetts-born Industrialist: Aluminum Company of America) Massachusetts Business Leaders American Business Leaders ALCOA
1871 Adelaida Cuellar (Mexican-American Founder of the El Chico Restaurant Chain) Mexican Business Leaders Foods and Nutrition Latin-American Busines Leaders El Chicos Texas State Historical Society
1888 James Farley (New York-born Business Leader, Political Advisor to Franklin Roosevelt) New York Business Leaders Franklin Roosevelt Politics American Business Leaders
Philsopher, Educators, Religious Leaders
1831 James Walker Hood (Pennsylvania-born Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church) Pennsylvania-born Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Heritage
Political and Social Leaders
1672 Peter the Great (Tsar of Russia) Peter the Great
1757 Henry Addington (Prime Minister of England) English Political and Social Leaders Historic UK
Performing Aritsts
1896 Howard Hawks (Indiana-born Film Director) Indiana Performing Artists Filmmakers Writer's Almanac Internet Movie Database
1899 Irving Thalberg (New York-born Movie Executive) New York City Performing Artists Filmmakers
1902 Stepin Fetchit (Florida-born African-American Actor) Florida Performing Artists American Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Heritage
1908 Mel Blanc (San Francisco-born Voice for Cartoon Characters Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck) Mel Blanc Cartoons and Comics
1909 Benny Goodman (Illinois-born Clarinetist, Orchestra Leader) Illinois Performing Artists Jazz New York Times
1912 Hugh Griffith (Welsh Academy Award-Winning Actor) Welsh Performing Artists Actors Film Academy Awards
1927 Clint Walker (Illinois-born Actor) Illinois Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1936 Ruta Lee (Canadian Actress) Canadian Performing Artists Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
Keir Dullea (Ohio-born Actor: "2001: A Space Odyssey") Ohio Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
1939 Michael J. Pollard (New Jersey-born Actor) New Jersey Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1944 Meredith MacRae (Texas-born Actress) Texas Performing Artists Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
1951 Stephen Tobolowsky (Texas-born Actor) Texas Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
1953 Colm Meaney (Irish Actor) Irish Performing Artists Actors
1954 Wynonna Judd (Kentucky-born Country Singer) Wynonna Judd Country Musicians
1958 Ted McGinley (California-born Actor) California Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1943 Gayle Sayers (Kansas-born African-American Hall of Fame Football Player) Kansas Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame Professional Football Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1972 Manny Ramirez (Dominican Republic-born Latin-American Professional Baseball Player) Dominican Republic Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball Latin American Sports Figures
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1431 Joan of Arc (Burned at the Stake) Joan of Arc Catholic Saints Chambers Book of Days Writer's Almanac History Channel
1574 Charles IX (King of France) French Political and Social Leaders
1593 Christopher Marlowe (English Author Killed in a Tavern Brawl) Christopher Marlowe English Authors and Illustrators William Shakespeare History Channel Greenwich Guide
1640 Peter Paul Rubens (German-born Flemish Painter) German Artists Artists
1744 Alexander Pope (English Poet) Alexander Pope English Authors and Illustrators Poetry Chambers Book of Days
1778 Voltaire (French Philosopher) Voltaire Philosophy
1885 James Phillip Sims (Georgia-born Confederate General) Georgia Military Figures American Civil War University of Georgia
1912 Wilbur Wright (Indiana-born Aviator) Wilbur Wright Aviation
1960 Boris Pasternak (Russian Novelist; 1958 Nobel Laureate in Literature) Boris Pasternak Russian Authors and Illustrators 1958 Nobel Laureate in Literature
1964 Leo Szilard (Hungarian Physicist) Leo Szilard Physics
1967 Claude Rains (English Actor) Claude Rains Actors Film
1981 Zia Rahman (President of Bangladesh: Assassination) Bangladesh Political and Social Leaders BBC
2007 William Meredith (New York City-born Poet Awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) New York City Authors Poetry 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Historically Significant Events Historically Significant Events
Historic Events of the 1400s that Occurred on this Date
1431 Joan of Arc Is Burned At the Stake Joan of Arc Catholic Saints Chambers Book of Days Writer's Almanac History Channel
1498 Christopher Columbus Begins His Third Voyage to the New World Christopher Columbus World History wisconsin Historical Society
Historical Events Occurring between 1400 - 1499
1527 Landgrave Philipp of Hesse Opens the University of Marburg as the First Protestant University in Germany German Education Education Religion Historic Firsts Univresity of Marburg
1536 King Henry VIII of England Marries Jane Seymour, Wife #3 English History King Henry VIII Historic UK
1539 Spanish Explorer and Governor of Cuba, Hernando De Soto, Lands in Florida's Tampa Bay Hernando De Soto Florida North American Explorers Florida Historical Society University of Georgia
1593 English Author, Christopher Marlowe, Is Killed in a Tavern Brawl Christopher Marlowe English Authors and Illustrators William Shakespeare History Channel Greenwich Guide
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1765 Virginia's House of Burgesses Passes Patrick Henry's Stamp Act Resolutions Patrick Henry Stamp Act Historic U.S. Documents Colonial Williamsburg
1778 The Vessels of English Explorer James Cook Discover the Turnagain Arm of Alaska's Cook Inlet James Cook Alaska North American Explorers Naval History Alaska Historical Society
1783 Pennsylvania Evening Post Is Published as the First U.S. Daily Newspaper Pennsylvania Journalism Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1790 The First Federal Copyright Bill Is Enacted U.S. Congress Copyright Historic Firsts USPTO
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Lapage and Charbono set out to the indian vilages early this morning for the purpose of trading with them for roots; Sergt. Gass was sent this morning to obtain some goats hair to stuff the padds of our saddles. he ascended the river on this side and being unable to pass the river opposite to the village he wished to visit, returned in the evening unsuccessfull.

Shannon and Collins were permitted to pass the river in order to trade with the natives and lay in a store of roots and bread for themselves with their proporiton of the merchandize as the others had done; in landing on the opposite shore the canoe was driven broad side with the full forse of a very strong current against some standing trees and instantly filled with water and sunk. Potts who was with them in an indifferent swimer, it was with much difficulty he made the land. they lost three blankets a blanket coat and their pittance of merchandize. in our bear state of clootheing this was a serious loss. I sent Sergt. Pryor and a party over with the indian canoe in order to raise and secure ours but the debth of the water and the strength of the current baffled every effort. I fear that we have also lost our canoe.

all our invalides are on the recovery. we gave the sick Cheif a severe sweat today, shortly after which he could move one of his legs and thyes and work his toes pretty well, the other leg he can move a little; his fingers and arms seem to be almost entirely restored. he seems highly delighted with his recovery. I begin to entertain strong hope of his restoration by these sweats.

in the evening Joseph Feild returned in surch of his horses which had left them last evening and returned to camp. Feilds informed us that himself and his brother whom he had left at their camp 6 ms. distant on Collin's creek, had killed 3 deer.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 04/01/06 Lewis County, Idaho Nez Percé
The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
1806 In Kentucky, Andrew Jackson Kills Charles Dickinson in a Duel Kentucky Andrew Jackson Gun Control Death History Channel
1814 The Treaty of Paris Returns France to Its 1792 Borders France Historic Documents European History Britannica
1815 372 Drown When British Troopship Arniston Wrecks Off the Coast of South Africa Great Britain South Africa Naval Military History Death South African History
1836 Abraham Lincoln Loses Job as Postmaster When New Salem, Illinois Post Office Is Closed Illinois Abraham Lincoln U.S. Postal Service Lincoln Logs
1844 The Bangor, the First Iron Seagoing Propeller Steamer Constructed in the U.S., Is Launched from Wilmington, Delaware Wilmington, Delaware Steamboats Iron Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1848 William Young Patents an Ice Cream Freezer Patents and Trademarks Inventors Ice Cream University of Guelph
1849 Henry David Thoreau Publishes "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers" Henry David Thoreau American Authors American Collection
1854 Congress Passes the Kansas-Nebraska Act Creating the Nebraska & Kansas Territories Nebraska Kansas U.S. Congress Slavery Yale University African American Heritage
Five Horse-Drawn Conestoga Wagons Loaded with 5 Tons of Du Pont Gunpowder Explodes in Wilmington, Delaware Wilmington, Delaware Chemistry Du Pont State of Delaware
1859 Abraham Lincoln Becomes Owner of the Springfield, Illinois "Staats-Anzeiger" German Language Newspaper German Language Springfield, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Journalism Business Lincoln Logs
1860 Four Horses Pull the First Street Railway Cars through Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin Transportation Horses Wisconsin Historical Society
1862 Confederates Evacuate Corinth, Mississippi Corinth, Mississippi Evacuation of Corinth History Channel
President Lincoln Sends Congress a Treaty with the Republic of Salvador El Salvador U.S. Congress President Abraham Lincoln Historic U.S. Documents Lincoln Logs
1863 President Lincoln Commits to Mustering 10,000 African-American Troops to be Commanded by General Fremont President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War African-American Military Figures Lincoln Logs
U.S.S. Fort Henry Captures a Scow in Florida's Wacasassa Bay Carrying 56 Bales of Cotton Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1864 U.S.S. Bermuda Captures the Sloop Fortunate Carrying Cotton Off the Florida Coast of the Indian River Lagoon Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1868 The U.S. Celebrates Its First Memorial Day Memorial Day American Civil War Death Historic Firsts Library of Congress History Channel History Link
1871 The Steamer St. Paul Carries the First Shipment of Grain From the Port of Duluth Duluth, Minnesota Steamboats Farming & Agriculture Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1881 Governor Lew Wallace Leaves Santa Fe, New Mexico, Having Served as the State's Governor Since September 1878 New Mexico Political and Social Leaders Lew Wallace New Mexico Magazine
1883 A Rumor That the Brooklyn Bridge Is Collapsing Creates a Stampede Killing 12 Brooklyn Bridge Bridges Death New York Times
1888 Tacoma, Washington Inaugurates Its First Transit System Tacoma, Washington Transportation Historic Firsts History Link
1889 Memorial Day Becomes a Legal Holiday in Minnesota Minnesota Memorial Day Minnesota Historical Society
1896 In New York City, the First Recorded Traffic Accident Occurs When a Woman Is Struck by Racing Horseless Carriages New York City Automotives Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1898 The Rough Riders Cavalry Regiment Is Ordered from San Antonio, Texas to Tampa, Florida to Prepare for an Invasion of Cuba Tampa, Florida San Antonio, TX Spanish-American War Texas State Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1908 The National Monetary Commission Is Established Which Will Lead to Creation of the Federal Reserve System U.S. Government Economic Institutions U.S. Treasury
1911 Ray Harroun Wins the First Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 500 Historic Firsts Indianapolis Motor Speedway History Channel
1913 First Balkan War Ends European History World War I History Channel
1916 President Woodrow Wilson Issues Presidential Proclamation Declaring June 14 as Flag Day in the U.S. U.S. Symbols President Woodrow Wilson The American Presidency Holidays Lincoln Highway Museum and National Archives (pdf)
1917 Florida State Museum (Now the Florida Museum of Natural History) Is Established at the University of Florida in Gainesville Florida Museums Museums Florida Museum of Natural History University of Florida Florida Historical Society
1922 Chief Justice William Howard Taft Dedicates the Lincoln Memorial Lincoln Memorial Abraham Lincoln William Howard Taft History Channel
A New Bridge in Wilmington, Delaware Is Dedicated to Those from New Castle County Who Died in World War I Wilmington, Delaware Bridges World War I Death State of Delaware
1925 Martin and Indian River Counties Are Created as Florida's 64th and 65th Counties Florida Indian River County, Florida Martin County, Florida Florida Historical Society
Film Star Rudolph Valentino Makes a Personal Appearance in Seattle, Washington Rudolph Valentino Seattle, Washington Actors Film History Link
1927 The Kentucky River Peaks During a Massive Flood That Kills 89 People and Leaves Thousands Homeless Kentucky The Nature Conservancy Flooding Death History Channel
1930 In Troy, Michigan, a Monument Is Dedicated to the Thousands of Michigan Men Who Served in Russia 1918-19 to Counter the Bolshevik Revolution Russia Troy, Michigan Bolshevik Revolution State of Michigan
1935 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake Almost Completely Destroys Quetta, Pakistan: 30,000 Die Pakistan Earthquake Death USGS
Wisconsin Race Driver, Clay Weatherly, Is Killed During the Indianapolis 500 Wisconsin Sports Figures Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Death Wisconsin Historical Society
1940 Smoke Hole Caverns in Grant County, West Virginia Is Opened to the Public Grant County, West Virginia Caves and Caverns Smoke Hole Caverns West Virginia State Archives
1942 1,000 British Bombers Attack Cologne, Germany Germany Great Britain Aviation History World War II History Channel
1943 Americans Secure Aleutian Island of Attu from the Japanese Japan World War II New York Times
1948 The Columbia River Floods Vanport, Oregon, Killing 15 Oregon Columbia River Floods Death
1949 The Complete Poems of Robert Frost Is Published by Holt Robert Frost American Authors Poetry American Collection
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1955 Leading the Race, Defending Champ, Bill Vukovich, Is Killed in Crash on Lap 141 of the Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Death New York Times
1956 African Americans Begin a Boycott of Tallahassee, Florida's Segregated Practices on City Buses Tallahassee, Florida Racism Civil Rights/Human Rights Transportation African-American Heritage Florida Historical Society
1958 Unidentified WWII & Korean War Soldiers Are Buried at Arlington's Tomb of the Unknown Arlington National Cemetary World War II Korean War Death New York Times
1965 Vivian Malone Is First African-American Graduate of the University of Alabama Alabama Education Education African American Heritage University of Alabama Historic Firsts
1966 NASA Launches Surveyor 1 Spacecraft to Achieve First Soft Landing on the Moon by the United States Space Exploration Lunar Exploration Historic Firsts NASA
1967 Anguilla Unilaterally Declares Its Independence by Expelling St. Kitts Policemen Anguilla St. Kitts.-Nevis West Indies Online
The Republic of Biafra Proclaims Its Independence from Nigeria Nigeria History Channel
Jordan and Egypt Sign Defense Agreement Against Israel Jordan Egypt Israel Historic World Documents BBC
1969 Mario Andretti Wins the Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway New York Times
1971 NASA Launches Mariner 9, the First Satellite From Earth to Orbit Another Planet Space Exploration Mars Historic Firsts History Channel Center for the Study of Technology and Society NASA
In Massachusetts, 450 anti-War Protesters Occupy Historic Lexington Green and Refuse to Leave Lexington, Massachusetts Propaganda Vietnam War Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1972 The Official Irish Republican Army Declares Cease-Fire, but Provisional IRA Vows to Continue Fighting Northern Ireland War BBC
1974 NASA Launches ATS 6 (Applications Technology Satellite) to Test Ability to Provide Quality TV Signal to a Ground-Based Receiver Space Exploration Television NASA
1981 Zia Rahman, President of Bangladesh, Is Assassinated During Coup Attempt in Chittagong Bangladesh Political and Social Leaders Death BBC
1982 Spain Becomes NATO's 16th Member Spain World Government The Cold War New York Times
1983 Landmark South African Civil Rights Case Chips Away at the Power of Apartheid South Africa Apartheid Human Rights/Civil Rights Law and Legal Resources South African History
1988 Filming of "Field of Dreams" Begins in Dyersville, Iowa Dyersville, Iowa Film Baseball Internet Movie Database State Historical Society of Iowa
1989 33' Replica of Statue of Liberty Is Erected in Tiananmen Square China Human Rights Statue of Liberty New York Times
1990 Croatia's First Democratic Multiparty Elections Are Held Croatian Government Fall of Communism Elections Historic Firsts Croatian Parliament
Mikhail Gorbachev Visits Ottawa, Canada on Route to Washington for Summit with U.S. President Ronald Reagan Mikhail Gorbachev Ottawa, Canada Ronald Reagan The Cold War History Channel Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 135, Injures 800 in Peru's Moyobamba-Rioja Area Peru Earthquake Death USGS
6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 9, Injures 700 and Causes Severe Damage in the Romania's Bucharest-Braila- Brasov Area Romania Earthquake Death USGS
France Bans Imports of British Beef and Live Cattle Because of Fears of "Mad Cow" Disease France Great Britain Foods and Nutrition Mad Cow Disease BBC
1998 6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 5,000, Thousands More Injured and Homeless in Afghanistan's Badakhshan and Takhar Provinces Afghanistan Earthquakes Death USGS
Melinda Wagner's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composition Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion Is Premiered in Purchase, New York Purchase, New York Pennsylvania Composers American Composers 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Music
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2000 Completion of World Trade Center Cleanup Is Commemorated with a Ceremony of Silence World Trade Center Terrorist 09/11/2001 Demolition of the World Trade Center Terrorism Writer's Almanac New York Times