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5-Minute Quests Today's 5-Minute Quest

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5-Minute Quests

1. What was the name of the steam locomotive that defeated a horse-drawn railroad car on this date in 1830? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Who was the first European to discover the Delaware Bay? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Nobel Foundation, where in New Hampshire was George Hoyt Whipple born? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an illustrated picture book by Allen Say (according to Houghton Mifflin Company) RONS CRATE FEE

1. In what country was Shania Twain born? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the National Civil Rights Museum, where in Washington, D.C. did Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his "I Have a Dream" speech? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Catholic Online, who was the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Rita Dove (according to the Academy of American Poets):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Library of Congress, the 10 suffragists who were arrested in front of the White House in 1917 were there to pressure President Woodrow Wilson to do what?

2. According to the U.S. Secretary of State, what was the name of the gospel singer who told Martin Luther King to tell the people about his dream?

3. According to Seton Hall University, what organization did Mother Seton start on July 31, 1809?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1790 work by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (according to Authors' Calendar):

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Born on This Date in 1749

[Society and Technology]


Elizabeth Ann Seton
Born on This Date 1774

[Durham Catholic School District]

First native-born North American to be canonized in the Catholic Church

George Hoyt Whipple
Born on This Date 1878

[Nobel Foundation]

Medicine1934 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology

Allen Say
Born on This Date 1937

[American Library Association]

Primary Children's Author

Rita Dove
Born on This Date 1942

[Academy of American Poets]

Poet1987 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

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1903 Bruno Bettelheim (Austrian-born American Psychologist) Austrian Scientists & Mathematicians Psychologiy
1908 Roger Tory Peterson (New York-born Ornithologist and Conservationist) Roger Tory Peterson Birds
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Meriwether Lewis Is in Pittsburgh Awaiting Completion of His Keelboat for an Aug 31 Launch
Pennsylvania Lewis & Clark Map: 07/15/03 Lewis & Clark Expedition
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Capt Lewis had a bad nights rest and is not very well this morning.

we Set out early and proceded on very well, Saw a number of Buffalow bulls on the banks in different places. passd the 3 rivers of the Seioux pass at 9 A. M. a Short distance below on the S W Side Sent out Reubin & Joseph Feild to hunt for the Mule deer or the antilope neither of which we have either the Skins or Scellitens of, we derected those two men to proceed on down to the places we encamped the 16th & 17th of Septr. 1804 and which place the party had called pleasant Camp from the great abundance of Game Such as Buffalow Elk, antilopes, Blacktail or mule deer, fallow deer, common deer wolves barking Squirels, Turkies and a variety of other animals, aded to which there was a great abundance of the most delicious plumbs and grapes. this Situation which is a Short distance above the enterance of Corvus Creek we are deturmined to delay one day for the purpose of prcureing the sceletins of the Mule deer & antilope, and Some barking Squirels.

a fiew miles below the place the 2 Fields were Set on Shore we Set Drewyer and Labeech on Shore with the Same directions which had been given to the 2 field's

at 12 oClock we Landed on the S W. Side at the Same Spot which we had encamped on the 16th and 17th of September 1804, and formed a Camp,

Sent out Serjt. Pryor, Shields, Go. Gibson, Willard and Collins to hunt in the plains up Corvus Creek for the Antilope and Mule deer Sent out Bratten and Frazier to kill the barking Squirel, and Gave directions to all of them to kill the Magpye if they Should See any of them

Several of the men and the Squaws of the enterpreter Jessomme and the Mandan Chief went to Some plumb bushes in the bottom and geathered more plumbs than the party Could eate in 2 days, those blumbs are of 3 Speces, the most of them large and well flavored.

our Situation is pleasent a high bottom thinly timbered and covered with low grass without misquitors.

at 3 P. M Drewyer and Labeech arived, the latter haveing killd. a Deer of the Common Speceis only. in the evening late all the hunters returned without any Speces of animal we were in want of, they killed 4 Common deer and two buffalow a part of the best of the meat of those animals they brought in. we precured two of the barking Squirels only.

as we Could not precere any Mule deer or antelope we concluded to Send the hunters on a head early in the morning and delay untill 10 A. M to give them time to hunt.

I derected Shannon & Collins to go on the opposit Side, and Labeech and Willard to proceed down on this Side at Some distance from the river and join the party at the round Island &c. and R. Field to proceed on Slowly in the Small Canoe to that place and take in any thing which the hunters might kill.

Made 32 miles to day

The hunters informed me that they Saw great numbers of Buffalow in the plains. I Saw Several herds of those animals on either Side to day at a distance

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 08/18/05 Brule County, South Dakota

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1811 Percy Bysshe Shelley Marries Harriet Westbrook Percy Bysshe Shelley Poetry University of Toronto
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1830 Peter Cooper's "Tom Thumb" Steam Locomotive Defeats a Horse-drawn Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad Car Railroads Horses Historic Firsts U.S. Department of Transportation
1850 Richard Wagner's Lohengrin Is First Performed with Franz Liszt Conducting Richard Wagner Franz Liszt Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
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