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5-Minute Quests

1. Why does Australia celebrate National Flag Day on September 3? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Above what building was the Australian flag first flown? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Library of Congress, how was Frederick Douglass dressed when he escaped from slavery? (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 Aliki (according to the University of Calgary) SOAR BONUS DINE

1. The Republic of San Marino is traditionally considered to have been founded in what year? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, why was Prudence Crandall's Canterbury Female Boarding School forced to close? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Fact Monster, on the Third Crusade, Richard I had to abandon his attempt to seize what city? (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 Sarah Orne Jewett (according to The New York Times):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to National Geographic, what did Charles Houston recommend to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1934?

2. According to his official website biography, what four comic strips did Mort Walker originate?

3. According to the Holocaust History Project, what did Ferdinand Porsche design for Nazi Germany?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a Frank Capra movie (according to Writer's Almanac):

Prudence Crandall
Born on This Date in 1803

[State of Connecticut]


Ferdinand Porsche
Born on This Date 1875

[Official Website]

Automobile Designer/Manufacturer

Charles Houston
Born on This Date 1895

[University of Missouri
Kansas City]


Mort Walker
Born on This Date 1923

[King Syndicate]


Aliki Brandenberg
Born on This Date 1929

[University of Calgary]

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1926 Alison Lurie (Chicago-born Novelist Awarded the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; Children's Author) Chicago Children's Authors Primary Children's Authors 1985 Pulitzer Prize Wired for Books
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1923 Mort Walker (Kansas-born Cartoonist; Creator of "Beetle Bailey" and "Hi and Lois") Mort Walker Cartoons & Comics American Artists
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: It was foggy again when I woke up this morning and about 63 degrees Fahrenheit. Even the river was about 75 degrees, the 12 degree difference is what makes the vapor. Because of the fog we were unable to start until 9 o'clock this morning. A wealthy merchant of Philadelphia, Mr. Gui Briant, arrived with two boats filled with furs. Mr. Briant said that if I can reach the Georgetown Bar, 24 miles away, I will be okay. We passed a riffle just below Big Beaver Creek. Later, we anchored at Mackintosh and I discharged one of my hands. We passed another riffle below Makintosh and pressed on. Another 3 miles on we hit another riffle that forced us to unload and drag the boat over with horses. We stayed all night having traveled only 6 miles...
Pennsylvania Weather University of Kentucky The Ohio River
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: A very cold morning at sun rise. This part of the creek is small and gradually widens with sand bars. There is no timber in this part of the country; but continued prairie on both sides of the river. A person by going on one of the hills may have a view as far as the eye can reach without obstruction and enjoy the most delightful prospects. We came to the edge of the plain and camped for the night. We saw signs of both Shannon and Colter. Here the grapes are many.
Nebraska South Dakota Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 09/03/04 Wild Grapes The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Wind Continued to blow very hard this morning. it Shifted last night to the S. W. and blew the Sand over us in Such a manner as to render the after part of the night very disagreeable. the wind luled a little and we Set out and proceeded on with the wind a head passed the enterance of redstone River on the N E. Side at 11 A M.

and at half past 4 P. M we Spied two boats & Several men, our party peyed their Ores and we Soon landed on the Side of the Boats the men of these boats Saluted us with their Small arms I landed & was met by a Mr. James Airs from Mackanaw by way of Prarie Dechien and St. Louis. this Gentleman is of the house of Dickson & Co: of Prarie de Chian who has a Licence to trade for one year with the Sieoux he has 2 Batteaux loaded with Merchendize for that purpose.

This Gentleman receved both Capt. Lewis and my Self with every mark of friendship he was himself at the time with a chill of the agu on him which he has had for Several days. our first enquirey was after the President of our country and then our friends and the State of the politicks of our country &c. and the State Indian affairs to all of which enquireys Mr. Aires gave us as Satisfactory information as he had it in his power to have Collected in the Illinois which was not a great deel.

soon after we Landed a violent Storm of Thunder Lightning and rain from the N W. which was violent with hard Claps of thunder and Sharp Lightning which continued untill 10 P M after which the wind blew hard. I set up late and partook of the tent of Mr. Aires which was dry.

Mr. Aires unfortunately had his boat Sunk on the 25 of July last by a violent Storm of Wind and hail by which accident he lost the most of his usefull articles as he informed. us. this Gentleman informed us of maney Changes & misfortunes which had taken place in the Illinois amongst others the loss of Mr. Cady Choteaus house and furniture by fire. for this misfortune of our friend Choteaus I feel my Self very much Concernd &c.

he also informed us that Genl. Wilkinson was the governor of the Louisiana and at St. Louis. 300 of the american Troops had been Contuned on the Missouri a fiew miles above it's mouth, Some disturbance with the Spaniards in the Nackatosh Country is the Cause of their being Called down to that Country, the Spaniards had taken one of the U, States frigates in the Mediteranean, Two British Ships of the line had fired on an American Ship in the port of New York, and killed the Capts. brother.

2 Indians had been hung in St. Louis for murder and several others in jale. and that Mr. Burr & genl. Hambleton fought a Duel, the latter was killed &c. &c

I am happy to find that my worthy friend Capt L's is so well as to walk about with ease to himself &c., we made 60 Miles to day the river much crowded with Sand bars, which are very differently Situated from what they were when we went up.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 08/18/05

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

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1868 Georgia House of Representatives Votes to Remove African-American Members Georgia General Assembly Racism Reconstruction African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1878 Pleasure Steamer Princess Alice Collides with Another Steamer on England's Thames River: 500+ People Die Great Britain Steamboats Death Greenwich Guide
1883 President Arthur and Ulysses S. Grant Celebrate the Completion of the Northern Pacific Railroad from St. Paul, Minnesota to the Pacific Coast St. Paul, Minnesota President Chester A. Arthur Ulysses S. Grant Railroad Westward Expanision Minnesota Historical Society
1885 A Force of 700 U.S. Soldiers Revenge Grattan Massacre Killing 100 Sioux Villagers in Nebraska Nebraska Sioux Indians Death History Channel
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1966 President Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson Speak at the Dedication of West Virginia's Summersville Reservoir West Virginia President Lyndon Johnson Summersville Lake West Virginia State Archive
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1976 Unmanned U. S. Viking II Lands on Mars: Taking First Pictures of Surface Mars Space Exploration Historic Firsts New York Times
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2004 Terrorist Siege of Russian School Ends in Tragedy: 320+ Die (Mostly Children) Russia Terrorism Children Death CNN BBC