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5-Minute Quests

1. Which author born on this date received the 1989 Newbery Medal? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. When Peter the Great imposed a tax on this date in 1698, what did he tax? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Salisbury Post, how old was Gloria Pinkney when her mother died? (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 Paul Fleischman. HI WIG GIRL

1. Acts of international terrorism occurred on this date in four different years during the 1970s. What are those four years? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, what was Muhammad Ali's career record as a professional boxer (wins-losses-draws)? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Center for the Study of Technology & Society, what kind of telephone lines did Frank Jewett design while working at AT&T? (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 Ward Just (according to the Writer's Almanac):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the American Indian Heritage Foundation, what was the real Indian name of Sioux Chief, Crazy Horse?

2. According to Toonpedia, on what date did the comic strip Cathy begin as a daily strip?

3. According to the History Channel, on what date was Jesse James' James-Younger gang nearly wiped out in Northfield, Minnesota?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1936 work by John Cage (according to the worklist provided in his discography from New Albion Records):

John Cage
Born on This Date in 1912

[New Albion Records]

American Composer

Frank Jewett
Born on This Date 1925

[Bell Laboratories]

Telephone and communications pioneer

Gloria Jean Pinkney
Born on This Date 1941

[Library of Congress]

Primary Children's Author

Cathy Guisewite
Born on This Date 1950

[Norman Rockwell Museum]


Paul Fleischman
Born on This Date 1952

[Salisbury University]

Young-adult Author

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1941 Gloria Jean Pinkney (North Carolina-born African-American Children's Author) Gloria Jean Pinkney Primary Children's Authors Famous African Americans
1945 Roxie Munro (Texas-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Texas Artists Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1952 Paul Fleischman (California-born Children's Author; Awarded 1989 Newbery Medal) Paul Fleischman Young-adult Authors 1989 Newbery Medal
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1905 Arthur Koestler (Hungarian Novelist) Arthur Koestler
1916 Frank Yerby (Georgia-born African-American Author of Historical Fiction) Georgia Authors African-American Authors New Georgia Encyclopedia Writer's Almanac African American Registry University of Georgia
1937 Larry Neal (Georgia-born African-American Writer) Georgia Authors African-American Authors African American Registry
1935 Ward Just (Indiana-born Journalist and Fiction Writer) Ward Just
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1950 Cathy Guisewite (Ohio-born Creator of the Cathy Comic Strip) Cathy Guisewite Cartoon & Comics
Classical Composers & Performing Artists
1735 Johann Christian Bach (German Composer: Son of Johann Sebastian Bach) German Composer Composers
1791 Giacomo Meyerbeer (German Composer) German Composer Composers
1890 Benjamin Tyamzashe (South African Composer, Educator) South African Composers Composers Educators of Note South African History
1912 John Cage (Los Angeles-born Avant-garde Composer) John Cage American Composers
1942 Eduardo Mata (Mexican Conductor, Composer) Mexico Symphonic Conductor Latin-American Studies
Scientists, Mathematicians & Inventors
1879 Frank Jewett (California-born Engineer; First President of Bell Laboratories: 1925-40) Frank Jewett Telephone
1897 A. C. Nielsen (Chicago-born Market Research Engineer) Chicago Scientists and Mathematicians Statistics Television Nielsen Media Research
1568 Tommaso Campanella (Italian Philosopher and Writer) Italian Authors Philosophy Authors
1807 Richard Chenevix Trench (Irish Clergyman, Philologist, and Poet) Irish Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians Poetry Dictionaries
1888 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (Indian Philosopher) Indian Political and Social Leaders Philosophy Britannica
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1638 Louis XIV, King of France French Political and Social Leaders
1909 Yusuf Mohamed Dadoo (South African Physician and Political Activist) South African Poitical and Social Leaders Apartheid South African History
1856 Tom Watson (Georgia-born Populist Politician, Lawyer, Writer, and Editor) Georgia Poitical and Social Leaders Politics Racism University of Georgia
1939 Claudette Colvin (Alabama-born African-American Civil Rights Activist) Claudette Colvin U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Political and Social Leaders
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1847 Jesse James (Missouri-born Outlaw) Jesse James Notorious Americans
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1902 Darryl F. Zanuck (Nebraska-born Movie Producer) Nebraska Performing Artists Filmmakers Internet Movie Database
1929 Bob Newhart (Illinois-born Comedian) Illinois Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television Internet Movie Database
1940 Raquel Welch (Chicago-born Actress) Chicago Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Internet Movie Database
1946 Freddie Mercury (Tanzanian-born English Lead Singer of the Rock Group Queen) Freddie Mercury Performing Artists English Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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1877 Crazy Horse (South Dakota-born Chief of the Sioux Indians) South Dakota-born Politicla and Social Leaders Chief Crazy Horse Westward Expansion History Channel
1912 Arthur MacArthur (Massachusetts-born U.S. Army General; Military Governor of the Philippines; Father of General Douglas MacArthur) Massachusetts Military Figures U.S. Military Figures U.S. Civil War Spanish-American War Wisconsin Historical Society
1927 Wayne B. Wheeler (Ohio-born Temperance Leader) Ohio Political and Social Leaders Substance Abuse 18th Amendment Ohio Historical Society
1960 Earl Long (Former Governor of Louisiana) Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Politics State of Louisiana
1997 Mother Teresa (Macedonian-born Catholic Missionary: 1979 Nobel Laureate for Peace) Mother Teresa Catholicism 1979 Nobel Laureate for Peace
Georg Solti (Hungarian-born Operatic Conductor) Hungarian Performing Artists Classical Musicians Opera
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Historical Events Occurring between 1500 - 1599
1538 Spanish Captain Alonso de Alvarado Founds the City of Chachapoyas, Peru Peru Trafico Online Peru Travel and Tourism
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1698 Peter the Great Imposes Tax on Beards Russia New York Times
Historical Events Occurring between 1700 - 1799
1716 Virginia Explorers Reach the Crest of the Appalachian Mountains Virginia West Virginia Historic Firsts West Virginia State Archives
1774 First Continental Congress Is Convened at Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Continental Congress American Revolution Writer's Almanac History Channel
1787 Constitutional Convention Adopts Patent & Copyright Clause U.S. Constitution Patents & Trademarks USPTO
1793 France's Reign of Terror Begins with Harsh Counterrevolutionary Measures France French Revolution New York Times
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Again it is fog that I awaken to in the morning. We loaded the canoes and waited until the fog disappeared. We had trouble passing some riffles today and had to use horse and oxen to rescue us. At six in the evening we were pounded by rain. We camped at the head of Brown's Island when the night blackened around us. I was very worried because much of our valuable belongings had not been brought up yet so I blew the trumpet and ordered our things to be secured. We traveled 16 miles today.
Ohio West Virginia Weather University of Kentucky The Ohio River
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: The Musquetors being So excessively tormenting that the party was all on board and we Set out at day light and proceeded on very well. here the river is bordered on both sides with timber &c becoms much narrower more Crooked and the Current more rapid and Crouded with Snags or Sawyers than it is above, and continus So all day.

We did not meet with McClellen as we expected at the Creek. the report of the guns which was heard must have been the Mahars who most probably have just arrived at their village from hunting the buffalow. this is a Season they usialy return to their village to Secure their Crops of Corn Beens punkins &c &c.

proceeded on very well passd. the blue Stone bluff at 3 P. M here the river leaves the high lands and meanders through a low rich bottom. Encamped on the S W Side on a Sand bar at a cut off a little below our Encampment of the 9th of August 1804. haveing made 73 Miles to day—

Capt. Lewis still in a Convelesent State.

We Saw no game on the Shores to day worth killig only Such as pelicans Geese ducks, Eagles and Hawks &c.—

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 09/05/1806 Monona County, Iowa Native American Tribes

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

1807 British Complete Four-day Bombardment of Copenhagen Denmark Great Britain Napoleon Bonaparte European History War Danish Military History
1812 Native Americans Lay Siege to Fort Wayne Indiana Native American Heritage Forts War of 1812 Indiana Historical Society
Zachary Taylor Defends Indiana's Fort Harrison From Indian Attack Indiana Zachary Taylor Tecumseh War of 1812 Indiana State University (pdf)
1836 Sam Houston Is Elected First President of the Republic of Texas Republic of Texas Sam Houston Elections Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
The First Nine Miles of Track Are Opened for Florida's First Steam-Powered Railroad Florida Steam Railroads Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1837 President Martin Van Buren Calls for Independent Federal Treasury Martin Van Buren U.S. Government Economics & Business
1840 Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "Un giorno di regno" (King for a Day) Is First Performed in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala Verdi Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1849 The Oregon Territorial Legislature Passes an Act to Create a Free System of Public Schools Oregon Department of Education Education
1857 In Weimar, Germany, Franz Liszt Conducts the First Performance of His Composition "A Faust Symphony" Germany Franz Liszt Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1859 Our Nig Is First Novel Published by an African-American Woman Literature African-American History Historic Firsts The Harriet Wilson Project African American Registry
1863 U.S. Foreign Minister Warns the British to Stay Out of the American Civil War Great Britian American Civil War History Channel
1868 William Goldmyer Is First to Settle on Lake Washington's Sand Point Washington State of Washington
1872 In Newark, Delaware College Opens Its Doors to Women for the First Time Newark, Delaware Education Women Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1877 Sioux Chief Crazy Horse Killed by a U.S. Soldier at Fort Robinson, Nebraska Nebraska Chief Crazy Horse Westward Expansion History Channel
In Lee County, Texas, Outlaw Bill Longley Is Sentenced to Death for Murder Lee County, Texas Bill Longley Crime Law and Legal Resources Texas State Historical Association
1881 Forest Fires Engulf Michigan's Thumb Michigan Trees Fire Safety State of Michigan
Alaska Holds Its First Election, Choosing M. D. Ball of Sitka as an Unofficial Delegate to the U.S. Congress Alaskan Government U.S. Congress Elections Historic Firsts Alaska State Archives
1882 New York City Holds America's First Labor Day Parade New York City Labor Day Historic Firsts Writer's Almanac Library of Congress
1892 W.M. Fishback Is Elected Governor of Arkansas Arkansas Political and Social Leaders Elections Arkansas History Commission
1893 In Minnesota, Composer Antonín Dvorák Visits Minnehaha Falls and Performs for the Czecho-Slovanic Benefit Society in St. Paul Antonín Dvorák Minnesota Composers Minnesota Historical Society
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1901 National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues Is Formed at Chicago's Leland Hotel Chicago Baseball Compass Rose Major League Baseball
1905 The Treaty of Portsmouth Is Signed in New Hampshire Ending the Russo-Japanese War Japan Russia New Hampshire War History Channel Asian History
1906 The First Legal Forward Pass Is Thrown in a College Football Game Football My San Antonio
1911 Voters Create the Port of Seattle and Elect First Commissioners Washington Economics Naval History State of Washington
1914 The First Battle of the Marne Begins: 500,000 Will Die France Battle of the Marne Death History Channel
1917 Iowa's First Men Are Inducted into the Military for World War I at Fort Dodge Fort Dodge, Iowa World War I State Historical Society of Iowa
In Response to Recent anti-Draft Activity, the "Drafted Men of Brown County, Minnesota" Pass a Resolution Supporting the U.S. Entry into the Great War Brown County, Minnesota World War I Minnesota Historical Society
1918 The National Anthem Is Sung for the First Time at a Sporting Event The National Anthem Sports World War I Historic Firsts New York Times
1925 Temperature in Centreville, Alabama Reaches Highest in the State's Recorded History: 112°. Centreville, Alabama Temperature Alabama State Archives
1927 George Gershwin's Musical "Strike Up the Band" Premieres at the Shubert Theater in Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania George Gershwin American Musicals Historic Firsts American Public Media
1936 Beryl Markham Crash Lands in Nova Scotia as the First Woman to Fly the Atlantic Solo From East to West Beryl Markham Aviation Women Historic Firsts Woman Pilot
1939 The United States Proclaims Neutrality in World War II World War II U.S. History New York Times
South Africa's Prime Minister, J.B.M Hertzog, Is Forced to Resign Because of His Neutrality Stance South African Poitical and Social Leaders World War II South African History
1943 U.S. Forces Seize More of New Guinea New Guinea World War II History Channel
1944 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Near Massena, New York Is Largest in the State's Recorded History Massena, New York Earthquakes USGS
Union Representative Is Arrested in Georgia for Trying to Organize Cotton Mill Workers Georgia Unions Crime AFL-CIO University of Georgia
1945 Japanese-American Wartime Radio Propagandist, "Tokyo Rose," Is Arrested in Yokohama Yokohama, Japan World War II Radio Propaganda Asian-American Heritage New York Times
1947 Philanthropist John Deferrari Donates over $1M to the Boston Public Library Boston Philanthropy Boston Public Library Masachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
Historical Events Occurring between 1950 - 1999
1950 Hurricane Easy Produces 125 mph Winds and Florida Record 24-hr Rainfall of 38.7" at Yankeetown Yankeetown, Florida Hurricanes Florida Historical Society
1957 Jack Kerouac's On the Road Goes on Sale Jack Kerouac American Authors Writer's Almanac History Channel
1958 Boris Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago First Appears in the U.S. Boris Pasternak Adult Fiction 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature History Channel
Louisiana State University at New Orleans Opens for Its First Classes New Orleans Education Historic Firsts University of New Orleans State of Louisiana
1960 Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Wins Olympic Boxing Gold in Rome Muhammad Ali Boxing Hall of Fame The Olympic Games New York Times
1969 Lt. William Calley Charged for My Lai Massacre in Vietnam My Lai Massacre Law & Legal Resources History Channel
1972 Arab Terrorists Take Israeli Hostages at the Munich Olympics Israeli Massacre at the Munich Olympics Israel Terrorism CNN History Channel New York Times
1973 Palestinian Terrorists Seize Saudi Arabian Embassy in Paris, Take 5 Hostages Paris Palestine Saudi Arabia Terrorism University of Texas
1975 Secret Service Agent Disarms Lynette Fromme before She Can Shoot President Ford in California California President Gerald Ford Assassination Attempt The American Presidency Gun Control Ford Presidential Library History Channel
IRA Bomb Kills 2 Injures 63 in Lobby of the London Hilton Hotel London, England Terrorism Death London Hilton BBC
1977 Red Army Faction (RAF) Terrorists Kidnap and Kill West German Executive Germany Terrorism World History Death Baader-Meinhof
NASA Launches Voyager 1 Spacecraft Two Weeks after Launching Its Twin, Voyager 2. Space Exploration The Solar System NASA Technology & Society
1986 4 Arab Gunmen Kill 21 in Aborted Airline Hijacking in Pakistan Pakistan Terrorism CNN BBC
1989 Chris Evert Is Defeated by Zina Garrison 7-6, 6-2 in Evert's Last U.S. Open Match Chris Evert Tennis Hall of Fame U.S. Open