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5-Minute Quests

1. What is the name of a children's science author born on this date in New York? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What regions of Bulgaria were re-unified on this date in 1885? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the University of Southern California, in what year did Felix Salten publish his book Bambi? (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 born on this date.

1. Why is this date observed as Somhlolo Independence Day in Swaziland? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Nobel Foundation, with whom did Jane Addams share the 1931 Nobel Prize for Peace? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to, in which battle of the American Revolution was the Marquis de Lafayette wounded serving as a major general in the U.S. Army? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a country where this date is a holiday or special observance:
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1. According to Thinkquest, what generalization about gases was published by John Dalton?

2. According to, what educational institution was founded by Catharine Beecher in 1824?

3. According to the Library of Congress, what event was President McKinley attending when he was mortally wounded on this date in 1901?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an essay by Henry David Thoreau:

John Dalton
Born on This Date 1766


Atomic Theory

Catharine Beecher
Born on This Date 1800



Jimmy Reed
Born on This Date in 1925

[Starkville High School]


Jane Addams
Born on This Date 1950

[Nobel Foundation]

Community Service 1931 Nobel Prize for Peace

Felix Salten
Born on This Date 1869


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Children's Authors & Illustrators
1869 Felix Salten (Hungarian Children's Author of Bambi) Felix Salten Bambi
1917 Frank Modell (Pennsylvania-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Pennsylvania Artists & Illustrators Children's Literature American Artists
1927 Margery Facklam (New York-born Children's Science Author) Margery Facklam Animals Insects Science
1941 Susan Kuklin (Pennsylvania-born Photographer, Children's Author) Pennsylvania Artists & Illustrators Non-fiction Children's Literature Photography
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1900 Julian Green (French Author) Julian Green
1900 Lauri Viljanen (Finnish Author) Lauri Viljanen
1928 Robert Pirsig (Minnesota-born Author: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) Robert Pirsig
1965 Christopher Nolan (Irish Poet) Christopher Nolan Poetry Special Education
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1923 William Kraft (Chicago-born Percussionist, Composer, Conductor ) Chicago Composers American Composers
1938 Joan Tower (New York-born Composer) New York Composers American Composers
1766 John Dalton (English Scientist: Father of the Atomic Theory) John Dalton Atomic Theory
1811 James Gilliss (Washington, D.C.-born Naval Officer; Founder of the U.S. Naval Observatory) Washington, D.C. Observatories and Telescopes Observatories and Telescopes
1876 J. J. R. Macleod (Scottish-born 1923 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology for Discovery of Insulin) Scottish Scientists and Mathemaitcians Diabetes 1923 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology
1895 Walter Robert Dornberger (German Engineer; Directed Construction of V-2 Rocket) German Scientists and Mathematicians World War II
1906 Luis Federico Leloir (Argentine 1970 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry) Argentine Scientists and Mathemaitcians Biochemistry 1970 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
1919 Wilson Greatbatch (New York-born Inventor of the Pacemaker, Member of the Inventors Hall of Fame) Wilson Greatbatch Pacemaker Inventors & Inventions
1888 Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (Massachusetts-born Businessman; Father to John, Robert and Ted Kennedy) Massachusetts Business Leaders John F. Kennedy
1757 Marquis de Lafayette (French General and Aristocrat) Marquis de Lafayette American Revolution
1819 William S. Rosecrans (Ohio-born Union General) Ohio Military Leaders American Civil War Ohio Historical Society
1890 Claire Chennault (Texas-born U.S. Air Force General, Aviator) Texas Military Leaders Aviation Military History World War II
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1800 Catherine Beecher (New York-born Educator) Catherine Beecher Educators of Note Women
1783 Arnaud Julie Beauvais (Louisiana Governor: 1829-1830) Louisiana Political and Social Leaders
1860 Jane Addams (Illinois-born Social Reformer: 1931 Nobel Laureate for Peace) Jane Addams 1931 Nobel Laureate for Peace
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1899 Billy Rose (New York City-born Theatrical Impresario, Producer, Composer/Songwriter) New York City Performing Artists Stage and Theater American Composers and Songwriters
1925 Jimmy Reed (Mississippi-born African-American Jazz Guitarist) Missisippi Performing Artists Jazz African American Registry
1944 Swoosie Kurtz (Nebraska-born Actress) Nebraska Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television Film Internet Movie Database
1947 Jane Curtin (Massachusetts-born Actress) Massachusetts Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television Internet Movie Database
1958 Jeff Foxworthy (Georgia-born Comedian) Georgia Performing Artists Television Internet Movie Database University of Georgia
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1888 Urban "Red" Faber (Iowa-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Iowa Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1909 Mickey Riley (Michael Galitzen: 1932 Olympic Gold Medal Diver) California Sports Figures 1932 Summer Olympics Swimming Hall of Fame
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1889 Bob Younger (Missouri-born Outlaw; Dies in the Minnesota State Prison) Notorious Persons of Missouri Notorious Americans Minnesota Historical Society
1966 Margaret Sanger (New York-born Pioneer of Birth Control) Margaret Sanger
Joel Augustus Rogers (Jamaican-born African-American Anthropologist, Historian) Jamaica African-American History African American Registry
1998 Akira Kurosawa (Japanese Filmmaker) Akira Kurosawa Film Internet Movie Database
Tommy Bartlett (Founder of the Tommy Bartlett Show at the Wisconsin Dells) Wisconsin Performing Artists Tommy Bartlett Show Wisconsin Historical Society
2007 Luciano Pavarotti (Italian Operatic Tenor) Luciano Pavarotti Opera
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1522 Magellan's Ship Victoria Arrives in Spain Completing First World Circumnavigation Ferdinand Magellan World History Naval History Historic Firsts History Channel UK
1777 General George Washington Holds a Council of War with His Staff at the Hale-Byrnes House in Stanton, Delaware Delaware George Washington American Revolutions State of Delaware
1791 Mozart's Opera, "La Clemenza di Tito," Is First Performed on the Eve of the Coronation of Leopold II of Prague Prague, Caech Republic Wolfgang Mozart Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Some little rain,

purchased two fine horses & took a Vocabiliary of the language litened our loads & packed up, rained contd. untill 12 oClock

we Set out at 2 oClock at the Same time all the Indians Set out on Ther way to meet the Snake Indians at the 3 forks of the Missouri.

Crossed a Small riverfrom the right Soon after Setting out, also a Small Creek from the North all three forks Comeing together below our Camp at which place the Mountains Close on each Side of the river, We proceeded on N 30 W. Crossed a Mountain and Struck the river Several miles down, at which place the Indians had Encamped two days before,

we Proceeded on Down the River which is 30 yds. wide Shallow & Stoney. Crossing it Several times & Encamped
in a Small bottom on the right side.

rained this evening nothing to eate but berries, our flour out, and but little Corn, the hunters killed 2 pheasents only—

all our horses purchased of the oote lash Shutes we Secured well for fear of their leaveing of us, and watched
them all night for fear of their leaving us or the Indians prosuing & Steeling them.

Ordway: a clear cold morning.

we packed up our baggage the natives got up their horses also and Struck their Lodges in order to Set out for the Missourie. we have now got 40 good pack horses and three Colts. four hunters were furnished horses without loads in order to hunt constant.

about 1 oClock we Set out again on our journey. the natives Set out at the Same time for the Missourie we proceeded on soon crossed a large creek in this valley then Soon took the mountains. one of the hunters left us. we went over a Mountain about 7 miles and descended down the Mountain on a creek and Camped. eat a little parched corn. light Sprinkling of rain, through the course of this

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 08/18/05 Ravalli County, Montana Shoshone Indians The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: The Musquetors excessively troublesom we Set out early at the great Cut off Saw a herd of Elk, we landed and Sent out Several hunters to kill Some of the Elk, they returnd. without killing any as the Elk was wild and ran off much fritened.

I Sent the two Small Canoes on a head with derections to hunt in two bottoms below, and after a delay of half an hour proceeded on wind-hard a head at the lower point 7 of Pelecan Island a little above the Petite River de Seeoux we met a tradeing boat of Mr. Ag. Choteaux of St Louis bound to the River Jacque to trade with the Yanktons,

this boat was in Care of a Mr. Henry Delorn, he had exposed all his loading and Sent out five of his hands to hunt they Soon arived with an Elk. we purchased a gallon of whiskey of this man and gave to each man of the party a dram which is the first Spiritious licquor which had been tasted by any of them Since the 4 of July 1805. Several of the party exchanged leather for linen Shirts and beaver for Corse hats.

Those men Could inform us nothing more than that all the troops had movd. from the Illinois and that Genl. Wilkinson was prepareing to leave St. Louis.

We advised this trader to treat the Tetons with as much Contempt as possible and Stated to him where he would be benefited by such treatment &c &c. and at 1 P. M Set out those men gave us 2 Shots from a Swivell they had on the bow of their boat which we returned in our turn.

proceeded on about 3 miles and Came up with two of the hunters, they had not killd. any thing.

at 5 miles we over took the Canoe of the other hunters with Shannon in it floating down, the two fields being in the woods behind we Came too on a Sand bar on the N. E. Side and delayed all the after part of the day for the two Felds,

Sent out 3 men to hunt in the bottom up the river and observe if they Saw any Sign of the hunters. the evening proved Cloudy and the wind blew hard two pelicans were killed to day.

we came 30 Miles only to day the 2 fieldses did not join us I think they are below. The Chief & the Squaws & children are awarey of their journey. Children cry &c.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 09/05/1806 Nebraska Native American Tribes

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

1814 Indiana Territorial Legislature Charters the Territory's First Banking Institutions Indiana Business Banking County History
1839 Spain Demands La Amistad and Its "Cargo" Be Returned to Spanish Custody Immediately Slavery U.S. Supreme Court Tulane University
The Constitution of the Cherokee Nation Is Enacted The Cherokee Nation Native-American Studies University of Oklahoma
1834 Dubuque County Iowa Is Established Iowa Iowa State Historical Society
1844 John C. Fremont Reaches the Great Salt Lake and Maps the Region John C. Fremont Utah U.S. Maps History Channel
1847 Henry David Thoreau Leaves Walden Pond after Two Years Henry David Thoreau American Authors Philosophy History Channel
1853 José Manuel Gallegos Is Elected as the First Hispanic Delegate to the U.S. Congress from New Mexico José Manuel Gallegos U.S. Congress Latin-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts New Mexico Magazine
Colonel William Tecumseh Sherman Resigns His U.S. Army Commission to Become a Banker in San Francisco San Francisco William Tecumush Sherman American Civil War U.S. Army LearnCalifornia
1854 Alachua County, Florida Commissioners Order Survey for County Seat to be Called Gainesville Florida Florida Historical Society
1861 Union Troops Capture Paducah, Kentucky Kentucky American Civil War U.S. History History Channel
1863 Confederates Evacuate Battery Wagner And Morris Island, South Carolina South Carolina American Civil War History Channel
1864 U.S.S. Proteus Captures Blockade-running British Schooner Ann Louisa American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1870 General Jefferson C. Davis Is Appointed Commander of the Military District of Alaska Alaska Alaska Historical Society
1875 Texas State Constitutional Convention Convenes in Austin Texas Texas State Historical Association
1876 Southern Pacific Railroad Completes Line Connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco California Railroad KCSM
1877 The Minnesota Chapter of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union Is Formed Minnesota Women Religion Substance Abuse Minnesota Historical Society
1878 Kate Kane Rossi Is Admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in Milwaukee and Is the First Female Lawyer to Practice in That City Milwaukee, Wisconsin Women Law and Legal Resources Wisconsin Bar Association Wisconsin Historical Society
1880 General Thomas Churchill Is Elected Governor of Arkansas Arkansas Political and Social Leaders Elections Arkansas History Commission
1882 Seven Men Participate in the Nation's First 100-mile Bike Race Massachusetts Bicycling Historic Firsts Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1888 White Political Leaders Order Black Leaders Out of Fort Bend County, TX Texas Politics Racism African-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1894 One of the Biggest Gas Wells Ever Drilled Is Completed on Moses Spencer's Farm, Tyler County, West Virginia Tyler County, West Virginia Business West Virginia Archives
1899 The First Carnation Condensed Milk Is Manufactured in Kent, Washington Washington Foods & Nutrition Historic Firsts State of Washington
1901 Leon F. Czolgosz Shoots and Mortally Wounds President William McKinley Assasination of President McKinley The American Presidency Crime State of Michigan
1921 Peace Arch Is Dedicated on U.S./Canadian Border Canada Washington State of Washington
1922 A Temperature of 105 Degrees Is Recorded at New Ulm, Minnesota New Ulm, Minnesota Temperature Minnesota Historical Society
1939 South Africa Declares War on Germany South Africa Germany World War  II New York Times
1941 The Light Cruiser U.S.S. Atlanta Is Launched at Kearny, New Jersey Atlanta, Georgia Kearny, New Jersey Naval Military History World War  II University of Georgia
1944 The Atlanta Journal Condemns Taxes Milledgeville and Newnan, Georgia Have Levied on Union Organizers Atlanta, Georgia Journalism Labor Unions Taxes University of Georgia
1945 President Truman Presents Post-War Economic Recovery Plan to Congress U.S. Congress President Harry Truman World War II Economics History Channel
1949 First State-supported African-American Junior College Is Established in Pensacola, FL Florida Education African-American Heritage Pensacola Junior College Florida Historical Society
1950 38.7" of Rain from Hurricane Easy Flood Yankeetown, Florida Florida Hurricanes Flooding Florida Historical Society
1952 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Begins Operation in Montreal Canada Television Museum of Broadcast Communication
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1954 Florida Governor Charley Johns Opens the Sunshine Skyway Toll Bridge over Tampa Bay Florida Bridges Florida Historical Society
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1960 Rafer Johnson Sets an Olympic Decathlon Record of 8,392 Points Track & Field The Olympic Games Famous African Americans ESPN
1965 Indian Army Invades West Pakistan India Pakistan War BBC
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1972 Palestinian Black September Terrorists Massacre Israeli Olympic Athletes Palestine Israel Terrorism Munich Olympics
1975 Martina Navratilova Requests Asylum at U.S. Open Tennis Tournament Martina Navratilova The Cold War International Tennis Hall of Fame New York Times
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