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5-Minute Quests

1. In what year on this date was California admitted as the 31st State in the Union? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1893, who was the first child of a U.S. president to be born in the White House? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame, when she received the Coretta Scott King Award, Mildred Pitts Walter was walking between what two cities? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book written by Aileen Fisher (according to the University of Southern Mississippi).

1. In what year did Tajikistan gain its independence from the Soviet Union on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the New York Times, to whom did Alf Landon lose the 1936 Presidential election in a landslide? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to NASA, at what university did Luigi Galvani study medicine? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of book written by James Hilton (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 Authors' Calendar, Mao Zedong was the founder of what?

2. According to, in what city was Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu born on this date in 1585?

3. According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, why did John Gregg Fee's parents disinherit him for being an abolitionist?

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a performing artist born on this date.

Luigi Galvani
Born on This Date in 1737


Electricity & Magnetism

John Gregg Fee
Born on This Date 1816

[Berea College]


James Hilton
Born on This Date 1900

[James Hilton Society]

Adult Authors

Aileen Fisher
Born on This Date 1906

[Gale Group]

Primary Children's Authors

Mildred Pitts Walter
Born on This Date 1922

[Harpers Children]

Primary Children's Authors

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Tajikistan: National Day
(Commemoration of Independence from Russia: 09/09/1991)
Tajikistan U.S. Department of State
California: Admission Day
(Commemoration of admission as the 31st state: 09/09/1850)
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1903 Phyllis Whitney (American Children's Author) Phyllis Whitney
1906 Aileen Fisher (Michigan-born Poet, Children's Author) Aileen Fisher Primary Children's Authors Children's Poetry
1922 Mildred Pitts Walter (Louisiana-born African-American Children's Author) Mildred Pitts Walter African Americans Authors & Illustrators
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1828 Leo Tolstoy (Russian Novelist and Social Reformer) Leo Tolstoy
1844 Maurice Thompson (Indiana-born Author of "Alice of Old Vincennes") Maurice Thompson Ball State University
1885 Elinor Wylie (New Jersey-born Poet) New Jersey Authors & Illustrators Poet Writer's Almanac
1900 James Hilton (English Author) James Hilton Film
1908 Cesare Pavese (Italian Poet) Italian Authors & Illustrators Poet Writer's Almanac
1911 Paul Goodman (New York City-born Poet) New York City Authors & Illustrators Poet Writer's Almanac
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1872 Edward Burlingame Hill (Massachusetts-born Composer) Massachusetts Composers American Composers
1937 Olly Wilson (Missouri-born Composer) Missouri Composers American Composers
1585 Cardinal Richelieu (French Catholic Cardinal, Statesman) Cardinal Richelieu Religion Catholicism
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1737 Luigi Galvani (Italian Physicist) Luigi Galvani Electricity & Magnetism
Business Leaders
1890 Harland Sanders (Indiana-born Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken) Harland Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken
Political & Social Leaders
1816 John Gregg Fee (Kentucky-born Educator, Abolitionist) John Gregg Fee Educators of Note Abolition
1887 Alf Landon (Pennsylvania-born Politician) Alf Landon Kansas Politics & Elections
The Notorious
1754 William Bligh (English Naval Officer; Captain of the HMS Bounty) Mutiny on the HMS Bounty Naval History
Performing Artists
1941 Otis Redding (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Otis Redding African American Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1951 Tom Wopat (Wisconsin-born Actor) Wisconsin Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television Wisconsin Historical Society
1952 Angela Cartwright (English Actress) Angela Cartwright The Sound of Music Television
1960 Hugh Grant (English Actor) Hugh Grant Film
1966 Adam Sandler (New York City-born Comedic Actor) Adam Sandler Film
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1945 John Curry (English Olympic Figure Skater) John Curry Figure Skating The Olympic Games
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1087 William the Conqueror (King of England) William the Conqueror
1871 Stand Watie (Georgia-born Cherokee Indian and Confederate General) Stand Watie Cherokee Nation American Civil War
1976 Mao Zedong (Chinese Dictator) Mao Zedong
1996 Bill Monroe (Kentucky-born Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & the Country Western Music Hall of Fame) Bill Monroe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Country and Western Music Hall of Fame
2003 Edward Teller (Hungarian Nuclear Physicist) Edward Teller Physics Nuclear Weapons
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490 The Persians Invade Greece at Marathon, 35km NE of Athens Classical Greece War North Park University
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1739 Stono River Slave Rebellion Begins in South Carolina South Carolina Slavery African-American History Library of Congress
1776 The Second Continental Congress Renames the United Colonies as the United States of America U.S. History Historic Firsts New York Times
1777 Washington's Army Marches from Wilmington, Delaware To Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania to Prevent the British from Entering Philadelphia Great Britain Wilmington, Delaware Philadelphia, Pennsylvania American Revolution State of Delaware
1785 Acadian Exiles Arrive in New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana Immigration Louisiana Secretary of State
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: The Doctor was unable to join us for the journey and we set out at three in the afternoon. We had some difficulty making it over a riffle a mile out of town. There was some mistake in the arrangement for bread at the town of Wheeling. The contract was misunderstood and the bread was left. I sent the Corporal back to get the bread and gave him a dollar to give the woman for her troubles. About that time torrential rain attacked us and continued into
the night. Through the course of the night we tried to keep everything dry. The rain was unusually cold for this time of year.
Ohio West Virginia Weather Food & Nutrition Business University of Kentucky West Virginia Archives The Ohio River
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark from Collected Entries: Set out at Sunrise and proceeded on passed the head of the Island on which we Camped, passed three Sand & willow Islands, the Sand bars So noumerous, it is not worth mentioning them, the river Shoal or Shallow wind S E Came too and Camped on a Sand bar on the
L. S. Capt Lewis went out to Kill a buffalow. I walked on Shore all this evening with a view to Kill a Goat or Some Prarie Dogs in the evening after the boat landed, I Derected my Servent York with me to kill a Buffalow near the boat from a numbr. then Scattered in the plains, I saw at one view near the river at least 500 Buffalow, those animals have been in view all day feeding in the Plains on the L. S. every Copse of timber appear to have Elk or Deer. D[rouillard]. Killed 3 Deer, I Kiled a Buffalow Y. [York] 2, R. Fields one.
South Dakota Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 09/09/04 Prairie Dogs Elk Deer Buffalo
The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Kentucky University of Nebraska
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Set out at 7 A M. this morning and proceeded down the Flathead river leaving it on our left, the country in the valley of this river is generally a prarie and from five to 6 miles wide the growth is almost altogether pine principally of the longleafed kind, with some spruce and a kind of furr resembleing the scotch furr. near the wartercourses we find
a small proportion of the narrow leafed cottonwood some redwood honeysuckle and rosebushes form the scant proportion of underbrush to be seen.

at 12 we halted on a small branch which falls in to the river on the E. side, where we breakfasted on a scant proportion of meat which we had reserved from the hunt of yesterday added to three geese which one of our hunters killed this morning. two of our hunters have arrived, one of them brought with him a redheaded woodpecker of the large kind common to the U States. this is the first of the kind I have seen since I left the Illinois. just as we were seting out Drewyer arrived with two deer.

we continued our rout down the valley about 4 miles and crossed the river; it is hear a handsome stream about 100 yards wide and affords a considerable quantity of very clear water, the banks are low and it's bed entirely gravel. the stream appears navigable, but from the circumstance of their being no sammon in it I believe that there must be a considerable fall in it below. our guide could not inform us where this river discharge itself into the columbia river he informed us that it continues it's course along the mountains to the N. as far as he knew it and that not very distant from where we then were it formed a junction with a stream nearly as large as itself which took it's rise in the mountains near the Missouri to the East of us and passed through an extensive valley generally open prarie which forms an excellent pass to the Missouri. the point of the Missouri where this Indian pass intersects it, is about 30 miles above the gates of the rocky mountain, or the place where the valley of the Missouri first widens into an extensive plain after entering the rockey mountains. the guide informed us that a man might pass to the missouri
from hence by that rout in four days.

we continued our rout down the W. side of the river about 5 miles further and encamped on a large creek which falls
in on the West as our guide informes that we should leave the river at this place and the weather appearing settled and fair I determined to halt the next day rest our horses and take some scelestial Observations. we called this
Creek Travellers rest. it is about 20 yards wide a fine bould clear runing stream the land through which we passed is but indifferent a could white gravley soil. we estimate our journey of this day at 19 M.

Clark: a fair morning Set out early and proceeded on thro a plain as yesterday down the valley Crossed a large Scattering Creek on which Cotton trees grew at 1 miles, a Small one at 10 miles, both from the right, the main river at 15 miles & Encamped on a large Creek from the left which we call Travelers rest Creek. killed 4 Deer & 4 Ducks & 3 prarie fowls. day fair Wind N. W.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 08/18/05 Lolo Trail
The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Set out early at 8 A. M passed the enterance of the great river Platt which is at this time low the water nearly clear the Current turbelant as usial; the Sand bars which Choked up the Missouri and Confined the river to a narrow Snagey Chanel are wastd a way and nothing remains but a fiew Small remains of the bear bar which is covered with drift wood, below the R. Platt the Current of the Missouri becomes evidently more rapid than above and the Snags much more noumerous and bad to pass

late in the evening we arived at the Bald pated prarie and encamped imediately opposit our encampment of the 16th and 17th of July 1804 haveing made 73 miles only to day.

The river bottoms are extencive rich and Covered with tall large timber, and the hollows of the reveins may be Said to be covered with timber Such as Oake ash Elm and Some walnut & hickory.

our party appears extreamly anxious to get on, and every day appears produce new anxieties in them to get to their Country and friends. My worthy friend Cap Lewis has entirely recovered his wounds are heeled up and he Can walk and even run nearly as well as ever he Could. the parts are yet tender &c. &.

The Musquetors are yet troublesom, tho' not So much So as they were above the River platt. the Climate is every day preceptably wormer and air more Sultery than I have experienced for a long time. the nights are now So worm that I sleep Comfortable under a thin blanket, a fiew days past 2 was not more than Sufficient

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 09/05/1806 Missouri Nebraska

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

1825 Beethoven's String Quartet in a, Op.132, Is First Performed Before a Private Audience of 14 at the Wild Men Tavern in Vienna, Austria Ludwig van Beethoven Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1849 Unhappy with Minnesota's New Long Prairie Reservation, Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) Attempt to Return to Their Native Wisconsin Minnesota Wisconsin Native American Heritage MInnesota Historical Society
1850 President Millard Fillmore Signs Act Admitting California As 31st State California President Millard Fillmore History Channel
President Millard Fillmore Signs the Organic Act Admitting New Mexico into the Union as a Territory New Mexico President Millard Fillmore New Mexico Magazine
1861 The Steamboat Alhambra Delivers Minnesota's First Steam Locomotive to St. Paul St. Paul, Minnesota Steamboats Railroad Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
Sally Louisa Tompkins Is the Only Woman Commissioned as an Officer in the Confederate Military Virginia Military Figures American Women in the Military American Civil War Virginia  Historical Society
1863 General Bragg's Confederate Troops Evacuate Chattanooga, Retreat Southward Tennessee The Battle of Chickamauga History Channel
In Faribault, Five Students Attend the First Classes Held at the Minnesota School for the Deaf Faribault, Minnesota Education Deafness Historic Firsts Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf Minnesota Historical Society
1867 The First Passenger Train Pulls into Des Moines, Iowa Iowa Railroad Iowa State Historical Association
1882 City of East Dallas, Texas Is Incorporated Dallas Texas Texas State Historical Association
1884 In Minnesota, a Tornado Strikes the Lumber Mill at Marine on St. Croix, Blowing Away a Million Board Feet of Cut Lumber Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota Tornado Economics & Business Minnesota Historical Society
1893 Esther Cleveland Is First President's Child Born in the White House. Grover Cleveland The American Presidency The White House Historic Firsts New York Times
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1901 The Cornerstone Is Laid for the New York Stock Exchange on 8 Broad Street in Downtown Manhattan New York Stock Exchange Markets & Investments New York Stock Exchange New York Historical Society
1909 In California, the Santa Monica Pier Is Officially Opened to the Public Santa Monica, California Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation
1912 Joe T. Robinson Is Elected Governor of Arkansas Arkansas Political and Social Leaders Elections Arkansas History Commission
1918 The Keel Is Laid for the S.S. Aberdeen Aberdeen, Washington Naval Military History World War I HistoryLink
1919 Hurricane Devastates Key West, Florida: 300 Die Florida Hurricanes Death Florida State Historical Society
The Boston Police Department Goes on Strike Boston Law Enforcement Strike History Channel
1922 Massachusetts Audubon Society Acquires 43 Acres for a Wildlife Sanctuary Massachusetts Earth & Environmental Sciences Animals Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1925 Onlooker Is Killed When White Mob Threatens Home of African-American Dr. Ossian Sweet Detroit Racism African American History University of Missouri at Kansas City State of Michigan
1926 Radio Corporation of America (RCA) Creates National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) Television Business & Economics NBC
1933 Atlanta's WSB Radio Begins Broadcasting with New 50,000-watt Transmitter Atlanta Radio WSB Radio University of Georgia
Joe Hauser Hits His 69th Season Home Run for the Minneapolis Millers Minor League Baseball Team Minneapolis, Minnesota Baseball Minnesota Historical Society
1942 Japanese Drop Incendiary Bombs on an Oregon Forest Oregon World War II History Channel
1943 Allies Land at Salerno and Taranto Italy World War II History Channel
Rallies and Parades Open Delaware's Third War Loan Drive with a Goal of Raising $49,000,000 Delaware Economics World War II State of Delaware
1944 Communist-Dominated Fatherland Front Announces It Is in Control of Bulgaria's Government Bulgaria World War II European History Bulgaria Travel Directory
1945 First Computer Bug Is Documented: Live Moth in a Mark II Computer History of Technology Historic Firsts U.S. Navy
1947 A Valdez, Alaska Fire Destroys the Seattle Hotel Along with the Gilson Store and Bank Valdez, Alaska Fire Safety Alaska Historical Society
1948 The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Is Proclaimed in Pyongyang North Korea World History New York Times
Washington State Ferry Martha S. of Keller Makes Her Maiden Voyage Across Lake Roosevelt Washington Naval History HistoryLink
1949 Fire Destroys the Snake River Bridge at Burbank, Washington Burbank, Washington Bridges Fire Safety HistoryLink
Historical Events Occurring between 1950 - 1999
1954 Pledging Continued School Segregation, Georgia Democrats Nominate Marvin Griffin for Governor Georgia Politics Education Racism University of Georgia
1956 Elvis Presley Appears on the Ed Sullivan Show for the First Time Television Elvis Presley History Channel
1957 President Eisenhower Signs First Civil Rights Law Since Reconstruction U.S. Congress President Eisenhower Civil Rights New York Times
1961 A Meteorite Hits Grayson County, Texas Texas Meteroites Texas State Historical Association
1962 Two African-American Churches Are Burned in Terrell County, Georgia Georgia Religion Fire Safety Racism University of Georgia
1965 Hurricane Betsy Hits Louisiana, Killing 60 People Louisiana Hurricanes Death Louisiana Secretary of State
1968 Arthur Ashe Is Only African-American Male to Win U.S. Open in Tennis Arthur Ashe International Tennis Hall of Fame African-American History Historic Firsts Sports Illustrated
1969 Ho Chi Minh Is Buried in Hanoi Ho Chi Minh Vietnam War History Channel
1971 Prisoners Seize New York's Attica Maximum-security Prison: 43 Will Die New York Prison Death History Channel
British Ambassador Is Released 8 Months After Captured by Guerrillas in Uruguay Great Britain Uruguay Terrorism BBC
Apollo 15 Astronauts Are Recognized By a Joint Session of Congress Space Exploration Lunar Exploration U.S. Congress
1973 Terry Anne Meeuwsen of De Pere, Wisconsin Is Crowned the 45th Miss America De Pere, Wisconsin Women Miss America Wisconsin Historical Society
1978 Shah's Troops Open Fire on Iranian Protesters: Hundreds Killed Iran Death Country Studies
1986 "Yankee Doodle Dandy" Broadcast as First Colorized Version of a Black & White Film Television Film Historic First University of Georgia
1991 Tajikistan Establishes Its Independence from Russia Tajikistan Russia The Fall of Soviet Communism CIA
1993 PLO and Israel Agree to Recognize Each Other. Israel Palestine New York Times
Former President Marcos Buried in Philippines, Four Years after Dying in Exile. The Republic of the Philippines New York Times
1997 Northern Ireland's Sinn Fein Formally Renounces Violence Ireland New York Times