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5-Minute Quests

1. Why is the Feast of Saint Jerome celebrated on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What is the name of a children's author who was born on this date in Switzerland? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. In what Indiana county was James Dean born? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book by Janet S. Wong (according to the Books sections of Janet Wong's official web site).

1. In what year was the first volume of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women published on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What event in aviation history occurred on October 8 of the same year that jazz artist, Oscar Pettiford, was born? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Nobel Foundation press release, Elie Wiesel was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace because he serves as a messenger to mankind. What is his message? (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 Larry Levis (according to the American Academy of Poets):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to Author's Calendar, what is the real name of Michael Innes?

2. According to the New York Public Library biographical notes, what was Truman Capote's real name?

3. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Jean Perrin's research of Brownian motion confirmed the mathematical analysis of what other scientist?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of work by Piri Thomas (according to In Motion Magazine):

Jean Perrin
Born on This Date 1870

[Nobel Foundation]

Physics 1926 Nobel Laureate for Physics

Truman Capote
Born on This Date in 1924


American Author

Elie Wiesel
Born on This Date 1928

[Nobel Foundation]

Holocaust Survivor 1986 Nobel Laureate for Peace

Piri Thomas
Born on This Date 1928

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Janet S. Wong
Born on This Date 1962

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1927 W. S. Merwin (New York City-born Poet) W. S. Merwin Poetry
1928 Piri Thomas (new York City-born Latin-American Author) Piri Thomas Latin Americans
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1802 Antoine-Jerome Balard (French Chemist Who Discovered Bromine) French Scientists & Mathematicians Bromine
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1883 Nora Stanton Barney (American Civil Engineer, Architect, Suffragist) American Scientists & Mathematicians Architecture Women's Suffrage
1905 Nevill F. Mott (British Physicist; 1977 Nobel Laureate for Physics) Nevill F. Mott Physics 1977 Nobel Laureate for Physics
1939 Jean-Marie Lehn (French Chemist; 1987 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry) Jean-Marie Lehn Chemistry 1987 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
1943 Johann Deisenhofer (German Biochemist; 1988 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry) Johann Deisenhofer Biochemistry 1988 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
1951 Barry J. Marshall (Australian Bacteriologist; 2005 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine) Barry J. Marshall Helicobacter pylori 2005 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine
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1921 Deborah Kerr (Scottish Actress) Deborah Kerr Actors Film
1922 Oscar Pettiford (Oklahoma-born African-American Jazz Musician) Oklahoma Performing Artists Jazz Famous African Americans
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1961 Eric Stoltz (California-born Actor) California Performing Artists Actors Television Movies Internet Movie Database
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Set out this morning early had not proceeded on far before we discovered an Indian running after us, he came up with us & requested to come on bord we refused to take any of that band on board if he chose to proceed on Shore it was verry well Soon after I discovered on the hills at a great distance great numbers of Indians which appeared to be makeing to the river above us, we proceeded on under a Double reafed Sail, & Some rain at 9 oClock observed a large band of Indians the Same which I had before Seen on the hills incamping on the bank of the Left Shoe. we cast the ancher opposit their Lodgs. at about 100 yards distand, we Sent to each Chief a Carrot of tobacco, told them we had stayed two days with the band below, and we Could not delay any time, & they were friendly. we appoligised & proceeded on, Sent the perogue to Shore above with the Tobacco & Delivered. it to a Soldier. of
the Chief with us. we Saw great numbers of white guls this day is cloudy & rainey.

we Saw about 6 miles above 2 Indians who came to the bank and looked at us a about ½ an hour & went over the hills to the S W. we proceeded on under a verry Stiff Breeze from the S. E, the Stern of the boat got fast on a log
and the boat turned & was verry near filling before we got her righted, the waves being verry high, The Chief on board was So fritined at the motion of the boat which in its rocking caused Several loose articles to fall on the Deck from the lockers, he ran off and hid himself, we landed he got his gun and informed us he wished to return, that all things were Cleare for us to go on we would not See any more Tetons. we repeated to him what had been Said before and advised him to keep his men away, gave him a blanket a Knife & Some Tobacco, Smokd a pipe & he Set out. we also Set Sale and Came to at a Sand bar, & Camped, a verrey Cold evening, all on our guard

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Clark: a fine fair morning the men recruping a little, all at work which are able. Great number of Small Ducks pass down the river this morning. maney Indians passing up and down the river.

Whitehouse: This morning we had pleasant weather, The hunters that went out hunting the 28th instant had not as yet returned, and the Men that were sick belonging to our party are recovering their healths. The party employed at making the Canoes, are so weak & feeble that— they do but little work in the course of the day.— Towards evening the hunters returned, & brought in with them a Deer, & a Pheasant that they had killed.—

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1809 Native Americans of Indiana Cede Land Tracts to the U.S. Government Indiana Native American Heritage William Henry Harrison Indiana University
1829 Ralph Waldo Emerson Marries Ellen Tucker Ralph Waldo Emerson American Authors American Collection
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1854 A Number of Ojibwe Bands Sign a Treaty Transferring Minnesota's "Arrowhead" Region to the U.S. Government for About $400,000 Minnesota Native-American Heritage Historic U.S. Documents Economics Minnesota Historical Association
1857 Associate Justice Benjamin Curtis Resigns from the U.S. Supreme Court Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1859 Abraham Lincoln Makes His Last Visit to Wisconsin, Delivering an Address at the State Fair Wisconsin State Fair Abraham Lincoln Wisconsin Historical Society
1863 U.S. Gem of the Sea Captures the British Schooner Director Near Sanibel, Florida Florida Naval History American Civil War Florida State Historical Society
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1868 First Volume of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is Published Louisa May Alcott Young-adult Literature The History Channel
1869 Texas' Governor Resigns in Protest of Reconstruction Authorities in the State Texas Reconstruction Texas State Historical Association
1876 The Czecho-Slovanic Benefit Society, Known as CSPS, a Free-Thought Fraternal Organization, Is Formed in St. Paul, Minnesota Czech Republic Slovenia St. Paul, Minnesota Philosophy Minnesota Historical Association
1878 Lew Wallace Replaces the Resigning Samuel B. Axtell as Governor as Governor of the New Mexico Territory Lew Wallace New Mexico Westward Expansion New Mexico Magazine
1882 World's First Hydroelectric Power Plant Begins Operation in Appleton, Wisconsin Appleton, Wisconsin Energy Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1887 The South St. Paul Livestock Market Opens, Selling 363 Cattle the First Day St. Paul, Minnesota Farming & Agrciulture Cows Ecomnomics and Business Minnesota Historical Association
1888 Body of Catherine Eddowes, Probable Victim of Jack the Ripper, Found in London Jack the Ripper Crime Death Metropolitan Police
1889 Wyoming's Legislature Approves First State Constitution Granting Women Voting Right Wyoming Women's Suffrage Historic Firsts The History Channel
1891 The Beacon at Wisconsin's Devil's Island Lighthouse Near Bayfield Is First Lit Bayfield, Wisconsin Lighthouses Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1892 The Oliver Mining Company Is Organized to Work Minnesota's Iron Range Minnesota Labor Iron Ecomnomics and Business Minnesota Historical Association
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1902 Tom Gilmore Locates the Discovery Claim on Vault Creek in Alaska's Tanana District Alaska Gold Alaska Historical Society
1907 In Canotn, Ohio, President Theodore Roosevelt Dedicates the William McKinley National Memorial Canton, Ohio President William McKinley President Theodore Roosevelt The American Presidency Ohio Historical Society
1911 Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton Is Published by Scribner's in New York Edith Wharton American Authors American Collection
1919 Three Days of Deadly Race Riots between Whites and African-American Sharecroppers Break Out in Elaine, Arkansas Elaine Race Riot Racism Farming & Agriculture Labor African-American Heritage Encyclopedia of Arkansas
1927 10,000 See Babe Ruth Hit HR #60 at Yankee Stadium Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame New York Times
1929 Germany's Fritz von Opel Completes First Manned Rocket-powered Flight Aviation Historic Firsts NASA
1934 Babe Ruth Plays Last Professional Baseball Game with New York Yankees Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame
Dizzy Dean Wins His 30th Game Arkansas Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame USA Today
1938 British, French and Germans Sign the Munich Pact Allowing Nazis to Occupy the Sudetenland Czech Republic Slovakia Nazi Germany Great Britain France The Munich Pact
1944 R. Vaughan Williams' Oboe Concerto Is First Performed by Soloist Leon Goosens and the Liverpool Philharmonic R. Vaughan Williams Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1945 Aliceville German Prisoner-of-War Camp Is Decommissioned in Pickens County, AL Alabama Nazi Germany World War II Prisoners of War Alabama State Archives
1946 22 Top Nazi Leaders Found Guilty of War Crimes by Nuremberg Tribunal Nazi Germany World War II War Crimes Concordia
1947 L. B. Werner and Isadore Perlman Report Isolation of First Curium Compound Chemistry Curium Lemoyne College
1949 The Berlin Airlift Ends as Soviets Withdraw Blockade Berlin Soviet Union Aviation The Cold War The History Channel
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1951 Billy Graham's "Hour of Decision" First Airs on ABC Billy Graham Religion Television Concordia
1954 USS Nautilus Commissioned as World's First Nuclear Submarine Naval History Nuclear Weapons Historic Firsts New York Times
1957 Students Walk Out of West Virginia's Matoaka High School in Protest Over School Integration Matoaka, West Virginia Education Racism Civil Rights/Human Rights African-American Heritage West Virginia Archives
1960 The Flintstones Premieres on ABC Cartoons & Comics Family Television Internet Movie Database
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1962 James Meredith Successfully Enrolls in University of Mississippi on 4th Try James Meredith Education U.S. Civil Rights African-American History New York Times
1963 Bronx Zoo Announces First Birth of a Gerenuk in the United States New York City African Wildlife Foundation African Wildlife Foundation
1966 Botswana Gains Independence from the United Kingdom Botswana United Kingdom Embassy of Botswana
1968 Boeing Rolls Out the First 747 "Jumbo Jet" in Everett, Washington Washington Aviation Boeing Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1970 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Levels Buildings in the Philippine Islands Region Republic of the Philippines Earthquake USGS
1972 Guadalupe Mountains National Park Is Dedicated Texas National park Service Texas State Historical Association
Roberto Clemente Gets His 3,000th and Final Career Hit Roberto Clemente Baseball Hall of Fame Latin Americans USA Today
1980 Xerox Publishes the Initial Ethernet Specifications Internet CIO
1981 The Minnesota Twins Play Their Final Game at Metropolitan Stadium Minnesota Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball Minnesota Historical Association
1982 Sixth and Final Chicago Victim Dies from Cyanide-laced Tylenol Chicago Crime Drugs and Medication Death National Health Museum
1991 Haitian Military Overthrows President Aristide and Set Up Military Government Haiti Human Rights Watch
1992 Kansas City's George Brett Reaches 3,000 Career Hits West Virginia Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1993 6.4 Earthquake Strike Southern India: 10,000 die India Earthquake Death USGS
1997 France's Catholic Church Formally Apologizes for Silence During Holocaust France Catholicism The Holocaust Jewish-Christian Relations
1999 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 33 and Injures 215 in Oaxaca, Mexico Mexico Earthquake Death USGS
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2004 John Kerry & George W. Bush Meet in Miami for Presidential Debate #1 of 3 Florida President George W. Bush 2004 Presidential Election The American Presidency CNN
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